Microsoft KB Archive/102040

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Article ID: 102040

Article Last Modified on 10/31/2006


  • Microsoft Windows NT Advanced Server 3.1
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 3.1
  • Microsoft Windows NT Advanced Server 3.1

This article was previously published under Q102040


You may experience problems with CorelDRAW! when running Microsoft Windows NT version 3.1. These problems include:

  • Using the CorelDRAW! 16-bit drivers
  • Printing from CorelDRAW!
  • Installing CorelDRAW!

NOTE: This information also applies to the applications provided with CorelDRAW!: CorelCHART, CorelSHOW, CorelPHOTO, CorelTRACE, and CorelMOSAIC.


Using the CorelDRAW! 16-Bit Drivers

Because CorelDRAW! versions 3.0 and 4.0 rely on 16-bit device drivers, these versions are limited in functionality with Windows NT. (Windows NT does not support 16-bit device drivers.)

Most import and export functions in CorelDRAW! fail with Windows NT because they rely on the 16-bit drivers.

A 16-bit driver is also used by default to write the "thumbnail" (a small picture in the upper-right corner of the Open dialog box) to the header of a .CDR file. As a result, it appears as if you cannot save files in CorelDRAW! in Windows NT.

To work around this problem, choose 0, 1, or 2 in the Header box of the Save As or Save dialog box. As a result, any thumbnails of newly created files are black and white (and CorelDRAW! does not attempt to use the 16-bit device driver). You do NOT need to save the file in 2.0 file format.

NOTE: This problem has does not occur in Windows NT Workstation and Windows NT Server version 3.5. PHOTO-PAINT, MOSAIC, and SHOW cannot be used with Windows NT because of their dependence on 16-bit device drivers.

Printing from CorelDRAW!

When printing to a PostScript printer on Windows NT, CorelDRAW! does not correctly detect it is printing to a PostScript printer, as a result:

  • When you print TrueType text over a graphic object, the characters may have a white rectangle background.
  • Non-clipped shaded text does not print correctly.
  • Your print jobs may take longer than they do with Windows or Windows for Workgroups.

Installing CorelDRAW!

You cannot install CorelDRAW! version 4.0 from early released disks (both CD-ROM and floppy disks) if you have only one floppy disk drive and you try to install CorelDRAW! to the last logical drive in your configuration (for example, you have drives A, C and D, and you try to install to drive D).

To work around this problem, create an extended partition (using WinDisk) and assign the next available drive letter to it (in the above example, E). Floppy disks and CD-ROM disks dated after 7/20/93 should not encounter this problem.

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