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Information Display for Personal Computer System Messages

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000112972D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 59K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Treu, AR: AUTHOR

Abstract

Described is a software implementation that provides a means of displaying various stages of system operation to a users of Personal Computers (PCs) at any point in time. An eight byte encoded message is displayed on an information panel as to the system status and at what stage the system is currently operating.

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Information Display for Personal Computer System Messages

      Described is a software implementation that provides a means of
displaying various stages of system operation to a users of Personal
Computers (PCs) at any point in time.  An eight byte encoded message
is displayed on an information panel as to the system status and at
what stage the system is currently operating.

      The panel display structures involves five major formats.  The
five display formats with their structural content are as follows:

1.  Software Status/Error display

    o   Panel Display Format ZYYYXXXX
                Z - Display mode
                    Z = I - Informational message
                    Z = W - Warning message
                    Z = A - Alert message
                    Z = S - Status message
                    Z = All other Letters, Numbers, special
characters
        are reserved
                    YYY = SSS - Operating System
                      OS2 - Operating System 2
                      NOV - Novell
                      WIN - Windows
                      SCO - SCO Zenix
                      DOS - DOS
                      AIX - Unix - IBM
          XXXX - Defines information for OS

2.  Diagnostic Status/Error display

    o   Power on in known state
                ******** - All segments on

    o   Panel Display Format CP-XXXXX
                 CP - Check point
                 XXXXX - Defines information for Diagnostic check
        points

3.  Diagnostic Error display Format

    o   General Panel Display Format AXXXXXXX
                 A - Number/letter for display information - no limit
                     0 - Defines error code display old format
               XXXXXXX - Defines information for that number display
-
         Right justified

4.  Information and Error Display

    o   Existing Power On Self Test (POST) Error Panel
             Display Format 0XXXXYYZZ
                 0 - POST error display
                  XXX - Defines failing FRU - Diagnostic...