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Win 16 Subsystem Problem

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19-Oct-2008 19:14

Having used CARDBOX without problems, a difficulty has only now manifested itself.

Running on Windows XP, a message has appeared twice in the last month, to the effect:

"The Win 16 subsystem has insufficient resources to continue running"

and suggests a re-boot. When re-booted, it works perfectly again.

It has been happily running on XP for two years now (and on this same PC), so what am I doing wrong?

As usual


20-Oct-2008 09:02

Jim, looking up "The Win 16 subsystem has insufficient resources to continue running" in Google, it seems to be a design feature of Windows XP. For instance: http://www.vttoth.com/wow32.htm (the description is good but don't attempt the "solution" that that web page proposes: it sounds dangerous).

As far as I can work out from the description, the problem depends on what other programs you have been using on Windows XP before you started the 16-bit program, and how you were using them.

The only thing I can suggest is that you upgrade to Cardbox 3.0, which is a 32-bit program and is therefore immune to Microsoft's 16-bit bugs.


20-Oct-2008 09:22

Thank you very much for your reply.

You are quite right - on both occasions it happened, I had a number of programs, browsers etc open on XP - and attempted to open Cardbox simultaneously.

I will indeed uograde - in all honesty, I was not aware there was a Cardbox 3.0 until I posted the above query and staretd reading the rest of the site. I thought the version I had was pretty comprehensive, but Cardbox 3 sounds even better, and of course, as you say, being 32-bit, this should solve the 16-bit problem.

Incidentally, I too noted the suggested solution on http://www.vttoth.com/wow32.htm but thought it did not have air of confidence about it!

Thanks again - what a wonderful program Cardbox is!

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