Home Forums C Programming clrscr(), window(), textcolor() etc. not in conio.h? Re: Re: clrscr(), window(), textcolor() etc. not in conio.h?


It turns out that I figured this out shortly after I posted – and that’s exactly what I did, ie. download the Borland compiler. Much better results now, however, now I have a new set of issues and questions.

When I compiled with the Borland compiler it gave me a ton of warnings stating that function prototypes were missing. It would error out after a certain number of these warnings. Then I added a command line flag to tell it to ignore up to 255 warnings – this worked, and, I guess from that standpoint my task is done. However, I didn’t like the idea of these warnings. I have others to compile and I am concerned that I will reach the upper limit of the # of warnings to ignore. So I researched it and found that there was a ‘makeheaders.c’ program which would create the function prototypes for me. I tried this but for the life of me couldn’t get this to work – created the headers and tried to include the .h files for them – but it wasn’t working. Can provide more details on this if needed.

Then I decided that I would try to copy conio.h from borland over to the visual studio c++ environment as conio2.h
The more I got into this the messier it got. Then I read a post somewhere else stating that ‘copying borland headers over to visual studio will not work’. So I am inclined to give up this idea you think there is a simple way to do this.

So, now I am thinking that I should stick with the Borland compiler and live with the warnings for now. But ideally I’d like to figure out how to get the function prototypes to work – it looks straightforward. I don’t know what could be wrong.

Please advise on which path you think would be the best to take.


@dman wrote:

The functions clrscr(), ect. are exclusive to the Borland Turbo Compiler. I think the easiest way to compile the code would be to download the free Borland Command Line Tools Package ( I think you can find it here: http://edn.embarcadero.com/article/20633 ) or just google free Borland Command Line Tools Package download. You could also write your own replacement functions and add them to the one of the VC++ library ( could code these using Windows API calls for 32-bit Windows applications ).