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A Disk-Management System Linking Portable Disk Drives and IBM PCs, XTs, ATs, or 100% Compatible Computers


LAPDOS bridges the gap between laptop and desktop computers. Now you can combine the portability and convenience of your Tandy, NEC or Olivetti laptop with the power and memory of your IBM PC or compatible computer.

Put LAPDOS in your desktop computer — and connect the computer to a portable disk drive — and you can easily exchange information between the two without having to resort to the arcane protocols that once were required. Copying files between your desktop computer ad your portable disk drive is now a matter of pressing a few keys.

As a general — purpose file — management utility, LAPDOS also allows you to rename, view, and delete files from both your laptop and desktop computers. LAPDOS supports subdirectories on desktop computers and formats disks for portable disk drives.

Included with LAPDOS is the Xchange option, with which you can exchange ThinkTank, SideKick, and WordStar files with those created with IDEA! and other programs on Traveling Software's multi-application chip, the Ultimate ROM II.

Because it can operate in background, as a RAM-resident utility, LAPDOS is always available. Not matter what program you may be using on your desktop computer at the moment, pressing two keys will take you out of the program and into LAPDOS. Pressing the same two keys will return you to the other program.

SECTION 1: Getting Started
• About This Book
• Conventions Used in this Book
• What You Need to Run LAPDOS
• Preparing to Use LAPDOS
• Connecting the Computer and Drive
• Preparing the Drive
• Staring LAPDOS
• On Hard Disk Systems
• On Floppy Disk Systems
• Having Problems?
• LAPDOS in Background
• Installing LAPDOS in Background
• Using LAPDOS in Background
• Removing LAPDOS from Background

SECTION 2: Using Lapdos
• The LAPDOS Screen
• LAPDOS Windows
• Moving the Bar Cursor
• Message line
• Command Line
• LAPDOS Commands
• Selecting Files
• Summary of LAPDOS Commands
• Copy
• Erase
• Format
• Goto
• Help
• Log
• Quit
• Rename
• Setup
• Unload
• View
• Wildcopy
• Xchange
• Switching Banks on the Tandy Portable Disk Drive
• Paging through MS-DOS File Directories
• Summary of LAPDOS Keys

SECTION 3: Setup Command
• Introduction
• Activating the Setup commands
• Alternative Method of Changing Setup Values
• Saving the Setup Values
• Baud
• About Baud Rates
• Colors
• Hotkey
• Originals
• Port
• Quit
• Record
• Snowplow

SECTION 4: Exchanging Data
• Introduction
• Using the Xchange Option
• Message Line
• Command Line
• Changing the Suggested Format
• More about Converting Files
• Exchanging Data between T-base and Other Programs
• From T-base to Other Programs
• From Other Programs to T-base

APPENDIX A: Problems and Error Messages
• Error Messages
• Problems in Running LAPDOS in Background

APPENDIX B: Lapdos and Autoexec.bat
• What to Include in AUTOEXEC.BAT
• Creating an AUTOEXEC.BAT File
• Modifying an AUTOEXEC.BAT File

APPENDIX C: Setting the Baud Rate

Section 1: Getting Started

Here in Section 1 you will find the information you need to get LAPDOS working. You will learn what you need to run the program, how to start it, and how to install and use it in background.

[Section 2, Using LAPDOS]
Contains most of the information you need to operate LAPDOS. Look her for —

[Section 3, Setup Command]
Explains the several commands available through the Setup command. Look her if you want to —

[Section 4, exchanging Data]
Details the use on the Xchange option, which allows you to take files created on either your desktop or laptop computer and convert them for use on the other computer. Look here to —

[Appendix A: Problems and Error Messages]
Lists in alphabetical order the error messages you may incur while using LAPDOS, describes their possible cases, and suggests remedies. Look here, too, if you encounter problems using LAPDOS in the background mode.

Tells you how to set up an AUTOEXEC.BAT file — or modify the one you have — to make LAPDOS easily accessible.

[Appendix C: Setting the Baud Rate]
Describes how to set the baud rate on the original Tandy Portable Disk Drive and on the Purple Computing Disk Drive.


Small boxes are used in this book to designate keys on your keyboard — for example, [L], [Esc], and the [left] arrow key.

Combinations of keys are shown like this: [Ctrl]-[Q]. To enter such a combination of keys, hold down the first key while pressing the second. When, for example, you read this sentence —

Press [Ctrl]-[Q] to abort this operation...

hold down the key on your keyboard labeled Ctrl and press the key labeled Q.

The key designated in this book as [ENTER] is variously labeled on computer keyboards. On some keyboards it is labeled 'Enter' or 'Return'. On others it is labeled as shown here. {Illustration} However it is labeled on your keyboard, press this key when instructed in this book to press [ENTER].

To designate what you will see on your screen and what you are to enter on your keyboard a distinct typeface is used. LAPDOS messages, for example, appear thus:

Done. Press any key

Instructions for what you are to enter appear thus: