Sitatex V3.x


How do I reset the password to default?

You can use the SETPASS program for this. When Sitatex is loaded starting this program will cause the PC to reboot and come up in the SETPASS program. When you exit that program the machine will reboot again and the password should be set to default. Note that this procedure will change the password on the local machine but NOT in the MSS.


How do I copy messages from one machine to the other?

Create a folder on a shared drive on the LAN or a floppy disk. Then file the concerned message to that folder and you can read them on the other machine from the same folder.


How do I copy folders from machine to the other?

You can copy a folder from the DOS prompt or with the 'Duplicate folder' function in folder management.


When I look at the hard disk parameters I cannot find anything like Cylinders.

With the coming of DOS 4 Microsoft stopped using cylinders and changed everything to Megabytes. That doesn't help you much when you need to configure Sitatex V3 but there is a trick to find out the proper cylinder numbers. Issuing the command UNFORMAT /L /PARTN
will give something like the following output:

Hard Disk Partition Table display. Drive # 80h has 1000 cylinders, 15 heads, 17 sectors (from BIOS).
The following table is from drive 80h, cylinder 0, head 0, sector 1:
TypeBytesSectorsCylHeadSectorCylHeadSector
Hugeboot120M2458000119631417

This trick does not work on all DOS versions but there is another (more complicated) way of finding out. Say you are using a 100-MB hard disk and have set aside 5Mb for the background partition. If you enter the installation program you can see the size of one cylinder there. Making a calculation of the 5Mb divided by the size of one cylinder you can calculate the amount of cylinders available for Sitatex.


Can I use the LAN and the dialup version at the same time?

Yes, in order for it to function correctly you have to install and configure both versions on the local hard disk. If you configure both of them there will be config file for both and you can activate the requested version by typing either SWITCH PSTN or SWITCH LAN.


My existing station can receive but not send messages.

This can happen when a message gets stuck in the output queue. Of course something like this should not happen but it does every now and then. You can check this with a utility delivered with Sitatex. In older version it is called HOW and in newer versions it is part of the STI program. If you run this you will see something like this:

XSDISK PARTITION INFORMATION
NbrTypeZone ContentsWaiting MsgsFreeSize
01System Information0010
10Receive Message Queue000620062
20Send QU Message Queue000120012
30Send QN Message Queue300010012
40Send QD Message Queue000120012
50Send Document Queue002560256
60Receive Document Queue002560256
70Special Receive Queue002560256
8Unused Entry
9Unused Entry
AUnused Entry
BUnused Entry
CUnused Entry
DUnused Entry
EUnused Entry
FUnused Entry

In above example you can see 3 messages waiting in the QN send queue. If for whatever reason the first message to be sent is corrupted you can keep on adding messages to the queue by normally sending them but they will never leave the system since that is still having problems with the first (corrupted) message. If you leave this situation and continue to work the queue eventually will be completely full and the system will cease to work at all.

The only way to get rid of this is by deleting the messages from the queue. This can be done in two ways:

1 - By re-creating the background partition i.e. by going into the install program and modifying the cylinder parameters which will cause the system to cleanly re-write the queues. This will get the system to work again BUT YOU WILL LOOSE ALL MESSAGES in the queues.

2 - By using DELSND. In older versions of Sitatex this program can be found as a standalone program (same as HOW). In newer versions it is a part of the STI program. With this program you can copy all messages from the output queue into a file from which they can later be resent. This might not completely solve the problem and you may have to revert to option 1 but at least you will not loose the messages, which were in the queue.


Can I run Sitatex under Windows 95/98/NT?

Sitatex V3 can run under Windows 95 and Windows 98 although a lot of people will strongly advise against it. Main reason against it is that a frequent loss of the configuration is observed when running it under Windows, which makes it necessary to reconfigure regularly. A synchronous version cannot run under Windows NT as the persyst card is not recognized by this operating system.

To install V3 under WIN95/98 you can follow these steps:

A - Create the background partition before installing Windows. This can be done by either partitioning the disk or by using STX_DISK to create a fake partition. If using a fake partition run Scandisk from the GUI and then do a complete defrag to make sure that continuous sectors are free at the end of the disk.

B - Restart the system in DOS mode (reboot/F8/Command Prompt only)

C - Use the command "lock c:". This is to inform WIN95 that you are going to use commands that access disk directly. If you omit them the system will lock and request reboot when trying the following steps.

D - From the STX directory run the install program and insert all needed details.

E - Use the command "unlock c:". This is to invert step c.

F - Reboot the system and let is start normally.

This should conclude the installation. You don't have to load XSDISK, TSYNC/TPSTN etc from the AUTOEXEC.BAT, just open a DOS session from WIN95 and load the needed modules.


STX-DISK always crashes on my machine.

STX_DISK is a simple program which functioning depends on whether the disk is completely defragmented or not. It's functioning is simple, it works or it works not. If it works you can create the fake background partition. If it does not work you can ask yourself if you completely defragmented the drive. If you did defragment and it does not work you can stop trying, it will not work. If you did not defragment completely, do so and try again.


From the top menu you can access the different functions of Sitatex like sending messages, documents and forms
With F1 you go to the message manager
In the message manager you can reacht the specific options by pressing F4
With F6 you go to the document manager
With F8 you go to the Form manager


There are a number of different versions, each with another way of communicating with the SITA network. The main user interface is the same for all versions but the installation programs are all different to reflect the different settings per connection type.
They are:
Synchronous (P1024C)
A-Synchronous (TTY)
PSTN (asynchronous dial-up (NOTE: THIS IS NOT X28!!!))
LAN gateway
Partyline Master
Partyline Slave
MSL (Asynchronous Multi-Station-Line)
Asynchronous Leased Line