Microsoft KB Archive/170392

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Article ID: 170392

Article Last Modified on 12/11/1999


  • Microsoft Visual FoxPro 3.0b for Macintosh

This article was previously published under Q170392


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The SYS(17) function returns the wrong processor type when running on a Power Computing Power Tower. On this machine, the SYS(17) function reports that the machine has a 68000 processor instead of 604E processor. Since Visual FoxPro only installs on Power Macintosh machines, this information is clearly incorrect.


If it is necessary to determine whether the machine is a Power Macintosh or a 68k Macintosh, use the FXGestalt() function available in FoxTools. The following code provides an example of how to use this function:

   SET LIBRARY TO Home()+"FoxTools.cfm"
   ? retval

The variable "retval" returns 1 for a 68k Macintosh and 2 for a Power Macintosh.


The Power Computing Power Tower is a Power Macintosh clone that uses the Motorola chip.

Steps to Reproduce Behavior

  1. Start Visual FoxPro 3.0b on a Power Computing Power Tower.
  2. In the Command window, type the following:


Notice that SYS(17) functions reports that the machine has a 68000 processor.


"Operating System Utilities," pages 1-20 to 1-24, Inside Macintosh CD-ROM by Apple Computer 1995.

FoxTools Help file found in the Microsoft Visual FoxPro: Tools folder.

Keywords: kbprb KB170392