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TascBase F.A.Q.
Frequently Asked Questions
 
  On this page you will find information from TascBase product support. This information mainly applies to TascBase version 2.

What is the difference between a database and a gamefile?
First we give a short description of databases and gamefiles.
A gamefile contains the games, that is the moves, the names of the players and all other information such as comments and annotations.
A database contains besides one gamefile for storing the games also all kind of other files for keeping information about the opening (key) structure and in which games (located in the gamefile) a certain opening was played.
In other words a gamefile can stand on its own as a collection of games but it can also be part of a database. In the latter TascBase will not allow certain actions on it because it would invalidate all links in the other files of the database.

What is the required harddisk space to install TascBase?
For a full installation you need about 1.5M for the program files and 3M for the standard database (including 23,000 games).

Do I need to copy the Ken Thompson endgame CD-ROMs to my harddisk to use them?
No, that is not necessary.

I have installed Tascbase the maximum number of times. What should I do?
If you are a registered tascBase owner and you have run out of installations, return the TascBase installation diskettes (diskettes only!) to your dealer together with a small note explaining the reason for the expiration. Normally, you will then receive a replacement set at little or no cost.

Is TascBase compatible with an Apple/Macintosh computer?
No.

What is the rating of TascBase with The King 2.5?
It is about 2,300 Elo, which is about 2,350 USCF. The rating depends on the computer you run it on: the faster the computer, the faster and stronger the program.

Can "external" data be imported in TascBase (such as ChessBase data, data from internet, or own data, etc.)?
Yes, TascBase can directly read in data from NicBase, ChessBase and almost all text files like the PGN format which has become the Internet standard.

Do I need to re-install TascBase every time I change the configuration of my computer?
Yes, most of the time.TascBase uses a protection based on recognizing the computer it is installed on. By changing the computer (e.g. adding a harddisk) TascBase will no recognize the computer anymore.

Can I move the installation key back to the installation diskette so that I will not lose an installation key?
No, every time you reinstall the program, you need to use a new key.

Is a demo version of TascBase 2.0 available?
Yes, you find the demo version on the demo programs page on our web site. The address: http://www.tasc.nl/demoprograms.html

What does ECO-code mean?
ECO stands for Encyclopedia of Chess Openings. ECO-codes are being used as a method to classify openings.

 
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Tips and Tricks
 

Problems Installing under Windows 95
If you experience problems when installing TascBase from within Windows 95, select Restart the computer in MS-DOS mode from the Start menu before running the INSTALL program.

Compatibility with Quarterdeck's QEMM
If you are using Quarterdeck's QEMM and TascBase complains that the program has been installed on another machine, you should disable the STEALTH option of QEMM. Refer to the QEMM installation manual for more information about disabling the stealth option.

Cannot use endgame CD-ROMs after configuration change
If, due to a configuration change, the driver letter of your CD-ROM drive has changed, you must update the TASCBASE.INI file. To do this, open the TASCBASE.INI file with a text editor such as DOS EDIT or Notepad and look for the following section:
[CDRom]
CDRom= G:\

After changing the driver letter to the appropriate value, the endgame CD-ROMs should work again.

This website copyright Tasc B.V. Rotterdam. When quoting from these pages, please credit the original authors.
Last modified Mon, 07 Jul 1997 15:58:47 GMT


This is an archived version of the Tasc.nl site. I am not associated with the company and I'm only making this information available to preserve the history of this Dutch company and the great Tasc chess computer.

Ismenio
Quick links:
   www.chesscomputers.org for general information about chess computers
   www.ismenio.com/chess_collection.html for my collection of chess computers
   Chess computer forum for general discussion about chess computers and collecting them