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In fact, we updated the MMPM subsystem to support these sample rates beyond 48000 Hz:
64000, 88200,96000,176400,192000,352800,384000 Hz.
Does it work for Playback and Recording in 8, 16 or 32 bits?

How it handles more than 2 audio channels? Is SPDIF digital I/O now possible?

Applications / Re: ArcaOS in VirtualBox
« on: January 15, 2018, 05:47:14 am »
Sorry, the VirtualBox version was a typo. It is Debian level: 5.1.30-dfsg-1~bpo9+1.
I don't know how this Debian build differs from the original one.

Some of the other sound related packages are:

pulseaudio 10.0.1+deb9u1
osspd / osspd-alsa 1.3.2-7+b1
alsa-base 1.0.27+1
kernel 4.9.0-5-amd64 #1 SMP Debian 4.9.65-3+deb9u2 (2018-01-04) x86_64 GNU/Linux

So OSS per se is not installed. It's being handled via ALSA and PulseAudio.
ALSA sounds horrible. I would use OSS for better mixer control unless you're using HDMI connection.

Applications / Re: ArcaOS in VirtualBox
« on: January 14, 2018, 08:47:02 pm »
I recently installed ArcaOS 5.01 in VirtualBox 5.1.3 running in Debian Stretch, so I thought I would follow up to some previous posts I saw on the subject.
It would be better to use the latest VirtualBox 5.1.30 in the 5.1 line. The 5.0 versions (latest was 5.0.40 from April 2017) are more reliable but no longer officially supported.

The only problem area has been the sound card. What I have discovered as have others is that if you initially think the card is not working, it may be a volume issue. I initially installed the SB16 non PnP virtual card and used the ALSA driver in VirtualBox.
It's only working for waveform playback and recording.

At first this did not seem to work, but as I noted it was a volume issue. Turning up the host sound to max and the VM sound to max gave an audible result in the VM.
There were some changes in the OSS and ALSA backends.

Using the OSS driver in VirtualBox did not work.
Which version of OpenSound is installed under Linux?

Mail-News / Re: Is PMMail still being maintained?
« on: January 12, 2018, 03:34:48 am »
I am thinking the original icons were bitmaps.
All icons are bitmaps or arrays of bitmaps.

I know FM/2, Filestar2, and Dr. Dialog use bitmaps for their display icons.  The advantage is you make just one size, usually 32x32.  I have the old  PMMail listing and it was done in bitmap.
You're talking about image files for the button bar?

OS/2 ico aren't the greatest due to the way all OS2 versions handle them. Any light color on the edge is treated as white.  This looks bad unless one goes in and deletes or darkens the colors.
So the Windows ICO files look better under OS/2? An average graphics designer should know how to use colours properly.

This is why a lot of the OS/2 icons have a blocked chunky edge. It also requires that each icon have several sizes.
Absolutely wrong.

You can have one size, but then one relies on WPS to render the icons in the size needed, which a lot of the time is not great.
In fact it doesn't rely on Workplace Shell at all. Icons are rendered by the Presentation device driver. Perhaps you're simply using a sloppy display driver. Before spreading such claims it would be advisable to check against different different output devices or configurations.

Applications / Re: How to list the OBJECTID names on WPS ?
« on: January 11, 2018, 07:19:36 pm »
I forgot which was the way to see the "ObjectID" of a folder or program on the WPS desktop.
In the case that one desktop object contains several folder or program objects.
Code: [Select]
/* REXX */
call RxfuncAdd SysLoadFuncs, RexxUtil, SysLoadFuncs
call SysLoadFuncs

call SysIni 'USER', 'PM_Workplace:Location', 'All:', 'Keys'
if RESULT \= 'ERROR:' then DO i=1 to Keys.0
      SAY Keys.i

Programming / Re: Compiling an OS/2 Driver
« on: January 05, 2018, 06:38:56 pm »
Watcom uses different includes for 16-bit OS/2. That should be mentioned in the README or in more detail Tools Guide. For physical device driver information simply read chapter 39 Developing an OS/2 Physical Device Driver from the Watcom C/C++ Programmer's Guide. At least everything works as usual under Open Watcom 1.8. The later 1.9 may have some issues.

Hardware / Re: PCIE Wide Screen video
« on: January 05, 2018, 05:50:47 pm »
Are there any video PCIe video cards that  can do 1920 x 1200 resolution?
In a PCI Express ×16 slot the ATI FireMV 2200 works here in this resolution. Every other ATI card should do the same using a DVI connection.

I don't know, what you mean by the term "video cards" perhaps a frame-grabber or some other form of digital video input (without audio)?

Applications / Re: Dynamic Icons
« on: January 04, 2018, 11:21:50 pm »
This is a great feature that ArcaOS has implemented.  I checked and it was not in eCS.
In fact it's the same Russian shareware, just renamed, as Martin already mentioned.

Not only can one download and use PNGs off the internet or make your own, one can go to the "Display" setting in each folder's properties, select "Dynamic Icons", and then select the size that he or she wants.  Although it works with OS/2 icons, the real benefit comes when one uses PNGs.  ArcaOS comes with a directory called BigIcons that one can select PNGs from.  They are sized in 64x64, which is a nice size.
As long the folders only contain a small amount of PNG icons, it works to some degree. But everybody can make a simple calculation how it scales with a higher number. Each PNG file needs at least 32k of extra memory. In the end you will loose more features than you can win actually. Sizes of 64x64 pixel or higher were already available with OS/2 1.2 PM in 1989.

Neither is new wine put into old wineskins; otherwise, the skins burst, and the wine is spilled, and the skins are destroyed; but new wine is put into fresh wineskins, and so both are preserved.

Applications / Re: CUPS - Support Printer List
« on: January 03, 2018, 09:01:16 pm »
Brother's low end model HL-L5000D has a parallel port. HL-L5100DN is suitable for small networks and comes with LAN connection. There are similar Multifunction models (DCP-L5500DN) but also without parallel port.

Programming / Re: Compiling an OS/2 Driver
« on: January 03, 2018, 11:19:27 am »
The setting of environment seems to be incomplete. The output of SET INCLUDE or SET LIB would be more helpful. Additionally PATH should be adjusted properly.

I would check the installation of the C PDS. Which runtime libraries were created by the installation procedure? There's no matching entry inside INCLUDE btw. Simply read the product documentation. In "Microsoft C Advanced Programming Techniques" starting on page 343 (Part 4 OS/2 Support), for the compiler errors "Microsoft C Reference" or later MSDN information.

Applications / Re: Applications OS/2 Needs
« on: January 02, 2018, 02:14:52 pm »
It would be nice having latest Qupzilla 2.2.3 ported to OS/2
Unfortunately it requires QtWebEngine a Chromium wrapper. Which means in turn a more complete fork of QT 5.10. So nothing to manage in a short time at all.
It is very fast (I tested the portable build under windows) with a nice rendering and it could be a welcome FF replacement.
Under Windows they can use a C++ compiler producing fast code.

Applications / Re: Applications OS/2 Needs
« on: January 02, 2018, 12:29:16 pm »
It'll extract to \usr\local which will put it on the PATH and LIBPATH if that is @UNIXROOT\usr\local and you have the stock ArcaOS setup.
It probably doesn't matter where you extract it to as long as it can find its DLLs. Simplest way is to have a wrapper script that sets BEGINLIBPATH before launching vlc.exe
That's hopefully not necessary. Simply copy the stuff from subdirectory "bin" to "lib" and run the executable from this place. Quick'n'dirty but it works.

Works good.  One thing I noticed is that it shows as version 4.0 on bootup.
That's quite easy to fix I use vfdisk mostly for LAN automation tasks, for local use I still prefer the more powerful SVDISK.

Storage / Re: oddities with OS2AHCI version 2.04
« on: January 01, 2018, 04:26:27 pm »
It should not matter if the system is amd or intel based, as the SATA AHCI interface is a standard
I cannot find any proof for this claims. In fact the Advanced Host Controller Interface is a specification by Intel.

and the os2ahci driver should support the hardware. The Bulldozer and not latest Core I7 CPU have a chipset that contains the controller, and not the CPU itself.
Not sure how, but some people got a "OS/2" to work on a Ryzen based system.
The OS2AHCI adapter device driver is based on older code from Linux or BSD. There has never been a certification process (that would fail) at all.

Storage / Re: Finding an ideal filesystem for Network storage
« on: December 28, 2017, 04:33:26 pm »
NASBoxes relies on the Samba-software to provide diskspace for OS/2. If you have root access to the box, you can try to cange the stettings in /etc/smb.conf.  Add a parameter "use EAs=yes". I'm not sure, if this parameter is vaild on any box, but it works for me.
Not every NAS box relies on Samba. And changing the parameter is futile when the underlying file system has limitations for EA sizes. Only better devices that allow virtualisation or iSCSI can play nice in environments with older network clients.

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