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*Osborn, Daniel
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WATCOM Win386 read error

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04-22-1999 04:22 PM
I am attempting to re-install release 12 on a new computer that is set
up using windows 98. I previously had the program installed and running
on another unit using windows 95 with no problems. After attempting to
access the program on the new unit, I receive an error message that says
"WATCOM Win386 read error", and an "OK" button. Click the "OK", and you
go back to the start menu for Windows 98.

Any suggestions on how to make this work on my new unit? I can be
reached at the following e-mail address.

Shamar01@flash.net

Thanks for your help.

Danny Osborn
*Support], Christal Elliott [Autodesk
Message 2 of 3 (353 Views)

Re: WATCOM Win386 read error

04-28-1999 02:34 PM in reply to: *Osborn, Daniel
Danny - From what we know of this error, there are a few known
possible causes. Release 12 hasn't been tested under Windows 98, so
that is an unknown factor. You might also try restarting the system in
safe mode to rule out possible conflicts.

* File size of the AutoCAD executable file (ACAD.EXE) is incorrect.

Check the size of the ACAD.EXE file. It should be roughly 2.6 MB in
size for AutoCAD Windows Release 12, or 1.8 MB in size for AutoCAD
LT. If it is a smaller size, then there is a good chance that the
executable file is corrupt or incomplete. Delete AutoCAD from the hard
drive and check for lost clusters on the hard disk. Then reboot the
computer without any TSR's (terminate and stay resident programs) in
memory and then reinstall AutoCAD.

* Disks are defective.

If the error still occurs after reinstalling, it is likely that one of
the distribution disks is defective. Contact Autodesk Customer
Service to replace the defective disk.

TIP: Performing a DOS Diskcopy on a defective floppy disk will
usually confirm the problem because it will issue an 'unrecoverable
read error'.

* Low system resources.
If the error occurs when doing an operation in AutoCAD, such as a
memory-ntensive process such as rendering or using AME, the system
may be running on resources. The first thing you should do, after
restarting windows, is to close other applications that may have been
running concurrently with AutoCAD. Also, you may need to set the
value of ACADMAXMEM to a higher value from the Preferences dialog box.
This will allow AutoCAD to use more RAM at the exclusion of other
programs.

On Thu, 22 Apr 1999 17:22:43 -0600, Daniel Osborn
wrote:

>I am attempting to re-install release 12 on a new computer that is set
>up using windows 98. I previously had the program installed and running
>on another unit using windows 95 with no problems. After attempting to
>access the program on the new unit, I receive an error message that says
>"WATCOM Win386 read error", and an "OK" button. Click the "OK", and you
>go back to the start menu for Windows 98.
>
>Any suggestions on how to make this work on my new unit? I can be
>reached at the following e-mail address.
>
>Shamar01@flash.net
>
>Thanks for your help.
>
>Danny Osborn

Christal Elliott
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Re: WATCOM Win386 read error

06-16-2011 09:03 AM in reply to: *Support], Christal Elliott [Autodesk

Very helpful advice.  Thanks.

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