Where, or where is the updated CAD Commander 2.5 Documentation? I've looked on the website and cannot find it.
PCS has delayed releasing the new version of the documentation while we attempt to include more information based on what customers have been asking us. Watch for the announcement that will be placed on the PCS Welcome page when the documentation is available.
Sometimes when I drag a WPS object onto the CAD Commander Control Panel, nothing seems to happen, or sometimes a program is added but it doesn't have its normal icon. What's going on and how can I add that object (program) to my hotkey list?
On some systems, generally those that have upgraded the Warp from previous versions of OS/2 (from 2.x to 3.x, from 3.x to 4.x) sometimes the WPS fails to properly complete the required handshaking between the Control Panel and the WPS. This means that the Control Panel cannot add the program to the hotkey list or that sometimes it must use a generic icon for the program object.
One solution that does work is to open up the "Properties" (or "Settings" under Warp 3.x), add a space to the program path or title so that the WPS is forced to resave the object. This then puts the object in a good format that the Control Panel can process properly.
Icons for the hotkey list are stored in the \CADCMDR directory in the files "CCSLnnn.ICO" (where nnn is a number between 000 and 030). These icon files can be edited when the Status Line is not running using the OS/2 Icon Editor (and you can stop the Status Line by using its popup menu, then choosing Status Line options, then Close). This means that you can customize the appearance of the icons or replace the contents of the icons with whatever you like.
PCS is still researching this WPS handshake problem.
I just upgraded to CAD Commander 2.5 but all of the online documentation says CAD Commander 2.0. Is there newer documentation available?
New documentation for CAD Commander 2.5 will be made available late January 1998. In the mean time, please feel reassured that online help for the new items in CAD Commander 2.5 is only a press of F1 away. The help explains how to use the new features and will make some things clearer.
Sometimes when I select an application to "Kill" (terminate) it refuses to end? What can I do about it?
Due to a limitation in OS/2 Warp before the fixpack 17 level some applications just cannot be killed. Beginning with Ctrl-Alt-Del Commander 1.5 we are took advantage of a new feature in Fixpack 17 which should allow the Ctrl-Alt-Del Commander to terminate any hung program.
How can I disable the Ctrl-Alt-Del Commander after installing it?
To disable the Ctrl-Alt-Del Commander 1.4 or earlier edit your CONFIG.SYS using the OS/2 System Editor (E.EXE). REM out the line containing the PROTSHELL=x:\CADCMDR\CADCMDR.EXE /DIR=x:\CADCMDR. Then unremark the original PROTSHELL=x:\OS2\PMSHELL.EXE statement.
Next, enter your \OS2\BOOT directory. You should find a file called KBDBASE.001. Rename the current KBDBASE.SYS to KBDBASE.CAD. Then rename KBDBASE.001 to KBDBASE.SYS.
Once both of these changes have been made shutdown and reboot your system. The Ctrl-Alt-Del Commander will be completely disabled.
I've seen that the latest version of Ctrl-Alt-Del Commander is newer than my version, yet every time I boot OS/2 the Ctrl-Alt-Del Commander Update program says its up to date? Whats the deal?
The update program called from your CONFIG.SYS is a simple utility that is intended only as a means of installing updated files created during the Ctrl-Alt-Del Commander patching process. This means that unless you have downloaded and applied a patch from PCS this program will always think it has the latest version of the Ctrl-Alt-Del Commander installed. You will see it says that it is updating certain files if you reboot after applying a Ctrl-Alt-Del Commander patch.
How can I make my DOS fullscreen games or other applications perform as well under OS/2 as under DOS?
The Ctrl-Alt-Del Commander lets you modify the priorities of applications so that you can make your DOS games run nearly as well under OS/2 as under DOS. To enhance non-multimedia games simply do the following:
- Open a DOS fullscreen session (going to the command prompt or using a batch file to pause the activation of the game) with the DOS settings adjusted to match those of your favorite game.
- Activate Ctrl-Alt-Del Commander (be sure the video display is still in text mode at your DOS Fullscreen command prompt).
- Use the "Application, Set priority" option and set the priority to "Time-Critical" and the level to 31.
- Return to the application.
Your DOS game will now be using up nearly all of the CPU time available to OS/2 and run at nearly the maximum speed possible on your machine.
Warning: This will slow down all other applications running under OS/2 and may cause them to fail. Multimedia games requiring extensive access to a CD-ROM during gameplay may also see a performance decrease using this technique. For Multimedia games try setting the priority to Foreground-Server and a level of 15. We also recommend that you exit all other applications before running your game.
Why can't I adjust the priority of every application running in my system?
Some OS/2 applications cannot have their priority adjusted. Programs such as network daemons (programs that do not have a user interface and run in the background) and full screen applications started from full screen sessions cannot have the priority changed by the Ctrl-Alt-Del Commander. Only applications that are children of the Workplace Shell*** can have the priority changed. These include PM, WPS, OS/2 and DOS windowed programs, Window's programs, or any other program that was started from an icon or from an OS/2 Window's command prompt. PCS is currently working on overcoming this limitation.
Why is the only available language English? I though the Ctrl-Alt-Del Commander was supposed to support multiple languages?
It is PCS's intention to provide the appropriate files to enable Spanish, French, and German versions of the Ctrl-Alt-Del Commander. Unfortunately, we found it quite difficult to enable multiple languages in any version of CAD Commander prior to 2.5. We are currently working on the translation process for the French and German languages. A preliminary version of supporting Spanish is included with the 2.5 update. Watch the PCS web site for the availability announcement. Other languages may become available based on user requests. We apologize for the delays in our production of these add-ons that may have caused you some inconvenience.
What's going to be in future versions of the Ctrl-Alt-Del Commander?
While it is not PCS's intention to announce all of our plans for future products, we can tell you that we listen carefully to all of the comments, suggestions, and criticisms about out products.
You've mentioned newer versions than what I have several times - what's the upgrade cost to 1.5 from version 1.0, 1.1, 1.2, or 1.3 ?
For users who want to Upgrade from any 1.x version to the newer 2.x version, there is a $25.00 Upgrade fee. To upgrade now Click here!.
The $25 upgrade is a limited time offer and may be terminated without warning.
A special deal for all of our Ctrl-Alt-Del Commander 1.0, 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, and 1.4 customers who want to upgrade to version 1.5 - Free!
To upgrade to 2.5 from 2.0 - the cost is free!
Simply watch this web site for the updates and download it and apply it as per the instructions.
Can I influence what's in the future versions of the Ctrl-Alt-Del Commander?
Yes! We listen to all suggestions. We are always looking for new ideas and ways to improve our products. We do not ignore ANY suggestions. Just because we cannot necessarily implement every idea given to us does not mean we do not appreciate them. So, if there's something you think is missing - let us know!
* Ctrl-Alt-Del Commander and PCS are trademarks of Perez Computing Services.
** Object Desktop is a trademark of Stardock Systems.
*** IBM, OS/2, Warp, and Workplace Shell are trademarks of International Business Machines.
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