Some users have reported the error message
when trying to extract the SF2 file from the self-extracting sfArk
format used in several soundfonts on the PersonalCopy sites.
This program can not be run in DOS mode.
There are two ways this error can occur:
1. You have tried to run the file by opening a DOS Prompt window,
navigating to the folder in which the file has been placed, typed the
name of the file at the prompt, and pressed "Enter". This type of
self-extracting file does not extract properly this way. Instead, you
must open Windows Explorer, navigate to the folder in which you have
place the file, and double-click on the name of the file to launch it
- it will now extract properly.
2. The PC is configured to run a command prompt in compatibility
mode instead of the default settings of an MS-DOS Prompt. In order for
the self-extracting utility to work properly, the MS-DOS Prompt must
NOT be run in DOS compatibility mode. To change this:
and press enter. (This makes sure you are loading command.com with
its default settings rather than loading it from a shortcut that may
have overridden the default. I am assuming that you will extract the
soundfont by opening Windows Explorer, navigating to the folder you
saved the downloaded file in, and double-clicking on the file name.
This process will launch command.com with its default parameters. The
shortcut on your start menu to MS-DOS Prompt might run command.com
2. Right-click on the title bar of the command prompt, and left
click on the word "Properties" on the context-sensitive menu that
3. Click on the "Advanced" button on the "Program" tab
4. Remove the check mark from the box "Prevent MS-DOS-based
programs from detecting Windows"; the settings should look like the
graphic below, with only the "Suggest MS-DOS mode as necessary"