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Installation Problem with Mathematica 4.2 under Windows XP

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  • Subject: [mg98834] Installation Problem with Mathematica 4.2 under Windows XP
  • From: "Dr. Robert Kragler" <kragler at hs-weingarten.de>
  • Date: Mon, 20 Apr 2009 01:33:55 -0400 (EDT)
  • Reply-to: kragler at hs-weingarten.de

Hi,

because TechSupport of WRI (who would be primary addressee) does not 
respond to my inquiry I redirect my question to MathGroup hoping that 
someone may have come across the same problem and knows a work-around.

On my laptop where I have (only) recently upgraded the operating system 
from Windowxs 2000 to XP Professional 2002 SP3 I want to reinstall 
Mathematica V 4.2.1 (besides other versions 3.0., 5.2, 6.0 and 7.0) in 
order to compare the sometimes different behavior of various versions of 
Mathematica with respect to specific procedures / packages e.g. Limit etc.

Under Windows 2000 there was no problem installing previous versions of  
Mathematica (e.g. 3.0, 4.2, 5.2, 6.0 and 7.0)
whereas with Windows XP there occurs an installation problem with 
Mathematica V 4.2.1 ONLY (not with the much older version  3.0 from 1998 
!). The  corresponding MathInstaller (08/2002) for version 4.2.1 starts 
a wizard but after about 18% the following message appears :

"MathInstaller is unable to run a program needed to proceed with the 
installation. Restart your system and try again"  ErroR 105.
When I press the OK button then in an "Application Error" window the 
following message is displayed :
"ISSET_SE caused a general protection fault in module <unknown> ..." 

Does anyone know what  to do in order to enforce the installation of 
Mathematica 4.2.1 under Windows XP Professional. (As emphasized above, 
no problem under OS Windows 2000 )

Thank you for any advice.
                                                  Robert Kragler


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