David, Try going into the CMOS Setup and see if you can force the PNP cards out of IRQ 5 by assigning IRQ 5 to Legacy/ISA. Hopefully each of them will move to different IRQs. Try changing it back and see if just one of them will move. However, if you have a sound card, it will normally feel more at home with IRQ 5 (this dates back to ISA SoundBlaster cards which usually occupy IRQs 5 and 10). You may have to resort to IRQ sharing by Windows and that should work. I have to. Most BIOS’s have a setting to enable OS is PnP aware. IRQ problems can be very frustrating and time consuming, indeed. Yes, a computer will see it’s own-shared assets if the network is not connected; but you have to log-in to the Client for Microsoft Networking.
I visited your site. Looks nice. It’s somewhat like ours was before we started the Digest. There used to be a few “Computer Works” out there. One was a direct competitor in Maine and I remember seeing one on Rt. 1 in Mass. Besides “Dux” our “WorkS” (Dux Computer WorkS, which is on the label we have been putting on our computer for 13 years) is little different. It is an acronym barrowed from an E-Mail Forum on Intelligent WorkStations (WorkS), which ran on the Arpanet about 20 years ago.
In the 13 years I’ve been in business, I have not found a good point of sale program (haven’t looked for quite a few years). Many years ago we bought SBT Accounting and a cash drawer. SBT is written in dBase and we were hoping to get a third party POS add-on or write our own. That never happened. We are still using SBT and the cash drawer is still sitting on the counter with no computer attached. Both have served us well…
We are closing the store this month so we can work on the Digest fulltime. More on that later. Larry