You Asked Us- PC August 1998
by Alan Zisman
(c) 1998. First
published in Vancouver Computes,
Minh Van wondered:
How do I maximize and minimize the current active
window with the
Alan Zisman replied:
Windows was designed so almost everything can be done
with the keyboard
as well as the mouse.
Alt+Spacebar opens the Control Menu (what you get by
the top left-corner of a window)... then you can use X to MaXimize, or
N to MiNimize... so:
Alt+Spacebar+X to maximize
Alt+Spacebar+N to minimize
Alt+Spacebar+R to restore
(Alt+Hyphen to do the same thing for a window WITHIN a
Mark Vos asked:
I work for about 99% in Windows 95. I'm not a DOS
freak at all. but
in some cases I want to be able to have DOS access to certain devices
to load certain drivers ONLY in DOS mode.
Can you tell me how this works with these confusing
AUTOEXEC.DOS, AUTOEXEC.PAK, CONFIG.SYS, CONFIG.DOS, CONFIG.WIN?
I know the drivers in AUTOEXEC.BAT and CONFIG.SYS are
added to a Window
session, but I have some parameters I exclusively want to load for DOS
sessions. My logic assumed I had to put these
in AUTOEXEC.DOS and CONFIG.DOS, but this doesn't seem to work...
1) Many programs create backups to the DOS startup
files... *.PAK is
probably an example of this... they are not created by W95
2) The *.DOS files are a backup of your pre-W95
startup files. They
are used only when booting to your former DOS version, if this option
3) When booting to DOS from the F8 boot menu, your
standard DOS boot
files (Config.sys, Autoexec.bat) are used. If you want, you can create
a multi-config Config.sys/Autoexec.bat allowing different options for a
W95 or DOS startup to be selected.
4) When restarting in MSDOS Mode (from the Start
Menu's Shutdown item),
EITHER the DOSSTART.BAT file is ADDED to your current Autoexec.bat, OR
the more powerful options in 'C:\Windows\Exit to DOS.PIF' are used.
James Womack pondered:
I just upgraded from 80MB RAM to 128 MB. I don't
see any real difference
in speed or performance. What should I see in Windows 95 with this much
Alan Zisman responded:
For general-purpose computing, I'd be surprised if you
difference... If, on the other hand, you were loading very large
graphics, or video files, it might make a difference.
Unless you'd been noticing excessive amounts of
hard-drive access, indicating
a use of virtual memory, adding ram above say, 64megs may not make much
Harold Hudd queried:
I have made several emergency disks for various
utilities and, of
course, the standard Win95 startup disk. I had no problem setting up
CD ROM drivers in the Autoexec and Config files but despite putting a
path" statement in the Autoexec file (which I have verified is active
"set") I can't move from A drive to C drive. What am I doing wrong?
Alan Zisman shot back:
There are a couple of reasons why you could ?lose?
your C: drive using
a boot floppy:
-- if your hard drive was using FAT32, the file system
that only became
Win95B (or later), while your boot floppies had been made with earlier,
non-FAT32-aware versions of Win95. If you've upgraded your Win95
and converted your hard drive to
FAT32, then older boot floppies will no longer allow access to C:
? if you?ve got an older system that doesn?t directly
hard disks (many 486s, for example), you may have used software like
Manager to provide access to the drive. (If so, it should say so at the
beginning of boot-up). In that case, a standard boot floppy won?t
the drivers to recognize the disk. Disk Manager (or other similar drive
utilities) includes an option to make Disk Manager-aware boot floppies.
If needed, you should have received a Disk Manager floppy with your
drive or system?if not, contact your vendor.
Charles Finkenbiner asked:
I use W95B and have my fax in the startup folder,
no problem there.
The problem happens when I try to use a DOS based program that requires
the modem. DOS can not grab the modem. W95 applications
no trouble with the fax active all the time, only DOS.
Is there anyway to get W95 to share the modem with
Alan Zisman responded:
W95 programs can all share the modem, because they all
share the W95
ATAPI (Telephony Application Programming Interface) drivers (which is
the port when any one of them is loaded). The only way that you can get
a non-ATAPI program (not only DOS programs, but Win 3.x ones as well)
get access to the port is to shut off your fax program.
That's just the way it is... either switch to a
W95/ATAPI program or
turn off the fax program when you want to use a non-ATAPI program.