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Microsoft KB Archive/102112

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Publisher: Create From File Accepts Device Name and Hangs

Publisher: Create From File Accepts Device Name and Hangs

Q102112

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The information in this article applies to:

 - Microsoft Publisher for Windows, versions 2.0, 2.0a
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SYMPTOMS
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The Create From File option allows you to try to create embedded
objects from reserved device names, such as COM1 and LPT1. If you try
to do this and you actually have a device connected to the port, with
Windows 95 the error message:

   Not enough memory to complete this operation. Close one or more
   applications and try again.

appears; with Windows 3.x, Publisher stops responding (hangs). If nothing
is connected to the port, you will receive a series of error messages.

Instead of allowing this to happen, Publisher should present a message
such as the following:

   This filename is a reserved device name. Use a different name.

Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in OLE 2.0. We are
researching this problem and will post new information here in the
Microsoft Knowledge Base as it becomes available.

MORE INFORMATION
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Steps to Reproduce Problem
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1. From the Edit menu, choose Insert Object.

2. Select Create From File.

3. In the File field, type "com1" (without the quotation marks) and
   choose OK.

If you have a device connected to the port, Publisher stops
responding. If no device is connected, the following error messages
appear, in this order:

   Object Packager
   Not enough memory to perform this operation. Close one or more
   applications and try again.

   System Error
   Cannot Read from device COM1.

   Publisher
   Unable to launch or communicate with server application.

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