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Timothy Kline

Z*Magazine: 23-Feb-87 #40

Z*Magazine: 23-Feb-87 #40

  1. Timothy Kline
    Article #42 (214 is last):
    From: xx004@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Atari SIG)
    Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.product.8bit.zmag
    Subject: Z*Magazine: 23-Feb-87 #40
    Reply-To: xx004@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Atari SIG)
    Date: Fri Jul 9 10:58:13 1993

    Zmagazine February 23, 1987
    Issue 40
    Zmag Staff:
    Publisher/Editor in Chief:Ron Kovacs
    Editor/Coordinator:Alan Kloza


    *** C.H.A.O.S. ***

    Capitol Hill Atari Owner's Society
    Lansing, Michigan

    Call Their BBS at:
    (517) 371-1106

    This Week in Zmag......








    All this and more in this weeks
    edition of Zmagazine.....

    ....Atari Corp. Posts Earnings......

    FEB 20,1987

    (ATARI) (ATC) Atari Corp.
    Reports 1986 sales up 82 percent.
    Net income up $59 million

    SUNNYVALE, Calif.--(BW)--Atari Corp.
    reported Friday record results of
    operations for the year ending
    Dec. 31, 1986.

    Sales for the fourth quarter were
    $92,667,000 vs. $65,350,000 for the
    prior year, an increase of 41.8
    percent. Income before extraordinary
    credit for the fourth quarter was
    $11,950,000. Net income was
    $22,997,000, or 87 cents per share,
    vs. $14,899,000, or 64 cents per
    share for 1985.

    Sales for the year ending Dec. 31,
    1986, were $258,131,000 vs.
    $141,987,000 for 1985, an increase of
    81.8 percent. Income before
    extraordinary credit for 1986 was
    $25,050,000 vs. a loss of $14,314,000
    for 1985.

    Net income for 1986 was $44,516,000.
    Net income per share was $1.89 in
    1986 vs. a loss of 62 cents in 1985.

    "Our strong performance in 1986 is
    the result of growing consumer
    awareness of the value of the ST
    personal computers and a resurgence
    in demand for video game systems,"
    said Sam Tramiel, president.

    The ST is steadily gaining market
    share in the United States and is
    already one of the largest selling
    personal computers in Europe. Sales
    of video game systems continued to be
    strong, with the company enjoying one
    of its best Christmas seasons for
    video game sales in recent years.

    Tramiel said the introduction of
    advanced computer and video game
    products will drive the company's
    growth in 1987. Atari announced
    important new products in January,
    including an IBM PC clone that will
    sell for less than $500; more
    powerful multi-megabyte versions of
    its ST computer line and a laser
    printer for desktop publishing; and
    the powerful XE video game system.

    "We're operating from a position of
    strength now," Tramiel said. "We are
    virtually debt free and have a solid
    equity base on which to build the
    company's future."

    Atari Corp. is one of the largest
    manufacturers and marketers of
    personal computers and video game
    systems in the world. Atari Corp. is
    located at 1196 Borregas Ave.,
    Sunnyvale, Calif. 94086. Telephone:

    CONTACT: Atari Corp., Sunnyvale
    Greg Pratt, 408/745-2349
    Amidei and Co., San Francisco
    Gary Frank or Hunter Gooch,

    ....Express! Status Report

    [The Terminal Programs]

    1030 Express-Currently at Version 2.1
    850 Express-Currently at Version 3.0
    MPP Express-Currently at Version 1.0
    The scheduled release of 3.0 for
    the 1030 and MPP has been delayed.
    Probably won't be released till
    summer at the earliest.

    [The BBS Programs]

    1030 Express-Currently at Version 2.0
    850 Express-Currently at Version 1.0
    ST Express-Currently in Beta Test

    The ST version of BBS Express! is
    currently running in beta test. Call
    the Midnight Express BBS at (804)
    379-4156 and at elf Express (219)
    233-5777 to check it out for

    We are currently recording all
    suggestions for additional features
    for the 1030 and 850 versions of BBS
    Express!. We are also looking into
    ways to incorporate some of these
    suggestions. At this time and until
    a solution to the memory limitation
    can be worked out, we do not have any
    scheduled release dates for upgrades
    to the 1030 and 850 versions.

    As the status of the Express! series
    of programs change, we will update
    the status here, so you can get the
    inside scoop here instead of the
    'Rumor Mill'.

    If you currently own the 1030/XM301
    version of BBS Express! and would
    like to upgrade to the 850-compatible
    version, send your original disk
    (again?!?), $14.95, plus $2 to cover
    shipping and handling (total $16.95)
    to us. Please include a note saying
    that you are upgrading to the 850
    version of the BBS.

    The 850-compatible version of BBS
    Express! is now shipping! To run the
    850 version, you must have an 850
    interface (or compatible [P:R:]) and
    your modem MUST be able to hang up
    with the DTR lead.

    Watch for more Express updates and
    status reports as they become

    Xx..Ledbetter Leaves SIG*ATARI......

    From: Keith Ledbetter
    To: SIG*ATARI Members

    Effective Saturday, 2/14/87, I am
    resigning as a SYSOP on SIG*Atari. I
    have accepted a new job that requires
    relocation, and I feel that the
    requirements of the job will no
    longer leave me the time needed to
    hold a SYSOP title here.

    I plan on staying active on
    Compu-Serve as time permits, and can
    be reached under my non-SYSOP ID of

    I would like to thank everyone on
    Compu-Serve for the enjoyment that I
    have gotten out of this job. And, a
    big thanks to the other SYSOPs of
    SIG*Atari. I have greatly enjoyed my
    time here, and look forward to
    continuing to be a part of the fine
    SIG*Atari network.

    Keith Ledbetter

    ...Excerpts From The 2-10-87 Issue..

    Bruce Kennedy (the originator of
    Zmag in Chicago) is now at work on a
    local Rhode Island edition in
    conjunction with RIACE (Rhode Island
    ACE). This will bring the number of
    local Zmag editions up to 3 (that I
    know of)-- Chicago, New Jersey, and
    Rhode Island.

    If you know of any others, drop me a
    line. If you'd like to write to
    Bruce, send it to:

    Bruce Kennedy
    310 Spring Valley Drive
    E. Greenwich RI 02818-1912

    * Mag-Bytes *
    * Atari Points of interest from *
    * Antic and Compute *

    February Antic:

    If you're worried about 8-bit
    support, one look at Datasoft shows
    that there are still companies who
    are still interested in supporting
    our machines. They have 4 new
    programs out, with 6 more on the way.
    Present titles include 221B Baker
    Street, Alternate Reality (The
    Dungeon), Theatre Europe, and Mind

    The six new ones are Video Title
    Shop, Mercenary:The 2nd City,
    Tobruk, Bismark, Swords and Sorcery,
    Saracen, and Black Magic.

    If you're interested in using the
    extra memory of the 130xe, Bill
    Wilkinson (normally seen in Compute)
    has an informative article on how to
    do it.

    What goes on at the Atari Corp BBS? A
    great deal of work to provide us
    users with a direct-link to Atari.
    Check out the article to see how they
    do it and why.

    February 28th is the deadline for the
    Batteries Included Buy one get One
    free offer. Purchase any BI product
    and choose between Home-Pak and
    B-Graph on the 8-bit or Timelink and
    I*S Talk on the ST. The coupon and
    details are on page 65.

    March Antic

    First off, there are some impressive
    new changes to Antic Online.

    1. You will be able to d/l Antic
    programs, and as they're replaced
    they'll be placed in the Sig*Atari
    file section.

    2. Vidtex Pictures will be in Antic
    Online, allowing you to see
    pictures that accompany the story.

    3. You can subscribe to any Antic
    publications online and be billed
    for them later.

    The STEREO-TEK 3-D glasses are now
    available for $149.95. The first 3-D
    titles are Stereo-CAD 3-D 2.0,Stereo
    Cybermate, Stereo Ray Tracing, LCS
    Wanderer, and Stereo Maps and Legends

    QMI's New Deskcart! gives you 14
    powerful desk accessories for the ST
    on a cartridge that doesn't use up
    memory. It also has a built-in
    clock device. The 14 accessories
    include: Terminal program with u/l
    and d/l, Keyboard Macros for any
    program use, Ramdisk, Print
    Spooler, Screen Dump, Memory Test,
    and Control Panel with load and save
    options. The cartridge goes for
    around $70.

    Compute March

    First off, there's 2 demo disk offers
    that ST owners can take advantage of.
    For $2.75 Epyx will send you a demo
    version of their new Sub Battle game.
    This is the first program in their
    Masters Collection. The coupon is on
    page 1.

    Activision will send you a demo of
    their strategy game Shanghai for
    $3.00. This demo contains a sample
    puzzle. Send your check or money
    order to:
    P.O. Box 7287
    Mountain View,CA 94039

    Commodore has just released their new
    Amiga 2000. It costs $1500.
    Features include 1 megabyte of
    memory, standard printer and modem
    ports, operating system in Rom,
    built in clock, and card slots. I
    wonder where they got the ideas for
    some of those features? Too bad
    that the MegaST 1 will have the same
    features for $500 less.

    ...GCP Expands Horizons...

    Finally! The long awaited ST version
    of GCP is now available. You ST
    owners no longer have to feel short
    changed because you can't access GCP.
    We are happy to welcome you back and
    we have much to offer.

    Lords of Space has been released,
    revised, and is about to be expanded
    further, online rates have been
    lowered, and upload time is now FREE!

    The ST software is GEM-based and runs
    in low or medium resolution (color
    system required), so you can have
    your desk accessories available

    The entire system fits on a single
    disk, so you won't have to shuffle
    disks anymore. This disk combines
    the Boot, City, and Lords of Space
    disks of the 8-bit version (sorry,
    CyberWorld and BioWar are not
    available for the ST).

    As you would expect, the ST version
    is much faster than the 8-bit
    version, and the Lords of Space
    graphics are stunning!

    The ST version is posted as a
    download in the ST SIG on GCP's new
    text service (see below). Since text
    service does not require special
    software, you can logon with your
    favorite terminal program and just
    download the program from the ST SIG.
    Detailed instructions on how to do
    this are posted in the ST SIG.

    If you do not wish to download the
    software, you can order the software
    from GCP for only $9.95. This
    includes the disk, shipping, and
    $5.40 worth of online time. You may
    also order the software through the
    GCP Office by leaving your name,
    address, and MasterCard or Visa

    GCP is no longer just the most
    advanced graphics online service. It
    is now the least expensive text
    service. With the recent
    introduction of a new text-only
    service, GCP introduces a truly
    affordable system.

    The text service offers a variety
    of SIGs. They all offer conferences
    (message bases) and download
    libraries where you can find the best
    in public domain software. Since
    uploading is free, the libraries are
    expected to grow faster than ever.

    Since GCP is now also a text service,
    you can logon without the special GCP
    software. Boot your favorite terminal
    program, and you're off!

    If you have any questions, you can
    leave a note in the GCP SIG, or call
    GCP at (717)848-2660.

    GCP has reduced its online rates to
    the following:


    BUDGET TIME..............$2.95/Hour
    (2am-7am Weekdays)
    (2am-10am Weekends)

    STANDARD TIME............$4.50/Hour
    (6pm-2am Weekdays)
    (10am-2am Weekends)

    PRIME TIME..............$15.00/Hour
    (7am-6pm Weekdays)

    For graphics service (standard GCP
    service), add .90/Hour to text rates.
    All times above are LOCAL times.
    Rates are the same for 300 and 1200
    baud access.

    Lords of Space (LOS)is expanding and
    improving! GCP has been collecting
    comments and suggestions that the LOS
    players have made over the past few
    months and are now working on
    dramatic new features for Lords of

    These new features include faster
    colonization, improved team activity,
    more effective planetary defenses,
    and expanded fleet rules. Full
    details of the proposed changes are
    available online in the new text
    service in the GCP SIG and in the
    LOS bulletin board in your company's
    station. User comments are welcome,
    so get your opinions to GCP and you
    may see your suggestions
    incorporated into the game!

    Games Computers Play, Inc.
    112 East Market Street
    York, PA 17401

    ....Computer With A Sniffer.........

    You might say Dr. Michael Baudry has
    a real nose for computers.

    Working with a team of experts, the
    University of California computer
    scientist has invented a computer
    that can smell.

    The computer can recognize more than
    20 odors by analyzing their chemical

    Here's how it works:Researchers feed
    the computer an odor in the form of
    it's chemical components and the
    computer matches it by sorting
    through it's memory bank.

    Why make a computer with a sniffer?

    Baudry says programming a computer
    with the capability of smell is the
    first step in creating computers that
    work like the human brain.

    Other applications of such a
    brainlike computer system include
    voice recognition, speedy information
    retrieval and automatic data sorting.

    Source: Copley Radio Network
    Submitted by: Dave Brehm

    Xx Money And Banking Software


    ELKHART, IN - A special computer
    software program known as "Money and
    Banking is being made available by
    Midwest Commerce Banking Company.

    The program, developed by Data Trek
    of Encinitas, Calif., is used in
    twelve states and allows students to
    learn the fundamentals of credit,
    savings, checking and budgeting.

    Software for IBM and Apple is
    available. Teachers can duplicate
    this "freeware" as well as the
    accompanying Teachers Guide in
    unlimited quantities.

    Money and Banking comprises in-depth
    tutorials on credit, savings and
    checking, plus a simulation excercise
    that allows students to develop a
    savings plan. The program was
    recently distributed to high schools
    in Elkhart County, Indiana by Midwest
    Commerce Banking Company and it's
    parent Company NBD Bancorp Inc.

    Through color graphics and
    computer-generated sound, students
    make decisions, manipulate variables
    and solve problems. Feedback is
    immediate, the program's providers

    "Money and Banking" is suitable for
    use in business education, social
    studies or home economics curriculum.
    If you're interested in the program,
    I suppose you could check with your
    local back or with Data Trek.

    Source: South Bend Tribune
    Submitted by: D. Brehm

    Xx Pirating 'Shareware'

    (Feb. 19)

    Jim Weisz, author of the Ramtest
    shareware package, feels that some
    commercial firms may be taking
    advantage of shareware authors.

    Weisz released Ramtest about two
    years ago but recently began
    receiving calls from users who had
    no documentation, and had purchased
    their copies from commercial outlets.

    Further investigation led to two
    mail-order firms who were copying the
    software and selling it at what Weisz
    considered to be an illegally
    inflated price.

    One of the firms was convinced by
    Weisz's attorney to desist from
    selling the program. However, the
    second firm was not so accommodating.
    Weisz says that USA Electronics has
    neither responded to threatened legal
    action nor stopped shipping Ramtest.
    In addition, USA Electronics is
    accused of supplying pirate copies of
    IBM's PC-DOS with the shareware.

    Understandably, Weisz feels strongly
    about firms that appropriate the work
    of software authors. He also points
    out that commercial copiers charge
    users 2-3 times the suggested
    registration price of shareware. And
    too often, users are supplied with an
    outdated and unsupported version of
    the shareware.

    Weisz's comments were blunt:

    "Places like USA Electronics give the
    entire industry a bad name with their
    blatant disregard for both the law
    and the customer. [Users should]
    take a firm stance against this sort
    of piracy. Perhaps public pressure
    can accomplish what asking nicely

    ....Hard Disks For The 8-Bits.......

    This is the story of how one user
    achieved the 8-bit Atari owner's
    dream--upgrading his floppy disk
    system to 1/4 meg RAM and a 10
    megabyte hard disk.

    It all began when I heard the rumors
    about a device called MIO promised
    from a little cottage industry
    company called ICD in Rockford, Ill.
    The specs for the MIO looked
    impressive enough; RS-232 Serial
    interface, parallel interface, built
    in print spooler, additional memory
    for RAMdisk in 256K or 1mb flavors,
    resident configuration program in ROM
    and communication along the long-
    neglected Atari parallel buss.

    What really captured my imagination,
    was the promise of a SCSI/SASI

    The original impression that I got
    was that you could hook up a Hard
    Drive right to the MIO and be in
    business. Not quite! Admittedly, ICD
    had done most of the difficult stuff
    inside the MIO, but there are
    several important steps to follow
    before getting your HD online.

    Before I go on, let me say a word
    about a subject that people have
    given me a rough time about for quite
    some time. Yes, I confess, (just like
    the Kellogg Frosted Flake
    commercials) I am a SpartaDOS user,
    and I love it! A lot of people have
    said to me, "how can you USE
    SpartaDOS, there are so many commands
    to learn, and there is no

    Since I use MS-DOS based systems so
    heavily at work, the similar commands
    in SpartaDOS are welcome indeed.
    For those of you who don't feel good
    without a menu, SpartaDOS 3.2 has a
    MENU command file built in that
    looks similar enough to good old
    Atari DOS 2.x to get most people up
    to speed.
    Programmers and people who keep big
    software libraries will appreciate
    the Time/Date stamping of each file
    too. When all is said and done,
    SpartaDOS brings your Atari into the
    "Big Time," but still keeps full DOS
    2.x compatibility.

    Back to the hard drive. What
    they really don't explain very
    clearly is a minimum parts list for
    a successful HD installation on an
    8-bit Atari. The following list
    gives you an idea of how much a
    hard drive and its associated
    cables and interfaces will set
    you back:

    ICD MIO 256K model $199.00
    Adaptec 4000a Controller 135.00
    (if you can find one)
    Controller to MIO Cable 14.95
    Controller to HD Cable 12.95
    Power Supply (HD & Cont.) 40.00
    Case For PS, HD, Cont (opt.) 30.00
    Hard Disk (10mb) 250.00

    Now Put on Your Peril-Sensitve
    Sunglasses- The answer is: $681.90!!

    I guess that the only good news on
    this price chart is that adding
    another HD Unit will only cost you
    the drive itself as the controller
    will support 2 HD units and
    the MIO will support 2 controllers.
    According to ICD, a single 8-bit
    Atari now has a practical maximum
    storage size of just a shade under
    100 million bytes.

    Now that we have the cost factor
    out of the way, if you are still with
    us, let's go through the steps needed
    to install a HD on an 800XL (XE's
    require an additonal $20 adapter for
    the ECI).

    Hooking up the MIO to your Atari is
    easy, just take a screwdriver and pop
    the cover off of the parallel buss
    cover plate on the back. This done,
    carefully slip the short ribbon
    cable on the front of the MIO into
    the buss opening and onto the
    edge connector. It is a perfect fit.
    You should have no problem doing it
    right the first time. Next, plug in
    the MIO power supply (actually the
    same as an 850 p/s or a Disk Drive
    p/s). The MIO installation part is
    now done unless you have serial or
    parallel devices to connect.

    The first stumbling block that I ran
    into was finding a 50-conductor SCSI
    cable to connect the MIO to the
    Adaptec Controller. I looked around
    the area a bit, and even asked some
    computer repair shops that I do
    business with, but had no luck. I
    finally gave up and bought one from
    ICD directly. They sent me a cable
    that was about 50 times longer than I
    really needed, so if you are going to
    install one sometime soon, let me
    know; since I have a LOT of cable
    left over after I shortened it to a
    more manageable length (two feet).

    If you buy a MIO with the intent of
    hooking up a HD to it, save yourself
    some hassle and buy all of the cables
    that you need at the same time, their
    prices at ICD aren't too bad.

    Once you have the cable in your paw,
    you need to get a flat file and take
    about 1/16" off of the ends of the
    cable clamp that will go into the
    MIO. Maybe it was the cable that I
    had, but it was just barely too wide
    to slip into the slot on the right
    side of the MIO. Make sure that the
    colored stripe on the cable points
    toward the REAR of the MIO as this
    identifies pin#1.

    This is an ongoing problem with
    connecting cables in this
    installation. Most ribbon cables
    are "keyed" so that you can't put
    them on wrong. ALL of the supplied
    cables and hardware are NOT KEYED, so
    it's easy to put them on wrong and
    go nuts wondering why things don't
    work right.

    The next task is to connect the SCSI
    cable to the Adaptec controller.
    Before we do that, I might suggest
    that you make a modification to your
    controller board that I did.

    Place the controller board on a flat
    surface with the "select" LED in the
    upper right-hand corner (away from
    you). The Drive control edge card
    pins can be seen on the lower left
    side next to the power jack. The
    drive control connector is marked
    "J2" in white letters on the PCB.
    With GREAT CARE, take a fine-tooth
    hacksaw and CAREFULLY cut a notch in
    the PCB between pins 2 and 3 of J2.
    This will "key" J2 so that you can
    use standard cables that are keyed on
    the pin 1 end. The reason that I did
    this is because I was making my own
    cables out of junk cables and
    had only keyed female edge
    connectors. If you buy ICD's cables
    YOU DO NOT have to do this.

    That done, hook the SCSI cable from
    the MIO to the 50 pin connector on
    the top right side of the controller
    (next to the red LED). BE SURE to
    have the controller on a flat surface
    so that you don't screw up the PCB
    traces when plugging in cables! Make
    sure that the colored stripe on the
    cable points toward the LED or things
    won't work right.

    Now is a good time to hook up the
    data line cable, it should be a 20
    pin ribbon cable. Plug it into the
    plug on the lower right side. This
    plug is marked "J0" and has an
    identical plug right next to it, the
    second plug would be used if you were
    hooking up 2 disk drives to one
    controller. Make sure that the
    colored stripe on the cable points to
    the LEFT. I am using a Seagate ST-412
    MFM Disk drive, so I did not want any
    special options enabled on the board.

    Make sure that there are no jumpers
    between the jumper blocks (marked J5)
    in the middle part of the board (as
    they come from ICD they are set up
    with no jumpers). There is only one
    other jumper set to worry about, It
    is not identified on the PCB, but is
    in plain sight just above the plug
    marked "J1". Most drives should have
    this jumper set for R-PU (Write
    Precompensation Turned off for both
    drives), fortunately this is how they
    come from ICD, so unless you are
    using a weird drive, you should not
    change ANY jumpers on the

    The manual that comes with the
    Adaptec ACB-4000 series controller
    is very clearly illustrated and
    contains more information than you
    will ever need. Just for the record-
    I never had to refer to it once
    during my installation.

    Once both drive cables are attached
    to the Controller board, you need to
    find the corresponding edge
    connectors on the back of your hard
    drive. In the case of the Seagate,
    the connectors are clearly marked and
    keyed so there should be no problems
    with hookup. Just be sure that the
    colored wire on the cable points to
    the side of the connector marked "pin
    one" or maybe just with a "1".

    You might want to check the switch
    settings or jumpers on your HD to be
    sure that it is set as unit #0 and
    that it has a TERMINATION RESISTOR
    installed (most drives come this way
    from the factory). You may have to
    consult your drive manual for more
    information on this. Again, I lucked
    out and didn't have to change a

    The last step on the hardware side is
    to hook up your power supply to both
    the controller and the HD. If you are
    using a standard HD power supply it
    will have white Keyed power plugs
    that are difficult to install wrong.
    They are a bit of a snug fit though,
    so take it easy, especially on the
    controller board.

    At last, plug in and turn on your
    MIO and HD Power supply.

    Basically there are 6 steps you have
    to go through to "prepare" the HD
    before use.


    After you have Booted your 800XL
    from a SpartaDOS diskette and set
    the date and time, hold down SELECT
    and press RESET. this will take you
    to the MIO configuration menu.

    Now you have to tell the MIO
    what device you want the HD to be.
    It can be any device number from D1:
    to D8:. Make sure that you do not
    have address conflicts with
    diskettes and RamDisks already on
    the system (including the MIO
    ramdisk). The slick part of this
    is that later you can SWAP drives
    after the system is up! If you want
    to make your HD Drive 2 and a
    diskette Drive 1, you can change your
    mind later and SWAP addresses for
    these devices. This makes it possible
    to BOOT from the HD, or from a
    RamDisk for that matter! This is an
    extremely powerful feature.

    In configuring the MIO for the HD,
    you need to know some specs on your
    hard drive, such as: the number of drive heads, cylinders, and max number of sectors for your type of
    drive. MIO manual appendix D lists
    33 popular HD types by manufacturer.

    The ST412 is a 4 head, 306 cyl,
    39,168 sector device. Just enter
    this information in on the
    configuration menu. Make sure that
    if you are using one controller and
    drive that ID/LUN is 0/0. This is
    not well explained in the docs.
    Press RESET when you are done and
    you will return to DOS.


    The MIO comes with a diskette of
    utilities to help you set up the HD.
    The low-level format program is
    called HDFMTPH.COM in the docs and on
    the disk. I found out when I bought
    the MIO that there was a revised
    HDFMTPH program called HDFMTPH4.COM.
    You can get this revision off of the
    ICD BBS.

    This program asks you some questions
    about the HD hardware much the same
    as the MIO config does. Enter in the
    # of heads, etc. etc. at the prompts.
    The actual formatting takes a while,
    so go out and have a beer. Mine took
    about 15 min for the format process.

    When the program finishes, it will
    display a "total number of available
    sectors on drive" which may be
    different than the "official" number
    of sectors for your drive. Make sure
    that you write this number down,
    because you will need to change the
    MIO configuration to reflect the
    actual number of sectors formatted.

    The reason that this is important is
    that the Physical Format Program will
    "lock out" bad sectors it finds on
    the media, and the MIO config needs
    to be told of the exact number of
    available sectors. Just for
    information, mine came out a little
    larger than its "official"
    specs. The number? 40,392 double
    density sectors- about 10.3mb!


    This is only necessary if you have a
    drive that is larger than the
    SpartaDOS maximum of 16mb or 65535
    double density sectors. This is done
    by going back to the MIO config
    program by pressing SELECT-RESET and
    entering in the Start sector (in my
    case "0") and End Sector+1 (in my
    case 40393). The configuration menu
    is well documented in the MIO manual
    so you should have no trouble with


    When you take option "4" from the MIO
    config menu and answer "Y" to the
    "Are you sure?" prompt, the entire
    MIO configuration is written to HD
    number 0/0. This will automatically
    reconfigure the MIO if you should
    happen to turn it off by saving the
    config. information to sector 0 of
    the HD.


    Again, ICD supplies a utility to
    write a main SpartaDOS directory to
    your HD. If you are using another
    DOS, you will have to fend for
    yourself. When asked for the "drive
    number?," give the DOS ID number for
    the LOGICAL unit, such as D1:, D2:
    etc. (in my case I entered in "2".
    This program takes about 30 seconds
    to create the main directory.

    Final Step: SET UP DOS

    Copy SpartaDOS 3.2d to each logical
    Drive partition that you may want to
    boot from, as I said earlier, the MIO
    will let you boot from whatever drive
    you want, so there is no reason not
    to have DOS on your HD even if it is
    not D1:. Once DOS is copied into the
    Main directory, use the "BOOT"
    command to set the boot flag to that
    file. The syntax is "BOOT
    Dn:X32D.DOS" where "n" is your drive
    ID. The BOOT command is well
    documented in the MIO manual and in
    the SDCS manual.

    That's it!! Now you are ready to
    amaze your friends with HUGE online
    storage! Even with making up cables,
    the total time for installation
    for me was around 1 hour. If you
    are a BBS operator or a user with
    a large file inventory, it makes
    good sense to upgrade to a hard
    drive. If you've got the bucks to
    do it, it's easy!

    Zmagazine #40 February 23,1987
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