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Re: Installation Problem with Mathematica 4.2 under Windows XP

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  • Subject: [mg98879] Re: Installation Problem with Mathematica 4.2 under Windows XP
  • From: David Bailey <dave at>
  • Date: Mon, 20 Apr 2009 19:13:03 -0400 (EDT)
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Dr. Robert Kragler wrote:
> 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
I am sure people here would be interested in what you have discovered 
from your comparisons of all those versions of Mathematica. Do please 
tell us more of your results.

David Bailey

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