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Thread #51972 Message #793887
Posted By: JohnInKansas
30-Sep-02 - 05:11 AM
Thread Name: Help: Music Write 386
Subject: RE: Help: Music Write 386
There was music software that ran (sort of) on 386 machines, but it will probably be pretty tough finding any of it today.
Many eons ago I had a primitive music program that ran on Windows 1.4 (sort of - but then Win 1.4 only simulated running most of the time).
All of the oldest (386ish era) programs that I ever had were on 5.25 inch floppies, and the last time I "hot-wired" a 5.25 drive into a machine to look at some, the disks themselves had lost too many bits to get anything off of them. Even if you found someone who had a set of old program disks "in the attic behind Uncle Henry's moosehead" they would probably not be usable.
Programs available "back then" were so primitive that I resorted to using CAD (Generic CAD, $39 in 1980) to "draw" scores that looked better than I could get out of the "music" programs. (Of course - all we had then was dot printers, too.) I've also used Word 6 to map out a measure or two (using field codes) for printing - but I'm not that much of a masochist any more.
I certainly don't mean to say that there's nothing "out there," and I'll keep my eyes open for anything that pops up; but I'm afraid I don't often go places where I'd expect to run into what you're looking for.