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    A. I want to know if HTBasic is capable of loading and running a binary HP BASIC program file produced produced on and for an ancient HP 9000like.

    B. If so, is there a special option I should use when converting the LIF format files to DOS format using the LIF2DOS.EXE program?

    Here’s my experience:

    I’ve got test program disks for the HP8753 series Vector Network Analyzers. They are LIF-formatted and contain NON-ascii BASIC programs. Here’s what I’ve done so far:

    1. Used LIFUTIL utility to successfully create dos files from the original disk files using binary format options
    2. I installed HTBasic 10.1 Demo on Windows 7
    3. I loaded one of the programs, the edit window opens and two line numbers, 1 & 2 show in an otherwise completely blank display.
    4. I run the program and get:

    “ERROR 5 IN 2 Improper Context Terminator”

    I got the same result with every other program file and with the second of two options for binary file conversion.

    Obviously, from the error message, it’s complaining that the last statement is not an END. When I add END on line 2, I get nothing and no error message.

    Thanks for any help you can provide.

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