[ RadSafe ] Update "Half Century of Health Physics" DVD

Bob Cherry bobcherry at satx.rr.com
Wed May 6 11:59:50 CDT 2009

The new Microsoft Windows 7 due out in the fall will contain a virtual
version of Windows XP, so maybe the DVD will work with it.


After setup, it looks like running the DVD will be no problem.

Also, Vista can run a virtual PC into which you can load a copy of Windows
XP as the operating system.


This is a more complicated workaround, but you might have fun trying it. I
use it to run RESRAD on my Vista computer.

Bob C

-----Original Message-----
From: radsafe-bounces at radlab.nl [mailto:radsafe-bounces at radlab.nl] On Behalf
Of Demers, Joseph W
Sent: Wednesday, May 06, 2009 11:26 AM
To: 'radsafe at radlab.nl'
Subject: [ RadSafe ] Update "Half Century of Health Physics" DVD

First, thanks to all that replied either on line or directly to me.

Here is what I have found regarding the ability to run the subject program:

If you have an old install of XP (even SP3) without recent updates the
program will run.  As to why this is and some possible avenues for folks
more Windows knowledgeable than I to think about see below.

According to the HP Journal folks, they are aware that the program does not
work under Vista.  They had not heard of my XP problem.  They aren't
supporting the program but are at the early stages of developing a follow on

RadSafers results were mixed with about half able to run the program under
XP, usually with the caveat that the machine was older.

In looking around the net,  the QLU program is legacy now, but appears to
have operated via HTTP protocol using a program called xserver.exe.  My
suspicion is that updates to Win XP fixed a vulnerability that blocks port
8080 that xserver wants to use to communicate with QLU.

My fix was to dig out an old laptop that had not been updated in a while and
try the program.  It worked so as long as I don't allow for updates it
should continue to do so.  Please be aware if you try this approach that
some updates will make the program non-functional.

If the above sparks anyone to a better solution, please let me know.

Joe DeMers, CHP, CSP
Health Physicist
The contents of this message are mine personally and do not reflect the
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