TD Ameritrade StrategyDesk

StrategyDesk is a trading and analysis platform that combines backtesting, charting, real-time screening, and program trading to help create, test, and execute trade strategies.

System requirements:

Processor: Pentium III or Athlon, 800 MHz
RAM: 256 MB
Operating System: Windows XP
Internet Connection: Dial-Up (56K bps) or Direct (ISDN, Cable Modem, DSL, T1) connection to the Internet

Processor:  Pentium IV or Athlon XP, 2GHZ or better
RAM: 512 MB
Operating System: GNU/Linux
Internet Connection: Direct (ISDN, Cable Modem, DSL, T1) connection to the Internet

Application Details:

Version: 3.6
License: Free to use
Votes: 0
Latest Rating: Platinum
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.4

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This test was performed on a Debian-based GNU/Linux distro. Linux version 3.2.21 Requires MFC42.DLL and msvcp60.dll.

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
CurrentLinux Mint 12 "Lisa"Jun 29 20121.4Yes Yes PlatinumJoseph Lee 
ShowFedora 14Aug 16 20111.3.24Yes Yes GoldJoseph Lee 

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GNU/Linux distribution: Mint 12

To run TD Ameritrade's StrategyDesk program on a Mint 12 system using WINE 1.4, just copy the two missing, required dll files (MFC42.DLL and msvcp60.dll) into the drive_c/windows/system/ directory.

GNU/Linux distribution: Fedora 14

To run TD Ameritrade's StrategyDesk program on my Fedora 14 system using WINE 1.3.24, I followed the instructions on the Trading With Linux blog. I've reproduced the steps below. With StrategyDesk versions 3.4 and above, the steps in the blog were insufficient, so I ran the wine command in a terminal to view the output messages.

Newer versions of StrategyDesk require msvcp60.dll, so I used the Winetricks program to download and install the file for me. All the steps I took to get StragegyDesk running are detailed below.

  1. Open a Terminal (Applications -> System Tools -> Terminal).
  2.  Install wine.
    sudo yum install wine
    • Download Winetricks script.Download Winetricks script.
    • Make winetricks script executable.
      chmod +x winetricks
    • Run winetricks.
    • In the Winetricks - choose a wine prefix window, select "Select the default wineprefix" and click OK.­
    • In the Winetricks - current prefix is windows, click on "Install a Windows DLL or component and click OK.­
    • ­In the next window, select d3dx9, mfc40, mfc42 and vcrun6. Then click OK.­
    • ­Download SetupStrategyDesk.exe from TD Ameritrade website.
    • Run SetupStrategyDesk.exe using wine.
      wine SetupStrategyDesk.exe
    • Apply font smoothing by downloading and running the script. Select option 3, "Subpixel smoothing (ClearType) RGB".­
    • On my old Intel graphics hardware -- 82845G/GL[Brookdale-G]/GE Chipset Integrated Graphics Device (rev 01), I got a lot of black boxes over parts of the StrategyDesk program. To resolve this issue, I added the following key and string to the WINE registry by using the WINE Registry Editor.
    • Run StrategyDesk by double-clicking on the new icon on the desktop.


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