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WINDOWS - Frequently Asked Questions
Q. SLIDESHOW forces me to use the C:\ERSLIDE directory to store my graphic files. Why can't I put them where I want? A.Unfortunately the program used to produce SLIDESHOW does not give me the option to allow the user to select this. I have requested the authors to allow this. Maybe one day!
NOTE:  A new version is now available which can be placed in any directory with the graphic files.
Q. I want to show my presentation produced with Powerpoint etc. using SLIDESHOW. Why doesn't it work? A. SLIDESHOW is designed specifically to display individual graphic files placed in the default directory only. A list of those graphic file types is displayed in the HELP within the SLIDESHOW program.
Q. How do I specify the order in which the picture files are displayed in SLIDESHOW? There seems to be no sense to it. A. The slides are shown in the order in which they are placed into the default directory. To ensure the order you want, put the files into the default directory one at a time in the order you want. I have asked the authors of the program used to produce SLIDESHOW to fix this with no success yet. Sorry.
NOTE: It now appears that the files play in alpha/numeric order.
Q. What does the countdown timer do in RESTART? A. The countdown timer of 5 seconds in RESTART gives you the chance to stop the restart process by clicking on the button. If you had your computer set to restart at a particular time and you happened to be working at that time you may not want it to restart.
Q. What is the idea of the encode seed in CIPHER? A. The encode seed number of four digits can be chosen by you or you can use the one given each time you open the program. The code used during encoding must match that used during the decoding process. The idea is you and your friends decide on a number and you simply enter this number in the place provided, over writing the random one supplied.
Q. I noticed you have a file "Blank.cur".  What is the use of it? A. Sometimes applications allow you to select the mouse cursor (eg. Illuminatus). If the program you are designing only uses the keyboard to control functions, then the mouse pointer (cursor) only gets in the way. This file shows an invisible pointer ie. no pointer on screen.



DOS - Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Why have you gone to so much trouble producing DOS programs when DOS is dead? A. These programs were produced when DOS was truly alive (1990's). There are still plenty of users/groups using DOS and utilities like these to brighten up an otherwise plain environment.
Q. Can you supply a document which gives all the help screens for all the programs on the A1 DOS UTILITIES? A. Yes, this document is now available for download. see the A1 DOS UTILITIES section  for this link.
Q. Why can't I redirect, the help screens displayed in the A1 DOS UTILITIES, to the printer. A. The A1 DOS UTILITIES use direct screen writes, for the help screens, which bypass any attempt to redirect the help screens.
Q. The INSTALL program has your advert screen showing after I use it to install programs. How do I get rid of it? Is there a command line switch or something? A. The source code is no longer available - sorry, but you are stuck with it.
Q. I want to make a DOS menu system using your A1 DOS Utilities. Which program is the best to use? A. "HL" is one of the best which uses a highlighted menu system from a batch file for keyboard and the mouse operation. "MC" can be used for a great mouse controlled menu system or "PICKESC" for the simplest text type menu.


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