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posted by Rugxulo(R) Homepage, Usono, 04.09.2016, 00:56

> And it does not happen to them from something else
> It happens WHEN I RUN THEM but not always.

This is probably some local driver bug, unlikely (but still possible) to be some kind of BIOS bug (although you may have to fiddle with some legacy settings).

So unload any TSRs or drivers, and see if the problem persists. That means no USB, no mouse, no soundcard stuff, no software cache, no EMM386, etc.

IIRC, with pkunzip, you can disable automatic detection/use of some things (e.g. DPMI, 386). The cleaner/simpler, the better.

To be quite honest, if you used a FreeDOS-bootable USB, at least then your environment could be verifiable, (re)tested exactly "as is". But all of these little "optimizations" (and buggy drivers) mixed together probably don't do what you think they do.

P.S. Don't forget that you can use Info-Zip as an alternative (different cmdline switches but still works well).


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