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Issue 31

Jan/Feb 88

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Dear PAGE 6,

While browsing through the September/October issue of PAGE 6, I was surprised to see your AUTOMAKE program for disks. I agree that it is a lot easier than typing RUN "D:filename" but I have found a much easier way, using DOS 2.5. First insert the DOS master disk and boot it up, when the DOS menu appears select 'L' to load a binary file. When the prompt appears, type SETUP.COM and press return. The drive will then load and run the program. A menu will appear, select option '3' SETUP AUTORUN FOR BOOT. Another menu will then appear, select option '2'. It will then ask you the name of the file you wish to Autorun. Type in the filename, for example D:PAGE then insert the disk that you want the Autorun on, (Remember it must have the program on e.g. PAGE), press return and it will now create the AUTORUN SYS file. To re-load switch off the computer and switch on again, it will now autorun your file


Michael Jaques,


We are aware of the use of SETUP.COM but a lot of users do not have a full copy of DOS 2.5 which includes this utility and are you sure it's easier than using AUTOMAKE? It seems to us that typing RUN "D:AUTOMAKE" and then typing in your filename is easier for beginners than having to remember about Binary loads and such like.



Dear PAGE 6

Help! I am one of those unfortunates that upgraded to DOS 4 and have since discovered that I would be far better off with DOS 2.5. Can anyone suggest a way of converting my files from DOS 4 to DOS 2.5? I don't own a cassette unit so I can't make the transition via tape. Please help!


Andrew J. Yates


And we thought everyone had started out with a tape deck! Sorry, but the only simple way of doing the conversion that we know of would be by means of CSAVEing the files and then CLOADing them into the DOS 2.5 format. Unless some other reader in the same situation has written a conversion program?



Dear PAGE 6,

Like John Davison in his review in Issue 29, I have had similar problems when loading Disk 2 and when selecting a character.

The Dungeon disk appears to be heavily copy protected, and remembering an article on copy protection using non-standard sectors which indicates that some drives have problems reading these sectors, I reconfigured my drives to make the newer one Drive A. On re-booting, the dungeons loaded perfectly and there have been no problems with crashing when selecting a character. I also tried sending one character to Exit 4 and the other at Exit 8. There was no crash and the character at '8' waited patiently for the other to join him the long way.

The problems with crashing could therefore be related to the method of copyright protection used, a slightly below standard drive having trouble reading these non-standard sectors.


M.S. Silvester




Dear Sir,

I bought Vol.2 No.2 of the FASTER disk magazine at the PCW Show. Can the games and utilities be put onto another disk and if so how?


P.T. Whitley


You may copy any of the FASTER disks, so long as it is for personal back up only, otherwise you will be in breach of copyright. Assuming that you have a single drive system, click and hold the left mouse button on the application you are going to copy, then drag it over on to the B: disk drive icon. From there follow the on screen prompts. It is quite simple but your must ensure that any associated files such as Resource files (with the extender .RSC ) are also copied.



Dear PAGE 6,

I would like to offer some advice to people having trouble with mail order companies. When writing to these companies, have the letter sent by recorded delivery. It costs around 40p for first class, but the company in question can't tell you it's been lost in the post. If this brings no joy, contact your local trading standards officer or consumer protection department. They should be able to make things move. Also keep a copy of any correspondence that is sent or received.

S.A. Collett
Kings Norton, Birmingham.



Dear PAGE 6,

Why does there not seem to be any Atari astronomical software on the market? B.B.C., Crummydore and Spectrash have this type of software currently available but Atari seem to have omitted the possibility that people using an Atari have need of astronomical programs.

I cannot believe that Atari have neglected us amateur astronomers since Atari is big in the U.S.A and astronomy is a very popular pastime across the Atlantic.

I would be grateful for any help regarding the above.

Lynne Lancaster
Blackpool & District Astronomical Society

Several programs, although not commercial, come to mind. For the ST there is SKY MAP from the public domain. For the 8-bit there is Observational Astronomy from ANALOG's issue 13 or Skyscape from COMPUTE!, Issue 66. You might be able to get these back issues through the Contact column. Atari themselves have an astronomy program for the 8-bit although it seems to have only been released in the States. You could try a retailer such as Ladbroke Computing of Preston who specialise in importing software from the U.S.A. Maybe some of our American readers could suggest other programs?