sorry for posting three times in a row, but just an update.
i was able to install Qbasic on ex. turns out i had to make a virtual A:\ drive, and install it from there. so Qbasic works perfectly on xp. using DOSBox, i am able to run Qbasic in vista, runing it from the install on xp, the only problem is, i cannot seem to get it to navigate directories so that i can open up my files. anyone have any idea why that would be?
Acer Aspire 5102WMLi
Windows Vista Ultimate x64
AMD Turion 64 x2 TL50 (1.6 GHz, 512KB L2 cache)
ATI Radeon Xpress 1100
120GB 4200rpm PATA HDD
1GB DDR2 (support dual-channel)