[Blindapple] apple emulator

Tony Baechler tony at baechler.net
Thu Apr 10 02:04:36 EDT 2014

What unzip program are you using?  What folder are you unzipping to?  It
sounds like mess.exe isn't in the c:\mess folder.  Make sure that the
contents of the zip file is actually unzipped in c:\mess or a short, easy to
find folder.  Windows Explorer should show a bunch of files and subfolders,
including a README file, mess.exe and other files.  The disks\ folder should
have a bunch of .dsk images.  If not, you're unzipping to the wrong place.
I suggest using 7-zip instead of the internal XP unzip utility, but it
shouldn't matter what you use as long as the files are unzipped to somewhere
you can find easily.  It sounds like it's unzipping on your desktop or under
your downloads folder which is probably not what you want.  The screen
reader itself shouldn't matter as MESS won't work with any screen reader due
to how it writes to the screen when it's emulating a machine.  Try this,
just to see if it helps:

1. Make a new folder called c:\mess and make sure it's empty.

2. Copy the zip file to c:\mess.

3. Try unzipping the zip file in the c:\mess folder, making sure it extracts
to the current folder and not a subfolder.  See if you have mess.exe and a
bunch of other files.

On 4/2/2014 7:47 PM, William Farewell wrote:
> I am using window-eyes 5.0 with windows xp.
> I tried running the apple emulator by doing the following.
> All,
> It's really hard to help people with emulator issues when they don't give
> specific steps to reproduce the problem.  I've been using the emulator for
> months without problems, but I ran into an odd problem when I first started.
> In order, try these steps:
> 1. Completely delete the folder with the MESS emulator and disks in it.
> Make sure to move the original zip file out of the way if needed.
> 2. Make a new folder and call it something simple, like c:\mess.
> 3. Unzip the package into the new folder you created.
> 4. Go to a command prompt and type the following:
> c:
> cd\mess
> mess apple2ee -flop1 disks\egames.dsk
> You should hear a beep and it should boot.  After about 30 seconds, you
> should get speech.  If not, go to the folder you created in step 2 and look
> for the session.wav file, after first making sure the emulator is closed.
> To close the emulator, press Scroll-lock and Escape.  You should be back at
> the command prompt.
> When I finished the stepps that were mentioned and pressed enter I got the
> following message:
> mess is not recognized as an inturnal or exturnal command, opperable
> program, or batch file.
> I hope this helps.
> Thank you,
> William Farewell
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Jayson Smith" <jaybird at bluegrasspals.com>
> To: "Blind Apple Discussions" <blindapple at bluegrasspals.com>
> Sent: Wednesday, April 02, 2014 6:09 PM
> Subject: Re: [Blindapple] apple emulator
>> Hi,
>> We need more information before we can answer your question. What operating
>> system and screen reader are you using? How are you trying to run the
>> emulator? What is or is not happening when you try to run the emulator?
>> If you get an error message, what is the message?
>> Jayson
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "William Farewell" <wfarewel at twcny.rr.com>
>> To: "Blind Apple Discussions" <blindapple at bluegrasspals.com>
>> Date: Wed, 2 Apr 2014 17:50:57 -0400
>> Subject: [Blindapple] apple emulator
>>> Hello:
>>> I tried the stepps that Tony outlined in his e-mail regarding the apple
>> emulator, but I have been unsuccessfull with getting it to run.
>>> Any advice you could provide would be a big help.
>>> Thank you verry much,
>>> William Farewell
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Have a good day,
Tony Baechler
tony at baechler.net

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