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The G-Force comes with a 72 page wire-bound manual and miscellaneous
supplemental files on disk. The quality of the manual (printing, binding)
is above average compared to other hardware products I've seen and sits
open nicely for reference. There are a number of tables and illustrations
which make things easier to understand. The disk is a bit more polished
than previous GVP software and includes two hard disk prepping programs.
FastPrep for novice users and ExpertPrep for (obviously) Expert users.
The manual tells you a lot about basics and what you need to know to get
the board working; beyond that, details are sparse. It lists MANY jumpers
simply as "reserved" and tells you to how they should be set. This is very
bad. I tried two different cards and both of them were shipped with the
same jumper in the opposite position as listed in the manual. Since both
boards were shipped this way, I am unsure of which way is correct. It
would be nice if I could call them and ask which way it should be. As it
is I have to prepare a fax and hope that it gets someone who knows what's
going on. If the function was listed, it might not be any trouble at all.
The documentation is written for beginners and spends a good deal of time
explaining what a jumper block looks like, how to find pin one on a jumper
block, what "open" and "closed" means, etc. If you are not familiar with
the insides of a computer, I would suggest reading it even if you are going
to have someone else install the board for you. It's interesting to read.
Sadly, the manual leaves out details about more advanced issues that you
must pursue elsewhere, and does not contain any developer information that
is necessary for development of Amiga versions of UNIX. Also, I could find
no reference to setting tooltypes in the various programs even though a
number of features are accessable by those means.