Another Windows-based Tandy VIS encyclopedia that uses the standard Windows API to handle the content.
The original disc contains some libraries that are common on Windows 3.1, or the Multimedia Extensions for Windows 3.0 located on root folder. The internal ROM partition (which contains the core user, gdi and kernel from Windows 3.0 and the msdos.sys and io.sys from MS-DOS 3.1) calls the win.com which reads the system.ini and windows.ini located on disc to start the program itself, since the Windows Shell or Program Manager are absent on this "mini Windows".
|Latest Wine Version Tested:||1.9.7|
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Just mount the disc image or put the original disc, open the "gprs" folder and click on gprs.exe to load the program...
- And you have a full encyclopedia on a 320*200 window application, which can be an eyesore if you use a 22 inch FullHD monitor, or even a 4K monitor.
- Sound works without problems (!), using the built-in Wine codecs.
What does not
This program requires the Modular Windows Haiku Runtime Libraries (located inside the Tandy ROM disk), which can be downloaded from the following link:
And copy the dll's to the desired Wineprefix's on:
(Not system32 or syswow64)
Which is where resides the Legacy Windows 3.1 system files.
- Otherwise it won't run.
What was not tested
- There's no video clip, so no video test.(VIS uses a AMD clone of Intel 80286 (!!!), which is below the Multimedia PC Class 1 standard. However the videos are played using an hardware MPEG1 codec capable to play up to 640*480*8 bit colour video clips, but since this program don't have any video I can test the internal video playback)
Another Tandy VIS encyclopedia that can run in a Standard PC without any emulators at all.
|Operating system||Test date||Wine version||Installs?||Runs?||Used|
|Current||Ubuntu 15.10 "Wily" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Apr 13 2016||1.9.7||N/A||Yes||Silver||Nosferatu Arucard|