Contents of the MACWIN.DOC file
A MC's Place BBS Release
MACWIN - MS Windows 3.0 Screen Enhancer
Copyright (C), 1991
John W. McNamara
MC's Place BBS
(919) 891-1111 [38,400 Dual v.32 v.42]
Release Date: 29 July 1991
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MACWIN - A MC's Place BBS Release
The MACWIN Utility programme can be freely distributed & used so long
as it is not modified or sold for profit. If you find that the
programme is valuable, you can send a donation for what you think
it is worth. A donation of $5 is suggested. Donations only as this is
FreeWare Product and no money is expected, however, its always welcomed,
and gives me incentive to write more useful products. 5 Bucks isn't that
Bad after all.....
Please Send your Donations to:
P.O. Box 911
Dunn, NC 28335
Files included in this Zip:
MACWIN.COM - Main Executable (File Size 512 Bytes)
MACWIN.DOC - Complete Documentation
MACWIN came about in a peculiar way. While writing a 1024x768 driver for
my VGA so that it became a windows 3.0 compatible board I noticed the way
things were being accessed by the BIOS. Hence the birth of MACWIN. Its
completely transparent to DOS's Memory. Its NOT a tsr by any means. It
sort of routes things a though another course instead of the normal way.
It has a couple of problems, but it is NOT destructive in any way that I
know of (SEE "KNOWN BUGS")
Simply type MACWIN with no parameters and it installs itself. I
recommend popping it in your autoexec.bat file for ease of use.
It has been tested on MS DOS 3.3 and 4.01 NOT 5.0 as of yet
It has been BETA tested under the following screen drivers I will
DOUBANSI.SYS (Double ansi)
For some reason ZANSI.SYS (a shareware product, found on most popular BBS's)
Is the fastest when run in conjunction with MACWIN. Fo instance, running
ANSI.SYS (DOS's Standard Attempt) I got about a 3-4 fold increase in
screen performance (tuff to measure really) but with ZANSI I got at least
3 times that. So your screen driver makes a difference too...
My BETA testers (Rey Barry - FreeWare Hall Of Fame & Others) have
reported that Double Ansi was even faster, but, since I don't own this
I haven't tested it.
Bottom Line.... Even without any screen driver MACWIN will Speed up
Windows but having a good screen driver makes it all the more proficient.
For some reason "installation" programs have trouble with it. It doesn't
do any damage, but it will hang your computer. Thus when installing
any program just disabled it (Boot without loading) and you won't have any
Corel Draw was one that I found gave me a problem and some Borland products.
i.e. Borlands C++ scanf hates it. 99% of all programs that failed during
installation worked fine after you installed the program without MACWIN
and then reinstalled MACWIN after installation was finished. I have tried
to fix this but have been unsuccessful, but the program speeds up windows
too much to be bothered by this small problem. SO I'm releasing it anyway.
When I installed CorelDraw the program hung right away. I took out
MACWIN and installed it, then reloaded MACWIN and CorelDraw runs great
This program was written in Microsoft Assembler 5.0
MS Windows is a Copyright of MiscroSoft Corp
CorelDraw is a Copyright of MiscroSoft Corp
Borland C++ is a Copyright of Borland International
MACWIN (C) Copyright 1991 MC's Place BBS
John W. McNamara
All Rights Reserved
These files are distributed under the FreeWare concept. Please
Do Not distribute modified versions without permission of the Author.
Do Not remove this notice or any other copyright notice.
There are NO guarantees as the DOS environment is a tricky area and some
BIOS may NOT react well to the intrusion. It has been successfully tested
on AMI, PHOENIX and AWARD BIOS's without any problems. The dates of these
BIOS's are not available. I mean afterall its Free !
THIS PRODUCT IS LICENSED "AS IS" WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY
OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, PERFORMANCE, OR OTHERWISE. ALL
WARRANTIES ARE EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMED. BY USING THE MACWIN PROGRAMME YOU
AGREE THAT JOHN MCNAMARA,WILL NOT BE LIABLE TO YOU OR ANY THIRD PARTY FOR
ANY USE OF (OR INABILITY TO USE) OR PERFORMANCE OF THIS PROGRAMME, OR FOR
ANY DAMAGES WHATSOEVER WHETHER BASED ON CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE. EVEN
IF WE ARE NOTIFIED OF SUCH POSSIBILITY IN ADVANCE.
You may not reverse-engineer, disassemble, modify, decompile or create
derivative works of this programme. Piracy has been investigated by the
FBI and prosecuted under federal statutes. Applicable law provides for
damages and recovery of attorney's fees. Distribution of any MC's Place
BBS Utilities in any medium without its accompanying documentation is an
unauthorized modification. That is a theft of intellectual property.
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If you have any questions, bugs, or suggestions, please contact the author
John McNamara - SysOp
MC's Place BBS
(919) 891-1111 [19200 HST]
Or in the RIME "C" Conference or RIME UNIX Conference
The latest version is always available for downloading.
Date: 29 July 1991