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AIDA v4.3a (32-bit Windows install procedure)

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AIDA v4.3a installation - what to do if things go wrong?

First thing to check

The filesize of the AIDA v4.3a AIDAINST.EXE download file is 1,061,931 bytes (1,038 KB / 1.01MB) although Windows may report using 1,064,960 bytes to store this. If following download your copy of AIDAINST.EXE is not exactly 1,061,931 bytes long, this would suggest some corruption of the file has taken place during download. In this case you are advised to try repeating the download procedure.

Other things to check

As yet, no major setup problems have been reported with the new AIDA v4.3a 32-bit installation procedure.

However, some Windows'95 users have reported obtaining an error at the end of the installation procedure - that "README.HTM not a valid path". This is despite the fact that the README.HTM file can be found in the AIDA directory (on the correct path). The mistaken error message does not seem to manifest itself on Windows '98 / '2000 or 'ME PCs - and is of no consequence as despite the misleading message - all the files will have been installed correctly.

Theoretically the other time this error may be reported could be on systems which use Web browsers other than Internet Explorer (IE) - e.g. Netscape Navigator / Communicator, Opera, etc. Similarly the Windows Start | Programs Menu may not be able to launch certain Website links on PCs which use Web browsers other than IE. Further experience with this is expected to be gained over time (AIDA v4.3a was only made available for beta-testing at the end of July 2001).

Nevertheless, none of these browser links - which are really just 'nice to haves' - preclude proper use of the main AIDA v4.3a program.

If you experience any other problems with installing AIDA v4.3a on your computer - please feel free to contact the AIDA authors using the on-line AIDA contact form.


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AIDA v4.3 (32-bit Windows install procedure)

Please note: AIDA v4.3 - without the 'a' - is no longer available for download from this Website. AIDA v4.3 has been superseded by AIDA v4.3a. However in case you obtained your copy of AIDA from another Website, the following installation-related information is provided below for AIDA v4.3.

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AIDA v4.3 installation - what to do if things go wrong?

First thing to check

The filesize of the AIDA v4.3 AIDAINST.EXE download file is 1,021,042 bytes. If following download your copy of AIDAINST.EXE is not exactly 1,021,042 bytes long, this would suggest some corruption of the file has taken place during download. In this case you are advised to try repeating the download procedure.

Other things to check

As yet, no major setup problems have been reported with the new AIDA v4.3 32-bit installation procedure.

However, some Windows'95 users have reported obtaining an error at the end of the installation procedure - that "README.HTM not a valid path". This is despite the fact that the README.HTM file can be found in the AIDA directory (on the correct path). The mistaken error message does not seem to manifest itself on Windows '98 / '2000 or 'ME PCs - and is of no consequence as despite the misleading message - all the files will have been installed correctly.

If you experience any other problems with installing AIDA v4.3 on your computer - please feel free to contact the AIDA authors using the on-line AIDA contact form.


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AIDA v4.1a (16-bit DOS install procedure)

A few setup problems have been reported with the AIDA v4.1a DOS installation procedure. These have all been corrected with the release of AIDA v4.3

Where possible AIDA v4.1a users who experience any problems are advised to take advantage of the release of AIDA v4.3

However, for users who do not have access to a 32-bit Windows operating system, certain setup / installation notes relevant to AIDA v4.1a are reproduced below.


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AIDA v4.1a installation - what to do if things go wrong?

First thing to check

The filesize of the AIDA v4.1a AIDADOS.EXE download file is 1,032,989 bytes (1,009 KB / 0.98 MB) although Windows may report using 1,036,288 bytes to store this. If following download your copy of AIDADOS.EXE is not exactly 1,032,989 bytes long, this would suggest some corruption of the file has taken place during download. In this case you are advised to try repeating the download procedure.

If the download went fine, and you were able to open AIDADOS.EXE without any difficulty, and could run the SETUP program, but find that for some unexplained reason you cannot run the AIDA program - a small 'bug fix' documented below may help you.

Second thing to check

A very small number of AIDA v4.1a downloads have been associated with an error following installation (after running the SETUP.EXE program). This problem occurs on first attempting to run the AIDA program. It cannot be reproduced by the system developers (and therefore cannot be corrected), but it can be easily overcome.

If, upon trying to run AIDA v4.1a, you are presented with a screen similar to the one shown below:

Cannot find AIDAHELP.FIL

and are told that AIDA cannot find the AIDAHELP.FIL file you should check the contents of your AIDA sub-directory, to see if this contains a file called 1_2_3_4_.5_6

If it does *not* you should try downloading AIDADOS.EXE again because the file may still have become corrupted during transfer. Failing this you should follow the instructions at the end of the above screen and contact the AIDA authors using the on-line AIDA contact form giving details of your problem.

However, if the file 1_2_3_4_.5_6 is present, you simply need to rename this to AIDAHELP.FIL in order to be able to use AIDA. To do this, at the DOS prompt of your AIDA v4.1a sub-directory, simply type:

RENAME 1_2_3_4_.5_6 AIDAHELP.FIL

and press <ENTER>. Thereafter simply type:

AIDA

and press <ENTER> to run the AIDA program. The reason for this problem remains completely unclear. While most AIDA users have had no problems with the download and installation of AIDA v4.1a, a small number have reported this difficulty. As the above 'bug fix' always seems to work and corrects the problem - it is provided here to save users having to contact the AIDA authors with queries unless they run into more complex problems.

Other enquiries about AIDA using the on-line AIDA contact form are most welcome. Similarly registration of the use of AIDA (for free) by email is still cordially requested. However it is hoped that the above information may provide some ways round the problem for those small number of users who run into any difficulties installing AIDA.


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Windows '95 / '98 / '2000 / 'ME / 'NT users (of AIDA v4.1a)

AIDA v4.1a is a DOS based program which will run under DOS, Windows 3.xx, Windows'95 / '98 / '2000 / 'ME or 'NT. This note is largely superfluous with the launch of AIDA v4.3 - which is specifically designed to install AIDA under 32-bit Windows operating systems. However it is included here, for completeness, in case there are any AIDA v4.1a users who need to optimise use of the software under Windows'95 / '98 / '2000 / 'ME or Windows 'NT.

There are two ways of running AIDA v4.1a under 32-bit operating systems:

[1] - By opening a MS-DOS Window from the Start | Program Menu. This will give you a DOS prompt - but leaves you in the C:\Windows directory. Typing CD\ and pressing [ENTER] will take you to the root directory. Typing CD AIDAv41a (or the name of the directory into which AIDA v4.1a was installed), and pressing [ENTER] will take you to the AIDA sub-directory. Typing AIDA and pressing [ENTER] will run the AIDA program.

[2] - From the desktop as a shortcut option. An icon for this purpose is provided (filename=AIDA.ICO). Please note however that sufficient Environment space needs to be set up for this to work properly - otherwise an "Environment not found" error will be obtained.

To avoid this problem when running AIDA from the Windows'95/'98/'2000/'ME/'NT Desktop click on the shortcut option, right click for the Property Box, ensure that the "Close on exit" option is checked, choose the Memory Tab and ensure that the setting for Initial Environment is set to 1024.

This information can also be viewed on page 41 of the on-line user guide (filename=USERGIDE.DOC) which is accessible via function key <F1>=Help on the AIDA data entry screen.

Please note, however, that the Initial Environment often needs to be set higher than the 256 quoted in USERGIDE.DOC (experience suggests 1024 is a more realistic level).

If you experience any problems getting method [2] to work - you are advised to try method [1] and establish that the program is installed properly and functions ok on your machine - before trying to get the Windows shortcut to work.

Please note: if a blank, black screen flashes up - and that is all you get - the problem is likely to be related to the "Environment not found" error outlined above. Unfortunately because the "Close on exit" option will be set the screen is cleared (and closed) before you have a chance to see the error message. Going through the steps outlined in [2] above should fix the problem.

Alternatively downloading a copy of AIDA v4.3 should bypass these problems. The AIDA v4.3 setup procedure will install the software on the hard disk - and automatically place a short cut icon on the Windows desktop - without users needing to take any further complicated steps.



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AIDA v4.0 (16-bit DOS install procedure)

Please note: AIDA v4.0 is no longer available for download from this Website. AIDA v4.0 has been superseded by AIDA v4.1a. However in case you obtained your copy of AIDA from another Website, the following installation-related information is provided below for AIDA v4.0.

A few setup problems have been reported with the AIDA v4.0 DOS installation procedure. These have all been corrected with the release of AIDA v4.3

Where possible AIDA v4.0 users who experience any problems are advised to take advantage of the release of AIDA v4.3

However, for users who do not have access to a 32-bit Windows operating system, certain setup / installation notes relevant to AIDA v4.0 are reproduced below.


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AIDA v4.0 installation - what to do if things go wrong?

First thing to check

The filesize of the AIDA v4.0 AIDADOS.EXE download file is 1,582,280 bytes. If following download your AIDA v4.0 copy of AIDADOS.EXE is not exactly 1,582,280 bytes long, this would suggest some corruption of the file has taken place during download. In this case you are advised to try repeating the download procedure.

If the download went fine, and you were able to open AIDADOS.EXE without any difficulty, and could run the SETUP program, but find that for some unexplained reason you cannot run the AIDA program - a small 'bug fix' documented below may help you.

Second thing to check

A very small number of AIDA v4.0 downloads have been associated with an error following installation (after running the SETUP.EXE program). This problem occurs on first attempting to run the AIDA program. It cannot be reproduced by the system developers (and therefore cannot be corrected), but it can be easily overcome.

If, upon trying to run AIDA v4.0, you are presented with a screen similar to the one shown below:

Cannot find AIDAHELP.FIL

and are told that AIDA cannot find the AIDAHELP.FIL file you should check the contents of your AIDA sub-directory, to see if this contains a file called 1_2_3_4_.5_6

If it does *not* you should try downloading AIDADOS.EXE again because the file may still have become corrupted during transfer. Failing this you should follow the instructions at the end of the above screen and contact the AIDA authors by using the on-line AIDA contact form giving details of your problem.

However, if the file 1_2_3_4_.5_6 is present, you simply need to rename this to AIDAHELP.FIL in order to be able to use AIDA. To do this, at the DOS prompt of your AIDA v4.0 sub-directory, simply type:

RENAME 1_2_3_4_.5_6 AIDAHELP.FIL

and press <ENTER>. Thereafter simply type:

AIDA

and press <ENTER> to run the AIDA program. The reason for this problem remains completely unclear. While most AIDA users have had no problems with the download and installation of AIDA v4.0, a small number have reported this difficulty. As the above 'bug fix' always seems to work and corrects the problem - it is provided here to save users having to contact the AIDA authors with queries unless they run into more complex problems.

Other enquiries about AIDA using the on-line AIDA contact form are most welcome. Similarly registration of the use of AIDA (for free) by email is still cordially requested. However it is hoped that the above information may provide some ways round the problem for those small number of users who run into any difficulties installing AIDA.


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Windows '95 / '98 / '2000 / 'ME / 'NT users (of AIDA v4.0)

AIDA v4.0 is a DOS based program which will run under DOS, Windows 3.xx, Windows'95 / '98 / '2000 / 'ME or 'NT. This note is largely superfluous with the launch of AIDA v4.3 - which is specifically designed to install AIDA under 32-bit Windows operating systems. However it is included here, for completeness, in case there are any AIDA v4.0 users who need to optimise use of the software under Windows'95 / '98 / '2000 / 'ME or Windows 'NT.

There are two ways of running AIDA v4.0 under 32-bit operating systems:

[1] - By opening a MS-DOS Window from the Start | Program Menu. This will give you a DOS prompt - but leaves you in the C:\Windows directory. Typing CD\ and pressing [ENTER] will take you to the root directory. Typing CD AIDA40 (or the name of the directory into which AIDA v4.0 was installed), and pressing [ENTER] will take you to the AIDA sub-directory. Typing AIDA and pressing [ENTER] will run the AIDA program.

[2] - From the desktop as a shortcut option. An icon for this purpose is provided (filename=AIDA.ICO). Please note however that sufficient Environment space needs to be set up for this to work properly - otherwise an "Environment not found" error will be obtained.

To avoid this problem when running AIDA from the Windows'95/'98/'2000/'ME/'NT Desktop click on the shortcut option, right click for the Property Box, ensure that the "Close on exit" option is checked, choose the Memory Tab and ensure that the setting for Initial Environment is set to 1024.

This information can also be viewed on page 41 of the on-line user guide (filename=USERGIDE.DOC) which is accessible via function key <F1>=Help on the AIDA data entry screen.

Please note, however, that the Initial Environment often needs to be set higher than the 256 quoted in USERGIDE.DOC (experience suggests 1024 is a more realistic level).

If you experience any problems getting method [2] to work - you are advised to try method [1] and establish that the program is installed properly and functions ok on your machine - before trying to get the Windows shortcut to work.

Please note: if a blank, black screen flashes up - and that is all you get - the problem is likely to be related to the "Environment not found" error outlined above. Unfortunately because the "Close on exit" option will be set the screen is cleared (and closed) before you have a chance to see the error message. Going through the steps outlined in [2] above should fix the problem.

Alternatively downloading a copy of AIDA v4.3 should bypass these problems. The AIDA v4.3 setup procedure will install the software on the hard disk - and automatically place a short cut icon on the Windows desktop - without users needing to take any further complicated steps.


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