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Title:
Peter Norton's DOS guide
Author:
Norton, Peter, 1943-
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Uniform Title:
DOS guide
Edition:
Third edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Brady : Distributed by Prentice Hall, [1989]

©1989
Physical Description:
xvi, 408 pages ; 24 cm
General Note:
Rev. ed. of: MS-DOS and PC-DOS. 1st ed. c1984.

Includes index.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780136626367
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Book

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Summary

Peter Norton, acclaimed author and creator of the Norton Utilities, continues his successful tradition of practical guides to key microcomputer technology. This completely revised, up-to-the-minute edition of his all-time best-selling classic is full of the sort of useful, common sense help for which Peter is best known. Book jacket.


Table of Contents

Introductionp. xiii
Help When You Need Itp. xiii
Variations in DOSp. xiv
DOS and Your PCp. xv
Chapter 1 Basic Computer Conceptsp. 1
Introductionp. 2
The Computer as a Workerp. 2
Introducing DOSp. 7
The Computer at Workp. 8
What a Computer Can and Can't Dop. 8
The Importance of an Operating Systemp. 10
Chapter 2 Getting Started With DOSp. 13
Introductionp. 14
Setting Up DOSp. 14
What You Need to Know Firstp. 14
Giving Yourself a Sense of Securityp. 18
Chapter 3 Understanding Diskettesp. 21
Introductionp. 22
Understanding Diskettesp. 22
Preparing Diskettes for Use--Formattingp. 24
Chapter 4 Understanding Hard Disksp. 29
Introductionp. 30
Understanding Hard Disksp. 30
Partitioning a Hard Diskp. 31
Formatting a Hard Diskp. 35
Other Types of Disksp. 39
Chapter 5 Installing DOSp. 43
Introductionp. 44
The Parts of DOSp. 44
Installing DOSp. 45
Chapter 6 Fundamentals of DOS Commandsp. 49
Introductionp. 50
Keeping Track of Drivesp. 50
Internal versus External Commandsp. 53
Common Command Notationp. 55
Wildcard Charactersp. 60
Chapter 7 Elementary Commandsp. 61
Introductionp. 62
Three Simple Commandsp. 62
The Calender Commandsp. 65
Chapter 8 Basic File Commandsp. 69
Introductionp. 70
Copying Filesp. 70
Deleting Files with DEL and ERASEp. 72
Renaming Files with RENp. 75
Displaying Files with TYPEp. 75
Comparing Copies of Filesp. 76
Chapter 9 Basic Disk Commandsp. 79
Introductionp. 80
Checking Out Your Disksp. 80
CHKDSKp. 84
Volume Labels for Disk Identificationp. 87
The Diskette Preparation Commandsp. 89
Copying and Comparing Disksp. 92
Chapter 10 Batch File Basicsp. 95
Introductionp. 96
Introducing Batch Processingp. 96
The First Two Commands--REM and PAUSEp. 102
Making Batch Files More Attractivep. 104
Keeping Batch Files From Being Displayedp. 107
Slightly More Advanced Batch Processingp. 109
Other Features of Batch Processingp. 110
Chapter 11 More on Batch Filesp. 111
Introductionp. 112
Advanced Batch Commandsp. 112
Nesting Batch Files with CALLp. 118
Suggestions and Examples of Batch File Tricksp. 119
Chapter 12 Starting with AUTOEXECp. 127
Introductionp. 128
The Where and How of AUTOEXEC.BATp. 128
Using AUTOEXEC.BATp. 129
Designing Your AUTOEXEC.BAT Filep. 133
Customizing Your Own AUTOEXEC.BAT Filep. 136
Chapter 13 Understanding Disksp. 139
Introductionp. 140
What's On a Diskp. 140
All About File Namesp. 142
The Importance of Filename Extensionsp. 145
Global Filename Characters (Wildcards) and Their Usesp. 148
Disk file Formats and What They Mean to Youp. 150
Risky File Recovery Using RECOVERp. 154
Chapter 14 Hard Disk Set Upp. 157
Introductionp. 158
Computing Speedp. 158
Time Trialsp. 159
Holding Capacityp. 160
Organizing Your Hard Diskp. 161
Key Hard-Disk Commandsp. 163
Protecting Your Datap. 163
Restoring Data to the Hard Diskp. 166
Backing Up Large Systemsp. 167
Chapter 15 Working With Subdirectoriesp. 169
Introductionp. 170
Tree-Structured Directoriesp. 171
When Do You Need a Subdirectory?p. 172
Paths to a Directoryp. 173
Creating a Directory with MKDIRp. 174
Changing Direction with CHDIRp. 176
Using the TREE Command to Find Branchesp. 177
Pathfinding Shortcutsp. 179
Paths, Programs, and Datap. 181
The Prompt Commandp. 182
Chapter 16 Organizing Your Hard Diskp. 185
Introduction?p. 186
Why Organize a Hard Diskp. 186
Guidelines for Organizing the Tree Structurep. 187
Where to Put Your Programsp. 189
Where to Put Your Data Filesp. 194
An Overall Strategy for Organizing Your Hard Diskp. 198
Setting Up a System for More Than One Userp. 200
Summary of How to Organize a Hard Diskp. 206
Chapter 17 Advanced Disk Commandsp. 207
Introductionp. 208
Double-Checking Your Disk with VERIFYp. 208
Masking Your Disksp. 209
Using ASSIGN, SUBST, and JOINp. 215
Special Kinds of Copyingp. 216
Chapter 18 Pipeline Tricksp. 221
Introductionp. 222
Introducing Redirectionp. 222
DOS's Filter Programsp. 228
Using SORT, MORE, and FINDp. 231
Chapter 19 Special Commandsp. 233
Introductionp. 234
Controlling Devices with MODEp. 234
Controlling Interruptions with BREAKp. 241
Remote Control with CTTYp. 242
Passing Information with SETp. 243
Chapter 20 DOS's Resident Programsp. 247
Introductionp. 248
Resident Programs and What They Dop. 248
Background Printingp. 249
Help with Screen Printingp. 252
Controlling the Sharing of Datap. 253
Speeding Up Your Disk with FASTOPENp. 254
Chapter 21 DOS Around the Worldp. 255
Introductionp. 256
National Language Supportp. 256
How to Install National Language Supportp. 257
Code Pagesp. 257
Commands to Start National Language Supportp. 259
Commands to Modify National Language Supportp. 260
Chapter 22 The DOS Editing Keysp. 261
Introductionp. 262
Setting the Stage for the Editing Keysp. 262
How the Editing Keys Workp. 264
Other Special Keysp. 271
Chapter 23 The EDLIN Editorp. 275
Introductionp. 276
ASCII Text Filesp. 276
EDLIN and How it Worksp. 277
Starting EDLINp. 279
Ending an EDLIN Sessionp. 281
Using EDLIN Commandsp. 282
When to Use EDLINp. 292
Advanced EDLIN Commandsp. 292
Chapter 24 The Configuration Filep. 297
Introductionp. 298
The Configuration Filep. 298
Configuration Commandsp. 299
The Other CONFIG.SYS Commandsp. 302
Device Driversp. 304
Expanded Memory Support-- XMAEM.SYS and XMA2EMS.SYSp. 307
Installing Programs Automatically--The Install Commandp. 309
Summary of Configuration Commands and Device Driversp. 309
Chapter 25 Extended and Expanded Memoryp. 313
Introductionp. 314
The Problemp. 314
The Solutionp. 316
Chapter 26 Shellsp. 321
Introductionp. 322
The DOS Shellp. 322
Chapter 27 Avoiding Pitfallsp. 329
Introductionp. 330
Disastrous Interruptionsp. 330
Ordinary Ways to Lose Your Datap. 332
Chapter 28 Avoiding Other Mistakesp. 339
Introductionp. 340
Hardware Mistakesp. 340
Software Mistakesp. 342
Operational Mistakesp. 343
Appendix A Narrative Glossaryp. 345
Introductionp. 346
Numbers and Notationp. 346
Computer Fundamentalsp. 348
Programs and Programming Languagesp. 352
Human Rolesp. 354
Data Organizationp. 354
Disk Vocabularyp. 355
Operating Systemsp. 356
Appendix B Using DEBUGp. 359
Introductionp. 360
Some DEBUG Backgroundp. 360
DEBUG and Memoryp. 362
The DEBUG Commandsp. 363
DEBUG and Registersp. 367
DEBUG and Portsp. 368
DEBUG and Disksp. 368
DEBUG and Programsp. 370
Using DEBUG to Patchp. 372
Using Expanded Memoryp. 375
DEBUG Error Codesp. 376
Appendix C Command Summaryp. 377
Introductionp. 378
DOS Commandsp. 378
CONFIG.SYS Commandsp. 392
Indexp. 399