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"WINgs" application gets Divide By Zero error ... Borland Database?

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Hello.  Client of mine has old Win98 pc, gets new XP Pro System.  Transfered data into an "oldc" directory and installed apps.  All's well except an application called WINgs by a defunct company named Gunold Technology.  (It's version 2.50.98.049d if that means anything)  Anywho it's an app based on a Borland Database I believe, from what I could tell by the utilities it installed.  When I fire up said App, i get the following error - System Error, Divide By Zero or Overflow Error.  Any help would be very appreciated.
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Are you sure it's a Borland database?
Old FoxPro v2.5 and 2.6 applications would give that error message at startup on machines faster than a Pentium.
The way you would be able to tell is by looking for a file like foxd2500.esl or foxw2600.esl
I can't remember the name exactly, but the w indicates Windows, and the d indicates DOS, while the 25 or 26 is the major version.

There was a patch available to fix this:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=http://support.microsoft.com:80/support/kb/articles/Q240/9/82.asp&NoWebContent=1
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The only reason I say it's a Borland DB is that the utilities that the software installed were borland utils.  And, yeah, I found all the stuff online about the Foxpro errors, but there were no foxpro files of any sort... (seached for anything fox, fp, etc... nothing), so I'm assuming it's a speed problem, like the foxpro error, but with Borland??
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Here's an interesting link if it's Borland Pascal:
http://www.merlyn.demon.co.uk/clpb-faq.txt
It looks like you may even be able to patch the application without having to recompile the source.

The link above cites additional info available here:
ftp://garbo.uwasa.fi/pc/link/tsfaqp.zip

What is the extension associated with the data files?
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OK... in the WIngs Program group.. there's a "BDE Repair Utility"  which opens up a program "Borland TUtility (32-bit)

In the Database folder in the c:\WIngs\ directory it contains:
groups.db
groups.px
groups.val
test.flt
test.rep
wings.db
wings.mb
wings.px
wings.val
wings.x02
wings.x12
wings.xg0
wings.xg1
wings.y02
wings.y12
wings.yg0
wings.yg1
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Ah! That's Paradox. OK let me see what I can find.
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I'm not seeing much on a Divide by Zero associated with Borland Paradox applications except with reports on version 9 running under Win2k SP2.  

The error related to Borland Pascal and Divide by Zero mentioned the problem really being in the crt.asm file.  Is this a DOS application?  If so, it could be that the version of Paradox you have installed was compiled with this same library.

Other than that, I'm afraid that I can't think of anything else.  If you decide to abandon the application, you should be able to at least get the data into something like Access via ODBC.
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Sounds good to me
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sounds good
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