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Guzardus

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Hi there!

I have a slight problem to ask.
I've used the search but it didn't help me so I want to to post it here... n' here it goes...

I have a pretty big .exe file of 350megs which is suppose to be a self-extracting DOS file.

But when I run it
It says
"Program too big to fit into memory"
and just closes itself

Does anybody know the cure for this?
I am using WindowsXP.
I have 256mb or RAM.

Thanks! :D
 

bassetman

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Hi, Welcome to TSG!
Do you have a name of a prog?

Have you tried a search on google?


John
 

Guzardus

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Hi!

The file is a game and appears as a normal program icon as a .exe file (not zip).
Once double clicked on it opens up DOS and attempts to run but halts and gives me the message then just closes itself =(

Yeah I've looked up the problem on Yahoo, Google and even Lycos but couldn't really get a helpful anwer.

Somebody suggested the use of PKUNZIP but when I drag the .exe file to 'open with' PKUNZIP it attempts to just read the file over and over again.
 
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I have only had limited success in running some older games, particularly DOS games on XP. The problem may be that you may need to run it on W98. I would suggest using the program compatibility wizard, and try a combination of settings. It may also help if you have available a partition formatted in FAT or Fat32, rather than NTFS. That has worked for me sometimes, running the program from another partition.
That is all I can suggest.
 

Guzardus

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Is the only possible way to complete the extraction is to stick with the original intended purpose? Which is to use DOS itself to extract it?

Is there a program that might aid me? Maybe do the job for me instead of DOS?

Thanks
 
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I've had the same problem several times with various things I have downloaded. A lot of time it is actually a cd image. Try burning it to a CD, just like you would an iso.
 

JohnWill

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The message you are getting indicates that the EXE structure is corrupt, so it's probably not a plain EXE, or it's damaged. If it's a self-extracting file, you can drop it onto a ZIP application and it should open it. My guess is that it's a corrupted file...
 

dvk01

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It won't work on XP

the dos extractor is a part of the big file. that actual extractor will only work in pure dos and will probably be about 500+k in size.

With pre xp systems dos was an underlying part of the system and you used to frequently get out of memory or insufficient memory errors installing many programs. It does not matter how much actual memory you have the program can only address the 1st 640k of dos memory and is a throwback to the old days. xp doesn't have this 640k so the installer closes

do search on google for out of memory errors

Derek
 
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