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Method to Determine the Setup Configuration of a Personal Computer

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000060978D
Original Publication Date: 1986-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09
Document File: 1 page(s) / 13K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Bateman, RM: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

A method is described which reduces the manual effort required to determine the setup configuration of an IBM Personal Computer (PC). The method employs a ".com" type program that can be used by a batch routine. Many software products utilize batch files to perform the installation of a product. Most often, the operator must select from several batch files, based upon the PC configuration (for example, monochrome or color display, 1 or 2 diskettes or fixed disk). This requires the operator to read the product documentation to determine which batch file to run to install the program. This would not be necessary if the batch program itself could determine what the PC configuration is.

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Method to Determine the Setup Configuration of a Personal Computer

A method is described which reduces the manual effort required to determine the setup configuration of an IBM Personal Computer (PC). The method employs a ".com" type program that can be used by a batch routine. Many software products utilize batch files to perform the installation of a product. Most often, the operator must select from several batch files, based upon the PC configuration (for example, monochrome or color display, 1 or 2 diskettes or fixed disk). This requires the operator to read the product documentation to determine which batch file to run to install the program. This would not be necessary if the batch program itself could determine what the PC configuration is. It would also be more "user friendly" if the startup batch file for a program could determine whether the PC being used has the needed resources to complete the program. This would not only be a time- saver, but a preventer of potential disaster, such as program failure while writing to a file due to insufficient disk space. In accordance with this new method, a "CHKEQUIP.COM" type program that can be called by simple batch routines returns a value (tested using "IF ERRORLEVEL") that is associated with one of the following items based on the parameter specified. 1. PC model 2. DOS version 3. Memory size (in 64K increments) 4. Fixed disk installed (number installed) 5. Free fixed disk space (in 4K increments) 6. Diskettes (number installed) 7. Sub-directories (number used) 8. Root files (number of files in the root directory) 9. Default dri...