Save & Load Multiple Configurations (and Easily Switch Between Serial Devices)

Chris DavisSetup

Did you know you can save different configurations and access them at power-up? It's true, and it's much easier than always going into the configuration menu.

Requirements:
Terminal software (Putty is highly recommended.)
  • First, you do need to go into the configuration menu, so connect through your favorite teminal software, then raise the Stop and AUX1 switches. You will see the configuration menu:
  • Change whatever settings you’d like, but most likely you are going to set the host serial output by pressing “s” (lowercase).
  • Select the default serial port by pressing “P” (uppercase) until you have selected the port you want.
  • Press “x” to exit to the main menu (you do not need to apply the settings.)
  • Press “S” (uppercase) to save the configuration, and give it a number (not zero).
  • You can exit, or create and save more configurations.  Some things you may want to save (other than serial ports) are:
    Throttle delay
    Disks or Hard Drives loaded
    Memory available
    Printers
    Aux1 shortcuts
    …and more!

From now on, you will be able to start your Altair-Duino with your desired configuration by setting the data switches to the configuration number (eg. “0011” for configuration number 3) then hold the Deposit switch up while powering on the Altair-Duino.

If you have an SD card inserted, these will save to STORAGE.DAT on the SD card.  If you put in a different SD card, your saved configurations will not be available (unless you manually copy STORAGE.DAT).