SideKick Versions Earlier than 2.0 Conflict with MS-DOS 5/6 (76801)

The information in this article applies to:
    Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 5.0
    Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 5.0a
    Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 6.0
    Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 6.2
    Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 6.21
    Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 6.22

This article was previously published under Q76801


SideKick versions earlier than 2.0 may conflict with Microsoft MS-DOS version 5.0 or later. The machine may lock up when invoking SideKick or when running programs such as MS-DOS Shell, MS-DOS Editor, or QBasic. SideKick version 2.0 may solve this problem. It is also recommended that you use the LOADFIX command with SideKick 2.0.


Conflicts with MS-DOS 5.0 and later arise because SideKick versions earlier than 2.0 use file control blocks (FCBs) instead of file handles, which under MS-DOS version 5.0 and later are handled differently. SideKick 2.0 uses file handles, which eliminates this problem. Other conflicts may occur because the memory resident portion of SideKick conflicts with programs such as Shell, Editor, and QBasic. Shell is most likely to experience problems with earlier versions of SideKick because it is also a terminate-and-stay-resident (TSR) program.

For more information or to obtain an upgrade, contact Borland International technical support.

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Modification Type: Major Last Reviewed: 5/12/2003
Keywords: KB76801