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QuickPC User's Guide
About QuickPC 5
Using QuickPC 7
Disk Speedup (Cache) 17
Commercial Product Announcement:
QuickPC Plus 20
QuickPC and Microsoft Windows 21
QuickPC and ANSI.SYS 22
Appendix A Answers to Common Questions 24
Appendix B If You Have Problems 27
Appendix C Table of Alternate Hot Keys 29
Congratulations! You have discovered QuickPC, a powerful tool that ensures
you get the absolute maximum performance out of your PC. QuickPC is an all-
software speedup and customizing utility designed to give you complete system
control with the following features:
* Disk Speedup - Speedup your hard disk operations with qdisk and qdiskems
disk caching software. Notice the faster load times and how much quieter your
disk drives operate.
* Fast Cursor - Your cursor will scoot across the screen faster than ever
before, at a rate that you select and is comfortable to you.
* Fast Screens - Your text screens will flash across your display up to 4
times faster than before - just do a simple directory listing and notice the
* Screen Blank - Will blank your screen after a period of inactivity
preventing what's commonly called monitor 'burn-in'. You may also blank the
screen instantly with the touch of a hot-key to keep prying eyes off your
private data. Works with virtually all monitors - CGA, EGA, VGA, Mono, &
* System Lock - Lets you lock your keyboard to prevent tampering with your
work if you are called away from your PC temporarily.
* Set Colors - Replace the drab gray-text-on-black-screen with colors that
you choose; even set the border color, too. Works on any color system.
* Screen Mode - Display 43 lines on your EGA and 50 on your VGA; even switch
to an Italic font! (Requires EGA or VGA).
* Block cursor - You can change the cursor to a big, solid, block - easier to
see than that skinny line cursor and great for laptop owners.
* Clock Display - Display a clock on your text screen; you set the position
* Keyboard Enhancements: Swap the Caps Lock & Control keys and disable the
Num Lock key on boot up, if you want to.
* Quick Beep & Key Click - Reduce the duration and volume of the DOS 'beep';
and give your keyboard a satisfying 'click'.
* Pop-Up Control Panel - Pop-up over any text application to custom-tailor
many of QuickPC's features to your tastes.
Use QuickPC to make your PC look, sound, and act just the way you want it to.
QuickPC replaces several separately sold utilities - screen blankers and
"dimmers", cursor speedups, disk caches, screen coloring, "control room" type
programs, and others - with one powerful and easy-to-use utility.
QuickPC is easy.
QuickPC works behind the scenes, quietly installing itself whenever you boot
your PC (via autoexec.bat). QuickPC works automatically for you speeding up
disk, screen, keyboard, and other BIOS activities. You don't need to do
anything because QuickPC is a TSR (terminate and stay resident) program that
remains in your PC's memory monitoring its actions and speeding up operations
whenever possible. Of course, you are welcome to tinker with any of the
settings by using the ever-ready pop-up control panel. In fact, this is
where QuickPC really shines because you can tailor the settings from within
your currently running program.
To run QuickPC, enter the following line (all on one line):
quickpc [/ka:n] [/bl:n] [/bk] [/sc] [/kc] [/cl] [+s] [-s] [/b:n] [/pu:n]
[/sb:n] [/fg:n] [/bg:n] [/bd:n] [/sm:n] [/nl] [/sw] [/q] [/?] [/help]
The brackets mean that each enclosed option may be omitted; don't actually
type the brackets. Generally, this line should be in your autoexec.bat file
so that QuickPC is loaded whenever you boot your computer. If you are not
familiar with autoexec.bat, or how to edit this file, see your DOS manual.
The following is a summary of the options:
/ka:n Keyboard accelerator speed. The number n is in the range
0 - 5. 0 means 'off'. The keyboard speeds are 1 - 5:
1, lowest to 5, fastest.
The default is 5.
/bl:n Screen blank delay in minutes. The range is
1 - 60.
The default is off.
/sc Super cursor. Enable the big, block cursor.
The default is to use the standard cursor.
/kc Key click on. Default : no key click.
/cl Clock on. Default: no clock.
+s Fast Screen On. (the default)
-s No Fast Screen. Default: Fast Screen on.
/b:n Set DOS Beep to n, where n is:
0)Off, 2)Standard Beep, 3)Quick Beep
Default: Quick Beep.
/bk Blank after Lock. Blanks screen when user
does a System Lock. Default is not to blank.
/pu:n Change pop-up hot key to value n.*
/sb:n Change screen blank hot key to value n.*
/fg:n Set foreground color to n; n is 0 - 15.**
/bg:n Set background color to n; n is 0 - 7.**
/bd:n Set border color to n; n is 0 - 7.**
/sm:n Set screen mode to n, where n is:
1)25 line italics, 2)43 lines, 3)43 line italics
/nl Num Lock off.
/sw Swap Caps Lock and Ctrl keys on 'Enhanced' keyboards.
/q Quit; uninstall (i.e. remove QuickPC from memory).
/help Displays a short summary of options
without installing QuickPC in memory.
* - See Appendix C for keystrokes and their corresponding
** - Color values:
0 Black 8 Grey
1 Blue 9 Light blue
2 Green 10 Light green
3 Cyan 11 Light cyan
4 Red 12 Light red
5 Magenta 13 Light magenta
6 Brown 14 Yellow
7 White 15 Bright white
Foreground and border colors may be any value 0 - 15.
Background colors are limited to 0 - 7.
To start QuickPC with a keyboard acceleration level of 4 (rather than the
default 5), you would enter (usually placed in your autoexec.bat file):
To start QuickPC with the Super Cursor (block cursor) and a Screen Saver
blanking delay of 10 minutes, you would enter:
quickpc /sc /bl:10
To start QuickPC with white text on a blue background, red border, and 43
line mode, you would enter:
quickpc /fg:7 /bg:1 /bd:4 /sm:2
NOTE: QuickPC is memory-resident program (also called a TSR, for Terminate
and Stay Resident) and therefore should NEVER be loaded from within
applications (especially if you have 'shelled out to DOS' from within an
application). 'Loading' means typing in 'quickpc' to run the progam which is
not the same as 'popping-up the menu' (which you may do any time, assuming
QuickPC is already loaded).
Using the Pop-Up Control Panel
If you wish to change some of QuickPC's settings, you may do so "on the fly",
even from within programs by using the pop-up menu. Just press the 'hot key'
combination, ALT-'=' (Press 'ALT' key and '=' at the same time*), and the
QuickPC control panel will pop-up over whatever program you happen to be
running.** You will see a list of features and the status (ON or OFF) for
each feature. To enable or disable a feature, move the highlighted bar to the
appropriate feature in the menu and press 'Enter' and you will see the status
change (OFF to ON or vice versa). The default choice of hot keys may not
seem incredibly mnemonic - but there is a reason! Some programs allow users
to 'redefine' keys using macros (Alt-S for save, for example) and we didn't
want to 'step on anyone's toes' by using Alt + an alphabetic key. Of course,
you may redefine QuickPC's hot keys to your needs (see footnote).
Complete descriptions of each of QuickPC's various features follows in the
* Hotkey combination is user-definable, see the Using QuickPC section.
**To save memory, and because most of the features apply to text modes only,
the pop-up-menu is available in text modes only. Of course, you may use the
instant Screen Blank hot-key (default is 'Alt 0',i.e. Alt-Zero) from within
both text and graphics programs.
DESCRIPTION OF FEATURES
Keyboard/Cursor Speedup - This option doubles the type-a-matic rate of your
cursor and ensures that when you release the key, the cursor will stop
(commonly called run-on). If you are continually waiting for your cursor to
scroll through a large document in a word processor or through the cells of a
large spreadsheet, you should find this feature very handy.
There a five speed settings for the keyboard speedup: 1, the slowest, to 5,
the fastest. The default setting is 5 - full speed ahead!
Fast Screen - You may have noticed when listing a file or directory to your
screen that you spend a lot of time waiting, perhaps wishing that the process
would move along a little faster (this is not as much of a problem on 386
PC's). Fast Screen does just that by replacing the slow BIOS video routines
with quick, streamlined code that accelerates screen updates.
Fast screen works with all 'well-behaved' PC programs. Unfortunately, some
programs aren't very nice or 'well-behaved'. If you run a program and the
screen comes up scrambled, then there is a conflict between that program and
the screen speedup. In this event just pop-up the QuickPC control panel and
turn Fast Screen off before running the 'problem' program.
Fast Screen has the ability to be enabled or disabled from the command line
when QuickPC is resident in memory. This means you can make a batch file,
for example, to disable Fast Screen just prior to running a program (perhaps
a program that is not compatible with the Fast Screen) and then re-enable
when finished. Here is a batch file to do just that (assumes quickpc is in
your path & already loaded):
Screen Blank - When this option is enabled, your computer's screen will be
blanked after several minutes of inactivity. This prevents damage to your
monitor's phosphors caused by long term exposure to an image ( commonly
called burn-in ). Once your screen has been blanked, just press either shift
key, space bar, or Enter key, and your screen will be restored. NOTE:
Microsoft Windows users should press either shift key.
You may change the screen blank delay time from within the control panel by
moving the highlighted bar to 'Screen Blank' and pressing . Then use
the up and down arrow keys to select the delay. The range is 1 - 60
(minutes). Press or once and you will be back in the control
panel's normal operating mode. NOTE: Microsoft Windows users should open up
a DOS window from which to pop-up the control panel.
The default setting is off.
Instant Screen Blank - You may also blank the screen instantly, without
having to pop-up the control panel by pressing (i.e. Alt-Zero); this
is handy when you leave your desk or someone walks in while you have
sensitive data displayed on the screen.
Quick Beep - The standard 'beep' you hear in many DOS programs can be loud,
annoying, and lengthy. This beep can last up to a full second - which
doesn't sound like much but if you ever run a program with lots of 'beeps',
they can really add up and hinder your productivity (not to mention drive you
crazy!). You can replace this beep with the Quick Beep which lasts only a
fraction of a second, resulting in less annoyance while still allowing you to
get audible feedback from your program. If you want to eliminate the beep
completely, you have the option to turn it off. Note that many programs
don't use the standard beep - they make their own sounds by controlling the
speaker directly. Those sounds will not be affected by the Quick Beep
Super Cursor - Turns the cursor into a big, solid block - easier to see for
laptops. This feature can also be handy if you use 43 line (or greater) text
modes - sometimes it's hard to keep track of the cursor in these modes. Just
pop-up the control panel to enable or disable this feature.
Clock Display - Displays a digital clock on your text screen which can be
positioned in any of the four corners of your display. Use the Clock
Position function to change the location of the clock on the screen.
Generally the top of the screen is the best place for the clock due to the
fact that most programs scroll the screen up. NOTE: The four positions are
abbreviated on the control panel - U Rt for upper right, L Lft for lower
Key Click - Many of us with PC compatibles have a keyboard that just doesn't
quite 'cut it'. It doesn't have that solid feel and 'click' sound that the
IBM keyboards have. And have you ever had your hands resting on the keyboard
and found that you had inadvertently pressed a key, filling the keyboard
buffer with garbage? Enabling the Key Click option gives your keyboard an
audible click sound whenever a key is pressed - giving you the assurance of
Colors - If your PC is equipped with color video, you may use this feature to
select foreground, background, and border colors. Pop up the menu, move the
highlighted bar to 'Colors' and press . You will see a prompt at the
bottom of the menu telling you how to change colors. Press the up and down
cursor keys to change the foreground, the left and right cursor keys to
change the background, and the space bar to change the border colors. When
you are done selecting colors, press either or and you will be
back in the standard menu operating mode. Don't forget that when you hit on
a combination you like, QuickPC can be made to start up with those colors
every time you boot up - see the section 'Using QuickPC' for the appropriate
command line options.
Many applications don't return the screen to its former state, so if you quit
a program and find you've lost your colors - just do a CLS command to restore
them. You can even make a batch file to run the application and do the CLS
afterward. For example, to run 123 and restore the screen, put the following
lines in a batch file:
System Lock - Lets you lock your keyboard to prevent tampering with your work
if you are called away from your PC. When you select System Lock, you will
be prompted (on the bottom line of the menu) to enter a password (10
characters or less); press at the end of your password and your
keyboard will be locked until you re-enter the password. Be sure to pick a
password that's easy for you to remember and type it in carefully so you
don't accidentally lock yourself out! It's a good idea to save your work (if
you are within a program such as a word processor or spreadsheet, for
example) before locking your system - just to be on the safe side!
You may optionally have QuickPC blank your screen automatically when you do a
System Lock. To enable this option, add /BK to the command line when you
Screen Mode - If you have an EGA or VGA you can set your screen to display
more than 25 lines as well as change the typestyle. When you select Screen
Mode, you cycle through four modes - standard 25 line, 43 line, 25 line
italic font, and 43 line italic font. If you have a VGA, the 43 line modes
actually display 50 lines.
As was the case with the screen colors, some applications won't restore the
screen mode when they finish. Just use the CLS command (or batch file
technique) described previously under 'Colors' to restore your screen mode.
Note that if you are in a 43 or 50 line mode, and you switch back to a 25
line mode and your cursor was somewhere below the 25th line - your prompt and
cursor won't be visible - just type in (you will be typing blindly; no
visible feedback) CLS and hit . This should clear your screen and
resotre your prompt and cursor.
Num Lock Defeat - AT's usually enable the Num Lock at boot-up which can be
frustrating if you use your keypad for cursor movement rather than numeric
entry. By using the /nl command line option when loading quickpc.com, the
state of the Num Lock will be set to 'off'. Use this option if your PC boots
with the Num Lock enabled and you prefer it off.
This is a command line option only (not in pop-up menu).
Swap Caps Lock & Ctl keys - The so-called AT 'Enhanced' keyboard has driven
many users bonkers because of the placement of the Caps Lock and Ctrl keys.
By using the /sw command line option when loading quickpc.com, the functions
of these two keys are swapped. Some early BIOS versions will not support
this option - if you have specified this option and it does not work then
your BIOS does not support this function.
This is a command line option only (not in pop-up menu).
The Disk Speedup - qdisk & qdiskems
The disk speedup is actually a separate program called a disk cache. This
means that when data is requested from the hard disk by your program, the
disk cache stores the data in your computer's memory. The next time your
program needs that data, the disk cache supplies the data directly from your
PC's high-speed memory - bypassing the slower hard disk! The improvement in
speed you will see varies according to the types of programs you run and how
often they access the disk. Typically for disk intensive applications you
should see a speedup of up to 3 times. You are certainly not required to run
the disk cache supplied with QuickPC. If you are already using a disk cache,
and are satisfied with its performance, you may skip this section.
QuickPC Disk Cache Operation
To run the disk speedup (cache) program using conventional memory, enter:
Or, to run the disk speedup (cache) program using expanded memory, enter:
[size] specifies the cache memory size in Kbytes.
Generally you will want to start the disk cache from within autoexec.bat, so
it is automatically installed whenever you boot up. When running the disk
cache along with quickpc.com, load the cache first, followed by quickpc.com.
For example, to have a 1 megabyte disk cache in expanded memory and quickpc
loaded at boot up, put the following lines in your autoexec.bat file:
Conventional Memory vs. Expanded (EMS) Memory
The cache memory is used to store your hard disk data. The cache can use
either standard DOS memory or Expanded memory (EMS):
Conventional memory - this is standard DOS memory (i.e. below 640K) installed
in your computer or on an expansion board such as the AST-SixPak, etc. You
may use as much of available conventional memory as you like, but be aware
this will take memory away from other applications.
Expanded memory (LIM EMS) - this is extra memory addressed above conventional
DOS memory on , for example, the AST Rampage, Intel Above Board, or 386 PC's
with QEMM or 386Max. You may use all or part of available expanded memory
For the maximum disk cache performance we recommend using qdiskems.com with
at least one megabyte of RAM for the cache.
Resident Memory Requirements
Approximately 5Kb of conventional DOS memory is used by the disk cache
control program. An additional 2Kb of conventional memory is used for every
128Kb of cache memory.
Commercial Product Announcement: QuickPC Plus
Since we're talking about disk caching, we thought this might be an
appropriate place to tell you about the commercial version of QuickPC (not
shareware), called QuickPC Plus. QuickPC Plus includes all of the features
of quickpc.com found in this package plus an enhanced disk cache, the all-new
Vcache5 from Golden Bow Systems.
Vcache 5 is one of the fastest and most compatible caches on the market
(speeds up disk activities by up to 400% and more), supporting deferred
writes, smart lookahead buffering, and other high-performance techniques.
Vcache 5 can use all types of PC memory - conventional DOS, extended (XMS)
and expanded (EMS).
Vcache 5 supercharges Windows 3.0 and beats Microsoft's SmartDrive (the cache
included with Windows 3.0) hands down.
QuickPC Plus also includes DOS Command Instant Recall which lets you recall
previously type DOS commands with the cursor keys; no more rekeying commands
and typing mistakes. Editing the DOS command line is also improved with non-
destructive backspacing (left arrow) and functional Home and End keys.
The power-packed QuickPC Plus is only $69.95 (+ $3 S/H) and comes with
everything you expect in a commercial product - a slick package, disk (of
course), manual, free booklet 'PC Speedup & Power Tips' (packed with power
tips, tricks, and shortcuts for DOS and popular PC applications), new product
and update information, and full technical support. Colorado residents please
add 5.75% sales tax.
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QuickPC and Windows
If you use Microsoft Windows (or other similar 'environment' such as
Desqview), proceed as follows: Unload quickpc.com from memory and then run
Windows. You may then, if you wish, run quickpc.com from within a DOS virtual
If you have Windows 3.0 and you want disk caching (which is highly
recommended), you have several options:
Option 1) If you have expanded memory installed, use qdiskems.com with
at least 512K allocated to the cache (1 megabyte is even better). If you
have a 386 or 486 PC and at least 2 megabytes of memory, use emm386.sys
(provided with Windows 3.0) to turn some of your extended memory into
expanded memory for use by qdiskems.com. Use the following lines in your
config.sys file to convert 1 megabyte of extended memory to expanded memory:
Then add this line to your autoexec.bat file to set up a 1 megabyte disk
cache (using the converted expanded memory):
Option 2) Use 'smartdriv.sys', included with Windows 3.0, instead of
qdisk or qdiskems.
Option 3) For a version of QuickPC that includes a Windows 3.0
compatible disk cache and is faster than smartdriv.sys please see the
previous section, 'Commercial Product Announcement: QuickPC Plus'.
QuickPC and ANSI.SYS
We have found QuickPC to be generally compatible with ANSI.SYS (A DOS device
driver loaded via your config.sys file; if you are not familiar with
ANSI.SYS, please see your DOS manual). However, ANSI.SYS does have some
peculiarities you should be aware of if you intend to use it with QuickPC.
The first is in dealing with screen modes greater than 25 lines. ANSI.SYS
just doesn't recognize anything but 25 rows. The solution is to leave your
screen in the standard 25 row mode if want to use ANSI.SYS. Optionally, you
can try one of the ANSI replacements found on PC BBS's. Many of these
programs provide support for screens with greater than 25 rows.
The second issue is screen colors. If you use ANSI.SYS and you want to set
foreground and background colors, use the ANSI sequences and NOT the QuickPC
Colors option to set your colors.
For example, to use ANSI.SYS to set your screen colors to white letters on a
blue background, issue the following commands (or include them in your
The $p$g tells DOS to show the current drive and directory followed by '>'.
The $e is for 'Escape' which signals ANSI.SYS to interpret the following
instructions. The '[' begins the instructions, followed by the color codes,
and, finally, 'm' which finishes the command.
If, upon terminating an application, you find that your colors are not
preserved, issue a CLS to restore the colors.
Here's a rundown of ANSI codes and their colors:
Foreground Background Color
---------- ---------- -----
30 40 black
31 41 red
32 42 green
33 43 yellow
34 44 blue
35 45 magenta
36 46 cyan
37 47 white
Appendix A Answers to Common Questions
This section contains answers to some common questions regarding QuickPC.
Q: I get the message, 'Program too big to fit in memory' when I try to run
one of my programs. What do I do?
A: That message means DOS does not have enough memory to run this program.
To solve this problem, you must make more DOS memory available by one of the
-Remove TSR programs(memory-resident programs, such as Sidekick) from
memory. Since the QuickPC suite consists of several TSR utilities, you
may also need to unload one or more of them.
-You can also reclaim some DOS memory by reducing the numbers for files
and buffers in your config.sys file. See your DOS manual for
information on how to do this.
Q: When I exit one of my programs and return to DOS, my colors (set
previously) are not restored, and sometimes my cursor is gone. What do I do?
A: Use the DOS command CLS to clear the screen and restore your colors. See
the 'Colors' section of the Chapter on 'Features'. If your cursor disappears
(this should not happen often) use the DOS command:
mode co80 (for color screens)
mode mono (for monochrome screens)
This will reset your cursor (as well as the whole screen). You may follow
this command with a CLS to restore any colors you have set. Remember, you may
also create a batch file to issue the above commands after any 'problem'
programs you run.
Q: When I change screen modes from 43 lines to 25 lines I lose my DOS prompt
and cursor. Why is that?
A: If you are in a mode with more than 25 lines and your cursor is located
below the 25th line - then switching back to 25 line mode means your cursor
is located off the screen (somewhere below your monitor!). Just do a CLS (you
will be typing 'blind' at this point) to clear the screen and restore your
prompt and cursor at the top of the screen. See the 'Screen Mode' section in
the 'Features' chapter.
Q: I have set my foreground and background colors the way I like them, but
when I type characters at the DOS command line the colors of the characters I
type are the standard gray-on-black. What's going on?
A: You probably have ANSI.SYS loaded. Check your config.sys file for a line
that reads 'device=ansi.sys'. Unless you are familiar with ANSI.SYS, and are
sure you need it, we recommend not using it. Just remove the line in your
config.sys file that reads 'device=ansi.sys' using a text editor (see your
DOS manual). On the other hand, if you want to use ANSI.SYS you may, but
please read the chapter 'QuickPC and ANSI.SYS' (in this manual).
Q: When I 'shell out' to DOS from within one of my applications and run
quickpc.com, my PC 'crashes' or 'locks up' when I exit the program.
A: Quickpc.com is a TSR or memory-resident program - therefore it should not
be run by 'shelling out' to DOS from within an application. Generally
quickpc.com should be run from within your autoexec.bat file so it is present
for the duration of your computing session. For more information, see the
'Using QuickPC' section.
Q: My PC is attached to a Novell network. Once in a while, I have left my PC
unattended and when I returned my screen was blanked (to be expected because
I had the screen blanker enabled). The problem is that when I pressed keys to
restore my screen, the screen would not come back!
A: The cause of this problem is that when you receive an eMail message (or
other network message sent to you), Novell prints a line on your screen
saying that you have a message and that you should press to clear
the line. When your screen is blanked and you get a network message, you
won't see the prompt - therefore the network software is
intercepting your key presses (the ones that are supposed to restore the
screen). The fix is to hit either key to unblank the screen. QuickPC
polls the shift keys just in case some nasty program (as above) is stealing
all the keystrokes.
Appendix B If You Have Problems
If, after installing QuickPC, you discover problems running your various
software packages, the steps outlined below should help resolve the problem.
Note that we will use the term 'the QuickPC suite' to refer to all of the
utilities that make up the QuickPC package.
The first place to begin troubleshooting is checking for conflicts among any
TSR's (Terminate and Stay Resident, or memory-resident programs) you may have
installed on your PC. QuickPC has been tested with most of the popular TSR's
(such as Sidekick) and these programs should work fine. However, if you find
a conflict between one of the QuickPC utilities and another TSR, try
rearranging the order in which these programs are loaded. (This usually
involves modifying lines in your autoexec.bat file; see your DOS manual on
how to do this.) For example, if you have a TSR that works fine without the
QuickPC suite loaded, but has problems with QuickPC loaded, and the TSR is
loaded before QuickPC, then try loading the TSR after the QuickPC suite
instead. Rearranging loading order often clears up minor discrepancies
QuickPC has also been tested and works with most of the popular PC
applications programs (an applications program is simply any program you run
from DOS, such as Lotus 1-2-3). In the unfortunate event that QuickPC is
incompatible with one of your software applications, try to isolate the area
of incompatibility and disable the appropriate feature. For example, with
QuickPC loaded in memory, if a program shows a garbled screen, then try
disabling the fast screen option. (See the Using QuickPC section of this
manual for information on how to load QuickPC with certain features
As the old(?) adage goes: When all else fails, read the manual! If you have
read this manual and cannot resolve your problem, registered users
(registration info is on page 2) may contact our technical support staff at:
1125 W. Drake Road, Suite 102
Fort Collins, Colorado 80526
Registered users will also receive our technical support phone number.
Baggs Technologies is committed to excellence - our foremost concern is your
satisfaction. Please do not hesitate to contact us with your questions
and/or comments regarding this product.
Appendix C Table of Alternate Hot Key Selections
Num. Hot Key Num. Hot Key Num. Hot Key
120 Alt-1 16 Alt-Q 30 Alt-A
121 Alt-2 17 Alt-W 31 Alt-S
122 Alt-3 18 Alt-E 32 Alt-D
123 Alt-4 19 Alt-R 33 Alt-F
124 Alt-5 20 Alt-T 34 Alt-G
125 Alt-6 21 Alt-Y 35 Alt-H
126 Alt-7 22 Alt-U 36 Alt-J
127 Alt-8 23 Alt-I 37 Alt-K
128 Alt-9 24 Alt-O 38 Alt-L
129 Alt-0 25 Alt-P