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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

Publishing Venue

IBM

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Authors:
Bateman, RM Lisle, RJ [+details]

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.