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I'm not sure if I should open a ticket for it on ArcaOS Mantis yet. It is not a bug, but it is lack of prevention on the app to stop the users to do harmful things.  I also can not find the right "Project Category" to open the ticket.

You should, if a configuration program creates a condition that prevents the computer from operating and that was not the intention of the user, that is definitely a bug.

General Discussion / Re: Trying to get the forums back.
« on: September 22, 2017, 02:30:51 am »
Back in my Apple II days, I was transwarped, Replaced the 1Mhz 6502 with a 3.6Mhz 65C02 and included 256MBs of ram. With a bit pf patching, the old Apple II could run Apple //E software at a blazing 3Mhz and access most all the ram. Now I'm running a 2.4Ghz dual core CPU with 4GBs of ram and yet am only warped  :)


That must have cost a bundle, while it is now some 35 years ago so my memory may be failing, I am fairly sure my Transwarp I only had a 256k cache.

Applications / Re: Visual BASIC for OS/2
« on: June 22, 2017, 02:18:32 pm »
I have a copy of VA-BASIC v.1 somewhere and could create an ISO if someone is desperate, however this is the initial release which is full of bugs, and not one of the later fixed versions. IBM removed the fix downloads after just a few weeks and I did not have the presence of mind to download it initially.

Applications / Re: Visual BASIC for OS/2
« on: June 22, 2017, 02:13:28 pm »

By the way does Microsoft Visual Basic for OS/2 exists? Or was it only a Win-16 version?
Some pictures of that, if exists, will be interesting too.


It exists as a native v1 Beta only that was shipped to those with (a then very expensive) Microsoft Developer Network subscription. Funnily enough the first edition of the manual for the VB v1 Win 16 still has sections written for OS/2 where the editor of the manual has forgotten to convert references from OS/2 to Windows references and even has a couple of screenshots from an OS/2 system where they had not had the time to replace it with a Win 3.x equivalent. The second edition of the v1 BV manual fixed this.

Applications / Re: Are you getting ready for ArcaOS?
« on: May 08, 2017, 07:34:15 pm »
Once I get ArcaOS5, I'll try out XWorkPlace for a bit and see if it is better than OD2, if not I can install OD2 and go with that.

I think you will find that most of the OD2 package has been made outdated by the features of XWorkPlace and other utilities shipped with eCS and presumably ArcaOS, but since OD can be installed in a modular fashion you can install just the utilities you need from the package and skip parts like Object Center that can clash with XWP.

Having said that, the last time I installed it I only found Keyboard Launchpad and Object Packager to be worthy of an install, all other enhancements having better more modern replacements and in reality I think I have not seen any real use even of those two in years. Object Advisor remains interesting but I never figured out a user case for it.

Applications / Re: Avoiding Windows 7's CHKDSK?
« on: May 04, 2017, 02:33:40 am »
I haven't been following this thread, but win 10 will do something like that, if it is set for "fast startup" (or something like that, and it usually starts up slower anyway). What it does, is put win 10 to sleep, rather than properly shut it down. That means that the directory data is kept in sleeping memory (stored to disk), rather than getting written to the stick. When you start win 10 again, it loads the old data back into memory, and uses it. I wouldn't be surprised if win 7 (8 and 8.1)has something similar.

Win 10 and 8.1 do it by default, 8.0 if it is set for fast boot which most systems are but 7 does not have the fast boot feature at all.

Multimedia / Re: USB Audio
« on: March 03, 2017, 01:12:47 pm »
System sounds sound distorted. Actually that may be understating it. If you are familiar with waveform generators, you may be able to recognize distorted system sounds. Otherwise, you hear "sput".

The CM108 chip in the Trend only appears to support the playback of 16 bit 44.1 and 48kHz PCM data, so the 10 & 20 kHz system audio files sound distorted for that reason, while a frequency converter in the system would fix that, a simpler solution is to replace the system sound files with 16bit 44.1kHz versions.

Multimedia / Re: USB Audio
« on: March 03, 2017, 05:47:44 am »
I bought a Trond USB Audio Adapter, and it works just as Lars said. There is good sound, except for System Sounds.
Do system sounds not play at all or do they sound distorted?

Article Discussions / Re: OS/2 Books Fans?
« on: March 01, 2017, 09:18:22 pm »
There is an ex-library copy of the (excellent BTW) "Design of OS/2", going cheaply on eBay right now, if anyone is interested ...

EDIT: French version

Setup & Installation / Re: Booting Warp 4 installer in VirtualBox
« on: February 07, 2017, 04:44:59 am »
Warp 4 works, however there are some differences vis a vis an eCS installation.

Turn nested paging off

Download updates to the three install diskettes, either individually or one of the already made packages available on the net.
You may need to update the files on the disk image again after initial install as the installer sometimes places outdated files from the CD rather than updated files from the diskette.
Edit: Placing "copyfromfloppy=1" on the end of the config.sys file on the floppy should take care of that.

Do not create a virtual machine that is "too big", i.e. memory should be no more than 512mb and disk image no more than 4GB, after you have installed the system updates to FP14/15 you can increase the memory and disk size allocation.

Setup & Installation / Re: OS/2 and Hyper-V
« on: October 29, 2016, 08:37:06 am »
A couple of years back I installed eCS2 in a hyper-V container and by nicking a few extensions (not all worked) from VPC I managed to get a very usable system with a few caveats, including the ability to boot the system from eCS inside the container but without booting the Windows system, which is quite a neat feature. I stopped using it due to the fact that Windows took over ownership of the visualisation features of the chip if Hyper-V was enabled and refused to hand it back even if it was disabled, and that made all other emulator systems non-functional including VBox and VM-ware and as I had almost 20 years worth of images dating back to the 90's this was unacceptable, if a bit sad.

No idea if this was a bug that has since been fixed or if it is an architectural problem with the technology.

Hardware / Re: OS/2 Warp Motherboard - CNC machine
« on: September 23, 2016, 06:20:10 pm »
Just a WAG, but older versions of OS/2 (before the last couple of updates to warp 3, as I recall) require a BIOS setting to be set ON. It is something about using OS/2, if it exists.. Newer versions of OS/2 need that setting to be OFF. If the setting is not there, don't worry about it.

The OS/2 setting in BIOS is for OS/2 16 bit only, e.g. it should OFF for anything but OS/2 1.x.

Programming / Re: Open Watcom libraries
« on: September 08, 2016, 01:49:45 am »
Hi guys, I am modifying the time and localtime functions. Trying to squash some bugs I noticed when I used the functions along with strftime in some test programs I compiled. I will check for the make file but I don't recall seeing one. I will check again.  This is where I found the source for 1.9:

I will let you guys know how it goes.
That is the release source, which is years old. The mailing list and website for OpenWatcom are down but you should be able to access the trunk here:

Although many of us are actually using this fork:

Applications / Re: Program object question
« on: August 19, 2016, 04:40:09 am »
Virtualbox 5.024
OS/2 Warp 4.52 unofficial fixpak 6

Hello all, is it not possible to have environment variable substitution in the Working Directory field for program objects?

For example: the program object for the text editor. If I have the HOME environment variable set to c:\home\adam and I want the Text Editor's Save As dialog box to always open in my home directory is it not possible to just specify %HOME% in the working directory field for the Text editor's program object? I have tried using %HOME% and that doesn't work. I have tried several different permutations but nothing has worked yet. I am beginning to think it just doesn't support variable substitution.

The home variable is an import from UNIX and most OS/2 applications do not "see" it unless specifically written to do so, you are meant to explicitly   give the program a specific working directory or no working directory at all, only a few Windows ports such as StarOffice require a working directory AFAIK. Remember that the OS/2 UI is built on O-O/CUA principles and sort of expects people to sort "objects" into project folders (real or virtual folders, and actual files and/or shadows) and work from them, the concept of a home tree as in UNIX is counter-intuitive to that way of thinking.

Setup & Installation / Re: How to boot without Boot Manager
« on: July 10, 2016, 05:07:46 am »
I currently have a system with two disks. Disk1 has Boot Manager  and Disk2 has a couple of partitions marked as Bootable.

I want to remove Disk1 but cannot install BM on Disk2 and can't mark either partition on Disk2 as startable - at least can't find an option for doing this via LVM.

How do I go about booting from Disk2?

Old question I know but try Airboot (, in addition to replacing boot manager it has more flexibility and like BM it allows you to assign drive letters so you can for instance have multipile C boot partitions across multiple drives.

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