A thought. Yes, it is possible to make PM6.5 run on a WindowsXP machine. I've done it three times now.
What you do is DON't let it install from the popup menu. Right-click, hit (I think) "explore," then on the setup file right-click and find "properties." You want the tab that says "compatibility." Set it so it says "Windows 98." Then go back, hit "setup" (DON'T let it setup from the popup), and it will do fine. OOne of the nice features of Windows XP is it will run software built for older versions of Windows (Vista will not, by the way), and I have been ab le to keep using some antique software that isn't made any more--including Acrobat 5.0, by the way.
And I have the same problem converting a *.p65 file to Acrobat *.pdf y'all have described. PageMaker says I need a postscript printer driver. I have no idea whether I get that from the printer manufacturer or Adobe. I am not particularly interested in paying to upgrade either PageMaker or Acrobat, as they both work just fine (and Adobe wasn't offering *me* any discounts on anything).
The work-around I have on my home computer is a little kludgy, but it works. I found and installed Microsoft's "Virtual PC" program (vintage 2004), which was designed, I think, to enable Windows computers to run Mac software. I installed Windows 98, PageMaker, and Acrobat 5.0 on the "virtual PC." When I want to convert a PM file to Acrobat, I copy it to the virtual PC, open it ijn PM there, and convert it to Acrobat, and copy the Acrobat file back. And Acrobat Reader 9.3 will open and read it just fine.
My problem at the office is I can't get the "virtual PC" program any more--Microsoft was, at last check, making it only for Windows Vista (which I will not let anywhere near a computer I intend to use). So I'm back to the old problem--unless I e-mail the PageMaker file from the office to home, and convert it there. I think I'm getting way too kludgy doing that. Ideas? Thanks.
That works in PM 5, 6.5, and 7.
If that's your only problem, you don't need ID. You already have the stuff you need.
BTW, I've run hundreds of PM6.5 files on WinXP. Still am. Good luck.