What are the requirements to run VADV32?
To use VADV32, you need the following:
Virtual Advanced v2.10 for DOS.
VADV32 is for Windows only, so the OS/2
version will not work with it. The BBS
software must be installed and setup
correctly. Visit the VADV support page
to download VADV.
You must be running Windows 2000
or above. VADV32 uses
as its fossil driver and it will not
work with Windows 9x.
An alternative to Netfoss is
During testing, it worked as expected
under WinNT based systems. It is also
supposed to run under Windows 9x, but I
could not get it to work properly. Note:
it is recommended that you download the
most current Synchronet DOSEXTRN files
if using mSyncFos. To run mSyncFos under
Vista you must have latest files, and
sbbsexec.dll needs to be in your System32
Note: As of v2.1, the VADV32 installer
will only run on the supported operating
systems. If you attempt to install it
on an unsupported operating system,
it will display a message and then exit.
I am running VADV32 v1.0, what do I need to do to upgrade?
VADV32 has been redesigned to be easier
to install and configure. Before you upgrade,
you must first remove version 1.0. To do
this, delete the following files from your
main VADV directory:
The next set of files may or may not
be present in your main VADV directory.
If they are, then delete them as well:
This is to ensure that the upgrade will
go smoothly. VADV32 now includes an uninstaller
which will make removing it in the future
What is BBSfinder?
BBSfinder is a dynamic BBS list. Each BBS
listed has to update its account every five
minutes or the account will be flagged "unknown".
This is done with a small client application.
VADV32 has a BBSfinder client built-in,
so there is no need to run multiple programs.
If a BBS is listed on BBSfinder, then you
know that it is active and awaiting callers.
For more information or to sign up, visit
When VADV32 updates BBSfinder, it says "No Response." Why?
If VADV32 does not get a response back from
the BBSfinder service when it attempts to
update it, it will display this message.
It could be caused by several things such
as: If you are not connected to the Internet,
the BBSfinder service is unavailable, or
if the response is being blocked by something
such as a firewall or router.
When VADV32 updates BBSfinder, it says "Unknown Response." Why?
If VADV32 receives an invalid response back
from the BBSfinder service then this message
will be displayed. BBSfinder returns a true
or false response when it is updated, which
means that it has been successfully updated
or that an invalid username or password
was sent. Typically you should never see
What does "Invalid Socket Handle mean?
If VADV32 is accepting connections but not allowing
your users to access the BBS then it is probably due
to a Netfoss error. If you turn on "Show Event Windows"
and look at the DOS window when a user tries to login,
then you may be able to see the Netfoss error message.
The most common error is "Invalid Socket Handle" which
means that the socket handle passed to Netfoss from
VADV32 is not correct. This problem is not caused by
VADV32 or by Netfoss. It is the result of security software
running on the system that is intercepting the socket
communications and modifying it.
There are known problems with Norton, McAfee and NOD32.
If you are receiving this error and running one of these
programs or a similar solution, then first try to add
VADV32 and Netfoss to the exclusion list. If that does
not solve the problem, then uninstall the security software.
Why does VADV32 sometimes report that a telnet session is invalid?
Occasionally you will see in VADV32's display
that a connection was refused due to an
invalid session. This message is displayed
if the socket for the connection could not
be opened. It generally does NOT mean there
is a problem with VADV32 or your setup.
It is typically caused by someone running
a port scan on your IP address.
I loaded VADV32 and I cannot see the window!
This may occur if the VADV32.DAT file becomes
corrupt. If this happens to you, then you
can do one of two things.
How do I run events with VADV32?
VADV32 v1.0 or v2.0 WILL NOT execute the
events which are configured in VConfig!
In order to run nightly events, you have
a few choices:
VADV32 does support running a batch
file named VA32EVNT.BAT at 00:01 each
night. You can enable this feature in
VADV32 Configuration. This batch file
should be created in your main VADV
Utilize scheduler software to schedule
your events. Windows comes with Windows
Scheduler which works good for nightly
VADV32 v2.1 WILL execute the VConfig
events if enabled. It will run the events
at the time scheduled. Multiple events that
are scheduled for the same time will be
executed in order they are listed and executed
one at a time. Please note that VADV32 will
ignore the hard/soft setting of the event.
If a hard event is scheduled to run and
a user is online, the event will execute
but the user will NOT be logged offline.
VADV32 is slow to start, or the VADV32 window turns white. Why?
This has been resolved in VADV32 v2.1. It
was caused by the BBSfinder update. If the
BBSfinder service could not be reached,
or failed to send a response, then the program
simply waited for the response for up to
30 seconds. This made the program appear
to hang or on execution it looked like it
was not loading. To resolve, upgrade to
version 2.1 or higher.