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User Interface Simplification for Multiple Removable Media Installations

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000116083D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-30
Document File: 2 page(s) / 35K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Maruyama, K: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

A program method is disclosed which simplifies the user interface for multiple removable media installation or executing computer programs. Currently, an installation program for multiple removable media requires the user to remove the media, replace it with the subsequent media and then push a keyboard key or mouse button to notify the program to continue. This method bypasses the requirement of notifying the computer when the subsequent media is inserted and thus simplifies and reduces the installation time.

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User Interface Simplification for Multiple Removable Media Installations

      A program method is disclosed which simplifies the user
interface for multiple removable media installation or executing
computer programs.  Currently,  an installation program for multiple
removable media requires the user to remove the media, replace it
with the subsequent media and then push a keyboard key  or mouse
button to notify the program to continue.  This method bypasses the
requirement of notifying the computer when the subsequent media is
inserted and thus simplifies and reduces the installation time.

      When a computer attempts to read from a drive with removable
media, it generates a critical error if no removable media presently
exists in the drive.  For example, in many DOS/Windows based systems
an interrupt 24 Hex is generated which prompts the user with the
famous Abort, Retry, Ignore error message.  If the program intercepts
the critical error, it can ascertain whether a diskette has been
removed or installed in the drive.  Other removable media, such as
CD-ROM drives also employ similar techniques to handle critical
errors.  The above technique may thus be used for checking when the
user has removed the current media and replaced it with the
subsequent media.  Even now, software vendors use a numbering
technique to identify whether the subsequently inserted diskette is
the correct one and a similar technique would ascertain that the
inserted diskette is t...