This OSTA specification recognizes the importance of having future CD-ROM readers capable of reading a wide variety of CD-based media. MultiRead CD-ROM drives, for instance, will be able to read newer CD-RW media as well as CD-R and CD-ROM. This same concept will be applied to future generation DVD readers so that they too can read today's audio CD, CD-ROM, CD-R and CD-RW discs. MultiRead CD-ROM devices will not be able to read DVD-ROM or DVD-RAM discs, however.
This CD Disc was created to be
Bootable with Win98 SE as the Boot O/S. This Disc was NOT Auto Play
configured. We expect to make our next Disc as such.
This Disc consists of helper applications, tech notes and testing utilities. We have lots of room for growth. Our purpose and intent was to maximize the "How To Build Or Buy A PC" Special Interest Group experience! Enjoy! We were also using this Disc as a test bed for verifying CDR/CD-RW drive compatibility. In a nutshell, we were pleased with our results. Thanks to all who participated in making this effort successful!
Ar40eng.exe (Acrobat 4 Reader. Helper app for reading pdf files.)
Aureal is currently toast! If you need those drivers for Win98SE, we have them. Drivers too big to D/L! Aureal assets were purchased by Singapore Company Creative Labs.
Aureal Vortex AU8830
chipset Windows 9x driver version 4.06.2035 & A3D 2.0 Wavetracing
Test Applet. See readme files. Includes V2pcisup.zip of V2_PCI_Super.pdf
(Hardware accelerated A3D 2.0 positional 3D audio with Vortex2 SuperQuad Digital PCI). Their future is currently up in the air.
Includes docs pertaining to
CD-ROM technologies, performance, product specs. And testing
utilities. Two Most important:
Eltorito.txt Phoenix Technologies "El Torito CD-ROM" Boot Spec Notes (What youll see on your screen as a Bootable CD does its thing.)
CD Rom Info.txt
Also see Cdtest~1 = CD Test Index.txt & programmers notes read txt files 34.txt (read sectors directly from compact discs & and read caching to optimize access) and following&ldots;
13.txt = DOCUMENT:Q137813 05-MAR-1999 [win32sdk]
The Windows 9x Compact Disc
File System (CDFS) is a protected-mode CD-ROM driver implementing
V86-mode MSCDEX Interrupt 2Fh functions as its sole
application-callable interface. This interface allows it to replace
real-mode CD-ROM drivers and MSCDEX.EXE and still be completely
compatible with existing applications for MS-DOS and Windows 3.x.
Applications for MS-DOS and Windows 3.x will not be able to tell the
difference between CDFS and MSCDEX.EXE.
Windows 9x provides an interface for Win32 applications to read sectors from compact discs. This interface differs substantially from that provided by Windows NT. While Win32 applications on Windows NT use CreateFile() and ReadFile() to read sectors from compact discs, Win32 applications running on Windows 9x must use an indirect method that involves thunking to a 16-bit DLL that calls MSCDEX Int 2Fh functions.
Because the MSCDEX interface is callable only in V86-mode, Win32 applications must thunk to a 16-bit DLL, and the 16-bit DLL must use the DOS Protected Mode Interface (DPMI) Simulate Real Mode Interrupt function to call its functions. The Win32 application must pass a buffer to the 16- bit DLL. Inside the thunk, the 16-bit DLL obtains the sector data from MSCDEX, copies it into the Win32 application's buffer, and returns to the Win32 application.
Copyright Microsoft Corporation 1999.
Enough already? Important stuff! What this means to the old DOS user: In Win9x, you do not use MSCDEX as long as your booting into the O/S; No DOS driver. Win9x has its own driver. If booting to DOS, different story.
In Device Manager, as long as Win9x can "see" the controller it will see whats attached to the controller! No controller, hence, no CD drive either! Understand the concept and youll better understand other potential problems in your PC like chipset drivers and the like! If Win 9x does not understand your chipset, it cannot see your controller and so on down the line. Chipsets rule!
Shareware Discp404.exe app for playing and cataloguing your CD collection which works with CDDB. Also created html for your album collection.
Visual Basic App used for SIG Drawings. Courtesy of Moe Jones, Windows SIG Leader. Includes Doorpr02.exe & Vbrun300.dll. Some like it better than using a dollar bill @ random to choose drawing winners. What ever works!
Ctcal15.zip = CT CALENDAR V1.5 (Shareware)
Digital Audio Technologies,
Tools & Testing apps.
Digital Audio demands high performance PCs. Does your PC have the muscle to handle Digital Audio Technology Requirements? A few apps to wet your appetite! See if you measure up.
Pci.exe ver 2.7, PCI
Device Summary by Intels PCD Systems Engineering. Know your PCI
without removing the lid?
Does everybody in your PC behave and play fair?
Install.exe, Echo Reporter formerly www.event1.com or Echo...
Gram412.zip, Spectrogram v4.12, a dual channel audio spectrum analyzer for Win95. Can provide either a scrolling time-frequency display or a spectrum analyzer scope display in real time for any sound source connected to your sound card. Ideal for any purpose related to sound spectrum analysis.
Lab432.zip, Sound Technology Spectrum Analyzer. www.soundtechnology.com
Torecord: Audio Recorder
Total Recorder 2.1 by High Criteria. So how do you capture those elusive sounds your hear on your PC yet do not seem to be able to record? If you can hear it, you can record it! One of Microsofts favorite apps! Register Total Recorder. Version 3.1 is out!
This ones a keeper!
Vsc55t.zip, Roland Sound Canvas soft synth module. Do not use if you have a great sound card. After the newness wears off, becomes a nuisance.
Chipset.zip = Chipset.exe, Identifies Device & Vendor IDs as well as chipset info. Somewhat useful in a pinch. DOS app. (Typical info: 82371AB(PIIX4) : PCI IDE/ISA Accelerator) App needs updating.
Dskbench: - http://www.sesa.es/
DskBench v2.12 disk benchmark program specially written to measure disk performance for massive multi-file applications like multitrack digital audio programs. It measures reliably SUSTAINED TRANSFER RATE, as well as transfer rate during multi-file reads using several block sizes. Now, it also measures the CPU utilization during all disk operations. Run DskBench from a DOS box under Windows.
Corporation Digital Video Tools&ldots;
Use pciview.exe to check your computer configuration! Pciview.exe must be run from the DOS prompt. RexFx Screen Saver and dvrex_v4.pdf (DVRex - M1: complete DV digital video editing system. Significance: Uses Sony DV-BK1 hardware DV CODEC. Real-time audio and video capture and output through I-Link digital (IEEE-1394) or standard analog connectors.).
http://members.aol.com/GreggBraun/HomePage.htm - Link no longer valid!
FontShow.zip, useful for viewing the True Type fonts installed on your system (Freeware).
Go!zilla (Suggest installing a Firewall after installing this. You may have unwanted visitors probing your PC! See: Gibson Research) Gozilla.zip
Hyptrm.zip, for Win9x users. Adds functionality to included Windows terminal program for BBS users. Supports Z file transfers.
A goldmine of resource tools! Acpi-spc, Atx-spec, Bapco (Tests), Chipsets (Bus Master Utilities pdf. Has historical interests.), Cpu_id (For PIII owners), Cpuinfo (Resellers Testing Info), Freq-id, Proc_id, Savr-scr, Sdram (PDF Specs), Usb_chec (Usbready.exe, Does your USB function properly?), Intelp~1 (Intel Play Logo).
LessonMaker Bible Study Software Sample.
Logos Bible Study Software Sample.
Matrox G400 pdf files and tools.
Acpi (ACPI Driver Interface Design Notes, Specs and Utilities), Medplay (Mpfull.exe, Media Player).
Cp32e46.exe, Netscape Communicator 4.6. Yes, Houston we had a problem. Now @ 4.72?
Ps171.zip, Password Safe.
PC Design Guide specs = Pc98, Pc99 and Pc200103.zip (doc files).
Prnapp70.zip, Printer's Apprentice 7.0. The best! www.LoseYourMind.com
Apple Quicktime plug-in.
Dimm_id.exe, Runs in DOS Box. Test your Ram for PC 100 SDRAMS. Does it work with PC 133 Ram? Good question, let us know your results!
Shepherd 2.5 from Chaintech. Can be used for Promise RAID motherboard. Read documentation before using! Promise RAID MB ft440bx = Chaintech 6BTR MB (No Bios Updates for ACPI compliance as of 9-20-99.) Very Intel chipset specific. www.Promise.com/ | www.Chaintech.com.tw/QUESTION/PII_CPU.htm
Does your sound card use sound font technology?
Sflib.zip = SoundFont Librarian, for use with Creative Labs products. Check web for more current version.
Test you Iomega products with these apps: Id.zip & Tip.exe. See: Gibson Research
Win9x Desktop Themes.
Favorite.zip, used in the compilation of this CD-ROM Disc.
File Defragmentation app available @ that time. See web for current
Anti-Virus shareware apps. Suggest going to McAfee for latest. Also get their downloader helper app from Netzip (NetZip Download Demon).
Dlgt21.exe, Western Digital Diagnostics for WDC Drives. DOS apps.
Repw202.zip & Winima40.zip, The Disk Image Management Utility used for creating exact floppy disk images. Works with DMF Disks. Courtesy of Moe Jones, Windows SIG Leader, HAL-PC. www.winimage.com
Relevant when this disc was conceived. Interesting from historical perspective.
Y2k.txt: AllClear 2000 Pro 2.6c - ac2000x.exe, SecureNet Technologies - y2kdiag.zip, year2000.exe and Nstl Y2000.exe. Does your PC still work? ;)
Set your PC clock with Atomic clock on net. Copy to Desktop. Requires Net Connection to activate! Go figure!
Midi & Wav files to test your PC Audio quality.
Bootcat.bin, Bootimg.bin Hidden files for Bootable CD Technology (introduced by Phoenix Technologies.) For your PC to make use of this CD requires M/B with CD Boot Bios options and Multi-Read CD-ROM drive (capable of reading CD-R Discs). Notice file names have 8.3 character naming conventions to allow any O/S to read the Disc.
This disc was specifically
created for Win98 PCs. Our goal: Usage with the current predominate
shipping O/S. The initial masters required over 80 hours to compile
the data. We created 10 master CDs. 5 were created on a Smart &
Friendly Yamaha EIDE mechanism. The other 5 were created on a Plextor
PlexWriter 8/2/20 SCSI drive Wow!
From there, we enlisted the help of How To Build Or Buy A PC attendees to replicate. Our first offering consisted of 100 CDs.
Problems were minor. The technology just keeps getting better!
Core Test Benchmark Tool (DOS app. Only!)
Zip file, contains folder of same name. Includes Zip Drive Utilities: Backup.exe app & Win9x_iom113_en.exe self extracting drivers to enable full zip drive functionality. Notice difference in driver icons, once installed, which came from a CD vs. those from D/L.
Zip file, containing ADI,
Nokia and View Sonic Win 9x inf monitor files for proper recognition
You may need the following tools: www.winzip.com | www.adobe.com/acrobat/
Thanks to all who made this CD-ROM CD-R Disc possible!
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