DOS For Dummies

DOS For Dummies

Dan Gookin

Language: English

Pages: 384

ISBN: 0764503618

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Windows may rule the world of popular computing on PCs around the globe, but DOS still has a place in the hearts and minds of computer users who vaguely remember what a C prompt looks like. Even if DOS (with all its arcane commands and its drab, boring look) isn't your idea of the best way to get things done on a PC, you'll find plenty of fast and friendly help on hand with the third edition of DOS For Dummies.

Here's a plain-speaking reference guide to all the command-line stuff and nonsense that makes DOS work, whether you're a native DOS user or are an occasional dabbler who needs the operating system to run all those cool games under Windows.

DOS For Dummies, 3rd Edition, avoids all the technical jargon to cut to the heart of things with clear, easy-to-understand explanations and step-by-step help for

  • Changing disks and drives
  • Dealing with the DOS prompt
  • Managing files
  • Running DOS inside Windows
  • Installing and running DOS-based software programs
  • Working with the printer and serial ports
  • Using the mouse and keyboard
  • Troubleshooting problems
  • Understanding DOS error messages

All the basic DOS commands, from APPEND to XCOPY, are demystified to make life in DOS much more bearable. This handy guide has plenty of helpful tips and tricks for bending DOS to your will, without having to dedicate your life (and all your free time) to mastering this little corner of the PC.

Author Dan Gookin's first edition of DOS For Dummies became an international best-seller. He considers himself a computer "guru" whose job it is to remind everyone that computers are not to be taken too seriously. His approach to computers is light and humorous, yet very informative. Gookin mixes his knowledge of computers with a unique, dry sense of humor that keeps you informed – and awake.

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Name. See the section “Name That File!,” in Chapter 19, for more information on renaming a file; the section “Renaming a File,” in Chapter 18, has the basic information on using the REN (rename) command. You can also use the shell to rename a subdirectory — which is something you cannot do at the DOS prompt. Simply highlight the directory name and then choose Rename from the File menu (as just described). Note that the same rules for renaming a file apply to a subdirectory. Viewing a.

Absolutely no intention of ever becoming a DOS wizard. You don’t want to learn anything. You don’t want to be bored by technical details or background fodder. All you need to know is that single answer to one tiny question, and then you want to close the book and be on with your life. This is the book you’re looking for. This book covers 100 percent of the things you do with your computer. All the common activities, the daily chores, and the painful things that go on with a computer are.

Information. PKZIP comes with a manual “on disk.” Check the file named MANUAL.DOC for more information. ZIP files don’t have to contain dozens of files. Sometimes, they contain only one file, though because the file is in an archive, it takes up less space on disk and is quicker to download than if it had not been compressed. No, ZIP files have nothing to do with disk compression and programs such as Stacker. Although the idea is the same, only one file is compressed, not a whole disk.

Phone. Log in. To identify yourself to the host computer. You log in by entering your name or a special nickname or ID number. Online. To be connected and chatting with another computer. Speed. See bps. Upload. To send a file from your computer to the host computer. XMODEM, YMODEM, ZMODEM, and so on. File transfer protocols; programs and files are typically sent from one computer to another by using XMODEM, YMODEM, ZMODEM, or a number of other methods for sending files without errors.

Option Erase Marked Records at various places in the system. Do not ever choose this option unless you know what you’re doing. This process really erases the records that are only pretending to be erased when they’re marked for deletion. After you choose this option, they are gone forever. If you ever press the Esc key one too many times and end up back at the blank screen with the dot, remember to type ASSIST to get back to the dBASE IV Control Center. If you get to this point and really.

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