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Re: M4 Problems with Initialization Cells

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  • Subject: [mg22999] Re: [mg22985] M4 Problems with Initialization Cells
  • From: Bojan Bistrovic <bojanb at>
  • Date: Mon, 10 Apr 2000 02:22:28 -0400 (EDT)
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

> I've got the following problem: When I try to plot a curve or
> a surface I get the answer:
> In[1]:= ParametricPlot3D[ etc ]
> Display::initstate: Display cannot be used during initialization.
> - Graphics3D -
> Out[1]:= Display[stdout, -Graphics3D -]
> And the same for Plot. That's entirely independent of the situation of the
> cell in the notebook.
> If I check OptionInspector > CellOptions > EvaluationOption
> >InitializationCell the result is False
> Can anyone help?
> Regards
> Joako
This question seems to reappear almost every day; here's a quote from Eric
Bynum, Technical Support Manager at WRI 

Recently there have been several posts asking for help with Mathematica 
generating the error message:

Display::"initstate": "Display cannot be used during initialization"

We have reason to believe with some certainty that this error message is
being generated as a result of an attempt to modify the Mathematica
executable to remove its license protection. If you are getting this
error message, there's a good chance that you are using a stolen copy of 

The stolen version in question is known to have a lot of other problems,
and its use is probably not advisable on technical, not to mention legal,

Wolfram Research is understandably reluctant to provide technical support
for stolen, modified copies of its product. The solution to this problem
is to use an unmodified version of the product, preferably a legally
purchased one, which we would be more than happy to sell you.

Bye, Bojan

Bojan Bistrovic,                                      bojanb at
Old Dominion University, Norfolk VA & Jefferson Lab, Newport News, VA

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