If you have a window open for a
particular drive and wish to see the directory for another disk
just change disks and press ESC. Much quicker than closing and opening
If you have problems in figuring
out how to change the date and time on the control panel (click
with the mouse and use the back space), ESC will clear the highlighted
Would you like to auto boot programs
on your ST? It really is quite simple. Just create a folder named
AUTO and place your program inside it. Make sure that your program
has the extender .PRG and away you go!
What is the biggest pain in using
a colour monitor and a monochrome monitor? Right, it's pulling that
plug out time and again. Well, help may be on hand. The ST apparently
has the ability to handle both monitors connected at once with switching
controlled by software (or the control panel). It is rumoured that
Atari may bring out a switch box and also publish a circuit diagram
in Atari Explorer. If it appears we will let you know.
It is not very easy to get the
ST to work with just any monitor. Firstly the RGB output is analogue
and most monitors expect TTL input. This should not present too
many problems to TV/Monitor owners as these tend to accept analogue
RGB, but the biggest problem to overcome is that the vertical output
sync is at 60Hz and most TV/Monitors just can't sync to this, they
expect 50Hz. If you've got a TV/ Monitor you may be able to purchase
a NTSC auto sync sensor conversion board from your TV manufacturer
(certainly Luxor and Scantic have one for their sets) and, if you
are very lucky, and own a recent model Fidelity, it will work without
If you want to copy more than one
file into a folder or onto another disk you can hold down the SHIFT
key and click on each file you wish to copy, even if they are not
adjacent. Hold the button on the last file selected and drag them
over to the appropriate icon or window and the whole lot will be
copied one by one. This also works when deleting files.
If you have trouble getting a printer
lead for the ST, you can use an IBM PC/Centronics lead.
The ST's resident screen dump (called
by ALT/HELP) is for Epson compatibles only.
You can't rename folders (unless
you know different?) so choose names with care.
Many thanks to David Keel from
Hull for supplying many of the hints and tips above.