Category : Communication (modem) tools and utilities
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How to set up Telix v3.11 and get the most out of it

Copyright (c) 1989 by Jay Caplan. All Rights Reserved.
This text is copyrighted material, however you are given
permission to copy and distribute it, as long as it
remains in its complete, original, unmodified form.

Version: 01-18-89

I am writing this text in order to help you, the Telix v3.11 user,
get the most out of this excellent program. What I suggest you do is:

1) Print this text out, so you can refer to it.
2) Go into Telix, and bring up the configuration menu
with ALT-O.
3) Change the setting recommended.
4) Make sure to Write to disk before exiting the
configuration menu.

I will refer to each sub-menu in the ALT-O configuration menu and
the letters that refer to each option. If I don't refer to a
particular sub-menu or option, then you should leave it as it is.

Terminal options

Choice L: If you use Compuserve, then leave this as it is.
If you do NOT, then change it to OFF. The reason is
that Compuserve uses the CONTROL-E char., which looks
like the 'club character' on playing cards. If you call
any BBSes that use this 'club character' on any of their
graphic screens, then it will be 'gobbled up' by Telix
and NOT displayed. By changing this to OFF, Telix will
properly display it.

General options

Choice D: Leaving this on slows down Telix's operation. I find it
unnecessary, since I generally know how much disk space
is free. I suggest you turn this OFF.

Choice E: Unless you have memorized the number of the dialing
directory entry of every board you call, I suggest you
turn this OFF.

Choice G: I STRONGLY SUGGEST YOU TURN THIS ON! This feature will
keep track of almost everything you do while online to
a BBS, and can come in quite handy. It will generate a
file called TELIX.USE in the directory you have Telix in.
This file will detail each BBS you call, when you began
your call, when you ended your call, and what files you
transferred. You can use this file to check against your
telephone bill, and to determine from which BBS you got
a particular file.

Choice H: I suggest you set this to the maximum free RAM your machine
has (up to 64k, or course) while in Telix. To approximately
determine this, do the following:

1) Exit out of the Configuration menu temporarily.
2) Hit ALT-J to shell out to DOS.
3) Run CHKDSK or any other program that reports on
free RAM.
4) Take note of this, so you can use this figure.
5) Enter 'EXIT' to return to Telix.

Now go back into the Configuration screen by hitting ALT-O.
Go into the General settings sub-menu and enter the amount
of free RAM you just obtained, minus 10k (for 'breathing
room') in choice H.

Modem and dialing

Choice A: Delete the first part of the string that looks like
this: "ATZ^M~~~". All this is doing is resetting your
modem to the factory default setting 1st, before the
next part of the string, which sets up the modem.
This is unnecessary, delete it. Do the following:

1) If you have Tone dialing, include
this: "S11=55". This will greatly speed
up the tone dialing rate.
2) The value of S7 will determine how many seconds
the modem will wait for carrier (connection to
another modem). If you are using Tone dialing
then try using "S7=35". Otherwise, try using
a value of "S7=60".
3) The X parameter controls what messages your
modem returns to Telix, and is used to detect
when a line is busy, among other things.
This value defaults to X1 when you start Telix
for the first time. I suggest you change this
to a higher X value, perhaps X3 or X4, because
X1 will NOT return the BUSY message, and the
redial function of Telix won't work! You can try
X3 or X4, or to be certain, check your modem
manual under the Commands section.

For a reference of what the final init string could look
like, here is mine (I have Tone dialing):
AT S11=55 S7=35 S0=0 V1 X4^M~

Choice B: If you have Tone dialing, then leave it the way it is.
If you have Pulse dialing (Rotary type dialing), then
change this to "ATDP".

Choice K: This value should be 5 less than the S7 value for Choice A.

Auto-baud detect feature, you can set the baud rate in the
dialing directory entries to the highest your modem supports
and let it and Telix figure out what baud to use!

Filenames and paths

Choice A: You should define a sub-directory off of the one you run
Telix out of, to hold all the files you download.
Make SURE that you end the sub-directory specification
with a \. If you don't, Telix will get confused.
If you have a directory called "C:\TELIX" and you make
a sub-directory off of it called "C:\TELIX\DOWNLOAD", then
you would specify "C:\TELIX\DOWNLOAD\" for Choice A.
Don't forget the trailing slash (\)!

Choice B: If you want, you can specify an upload directory as well,
and stick all the good files you want to upload to BBSes
there. Otherwise, you will have to give the COMPLETE path
along with the filename when uploading. If you specify this,
then you will only have to give the filename.

Choice H: I use this to 'Hot-Key' to my favorite file & directory
viewing program. When you hit ALT-A while in Telix, the
program (or batch file) specified here will be run.

Protocol options

Choice F: Change this to "Best try"

feature of Zmodem is very useful and can save you time
and money (for the connect charges). If you are downloading
a file, and for some reason the download gets interrupted,
then the next time you have a chance, you can request that
the same file be sent, and Zmodem's Crash Recovery will
pick up the transfer where it left off before!!

Well, that's it for my specific recommended Telix v3.11 settings.

General suggestions

1) You should use Zmodem wherever possible. This is the FASTEST
and most RELIABLE protocol available for regular modems.

Telix has the Zmodem auto-download feature. It can *automatically*
sense when a BBS is sending a file using Zmodem, and begin the
download by itself! After telling the BBS what you want, just sit
back and let Telix take it from there. How's that for easy?!

If you have a MNP type modem (if you don't know what type that
is, you don't have it!) then you should use Ymodem-G. In
addition, you should go into the Terminal Options sub-menu on the
Configuration menu (ALT-O) and turn ON J and K. You should also
of course, change the init string to a suitable one for your MNP
modem. If you have a modem like this, then you will probably know
what is needed. You should consult with other MNP type modem users.

If a BBS doesn't support Zmodem, then the next best one to use
is Ymodem - more properly called Xmodem-1K. This is 25% faster
than Xmodem, which is the SLOWEST protocol generally available.

Make sure to set the default protocol that the BBS uses to the
one you select. On PCBoard systems, this is done by entering 'T'
at the BBS command prompt.

2) Use the log-on scripts that came with the Telix archives. You can
identify them by their .SLT extensions. They are easy to use and
will automatically log you onto a BBS! Just bring them up in your
favorite text editor (note: don't use a word-processor unless it
can do straight ASCII text without control characters like
WordPerfect and WordStar do.) There are simple instructions on what
you need to modify. Basically, all you'll need to do is to insert
your own name where its asked for. Also, you need to make SURE that
you specify the password that you use for a BBS in its DIALING
DIRECTORY ENTRY. The script looks for it there when it's needed.
After you have properly edited it, then you need to 'compile' it by
running it thru the CS.EXE program included with Telix. This will
generate a file with the same name, but with a .SLC extension. This
is the script (with the .SLC) you need to specify in the dialing
directory entry for a BBS. You only need a different script for each
TYPE of BBS you call. So, for ALL the PCBoard BBSes you call, you
would specify the compiled PCBOARD.SLC script. Included in this
archive is a ARC file called TLXLOGON.ARC. This has scripts for
three other BBS types, instructions on how to modify them, and a
script that you can use to bypass Telix's opening screen. I
suggest you use the TBBS script that came with this ARChive file,
instead of the one that came with Telix.

That's all for now. I will update this text file as needed. You can
always get the latest one by calling my BBS.

³ Jay Caplan ³
³ Sysop of The Consultant BBS ³
³ (718) 837-3236 12/2400 baud ³

Telix is Copyrighted by Exis Inc.

  3 Responses to “Category : Communication (modem) tools and utilities
Archive   : TLXSET02.ZIP
Filename : TELIXSET.UP

  1. Very nice! Thank you for this wonderful archive. I wonder why I found it only now. Long live the BBS file archives!

  2. This is so awesome! 😀 I’d be cool if you could download an entire archive of this at once, though.

  3. But one thing that puzzles me is the “mtswslnkmcjklsdlsbdmMICROSOFT” string. There is an article about it here. It is definitely worth a read: