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Events / Thinkpads - OS/2 Anniversary
« on: October 15, 2017, 08:05:58 pm »
To celebrate these two Legendary efforts I prepare for something Special, stay tuned!  ;)

Events / Regarding: Lewis Rosenthal interview by Bryan Lunduke
« on: May 24, 2017, 02:04:44 pm »
While I like this interview very much I would like to suggest some aspects though, just to not have to high expectations from may be new/unskilled users :

- regarding DOS/WINOS2 Support on modern "Bare metal" Hardware: I would not be sure that These are working on all "Bare Metal" Hardware where ArcaOS can be installed on. My Observation is the other way round. Since the ..30 series of Lenovo (i.e. X230T, T450s) DOS (and therefore WINOS2) is prevented from running by Problems with the graphic Driver. The same goes for the Sony Vaio Pro 13. That meens mostly the Laptop Generations from 2012/2013 on.

- Sound ist still not supported on These devices as well -> it is possible to view HTML5 Youtube Videos, but without Sound.... I think These Problems started with Hardware newer then the 2010 Generations

I just would like to have this in mind once People are asking about the capabilities of the OS, so that those interested in might not be dissapointed.

My personal Point of view aobut ArcaOS5 (hopefully it can already be read between the lines of my other articels) is very (very!) Positive! It is a huge step Forward and I hope that - especially the Sound Problem - is targeted in the near Feature. I will try my best to spread the News! But I do not want to have demands expected by users, that can not be fullfilled (so far).

Yesterday I tried to install ARcaOS5 inside VM Player12. Everything went well until the System started to copy files.

My experience with other Installation was, that copying:

- using a full Installation stops in the second stage at 44% (on X200T, W700 Latops), while it goes through in Virtualbox...

- stops at 2% in the first stage in VM PLayer 12. At this Point there is usually a "Beep" in all installations I tried. The Beep occurs in VM Player as well, but the System then stops copying and the "beep" is repeated after a while for 3 or 4 times and then the System reboots.

-> Has anyone an idea what exactly the "Beep" at 2% means, what files are copied/installed at that stage? I tried different preboot choices, but None of them has gone pass this Point.

-> Can anyone reproduce the failure at 44% in case of a "Full Installation" (every box checked)?

Thanks in Advance!

What makes me wonder: inside VMPlayer the PrebootMenue recognizes a SCSI Controller.

Setup & Installation / ArcaOS5 - My personal experience
« on: May 18, 2017, 08:50:38 am »
I would like to Report my personal experiences with Arcaos5 right from the beginning.

Please note:

- These are my personal experiences, yours may and will differ
- These are my personal opinions, yours may and will differ
- English is not my mothertongue, so if something sounds harmfull for some People - this is not my Intention!
- I will avoid to use personal emotions, just writing Facts
- It is not my Intention to harm Arcanoae nor anyone else related to the ArcaOS Project!
- I am very happy that at least there IS a new OS/2 Distribution!
- I do have great respect for all those involved in this Project!
- My Intention is to give some Feedback, besides a bug tracker, from a users Point of view
- I will go on with this thread once I have new experiences, just like a diary, but unfrequenty


I was able to get an iso of the ArcaOS5 as soon as it was released on May, the 16th (Europe time, it may have been the 15th in US). Besides other Hobbies one of mine is to collect some Laptops for some years now. As a result I do have a relativ wide range of Hardware from different periods with These I could test the ArcaOS.


Thinkpads: 701c, Transnote, X41, X200T, W700, X230T, Helix 2, T450S
MSi Wind Netbook
Sony Vaio Pro 13
Samsung Serie 7 Slate PC
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 -> actually this is during the last 6 months the "one and only" Computer I am using any more.

Besides the Helix 2 and the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 (both UEFI only without CSM) I was able to install OS/2 Warp 4.52 native on ALL of These devices.

I like to have the "original Software" as well on all devices, so all of them came with the AirBoot Manager and the OS with that those have been released in the past.

But - In the end I do not know exactly why, but I never became a member or the "beta" Team. So my first experience started on May 16th.


I decided to start with the W700 at first. I attach some Pictures here.  Unfortunately I still have not figured out how to insert a Picture here inside the text. If someone is interested in (like Martin may be  ;) ) one can use the Pictures the way he/she likes.
The W 700 has two HDDs, one with 320GB and one with 1 TB. Windows Vista is preinstalled but I already have spare room for the OS/2 Installation (i.e. used by mine before).

Picture ArcaOS0: here you can see the W700, on the left side the Surface Pro 4.

Picture ArcaOS1: this is one of the preinstall screens, please notice the correct recognation of the Hardware in the bottom of the installer (I marked it manually with red)

- the Installation failed in several tries
- Problems occuring:
  - the Disc checker was not able to see all of the Hardware
  - the Disc checker tells me that it has to fix some of the LVM entries and so on, (please see Picture ArcaOS4) and adviced me to let it be repaired by it

  - as this seems to work for Disc one, it never worked for Disc two, so I run into an endless circle where it allways tells me to repair Disc two each time I started the Installation from the beginning
  - I once get (by accident?) past this Point and than it says it has to resize one Partition
  - I stopped there after already some hours have gone by...

Conclusion: -> I will disassemble Disc two and give it later another try

Second: I started with the T450s, where my cloned Version of Warp 4.52 does make a good Job!

- Picture ArcaOS2: here you can see the T450s, with the Samsung USB DVD drive

- Picture ArcaOS3: the Hardware is detected correct as well (I assume some Kind of BIOS Information is read and displayed here)

It Comes with the Airboot Manager and Windows 8.1. It has two SSDs installed, one with 512 GB, one with 256GB.


- in the end I got no working Installation again

- Pro:
   - the Installation process itself started from DVD where ecs 2.2b2 mostly failed
   - I had at least one succesfull attempt, that leads after a few Moments to a "not usable System"
   - I like the small program for the RAMdisk

- Con:
    - the Disc checker reported Problems as well, it was some Kind of Trial and error to get past this stage
    - I do not know why, but it took me several attempts to let the System see the Installation drive
    - a "full" Installation was never possible, each time the System stops during Phase 2 of Installation, while copyiing files, at 44%
    - Once I got a working System, i discovered the following (no real surprise though)
      - all the Things that did not work with my "tailored" System or "ecs 2.2b2" did not work as well (no Sound, no WLAN, so dossession, no winos2, no snap...)
      - starting a dossession leads to a unusable System
      - starting a winos2 session as well
      - Renaming folders leads to an unusable System -> I never had this before, I just wanted to translate some Folders from english to german - just like "drives" to "Laufwerke", but after that, and a reboot, alle Folders have been empty
      - as some hours past away as well I had to stop for the moment

-> Conclusion: I will try to get a working System with as much parts of the System as possible and extract a clone of it. But as well I will try to find a way to install it from DVD on this device.

- Picture ArcaOS5 and ArcaOS6 do Show some of the possbile choices during Installation.

To be continued.

Today I start my new Project (inspired by my own words in the AN thread  ::)  ):

I will try to create a bootable OS/2 Stick with a working minimal OS/2 Environment, that - in the second stage shall give the function to install an OS/2 clone and be used as a recoverytool in Addition. I will use therefore mostly the Procedere that is decribed in the readme of the hdd4 part of QSINIT.

What I plan to use for this:

- the QSINIT Loader and the HDD4DISK Driver
- the Programm bootos2 (yes, there is the very good program booatble/2 around, but I am still not used to it, sorry, may be I will incorporate it later)
- I Need a updated Warp 4.52 Installation
- from that I will create a minimal pure OS/2 Installation, with ACPI, AHCI, USB Support and so on
- at least it should include DFSEE and the OS/2 commander
- Hardware: my X200T with Dockingstation (DVD)

Steps to go:

1. creating 2 Primary partitions, each 2 GB size
2. Install on the first one (Drive Letter C:) a native OS/2 System
3. Update that System with lastest Drivers and systemfiles
4. Add to this DFSEE and OS/2 Commander
5. use bootos2 to create a minimal pure OS/2 System (without DOS/WIN16 Support), FAT on the second Partition with driveletter O:
6. Check what Addition has to be done on O:
7. ZIP the O: Installation
8. create a bootable QSINIT USB Stick according to the Readme
9. try to add a second persistant Partition on that stick (for later use as "Clone Reservoir")
10. add a boot menue to the stick
11. copy the zipped Installation (later may be more different installations)
12. Reboot and cross fingers  ;)


I have no specific timetable and will do this during my rare spare time, but today is a good day to start and I have some hours free :) I think it will not be to timeconsuming to Setup the initial two Systems, let's see.

I will Report my Progress.

Applications / Blue Lion Beta testing...
« on: February 08, 2017, 08:11:00 am »
While I am happy about Blue Lion reaching beta stage a bit more Information about the product would be highly appreciated.

The questions I have are really easy to answer:

- is UNIAUD updated - and if - what additional Hardware is supported ?
- is an updated SNAP included - and if - what additional Hardware is supported ?
- is the INTEL WLAN Mulitmac included - and if - what additional Hardware is supported?

It would be really nice to have some more Facts, thank you very much in advance!

I repeat my offer to test it on a (more or less) recent Laptop - Lenovo T450s (running my updated WSeB so far) if it is usefull to Arca Noae.


General Discussion / User Support for Firefox and OS/2 Software in general
« on: December 15, 2016, 08:50:14 am »
I copy from another (Open Office Thread) to possibly get more Attention:
Just for Information:

you may have read that collected 3.000 Euro as donations for the next Firefox Release/enhanced Java script Support.

There was a very interesting discussion about "free Software" at all.

Please use online translator and feel free to join the Support

Setup & Installation / OS/2 and Hyper-V
« on: October 28, 2016, 08:52:18 pm »
In this thread:

Hyper_V Virtualisation from Mircosoft is named - if it is possible to use OS/2 or eCS with it. As it seems that Installation inside Hpyer V is not supported I made a Quickshot: I used a Virtualbox OS/2 Installation and transformed the Container inside Hyper V. At least it seems to start  :D

This seems to be a possible way, but - if someone is interested to Play around with it - some more testing and digging is needed.

I am still busy with my next DVD  ;)

Just for Information.

I have a question regarding the boot process of OS/2 (MCP), that rised while Building my DVD including the QSINIT Loader:

What I am doing is:

I am building an updated OS/2 DVD using the Program UPDCD and therein using as boot method "No emulation boot".

What I did:

I added os2ldr (qsinit), os2ldr.ini and qsinit.ldi to the that is used for no emulation boot. That works perfect so far, when the DVD boots it directly shows me the bootmenue I configured in os2ldr.ini. I can use all the functionalety from QSINIT (like the shell, the Menue and so on). I also modified the config.sys in that it can boot from USB connected devices and supports the OS2AHCI driver.
The no emulation boot installs a drive Z:
I do not use a qssetup.cmd
The config.sys includes a RESERVEDRIVELETTER=W that comes from UPDCD to have the drive letter X: as the installation drive of the DVD

Once I proceed, the installation program of OS/2 is starting, just as I wanted it to do. I can go through and install OS/2 on hardware, that has a build in DVD (IDE/SATA) drive. The boot process of the second stage of installation starts the QSINIT Menue as well, as well when the installation is finished. So for that case - having an internal DVD - everything works really well! The same goes with Installation inside VirtualBox.  ; :)

BUT -  :( -  this is not working on USB connected or AHCI enabled drives. The problem is, that during the second stage of installation (so the first time booting from HDD) it seems that the modifications I made for the config.sys in are not present any more. The second stage shows me the qsinit boot menue as well, and once I proceed it hangs with either "Insert OS/2 CD ROM" for USB Devices/AHCI or it hangs it a driver like I2O.... for AHCI during the boot.

I figured out, that for some reason, the config.sys that is used for this second stage is not the one that I modified and included in Therefore there is no more usb support nor os2ahci support anymore included, it is the "standard config.sys" from MCP2. Therefore the Installation with "Internal compatibel mode DVD" and "Virtualbox" works fine, as both just need danis506.add during second boot, that is inlcuded in the used "Standard Config.sys".

I than tried to answer one question by myself: wich config.sys is OS/2 using when starting for the first time from HDD when starting the second installation phase? I tried and replaced the config.sys in \OS2IMAGE\Disk_1 on the DVD and included it in the BUNDLE of \OS2IMAGE\DISK_1 - but nothing changed. The same goes with config.x in Disk_0 and Disk_1 and config.add (what I assume adds during Installation some additional lines only used for Installation) - makes no difference.

Do someone have a clue where I can find the config.sys that is used for this second stage of Installation in the file structure of OS/2 CD/DVD or is it created during Installation Phase 1? If it is create - wich config file is used as a template for this?

Thank you very much in advance!

Hardware / Is it possible to update the USBEthernet Driver?
« on: January 23, 2016, 12:59:42 am »
I am wondering: is it possible to update the USBEthernet Driver to Support newer devices?

Please see my post here (using Google translator):

Thanks in advance!

Events / OS/2 User Meeting Cologne 2016
« on: December 01, 2015, 02:16:57 pm »
Room and date are fix for the 4th Anual OS/2 User Meeting in Cologne!

Youthhostel Cologne-Riehl (as usual), Saturday, 26th of November 2016

You can follow the German thread here (using Google Translator):


Applications / Systemload and CPUTEMP - Question
« on: November 15, 2015, 03:23:55 pm »
Mentioned in another thread I tried to use the Programs CPUTEMP and Systemload. Both are working quite well  :)

But I do have one question:

Please take a look at Picture CPUTEMP1: the Program Sysload does not show the Temperature in the program, may the desktop Resolution (1920X1080 FullHD) be to high?

Thanks for hints - and for programming this!

Applications / IBM Server Guide Pictures for Martin
« on: October 19, 2015, 09:31:40 pm »
Hi Martin,

here some pictures for your gallery from a software I once used in 1998 and did just purchase a this shrink warpped version today.


I would like to discuss the problems (legal, drivers etc.) in case I would distribute (may be the wrong term for it) an Updated OS/2 Warp 4.52 DVD.

Please feel free to write every problem etc. that might occur in your opinion - I would really appreciate this!

What I consider to do is:

For users wich do have:

- a vaild license to use the MCP 2 (wich is by the way - as far as I know - included in eCS License)
- a valid license to use the ArcaNoae Drivers

I would offer for free an updated OS/2 Warp 4 DVD, including latest Drivers from Arca Noae, a lot of enhancements, the QSINIT Loader etc. In fact this is what I am trying to achive with my project I am writing about at only for myself so far. I do not want to make money with this, just to spread the idea and may be the DVD.


- this DVD does not include drivers or parts of ecomstation nor (ecosoftware) etc.
- this is just an idea I would like to discuss
- this idea is discussed with no other person so far

So I try to collect:

- with whom I would have to speak in Advance?
- wich files could I use for this, wich not (i.e. wich kernel)?
- what else?

In case the "Delivering of an DVD" is to complicated or impossible I consider to write a "Cookbook" how to achieve this. But this is very time consuming.

Thanks in Advance!

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