Configuration Sensitive Program Load
Original Publication Date: 1980-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-13
In an information processing system in which the program store is in alterable memory, a given machine contains only enough ROS (read-only storage) to perform diagnostic checks at initial power-on and to load a program which will control loading of the desired system and application program. Such a system may have many hardware options, e.g., impact or non-impact printers, and single- or dual-diskette workstations. Which programs are required, and where they are to be loaded, is a function of the specific set of hardware options present. Using the prior art technique of loading a given memory area from one and only one given diskette area requires a single diskette for each possible hardware configuration.