readmeNT.txt Driver File Contents (ppm.exe)

              Compaq Microcom APT Modem Driver
                       Version 5.01

                       READMENT.TXT

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PARALLEL MODEM DRIVER NOTES
===========================

This document contains important information about the Compaq Microcom 
APT Modem Driver (referred to as the APT Modem Driver) 
including the following topics:

  *  Product usage

  *  Operating systems supported by this release

  *  Copying files from the Modem Driver disks

  *  What else will be done by APT-NT.EXE

  *  Information not found in the User Guide

  *  Special instructions

  *  Known problems/issues in this release
  

PRODUCT USAGE
=============
This product is targeted for the Compaq Microcom APT modems 

- Compaq Microcom 510 56K Ext Fax Modem

- Compaq Microcom 520 56K PC Card Fax


OPERATING SYSTEMS SUPPORTED BY THIS RELEASE
===========================================

This version of the APT Modem Driver is supported under the 
following operating system:

  *  Windows NT 3.51
  *  Windows NT 4.0


COPYING FILES FROM THE MODEM DRIVER DISKS
=========================================

All of the files on the Modem Driver installation disk used for a 
Windows NT installation are compressed to one file named APT-NT.EXE. 
Setup expands the compressed files as they are copied onto your
hard disk. 
These files are:

- Locale.Exe            Localization utility.
- Locale.Lst            Localization utility support file.
- Firmup.Exe            Firmware update utility.
- Mcmeter.Dll           Firmware update utility support file.
- Mwatch32.Exe          Status monitor utility.
- Mwatch.Hlp            Status monitor help file.
- UnWise.Exe            Deinstallation program.

- Ctl3d.Dll             Windows application support file.
- Apt-Nt.Cpl            Modem control applet.
- Ppm.Sys               Windows NT modem driver.


WHAT ELSE WILL BE DONE BY APT-NT.EXE
===================================

After the installation you will find a program group called 'Parallel Modem' 
added to your Start menu. This group contains several shortcuts:

- ReadMe File                   this file
- APT Modem                     COM port mapping applet
- Firmware Update               Firmware update utility
- Locale                        Localization utility 
- modemWATCH                    Monitor utility
- Uninstall Parallel Modem      Deinstall program


In case you have connected the external modem to a parallel port, a driver 
file is copied and placed in the registry as a new service. 
The default mapping for the APT driver is: LPT1 and COM3. 
If you want to change your initial settings after you have left the installation, 
use the 'APT Modem' applet from the program group or in the control panel. 

(You will have to reboot your system after the installation is complete, 
so that the service is started!)


INFORMATION NOT FOUND IN THE USER GUIDE
=======================================

Using Microphone II with the Parallel Port
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     If you are using Software Ventures' Microphone II or
     Microphone Pro, Compaq Microcom recommends that you set the 
     baud rate for a redirected COM port to 19200 or below. The
     reason for this is in a ZMODEM file transfer, Microphone
     uses the baud rate as a means of determining when specific
     portions of a file should be retransmitted. It is possible
     to see a number of retries during a transmission which are
     due to Microphone expecting data before it is present.
     Reducing the baud rate reduces these occurrences without
     affecting file transfer throughput.


Some Applications Report a Hardware Not Present Error
-----------------------------------------------------
     Some applications report an error that hardware is not present 
     if a redirected COM port is open, but the APT Modem to be used 
     by the COM port is not powered on. Powering on the APT Modem 
     and re-opening the COM port solves this problem.


SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS
====================
FarPoint F/Port EPP Board
   Instructions for use of the FarPoint Communications F/Port EPP board for 
   the PC:
      1. Follow board installation instructions in the F/Port manual.
      2. Run the FPCONFIG program with the FPORT argument to configure the 
         board as an 8-bit bi-directional parallel port.  Do not configure the 
         board as an EPP, as this mode is not supported in the current release 
         of PPM.DRV.
      3. Assign the F/Port to one of the standard LPT1, LPT2, or LPT3 device 
         names.


KNOWN PROBLEMS/ISSUES IN THIS RELEASE
=====================================
The following are the known problems with this release:
   1. On the NEC Versa using Card & Socket services as supplied by NEC (not 
      updated from SystemSoft), the Compaq Microcom 520 56K PC Card Fax is not 
      completely recognized as a modem.  
      The result is that the APT Modem applet lists the modem as available, 
      but the driver cannot communicate with it in parallel mode.  Removing 
      Card & Socket services allows the driver to function correctly.  The 
      problem is related to the type of PCMCIA Configuration Manager shipped 
      with the Versa.  Updating the CS/SS to a later revision should eliminate 
      the problem. This often applies to other machines as well. When in doubt, 
      get and use the latest CS/SS available.
   2. After running the Automatic (Default) Uninstall Utility, the APT Modem 
      icon still appears in the Control Panels because the file APT-NT.CPL 
      (System File) does not get removed during the Automatic Uninstallation.


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