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From:  Valerie Sutton
Date:  Tue Dec 22, 1998  3:06 pm
Subject:  Re: SignWriter Shareware

>Thank you, Valerie. I think the concern is not just the issue of
>but also whether we have room on the hard drive. I will keep you updated.
> What would be helpful is if you could tell me how much space Signwriter
>needs to
> work.
>Hugs, Cheryl

Hi Cheryl -
SignWriter is an MS-DOS program requiring 640K bytes of internal memory,
CGA, EGA or VGA graphics, and about two megabytes hard disk space. Three
kinds of printers are supported: Epson-compatible dot-matrix printers,
Hewlett-Packard-compatible ink-jet or laser printers, and Postscript laser

There are rare occasions when people install SignWriter, with plenty of
memory both internal and external, and when they try to start the program,
the computer says "Not enough memory to start SignWriter". We had this
complaint twice and I remember I could hardly believe it because it is such
a tiny program in comparison to more modern programs. But guess what?! I
got a new computer and the same thing happened to me - ha! So I talked with
the programmer, and this was what he said...

QUESTION: People have reported to me that they install SignWriter properly,
and they have plenty of memory, but when they type:

sw (and press return)

a sentence appears saying that there is not enough memory to open SignWriter.

ANSWER: We actually had this problem pop up a few times many years ago. The
problem is that SignWriter is such an old program that it is based on the
IBM's original 640K memory model. Of that 640K, SW uses most of it, so if
your DOS system is set up in a way to load extra software into the low 640K
memory, SW will not have enough to start. It doesn't matter how many
megabytes of extra memory you have, because SW can't access it.

SOLUTION: The solution (if there is one) is to make sure that the low 640K
of IBM memory is free and clear, containing nothing but DOS and SW.

So Cheryl, if you haven't tried installing SignWriter yet, then don't
assume you will have problems. Try it first, and then write to me, and I
will try to help you if something pops up. You can read about the program,
and download it, on these web pages:

Computer Program Package

Download Shareware

Have a great day!

Valerie :-)

Valerie Sutton at the DAC
Deaf Action Committee for SW


Center For Sutton Movement Writing
an educational nonprofit organization
Box 517, La Jolla, CA, 92038-0517, USA

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