C O N f i g u r a t i o n
E D i t o r
May 15, 1992
Copyright (c) 1990 - 92
All Rights Reserved
-AV # TJV090
Ira T. Ashkenes
10288 Abbott Rd
Manassas, VA 22110
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Copyright Notice and Software License 3
Update Policy 3
Using ConEd 8
FUNCTION KEYS 9
Registration Form 11
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CONfiguration EDitor is copyrighted by Ira T. Ashkenes.
TesSeRact is registered trademark of Innovative Data Concepts.
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QEdit is a trademark of SemWare.
Copyright Notice and Software License:
This document, other accompanying written and disk-based
notes, files, and all referenced and related program files are
copyrighted by Ira T. Ashkenes.
This is not free software. Non-registered users of this
software are granted a limited license to make an evaluation copy
for trial use. This trial period shall not exceed 30 calendar
days. Any use of CONfiguration EDitor (ConEd) beyond the trial
period without having sent in the registration fee is a violation
of federal copyright laws. At the end of this trial period, you
should either register your copy or discontinue using ConEd.
ConEd is distributed under the "shareware" concept, also known
as "user-supported software". Under this concept, you save the
high cost of packaging and distribution while still receiving high
You are free, and in fact encouraged, to distribute this
software in its unmodified form to your friends, to BBS's and to
user groups. Companies that provide software duplication services
may include ConEd in their catalog and provide copies for a
reasonable duplication fee. All copies must include the files
"CONED.EXE", and "CONED.DOC". You are not allowed to modify the
files in any way, and this shareware notice must be kept intact.
The author, Ira T. Ashkenes retains all other rights to the
Why register? If you use this program, then you should pay
for your copy. That way I will be able to provide you support and
updates. Plus, registered users receive technical support. You
will also receive a serial number which will display a name of your
Registered users of ConEd are registered for life. Plain and
simple, you only make your purchase once, and I supply you with a
'key' that will register this version and all subsequent versions
of ConEd. When you send in your payment, if you would like the latest
version of ConEd sent to you, please include a $3.00 shipping fee.
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CONfiguration EDitor allows a user to boot their PC/MS-DOS
Computer with any AUTOEXEC.BAT and CONFIG.SYS that they have
predefined, or interrupt the boot process and create a new one.
You can create as many AUTOEXEC.BAT/CONFIG.SYS combinations as your
computers memory will allow.
Some history. As a Software Engineer, I have the need to use
many different memory configurations and language compilers. When
using Microsoft Windows, or Quarterdecks' QEMM, or running
RAMDISKs, I need to have a different set of AUTOEXEC.BAT and
CONFIG.SYS files available. When programming with different
language compilers, I also need to have my environment set up for
each compiler. The list goes on and on.
To really complicate matters, when I am on a PC connected to
a network, I need to incorporate the network configuration files
into both my AUTOEXEC.BAT and CONFIG.SYS files. Things were really
becoming cumbersome there for a while. I had a number of batch
files I wrote which would copy a temporary AUTOEXEC.BAT and
CONFIG.SYS file to my root directory, then I would manually issue
Searching through the local bulletin boards, I was able to
find two good programs that allow a user to select a predefined
boot configuration, however, each program boasted an internal
editor. I had to learn a new set of editor commands if I wanted
revise an AUTOEXEC.BAT or CONFIG.SYS from within the program. This
was not acceptable, as when I needed an 'on - the - fly'
configuration, I usually needed it in a hurry. Additionally, I
found the user interface to be a little clumsy for the novice
end-user. Thus, the development of ConEd.
With ConEd, you have the ability to boot up a machine and
select from several different configurations. You can choose to
invoke a Network/LAN, or choose a particular library to use, or
free up as much memory for DOS as possible by NOT loading some
TSRs'. The options are almost endless. If you are in need of more
than one configuration, ConEd is for you.
I'd be happy to hear of any improvements you'd like to see, as well
as any bug reports.
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When registering, or writing for any reason, please include the
1. ConEd version number
2. where you obtained your copy from
3. a description of your system
4. your full name and address
If you are experiencing problems, in addition to the above
requested information, please send me a copy of your CONFIG.SYS and
AUTOEXEC.BAT files. This may help in identifying what program/
driver ConEd my be in conflict with.
If you have any suggestions or discover any problems with the
program you can reach me thru the Elusive Diamond BBS system
(300/1200/2400/9600 HST, 8N1) at 703-323-6423/1782. The Elusive Diamond
(DGS ALPHA) is part of a consortium of BBS sysops dedicated to providing
the best in BBS support. The Elusive Diamond provides first time
callers download access. Another Board providing support is The Break
East BBS, (703) 680-9269 USR/DS HST/V.32 (a 4 Gig system!). On The
Break, you can download the lates version of ConEd from the personal
download area on your first call. At the Main prompt type "F" for
files, then "P" for personal download. Both are among the finest of
boards. You can direct mail to me thru RIME, using the ->DIAMOND mail
If you have an account on CompuServe, my mail address is
72560,3553, or if you have an account on GEnie, I can be reached
there as IASHKENES, and I usually call both services every 2 - 3
days to check on mail.
I also monitor the RelayNet International Message Exchange C
programming, Programming, ShareWare, and Software Review
Conferences, and will respond to all questions from there as well.
To register this product send $10.00 to:
10288 Abbott Road
Manassas, Virginia 22110
Please read these instruction prior to actual installation, as
you may think of an easier method to suit your particular
environment, and perhaps get some idea of how you want your
configuration naming convention to be.
Where you see "
the enter key.
1. From the root directory of your boot disk, create a
subdirectory named CONED (i.e. MD CONED
directory (i.e. CD\CONED
directory using the DOS COPY command.
2. Simply execute ConEd by typing CONED
3. The first screen to appear on the initial use of ConEd is
the configuration menu. You are first prompted for your boot
drive. Enter that letter here.
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4. Next, you are prompted for the path of your editor.
C:\DOS\ is the default. If you do not own a full screen editor, or
cannot use a product which saves files in ASCII format, there is
always EDLIN which comes supplied with DOS. If your editor is
stored in another subdirectory, type in that path (i.e. C:\EDITOR\
5. You are now prompted for your editors name and extension.
For those users who do not have a full screen editor, EDLIN (yuk!)
is the default. If you do own another editor, simply type the
editors name and extension in here. (i.e. Q.EXE
6. The next item you are asked to enter is the drive and
directory in which ConEd resides. The default is the directory in
which you have called ConEd from. (i.e. C:\CONED\
7. Next, you are asked if you use a cache program in any of
your configurations. If you use a cache in ANY of your configs,
answer Y to this question.
8. You are now asked to enter the command that your cache
program requires to 'flush' its buffers. Enter that command here,
along with any parameters your cache program may require. If you
do not use a cache program, just press return, and do not bother to
fill this parameter in.
9. Some machines require a 'cold' reboot (a reboot where
a memory check is performed) because of various reasons such as an
older bios, or use of hardware that conflicts with a software 'warm'
reboot. You now have the ability to define if you want a warm or
cold reboot in the setup menu. If you want/need your machine to
have a cold reboot, answer Y to this option.
10. Next, you are asked if you would like to use an alternate
reboot program. This may be necessary if your computer has an add
in board that requires a specific machine instruction passed to it
in order to reset properly prior to the actual reboot, or perhaps
the internal ConEd reset is not compatible with your machine, and
you have an alternate program that does work.
11. If you opt to use an alternate reboot program, enter the
path and program name (with parameters if any) here. If you do not
need this option, leave it blank.
12. After completing steps 1 thru 9 above, you are presented
with ConEds main menu. This is where you choose, edit, add, delete
or otherwise manipulate your configuration selections from. As
you will see, the default for the first time installation is:
"Your Current Configuration"
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ConEd copies your current AUTOEXEC.BAT and CONFIG.SYS files
to the ConEd directory during this first time installation, and
that is why it is labeled as current.
13. By striking the
description of the highlighted configuration. You have up to 50
characters per description field.
14. Next, you must assign an extension for each description
entered. Personally, I use text extensions such as NET for
network, or LAN for Local Area Network. You can, however, use
extensions such as 001, 002, etc. The idea is to make it as
convenient as possible for you to associate the textual description
with the associated extension.
Simply type in the extension you desire to be assigned to the
corresponding AUTOEXEC.BAT and CONFIG.SYS files (which will be
renamed AUTOEXEC.xxx and CONFIG.xxx, where xxx represents the
extension you have assigned).
15. After you have completed step nine, press the F10
function key to save this configuration. ConEd will create an
AUTOEXEC.xxx and CONFIG.xxx for the configuration you have entered
in the setup menu.
After modifying your .CUR configuration description entry, you
should press the
and assign it to the configuration extension you have assigned. Again,
this only need be done for initial installation of ConEd.
Everytime you add a configuration from this point on, ConEd will
create a very small and basic set of configuration files, which you
will need to edit to suit your needs.
16. To add more configurations to your menu configurations
simply press the
you are brought to the Edit Configuration menu (Step 8). After repeating
this step for each configuration you have entered, you can simply edit
each configuration to suit your needs.
17. You have completed the installation instructions.
Now that you have read the installation instructions, here are some
suggestions/ideas to think about prior to actually running the
program for the first time:
A. Think about what configurations you want to have
predefined, and what extensions you will assign them.
B. If you don't want to edit the AUTOEXEC and CONFIG files
that ConEd creates for you from the Configuration menu, by using
the DOS COPY command, copy your current AUTOEXEC.BAT and CONFIG.SYS
to your CONED subdirectory, redirecting the file extension to an
extension you will predefine.
i.e. copy c:\autoexec.bat c:\coned\autoexec.xxx
copy c:\config.sys c:\coned\config.xxx
where xxx represents the extension you assign it.
Do this for each configuration you are going to select during
the installation process.
After installation, you can use ConEd to edit each
configuration to do what you want it to do. Remember to remember
the extensions you have chosen for use.
The first configuration you choose should be the CURRENT
configuration (i.e. Your current AUTOEXEC.BAT and CONFIG.SYS).
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It is recommended that you invoke ConEd at the beginning of
EACH and every AUTOEXEC file so that ConEd will be called prior to
any other calls from the AUTOEXEC. This allows you to select
immediately upon system boot which configuration you wish to invoke
for the particular PC session. Additionally, add the ConEd
subdirectory to your path, this will allow you to call ConEd from
To invoke ConEd, simply type CONED, or in your AUTOEXEC.BAT,
have the following:
This will allow your AUTOEXEC.BAT file to invoke ConEd every
time you boot up so you will be able to choose which configuration
you want to use.
The following command line parameters can be used as well:
-c for CGA Video cards and monitors
-m to force MONO mode
-b for bios video support
-dx to start the current configuration after x seconds
has elapsed. This is useful for operations such as
running a BBS. If the power fails, and then restarts,
ConEd will select the current configuration after an x
second duration. If the cursor bar is moved, the
delay will be canceled.
-sxxx to start configuration xxx WITHOUT going thru the
ConEd menu. This allows you to quickly select a new
configuration from the DOS prompt. ConEd will REBOOT
your computer with the configuration you have selected.
Examples: CONED -m This will force mono mode
CONED -b -d7 Uses bios video support for
ConEd and will start the
current configuration after 7
seconds have elapsed.
CONED -sNET ConEd will reboot your computer
with the .NET configurations
When you execute ConEd you will be in the main menu. By using
your arrow keys (UP and DOWN) you will move from one selection to
the next. ConEd always starts with the cursor bar on the CURRENT
configuration. If you wish to choose this configuration, simply
your arrow keys to highlight the particular configuration you want,
with the selected configuration.
When selecting the current configuration, ConEd compares the
file length and time stamp of the current AUTOEXEC.BAT and
CONFIG.SYS files with the AUTOEXEC.xxx and CONFIG.xxx files to
ensure they are the same file.
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If your AUTOEXEC or CONFIG files have been modified, ConEd
will present a menu that will allow you to continue to exit,
implementing the current configuration; copy the AUTOEXEC.xxx
and/or CONFIG.xxx file to the boot directory; edit or ConEd
AUTOEXEC.xxx/CONFIG.xxx, edit your boot directory
AUTOEXEC.BAT/CONFIG.SYS, or return to the ConEd main menu.
F1 - Brief on line help to instruct the user of the
functionality of the program, and present available command keys.
F2 - Gives the user the opportunity to view the DOS text
screen as it was before ConEd was invoked. This is useful when
attempting to ensure that all of the drivers that the CONFIG.SYS
calls were correctly installed.
F3 - Invokes the editor you have selected to edit the
highlighted configurations' AUTOEXEC.BAT file. As you move your
cursor bar up and down, the extensions of the AUTOEXEC. will change
to correspond to whatever textual description you are on. To
return to ConEd, simply exit your editor as you would at any other
F4 - Invokes the editor you have selected to edit the
highlighted configurations' CONFIG.SYS file. As you move your
cursor bar up and down, the extensions of the CONFIG. will change
to correspond to whatever textual description you are on. To
return to ConEd, simply exit your editor as you would at any other
F5 - Invokes the Configuration Menu. This allows you to
change, any of the setup options that had been previously selected.
When altering the setup, press the F10 function key to save the
changes or the ESC key to abort changes. In either case, you are
returned to the ConEd main menu.
F6 - Presents you with an information screen which tells and
how to get in touch with the author.
F7 - Allows the user to reboot their computer without exiting
to DOS or issuing a
perform this operation if they realize that a particular function
in the CONFIG.SYS file was not invoked properly. An example would
be if you are connected to a LAN, and one of the drivers that the
CONFIG.SYS calls was not correctly installed or failed.
F8 - Environment Viewer. This allow you to view the current
environment from within ConEd. This is the same as typing 'SET'
from the DOS prompt.
F9 - Ends the ConEd program, resumes the configuration in
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highlighted configuration to the boot drives root directory WITHOUT
re-booting at this time. This allows you plan ahead for an
upcoming system reboot.
associated AUTOEXEC.xxx and CONFIG.xxx files.
configurations, you may want to find your configuration using this
current configuration in your list.
root directory configuration to the highlighted configuration
WITHOUT re-booting at this time. This allows you update a
configuration that has been altered outside of ConEd.
PGUP, PGDN, UPARROW, DNARROW, HOME and END keys move the
highlighted cursor bar around the screen.
Unfortunately, these are necessary, so I will make this as
short and to the point as possible.
Ira T. Ashkenes hereby disclaims all warranties relating to
this software, whether express or implied, including without
limitation any implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for
a particular purpose. Ira T. Ashkenes will not be liable for any
special, incidental, consequential, indirect or similar damages due
to loss of data or any other reason, even if Ira T. Ashkenes or an
agent of Ira T. Ashkenes has been advised of the possibility of
such damages. In no event shall Ira T. Ashkenes's liability for
any damages ever exceed the price paid for the license to use
software, regardless of the form of the claim. The person using
the software bears all risk as to the quality and performance of
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