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HP Calculators - Error Messages

Introduction
This document pertains to questions concerning error messages for the HP 6s/6s solar, 12c, 17bii, 19bii, 48g+, and 48gx calculators.
Calculator symbol key
The procedures in this document use the following text to represent symbol keys:
Key
Description
Text Representation
Right shift key
RS
Left-shift key
LS
Move cursor left
cursor-left
Move cursor right
cursor-right
Why does the solver routine show a “Syntax Error” and highlight a left or right parentheses? (17bii, 19bii)
There are many reasons why the 17bii and 19bii may show this error. One is that there is not the same number of left and right parentheses. Brackets “[“ and “]” may have been used instead of parentheses “(“ and “)”. Another reason may be that a multiplication symbol (multiplication key [x]) was left out. This calculator does not use implied multiplication. It is necessary to key in 2 x ( 3 + 5 ) rather than 2 ( 3 + 5 ).
Why does an “INVALID DATE” error message appear when entering a date in the Bonds or Time menu? (17bii, 19bii)
One reason could be that the date is being entered incorrectly. Dates are entered MM.DDYYYY in the U.S. The calculator may be set in the DD.MMYYYY mode.
Changing the time and date Formats
Use the SET menu to change the time and date formats (from the MAIN menu, press TIME, then SET). To switch between the 12 and 24-hour time format, press 12/24. To switch between month/day/year and day.month.year format, press M / D.
Why does an “ERROR 8” error message appear when entering a date in the Bonds or Time menu? (12c)
One reason could be that the date is being entered incorrectly. If the D.MY annunciator is on the display, press g, M DY. A maturity date that is earlier than the settlement date may be being entered, or a maturity date is being entered that does not have a corresponding coupon date.
When storing cash flows in the CFj, ERROR 6 appears (12c)
If there is a long program in the calculator, fewer storage registers are available for storing cash flow amounts. To store all the values, clear the program (press f, P/R; f, PRGM; then f, P/R).
Why does the square root of -1 result in an error? (6s/6s solar)
The square root of minus 1 is a complex number. The HP 6s/6s solar works only with numbers in the real domain.
When differentiating or integrating, Undefined Name error message appears (48g series)
Symbolic solution mode may not be set and the calculator is attempting (unsuccessfully) to find a numeric answer using only symbolic variables. Press LS, MODES, MISC, then SYMB, or make sure that the RESULTS field in the Integrate or Differentiate input form shows "Symbolic" and try again.
The calculator beeps and displays Bad Argument Type (48g series)
The objects on the stack are not the correct type for the command being attempted. For example, pressing cursor right, UNIT with two numbers on the stack causes this error. This command requires a number in stack level 2 and a unit in stack level 1.
The calculator beeps and displays too Few Arguments (48g series)
There are fewer arguments on the stack than are required by the command being attempted. For example, executing [+] with only one number on the stack causes this error. This command requires two numbers on the stack.

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