TheFast Version 1.04
Screen Display Speed Up Utility […]
TheFast Version 1.04
Screen Display Speed Up Utility
COPYRIGHT (C) 1986,87
TheSoft Programming Services and Ian E. Davis
All rights reserved by TheSoft Programming Services
TheFast is a utility designed to do one thing; speed up the video
display. It has its roots from a program call Zeno, which
unfortunately doesn't work on the Tandy 1000. I therefore set
out to write my own solution to the problem of speeding up the
screen, with this the end result.
TheFast should be compatible with most any computer or program,
but obviously I can't claim it'll run everywhere. Try it, if it
works your screen writes will be between 200% to 500% faster.
The actual speed up depends on the application, and only benefits
those programs that use the Bios. Programs with internal video
routines or those that directly access the screen (ie: PC-Write
or TheDraw) won't be helped. However they are probably fast
TheFast uses around 380 bytes of memory and works by eliminating
any wait for video retrace. On some color screens it may cause
snow. Snow is harmless, but if you find it annoying TheFast can
easily be removed.
To load TheFast, just type THEFAST from the DOS prompt. A notice
will appearing indicating TheFast is installed. TheFast can only
be installed once, so you don't have to worry about it "stacking"
itself (such as Zeno does). Stacking is where a program will
allow itself to be installed multiple times. This could
dramatically slow down performance if done.
To remove TheFast, type THEFAST /K at the DOS prompt. Spacing
and case are unimportant. Make certain you have removed all
memory resident programs loaded after TheFast. Otherwise, you
will be left with a memory "hole" which might confuse Dos.
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TheFast Program History:
v1.00 10/19/86 - Initial Release.
v1.01 11/16/86 - Corrected glitch when writing to 40 column
v1.02 02/19/87 - Screen writes made faster by about 20%.
v1.03 05/08/87 - Routines used to detect presence of TheFast
v1.04 05/30/87 - Screen writes faster by about 2 to 4%. Also
fixed minor glitch with new detection code.
That is all there is to it. If you find TheFast to be useful, a
contribution of $5 or any amount would be greatly appreciated and
would help towards the development of more quality shareware.
Please send any checks and/or comments to:
TheSoft Programming Services
c/o Ian Davis
1929 Whitecliff Court
Walnut Creek, Ca, 94596
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