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Author:  classics [ Fri Aug 27, 2010 4:45 pm ]
Post subject:  Narrow display menu software.

Apparently on some televisions/monitors the leftmost and rightmost characters in 32 character display mode are not visible.

Here is a test version of the menu software that restricts itself to using only the center 30 columns of the screen to display filenames, options and other text.

To use this, just replace the cvsdos.sto file in the /Coleco directory on your card with the one in this archive, then restart the Colecovision.

If you try out this version, please post and let me know how it works for you. If you can get a screenshot or movie of the new display output that would also be helpful. :)



Author:  eightbit [ Tue Aug 31, 2010 9:27 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Narrow display menu software.

I'm going to test this now and get back to you, because I have had the issue on multiple TV sets (RCA Colortrak, Toshiba, Manavox) and I will let you know how it works out. Thanks Steve!

Author:  Madaracs [ Sun Sep 05, 2010 10:49 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Narrow display menu software.

I had real trouble registering on the site... The Captcha is way over the top and the website hung several times...

**Update** Everything is fine now. For some reason I couldn't download the file but I was finally was able to download and install the new menu file. It fixed my issue. Thank you!

Author:  Rolo [ Fri Jun 03, 2011 2:44 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Narrow display menu software.

Also had problems with the first column on my tv-set. The modified version of "cvssto.dos" is working great. Only problem: my instructions.txt-files did not fit in properly any more. Used a simple perl script which runs through current dir and uses the unix command "fold" to reformat all *.txt-files to 30 columns (new name *.30c). *.30c-files must be renamed to *.txt again on the sd-card (\Coleco\Manuals\...), of course. Now it's looking fine.

#!/usr/bin/perl -w
#on current dir
opendir(DIR, $dirname) or die "can't opendir $dirname: $!";
while (defined($file = readdir(DIR)))
next if $file =~ /^\.\.?$/; # skip . and .. # ...
next if $file =~ /.tmp/; # skip *.tmp-files
next if $file =~ /.pl/; # skip *.pl-files
next if $file =~ /.30c/; # skip *.30c-files
print $file." \t\t- ";
open(MYINPUTFILE, "<$file"); # open for input
$file =~ s/.txt//; # strip extender
open(MYOUTPUTFILE, ">$file.tmp"); # open for output
my(@lines) = <MYINPUTFILE>; # read file into list
my $lines = join("",@lines);
print 'substituting'." -- "; #remove carriage return & linefeed
$lines =~ s/\b\r\n/ /sg;
print MYOUTPUTFILE $lines;
$file =~ s/\'/\\\'/sg; #mask apostrophe
$file =~ s/\ /\\\ /sg; #mask blank
print 'folding to 30 columns'." -- ";
my $cmdstring = 'cat '.$file.'.tmp | fold -s -w30 > '.$file.'.30c';
print $cmdstring." -- ";
print 'deleting tmpfile'."\n";
system('rm '.$file.'.tmp');

Author:  meka [ Thu Jul 28, 2011 3:32 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Narrow display menu software.

Just changed the files, and it works :)

Author:  ChuckH [ Tue Nov 15, 2011 9:36 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Narrow display menu software.

meka wrote:
Just changed the files, and it works :)

This seems a little beyond me. I have the narrow display menu software and my manuals do not fit correctly now. Could someone format them correctly please. I got the manuals as a zip file from the Beeslife website:
Thanks for any help.

Author:  JihemB [ Sat Nov 10, 2012 3:40 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Narrow display menu software.

Hi !

Perhaps I'm a little bit too late : It work fine on a european (french) PAL/SECAM television too.


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