Hi, Klaus:

Do you see any messages when you try to open the file?

FrameMaker 7.x can read FrameMaker files as far back as 4.x, I believe. 
Your file may be corrupted. One technique that might help is called 
"OpenHeroic." This bypasses FrameMaker's validation checks that are 
usually performed when opening a file. You perform it with these keystrokes:

* Tap and release Escape
* Tap and release lowercase o
* Tap and release uppercase H
* Locate the file in the openFile dialog box.

Klaus Daube wrote:
>    I came across the problem of opening an FM 5.5.6 file in FM 7 - which is 
> not
>    possible. Fortunately the file was short and I could reconstruct it from 
> its
>    paper form. Anyhow some content had to be updated.
>
>    How to get really old FM versions (set of diskettes)?
>
>    With a virtual environment or an old Windows 3.1 machine some bootstrapping
>    process should be possible.
>
>    Do you know of other means to read an old FM file?
>
>    Well there still is the problem of reading it physically (a diskette format
>    no more in use, MO disks etc.). I guess that things must be reconstructed
>    from printed matter (scan, ocr, ...)
>
>    BTW does anyone know the details of the header information? What does the
>    letter J in <MakerFile 6.0J>  denote? FM 7.2 puts <MakerFile 7.0H> into the
>    file.
>
>    Thanks for your ideas
>
>    Klaus Daube
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