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How to install and use the DOS Extended Version of the TrueTeX compiler in a Windows 95 environment

Version: 2.0 & 2.01 - Scientific WorkPlace & Scientific Word

Users who have version 2.0 and version 2.01 of SW running under Windows 95 have experienced compilation problems because the TrueTeX compiler never seems to stop working. If you have this problem too, we suggest you install and use the DOS extended version of the TrueTeX compiler instead of the Windows version. If you installed Win32s when you installed SW, first reinstall Windows 95 without Win32s. If SW doesn't run properly, reinstall SW also. Then, either use the SW installation program or use an ASCII editor to make the changes described below.

If you experience compilation problems using the Student Edition of SW, please see the special instructions later in this article.

Method 1. Use the SW installation program.

  1. Start the installation program.

  2. When the program asks if you want to install Win32s, answer No.

  3. When the program asks what type of installation you want, choose Custom.

  4. Uncheck all selections except DOS extended TeX.

The program will install the DOS extended version of TrueTeX along with all supporting files. The compiler should work properly now.

Method 2. Use an ASCII editor to modify the initialization file used by SW

  1. Open the editor.

  2. If you are using Scientific WorkPlace, open the file named swp-pro.ini in the SW directory, usually c:\sw20. If you are using Scientific Word, open the file named sciword.ini in the SW directory.

  3. Find the [TeX] section of the file, then locate two lines in the section similar to these:



  4. Change the lines to the following:



  5. Save the file.

  6. Test the changes by opening a document, making a change to it and then previewing or printing. If you still experience problems, try method one, described above.

If you have the Student Edition of SW (version 2.0 or 2.01), please note that the DOS extended version of the TrueTeX formatter is not included in your software. To use the 32-bit version of the TrueTeX formatter, follow these steps:

  1. Save the open document.

  2. From the SW Student Edition group in the Windows program manager, choose the TrueTeX formatter.

  3. Select your document and start the formatter to compile the document. Repeat the process for each LaTeX pass required.

  4. After TrueTeX has compiled your document, return to SW to preview or print. The DVI file created during the compilation will be used to preview or print the document.

Revised 04/17/96

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