VIPER VLB Installation/Utilities/Drivers Diskette
** IMPORTANT VIPER VLB SOFTWARE INSTALLATION NOTES **
1. DO NOT INSTALL THE VIPER VLB WINDOWS 3.1 DRIVERS INTO YOUR WINDOWS
DIRECTORY. DUPLICATE FILES NAMES EXIST!!
2. It is best to use the VPRMODE.EXE utility to properly configure
the Viper VLB for your monitor BEFORE using Windows 3.1 or AutoCAD.
!!! BEFORE USING THE VIPER VLB WINDOWS 3.1 OR AUTOCAD DRIVERS, USE !!!
!!! GO.EXE TO INSTALL THE VIPER VLB UTILITIES, AND USE VPRMODE.EXE !!!
!!! TO PROPERLY CONFIGURE THE VIPER VLB FOR YOUR MONITOR !!!
** IMPORTANT WINDOWS 3.1 DRIVER INSTALLATION/CONFIGURATION NOTES **
1. Start by running the GO utility from the floppy disk. If this
is your initial install of the Viper utilities or if the system
finds an old version of the Viper.ini file, you will be prompted
to enter a path for the new Viper utilities. The default is:
2. Once this procedure is complete, you can select the Windows 3.1
option. The GO utility will then copy all the Windows files to
your hard drive.
3. When GO has finished copying the files, you will be prompted
for the location of your Windows sub-directory. The GO utility
will then modify the [MMCPL] section of your Control.ini file with
the line: "TurboWin=\TURBOWIN.DLL".
4. Now entering Windows using the standard VGA driver supplied by
Microsoft. The Diamond Viper icon will now appear in the Control
Panel and allow you to change resolutions, colors, and fonts.
VPRMODE.EXE command line and menu driven mode and monitor setting
utility. Use VPRMODE.EXE to configure the Viper VLB
for your particular monitor, to change the VIPER VLB
memory address, to select a text display mode, and to
run Viper VLB diagnostics.
VPRMODE saves monitor timing information to the
NOTES: 1. use VPRMODE ? for command line option list.
2. the VPRMODE monitor configuration save screen
may be displayed after running some of the
VPRMODE commands. If this happens, select
ENTER to save. The screen will not appear again.
3. KNOW YOUR MONITOR! Please refer to your monitor
manual or manufacturer for correct monitor timing
information before running VPRMODE, and before
contacting Diamond for technical assistance. If
you do not have this information, DIAMOND WILL
NOT BE ABLE TO HELP YOU with VPRMODE problems.
VIP.EXE utility which will display or write to a file important
system configuration information which can be used as
an aid in trouble-shooting. Type VIP to display to screen,
and VIP to save to a file.
NOTES: 1. the VPRMODE save configuration screen may be
displayed after running VIP. If this happens,
select Enter to save. The screen will not
VDIAG.EXE diagnotic utility which will display color test patterns
in each resolution supported.
NOTES: 1. to test extended modes, load the VESA BIOS
extentions before running VDIAG. This can
be done by typing VPRMODE VESA at the command
CHKPATH.EXE utility which checks the PATH environment variable for the
specified string. Is used in the AUTOEXEC.BAT file with
the VIPERPATH statement.
VIPER.INI this file is used to store the monitor and configuration
information for the Viper VLB, and is updated each
time you choose to Save Configuration from the VPRMODE.EXE
program. Drivers find the location of the VIPER.INI file
by checking the VIPERPATH environment variable.
VIPERPATH an environment variable which is used by device drivers
(Windows 3.1, AutoCAD) to locate the VIPER.INI file.
This variable is set by the DOS SET command, and is
automatically appended to your AUTOEXEC.BAT file during
Viper VLB Utility installation.
!!!!! IMPORTANT !!!!!
THE VIPER.INI FILE AND THE VIPERPATH STATEMENT ARE
NEEDED FOR PROPER USE OF THE VIPER VLB WINDOWS AND
AUTOCAD DRIVERS! DO NOT REMOVE THEM FROM YOUR SYSTEM.