SECTION 000 - SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
You will require the following minimum configuration to use HiFinance under MS-Windows: -
HiFinance cannot be run in pure DOS mode as the memory management requires access to more memory than MS-DOS can provide. HiFinance displays in 132 columns by 43 lines mode. This is only supported in Windows XP or above. However, full screen mode is not supported by Windows, in this resolution, so it is necessary to run HiFinance in a window.
Apart from the above restriction, HiFinance requires the following to run successfully.
A) I.B.M. Pentium (or above) style Personal Computer - or compatible, with at least one hard disk.
B) At least 520KB RAM (Random Access Memory) free in conventional memory space and a total of at least 4MB of extended memory available. This generally means that the computer needs 1MB of RAM when using WinXP or 2MB for releases above that. Insufficient memory might allow most functions to proceed correctly, but might terminate unpredictably when certain large programs are loaded. Care should be taken when loading, so-called, RAM resident programs (TSR’s) and/or network drivers. Generally, these are not the problem they used to be, but some programs are memory hogs and do not allow other programs to function.
C) At least one printer (parallel, USB, serial interface or Networked) is required for printing. A narrow carriage printer (8”) is all that is required. Laser printer support is available but it should be noted that only A4 stationary will function properly in these printers and that Laser printers do not print edge-to-edge so very wide reports might loose a character or two on the extreme right-hand-side. Postscript printing is not supported, except through the optional Report Server, which is currently only used for external report, eg Invoices. If you wish to print wide reports, eg 7-days Aged Debtor Trial Balance, it is still possible to use a Laser printer. However, you must choose an A3 style and arrange for it to print in landscape.
D) If you intend to use the graphical invoice printing routines for emailing and faxing, you need to have Outlook Express and WinFax, or equivalent, installed on your system. Neither of these are particularly frugal with memory usage, so it is important to have sufficient RAM installed.
E) You may use a monochrome, composite or RGB monitor with CGA, EGA or VGA colour, if desired. HiFinance normally senses the monitor you are using and adjusts the screens appropriately. You can also choose the screen colours if the default colours do not match your screen.
F) Your CONFIG.SYS must contain the following lines:
Under no circumstances should HiFinance be run with less than 40 files specified. The result of this action will be unpredictable.
Not all versions of Windows dynamically allocate memory and other resources so CONFIG.SYS or CONFIG.NT may be necessary. For more information, see SECTION 0.