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  • Out of memory problems

    I purchased single user version of Alpha4 V4 in December 1994 from an ASC UK agent in Ivybridge, Plymouth, Devon under license No. AJ1T9S69. Until recently I have run the program successfully under DOS on a 486 PC originally with Windows 3.1 but later upgraded to Windows 98. That machine has recently failed. I re-installed Alpha4 on my other, newer, PC - a 400mh Intel Celeron PC with 64Mb of RAM and a 4GB hard drive - but cannot get Alpha4 to operate successfully. Each time I try to access a file I get the error message 'out of memory'. Can anyone help? I have implemented a number of extremely useful financial and stock trading systems on Alpha 4 and have found it effective and robust. I have experimented with Microsoft Access for some of these applications and found it far less effective for my needs. I confess to being a novice on the internet; this is virtually my first attempt
    Mike Regan
    [email protected]

  • #2
    RE: Out of memory problems

    Hi Mike,

    Sorry I can't help; however, you've posted your Alpha4 question to the Alpha5 portion of the board. Some of the folks more versed in Alpha4 probably have an answer. To find the Alpha4 forum, just scroll a little further down the index of formus and you'll find it.


    • #3
      RE: Out of memory problems


      Like Ohlen says, you might fair better on the Alpha 4 VERSION 4 message board. Come in again on that msg board.

      But... I have a few questions.. Are you starting your application using ALPHA.EXE or using the A4.BAT?

      For example, you've moved A4 to a new environment, and, as I understand it, when A4.bat fires it does a memory check and, I beleive, writes the findings into a file that Alpha references each time it starts after that. Starting the program with ALPHA.EXE bypasses that feature and the file doesn't get updtated.

      Also, if you're in Windows M.E. on the new machine, there are several issues to be handled. There are several posts regarding this on the A4 V4 board which you must certainly visit.

      Good luck



      • #4
        RE: Out of memory problems

        Thanks, I'll try it.


        • #5
          RE: Out of memory problems

          Thanks for your guidance and useful ideas. I'll give them a try and then try to find my way back to where i should have started! I think I need an internet 'white stick'


          • #6
            RE: Out of memory problems

            Thanks for your guidance and useful ideas. I'll give them a try and then try to find my way back to where i should have started! I think I need an internet 'white stick'