“Technical Information and Documents”

SOLD II® Auction Management Software
Hardware and other Technical Requirements:

There are very few special requirements that relate to the SOLD II application programs.
In general, if your hardware supports the Windows or Linux operating system you are using, SOLD II also will run.
Obviously, SOLD II cannot be expected to run properly on defective hardware or a corrupted or badly installed operating system.
Occasionally, new programs will use aspects of the hardware and OS not previously used or tested.

For Windows installations, Xp or later is required. Xp is the first Windows versions having the proper record-locking required of true multi-user operation, . Xp may also be required for proper report formatting by certain printers. Versions of Windows prior to Xp will work for a majority of printers but SOLD II takes no responsibility for printer problems you may encounter in these versions. We will no longer support SOLD II on versions older than Xp.

VISTA requires Service Pack 1 or greater (June 2008 or later); versions of Vista earlier than that have serious bugs and those versions should not be used for multi-user applications. We will not support SOLD II on Vista versions prior to service pack 1.

Video/Monitor: the SOLD II gui (graphical interface) requires 16 bit color or greater; preferably 1024 X 768 or greater resolution.
All newer computers will meet this specification and is required for all msWindows and Linux Xwindows installations.

Hard disk Space:

The "footprint" for the SOLD II programs is about 10Mb; please allow at least that amount more for you eventual data.
You should have at least 20Mb of available disk space to load and run SOLDII.

Native linux installations will require a minium of 10Gb across 3 available partitions.


It is rare to have a computer with less than 1 Gb of ram; most current operating systems require that or more. In general, SOLD II does not requre anything beyond what's needed by the operating system.

Multi-user Considerations:

Linux (our distribution) is a multi-user server. Microsoft systems such as Xp or Vista are clients, NOT server operating systems, nor does MicroSoft claim that they are. MicroSoft does offer multi-user server software beginning at just under $1,000 and going on up to many times that amount. SOLD II offers as stable and reliable a multi-user solution as is possible for the typical Windows installation. However, Linux is a major step above a typical Windows installation, and auction clients should consider the linux option for superior multi-user performance at little or no added cost.

All Windows and Linux installations with network support will require TCP connectivity and an ethernet spine.

In Windows networks or wireless networks, SOLD II operates on a peer to peer basis with no unusual requirements.

Serial connectivity (available in linux only) will require RS232 ports for each device (terminal or printer).
Serial connectivity is less fragile than networking and is preferable in that sense for "field" systems that are moved around a lot.

Serial connectivity and character based interfaces (linux only) are also necessary for long-distance wireless connectivity.

Special Linux Considerations:

Our native linux distribution can be loaded as the only operating system on your computer or as a dual boot with windows. The dual boot can usualy be loaded to a Win7 or Vista computer, but not to Xp unless a 2nd harddrive is added. For a dual boot system (both Windows and native Linux), each os will need its own separate partition. Vista and Windows7 provide the capability to shrink the windows partitions, allowing room to add partitions for linux; Xp does not have this capabilty.

To load older Umsdos version of Linux (loaded within MsWindows) you must have a FAT32, not a NTFS file system on at least one partition of your hard disk. In Xp this partition should be installed by your dealer. In VISTA, it is easy to re-partiton the hard drive to accomplish this. We no longer provide a umsdos version.

Avoid Windows only devices, such as "Win Printers" and "Win Modems." These devices are cheap because software drivers have been substituted for the internal firmware needed to operate. Although many “Win Printers” can now be used in linux using the cups printer interface, finding the right driver and getting it installed can be difficult. The expense of this effort can far outweigh the amount saved by having an inexpensive winprinter.

If you are using serial devices (terminals or serial printers), make sure you have the ports to support your needs; through creative use of pcmcia cards, USB, smart i/o cards, etc. we can help you upgrade most hardware to meet your requirements. Give us a call.
Note that the serial comm ports of your computer must be set to a specific address and non-conflicting irq for work properly in linux. They cannot be set to "auto"; check you cmos to make sure this can be done on the computer you wish to use.