Preserving Compaq DOS Keyboard Click Feature (76207)

The information in this article applies to:
    Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 5.0
    Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 5.0a
    Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 6.0
    Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 6.2
    Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 6.21
    Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 6.22

This article was previously published under Q76207


The Compaq DOS keyboard click feature can be retained in MS-DOS 5.0 or later by using the old Compaq MODE command with the MS-DOS SETVER command.


To incorporate the Compaq keyboard click feature, copy MODE.COM from the previous version of Compaq DOS to your hard drive.

Before copying the file to your DOS subdirectory, rename it to distinguish it from the MS-DOS 5.0 or later version of MODE.COM. For example, MODE41.COM or MODE33.COM, for versions 4.01 or 3.3 respectively.

After copying and renaming the file, use the SETVER command to update the version of DOS reported to MODEXX.COM. See page 561 in the version 5.0 "Microsoft MS-DOS User's Guide and Reference" for more information about the SETVER command.

You must also change the AUTOEXEC.BAT file to reflect the new filename. For example, the new line will read:

MODE41 CLI = n

The above line in the AUTOEXEC.BAT file sets the duration of the keyboard click tone. Valid values for "n" are from 0 to 127. If you set n=0, there is no sound. The higher the number, the louder the click.

The MODE CLI = n feature is specific to Compaq DOS.

Modification Type: Major Last Reviewed: 5/10/2003
Keywords: KB76207