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Reading from Diskette in Express

You can read either the show or the system configuration contents of a showfile, or you can read both together. See Appendix D Showfile, for a breakdown of what components are stored in each.

CAUTION: The information you read from diskette takes the place of whatever you had before the read in your console’s memory.102 If you want to keep the show and configuration settings currently in memory, write them to diskette before the read.

You may read from diskette in the middle of a performance, but you should wait until no fades are taking place. Any fades in progress are stopped during the read and resume when the read is complete. Fader and submaster outputs are maintained as the new show loads.

102 If you are using the Designer’s Worksheet option and your setup is different in the new show, a message will warn you.

Read show and configuration

Follow the procedure below to read both the show and the system configuration components at once.

Keystrokes: Actions:
1. Insert diskette in disk drive.  
2. Press [Setup]. Selects Setup display
3. Press [3], Disk Functions, [Enter]. Selects Diskette Functions menu
4. Press [5], Read All from Disk, [Enter]. Screen clears and Read All window appears
5. Press [Enter], or press [Clear] to cancel the operation. Message in record window appears and remains until read is complete:
From disk in progress.

Read show components only

Frequently you do not need to overwrite system configuration settings but only want a different showfile in console memory.

For that purpose, read show contents only into memory with the following procedure:

Keystrokes: Actions:
1. Insert diskette in disk drive.  
2. Press [Setup]. Selects Setup display
3. Press [3], Disk Functions, [Enter]. Selects Diskette Functions menu
4. Press [2], Read Show From Disk, [Enter]. Screen clears and Read Show window appears
5. Press [Enter], or press [Clear] to cancel the operation. Message in record window appears and remains until read is complete:
From disk in progress.

Read system configuration components only

Follow the procedure below if you want to restore your system configuration to one written previously to a diskette.103

Keystrokes: Actions:
1. Insert diskette in disk drive.  
2. Press [Setup]. Selects Setup display
3. Press [3], Disk Functions, [Enter] Selects Diskette Functions menu.
4. Press [3], Read System Configuration From Disk, [Enter] Screen clears and Read System
Parameters window appears.
5. Press [Enter], or press [Clear] to cancel the operation. Message in record window appears and remains until read is complete:
Read system configuration in progress.

103. System configuration information was not saved on diskette for shows recorded prior to version 3.03 software.

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