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I am getting the following message when I visualize in dvi mode:

MiKTeX Problem Report
Message: Some PostScript specials could not be rendered.
Data: Error: /undefined in H.S
Operand stack:
   --nostringval--   PermitFileReading   --nostringval--   PermitFileWriting   --nostringval--
Execution stack:
   %interp_exit   .runexec2   --nostringval--   --nostringval--   --nostringval--   2   %stopped_push   --nostringval--   --nostringval--   --nostringval--   false   1   %stopped_push   1914   1   3   %oparray_pop   1913   1   3   %oparray_pop   1897   1   3   %oparray_pop   1787   1   3   %oparray_pop   --nostringval--   %errorexec_pop   .runexec2   --nostringval--   --nostringval--   --nostringval--   2   %stopped_push   --nostringval--
Dictionary stack:
   --dict:1166/1684(ro)(G)--   --dict:0/20(G)--   --dict:80/200(L)--   --dict:95/300(L)--   --dict:17/200(L)--
Current allocation mode is local
MiKTeX GPL Ghostscript  9.00: Unrecoverable error, exit code 1

Source: Libraries\MiKTeX\Dvi\Ghostscript.cpp
Line: 372
MiKTeX: 2.9
OS: Microsoft Windows 8 Business Edition, 64-bit (build 9200)
Invokers: explorer/TeXnicCenter
SystemAdmin: no
PowerUser: no
Root0: C:\Users\acb\AppData\Roaming\MiKTeX\2.9
Root1: C:\Users\acb\AppData\Local\MiKTeX\2.9
Root2: C:\ProgramData\MiKTeX\2.9
Root3: C:\Program Files\MiKTeX
UserInstall: C:\Users\acb\AppData\Roaming\MiKTeX\2.9
UserConfig: C:\Users\acb\AppData\Roaming\MiKTeX\2.9
UserData: C:\Users\acb\AppData\Local\MiKTeX\2.9
CommonInstall: C:\Program Files\MiKTeX
CommonConfig: C:\ProgramData\MiKTeX\2.9
CommonData: C:\ProgramData\MiKTeX\2.9  

What does it mean?

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closed as too localized by Speravir, Marco Daniel, Thorsten, Paul Gaborit, Martin Schröder Feb 18 '13 at 7:23

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That message is not produced by your dvi viewer, but by ghostscript which is invoked from the dvi viewer, presumably because your dvi contains PostScript specials. Try to convert your dvi using dvips and look at the result with ghostview. – JLDiaz Jan 10 '13 at 19:20
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Not everything that you might want to do in print (or can do with some particular target format) can be expressed directly in TeX' own DVI language, so there is a \special mechanism to pass commands directly to the backend. Some of the drivers make heroic efforts to emulate the others, but (as you see) not always with success.

In this case, it looks like you used some command that should only be used for pdflatex. Have you tried pdflatex directly, not latex --> DVI --> PDF?

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I guess your last sentence should read like “Try out the direct production of PDF, i.e. call the profile LaTeX --> PDF.” – Speravir Feb 18 '13 at 2:39
@Speravir, yes, that was the intent. – vonbrand Feb 18 '13 at 3:30

For me the following usually works:

In YAP, the DVI viewer, in menu View go to Render method and select dvips. This way the PostScript specials in the DVI will be correctly interpreted.

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It doesn't change anything :( – user24250 Jan 11 '13 at 11:36

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