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2014-03-01 18:05:14 CT #1
Bart Mathias
From: United States
Registered: 2007-01-13
Posts: 320

I don't expect any help with this problem, but sympathy would be OK. Smile

For about five years I have been using the 68K version of 5.0.5.8 widely,
usually one or two page things, and in particular for a monthly meeting
announcement for an organization I belong to.

For the announcement I normally open the one for the previous month, delete
the text and photo relevant to the speaker, change a couple of dates, make
PDF and postscript copies, and I'm done except for changes suggested by
people I send the draft to.

I tried opening February, which I had opened and edited several times toward
the end of January, to do March, and it wouldn't open. I got past the usual
DSI error to the little font assignment window, and that remained empty
forever.

After trying that a few times, I tried opening January, and in due course
that opened, so I used it instead of February to do March.

OK, until today when I wanted to open March today to add a line of text and
make the copies to send to proofreaders. It refused to open! CPU going at
100% forever and a permenently blank "Font Substitution" window. And I'm
supposed to send the thing out Monday!

Trying everything, I did manage to open January again, though it certainly
took its time, and I thought that maybe since that put PgS in action, I
could open March in addition. Ended up crashing the computer.

One more similar try: I opened "5.0 Flyer.pgs" which comes with the program
in the Documents folder, and it opened quickly and beautifully. I left it
so, and tried opening the March announcement in front of it, and it did
open successfully before too long. So I made the change intended, and PDF
and .ps copies. And saved it and clicked on the document "close" gadget and
crashed the computer!

But I wonder what has gotten into the dopy program!
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Bart Mathias
Amiga X1000 OS4.1.6


2014-03-01 23:21:16 CT #2
admfubar
From: Unknown
Registered: 2011-11-19
Posts: 198

Or, is it your hardware....(how old is the hardware? is it an actual 68k machine?)

could be a an error on the disk that flipped a bit in the program code that caused it to choke... or there is some bad memory on your system.
Any other programs on this system acting up? you may need program that uses up the same amount of ram, for code to reside, on startup to get an approximation of the conditions to this problem. (if hardware related)
anything change on this system configuration wise? (again a some bit rot on the drive my be the cause there)

On Sat, 01 Mar 2014 23:05:14 -0500, Bart Mathias <mathias@hawaii.edu> wrote:

> I don't expect any help with this problem, but sympathy would be OK. Smile
>
> For about five years I have been using the 68K version of 5.0.5.8 widely,
> usually one or two page things, and in particular for a monthly meeting
> announcement for an organization I belong to.

> But I wonder what has gotten into the dopy program!

2014-03-02 11:56:33 CT #3
Bart Mathias
From: United States
Registered: 2007-01-13
Posts: 320

Hello admfubar@gmail.com

On 03/01/2014, you wrote:

> Or, is it your hardware....(how old is the hardware? is it an actual
> 68k machine?)

It's an X1000 I got last summer. I hope nothing has gone bad yet, but maybe
I should run a memory test.

MUI-OWB has a tendency to crash on me too, certain websites in particular.
So I turn to Timberwolf which doesn't crash as much, but is much harder to
get going. Sort of like PageStream in that regard, but when Timberwolf
fails to load, CPU usage goes way down.

I'm probably on the lucky side. I've heard complaints from others that they
can't get PgS 5 to do anything.

> could be a an error on the disk that flipped a bit in the program code
> that caused it to choke... or there is some bad memory on your system. Any
> other programs on this system acting up? you may need program that uses
> up the same amount of ram, for code to reside, on startup to get an
> approximation of the conditions to this problem. (if hardware related)
anything
> change on this system configuration wise? (again a some bit rot on the
> drive my be the cause there)

Thanks for the suggestions. I'll be keeping them in mind.


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