Dec 132017
LOBOTOMY is a program that will allow you to easily and quickly change your AUTOEXEC.BAT and CONFIG.SYS files and boot-up with a different configuration.
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LOBOTOMY is a program that will allow you to easily and quickly change your AUTOEXEC.BAT and CONFIG.SYS files and boot-up with a different configuration.
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LOBOTOMY, Version 1.00

by Padded-Wall Software

Providing software solutions for the mentally impaired.

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For IBM PC/XT's, AT's, PS/2's and close compatibles

Requires at least DOS 3.0, 256K, and a hard disk

Copyright (C), 1990, Padded-Wall Software. San Diego, CA.



LOBOTOMY was inspired by the monster we all know (and love?) as
Microsoft (TM) and their recent release of Windows 3.0. I'm a
programmer by profession, and I fiind that I need to re-boot several
times per day to make use of various tools and environments, all of
which require a specific memory configuration managed by their own
favorite memory manager, but none of which are quite the same. For
instance, I use QEMM to gain enough memory to compile my company's
major product, reconfigure and boot up to use the 386 version of Turbo
Debugger, re-configurte and re-boot to run Windows 3.0 so I can test
my applications as a background Windows task, and then reboot with a
"clean system" having a normal 640K configuration to test our software
in an environment that more closely resembles our customers' systems.
As you can probably see, I used to have several batch files that I
could never remember the names of. Adding Windows 3.0 to the list
pushed me over the edge and I came up with LOBOTOMY.

You may be wondering why I chose the name LOBOTOMY for a program.
Well, I wanted something that described what the program does while
maintaining a link to the name of the company. Webster's defines
"lobotomy" thusly:

"severance of nerve fibers (as of the frontal lobes) by incision
into the brain for the relief of some mental disorders and

Loosely translated, a lobotomy changes the way you use your mind.
LOBOTOMY (the program) changes the way you use your computer's mind,
in that it allows you to load different configurations and then
re-boots your system for you. Besides the name being quite
descriptive of what the program does, it also retains manufacturer

Before we get started, this manual does NOT cover instructions for use
of the various DOS commands mentioned. It is up to you to know how
these commands work. It is also up to you to know hoew to specify and
identify any device drivers and TSR's that may be required for a given



Lobotomy allows you to create a list of alternate configurations. In
creating your configurations, you will be required to create new
CONFIG and AUTOEXEC files, or edit existing ones. LOBOTOMY contains a
simple Wordstar-style text editor for you to create/edit files. Once
you've selected the desired configuration, LOBOTOMY replaces your
existing CONFIG.SYS and AUTOEXEC.BAT files (with the associated
alternates that you specify) and then re-boots your system for you.

All software packages require some form of installation, from simply
copying the files to specifying the position of the planets. LOBOTOMY
is of the simplest type. While we recommed that you put LOBOTOMY in
your root directory, you can actually put it anywhere you please. So
UNZIP the program into the desired directory (preferably a directory
that is listed in the current PATH specification). For the sake of
example, we'll assume you unzipped the program into the directory

The first time you run LOBOTOMY, the program will create a
sub-directory called \LOBOTOMY in the directory that you unzipped the
program into. In our example, the complete path to this new
sub-directory would be C:\UTILS\LOBOTOMY. This directory will hold
your list of configurations and their associated CONFIG and AUTOEXEC

Once the directory is created, LOBOTOMY will create a configuration
data file called LOBOTOMY.DAT. Immediately after this, the screen
will show a large box on the screen with text telling you that no
configurations have been loaded and that you must dd at least one.

As an example, we'll make a configuration for booting Windows 3.0 on
your system. If you want to follow along with this example, type
to exit the program and copy the CONFIG.WIN and AUTOEXEC.WIN files
into the \LOBOTOMY data directory. Now restart the program and when
you get back to the configuration list screen, press the

A "variable page" will appear and prompt you for the following items:

- Configuration Title: This is how the configuration will be
presented to you for selection. Because we wanted to allow for a
decent number of configurations to exist (and we wanted to list
them all on one screen), you are limited to just 20 characters
for the title. Type and press .


- CONFIG file name: This is the name of the CONFIG.SYS file to be
used for this configuration. Of course you don't want to call it
CONFIG.SYS, so name it something which describes its function.
For our example, type and press . If the
file does not exist, you will be asked if you'd like to create a
new one. If the file does exist, you will be asked if you'd like
to edit it. You do NOT have to create this file now, but rmember
to beefore you actually try to use this configuration.

- AUTOEXEC file name: This is the name of the AUTOEXEC.BAT file to
be used for this configuration. Again, you'll want to give it a
meaningful name, and you may even want it to have the same
extension as the CONFIG file name. Type and press
. If the file does not exist, you will be asked if you'd
like to create a new one. If the file does exist, you will be
asked if you'd like to edit it. You do NOT have to create this
file now, but rmember to beefore you actually try to use this

- Password: You can enter up to 10 alpha-numeric characters for a
password. If you include spaces, they will be stripped by the
program. This feature is not currently active, but you can still
enter a password if you like.

- Warm or Cold Reboot: When LOBOTOMY re-boots your system, it
needs to know what type of re-boot you desire. A warm re-boot is
the same as pressing the key combination and
usually bypasses the POST routine. A cold reboot acts as if you
turned on your machine with the power ON/OFF switch. Due to the
wide variety of BIOS's and BIOS versions, your re-booting mileage
will vary.

You have just completed installing a configuration. Press the
key to return to the Configuration List Screen.

Once you've installed your first configuration in LOBOTOMY, you've
used the most complicated part of the program. Your only other
options are diting, or eleting an existing configuration,

icking a new configuration to boot the computer under, or using the
urrent configuration (signied by yellow text on a red background
(on color monitors), or blinking black text on a white background (on
monochrome monitors). The commands avaiolable ar listed in the box at
the bottom of the screen.

If you pick anything but urrent, you will be allowed to select a
configuration to manipulate. upon pressing , , or

, the
frame around the bottom box will become a single line, and the frame
around the list of configurations will become a double line. On color
monitors, they will also change colors (yellow is the "active" window,
and magenta is the "inactive" window).


A cursor bar will be positioned on the current configuration, and you
can use the arrow keys to move the cursor bar to the desired
configuration. Once the cursor bar is positioned over the desired
configuration, press to select it. If you pressed , you
will be taken to the variable page and be allowed to change anything
listed there as well as edit the CONFIG and AUTOEXEC files. If you
pressed , the selected configuration will be deleted from your
list, but its associated CONFIG and AUTOEXEC files will still be on
the disk.

If you pressed

to pick a new configuration, and if you actually
selected a new one, LOBOTOMY will copy the associated CONFIG and
AUTOEXEC files for the selected configuration, and the system will be
re-booted for you.

If you elected to stay with the current configuration (pressing or

but not selecting a new configuration), the program will
terminate without rebooting your machine. Pressing (for quit)
will have the same effect.

Before you do ANYTHING else, you should copy your current CONFIG.SYS
\LOBOTOMY\AUTEXEC.STD. After you have done this, use LOBOTOMY to
install a "Standard Boot Config" that uses your new STD files. This
is just a precaution to allow you a fall-back if something should go
terribly wrong.

There are basically two ways to make use of LOBOTOMY.

One way to use LOBOTOMY is to simply run it as a utitlity whenever you
need to reboot. This is probably the best way and requires no
additional effort on your part.

The second method of use is to invoke LOBOTOMY from your AUTOEXEC.BAT
file so that you can boot the desired configuration without having to
actually runthe program yourself. If you use this method, remember to
add the line LOBOTOMY to each of your alternate AUTOEXEC files in the
\LOBOTOMY directory.

LOBOTOMY's text editor is extremely simple in terms of implementation.
No block commands are available, but your basic Wordstar-style cursor
movement commands are. The major commands are listed at the bottom of
the screen.


I tried to run LOBOTOMY as a non-windows app in 386 enhanced mode of
Windows 3.0. Windows though about it for a few seconds, and then
reported that system integrity had been comprimised and that I should
close all apps and quit Windows. Apparently, Windows doesn't like it
when a program attempts to re-boot the computer without devine
permission. Somehow, LOBOTOMY screwed up Windows' idea of reality
and, after I quit Windows and returned to the DOS prompt, the keyboard
generated random characters ON ITS OWN! I eventually had to reach for
the BRS (big red switch) to reset the computer. The moral of this
story is don't use LOBOTOMY under Windows 3.0.



Let's face it, nobody's perfect. I'm not going to try to convince you
of the fact that there's no bugs in this software because we all know
there's no such thing as bug-free software that is constructed of more
than 10 lines of source code. I can tell you, though, that I will
respond immediately to reports of problems, and will release any
bug-fixes as soon as possible. That's the best I can offer you.

Padded-Wall Software does NOT issue patches to fix bugs. If there's a
problem, and if we fix it, the fix will be in the form of a complete
new EXE file like the one that came in this ZIP file.

Padded-Wall Software provides LOBOTOMY version 1.00 AS IS. Further,
Padded-Wall Software does not guarantee that LOBOTOMY is suitable for
any purpose other than the ability to take up valuable disk space.
Padded-Wall Software assumes no resonsibility (financial or otherwise)
for loss of data or other liabilities incurred by you as a direct or
in-direct use of LOBOTOMY.

Basically, you're on your own because I (and you) can't guarantee that
you won't pull some bone-headed stunt. If there's something wrong
with the program itself as it relates to its intended function, I'll
try my best to fix it and get you a new copy.

If you've ever used public domain or shareware software before, you
know the rules so you can skip to the "Appreciated Donation" section

LOBOTOMY is copyrighted by Padded-Wall Software. All rights are
reserved. You may freely distribute LOBOTOMY to whomever you wish as
long as you follow these guidelines:

1) You may not alter the program or its associated files in any

2) You must provide all files originally supplied with the

Pretty simple, huh.


ExecTime 2.0 A utility that will run the desired application at
the specified time on the specified date. You can
also pass parameters to the application (the
program you want to run using ExecTime). Once
ExecTime takes over, you can even change any of
the parameters passed to ExecTime. Last update to
this program was 6/22/90.

Radius Yet another menu shell for DOS (no release date
set as yet). The following is a list of some of
the features:

- Allows up to 20 menus of 15 items
- Only 6K remains resident when running
installed applications
- Supports ANY MS-compatible mouse including
those from Logitech, Genius, Mouse Systems,
Imsai, Microsoft, IBM, and the new
track-balls from those manufacturers
- Up to 25 user IDs (encrypted)
- Job/contract number entry
- Pass parameters automatically or on the fly
- Pre-execution prompts
- Optional Scheduled Event Timer allows you to
schedule up to 15 applications for unattended
operation. You can run your computer on its
own for over 123 years! (This utility is
optional because it can be run without
- Password protection on a menu, menu item, and
RADIUS utility basis (passwords encrypted)
- A system log that displays data according to
what program was used, when it was used, for
how long, and for which job/contract number)
- Totally configurable through a menu-driven
installation utility.

If you find this software (LOBOTOMY) useful and wish to keep the
spirit of pd/shareware software alive, you can send any ($20) monetary
donations, suggestions for improvement, or criticism, and make checks
payable to

John Simmons
Padded-Wall Software
6954 Ballinger Avenue
San Diego, CA 92119


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