Boot memory bad-- YAU-PC
by Alan Zisman (c)
2000. First published
in Vancouver Computes,
Bob Wingender asked:
I must be missing something or it's not config'd
right, but how do
I get the graphic characters in Wordpad?
I get an ? char(142) and a Capital C with the 2
dots instead of char(179)
thru char(208). Whatever is on the screen also prints to the printer.
I see the graphics okay when viewing files using
ZTree but not in
Wordpad or replacement programs like Notepad.
Alan Zisman answered:
The problem you're having is that the default Windows
is NOT the high-ASCII line-draw character set you're thinking of.
This decision was made way back in Windows 1.0 (ca.
1985), and has been
something we've lived with ever since-- at the time, Microsoft assumed
that being a graphical interface, Windows users would make things like
boxes using graphics programs-- not by typing text-mode characters.
they used the characters thus freed up for international and scientific
characters-- as you discovered.
A few fonts include the DOS-like line-draw characters
of the ASCII character
set-- in particular, the Terminal screen font, included in every
of Windows since ver 1.0 can be used-- but not for printing.
If you need to print, check out fonts like the
Microsoft LineDraw font,
which was included in some (older) versions of MS Office (or MS Word
or earlier), or the Lotus LineDraw font, included w. older versions of
Lotus SmartSuite. You can find the MS LineDraw font
file-- gc0651.exe This is the last update of the
MS LineDraw font
Give it a try!
James Burns pondered:
Why can't the computer industry get together and
improve the IDE
bus specs from 4 devices (2 per cable) to say 8 or 10(4-5 per cable).
reason why I ask this is because I would like to add some more stuff to
my computer such as a CD writer and an other hard drive. Right now I
one free IDE
connector left because I am running a hard drive on
one and a CD-ROM
and LS-120 on the secondary IDE cable. Thanks for any help you can give
me, one other thing I don't need or want the speed or cost of a SCSI
Alan Zisman pontificated:
1) I suspect that there are limitations to how far IDE
can be improved
in that respect-- compared to SCSI, IDE takes a lot of CPU cycles, and
any more devices might just grind it to a halt.
2) At the same time, the industry has less motivation
to change it--
their thinking may be that users who want/need more should go to SCSI
USB or Firewire... especially with the upcoming USB2 spec, I suspect
that may be the way to go-- at least in the near future.
Rich Wonneberger wondered:
Does anyone know if W-95 (or 98) can be run under
Linux?? Kinda like
Win 3.1 runs under OS/2..
Alan Zisman replied:
No it can't... there is a project, WINE, working to
allow Windows executables
to run under Unix/Linux... you can find information about it at:
Currently, it runs a small number of the Windows
(Looking over this answer in 2001, Alan updates it to
should check out VMWare: http://www.vmware.com/
They have products that allow running Linux under Win NT/2000/XP, or
under Linux. At US$300, it ain't cheap, but there is a time-limited,
J. Labuda e-mailed:
In your July/99 issue-- you discussed the retrieval
of the print
screen for DOS. I followed your instructions re Explorer and Properties
screen but I only got the General tab. How or where do you see the Misc
Alan Zisman e-mailed back:
Try this-- locate the program in Explorer or My
and pick PROPERTIES from the popup menu.
If you only get General and Shortcut tabs, you've
clicked on a shortcut
to a Windows program... if you only get General (or General and
tabs, you've clicked on a Windows program-- not a DOS program.
When you choose Properties for a DOS program, or the
shortcut to a DOS
program, you should get 6 tabs-- General, Program, Font, Memory,
& Misc... and the Misc tab includes the ability to turn off Windows
access to a variety of common shortcut keys while the DOS program
is running-- including PrntScr and Alt+PrntScr.
Hope this helps!
Mr Hexen e-mailed:
Hi. First thing I'd like to say is that I love your
paper. I read
it every month and am always looking in the store adds. Good Job!
my question for you. I have a 8X CD-Rom and I find that whenever it's
use or initializing it seems to lock my computer until its done its
IE. My computer lags when I?m playing an audio CD every second or so
it reads. Also, when I go to save a file, go to My Computer and when it
searches for the drives, A: C: D: E: (CD) it freezes and takes about 10
seconds to display the list of drives in My Computer. I have an ABit
M/B. My CD-Rom is connected to an IDE Cable which is in turn connected
to my IDE Hard Drive Controller. It's the Secondary Slave. How can I
this problem, if I can at all?
Alan Zisman shot back:
You say "My CDRom is connected to an IDE Cable which
is in turn connected
IDE Hard Drive Controller. It's the Secondary Slave. "
Most motherboards include two IDE connectors. Is there
a Secondary Master?
What are attached to the primary IDE cable?
Best set up tends to be to put all hard drives onto
the primary cable,
with other devices on the secondary cable-- so without having all the
I'd suggest that you move any hard drives that may be attached to the
cable as the CD-ROM, and experiment with setting the CD-ROM as