Common Questions and Problems With Bass Class
The following represents the most common questions and problems
encountered with Bass Class. Before calling or writing us, please
read the instruction manual thoroughly. The instructions are
contained in a file on your disk called BCLASS.DOC.We have found that
many questions can be answered right there.
PROBLEM: "I cannot make the program scroll to another section of
SOLUTION: First, make sure the NUM LOCK is not set on your
keyboard. Then, be sure you are using the NUMERIC
KEYPAD ARROWS, not the separate cursor control arrows
on 101 key enhanced keyboards. Remember to press the
SHIFT key while you press the arrow keys.
On many computers, in particular the early Tandy
machines, there was an incompatibility with the
keyboard. These machines would not generate a
different keycode when the NUMERIC KEYPAD arrow keys
were shifted. This problem occurs on some 'clone'
machines too. This can usually be remedied by using
the 2,4,6 and 8 keys in the top row of your MAIN
KEYBOARD. Do not use the SHIFT key when using this
PROBLEM: "Sometimes 'garbage' appears when I try to scroll the
screen or select a rod or bait".
SOLUTION: Bass Class needs lots of FREE memory. Just because your
computer has 640k or more of memory does not mean it's
all free for Bass Class to use. We have found that memory
resident programs (TSR'S) are one of the main causes of
this problem. Programs like RAM DISKS, PRINTER BUFFERS,
KEYBOARD ENHANCERS and MENU programs should not be
loaded before running Bass Class. These programs occupy
memory space even when not running, thus making it
unavailable to Bass Class.
Another occasional cause of this problem is lack of
sufficient memory on your EGA card.
Many of the older EGA cards only had 64k or 128k
of video memory. They should have 256k to properly run
PROBLEM: "The program tries to start, but then stops."
SOLUTION: One of the main causes of this problem is too many open
files. DOS only allows 15 open files per process. Check
your CONFIG.SYS file to be sure it contains the
following two lines:
Bass Class tries to open several files when it starts. It
then assumes they were open for its use. If in fact
they were NOT opened, the program may hang waiting for
them to be available. The two lines described above
will help prevent this from happening.
PROBLEM: "I cannot save a game to the disk."
SOLUTION: Many people try to save games (to be played later) on
the original distribution diskette. A saved game uses
about 60k of disk space, and the distribution diskette
must have at least that much free if you expect to save
a game. Also, make sure you're not in CAST MODE when
trying to save a game with the ALT-S key combination.
Sometimes, people have a clock or some other interrupt
driven program running at the same time they're running
Bass Class. Since these programs use interrupts, they can
'steal' time from Bass Class. If one of these prrograms
decides to 'steal' its time while Bass Class is writing
to the disk, the resultant file may be damaged. This is
because DOS itself is inherently non-reentrant, and
Bass Class uses DOS facilities to write to the disk. See
#3 above as well.
PROBLEM: "I cannot restore a saved game."
SOLUTION: See #3 and #4 above. Also, make sure ALL files that are
supplied on your Bass Class distribution disk are in the
same directory as BASSCLASS.EXE.
PROBLEM: "Bass Class does not always save my record catches
SOLUTION: See #3 above. Also, some people thought they were
clever, and tried to edit the BIGFISH.TXT and/or the
BIGSTR.TXT files. Don't try it! One misplaced
space or deleted/added line can mess the files up beyond
PROBLEM: "I get a RUNTIME ERROR 002 then the program stops!"
SOLUTION: This means that Bass Class cannot open a file it
needs. This can happen if you do not have all the files
that are supplied on the original distribution diskette
in the same directory as the main program,
BASSCLASS.EXE. It can also happen if you are missing a
file altogether. Also, refer to item 3, above.
PROBLEM: "I get a runtime ERROR 004 then the program stops!"
SOLUTION: This means that access to a file needed by Bass Class has
been denied by DOS. Make sure there is no write-protect
tab on your diskette, and see item 3 above.
PROBLEM: "I have an IBM PS-2. The program reports that it
detects a VGA card then stops, hanging up my machine".
SOLUTION: Some models of PS-2 computers have the MCGA video mode.
This mode (320 x 200 x 256 colors) is a subset of the
VGA specification. These computers reports VGA when
queried by Bass Class. Bass Class then assumes that since a
VGA card was detected, that it should use the maximum
screen resolution it can, which is 640 x 350, 16
colors. Bass Class requires a true VGA or EGA video system
QUESTION: "I have a VGA card in my machine, yet the program seems
to run in 16 color EGA mode. Why, and how do I make it
utilize the 256 colors of my VGA?"
ANSWER: See item 9, above. Bass Class runs in the EGA mode of your
VGA card. It does not support true VGA (640 x 480 x 16
colors) at this time.
QUESTION: "I have a Tandy machine that supports 16 color CGA
mode. Is there a way I can run Bass Class in this mode?
ANSWER: No, at least not at this time. Bass Class requires EGA or
VGA to run.