[Wine] Dragon NaturallySpeaking 7 install fails -ve memory reported

Austin English austinenglish at gmail.com
Tue Oct 21 11:02:34 CDT 2008

On Tue, Oct 21, 2008 at 10:55 AM, teight <wineforum-user at winehq.org> wrote:
> Many thanks for the suggestion, Susan.  I did try it but the result was still the same, an error message detailing the system requirements for DNS (which my machine comfortably exceeds) , an indication that my memory was MINUS 1.052 gigabytes and "Your computer does not meet the minimum specifications for installation of Dragon NaturallySpeaking".
> I'm still guessing that DNS cannot handle 3GB and that the -1052 is the result of a register/stack overflow. Maybe 3GB was a ridiculous amount of memory when DNS 7 was first developed in the halcyon pre-Vista days.
> Teight
> Susan Cragin wrote:
>> Hi Teight,
>> I'm one of the first to use DNS7 on Ubuntu with Wine. DNS7 is a great program -- still the fastest SR engine made. Later versions (9 and above) eclipse it in accuracy, but not in raw power. It was simple, too. Later versions sacrifice too much power and speed to provide litutle-used tie-ins to the Windows desktop. (And of course, all such tie-ins are useless to the Linux user.)
>> But to answer your question ...
>> I always had trouble installing every version of DNS from CD. And I'm not very technical, so here's how I got around it.
>> I copied all the contents of the DNS7 disk to a DNS7 folder on my desktop and installed it from there.
>> This instruction is helpful for DNS7 but even more helpful for 9.0 and 10, which come on 2 separate disks.
>> Susan Cragin
>> -----Original Message-----
>> > From: teight <wineforum-user at winehq.org>
>> > Sent: Oct 21, 2008 8:17 AM
>> > To: wine-users at winehq.org
>> > Subject: [Wine] Dragon NaturallySpeaking 7 install fails -ve memory reported
>> >
>> > Hi folks,
>> > I'm presently having my second foray into Wine. I'm running Ubuntu 8.04 on a machine with 3GB memory. I'm having problems installing Dragon NaturallySpeaking 7 and would welcome some guidance.
>> >
>> > When I run "wine /media/cdrom1/autorun.exe" the install looks promising for a few moments, then an error message saying:
>> > "Your computer does not meet the minimum specifications for installation of Dragon NaturallySpeaking" and it reports  something like -1022Mb memory.
>> > Then the install allows me to withdraw gracefully, no crashes or other problems.
>> >
>> > This behaviour happens under Wine 1.00 from the Ubuntu repository and under Wine 1.1.6.
>> >
>> > My guess is that the Dragon installer is not able to recognise 3GB and is therefore unable to install, having misreported the total memory as a negative quantity.
>> >
>> > Please, is there a command line option I can use when invoking Wine which will limit the amount of memory the Dragon installer can 'see'?
>> >
>> > I would love to get Dragon 7 running under Ubuntu because it is the only reason I still have a dual boot machine.  Can you help me?
>> >
>> > Cheers,
>> > teight

Do you get a similar error on Windows? If not, please file a bug.


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