EA Problem Checklist

 

It drives me crazy when I call tech support and the customer service person asks, “Is your computer plugged in?” When I step back and think about it, however, they ask dumb questions for a reason. Some people really do forget to check the obvious things.

If you’re stuck trying to load a MetaTrader expert advisor and you cannot get it to trade, this checklist will help you resolve the most obvious problems.

You should see the name of your expert advisor and a smiley face in the top right corner of your open chart. The image below contains a blue line. Everything is correctly displaying above that blue line.

MT4 EA

Expert Advisor Problem Checklist

Do you see the name of your expert advisor on the chart? If yes:

  • If an X appears, then click the big EA button at the center top of the screen. It should appear pressed down
  • If an upside down smile (a frown appears), then right click on the chart. Choose Properties. Click the Common tab. Select “Allow live trading” and “Allow DLL Imports”. Remove the check next to “Confirm DLL Function calls”
  • Click the Inputs tab. Change the inputs to whatever values you desire. Push OK.
  • If a smiley face appears, you’re all done.

Do you see the name of your expert advisor on the chart? If not:
Drag and drop the EA onto the chart.

  1. Click the Common tab. Select “Allow live trading” and “Allow DLL Imports”. Remove the check next to “Confirm DLL Function calls”
  2. Click the Inputs tab. Change the inputs to whatever values you desire. Push OK.

 

MT4 EA Button unpressed

The X appears on the chart because the Expert Advisors button is not pushed down

EA frown

The frown on the chart indicates that “Allow Live Trading” is not enabled.

The EA button correctly pressed

The smiley face appears on the chart after the Expert Advisors button is pushed down.

 
EA Problem Checklist

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Shaun is a passionate and proud nerd on a wide variety of topics, most of which have absolutely nothing to do with each other. He loves math and systems, which makes him a natural fit for designing trading systems. The most random fact about him is that he speaks fluent Arabic.Shaun's hobbies are running, church and spending as much time as possible with his wife and two young boys.

 
 

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