by Ata Atun, Northern Cyprus


Issue 24

Nov/Dec 86

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When you have lots of disks and work with them quite often, the time comes when you are fed up with inserting the DOS disk just to see what programs are on a disk, how many sectors are left or to rename or delete a file. MENU will help you by making a lot of the DOS based tasks easier you will find it a great help when you are in a hurry.

Once you have typed in the program and checked it with TYPO 3, SAVE it on a disk which has DOS.SYS on as "D:MENU", then RUN it. Call the 7th Option which is Make Autorun.Sys and type in the following line:

POKE 710,68: POKE 712,68: POKE 752,1: POSITION 12,10:? "LOADING MENU": RUN "D:MENU"

and hit RETURN.

Now just switch the computer off and on again. The MENU program will autoboot and Run itself. If it doesn't work, please repeat starting from the 7th option again, checking that the statement above is correct. You can of course substitute any one line BASIC statement of your own.

AtariLister - requires Java


Strings and Variables

A$ - Records file names from the disk. Maximum length 17 places.
BIG$ - Longest string that stores 26 program names, each starting with a different letter as an entry code.(26 letters In alphabet)
T$ - Transfer string. Compares contents of strings in sorting process.
TR$ - Transfer string.
D$ - Program name string.
TR1$ - Program Name string
NM1$ - Old Name of Program string.
NM2$ - New name of Program string.

DISK$ - Complete program name string.
A1$ - Command string to be used in AUTORUN.SYS



70-100 - DIMensioning, Opening Channels, text graphic plus screen and border color. 

100-180-Drawing main MENU Page to screen. 

190-240 - Transferring all of the program titles from the disk.
250-330 - Sorting in Alphabetical order the program titles.
340-460 - Printing program titles to the main page, in alphabetical order with necessary single letter entry codes.
470-580 - Printing -7- choices of MENU program and requesting an entry.
590-710 - 1st choice. Load-Run section. LOADs and then RUNS the requested program.
720-810 - 2nd choice. RENAMEing an existing program on the disk, using XIO.
820-900 - 3rd choice. DELETing an existing program on the disk, using XIO. Visually you can see the deletion.
910-1000 - 4th choice. LOCKing an existing program on the disk, for over write protection, again using XIO. Visually you can see the locking with the -*- mark.
1010-1100 - 5th choice. UNLOCKing an existing program on the disk, using XIO. Visually you can see the unlocking. The lock sign -*- will disappear.
1110-1280 - 6th choice. To format a disk either Double Density or Single Density.
1290-1420 - Section that finds the place of the program title in the main MENU page. 

1430-1550 - Section that specifically locates the title of the program.
1560-2160 - 7th Choice. AUTORUN.SYS to autoboot the disk and RUN the requested program, automatically. The entry command must not be more than 106 letters and preferably no quotation marks be used.