Direct Access 5.1 Under MS-DOS 5.0 (75060)
The information in this article applies to:
• Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 5.0
This article was previously published under Q75060
If you try to use Direct Access version 5.1 with Microsoft MS-DOS
version 5.0, you may not be able to access Direct Access, or Direct
Access may lock up when you try to load a batch file into a menu.
If you can't get into Direct Access after you load MS-DOS 5.0, you
must delete the Direct Access directory and reinstall the program. You
must remove the directory as well as the files from your disk.
If you want to save your menus and custom configuration, do the
• You must save MENU.*, CUSTOM.*, and *.LST files to another
directory by using the following commands:
copy menu.* [drive:[path]]
copy custom.* [drive:[path]]
copy *.lst [drive:[path]]
• After reinstalling Direct Access, you need to copy the old files
into the new Direct Access directory.
Direct Access is known to have problems when a deletion tracker is
loaded. For example, the MS-DOS MIRROR /T command can cause Direct
Access to lock up under MS-DOS 5.0 when you try to load a batch file
into a menu. When Direct Access locks, the following error message is
Normally, a beep accompanies this message. In some cases, the sound
is continuous and causes the computer to hang.
To work around this problem:
• From the Main menu, select the Maintenance menu.
• Select Program Configuration.
• Change the "BEEP ON ERROR" option to "OFF".
You should now be able to load a batch file.
The product included here is manufactured by a vendor independent of
Microsoft; we make no warranty, implied or otherwise, regarding this
product's performance or reliability.
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