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Applications / Re: Visual BASIC for OS/2
« on: June 21, 2017, 12:14:46 pm »
No template that I can see - neither in the VABASIC folders nor in the main OS/2 templates folder.

Ouput of script attached.

Applications / Re: Visual BASIC for OS/2
« on: June 21, 2017, 10:55:03 am »
Hi Andre,

See attached screenshot for the desktop objects I have - remember that this is just the client version - I did not install the server.

With regards config.sys, these lines have VABASIC in them. Note that I installed into C:\Programs rather than direct to the root of C:

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PATH        C:\Programs\VABASIC\SOM\BIN; C:\Programs\VABASIC\BIN;
DPATH       C:\Programs\VABASIC\SOM\MSG;
HELP        C:\Programs\VABASIC\HELP;
VWDIR       C:\Programs\VABASIC;
LIB         C:\Programs\VABASIC\SOM\LIB;
SOMBASE     C:\Programs\VABASIC;
SMTMP       C:\Programs\VABASIC\SOM\TMP;

Applications / Re: Visual BASIC for OS/2
« on: June 19, 2017, 04:32:56 pm »
@Martin, I can do some screenshots of VA Basic if you like? I just noticed that you requested some.

Update: screenshot attached - this is the client edition, I have not installed the server edition as I do not currently have a copy of DB2/2.  I opened a sample app at random, in this case a currency converter.

Applications / Re: Visual BASIC for OS/2
« on: June 19, 2017, 04:30:14 pm »
Just as an interesting addition, the VisualAge for Basic programming help file mentions that:

If you are familiar with Visual Basic, you will find the transition to VisualAge for Basic an easy one. VisualAge for Basic supports the Visual Basic** language, while extending it in several ways. In VisualAge for Basic, you can load and run your Visual Basic** programs that have been saved in text format.

I just tried a few simple Visual Basic programs (no forms, just loops and message boxes etc) and they worked fine.

A more detailed comparison is also to be found in the manual:

This section provides an overview of the differences between VisualAge for Basic and Microsoft Visual Basic. They include:

Visual Basic is only available for the Microsoft Windows operating system. Versions of VisualAge for Basic exist for several operating systems, including Microsoft Windows, OS/2, and AIX.

The VisualAge for Basic language is compatible with Visual Basic. However, VisualAge for Basic contains a number of unique statements and functions as well.

Visual Basic uses proprietary "custom controls" as application elements. VisualAge for Basic's components are classes from which you can derive subclasses.

Visual Basic does not allow you to define or derive classes. VisualAge for Basic lets you define new non-visual classes. In addition, you can use VisualAge for Basic to derive from existing visual component classes. Derivation can be done interactively or using VisualAge for Basic statements.

VisualAge for Basic assigns the extension .i to new forms. VisualAge for Basic also recognizes forms assigned the extension .frm by Visual Basic.

Visual Basic assigns the extension .mak to project files. VisualAge for Basic assigns the extension .prj to project files.

VisualAge for Basic's debugging facilities are contained in the Inspector and the Watchpoints and Breakpoints window. You use these tools to set breakpoints and watchpoints, examine the call stack, and change the values of variables using the Immediate window.

VisualAge for Basic lets you incorporate the following into your applications:

-Visual or non-visual C++ objects
-SOM objects
-OLE objects
-Native GUI controls
-OpenDoc components and OCXs

Applications / Re: ArcaOS - Dell Inspiron 1300
« on: June 06, 2017, 06:03:53 pm »
"gamode show" will show your currently available resolutions and device number
ie, device 0

To add a new resolution that is smaller or upto the same x and y values:
"gamode add <xres> <yres> <bits> [device]"

gamode can normally be found in your snap directory.

Thank you, I'll give that a go over the weekend.  :)

Applications / Re: ArcaOS - Dell Inspiron 1300
« on: June 05, 2017, 11:26:34 am »
The problem I have with this PC and re-installing is that none of my USB mice are recognised - or rather they seem to work for a few seconds and then stop working altogether.  I had this problem installing the first time around, and I just accepted all the defaults in the hardware tree as I could not figure out how to navigate it by keyboard.  Once ArcaOS is installed, the mouse is recognised. So not sure I can progress this one any further.

I also have a Dell N5050 which I was using as my main Linux machine. I tried installing ArcaOS on that using your suggestions in the linked thread above.  The Wifi alas was not recognised even with the install genmac/uninstall/reinstall as the card is not recognised, but wired connections do work.

Problems on this one are:
No sound - using uniaud as none of the other choices seemed pertinent. I have set the maxvolume to 100 in the mmos2 in file (mmptn.ini? I forget - not at an ArcaOS machine right now).

Display - I selected SNAP but it does not recognise the WXGA display which is 1366x768.  I think that there is a way to make SNAP add that resolution but I could not figure it out. So for now the display is stretched horizontally, which is rather off-putting.

So anyway, for now I shall stick with the VirtualBox installation. It works pretty well for me and I get the benefit of wireless.

Thanks to you and everyone who helped out though - I learnt a lot on the way about OS/2 configuration. 

Applications / Re: ArcaOS - Dell Inspiron 1300
« on: June 01, 2017, 01:04:56 pm »
Thanks Andreas, I will try that later today.  It would be great if I could get this working as the Inspiron runs ArcaOS really nicely (Firefox is a bit low, but everything else zips along)

Applications / Re: ArcaOS - Dell Inspiron 1300
« on: June 01, 2017, 10:40:13 am »

@Andreas, I tried the MAC driver as instructed, and unfortunately it still won't connect to the network, although the network utility displays that the new driver is loaded (I rebooted to be sure).

@pete, BIOS states that Wireless is enabled.

Here is the relevant section from that command (very useful!)

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Bus 2 (PCI), Device Number 0, Device Function 0
 Vendor 14E4h Broadcom Limited
 Device 170Ch BCM4401-B0 100Base-TX
 Subsystem ID 01C91028h Unknown
 Subsystem Vendor 1028h Dell
 System IRQ 16, INT# A

 Bus 2 (PCI), Device Number 3, Device Function 0
 Vendor 8086h Intel Corporation
 Device 4220h PRO/Wireless 2200BG [Calexico2] Network Connection
 Subsystem ID 27228086h Unknown
 Subsystem Vendor 8086h Intel Corporation
 System IRQ 19, INT# A

So there is wireless. Hurrah!  Is the card an OS/2 friendly one?

Note that the wireless card does not show up in the GUI app (see screenshots inf first post of this thread).

Applications / Re: ArcaOS - Dell Inspiron 1300
« on: May 31, 2017, 04:40:14 pm »
One thing springs to mind - as it has an ExpressCard slot, is there a model of ExpressCard that I could buy (cheaply!) which is known to play along with ArcaOS nicely?

Applications / Re: ArcaOS - Dell Inspiron 1300
« on: May 31, 2017, 04:37:11 pm »
Hi all,

Apologies for the late reply.

my C:\MPTN\BIN\setup.cmd is as follows:
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route -fh
arp -f
ifconfig lo
REM ifconfig lan0
REM ifconfig lan1
REM ifconfig lan2
REM ifconfig lan3
REM ifconfig lan4
REM ifconfig lan5
REM ifconfig lan6
REM ifconfig lan7
REM ifconfig sl0
DHCPSTRT -i lan0 -d 0

@Pete: With regards the wireless NIC, I am not sure. However, I found this page and it suggests that it has a Dell Wireless 1390 WLAN ExpressCard/34 802.11b/g card. Having said that, there is no such card in the extension port and I can't see it in the hardware manager.

@Andreas - thanks for the heads up on the updated drivers. I'm not sure how to install these given the contents of the zip file. Could you advise please? Thanks!

My LANTRAN.LOG file is:
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IBM OS/2 LANMSGDD [05/21/04] 6.00 is loaded and operational.
MMBFE NDIS device driver @#Arca Noae LLC:0.0.2#@##1## 4 Dec 2016 21:33:08      DAZAR1    ::::2::SVN63@@Broadcom BCM4401 Fast Ethernet driver
MMBFE Hardware detected: Broadcom BCM4401-B0 Fast Ethernet
MMBFE PHY: driver=bmtphy OUI=818 MODEL=36 FAIL
MMBFE PHY: driver=bmtphy OUI=818 MODEL=36 SUCCESS
MMBFE Mac address: xx:xx:xx:xx:xx:xx
MMBFE Setup filter interrupt 16
IBM OS/2 LAN Netbind
Note: MAC Address obfuscated.

And my PROTOCOL.INI file is:
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   DriverName = TCPIP$
   Bindings = MMBFE_NIF


   DriverName = MMBFE$

Edit: forgot to include link to Dell Insipron 1300 spec page

Applications / Re: ArcaOS - Dell Inspiron 1300
« on: May 28, 2017, 10:22:32 pm »
Many thanks Ian, I will get back to you asap. We have family over staying for a couple of days, so no chance to sneak off for some OS/2 fun, but I should be able to get the details on here on Tuesday.

Applications / Re: ArcaOS - Dell Inspiron 1300
« on: May 28, 2017, 03:09:11 pm »
After reading this thread here:, it seems that using ifconfig to bind  lan0 might be the thing I need to do. At least a first step - not really knowing enough about networking I did not manage to follow all the discussion, would somebody be kind enough help me out with what command(s) needs running?

Thanks in advance.

@martin - thanks. It's not git itself I have problems with, but actually your article reminded me that I had not set the globals for my user and email, so very useful indeed!  :)

@Dave - rebooting did not help, I got the same error.  However, I tried using HTTPS rather than SSH (I've always used SSH before so it had not occurred to me to use an alternative method). And bingo!

It means manually entering the password (well it can be cached in the globals I guess so not too bad), but all seems working. I have cloned, added, committed and pushed, and my changes have appeared on gitlab.

Thanks both for all for your suggestions.  The OS/2 community on these forums is really wonderfully helpful .

Just out of interest, should I be concerned that although yum appears to have installed all 21 git packages it said it would, it finished with an error:

Rpmdb checksum is invalid: dCDPT(pkg checksums) ?

When I try to clone a repo from gitlab, I get:

error: cannot run ssh: No such file or directory
fatal: unable to fork

I am not sure whether the two are related or whether I do need an ssh implementation installed separately.

Thanks Dave, will do.

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