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Hi there,

I am having problems with my newly reformatted work computer, XP and the DOS program we use.

Prior to installing XP a few days ago, we have been using win 98 SE and it worked pretty much fine with the DOS program we run.

Now, with XP, when I have the DOS program on (it's called Pentagon 2000, it's for the aerospace industry) everything else slows to a crawl. i pulled up the Task Manager and found something called ntvdm.exe using 99% of the CPU.

I need to be able to run both Pentagon and explorer at the same time.

Anything I can do about this?
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If you have one, right click the desktop icon for the programme then click properties then compatibility to run it in compatibility mode for 98SE
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okay i just set that, i'll try it out and get back to you. thanks!
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i set it to win 98 (it was previously set to 95) and rebooted and it's still not working right.

everything still crawling when the DOS prog is running.
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Have you got the installation CD for the programme or does it have a lot of stored data with it

Possibly, XP might take to it if it is installed on it
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This is the information for the process

ntvdm.exe
Process Name: Windows 16-bit Virtual Machine

Description: ntvdm.exe is process that belongs to the Windows 16-bit Virtual Machine. It provides an environment for a 16-bit process to execute on a 32-bit platform. This program is important for the stable and secure running of your computer and should not be terminated.
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Have you got the installation CD for the programme or does it have a lot of stored data with it

Possibly, XP might take to it if it is installed on it

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i'll have to take a look and see if we have a CD for it. I might also call the company's tech support, but to be honest, they are next to useless.

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i spoke to the tech support guy who works for the software company and he told me that it's hard to run the DOS version with XP or 2000. he suggested trying a program called TAMEDOS. has anyone tried it?
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Hi,

Not sure if this will work you but I use a program called dosbox, it's a dos emulator but I've only used it to play old dos games, anyway here is the link if you're interested http://dosbox.source...php?show_news=1 hope this helps.

By the way check out the FAQs it says there [sic]In theory dosbox can be used for almost any other dos application besides games

Edited by fungit, 12 September 2005 - 03:49 PM.

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wow, tamedos really helps. color me impressed! :tazz:
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Thank You for posting the solution
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