ST Report: 3-Mar-95 #1109

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Date: 03/19/95-11:36:14 AM Z

From: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
Subject: ST Report: 3-Mar-95 #1109
Date: Sun Mar 19 11:36:14 1995

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 > From the Editor's Desk             "Saying it like it is!"

      Everybody has a pet peeve and sooner or later, they'll tell you all
 about it.  Well, here's mine.  I wonder how many of you will agree with
 me.  My major pet peeve in the computing world is when I realize I've been
 beta testing a "finished product" or , so I thought it was finished.  Yes,
 yes, I realize that a really in-depth program is always a "work in
 progress".  But there has to be a point where, as we all have seen, that a
 program is considered "fit for release".  Why is it then.. that we have so
 many of the "fit for release" type programs that seemingly have a "hit
 parade" of updates and then... a "pay for" upgrade shortly thereafter that
 merely amounts to a number of major bug fixes?  

      No..  There's no need to name specific programs.  Doing that solves
 nothing and tends to make for hard feelings.  Those of you who are reading
 this and do have the ability to make a "difference" take a moment or two
 and ponder these thoughts.  Wouldn't it be a far better thing if the user
 knew in advance that he was in for some "undocumented features"?  Sure
 there are beta programs setup for software enhancement but it doesn't
 always work out that way.  Try to make sure the software or, hardware for
 that matter, is really "ready to go".  If its borderline, say so or better
 yet, don't let it out the door until its really ready.
      In the coming weeks.. we shall be doing a great of work with SCSI
 packages, designs and software.  Personally, I feel SCSI is the way to go. 
 We shall look at SCSI adapters, tape backups and their software, hard
 drives, CDRoms, scanners and other peripherals too numerous to mention at
 this time.  The most important of which is the backup facilities offered
 in the SCSI world.  We will carry a number of qualifying articles that
 should bring the reader up to speed with SCSI.  Its going to get very
 interesting.  Both for the novice, the casual, and the power user.  SCSI
 never ceases to amaze me.  You are in for a treat.


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                         IBM/POWER-PC/PC SECTION (I)

                   Computer Products Update - CPU Report
                   ------------------------   ----------
                  Weekly Happenings in the Computer World
                                Issue #09
                    Compiled by: Lloyd E. Pulley, Sr.

                  ******* General Computer News *******

                >> Intuit Admits to Bug in Tax Program << 
    Intuit Inc. says it has found a major bug in its income tax software 
 that can affect its TurboTax and MacInTax programs and says it will 
 replace the affected programs free of charge beginning Friday.
    The firm said it also will pay any penalties imposed by the Internal 
 Revenue Service on its customers as a result of errors in the program.
    Reports quote Intuit officials as saying the bug was discovered sev-
 eral weeks ago and that it affects less than 1 percent of the million 
 customers using TurboTax and the 400,000 using MacInTax.
    The specific instances in which the calculation errors will occur 
 include if the user:
    -:- Has only disability income.
    -:- Is taking a section 179 deductible for an automobile.
    -:- Is working with the Estimated Tax Worksheet to estimate payments 
        for the 1995 tax year.
    -:- Is depreciating an asset in the final year of its depreciable 
    The San Francisco Chronicle reported the flaw and said one user found 
 his business income was $8,400 less on MacInTax than it was on Intuit's 
 Quicken program.
    Asked why the company did not announce the flaw sooner despite 
 knowing about it for several weeks, Intuit executive William Harris said 
 it was important to be able to specify the problems and how users can 
 fix them.
    The software publisher said it is contacting registered users of the 
 programs to notify them of the availability of the corrected versions. 
 But Harris added that the flawed program should still work for 99% of 
    Starting Thursday, Intuit is operating an exclusive phone line set up 
 to handle requests on a 24-hour basis. The line, 800-224-0948, will ask 
 users for their name, address and phone number and whether they are 
 requesting the new TurboTax or the new MacInTax version.

                   >> Justice to Query Online Firms <<
    Word is that in its review of Microsoft Corp.'s planned $1.5 billion 
 acquisition of Intuit Corp., the Justice Department will interview the 
 three largest online services.
    Reports say that investigators want to get input from CompuServe, 
 America Online and Prodigy on the potential anti-competitive effects of 
 the deal.
    Meanwhile, other reports are saying that Apple Computer Inc., Sun 
 Microsystems Inc. and Sybase Inc. have paid for a Silicon Valley law 
 firm to object to the Microsoft-Intuit deal and the company's antitrust 
 settlement with the Justice Department.
    Representatives of all four companies declined to comment.
                 >> McGraw-Hill Launches New Magazine <<

    McGraw-Hill Inc., publisher of Byte magazine, is getting into the 
 hunt for the home computing market, joining forces with IDD Enterprises 
 LP., publisher of Nest Egg magazine, to bring out a new monthly to be 
 called Home Computer Advisor.
    The new publication will use the editorial expertise of Byte magazine 
 and a new distribution channel developed by IDD for Nest Egg.
                   >> Compton's Challenges Microsoft <<
    The makers of the electronic Compton's Encyclopedia allege Microsoft 
 Corp. won't allow them on the online service it is developing because 
 Microsoft makes a rival reference work, the software called Encarta.
    Some say the charge "adds to the list of gripes about anti-competitive
 practices at the largest developer of personal computer software. And it
 raises questions how Microsoft can both develop products for its
 electronic pipeline and encourage others to do so."
    Microsoft denies it refused to work with the new media division of 
 Tribune Co., which created the computerized versions of Compton's 
                  >> TI Forecasts Strong Chip Market <<
    Texas Instruments forecasts that the worldwide semiconductor market 
 will grow by about 21% in 1995 to $124 billion.
    TI notes that the market's growth is primarily due to the continued 
 strength of Asia- Pacific region and the U.S., as well as an improved 
 economy in Europe.
    TI's estimates;
    The U.S. market will grow at 22% to $41 billion, compared to $34 
 billion in 1994.
    The Japan market will see semiconductor market growth of about 17% to 
 a total of $34.5 billion. In 1994, Japan's market reached $29 billion.
    The Europe markit is expected to grow by about 23% to $24 billion 
 compared to $20 billion in 1994.

    The Asia- Pacific region will lead the world in growth at about 26% 
 for 1995. The Asia- Pacific region is expected to reach $24 billion in 
 1995, compared with $19 billion in 1994.
                    >> Phone Firms to Buy TV Boxes <<
    Three phone companies -- Bell Atlantic Corp., Nynex Corp. and Pacific 
 Telesis Group -- say they will buy up to 4 million set-top boxes for 
 interactive TV and computing during the next five years.
    It's felt that by jointly buying the equipment, the firms "aim to 
 speed up development and implementation of such advanced communication 
    The set-top boxes generally range from $350 to several thousand 
 dollars apiece, depending on function, and the trio hopes to get a 
 better price by combining their request.
    Bell Atlantic, Nynex and Pac Tel provides phone service to 30 million 
 households in the East and California and Nevada.
                   >> TI Offers TravelMate Notebook <<

    The TravelMate 5000 notebook computer has been unveiled by Texas 
 Instruments, which says the unit includes a 75MHz Pentium processor with 
 peripheral component interconnect bus architecture.
    The company said the TravelMate 5000 family, available next month, 
 includes two models based on the 75MHz 3.3-volt Pentium processor with 
 PCI bus and a choice of 10.4 inch active matrix color or 10.5 inch dual 
 scan color displays.
    TI adds the TravelMate 5000 Active Matrix Color has an estimated U.S. 
 price of $5,899.
                  >> Digital Announces Win95 Support <<
    Digital Equipment Corp. says it will preload Windows 95 on all of its 
 desktop and notebook computers when the operating system becomes 
    The computer maker notes that all of its systems currently support 
 the industry standard for Plug & Play technology as well as the Micro-
 soft Hardware Design Guide for Windows 95.
    The company also reports that it has signed a Windows 95 market 
 development agreement with Microsoft Corp.
                    >> Zenith Cuts Prices Up to 30% <<
    Prices on Zenith Data Systems' line of '486 desktop computers have 
 been cut by as much as 30%.
    In a statement, offices, the firm says the pricing strategy results 
 from "lowered costs on components and a concerted effort to continue 
 offering customers more value per system dollars spent."
                  >> Most European Leaders Not Online <<
    Only a few of Europe's leaders are plugged in.
    According to The Washington Post:
    -:- Poland's premier is active on the global Internet computer 
    -:- President Martti Ahtisaari of Finland uses e-mail to keep in 
        touch with son Marko.
    -:- The Kremlin's top science adviser and a bunch of Baltic 
        government ministers are online.
    However, "just a handful of leaders in western Europe have Internet 
 electronic mail addresses and none of them resides in its power centers 
 London, Paris or Berlin."
    In fact, says the paper, "Spain's prime minister, Felipe Gonzalez, 
 doesn't even have a personal computer. A series of calls trying to 
 determine whether Italy's premier, Lamberto Dini, is on the Internet was 
 fruitless. Many of the people in his office didn't know what Internet 
                >> CD-ROM Men's Magazine to Make Debut <<
    Marinex Multimedia says it is developing a CD-ROM-based men's 
    The publication, titled Trouble & Attitude, the Multimedia Magazine 
 for Men, is scheduled for a spring launch. The $9.95 disc will be dis-
 tributed on newsstands, in video stores and through direct response 
 advertising, direct mail and other channels both domestically and 
    New York-based Marinex says Trouble & Attitude will be the first CD-
 ROM to use the men's magazine format to target a young (18-34), upscale 
 male audience for whom the computer is emerging as both the information 
 and entertainment medium of choice.
    The company notes that Trouble & Attitude will feature video-
 intensive, multimedia profiles of women, as well as timely general and 
 special interest stories. An "on-camera cyberjockey" will anchor each 

    The premiere issue's cover story will be a multimedia exploration of 
 the television program Baywatch. Other features will include a preview 
 of the first interactive, CD- ROM-based Bikini Challenge; a visual tour 
 of Troma Films, the studio specializing in campy B- movies, including 
 the Toxic Avenger series; a tribute to the late Marshall McLuhan, the 
 "forgotten guru" of the electronic age; Erik Larsen's comic book art, 
 including exclusive previews of forthcoming titles; and a 10,000 word 
 text and speech guide to the world's spy agencies.
                   >> Apple Settles Part of RSI Suit <<
    Apple Computer Inc. has settled its portion of a lawsuit from a 
 secretary who contends she wasn't adequately warned about the potential 
 for injury from keyboard use.
    As reported earlier, Nancy Urbanski 30, a former Eagan High School
 secretary who says she lost her job because of repetitive stress injuries,
 had accused Apple and IBM of negligence. She had used both brands of
    Meanwhile, IBM spokesman Tom Beermann said his employer does not plan 
 to settle, that "our intention is to see this through. We would not read 
 too much into the Apple settlement. The fact remains that there is no 
 scientific evidence linking computer keyboards to injury."
    Urbanski, whose typing speed was once clocked at 95 words a minute, 
 first noticed pain in her left arm and hand in July 1991. It later 
 spread to her other arm.
    She says the school district tried to find other work for her but had 
 to let her go in June 1993. In addition to losing her job, Urbanski says 
 she cannot perform housework and other everyday activities.
    Attorney Steven Phillips said IBM and Apple easily could have provided
 warnings about repetitive stress injuries, telling keyboard users about
 the need to take breaks and the importance of proper posture.
    But, he argued, because the computer companies did not, many people 
 worked through their pain, unaware they were on the road to permanent 
 disability. He said similar injuries did not occur with typewriters 
 because certain tasks -- such as changing paper and hitting the carriage 
 return -- broke up the repetitiveness of the work.
                       >> IBM Releases PC DOS 7 <<
    PC DOS 7, which offers more memory and more disk space than any 
 previous versions of the operating system, has been released by IBM 
    IBM officials are quoted as saying the new DOS includes integrated 
 data compression from Stac Electronics, an extensive built- in help 
 system, and "exclusive features designed for mobile users, such as file 
 synchronization, docking capabilities and the latest support from 
 Phoenix Technologies for PCMCIA cards."
    This is IBM's 14th release of the DOS, which upgrades any version 3.3 
 and higher and is supported on all IBM and IBM-compatible personal 
 computers. Customers should be able to upgrade for less than $60, IBM 
                  >> Software Piracy Up 14%, SPA Says <<
    A new study suggests U.S. and foreign companies lost $8.08 billion 
 last year to worldwide piracy of business software, which rose 14% over 
 1993 estimates.
    Reports quote the SPA as saying lack of enforcement of intellectual 
 property rights laws is the leading factor behind the growing piracy 
    The report says pirated business software -- ranging from accounting 
 and desktop publishing programs to spreadsheets and e-mail -- grew to 
 125 million units in 1994 from 110 million in 1993.
    The SPA says the biggest offenders are China, Russia and Thailand.
    The U.S., the world's leading producer of business software, sus-
 tained the second most losses after Japan. U.S. companies lost an esti-
 mated $1.05 billion in 1994. A drop in the average price of U.S.-made 
 software, largely accounted for a nearly 50% drop in estimated revenue 
 lost between 1993 and 1994.
                   >> U.K. Computer Crime Uncovered <<
    A British watchdog agency says it has unearthed a computer crime wave 
 at the heart of government.
    The National Audit Office has reported that after new tighter controls
 on British civil servants were issued to ministries and government
 agencies on checking for misuse of computers, the number of incidents 
 detected rocketed in 1993 and 1994.
    Reports say:
    -:- Detected attempts to hack into computers rose 140% to 655.
    -:- Computer viruses were up 86% to 562.
    -:- Even simple theft of computer equipment was up 60% to 433 
        incidents costing $1.90 million.
    The study says government departments had stepped up efforts to com-
 bat information technology crimes, that fewer hacking attempts were suc-
 ceeding and that anti-virus software was helping to detect an increasing 
 proportion of attempts to wreck programs.
    However, it added, "Departments and agencies still have some way to 
 go on issues such as ... security training."
                  >> Man Admits to Online Child Porn <<
    A New Hampshire man faces prison time after he admitted he shipped 
 child pornography over an online service.
    Reports from Concord, New Hampshire say Donald Angus Harvey pleaded 
 guilty this week in U.S. District Court there.
    Federal prosecutors are quoted as saying Harvey faces up to 15 years 
 in prison when sentenced for shipping child pornography and sexually 
 explicit messages via America Online to undercover agents in Orlando, 
 Florida, who he thought were 14-year-old boys.


 > McAfee News STR InfoFile

                    Errata for VirusScan Version 2.1.5 (216)
                         Copyright 1995 by McAfee, Inc.
                              All Rights Reserved.


 This Errata Sheet covers changes and late-breaking news not covered
 in the VirusScan and VShield Version 2.1.5 (216) documentation.



 VirusScan Version 2.1.5 (216) has been released to address a false
 positive report of the Dark Avenger virus on DOS 3.3's EXE2BIN.EXE.
 No other changes have been made since the 215 virus signature string
 data files.

 VirusScan Version 2.1.5 (215) adds detection of 280 new viruses and
 removal of 95 viruses.  Most of the removers are for boot viruses.
 A complete list of viruses can be viewed by using VirusScan's /VIRLIST
 switch (DOS and OS/2) or clicking on the "Virus Info" button (Windows).

 Additionally, we have added the ability to generically remove boot
 sector and master boot record viruses in the event that (1) the
 original boot code cannot be found and (2) the data areas of the
 boot code are intact.  This is handled automatically by VirusScan
 with no special command line options or settings.


 VirusScan v2.1.5 now scans inside of LZEXE-compressed files.  Previous
 versions of VirusScan only scanned inside of PKLite-compressed files.
 This feature is handled automatically by VirusScan.  To turn off scanning
 inside of compressed files, run VirusScan with the /NOCOMP switch (DOS
 and OS/2) or by removing the check-mark from the "Scan Compressed
 Executables" setting under Controls (Windows).


 VirusScan for OS/2 no longer causes a SYS3175 when scanning a file named


 VShield Version 2.1.5 fixes a memory fragmentation problem that may have
 caused system hangs under some circumstances.


 Version 2.1.5 features significant improvements in eliminating false
 positive alarms:

 o       Reports of many different viruses appearing in memory
         each time VirusScan was run on Tulip and Phillips PC's
         has been fixes.  This may also fix false alarm problems
         with PC's using BIOS chips from Phoenix and AMI.

 o       Several false positive alarms on files were fixed as well.

 The next release of VirusScan is scheduled for the third week 
 of March 1995. AG022895


 > Frankie's Corner STR Feature           The Kids' Computing Corner

                             Imagination Express
                  CD-ROM versions for Windows and Macintosh
                              for ages 5 and up
                       retail price approximately $40
                            by Edmark Corporation
                               P.O. Box 97021
                           Redmond, WA 98073-9721
                               (206) 556-8484

 IBM Requirements                     Macintosh Requirements
 CPU:    386DX-25                     CPU:    Color Mac
 RAM:    8 megs                       RAM:    8 megs
 VIDEO:  256 color SVGA monitor       Video:  256 color, 13" or > monitor
 HDISK:  2 megs                       HDISK:  2 megs
 CD-ROM: Double-speed recommended     CD-ROM: Double-speed recommended
 OS:     Windows 3.1                  OS:     System 7
 Misc.:   Sound card, mouse

 "Imagination Express" is a powerful authoring system which allows children
 to create electronic books.  The program uses thematic learning to teach
 children about the history, sociology and mythology of different
 "Destination" modules.  These modules can be added to the program to
 expand your child's imagination and knowledge.  Introductory copies of
 "Imagination Express" include "Neighborhood," which is a contemporary
 urban setting, and "Castle," which is based on Europe of the Middle Ages.

 Each Destination includes an illustrated talking electronic reference book
 containing information about the people, places and lifestyles of that
 Destination.  These lessons are more interesting than those found in most
 history books.  Each Destination also includes a completed story which
 will show the power of the authoring tools.  Also included is a video
 segment in which several children suggest various story ideas in case your
 child gets writer's block.

 Each Destination gives you a number of backgrounds from which to choose. 
 Dozens of characters are included and some are animated.  Furnishings,
 animals, food and other props are also included.  These items are called
 "Stickers" and are clicked and dragged onto the background.  Subtle
 changes can be made to the stickers with the editor.  Stickers can be
 turned to different perspectives.  Some are animated but can be used in
 still form. Some stickers have prerecorded sound bites which can be used
 at your child's discretion.  Using a microphone, audio can be recorded for
 all stickers.

 The feature which I found most revolutionary and fascinating is the three-
 dimensional appearance of the images.  Stickers gain size as they are
 dragged to the foreground of the image.  As they are moved to the
 background or horizon, they will become smaller.  The stickers are
 constantly resized during any movement on the screen.  Objects are not
 merely dragged and placed on top of the background.  They can be placed
 behind, on or in other objects on the screen.  This definitely gives the
 illusion of a three-dimensional image.  I cannot adequately explain the
 uniqueness and advanced nature of this technique and I recommend that
 everyone view a demonstration of this product.

 "Imagination Express" also includes a small music library.  The music is
 quite varied and can be used to introduce a scene and set the mood.  Text
 can be placed on the screen using a choice of fonts, sizes and colors. 
 Books can be viewed on the computer or printed.  Multiple book pages can
 be printed on a single page to save paper.  The adult control panel allows
 parents to set limitations on younger authors such as turning off the
 printing or recording features of the program.

 This program has mind-boggling graphics.  The images are colorful and
 interesting.  The included animations are short and jerky due to the use
 of few frames, but this does not detract from the magic of the program. 
 The sounds and music in this program are excellent.  Digitized voices and
 sounds are clear and realistic.

 The interface is very intuitive.  The addition of audible help would have
 given it perfection.  All commands are represented graphically in
 pictograms in toolbars.  The manual is comprehensive and includes
 troubleshooting information.  The program itself has an excellent on-line
 parent's section which is filled with information about learning and the
 best methods for using this product.

 Play value is excellent.  Children will use this program for hours on end. 
 My six-year-old son spent five hours working on a story one evening this
 week.  He can't wait to show his finished book to his teacher and friends.

 Educational value is outstanding.  "Imagination Express" has the power to
 inform children and to expand their minds.  By creating stories, children
 will develop a greater interest in reading.  The program includes
 suggestions on how to use it as a tool to teach reading and writing
 skills.  The program also provides an excellent way for parents to spend
 fun, quality time with their budding authors.  Parents can have a great
 time helping prereaders with the writing of their stories.

 Bang for the buck is exceptional.  "Imagination Express" has a moderate
 retail price which is extremely small in relation to the hours of mind-
 expanding fun that it provides.  This is a fantastic program for
 stimulating children's creativity.


                     Graphics ........... 10.0
                     Sounds .............  9.5
                     Interface ..........  9.5
                     Play Value ......... 10.0
                     Educational Value .. 10.0
                     Bang for the Buck .. 10.0
                     Average ............ 9.83                      


 > CorelDRAW 5.0 Rev. F STR InfoFile

                    CorelDRAW 5.0 Rev. F Enhancement List

      More than 100 enhancements have been incorporated into CorelDRAW 5
 revision F.  A list of key enhancements is provided below sorted by
 module.  Additional details on these and other key issues are provided in
 the README file which accompanies the revision.  Also listed is a point
 form summary of all issues addressed in this release.  For a list of
 clipart updates, refer to the CLIPART.WRI file found in the \clipart sub-
 directory on CD-ROM #1.

      More than 100 logged problems have been addressed.  Ventura now
 supports full drag-and-drop functionality of Corel Gallery files. 
 Footnotes in a paragraph no longer cause other special items such as index
 entries, cross-references, and variable definitions to disappear.  Ventura
 is now compatible with Microsoft's OLE 2.02 re-distributable DLLs. 
 Addition of a new graphic file type (.VGF) which improves the speed at
 which graphics load and refresh.

 - All text and graphics filters have been updated.
 - Microsoft Word files containing bitmaps load faster.
 - Improved low resolution graphics display.
 - Improved Windows GDI printing speed, plus the ability to print rotated 
   text and graphics.
 - General optimization of the frequency of screen redraws, file loading,
 - Addition of Database Publisher (with support for Ventura 5.0) to the
   CD-ROM version.
 - Fixed a number of problems with frame anchors.
 - Fixed problems with loading complex tables in previous versions of
 - Numerous enhancements have been made to the Index Entries Roll-up.
 - Miscellaneous OLE 2.0 fixes and enhancements.
 - Ventura no longer prints empty plates when generating color separations.
 - Improved support for extended characters (in tag names, imported text
   files, etc.).
 - Fixed miscellaneous bugs with Corel Query,  Base on Template, and Index
 - Comprehensive list of documentation errata have been added to the README
 - General cleanup of On-line Help.

      CorelDraw and Ventura now detect colors in imported placeable EPS
 files when generating color separations.  International settings and
 conventions are now available from within all dialogs.  Numerous artistic
 and paragraph text display issues have been addressed.  Problems editing
 paragraph text objects created in CorelDRAW 3.0 have been rectified.
 Improved performance when printing Type 1 Fonts to GDI printers.  Type
 Assist now capitalizes the first word of sentences beginning with accented

 - Resolved issues of fitting text to the path of objects which have been
   converted to curves and grouped.
 - Fixed a problem associated with the application of several texture fills
   with high DPI and pixel settings .
 - Fixed a General Protection Fault that sometimes occurred when selecting
   an arrowhead from within the Outline Pen Roll-up.
 - Fixed an error that produced invalid values in the Outline dialog when
   the "none" outline was selected via the pen flyout.
 - Changing the font used in paragraph text via the Text Roll-up no longer
   causes a reversion to the default paragraph font when a hard return is
 - Title-case capitalization feature in Type Assist no longer causes a GPF
   when extremely large words are keyed in.
 - Fixed some miscellaneous problems associated with measurement controls
   in CorelDRAW.

 - Fixed problems certain video drivers caused when working with 1-bit
   (B&W) bitmaps.
 - Fixed instability of using the Texture Editor in conjunction with the
   text tool.
 - Fixed incorrect conversion to 256 colors when using the Optimized Error
   Diffusion feature.
 - Fixed miscellaneous color correction problems.
 - Fixed incorrect ruler behavior when changing the resolution of an image.
 - Fixed problems using partially loaded 1-bit and saving partially loaded
   grayscale files.


 > Adaptec SCSI STR InfoFile                   SCSI INFO CORNER

                          ADAPTEC SCSI INFORMATION
                            The Authority on SCSI

 AHA-154x Common Questions and Answers

 Q. I disabled the BIOS via the switches and now I can no longer make
    changes to the adapter.
 A. Once the BIOS is disabled via the switches, the Ctrl-A SCSI Select will 
    no longer function.  An alternative for disabling the BIOS and still 
    allowing for the <Ctrl>-A to function would be to use the Ctrl-A to 
    disable the BIOS.  This is done in the Advanced Configuration Options 
    menu found under the Config/View Host Adapter Settings menu.  Set the 
    option Host Adapter BIOS (Configuration Utility Reserves BIOS Space) to 
    DISABLE.  This will disable the BIOS but still allow access to SCSI 
    Select using <Ctrl>-A.

 Q. I have the AHA-1542B with the greater than a Gbyte BIOS and my system 
    doesn't see the hard drive or just hangs there when I run Novell's 
    SERVER program.  What is the problem?
 A. The greater than a gigabyte BIOS is a DOS solution and should not be 
    used with NetWare 386, since greater than a Gbyte support is built in.  
    Remove the jumper at J6, position 2.

 Q. How do I correct the message "command port full" when installing an 
    AHA-154xC and Novell 2.x?
 A. Ensure the hard disk drive is at SCSI ID 0 and the AHA-1540C Advanced 
    Features has extended BIOS translation disabled and Dynamic Scan

 Q. Under INSTALL.NLM with the AHA-1542C card there is a message "The Host 
    Adapter appears to be hung.." or "There are no accessible hard
 A. After you reboot your system press <Ctrl>-A, select Configure/View Host 
    Adapter Settings, then press F6 to re-load the defaults.  (The greater 
    than a gigabyte option was enabled and this will not work under

 Q. When running NetWare with drives that are greater than 1 Gigabyte, do I 
    enable the Extended BIOS Option?
 A: No, you do not enable that option when running under NetWare for any of 
    our cards.  You also need to ensure that on the AHA-154xC and
    AHA-154xCF the Dynamic Scan of the SCSI Bus is disabled.  Press <F6>
    for default settings in the SCSI Select utility.  If greater than 1 
    gigabyte is enabled upon installation, download the latest NetWare
    drivers from the NetWare directory on the BBS.

 Q. While installing NetWare 3.11 with a AHA-1540 Host Adapter, I load the 
    driver AHA-1540.DSK.  Then I load, install & select disk options.  The 
    system "beeps" and console displays a message that says:  "Host adapter 
    appears to be hung.  Resetting Host Adapter."
 A: Press <F6> in the SCSI Select utility to reset to defaults, or disable 
    the "Dynamically Scan SCSI Bus" option in the advanced configurations 

 Q. What do you do when you have an AHA-154xC, Novell 3.11 and Toshiba hard 
    disk drive, and Novell INSTALL reports "no accessible disk drives."
 A: Remove "unit attention" jumper from the Toshiba hard drive, and check
    the version of AHA-1540.DSK to ensure it's current.  Ensure the
    AHA-1540C Advanced Features has "Dynamic Scan" option disabled.

 AHA-294X Common Questions and Answers

 Q: Why wouldn't an AHA-2940 BIOS banner be displayed when installing the 
 A: Either the board is not in a bus mastering slot, or the PCI slot is not 
    enabled for bus mastering in the CMOS setup.  Check your motherboard 
    manual to find out if the slot is bus mastering, or how to enable bus 
    mastering for that slot.

 Q: On boot-up I get the error message "Host Adapter Configuration Error."
 A: In CMOS setup, enable IRQ for the PCI slot.  Alternatively, you can
    mark one of the IRQs as free.  Be aware that there may be an IRQ
    conflict with a built-in controller on the motherboard.  For CMOS
    settings, refer to your PC user's manual.

 Q: On boot-up I get a message "BIOS installed Successfully", but my system 
 A: Verify that the CMOS interrupt structure is set to "INTA" and the CMOS 
    IRQ level matches the jumper setting on the motherboard.  Refer to your 
    PC user's manual.

 Q: When I invoke the <Ctrl>-A option, the message "Can not locate host 
    adapter" is displayed.
 A: Update the AHA-2940 BIOS to version 1.11 (checksum 8200).  If you have 
    an EPROM burner, download the file 2940.EXE from the BBS.  Otherwise, 
    call Adaptec Technical Support at (408)-934-7274.

 Q: My Intel P90 system hangs during boot-up, while displaying "Starting 
 A: Contact the system vendor to obtain the latest system BIOS.

 Q: When loading ASPI8DOS.SYS the system hangs, and then displays the error 
    message: "Read BIOS Parameter Failed."
 A: Update ASPI8DOS.SYS manager (EZ-SCSI 3.11).

 Q: The ATI (Mach 64) video card installed with my AHA-2940 shows no video 
    or causes intermittent hangs during boot under DOS or Windows.
 A: There are known compatibility issues between the two PCI cards.
    Contact ATI for possible resolution of these issues.

 Q: The EZ-SCSI installation hangs on installing the AIC-7870.DLL driver.
 A: Update to EZ-SCSI version 3.11.

 Q: Upon boot-up, a 486 AMI BIOS system displays the "Device Name Not 
    Available" message during drive inquiry message.
 A. Contact your system vendor to obtain the latest system BIOS.

 Q. I heard that there is a new BIOS release for the AHA-2940.  Do I need
    to upgrade my adapter?
 A. The BIOS v1.11, which replaces v1.10, corrects a problem for the OPTI 
    chipset only.  The problem prevented userS from accessing SCSI Select 
    when selecting <Ctrl>-A.  An error "No Host Adapter Found" will appear 
    after selecting <Ctrl>-A.  BIOS v1.11 corrects this problem.  Unless
    you have an OPTI chipset, there is no need to upgrade the BIOS.

 Q. How do I determine which AHA-2940 is the primary card if I am duplexing 
    under Novell?
 A. During boot-up, check the LED on the AHA-2940 cards to see which one 
    illuminates first.

 Q. I recently upgraded from a previous SCSI Host Adapter to an AHA-2940
    PCI adapter and the 78xx.SYS driver.  When I removed the old adapter
    from the system, I connected the hard drive to the AHA-2940 and
    re-booted.  Now the system will not boot.  What's wrong?
 A. A possible solution is that when the new driver was added to the 
    NTBOOTDD.SYS, the old driver was also there, and was configured to be 
    activated at BOOTUP time.  The new driver must be set to start at 
    BOOTUP.  This can be done in the Device section of the Control Panel. 
    The old driver needs to be deleted from the NTBOOTDD.SYS if the card is 
    no longer in the system.  If the old card is still in the system but is 
    not controlling the boot device, choose the Service section in the
    Control Panel and select the original driver to be started at SYSTEM
    time not BOOTUP.

 Hardware Common Questions and Answers

 Q. Which host adapter contains floppy controllers and which do not?
 A. Any Adaptec host adapter which has a "2" as the last number in the 
    product name has an on board floppy controller.  For example, the 
    AHA-1542CF has floppy support, but the AHA-1540CF does not.

 Q. Is there a way to disable the floppy controller on the host adapter?
 A. Yes.  Check your user's guide or installation manual for details.  
    Installation manuals can be obtained by calling our Interactive Fax 
    System at (408)-957-7150.

 Q. How many devices can I have on the host adapter?
 A. You can have up to seven (7) SCSI devices per host adapter.  Note: the 
    AHA-274xAT can support up to fourteen (14) SCSI devices, because it has 
    two SCSI channels.  The AHA-274xW can support up to fifteen (15) SCSI 
    devices, because it uses Wide SCSI.

 Q. What is the difference between ISA, EISA, and VESA systems?
 A. ISA (Industry Standard Architecture) utilizes a 16-bit bus.  EISA 
    (Enhanced Industry Standard Architecture) uses a 32-bit bus, and has 
    advanced data handling features.  VESA (Video Enhanced Standard 
    Architecture) also known as VL-bus, or VESA local bus, uses a 32-bit 
    bus, and has advanced handling features.

 Q. What if I already have a controller I am booting from?
 A. All Adaptec host adapters will co-exist with another controller (IDE, 
    ESDI, RLL, etc.).  Any hard drive not connected to the host adapter 
    must be the primary (or booting) drive controller (IDE, ESDI, RLL,

 Q. What are the names of the external cables for each controller?
 A. For the AHA-1510, AHA-1510A, AHA-152x, AHA-152xA, AHA-154x, AHA-154xB, 
    AHA-154xC, and AHA-154xC host adapters, you will need a standard 50-pin 
    SCSI cable (Centronics-style).  For the AHA-1640, AHA-1740, AHA-174xA, 
    AHA-274x series, the AHA-284xVL, and the AHA-2940 series host adapters, 
    you will need a high-density 50 pin SCSI Cable.  The AHA-274xW and 
    AHA-2940W, use a 68 pin "P" style connector to hook up the wide

    Adaptec now offers cable kits.  For the Centronics style (also known as 
    low-density), the part number is ACK-L2L.  For the high density style, 
    the part number is ACK-H2L.  For the internal cable, with 5 connectors 
    on it, the part number is ACK-INT5.  For the AVA-1505/15, use a DB-25 
    external connector (Apple compatible).  The cables can be ordered by 
    calling (800)-442-7274.

 Q. How many host adapters can you have in one system?
 A. You can have two AHA-152x host adapters in your system at one time.  
    You can have up to 4 AHA-154x host adapters in your system at one time. 

    You can have up to four AHA-174x host adapters in Standard Mode; in 
    Enhanced mode, you are limited to the number of bus mastering slots in 
    your system.  With the AHA-274x series, you are limited by the number
    of available bus mastering slots.  With AHA-284x, you are limited by
    the number of available VL-Bus Master slots.  Most systems have 2 or 3 
    VL-Bus slots, but they may not all be capable of bus mastering.  Check 
    your motherboard documentation to determine this.

 Q. What is bus mastering?
 A. Bus mastering uses DMA (Direct Memory Access).  A bus mastering
    controller speeds up the system by bypassing the CPU when it addresses
    memory.  This frees the CPU to process other commands that are in the

 Q. Is technical documentation available for Adaptec hardware and software 
    products?  How do I get it?        
 A. You can call Adaptec's Literature Hotline at (800)-934-2766, and
    request Technical Reference manuals or User's Guides for our hardware.
    Software manuals are available with the purchase of Adaptec software. 

 Q. Is target mode supported by Adaptec host adapters?
 A. Target mode has been implemented in Adaptec's bus-mastering host
    adapter firmware for the AHA-154x, AHA-164x, and AHA-174x.  However,
    our ASPI software managers do not currently support target mode.  To
    get target mode to work you would need to write your own host adapter
    software manager, which is not a trivial effort.  Adaptec cannot
    provide you with any assistance in this effort.  You can request a
    Technical Reference Manual by calling our Literature Hotline at

 Q. Why does my computer or SCSI think that I have 7 hard drives (or
    CD-ROMs, or...) when I only have one drive connected?
 A. When installing an Adaptec SCSI host adapter, SCSI bus protocol must be 
    observed.  The host adapter should be SCSI ID 7, always the highest ID 
    number, so that the host adapter will always win SCSI arbitration.
    SCSI bus theory dictates that each device (the host adapter is a
    device) must have a unique and separate SCSI ID number.  If a hard
    drive or other device is attached to the SCSI bus with the same ID as
    the host adapter, then the host adapter will see a response for
    "Phantom" devices at IDs where no device exists.  To solve this
    problem, simply set the device ID to something other than that of the
    host adapters SCSI ID.  If the device is a boot drive, then the SCSI ID
    should be set at 0.

 Q. How much ROM BIOS memory do the cards take up in the system? 
 A. 16K for all cards (except the AHA-284xVL, AHA-2940, and AHA-2940W,
    which take up 32K).

 Q. Why can't I use the entire size of my hard drive that is rated over 1 
    gigabyte in capacity, when I am using DOS?
 A. DOS 4.x and up has a limit of 1024 cylinders per physical drive.  
    This limitation, on current disk controllers and SCSI host adapter that 
    utilize the standard of 1 Megabyte per cylinder, leads to a 1 gigabyte 
    limit. The AHA-1542B with greater than Gbyte support, and the AHA-174xA 
    (with special BIOS in Enhanced Mode using ASW-C174 v3.1) have the
    ability to break this limit.  If your AHA-154XB has a BIOS part # of 
    420418-00D or greater, or if your AHA-174xA has a BIOS part number of 
    450216-00-A or greater, then you already have support for more than 1 
    gigabyte.  Refer to your User Manual's addendum for help on setting up 
    this feature.

    Alternatively, users who need this support can download the latest 
    AHA-154xB or AHA-174x microcode and BIOS files from the BBS for use
    with an EPROM burner.  The EPROM'S needed are 27C128 at 200ns for the 
    AHA-154xB and 150ns for the AHA-174x.  AHA-154xC, AHA-274x, AHA 284x, 
    and AHA-2940 boards come ready to support hard drives larger than that 
    1 gigabyte.  Extended BIOS Translation for DOS Drives greater than a 
    Gbyte is set to enable.  If you do not have an EPROM burner, call the 
    Adaptec Software Hotline at (800)-442-7274.

 Q. Why can't I use my new CD-ROM/Tape/WORM drive with my Adaptec host 
 A. Most Adaptec SCSI host adapters are designed to support 2 hard drives 
    and on some models, floppy drives with just a bare board.  Additional 
    devices require the use of a device driver.  For more information on 
    what your particular host adapter/kit should support, contact your 
    dealer or distributor, or look at KITS.TXT on this BBS for an overview. 

    Specification sheets are available on Adaptec's Interactive Fax System.

 Q. Why when I boot do I see a message that says something like "SCSI BIOS 
    not installed," or I see a message saying "Drive C already installed" 
    or "Searching for Target 0"?
 A. The BIOS on Adaptec host adapter is used primarily for installing and 
    booting from attached SCSI hard drives set to ID 0 (Target 0).  SCSI ID 
    of the hard drive is set with jumpers or switches located on the hard 
    drive.  If the host adapter you are using is not being used to control
    a SCSI hard drive, and the host adapter has been working with the
    attached devices and their associated drivers, then disable the BIOS on
    the host adapter you are using.  Consult your host adapter User's  
    Guide, or Installation Pamphlet for the jumper that enables the BIOS,
    or the software switch that needs to be set to disable the BIOS. 
    AHA-152x and AHA-154x boards can have the BIOS disabled with jumpers.
    The AHA-1640, AHA-174x, and AHA-274x boards BIOS' enabling is
    controlled by software. The AHA-154xC and AHA-2840 boards BIOS address
    is controlled by DIP switches, located at the top edge of the board, or
    through <CTRL>-A for SCSI Select.  AHA-2940 BIOS is controlled through
    <CTRL>-A for SCSI Select only.

 Q. Can you mix different SCSI host adapters in the same system, such as
    the AHA-154x and the AHA-274x?
 A. Yes, you can as long as they do not conflict with IRQ, BIOS and DMA 
    channels.  The only exceptions are the AHA-174x and the AHA-274x, which 
    can share IRQ's if the system allows shared IRQ's.

 Q. How can you prevent de-activation under Novell on extended hard drives?
 A. Get a quality cable (SCSI-2 specification) for any kind of Adaptec
    card.   This can be purchased from the Adaptec Software Hotline at

 Q. How should I place my hard drives on the cable?
 A. Place a minimum of 1 foot of cable between each device.

 Q. What should I do if I have spurios interrupt problems with the Adaptec 
 A. Try to enable the BIOS on the Adaptec card.  Select different IRQ.  Do 
    not share IRQ's.

 Q. Can I put a tape drive and CD-ROM drives on the same host adapter as a 
    hard drive?
 A. Yes.  You can put up to 7 SCSI devices on 1 host adapter.  It doesn't 
    matter what the devices are.  With some NetWare backup software, they 
    require that the tape drives be on a different host adapter.

 Q. When running NetWare with drives that are greater than 1 gigabyte, do I 
    enable the Extended BIOS Option for drives greater than 1 gigabyte?
 A. No.  You don't enable that option when running under NetWare for any of 
    our cards.  You also need to ensure that on the AHA-154xC/CF that the 
    dynamic scan of the SCSI Bus is disabled.  Press <F6> for default 
    settings in the SCSI Select utility.

 Q. Do Adaptec host adapters support RAID Software?
 A. Yes.  The AHA-154x, AHA-164x, AHA-174x and the AHA-274x support RAID 
    Level 0, 1, and 5 with the help of third party software.

 Q. I added an external CD-ROM drive and now my server won't boot from the 
    hard disk.
 A. Terminate the drive and remove the termination on the host adapter.
 Q. I was using a non-Adaptec host adapter.  I replaced it with an Adaptec 
    host adapter, but it won't boot.
 A. Boot from floppy.  Back up your data.  Low-level format the drive then 
    restore your data.

 Q. How can I find out the parallel port types on my PC?
 A. You'll need to either look in your manual, check your CMOS settings, or 
    call the manufacturer of your system.  Most notebook computers have 
    Bi-directional ports.  Most desktops have Uni-directional ports.

 Q. Why does NetWare report volume sizes larger than the drive's capacity?
 A. This is due to extraneous bytes in the FAT area of the disk drive.
    This problem is easily resolved by performing a low-level format of the
    drive. Use SCSIFRMT.EXE from the Adaptec BBS, The format utility is
    also in the BIOS of all the adapters (except the AHA-1740).

 Q. Why are there 7 identical hard drive's on my screen?
 A. There is a SCSI ID conflict on the SCSI-bus.  Make sure that the SCSI
    ID is 7 for the Adaptec host adapter and the SCSI ID for the hard drive
    is 0.

 Q. When do I need to install the drivers?
 A. The Adaptec adapters that are equipped with a BIOS are set to run with 
    two to seven SCSI hard disk drives.  If the adapter is for operating 
    SCSI hard disks only, then no drivers are required.  The drivers are 
    required for operating CD-ROMs, tape drives.  Scanners, and removable 
    media drives such as Bernoulli, Syquest and Magneto-Optical drives.

 Q. My system hangs on boot after I installed the SCSI Adapter.
 A. Make sure there are no address conflicts between the SCSI adapter and 
    other cards in the system.  Possible conflicts are the Port Address, 
    DMA channel, Interrupt and BIOS address.  Disconnect all SCSI
    peripherals from the adapter and try rebooting the system.  If the
    adapter no longer hangs, then check for proper termination cable
    quality, or SCSI ID.

 Q. My system works great with the adapter, but when I load the drivers the 
    system hangs.
 A. Run with the minimum CONFIG.SYS to verify that there is no conflict 
    with another driver or TSR.  Run the driver as the first device driver 
    in CONFIG.SYS.  Make sure you are running the latest driver for the 
    adapter.  Most drivers can be upgraded via the Adaptec Technical
    Support BBS at (408)-945-7727.

 Q. When I install the SCSI host adapter, my floppy no longer works.  The 
    error message says "FDD controller failure".
 A. Some adapters have a floppy interface included on the adapter.  If you 
    are running the floppy from another controller or from the motherboard, 
    make sure that you disable the floppy controller on the SCSI adapter.  
    If you are running the floppy from the SCSI host adapter, then make
    sure your have disabled any other floppy controller in the system.

 Q. The adapter recognizes the drive on boot up but gives "Drive not
    ready".  Why?
 A. Make sure that the drive is jumped for "spinup on power up".  You may 
    also enable the Send Start Unit command on many different models of 
    Adaptec host adapters.

 Q. What does the message "BIOS not intended to run with this card" mean?
 A. This can happen when the BIOS or ASPIxDOS.SYS loads.  This message 
    indicates a conflict between our host adapter I/O port address and 
    another card in the system.  Change our Port Address to one of the 
    alternate settings or change the other card that conflicts.

 Q. When should I disable the BIOS on the adapter?
 A. The BIOS should be disabled when the adapter is not operating a SCSI 
    hard disk drive.

 Q. Is it possible to run an IDE or ESDI controller in the same system with 
    a SCSI host adapter?
 A. Yes.  The IDE or ESDI disk drive will always be the boot device.  SCSI 
    cannot take this function away from these controllers.

 Q. Can I replace my non-Adaptec SCSI adapter with one from Adaptec and
    read the data from the disk?
 A. SCSI is standard, but how data is translated onto the drive is not.  
    Each manufacturer uses their own translation scheme.  The drive will 
    have to be low-level formatted once it is connected to the Adaptec host 

 Q. Which CD-ROMS are supported by OS/2 2.11
 A. The following CD-ROMs are supported by OS/2 2.11:
       Hitachi: CDR-1650S, 1750S, 3650, 3750
       Chinon: 431, 435, 535
       Mitsumi: CRMC-Lu005, FX001, FX001D
       NEC: CDR-25, 36, 37, 38, 72, 73, 74, 82, 83, 84, 3Xe, 3Xi, 3xp
       Panasonic: CR-501, LK-MC501S, 501B, 521, 522, 523, 562, 563
       Pioneer: DRM-600, 604X
       Sony: CDU-541, 561, 6111, 6211, 7211, 31A, 7305
       Texel: DM-3021, 3024, 5021, 5024, 3028, 5028
       Toshiba: XM-3201, 3301, 3401

    If your CD-ROM is not on the above list, please contact the drive 
    manufacturer, or IBM.

 Q. What is the command line in the OS/2 CONFIG.SYS file for Adaptec 
 A. BASEDEV=AHA154X.ADD (For AHA-1540/42B/C controller)

 Q. Do I need to enable extended BIOS translation in AHA-1542, AHA-1742,
    and AHA-2742 cards under OS/2?
 A. There has been a slight change in the way OS/2 behaves since the
    release of OS/2 2.1.  If you format a partition using FAT, it must be
    within the first 1024 cylinders of the drive.  This is intended to
    insure compatibility with DOS.  OS/2 2.0 and the beta releases of 2.1
    did not check the cylinder location before formatting a partition.  If
    you want to partition a drive that is greater than 1 gigabyte you
    should enable extended BIOS translation to allow maximum flexibility.

 Q. Does OS/2 1.3 support CD-ROMs?
 A. Only the Denon DRD-253, Sony CDU-541 and Toshiba TXM3301al are
    supported.  For other CD-ROM information please consult IBM or

 Q. Does OS/2 1.3 support tape drives?
 A. Any tape drive software that uses LADDR support will work.  Sytos 1.35 
    is recommended. 

 Q. Does removable drives (MO, Bernoulli) work?
 A. Removable drives that provided with VSD and TSD drivers will work.

 Q. How do you add Adaptec controllers on a pre-existing installation of
 A. Do not re-install the operating system.  Download IBMOS213.HLP from our 
    BBS and follow the instructions described in the text.

 Q. How does a removable drive (Bernoulli, Syquest, etc.) work under OS/2?
 A. A removable drive works as a floppy, hard drive or removable drive
    under OS/2 2.x.  IBM only supports it as a floppy drive.

       Floppy drive:  It can be used as a floppy drive if installed under 
       OS/2 2.x.  FDISKPM will not see the drive.  The data cannot be 
       interchanged from a DOS machine to OS/2.  Under the drive icon on
       the OS/2 desktop, there will be a floppy icon for the removable
       drive.  The CONFIG.SYS file must have:


       Hard drive: It can be used as a hard drive if LOCKDRV.FLT is
       installed in the CONFIG.SYS file. (LOCKDRV.EXE is on our BBS).  The
       drive acts as a hard drive.  FDISKPM will see the drive, and also
       can read/write data saved under DOS and vice versa. However, you
       cannot remove the cartridge once the operating system is loaded.
       The system must be reset to change the cartridge.  The CONFIG.SYS
       file must have:

       BASEDEV=AHA154X.AD /V

       Removable drive:  It can be used as a removable hard drive if 
       OS/2ASPI.DMD (OS/2ASPI.EXE on BBS, and included with OS/2 2.x) with 
       Corel software is installed.  FDISKPM will not see the drive.  You 
       must use CFORMAT or Corel to format the cartridge.  You can
       read/write data in both the OS/2 and DOS.  Retains the removability.
       Suppose the drive is on SCSI ID 2, then the CONFIG.SYS file must

       BASEDEV=AHA154X.ADD /V /A:0 /!DM:2

       before you install Corel SCSI Software

    In above examples an Adaptec AHA-1542 controller is used. In addition
    to the above statements one must have OS2SCSI.CMD and OS2DASD.DMD must
    be loaded in the CONFIG.SYS file.

 Q. What other Adaptec host adapter drivers come with the IHV HBA diskette 
    that is shipping with the UnixWare 1.1?  What is the set up for the
 A. Following is the host adapter driver name and IRQ should be set on the 
    host adapter:

    Host Adapter Model               IRQ   Driver Prefix
       AHA-274X                       15       adsa
       AHA-284X                       15       adsa
       AHA-294X                       10       adsl
       AIC-7870                       10       adsl
       AIC-7770                       15       adsa
       AHA-174X                        9       adse
       AHA-154X                       11       adsc
       AHA-152X                       10       adss
       AIC-6360, AIC-6260             10       adss
       AHA-1510 (not for primary)     10       adss

 Q. Can I use a drive with more than 1 gigabyte of capacity with SCO UNIX 
    v3.2.2, v3.2.4 and ISC v3.0?
 A. A special driver diskette is required from SCO to support greater than 
    one gigabyte drives with SCO UNIX v3.2.2.  With SCO UNIX v3.2.4 and 
    SCO v3.0, no changes are required for Adaptec host adapters.  If the 
    hard drive is the primary drive, then the root file system must lie 
    within a partition less than 1 gigabyte in size.  The ROM BIOS cannot 
    access boot information if it lies beyond 1 gigabyte.

 Q. I have UNIX installed on my ESDI (or IDE) drive.  Can I add an Adaptec 
    host adapter to install a SCO tape drive and do backups under UNIX?
 A. Yes.  Disable the host adapter BIOS.  Use the mkdev tape command to 
    configure the tape drive.  The backup can be done using the cpio
    command or other UNIX commands.  Consult your UNIX documentation for

 Q. Is it possible to use a Magneto Optical (MO) device as a fixed disk
    with OS/2 v2.0?
 A. Adaptec has a file on the BBS, called LOCKDRV.EXE in the OS/2 file 
    library, that allows a removable media drive to be used as a fixed
    disk.  There is a text file with the driver that explains how to use

 Q. I want to add a WORM drive to my Adaptec SCSI host adapter under OS/2.  
    Is this possible?
 A. You will need to get third party software in order to do this.  A file 
    on the BBS, (3RDPARTY.DOC) has phone numbers of companies that have 
    device drivers available for Adaptec host adapters.

 Q. I need to install more than one Adaptec SCSI host adapter under OS/2
    v2.0.  Is this possible?
 A. Multiple host adapters are supported with IBM and MS OS/2 v1.3 and IBM 
    OS/2 v2.0.  With IBM or Microsoft OS/2 v1.3, however, only multiple 
    adapters of the same type may be used.

 Q. When I boot up, I get the message "hdd controller failure". Why?        
 A. If you are only using a SCSI hard disk drive in your system, you need
    to enter the CMOS SETUP in your system and insure that "Hard disk" is 
    marked as "not installed" or "none".

 Q. My CD-ROM is supposed to support synchronous negotiation, but when I 
    have synchronous negotiation enabled on the Adaptec card, it won't
    work.  Why not?
 A. It is often necessary to turn this setting to "disable" on the Adaptec 
    board.  This DOES NOT mean that the devices won't  communicate 
    synchronously. This setting only determines who INITIATES the dialog.

 Editor Note:
      Watch for our in-depth review of the new Adaptec 2940w PCI Host
 Adaptor.  The 2940w is among the latest and greatest from Adaptec.

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                           MAC/APPLE SECTION (II)
                         John Deegan, Editor (Temp)

 > Microsoft's Gates Replies to Apple's Spindler STR Spotlight

                              BILL GATES' REPLY

 February 23, 1995

                               Via facsimile
 Michael Spindler
 Office of the President & CEO
 Apple Computer, Inc.
 10431 North De Anza Blvd., MS 38A
 Cupertino, CA  95014

 Dear Mike,

 I am writing to make it clear how disappointed I am in the lack of candor
 and honesty Apple has shown in dealing with Microsoft during the last
 several months.

 Before our meeting on January 13, I had been trying to meet with you for
 over a year to discuss ways to strengthen our business relationship.  I
 had a meeting with your executive staff scheduled which you canceled with
 less than a days notice.  I was looking forward to the meeting.  Microsoft
 develops more software for the Macintosh than any other company.  We came
 out with more new Macintosh titles last year than any other year, or than
 any other company.  We have always made our commitment to the Macintosh
 very clear.  This commitment has continued despite the copyright lawsuit
 which Apple brought against all Windows software and lost, and despite the
 fact that Apple has treated Microsoft less favorably than other Mac
 developers on dozens of occasions. 

 When we finally met you requested additional beta copies of Windows 95,
 and you also asked about the Canyon matter.  Apple had already received a
 number of betas and wanted more.  Microsoft had already treated Apple more
 generously on beta copies than Apple treats Microsoft on Mac OS betas.  I
 did not think we needed to give you additional betas, but I was willing to
 provide them to Apple as a courtesy.  In return, I requested a simple
 courtesy from you.  I said if Apple would have business people meet with
 us to discuss the Canyon issue and show us the basis for Apple s claims,
 and if you would at least talk with me before you sued Microsoft, I would
 have those betas sent.  You committed to this, confirming it in your fax
 to me of January 16.

 I made it clear we took the Canyon matter very seriously and were
 disappointed Apple had been unwilling to give us any proof that it owned
 the Canyon code.  Subsequent to this there was no follow up on the
 business meeting.  You sent me a fax on January 31, asking where the betas
 were.  I expected a business discussion regarding Canyon to take place
 first, so I called you on Monday, February 6, and asked you about those
 discussions.  Based on your assurance to follow up on the discussions, and
 your repeat of the promise to talk to me before suing Microsoft, I
 committed to release additional beta copies.  On Tuesday Carl Stork of
 Microsoft did talk to your business people, but they still refused to
 provide any basis for your claims.  Nevertheless, on Wednesday we sent
 additional beta copies to Apple.  On Thursday without talking to me you
 sued Microsoft.  Based on the video press release and other orchestrated
 press activity, the suit had been in planning for some time.  Apple
 included information in its news releases that was never made available to
 Microsoft.  I talked to you on Thursday night making it clear how
 misleading Apple was being in its statements.

 Apple, in its news conference and video releases, made claims about Video
 For Windows version 1.1d speeding up on all machines.  You knew from
 discussions with Microsoft that this was simply wrong.  Only the two
 additional video cards which didn t have drivers before 1.1d show any
 speed difference.  Apple has attempted to use its allegations to force
 ISVs to change their software to support QuickTime rather than Video for
 Windows even if the ISVs feel that Video for Windows is a technically
 superior product.  Apple has come a long way from the original
 evangelization days of the Macintosh to be using legal intimidation, in
 the form of its  amnesty  program, to influence software developers.

 I think it was inappropriate for you to promise to talk to me before
 filing a lawsuit and then not follow through on that commitment.  I think
 it was improper for Ed Stead to tell news publications and state in his
 February 13 letter to Judge Sporkin that the release of the betas were
 requested by the Justice Department.  It is simply not true to say that
 the Department of Justice asked us to release betas or to suggest they
 were the reason for that decision.  I told you I would release the betas
 based on your commitment to make sure there was a business discussion and
 to talk to me before including Microsoft in a lawsuit.

 Only yesterday did we see the February 13 letter from Mr. Stead to Judge
 Sporkin.  Mr. Stead failed to provide a copy of the letter to the DOJ or
 Microsoft.  In this letter Mr. Stead alleges that during our January 13
 meeting we threatened to discontinue our Macintosh software if you
 continued to develop OpenDoc.  This is also not true.  Our whole message
 during the meeting was about our commitment to the Macintosh.  We did not
 suggest that Apple should drop OpenDoc or that we would discontinue our
 Macintosh development.  We did say that, as we presently understand
 OpenDoc, it is not clear how we can support it in our applications.  We
 asked that Mr. Nagel meet with Mr. Heinen to see if OLE and OpenDoc can be
 brought closer together so that all Macintosh ISVs who also develop for
 the Windows platform will be able to support both OpenDoc and OLE.  We
 believe this would be in the best interest of the entire industry.  We
 feel that as presently defined OpenDoc and OLE will have very little
 interoperability despite what users have been lead to expect. 

 I still feel that a constructive dialog between you and me would be
 helpful to both of our companies and our mutual users.  Microsoft is very
 committed to its Macintosh customers.  I think the Macintosh has a bright
 future.  I feel more straightforward communication from Apple to Microsoft
 is called for.

 Best regards,

 Bill Gates
 Chairman & CEO


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                           ATARI/JAG SECTION (III)
                            Dana Jacobson, Editor

 > From the Atari Editor's Desk              "Saying it like it is!"

      Every so often, I get some feedback from some of our readers
 asking why there's still Atari coverage in STReport.  Others, I have to
 say, offer just the opposite.  The ones who ask why, go on to state that
 since Atari is out of the computer business, why do I do it.

      Well, the answer is quite simple, at least for me.  I give these
 people the same comments that those readers who still enjoy reading
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 happening.  Yes, the news and information may be sporadic, but that
 doesn't matter to me or our satisfied readers.

      As long as we can help, in whatever capacity, to keep our readers
 informed as best we can, we'll continue to do so.  It's that simple.
 From the activity within the Internet, it appears that more and more
 people are seeking sources of information.  I'm still averaging ten or
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      So, there you have it.  We're here to stay for quite some time to
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  March 1, 1995                         For further information, contact:
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             or layouts.
  Frame -    contains commands for creating and editing frames and
             guidelines. Each frame type contains its own special
  Text -     is used for entering, formatting and piping text over one or
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     CERT says the security lapse could let vandals commandeer Internet
 computers that use the UNIX operating system, specifically a program that
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     Writing in the Wall Street Journal this morning, reporter Jared
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     But, says senior CERT technical member Barbara Fraser, the newest
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                               JAGUAR SECTION

 MK III Announced!  CATscan BBS To
 Get a Facelift!?  CatBox Ready!
 And More!

 > From the Editor's Controller  -  Playin' it like it is!

      There's a bit of news that's come my way this past week which, at
 present, I cannot "officially" confirm.  However, I will mention them
 because they are newsworthy.  Once we have official confirmation,
 perhaps this week, we'll make sure to provide you with all of the

      First off, Williams' "Mortal Kombat III" will come out for the
 Jaguar.  While I'm not personally into the fighting games genre, this
 has to be a major announcement for Atari.  "Mortal Kombat" - past,
 present, and future versions - is a major title in the gaming
 community.  Whether it be Atari or another company, these types of
 major titles are necessary to acquire.  And, as has been witnessed
 online over and over again, Jaguar users are demanding these quality
 titles.  Look for the details real soon!

      Another long-awaited item is the CatBox.  While roaming around the
 'Net the other night, I saw a message that stated that ICD was
 officially taking orders for the CatBox and would begion shipping next
 week.  We're waiting to get confirmation on this announcement.
 However, from various bits and pieces that we've heard over the past
 few weeks, this news appears to be right on target.  Again, look for
 details shortly.

      I've recently received some mail from a few people who had entered
 our "Name the 1st 20 Jaguar Games" contest.  Since we haven't had 20
 titles come out yet, the entry deadline had been pushed back a couple
 of times.  Well, we've decided not to wait for 20 games, for the
 benefit of those who have already entered their list of games and made
 the original deadline on time.  Although there are 18 games currently
 available, our cut-off has been drawn at 17.  And yes, we have a
 winner.  In fact, we have two!!  We'll announce both winners in next
 week's issue.  Thanks to all of you who sent in entries.

      Well, it's getting late, and I want to get in a few runs with Val
 D'Isere Skiing and Snowboarding while I have a day off to enjoy myself!

      Until next time...


 > Jaguar Catalog STR InfoFile  -   What's currently available, what's
   """""""""""""""""""""""""""      coming out.

    Current Available Titles ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    CAT #   TITLE                 MSRP      DEVELOPER/PUBLISHER

     J9000  Cybermorph           $59.99         Atari Corp.
     J9006  Evolution:Dino Dudes $49.99         Atari Corp.
     J9005  Raiden               $49.99     FABTEK, Inc/Atari Corp.
     J9001  Trevor McFur/
            Crescent Galaxy      $49.99         Atari Corp.
     J9010  Tempest 2000         $59.95     Llamasoft/Atari Corp.
     J9028  Wolfenstein 3D       $69.95       id/Atari Corp.
     JA100  Brutal Sports FtBall $69.95          Telegames
     J9008  Alien vs. Predator   $69.99     Rebellion/Atari Corp.
     J9029  Doom                 $69.99        id/Atari Corp.
     J9036  Dragon: Bruce Lee    $59.99         Atari Corp.
     J9003  Club Drive           $59.99         Atari Corp.
     J9007  Checkered Flag       $69.99         Atari Corp.
     J9012  Kasumi Ninja         $69.99         Atari Corp.
     J9042  Zool 2               $59.99         Atari Corp
     J9020  Bubsy                $49.99         Atari Corp
     J9026  Iron Soldier         $59.99         Atari Corp
     J9060  Val D'Isere Skiing   $59.99         Atari Corp.
            Cannon Fodder                         Virgin

     Available Soon ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

     CAT #   TITLE               MSRP          DEVELOPER/PUBLISHER

             CatBox              $69.95               ICD
             Hover Strike        $59.99              Atari

     Hardware and Peripherals ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

     CAT #   TITLE               MSRP          MANUFACTURER

     J8001  Jaguar (complete)   $249.99        Atari Corp.
     J8904  Composite Cable     $19.95      
     J8901  Controller/Joypad   $24.95         Atari Corp.
     J8905  S-Video Cable       $19.95
            Jaguar CD-ROM       $149.99        Atari Corp.


 > Jaguar Online STR InfoFile         Online Users Growl & Purr!

 CATnips... Jaguar tidbits from Don Thomas..

 CATscan is being enhanced...

 CATscan is an Atari Jaguar-dedicated Bulletin Board Service right in
 my home...a service which provides Jaguar enthusiasts with access to
 all of Atari's press releases, downloads of screen images & online
 publications, the latest promotions, game descriptions, dealer referrals
 and more.

 In the past few months, CATscan has signed over 250 faithful Jaguar
  gamers...many of whom are online industry personalities such as Travis
 Guy from Atari Explorer Online, Dana Jacobson of STReport Magazine, Len
  Stys of Cleveland Freenet, Steve Kipker of Steve's Software, Eva Crouse
 of Compuware and many others. Many members are from Canada and various
 parts of Europe.

 CATscan has become a popular way for gamers to obtain the latest issue of
 STReport and AEO Magazine. Downloads such as this may not be available on
 services like Prodigy and CATscan helps bring some newsworthy issues
 directly into the offices of Atari Corporation. CATscan members have been
 recruited for Focus Groups and to become writers. Others have simply been
 content to have a burning question answered or a topic addressed. One
 CATscan member has since been employed by Atari as a game tester.

 Although CATscan activity is censored so that Jaguar fans cut through
 anything other than pure support, it is not an official Atari Corporation
 forum. Members have the opportunity to share their personal opinions and
 upload their own files. Membership is open to anyone with a computer and
 a modem and registered access is automatic provided a few basic questions
 are answered when signing on.

 To accommodate a growing need for more elbow room, CATscan is being
 upgraded. First, two new large capacity hard drives are being added for
 over 1,000% more upload and download space. This means users can depend
 on CATscan as an archive of information.

 Secondly, I am expecting to implement a major software upgrade that will
 ultimately allow access up to 14.4 baud. Currently users are limited
 to 2400 baud due to software restrictions. This latter enhancement will
 be put into place in stages and I have hopes to be compatible with 9600
 baud modems within a few days.

 In the meantime, CATscan is your opportunity to spread news about your
 business, local shows, comments, suggestions, etc. If you have material
 appropriate for a Jaguar/Lynx support arena, send them to me and I will
 be delighted to post them.

 CATscan is accessible by dialing 209/239-1552  24 hours. Over the next
 few days, you may experience some down time as upgrades are implemented.

 You may also send things to me via the Internet... OR

 I will look forward to hearing from you.

  -- Don Thomas


 > ONLINE WEEKLY STReport OnLine          The wires are a hummin'!
                            PEOPLE... ARE TALKING
 On CompuServe
 compiled by
 Joe Mirando
 CIS ID: 73637,2262

 Well folks, it looks like I've gotten my modem back to where it was
 before "the crash of late February".  Take my advice and run off a copy
 of your modem profiles right now.  It could make you a happy camper one
 day (or, at least less of an un-happy camper).

 And while I was busy teaching my modem to hum again, the good folks that
 frequent CompuServe were busy providing lots of stuff for me to
 capture... let's take a look...

 From the Atari Computing Forums

 Marty Hall tells us:

   "I've felt guilty about my new 486....... feel like I'm abandoning
   something important. Some one told me that Atari abandoned me a LONG
   time ago. Don't help much but it's true.......
   Put all thier eggs in the Jaguar basket. Yeah! Sure! You see the ads
   in the Sears Christmas Wish Book? Or what passes for one now a
   day....... FULL left hand page of games for all the other machines.
   Half a right hand page for more games. The lower right hand is the
   games them selves. Up in top right hand corner of the right hand page
   is a tiny tiny ad for the Jaguar and no games anywhere.
   " When they start buying, I'll start advertising...... "
   Alas, poor Atari, I knew him well........."

 Marty then tells Lars-Hakan Sundman:

   "I sure wish I could be angry with programers like you that will not
   program for the Atari anymore........ that's the reason I'm going over
   to the ' Other side ' but actually, I don't blame you........ Actually
   I understand and if I were there, I think I would be also.
   Damn! And it STILL is such a good machine!!!!!!!!"

 Meanwhile, Christian Roth tells us:

   "I'm a bit sad that QuickCIS does not work with MultiTOS on my Falcon.
   I'd like to ask if there's a possibility to look through the sources to
   decide if I or somebody of my friends could do some work on it?
   Everything else works fine with my system, so I would be glad if there
   would be a comfortable solution for CIS too ;-)!
   BTW, does anybody have information about the announced Mosaic for Atari
   computers? Will it make use of MiNT?
   Furthermore, CompuServe is not planning to support ascii terminals
   with their GO FTP feature. Hm- what am I gonna do now? Buy an IBM just
   for that? Naahh...  :)
   Another question (sorry for that, guys): Is there a forum for
   CIS-software programmers? Maybe there could be some code that waits to
   be ported?"

 Johan Decock posts:

   "I want to transfer files between a PC AT and an Atari non PC (ST124
   or the like) of a friend of mine.
   Could anybody help me with suggestions, point me to communication
   I was thinking to do this via null-modem and a communications package.
   If this is not feasible, is there any chance to 'print' it to the
   parallel port of the PC?"

 Sysop bob Retelle tells Johan:

   "It's possible to transfer files between PCs and Atari STs several
   different ways...
   Probably the easiest and most straight-forward is to use floppy disks.
   The Atari and the PC share almost exactly the same floppy disk format,
   so you can just copy files onto a disk from your PC and your friend can
   read them directly in the Atari's disk drive.
   The "trick" to making it work is to format the disk on the  *PC*  and
   to be sure to format it as a Double Density (720K) disk.  (The Atari
   drives won't read High Density disks)
   You can also use a "null modem cable" between the serial ports of the
   two systems and use any regular telecommunications program on both
   systems to transfer files.  The highest normal serial port speed on the
   Atari is 19.2 Kb, and if you plan to transfer from the Atari to the PC
   at high speed the Atari will need a small "bug-fix" program to patch
   the serial routines in the Operating System.  The fix isn't normally
   needed if the Atari is only receiving the files.
   And of course you can always use modems to call between the two
   systems and transfer files over the phone line."

 Johan tells Bob:

   "I didn't know the file format was the same, nor did my friend
   apparently. He was going to have me scan and OCR them at 'high' cost. I
   sure hope you're right about it. If not I'll have to use a null-modem,
   but then I'll have to find a communications package for it."

 Marty Hall asks for help with his GEMulator, the Atari ST emulator for
 DOS machines:

   "Having sent a msg to Darek Mihocka and not getting an answer thought
   I'd come here for help with Gemulator. Seems to install O.K. and when I
   copy programs and data from my ST, it seems to copy to the VHD O.K.
   When I boot the program ( ie Phasar, STWriter, etc. ) all seems O.K.
   But when I shut down the 486 and go back in, the Phasar program is
   trash. When I try to boot it, I get a msg that says it is a
   non-exacutable program. Then I take the same disk that I used to
   transfer the program from the ST, trash the old program, retransfer,
   boot again and all is well til I go to address the data. I get a msg
   that say the Reg files is the wrong version for the version of Phasar I
   have installed. O.K., trash the Reg file, re-transfer, reboot and all
   is fine.
   Anybody got any ideas?"

 Bob Carpenter asks Marty:

   "Are you exiting Gemulator cleanly (Ctrl-F11, then quit from Gemulator
   screen)?  If you're just shutting off your 486, all the files that
   Gemulator has open may not close correctly and could get corrupted.
   This is a problem particularly if you're using a write delay cache
   (option in Smartdrive or hardware cache).  By exiting Gemulator
   cleanly, you give your system a chance to close all files.  If you're
   doing this, then I don't know what it might be."

 Marty 'fesses up:

   "Tell the truth, I'm not sure. I've done so many things and held my
   mouth in so many positions while doing them, I'm not sure at this point
   what I have or have not done. But, when I sign off from here, you can
   bet I'll try your suggestion and let you know how it comes out.
   Heck, hang one, I'll do it right now........
   By George, I do believe you got it! Exited 3 times the way you said
   and went back in 3 time AND IT WORKED!!!! Very good. Thanks.
   That was the important one. Now I'll give you the PITA one. SOme thing
   I can live with but would rather not. When I boot Gemulater and get to
   the screen for the resolution selection if I don't hit ' zero ', when
   Gemulater is up and working, the screen looks like only every other
   video gun line is there and the picture is faded. I assume I have
   something configured wrong but have been nusy with the other problem
   and not worrying about this yet."

 Karl Harwood tells us:

   "I am an Atari enthusiast, there's no getting away from that, but
   there is one thing that I do not agree with.  And that is being left
   out in the cold.
   If you have a PC, CompuServe will supply you with a version of DOSCIM
   or WINCIM to suit your machine's capability.  I have a PC-owning friend
   that has DOSCIM 1.36 which is not the latest version, but it works with
   most PC computers whether they be 186 or above. (and with 5 1/4 floppy
   What about ST Users like you and me? Our machines are more powerful
   than any 186 or 286.
   Well, there's nothing that can compare with DOSCIM for the ST.  I have
   a great deal of respect for Gribniff Software's STalker which I'm using
   now, but don't you think it is about time we got something similar for
   our machines?  Even Apple Mac's have their own software.
   Is there any way of converting DOSCIM to the ST?  I'm aware that some
   kind of programming Language would have to be known as well as
   patience, which unfortunately I have little of, and I'm not a very good
   programmer either, but if there is somebody out there who is fluent in
   a computer language, then I'm sure that your efforts would be
   I'm a consumer journalist, and I would say that CIS is fairly good
   value for money (a little expensive maybe), but the software situation
   is bad, not allowing us to take full advantage of the service, for
   example, try looking up some European Railway Schedules.  You Can't.
   Until such times that somebody writes us software which is compatible
   with CIM, we shall all have to do things manually and remain excluded
   from some services, but it wouldn't hurt to let CompuServe know that if
   they did release their software for the ST it would be well worth it.
   You never know   -Miracles have happened before!"

 Sysop Jim Ness tells Karl:

   "There simply aren't enough Atari ST users on CompuServe to justify
   porting the CIM software to the ST.
   CompuServe owns the software (it uses a proprietary protocol, which
   they protect very carefully), and they are the ones who decide which
   platforms merit the efforts of their programmers.  To date, it's DOS,
   Windows, Mac, OS/2, and a special GeoWorks version for handhelds.
   For 3rd party programmers, CIS provides a series of pre-compiled
   modules (ie, DLLs for Windows), which allow the programmer's routines
   to interact using the proprietary protocol.  Without those modules, you
   can't do the things CIM does.  And, there are no modules for the ST."

 Mike Mortilla tells us about his Macintosh:

   "...I bought a Mac IIsi used for my wife.  I hate it, but she needs it
   for her DTP work to exchange files with her clients.
   But she'd be VERY happy with a PageStream prog in there!  I might even
   use it once in a while!
   We got the whole system CHEAP and found "Power Print" that lets us use
   our Panasonic Laser (HP Laser Jet II) on the MAC.  I also went with the
   color Stylewriter, but thats really a toy compared to the Panasonic
   Big crash on the MAC this week!  Reformatting didn't even fix it!
   Don't ya know it was a shareware program in a MAC forum that did it! I
   reported it to the SYSOPs over there, but I ain't doin ANYTHING on the
   MAC if I can help it.  Give me my Ataris (all 4 of 'em now!) anyday.
   So how do I get this Atari emulator for the MAC???"

 Dazzz Smith tells Mike:

   "Don't mention crashes, I managed to trash the HD on my Mac yesterday,
   but at least I'm back up and running now, even with minimal backups.
   Mac Magic is out now apparently, you need EASE desktop to go with it
   and also GSZRZ as well since XYZ doesnt like Magic. But it is faster
   than an ST by a fairly wide margin, you can use the Mac's HD with no
   changes as well, all GEM compliant programs work fine with it as well."

 Mike asks Dazzz for more info:

   "So how do I get it?  Is it in the states yet?
   Sorry 'bout the HD.  Mine's STILL in the shop since Thursday."

 Dan Parrish takes the opportunity to jump in and post:

   "It appears that my wife is getting rather desperate for a MAC,
   preferably a Powerbook with a color screen.  She feels that is the only
   way she will ever be able to use any of the weaving designing programs,
   as they are either MAC, DOS, AMIGA, and even one APPLE IIe, but sadly
   nothing for an ATARI. I hope the new Atari emulators come out in
   quantity so we can read about them both pros and cons.  There is an
   Atari dealer just down the road 15 miles. He has been subscribing to
   the UK magazines so I expect to read more in the near future. I would
   have no problems getting a nice MAC and installing MagiC MAC, because
   as far as I am concerned my reason for staying with this computer
   platform is the software, not the hardware."

 Mike tells Dan:

   "My "theory" was that I was staying with Atari because of the
   software. When *MY* wife insisted on a MAC (we got a IIsi - used
   cheap!) I realized that the hardware (for my purposes, at least) was
   far superior.
   The Mac is SLOW and awkward campared to what I'm used to on the ST and
   Stacy.  Lots of pretty screens, but I need to WORK not please my eyes!"

 Dan tells Mike:

   "I have a Mega STe which I really like however, I have really been left
   behind the times.  A good friend suggested I would be happier going
   for a TT at the time.  BUT NOOOOOO!!!!  I figured the Mega STe would be
   a better bridge between my older software and the hardware
   improvements, and then when all the bugs were figured out and Atari got
   past the TT RAM compatability problems I would then upgrade.  I really
   am not thrilled with the Falcon, just because off the design, a
   detachable key board is soo nice. My good friend left the Atari world a
   few years back.  I have watched him and his bottom-of-the-line Power
   MAC, and does that puppy ever scream.  Apple has apparently fixed the
   slow down when running the older software. When I see his computer, I
   can't help but think how much more limited this MEGA STe is than it
   used to be.  Then I go back to work and start working with Windows 3.1
   and then I have to say how much better my MEGA STe is.
   Most of my grumbling is due to my own decisions.  I would really like
   to go beyound four megs of RAM,  I would like to add a video card and
   now after talking to the TOADs, it seems Crazy Dots II isn't available
   for the MEGA STe.  Cyrel Sunrise card is not available for the MEGA STe
   either.  They made that decision last year.
   So now I have to make some more decisions.  Do I go over to Far North
   Atari, in Fairbanks, and trade in my Mega STe for a Falcon?  Do I
   succumb to the home pressures and go the MAC route and hope for the
   MagiC MAC to make it to the states?  Can I get the best of all three
   worlds?  (Atari, Mac, and Dos?)"

 Boris Molodyi tells Dan:

   "Crazy Dots II most certainly should work with Mega STe, as it is a
   VME card, and Mega STe has a VME slot. There should be no problems with
   that. You may ask Gribnif, who imports the card..."

 Dan replies:

   "I was relaying the information as I understand it from when I talked
   to the TOADS on Saturday.  I had pretty much decided to get Crazy Dots
   II a few months back.  I liked your article in STI.  I will be sending
   Gribnif a message asking for clarification, but it will be a week or so
   before I will be back home."

 During a discussion of European shareware/freeware utility programs to
 de-fragment hard drives, Frank Heller posts:

   "You know...for the life of me...I can't figure out why anyone would
   want to mess around with something as critical as a defragging utility
   that is "freewre", "shareware" or in a foreign language. Are you all
   mad? This is your hard drives we're talking about. SPEND the extra
   bucks for a reliable program with product support, updates and a manual
   in English. Edge would be a good bet. Think of it as cheap life

 Michel Vanhamme tells Frank:

   "I see your point, but on the other hand... Anyone who uses this kind
   of programs, even if they are commercial products, should make a
   complete backup of their HD's before doing anything to them (I use
   Edge, which has been reliable so far, but I still make backups each
   time before I use it - with Diamond Back). So basically, with the
   proper cautions being observed, the risk should be limited to having to
   install all your files back again (which is a bore, true). Now, if I'm
   wrong about this, feel free to correct me.
   Now, about 'foreign languages': I wouldn't use these terms here...
   this is an international community, after all. If my English may seem
   awkward at times, it is because it is NOT my first language i.e. a
   'foreign language' to me (but I love it ;-) )... The program could at
   least be of use to those of us who know French. So I'll reformulate
   your concern: DON'T use this if you don't understand it. No hard
   feelings, of course."

 Frank tells Michel:

   "I think we are in agreement here. My comment on the language thing is
   my way of saying what you said. Bottom line: If it's PD and it screws
   your were warned."

 On the subject of "No Joke, What's an Atari?" Benjamin Eby tells someone
 (this message thread reaches back to antiquity):

   "I couldn't help but reply to your message.  In our economy the primary
   thing that determines product success is marketing techniques, not
   superiority.  That is why you see so many people in this country buying
   things that they do not really need.  Atari computers were, and still
   are either equal to or superior to any computer of the same GENERATION.
   Of course a 4+ year old model Atari computer is not the equal of a
   Pentium, but nor is a 4+ IBM, or Macintosh.
   The Atari computer is nearly dead, this is true.  But this is not due
   to lack of quality technology.  It is due to poor financial handling,
   and poor marketing techniques.
   People who still use Atari computers like them, for many reasons.
   Sometimes they like them because they are not afraid to be original.
   They hate having the same car, computer, style of house, or lifestyle
   as everyone else.  But unfortunately individualism is not found in our
   country that often any more.  I'd better stop now before I fall off my
   soapbox with enthusiasm.
   I own an AT&T IBM compatible as well as an Atari.  I find each one
   useful for different things. I wouldn't trade either one of them,
   because I like variety..."

 David Ewing posts:

   "I've been following this interesting dialog... and I would like to
   jump in and make a quick comment:
   On the issue of product superiority / market success, I agreee with
   you:  Remember Beta video? Smaller, better quality, simpler mechanism
   than VHS...the rest is history.
   In general it seems that smaller companies are freer and can move
   quicker to develop superior products but cannot bring them to market
   like the big boys.
   However, having a lot of small great companies freely competing and
   producing great stuff is not necessarily the ideal situation in the
   computer world - at some point compatabilty is the controlling factor.
   If everyone had their private OS at home and nobody could trade
   files...Arguably MIDI could have been designed better and faster given
   a few more years, but I'm glad it happened sooner and that some
   standard was arrived at, although imperfect."

 On the subject of the Atari Portfolio, Patrick Hart asks:

   "What do we need to put a DOS program on an Atari Portfolio?  We have a
   serial interface.
   Any help will be appreciated."

 Benjamin Russell tells Patrick:

   "There's a bunch of files in the library with information on this. It
   depends on what computer you're dumping from. With my setup, I could
   dump the DOS program from my Mac via the serial interface, but you
   would need to get XTERM2.COM (in the library), appropriate cabling (I
   use a 9-pin to a normal Mac serial port connector cable that's wired
   correctly - some files in the library describe how to set up to cable.
   You might need a couple of cables, null modem and gender bender
   The trick is to get the communications software onto your Portfolio.
   Initially, I had to use the Parallel port to dump over FM.COM, then
   used that to dump over XTERM2.COM. As you can see, it can get
   If you can tell me what computer you have, maybe I could help some

   What you have to do is download XTERM2.COM from the library here,
   transfer that to your Port, then use it with the serial interface (at
   the Port end) connected to a terminal program on the Mac (right now I'm
   using FreeTerm for this). I use a cable with the 9pin IBM serial
   connector plugged into my Port Serial interface, and with a round Mac
   serial connector plugged into the Mac. This kind of cable must be
   properly wired. I've also made it work with a cable with the 9pin IBM
   serial connector on one end and a 25-pin parallel connector on the
   other end, plugged into a nullmodem and gender bender connector
   combination, plugged into a regular Mac modem cable coming out of that
   into my Mac.
   Transfers going from the Mac to Port generally go quickly and
   smoothly. Coming from the Port to the Mac, usually it looks as though
   nothing is happening for a fair while with the occaisional time-out
   error flickering on the Mac screen.  Then the Transfer kicks in and
   goes quickly and smoothly.
   I have also been successful printing from the Port to my Apple
   LaserWriter IINT.
   There are loads of files to sift through in the library here,
   including tip sheets, games, and other programs.
   I hope this is the information you need.
   PS - I am new to using the Portfolio (got mine within the last month).
        I love this machine! I now have absolutely no desire to replace my
        powerbook which I sold recently to buy a scanner and laserprinter.
        When I need a Mac, I can use my 660AV. When I'm on the run, the
        Portfolio is WAY more portable and unobtrusive than the Powerbook
        for taking notes, scheduling, keeping addresses handy, and doing
        quick calcs. I wouldn't dream of using it for my only computer,
        but the combination of it and a good desktop machine is unbeatable

 From the Graphics Support Forum

 On the subject of the decision by Unisys to enforce their patent on the
 LZW compression used in GIF image viewers, Charles Fischer asks:

   "Just out of curiosity, what is the story on publishing a GIF which is
   already converted to a free-standing EXE, as may be accomplished with
   programs like GIFEXE.EXE and EXE.EXE?  Does the self-displaying graphic
   contain LZW code?  If not, who is to say you started with a GIF file?
   On a similar note, what about using a file conversion program to
   convert a GIF to a PCX, and then publishing the PCX?  I know of no way
   to determine that the file started out as a GIF."

 Don Bradner tells Charles:

   "The examples you cite would appear, in my opinion, simple *uses* of
   .GIF and LZW, not requiring license.  All of the obligation to license
   and pay royalties are with the *developer* of the software that enable
   you to do the things you describe (and none if it is freeware)."

 Charles tells Don:

   "My thoughts precisely.  You would not be publishing any graphics
   which contain the LZW code, although you might have started with a GIF
   to produce your final graphic."

 Dan Richardson tells Charles:

   "No, every single copy of a self displaying GIF contains Unisys'
   patented LZW algorithm. If you were to sell such images, you can be
   sure Unisys would want a cut."

 Dan Farmer adds:

   "So-called self-executing GIF's simply link a GIF viewer onto the GIF.
   Any GIF viewer needs LZW decompression code.  They would actually be
   *more* in violation than a normal GIF which does not contain extraction
   A PCX (or any other conversion that does not use LZW) would *not* be
   applicable to the Unisys claim."

 Howard Thue tells Dan:

   "Programs like Steve Rimmers create 'Self Viewing Images' and make no
   mention of 'Self Viewing GIF' they create them from most all formats
   like BMP, PCX, TGA, TIF etc. The real question is what compression
   algorithm does he use? If Steve sees this I would be interested since
   it would be informative and interesting."

 Dan tells Howard:

   "I'd imagine that the linked-in viewer code is totally dependant on
   the type of image.  If its a GIF, it's got LZW decompression code
   linked in. Either that or Steve first converts all image types into a
   format of his own, which would mean that the image was no longer a GIF,
   PCX, etc."

 Howard replies:

   "Yes I saw a reply of steves he puts the raw data as RLE in his self
   extracting .EXE of course to convert a GIF into .EXE he must use LZW to
   get the raw data."

 John Parker adds his thoughts:

   "Seems to me like the way around all this is to find some other method
   to decode the gif data stream (other than how it was intended)."

 Howard tells John:

   "Although it is a 'kluge' we can always use a pre 1995 converter to
   convert a GIF 87a or 89a to BMP, PCX, TGA etc. Then we can use the
   latest new generation to convert to PNG or GIF24 in any event there is
   going to be mammoth data base conversions in our future. Fortunately
   enough here licensed to create a GIF to NUT format <grin>...
   The decoding and viewing of GIF files prior to 1995 is not in question.
   Decoding and viewing or encoding if the program was sold or updated
   after Jan 1, 1995 is. Self displaying .EXE files are not usually sold
   but I guess the creator of same could fall under the gun if he was
   selling them.
   PCX even a conversion from a GIF file has no bearing here. Using a
   program that manipulates files encoding and decoding GIF format also
   does not apply. If you are selling an application which does this then
   yes you, in Unisys view, are using their patented technology for profit
   without a license."

 Charles ruminates on all of this:

   "So what you are saying, if I understand correctly, is that it would
   be OK for a seller to sell self-displaying EXE graphics if the original
   graphics were not GIF graphics.  Is that essentially what you mean?
   And on the other hand, if a seller sells self-displaying graphics which
   originate as GIFs, that would technically be a 'no-no'?
   Thirdly, what about PCX and other non-GIF formats.  Are they in the
   public domain (as we previously thought GIF graphics were)?"

 Ooh, goood question!  Ray McVay tells Charles:

   "Keep in mind that GIF and most other formats are essentially public
   domain. The item that would require licensing would be the software
   used to view the GIF or TIFF/LZW images.  If the self displaying EXE
   used LZW to compress the embedded image then some kind of licensing
   would be required.  There is no comparable licensing needed (at this
   time) for PCX and other RLE compressed format decoders."

 Charles tells Ray:

   "My understanding is that this entire flap is about the fact that GIF
   is NOT in the public domain because it uses LZW compression and each
   GIF file contains the LZW code which is patented by Unisys.  It is not
   the software used in viewing/displaying the image which needs a license
   from Unisys ... it is the GIF file itself."

 Don Bradner tells Charles:

   "NO NO.  It is definitely the software, not the file.  The software
   USES LZW, the file contains only the result of that compression.
   Things are a little murkier in the circumstances you outlined about
   self-extracting .GIF files, since there would have to be LZW-using code
   contained in the .EXE file.  My original thought was that the burden
   for licensing would fall on the developer who provided the software
   tools to produce the .EXE, who would be off the hook if those tools
   were freeware.
   Upon reflection, I think the self-extracting file would also be
   subject to licensing.  The question then would be whether it was being
   sold or just given away.  I am certain that in the latter case it would
   fall under the same aegis as freeware, and be royalty-free.  In the
   former it would be potentially subject to royalty, although I suspect a
   deal could be cut for extremely low fees on the grounds that the .EXE
   could not be used to produce additional .GIF files.
   Now, hypothetically, if the GIF to EXE converter also compressed and
   decompressed the file by non-LZW means, then there would be no
   licensing obligation beyond the developer of the converter.  The big
   problem here is that a user of such software probably does not know
   what compression techniques are involved in the .EXE file.  Definitely
   a can of worms."

 Charles tells Don:

   "Well, I think it is the GIF file which requires licensing because it
   contains LZW compression code, and that is what Unisys holds a patent
   on.  And I also think if you convert a GIF to another graphics format,
   such as PCX, the resultant file no longer contains any LZW code, and
   thus it would be OK to sell it regardless of its original source.  I
   have done a little experimenting, and if I make an EXE out of a GIF,
   and also make an EXE out of a PCX, the resultant file, if looked at
   with Norton's DE (disk editor), or even with LIST.COM, looks the same.
   If you look at a GIF that way you always see the designation GIF at the
   top of it.  Not so with a PCX or an EXE."

 Frank Slinkman tells Charles:

   "I think you're a little confused about the meaning of "LZW
   compression code."
   We use that term to describe program code, not data that has been
   encoded using LZW.  A .GIF file contains no program code at all, just
   compressed data, and is therefore exempt from royalties.  However, the
   program which created the file, and the one which "decodes" and
   displays it, *does* have LZW program code, and therefore *is* subject
   to royalty.
   It's not the image *data* which is at issue here, but the patent on the
   *method* of compressing and uncompressing it."

 Well folks, I know that the column is getting a bit long, so I'll just
 stop here and give everyone (including myself) time to digest this part
 of "The Great LZW debate".

 To just add my two cents worth, my understanding of the Unisys agreement
 and of the techno-speak terms is that a GIF picture file is simply a
 stream of binary digits that represent the image.  The actual algorithm
 is contained in the VIEWER PROGRAM.  The program takes all of those
 binary digits and "decodes" the sequence that they are in to yield the
 values that the computer needs to put such-and-such a colored dot at
 such-and-such a location on your monitor.  Since that sequence of binary
 digits can't really be called intellectual property, they can't be
 patented (of course, the picture itself can, regardless of whether it is
 on a canvas, a tee-shirt, or a CD-ROM).  I guess that the easiest way to
 explain it is that the picture FILE does not contain the algorithm, just
 data that the algorithm generated.

 I don't know if that cleared anything up for anybody, but I hope so.
 Be sure to tune in again next week, same time, same station, and be
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