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Volume 003, Number 056, 16 Mar 1999

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How-To List (was "Faq modification?") by Bryan Mason <bmason@xxxxxxxx>

From: Bryan Mason <bmason@xxxxxxxx>
Subject: How-To List (was "Faq modification?")
Date: Mon, 15 Mar 1999 09:19:36 -0800
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Hi all,

I think John's suggestion is great!  If anyone wants to write a "How To"
document, just e-mail it to me or the mailing list and I'll post it on a
new "How To" section of the Web site.  I will, of course, give each author
credit.  Topics that I can think of include:
- How to remove the hinge pins so the hing doesn't crack
- How to take the computer apart
- How to supply external power to the Poqet PC Classic/Prime
- How to hook up an interlink/interserver connection
and I'm sure there are others.  If anyone has suggestions for How-To
topics, send them to the mailing list -- I'll keep a "Suggestion Box" of
How-To topics that we all can address when we have the time.

I know there's been alot of "how to" information disseminated on this
mailing list, but it would be great to get it all into a single location
where it would be of use to everyone.  I looked at the Linux HOWTO area,
and I have to admit that the Linux format is probably too detailed for what
we need.  I think that the main sections of a Poqet How-To would include:
1) Title, Author's Name & E-Mail Address, Date 
2) Short Summary of What's Being Discussed
3) Detailed Description

If you all can just send me text files with that information, I'll turn it
into HTML and post it to the site.  

Also, If anyone has any "how to" information on the Poqet PC Plus, that
would be good, too (I'm probably going to add information on the Poqet PC
Plus during the next couple of months).

I think this will be a great area and will really help out all the Poqet
users out there!

-- Bryan

At 05:30 PM 2/27/99, John E. Hayes III wrote:


>I come from a linux background among other things and have thus been
>spoiled by community based documentation. Thus, I was thinking we might
>emulate this positive feature and generate some HOW-TO documents for the
>Poqet community. I think this would help folks out there new to the
>poqet. Steps that may seem obvious to long-term users may be confusing
>to newbies. If you aren't familiar with linux HOWTO documentation,
>please check out <http://www.linux.org/help/>. Best of all, there is
>even a HOWTO on how to write HOWTO's. 

Re: New user / Software Compatibility by Scott Kinder <rkinder@xxxxxxxx>

From: "Scott Kinder" <rkinder@xxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: New user / Software Compatibility
Date: Mon, 15 Mar 1999 16:04:00 -0500
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 Do these interrupts still occur when power mode is deactivated
with the Poqet-Key combination?

I'm having intermittent (lockup) problems with certain DOS programs and
turning this off seems to improve things, but then I'm suddenly
locked again.

Thanks for the info...

-----Original Message-----
From: Bryan Mason <bmason@xxxxxxxx>
To: poqetpc@xxxxxxxx <poqetpc@lists.best.com>
Date: Friday, March 12, 1999 10:05 PM
Subject: Re: New user / Software Compatibility

>If I remember correctly, older versions of PKWare products used the
>"string" assembly instructions of the 8086/88 to move data around.  The
>8086/88 had a problem where if an NMI occurred while these instructions
>were being executed, unexpected results could occur and the machine could
>lock up.
>That wasn't a problem on most IBM-PC/XT's and compatibles, because the NMI
>was used really only to signify parity errors.  If you got a parity error,
>the system would halt, so it wasn't a problem that the system would lock up
>if you were doing a string instruction and an NMI occurred because of a
>parity error.
>The problem was that the Poqet PC used NMIs extensively for its power
>management routines.  So the chances were pretty high that you would get an
>NMI during an execution of a string instruction in PKZip, PKUnzip, or
>I know that Poqet asked PKWare to change their code, and they stopped using
>the string instructions in PKLite -- I guess they also made the change in
>PKZip/PKUnzip as well.
>-- Bryan
>At 04:46 PM 3/9/99, Scott Kinder wrote:
>>PKUNZIP.EXE version 2.04g works perfectly on the Poqet!
>>I was using version 2.01 (don't know how I ended up with that
>>version!). This is one of the most popular compression/
>>decompression (pkzip/pkunzip) utilities around.
>>It can be found at http://www.pkware.com/
>>Thanks to Bill and Alain for setting me straight!

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