Classic Computer Magazine Archive START VOL. 3 NO. 9 / APRIL 1989

Disk Instructions

How to Get Our Programs Up and Running

Each article in this issue with a disk icon on its first page (or next to its title on the Table of Contents) has a companion file on your START disk. These files are archive files--they've been compressed with the Archive Utilities Set, or ARC, a public domain program available for many personal computers. We use the ARC utility to squeeze the many files that may go with a particular article into one compressed file, which may be only 40% of the total size of the original files.

In addition to the archive files, you'll find the program ARCX.TTP, which stands for ARChive eXtract, on your START disk. You'll use this program to decompress, or extract, the disk files we've shrunk down with ARC.

Getting Started

To use the files and programs on your START disk, please follow these simple instructions. You'll need two blank, formatted single- or double-sided disks to properly extract the files.

Your START disk is not copy-protected and you should make a copy of it immediately to the first blank disk. Make sure the write-protect window is open on the START disk at all times to insure that you don't accidentally erase the disk.

Note: If you are unsure how to format a disk, copy a disk or copy individual files, please refer to your original Atari ST or Mega manual and study these procedures carefully before going on.

After you've copied your original START disk, store it in a safe place and label the copy disk "START Backup."

Now, put your START Backup disk in Drive A of your computer and double-click on the Drive A icon to see the disk's contents.

Un-ARCing the Files

To use START's compressed disk files, please follow these steps:

1. Copy the ARCed file you wish to use and the program ARCX.TTP from your START Backup disk onto your second blank formatted disk. When you're finished, label it UN-ARC disk.


2. Now you'll extract the compressed files from the ARC file you just copied. Insert your UN-ARC disk into Drive A and press the Escape key on your ST to see the disk directory. Double-click on ARCX.TTP. The following dialog box will appear:

3. Type in the name of the ARC file you just copied over to your UN-ARC disk as shown in the example below .and press Return. You do not have to type in the extender.ARC.


(Note: If ARCXTTP can't find a file, it may be because you have misspelled the name of the ARC file. You must type the filename exactly as it appears in the directory.)

4. As the program runs, it will display the names of the individual files as it extracts them, similar to the example below


When ARC has successfully extracted all the files, it will return to the Desktop and you will see the original files within the directory window, along with the archive file and the ARCX.TTP program. You may now use any of the START files as you wish; just follow the instructions in the appropriate article in this issue.

To use any other archive files on your START disk, simply repeat the above procedures.


In addition to the runnable programs, some ARC files may also contain source code listings or an ASCII text file (called BREAKDWN.TXT, for example) which describes the program's structure. You can examine this file from the ST Desktop by double-clicking on its icon and then clicking on Show (to see it on the monitor) or Print (to print it out) as shown in the example below.

ST Writer 3.0--No Foolin'!

This issue START is happy to feature ST Writer Elite version 3.0.

On your START disk in three languages--German, Spanish and English. Un-ARC either GERMSTW.ARC, SPANSTW.ARC or STWRITER.ARC for your fast-paced writing needs. The complete ST Writer manual (in English only) is in the file STWMAN.ARC in ASCII format so you won't have any trouble getting the program running. As with previous versions of ST Writer and ST Writer Elite, you may distribute this program freely.

Be sure to set some time aside this month to play Poker Solitaire by Carolyn Rogers. This is the first program START has ever published in Modula 2, so if you've been curious about this language be sure to take a look at the source code. File POKER.ARC; runs in medium resolution.

Dave Small beats his own speed record this month with Partcopy. Move a megabyte of hard drive data in just four seconds to another section of the drive or to a second hard drive for backup. This is an extremely powerful tool, so be sure to read the article thoroughly before running it. If you have any doubts as to how this program works or what it does then don'trun it--you could lose important files on your hard drive. File PARTCOPY.ARC; runs in medium or high resolution.

If you have read this issue's Getting Started column and decided a RAM disk is just what you need, you're in luck! On disk is RAM Baby, a public domain desk accessory by Randy Mears of Intersect Software. RAM Baby is a combination RAM disk and print spooler. The complete documentation is also on your START disk; file RAMBABY.ARC.