Contents of the GSETUP31.DOC file
GSETUP 3.1 - 3/89
(c) 1986,1987 Micro Consulting Associates
868 Ashford Avenue, Suite 6B
San Juan, Puerto Rico 00907-1018
Author: Juan Jimenez
GSETUP is a generic SETUP program for the IBM-PC/AT Personal
Computer and all TRUE compatibles. The program is designed to
allow you to set/modify CMOS ram values to tell the system what
the time, date, type and number of floppy disk drives and hard
disks, monitor type, etc., are for your personal computer.
It is similar in concept and design to the SETUP utility that
comes with the diagnostics diskette that you get when you buy an
IBM-PC/AT, with the notable difference that GSETUP can be run
from DOS without having to reset your machine first, and the user
interface/menu system is much more "friendly" (I do hate cliches,
but "friendly" is all I could come up with, sorry...)
To install GSETUP, rename the file GSETUP31.EXE to GSETUP.EXE and
place it into your DOS directory or into any directory that is
included in your PATH statement in the AUTOEXEC.BAT file. Once
you do this you are ready to roll. To execute the program, type:
You will be presented with the main menu, which is a pop-up
window with three menu choices.
There are three basic functions to GSETUP:
1) CMOS ram parameter setting/modification.
2) Diagnostics (not operational in version 3.1, but if
some of you finally decide to register I just might
sit down and write the best darn diagnostics package
for your PC that you will ever find... I've written
diagnostics for everything from printers to modules
in the B-1 Supersonic Bomber. Believe me when I say I
can do it...).
- NOTE - Diagnostics will be available in version 4.0, which
is currently undergoing testing and development.
3) Exit to DOS
4) Exit and reboot your machine
5) Preparing your system for relocation.
Note that the hard disk type selection allows you to choose from
all the available types in your machine's ROM BIOS parameter
table. Make sure that you select the proper type entry. If you
are not sure, call the dealer that sold you your computer, or,
better yet, the people who made your hard disk (i.e. Seagate,
Miniscribe, Maxtor, Priam, etc.) and read them the parameters
displayed for each one of the hard disk types you can select.
They will tell you which one(s) can be used with your particular
brand/model hard disk.
The code for the CBOOT and CPUID routines is included here (if you
registered you copy of GSETUP with us and received a real disk),
in both assembly language and .OBJ formats. The source for WINDOW4C,
the windowing library, is not included as it is a proprietary
shareware product of WindowSoft, Inc. and Glen Boyd. If you would
like more information about it, send me a msg via GEnie or
MCI Mail and I will be more than happy to get you a copy of the
distribution package with docs but no source code except for a
demo. If you want the full package, you'll have to contact
WindowSoft. Note that all of these are set up for small memory
model. If you want to use them in your code in other memory
models you'll have to make the appropriate modifications
Also note that the [F1] function key has now been enabled as the
HELP key in most menus, with a couple of exceptions where I did
not think it was necessary to display help.
Release and modification history:
Version 1.0, 6/12/86: Initial release
Version 1.1, 6/13/86: Added re-boot on change in CMOS, cleaned
up some of the code.
Version 1.2, 6/17/86: Add check for CMOS ram power failure on
startup and tell user if that is the
case, then exit.
Version 1.3, 6/21/86: Fixed bug in equipment byte settings.
Program was telling CMOS that system had
the wrong number of floppies.
Version 1.4, 6/25/86: Refused to setup a machine with dead
CMOS... Made several changes, including
CMOS clearing on a dead CMOS condition,
setup of status parameters and other
nasty crawlies. Big RAID raid.
(... and 1 year later...)
Version 1.5, 6/26/87: Turbo C port, squashed spontaneous
reboot bug, darn thing wanted to reboot
for no reason, saying CMOS values had
changed after prep for reloc. Now
reboots any time you run the program,
just like real SETUP.
Version 2.0, 7/10/87: Windows! Added use of Glen Boyd's
"WINDOW4C" routines, ported to Turbo C
from Lattice 2.12 by yours truly (turns
out Glen already wrote a TC version...
oh, well...). Finally got around to
fully commenting and cleaning up the
source code, since we are now giving it
away to contributors.
Version 2.1, 8/31/87: Fixed minor bug with setting day 31 of
Version 2.1a, 9/01/87: Added code to produce demo version,
mainly #defines and some #ifdef's and
#ifndef's. Nothing major.
Version 2.2, 11/01/87: Modified hard disk type selection code
to allow the user to choose a type from
all the available types in his machine's
ROM BIOS. Computer must now be a TRUE
compatible for the program to work.
Version 2.2a, 12/6/87: Added real-time updating of the time display
in the CMOS parameters display screen.
Version 2.2b, 12/16/87: Added fix for Compaq CMOS compatibility bug
(Compaq's fault, not ours...)
Version 2.2c, 12/20/87: Added support for 720k and 1.44m drives (3.5
inch drives in normal situations...). Added
"None" write precomp cyl display if the cyl
specified is either non-existent or not valid.
This just means the hard disk that the type was
originally meant for does not need a write precomp
Version 3.0, 2/88 : Added help facility, fancier menus and displays,
and switched to month/year version dating.
Version 3.1, 3/89 : Minor upgrade, faster opening screen, added option
to exit without rebooting, cleaned up a couple of
things, interim release before 4.0 w/diagnostics.