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    by Dennis Collin

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    When opening very old drawings, perhaps as old as pre-release 12 (DOS) files, the following error message may be displayed.

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    After acknowledging the message AutoCAD will then terminate. A similar error can also result when trying to access the drawing via Trueview viewer or similar. The message also results when trying to recover the file, not allowing to save a recovery version.

    To salvage the drawing, I have found that the file can be opened and saved in the AutoCAD Mobile App. Save a copy of the drawing with a ‘Fixed’ suffix and download to a local workstation or network drive.

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    Open the drawing with the AutoCAD Desktop application, the open function states the file still needs recovery and will offer to fix the problem.

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    Recover the drawing once again, fix any problems found, the recovered drawing should now be clean of errors and be able to be worked upon normally.

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