I would like to thank all the readers who have
sent me the requested hints and tips for beginners. Many tips have
been the same, but it is gratifying to receive, the response.
Special thanks must go to Robert De Letter from Belgium for his mass
of tips. I must again apologise to all of you who have patiently
waited a reply to your letters while I was enjoying(?) myself on a
course in Stafford (Any implied criticism is about the course rather
than PAGE 6 ... I hope! Ed.) but hope to get round to dealing with
Following on from last issue here are a few more
hints and tips.
XL HELP KEY: Most memory maps give the
locations for the console keys. Here is the location for the XL help
= 0 ...... No key pressed.
PEEK(732) = 17 ...... HELP key pressed.
PEEK(732) = 81 ...... SHIFT-HELP pressed.
= 145 .....CONTROL-HELP pressed.
DOS: The following is a list of DOS hints
mainly from Robert De Letter. Anyone using tape may wish to skip
over this section.
To LIST your program or any text file without
press C (RETURN)
type D:filename,E: (RETURN)
To get a printed directory listing from your disk:
To reboot DOS POKE 202,1 (RETURN)
To chain a
binary file to an AUTORUN.SYS from DOS: press C (RETURN)
Fed up with having to type 'Y' to a DOS delete query? Add /N to the
filename and the deletion becomes automatic.
You can write text directly to a file when in DOS by the following:
press C (RETURN)
RETURN will end a line and CONTROL-3 will end the file. Len Lawson
should remember that one.
FOR TAPE USERS
In case the tape users feel left out, a few tips
To save on memory, you can load up an introduction
screen, show it for a few moments, then have it load in the main
program automatically. To do this the file to be loaded must have
been stored to tape using SAVE "C:". The main program can be run by
having the last line of the previous program as RUN "C:".
The computer will look to see if the RETURN key
has been pressed, and will wait until it has. To fool the computer
into thinking that the RETURN key has been pressed you must use POKE
Remember, cheap tapes may save you money but they
do deposit a lot of ferric dust onto the head. Make sure that you
clean the head regularly. If you find it difficult to do so, open up
the cassette door and look for a small lever at the back right hand
side. Push this lever back and, at the same time, press PLAY and the
head platine can be brought forward for easy access.
Mr. J.E. Robinson informs me that, if you own a
1027 and Atariwriter, that the following will produce the £ sign at
the point where the symbol is to appear. Do not use spaces or
CONTROL-O 27 CONTROL-O 23 CONTROL-O 8 CONTROL-0 27
A second way is to select Option 1 for printer
choice then, at the start of the document, use CONTROL-O 27
CONTROL-O 23. When you wish the symbol to appear, type in CONTROL-O
LONG PROGRAM LINES
You may have noticed that some program lines are
overly long and your computer will not accept these lines. To
overcome this, POKE 82,0 to move the left hand margin two places to
the left i.e. the edge of the screen). Use abbreviations, a list of
which appeared in past editions of PAGE 6 (issues 14-17).
I have had a lot of enquiries about Print Shop and
the 1029 printer. A letter from Mr. Pursglove informed me that the
program will not support the printer. I can only suggest that the
best way to persuade software writers that the 1029 is a viable
printer in the UK is to write to the firm and complain bitterly. I
know this sounds like hard work but it should be worth it. Most
software is written in America and printers are competitively
priced. The 1029 has not made the same sales as, say, Epson because
of its smaller print head, thus very few 1029 printer drivers are
written. However, if the demand is there then they will be written.
Just for proof, my NEC 8023 was seldom catered for some years ago
but now it is one of the standards 'albeit under a different name)
on printer programs.
I will continue to include any other hints over
the next few columns but, as yet, I have not decided what direction
to follow for this column in the new year. Any ideas? As always
please write to me at P.O.BOX 123, BELFAST, BT10 0TB (Editor's
Note: I mucked up Mark's address in the last two issues. This one is
correct. My apologies.)
I hope that you all enjoy yourselves over the
Christmas period and have a happy New Year.