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Part VIII: Appendixes > Troubleshooting

Troubleshooting

Solving MS-DOS Memory Problems

You're trying to run an MS-DOS program, but it continually fails after spitting out error messages that refer to XMS or EMS.

I won't even begin to try explaining the difference between these arcane (and ancient) memory management standards. Suffice it to say that the most likely reason the program is failing is because it was designed in a day when it was almost impossible to imagine a system with more than 8MB of RAM. To fix this problem, try opening the Properties dialog box for the DOS program shortcut. Click the Memory tab and select 8192 as the value in the XMS or EMS tabs. This step tricks the program into thinking you're running on a 1990-vintage machine and might allow the program to run.


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