My dad has a PhD in architecture but can't learn Autocad R14. I've been trying to setup AutoCad R12 (what he's used to) on an old Windows 98 SE machine for the past two nights. I can't get passed "FATAL ERROR: !PMSDOSA 3" and there's like 3 failed threads on the internet pertaining to this. I even tried to translate a Russian thread.
Please, if anyone has a machine with Autocad R12 on it running solid for sale, e-mail me at email@example.com
There are many free CAD programs for Windows that look and act like R12, try them out.
What's throwing the old man off, is it Windows or what? You can make R14 look like R12 otherwise, it's not that hard. But if it's Windows he has issues with, you got bigger problems.
How do I make Autocad R14 to look like R12?
What are the name of these free programs you speak of?
It's not Windows that bothers him, when I ask him he just says "it's different."
Yup, it's different.
R12 with DOS base there was no icons, either click on the command title, or type in a command, or use a tablet. To draw a line one have to type in length and direction
with R14, icons, viewports, drag your mouse to the direction and give the length.
"different" means fear of the unknown: training from someone his age is what's needed.
I've never met a true R12DOS power user that could not master R12/13/14 Windows, so I suspect more than anything he's a hunt-for-it-at-the-exact-spot kind of user, so your task is to find the old R1`2 setup and mimic it 100% identically to match.
Turn off all toolbars, turn on the sidebar menu and that's about as close as you can come with R14. Start editing the MNU/MNS file to mimic his old R12 setup.
Hahaha, no I'm asking how do I know if I have the DOS version or Windows version of AUTOCAD R12. It's 13 floppy disks, and the setup opens in a dos box.