Several of the advanced Physics courses at Lafayette use texts from the Wiley CUPS (Consortium of Upper-Level Physics Software) series. Unfortunately, it appears that books from that series are no longer available.
A web site originally developed by the directors of the project is still available at the CUPS site at George Mason University, though the "last modified" date listed is 1999.
If you are running a CUPS program on a 200 MHz or faster machine, you may get the error message:
Runtime Error 200
There used to be a wonderful site with a
detailed explanation of the problem at
but that site is no longer available.
In brief, this is a Borland Pascal problem in the startup code of the
Delay routine, which
is part of the commonly-used
Crt unit. The
Delay routine attempts to calculate how many iterations
of a simple loop are required in order to delay for 1 ms. On fast
machines, the result doesn't fit in the destination registers,
resulting in 'runtime error 200'.
Full details are in the documentation.
It is usually possible to patch the
.EXE programs to avoid the
runtime error. (The delay times may be incorrect, but that often
doesn't matter for CUPS programs.)
This fix is due to Andreas Bauer, and many thanks to him for making this program available. But first, to repeat and amplify his disclaimer: I'm not responsible for any action that is performed by TPPATCH, nor do I give any waranty about the function of it. It is totally without warranty of any kind.
Download the following files: (Note: With some browsers, you may have to right-click on the link in order to download the file, instead of running it. With other browsers, you may have to hold down the Shift key when you click on the link.)
C:\CUPS, but you may have changed it to something else.
tppatch cupswo\*\*.exedoesn't work, you will probably want to use a batch file to run the necessary commands. Download the patch file appropriate for your CUPS product. If no batch file is available, don't worry -- it's not really very complicated. Read one of the existing batch files and just execute the appropriate commands for your product.
Alternatively, the cupsfix.bat batch file from the CUPS site at George Mason University may work, but I have never tried it.
Put the batch file in your
C:\CUPS directory (or
wherever you installed CUPS) and run it from that directory.
The easiest way to do this is to start a DOS command window,
change to your CUPS directory, and run the batch file from there.