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Software Controlled Ejection of a Diskette from a Drive

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000107648D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-22
Document File: 1 page(s) / 37K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Smith, MD: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

This article describes a process where diskette drives are software controlled such that they can eject a fully inserted diskette.

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Software Controlled Ejection of a Diskette from a Drive

       This article describes a process where diskette drives
are software controlled such that they can eject a fully inserted
diskette.

      Most IBM PS/2* workstations have one or more diskette drives. A
single drive contains one diskette of a specific size. This diskette
is installed into the drive by simply pushing it fully into the
diskette slot. A user may or may not be required to close a lever or
door depending on the drive. A diskette is removed by pushing on the
eject button located close to the diskette slot or by opening the
lever or door and then grasping the diskette and pulling it out of
the slot.

      When situations arise during a software application's
processing that require removal of the currently inserted diskette
the software can cause the diskette to eject. This is done by the
diskette drive at the request of the software. This easily gets the
user's attention and helps to smooth a user's interaction with
software requiring diskette removal and exchange.

      With this invention software applications can automatically
eject a diskette at appropriate times according to their purpose. One
such purpose would be a multiple diskette software product
installation.

      With this invention users are given both a visual and audible
cue indicating the presence of a diskette in the drive during
shutdown and at other times. This is useful for security purposes
when a worksite...