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Re: Vs. 2.2 Notebooks in vs. 7.0?

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  • Subject: [mg117512] Re: Vs. 2.2 Notebooks in vs. 7.0?
  • From: John Fultz <jfultz at>
  • Date: Mon, 21 Mar 2011 06:15:46 -0500 (EST)

Can you send me one of the notebooks that's causing a crash?  I could perhaps
give you better advice when I know the nature of the problem you're seeing.

If you want to try to experiment with older versions of Mathematica, then I can
say that if the notebooks were ever converted successfully by any version of
Mathematica, then the crash you're seeing would have been most likely to be
introduced between 5.2 and 6.0.  But I would expect all of your older versions
back through 4.1 to work fine under Windows XP.


John Fultz
jfultz at
User Interface Group
Wolfram Research, Inc.

On Sun, 20 Mar 2011 04:53:11 -0500 (EST), JCW wrote:
> I have a large archive of Mathematica software written in vs. 2.2 (.MA
> and .MB file pairs) that I need to access.  I'm now running vs. 7.0
> under Windows XP XP3.  Whenever I try to open one of these old
> notebooks, Mathematica crashes.
> Looking at Help, I see that there is supposed to be a function,
> "NotebookConvert," in the "Developer Utilities" package, but I cannot
> seem to access this function.  I do have old copies of vs. 4.1
> (apparently the oldest that I bought for personal use -- vs.2.2 was
> owned by my employer of long ago) through 6.0.3, but I'd rather not
> try installing one of them until I know it's necessary.  (Anyhow, vs.
> 4.1 only says it supports Windows through vs. 2000.  Vs. 5.1 is the
> first version that mentions XP.  I don't know if either of them will
> still do the required notebook conversion.)
> Does anyone know an efficient way to convert these old notebooks,
> preferably en masse?

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