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Quicken 6.0 for DOS Won't Install
I downloaded Quicken 6 from the library, and it refuses to complete installation. When it asks for the second diskette, it errors out saying that the diskette may be damaged and to retry installing. When the program terminates, it says "Disk error: read fault on drive D". I can move the installation files to the hard disk, but it still gives the same error. is my optical drive. I tried it both on VMs and real hardware, but it still fails. Any idea why this happens?
Also dumped disk images of 3.5" format are verified.
(I also have 5.25" disk version of it and compared all files with 3.5" ones.)
Therefore there is issue with your H/W. (Not S/W problem.)
We are talking about the Quicken 6 for DOS, with two 720k disk images?
It sounds like your copy got corrupted. I'd try re-downloading them and re-extracting them from the images. Perhaps use a different tool to write/extract the files.
Yes, the media is 3.5" 720KB.
All files are just identical to 5.25" ones.
At least it is related with H/W compatibility issue.
I don't use Winimage on Windows if possible.
As you know, FDC handle on Windows are Not so stable than on real DOS.
Also I recommend to refer about Int-13
So I don't write disk image to physical diskette on Windows.
(I always write disk image to diskette on real DOS PC on MS-DOS 6.xx)
That doesn't help at all. The virtualizer running DOS doesn't work with the images, and fails in the exact same way as a physical machine. This tells me that WinImage is writing the diskette fine, so that isn't an issue. WinImage is the premier utility for writing diskettes and has never failed before unless the physical diskette was damaged.
You might also try a "clean boot", just in case you have installed some TSR or driver that is confusing it.
I'll pick apart my startup files to see if something is screwy there.
It probably wasn't MSCDEX as we would run this when we used quicken on our old dos/win 3.1 system back in the day. The problem is free memory below 640k as quicken needed as much of it as it could, and the installer probably does too.
Rule of thumb, strip down your environment to only what you need when running potentially memory sensitive programs.
And fwiw, Quicken runs beautifully in a windows xp command prompt. You can even still buy checks for it.