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Old 12th May 2013, 02:46 PM   #1
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Just for grins, I downloaded Akabak. Won't run. Compatibility problems. I have W7/64-bit. Akabak is 16-bit. I tried compatibility all the way back to W95. No joy. Any hints?

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Old 12th May 2013, 04:09 PM   #2
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If you have Win 7 prof or enterprise, install Win XP virtual machine then install Akabak inside that. Otherwise get an old 32 bit vista or xp machine and play with it there. Very powerful program but could use a port to a modern os.
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Old 12th May 2013, 11:21 PM   #3
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Otherwise get an old 32 bit vista or xp machine and play with it there.
I have an old flea powered XP32 netbook which has no trouble at all running Akabak. It dates from the days before bloatware so is pretty easy on system resources.

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Old 13th May 2013, 12:52 AM   #4
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I second x's suggestion of "Windows XP Mode". It's a free download from Microsoft. It's the easiest way of running old software that doesn't like 64-bit mode.
The "XP mode" is actually a copy of 32-bit Windows XP, all set up in its own VM. There's one gotcha when using it with AkAbak: In a VM, the host computer's hard disk appears as a network share, and AkAbak is not network aware. So you need to install AkAbak within the VM image, and manually copy any required input / output files in/out of the VM.
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Within XP Virtual machine you can copy the plot bitmap a to the copy and paste buffer that transcends both the VM and the real machine to enable input of text files and output of bitmap files quickly and easily without using network drives. I opened up the web browser inside the VM and downloaded AkAbak straight into the VM in order to install it. There is another catch: VM is only available with Pro or Enterprise versions and not home or home premium versions of Win 7.
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Old 13th May 2013, 10:28 PM   #6
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It won't run in Windows 7, but it will run in Linux (WINE).

Oh, the irony.
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Old 13th May 2013, 11:28 PM   #7
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It runs in W7 with XP virtual machine installed. Kind of like Wine. Does Wine require a real Windows license or is it really free?
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Wine is free. It's not a full OS, more like a translation layer (Win32 system calls to Linux equivalents). It's commonly called an emulator, but Wine is a recursive acronym specifically denying that ("Wine Is Not an Emulator").
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Has someone actually gotten Akabak to run in Wine?
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Old 16th May 2013, 05:54 AM   #10
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Has someone actually gotten Akabak to run in Wine?
Yes. No problem.

I don't know how to use it at all, but it installs and runs perfectly as far as I can tell.
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