First time user here and I'm looking for a hail Mary salvation for an old estimating program that we use. Little bit of background, the program is called ESTMTRON, have been able to use it on our Windows 7 computers, but have to upgrade them to 10 this week. I can get the program to run, but when I type in the ending command that is supposed to give me my output files, it runs through the consolidation file, places items in alphabetical order then it gives me an error saying "Unknown command "SORT" Illegal function call in line 600 of module EST at address 03B0:08A9 Hit any key to return to system". The program is supposed to create 4 files, Temp1.dat, Random.dat, Consol.dat and a .prn file that you select in the program, but I am only getting data in the Temp1.dat and Random.dat, the Consol.dat file is empty and it will not create the .prn file. I can zip the program and database along with it if necessary. Any insight will help as the owner of the company doesn't want to change to something new yet. Thank you in advance. Rich
when you get the program running, here is a simple example of how to input an estimate so you can go through the process and see the results. I will put all prompts in blue and entries that you will need to input as red. Enter ESTM number (any 4 digit number will work)
Enter Takeoff in the following format:
Quantity, size, description
? 4,4,de (enter) ? 4,4,fc (enter) ? 0,0,0 (enter) This will close the estimating process and it should create the 4 files. The prn file will be named the ESTM number you started with.
Please let me know if you have any questions and thank you for the help!
That was quite unexpected: Unknown command "SORT"… doesn’t refer to some sort function. Instead ESTM just calls COMMAND.COM with "/C SORT <TEMP1.DAT > CONSOL.DAT". So the command processor should execute something called SORT. SORT is no internal DOS command, and there’s no SORT (.COM, .EXE or .BAT) program in the ESTM directory. ESTM checks the CONSOL.DAT file, and generates Unknown command "SORT"…
Put attached SORT.EXE (of FreeDOS) in the ESTM directory, and it should work.