If TALLY ended with an ERROR, a completion status appears. If there is
such a message, the following error or errors have occurred. The
Completion Status are given here along with a brief commentary.
1. Terminated by choice:
You had pressed Ctrl+Break while running the program, and
subsequently chosen to QUIT the program in the Middle. NOT a
2. Out of Memory:
Technically a rare problem. TALLY requires a minimum of 470KB
(480000 Bytes) of user memory, which is generally available on all
machines. However, networked nodes may suffer from this more
often. If it does occur, then you probably have some Resident
Programs running in the background. This is correctable only by
creating sufficient memory be removing such programs from memory.
Contact a Peutronics Support Executive.
3. Insufficient files provided by DOS:
The CONFIG.SYS of the machine does not contain the line, FILES =
25 or greater. Correct this problem, REBOOT the machine, and this
message should not reappear.
4. Needs DOS ver 3.0 or higher:
TALLY requires MS-DOS version 3.0 and higher. To our knowledge, no
serious user of PC-compatibles uses a lower version. A defensive
5. Cannot find internal files:
Technically, should never occur, unless you have been shifting
files around on your Hard Disk. TALLY searches for the required
file TALLY.400 in the current directory, and subsequently in
directory in which TALLY was installed. Since, TALLY is
automatically installed with this file in the correct location,
only changing and/or naming directories could cause this. The
simplest solution is to reinstall TALLY. Alternately, ensure that
TALLY.400 is made available in either the current directory, or in
the installed directory.
6. Incorrect PATH for Data Files:
A rare problem which will appear only if experiments are done with
the Data Path of TALLY. For example, if the Configuration is
changed, and a new Data Directory is set, and subsequently, that
directory is removed at DOS level, and TALLY is invoked again,
this error results. Technically, this should never happen in
normal usage of TALLY. It could also be the result of typing an
incorrect path name when starting TALLY.
7. Permission denied on Data Files:
A problem possibly faced on LAN environments. However, most LAN
systems have a mechanism enabling them to "fool" the software into
thinking that permissions to manipulate files are available. This
sometimes leads to "strange" results (for example, you have
entered vouchers or created ledgers, but on restarting TALLY
8. Creation failed - no authority or access:
TALLY sometimes requires to create new tiles. On occasion, an
insufficient files (Error Number 3) could result in this failure.
However, a more common occurrence is when a LAN environment permits
Read/Write permission, but not a Create permission. Yet another
possibility is when a lower security level (on TALLY.dss) is used, and
the process of rewriting or other such activity needs to create files.
9. Incorrect file size Probable media Corruption:
Possible due to information corruption on the Hard Disk. The most
common occurance would be due to power failures during a Disk
Writing Process, since information regarding size of files are
handled by MS-DOS as the last activity. Normally, full recoverable
by going through the rewriting process. However, this error is
also caused by external viral corruptions of data directories.
Hence, care should be exercised in interpreting the problem.
10. Error Reading Data Probable Media Corruption:
Normally, due to an unrecoverable read error from the Hard Disk,
and would indicate a current or potential problem. Magnetic media,
however, occasionally, give "intermittent" errors (rarely), which
could cause this error to occur. The safest recovery is to rewrite the
books, and watch for a repetition during that time. If it recurs, then
a Hard Disk problem is probable.
11. Error Writing Data Probable Media Corruption:
Identical in context to Error 10.
12. File Damaged. Use Backups or Attempt recovery:
This indicates a problem detected by TALLY, which bypassed the
normal data checking mechanisms of MS-DOS and the Hardware system.
Typically, this would occur when the Data files of TALLY have been
damaged by external means (use of Disk Utilities, Viruses, stray
programs and the like), which are considered illegitimate by
TALLY. If the extent of damage is localised, a rewriting of books
should solve the problem, with a possible loss of minimal data. It
is recommended that the nature of the problem be diagnosed (e.g.
it could be a virus), to prevent repetition. (This error could
also occur due to a power failure - although it is rare for this
to happen. If you are certain that power had failed just before
this message appeared, then simply follow the instructions on
screen for rewriting, and everything should be OK).
13. No space on Disk:
There is no more space on the Hard Disk to write the vouchers or
accounts. You MUST DELETE unnecessary files and run the program.
There is no other solution to this problem.
14. No Authority to continue:
Typically, a problem in TALLY.dss relating to Security Levels, as
well as incorrect TALLY Keys during use of TALLY Vaulted
15. Incorrect Version of TALLY:
Would never occur if you are using the Latest Version of TALLY.
This error indicates that the data is of a later version than the
one being used.
17. Improper math operations:
This error should never occur. If it does, check whether your
machine is infected by a virus. If the machine is not infected and
the problem persists even after rebooting, contact Peutronics.
18. Probable damage to TALLY.EXE install TALLY again:
Caused either by an external corruption which escaped the notice
of MS-DOS (normally, the first complaint would come from MS-DOS),
or by someone tampering with the program. Simply reinstall TALLY
19. Network error:
This message will come in conjunction with other errors relating
to the Network.
20. Network not compatible-Check TALLY Manuals:
The minimum requirement for a Network under TALLY is to permit
shared access to files, with file locking facilities. If these are
not supported through MS-DOS, then you must run TALLY in stand-
along mode only. OR, change to a compatible network!
22. Error using TALLY.EXE:
A problem if TALLY files have been copied from one place to
another, and incompletely. Reinstall TALLY to ensure elimination
of this problem.
23. Books need REWRITING. Use Backups or attempt rewriting:
After TALLY has detected the need to Rewrite Books (due to any one
or more data corruption problems), then you cannot skip the query
to begin rewriting. (In any case, the query is to give you a
chance to restore a previous uncorrupted backup). If you deny TALLY
the access to proceed with rewriting, TALLY pops out with this
24. Incorrect method of starting TALLY:
TALLY may be started in the recommended way only. Any extraneous
information on the command line will result in this error.
25. Internal files damages. Install TALLY again:
This is a required and non-repairable File for TALLY. Reinstall
TALLY and the problem is automatically solved. The cause of the
problem would be identical to the causes for Error 12.
28. Exceeded internal screen capacity. Contact Peutronics:
Similar in content and meaning as Error No. 2, with identical
29. Cannot execute direct commands:
The files needed for providing direct commands are either missing
or corrupted. Check whether you are running TALLY correctly.
Otherwise, reinstall TALLY.
30. Could not complete process:
Normally, occurs during Backup or Restore of Data, when an
extraneous problem occurs (like interruption by the user, or a
corruption of the Data Diskette). Repeating the step without
interruptions should be attempted, if the problem is not caused by
31. Company data already in use. Try after some time:
An error on LAN systems, when you are not allowed to even see the
company while it is in use.
32. Virtual memory Error:
This error should never occur. It is just a defensive addition.
Contact Peutronics, if it occurs.
33. Exceeded internal Virtual capacity. Contact Peutronics:
Do contact Peutronics with a detail of circumstances under which
this error was reported.
34. No Company selected. Terminated by choice:
This is not an error but just an informative message.
35. Entry could not be filed:
This error will occur only in conjunction with a network error.
36. TALLY Lock not found OR TALLY.EXE damaged:
Check whether TALLY Lock is installed properly or not. Also check
the printer port is in working condition or not. On networks,
TALLY Lock can made accessible to all nodes by running special
driver programs. Refer to the Installation Supplement for more
details. If TALLY Lock seems to be fine, then only the corruption
of TALLY.EXE and other related files can cause this problem.
Simply reinstall TALLY.
37. Internal error - Contact Peutronics:
Do contact Peutronics with a detail of circumstances under which
this error was reported.