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General Discussion / Re: Trying to get the forums back.
« on: October 07, 2017, 03:50:40 am »
Some ideas:
  • Have you allowed cookies from
  • Have you tried it with a new profile?

OK, changing my cookie settings from allow session cookies to allow all cookies seems to have fixed it (knock on wood).

Evidently something changed in the forum settings to require this.

It is strange but I can not access ticket 1191. It says "Access Denied".
Should it be this link?

That should be fixed now.

There's been a ticket already open on this, actually, with a test fix attached several months ago. However, the original reporter never provided any feedback so it's been sitting there ever since. I've linked it to Martin's ticket.

General Discussion / Re: Trying to get the forums back.
« on: October 02, 2017, 07:55:16 pm »
Still refuses to stick here (using OS/2). I have to log in again on the forum page before it remembers that I'm logged in. Haven't tried with Windows.

General Discussion / Re: Trying to get the forums back.
« on: September 26, 2017, 04:31:59 pm »
Has anyone else noticed that, since the restore, logging in on the main page doesn't seem to 'stick' when opening the forums?

...because I categorically refuse to ever buy a (productivity) laptop with 16:9.

Hi Alex, just curious. Are you looking for a brand that sells a new laptop with a 4:3 screen ratio display? Does thast exists? Or do you prefer other aspect ratios than 16:9 and 4:3.

I don't insist on 4:3 specifically.  16:10 (and the new 3:2 trend that seems to be appearing in some segments) are also OK. 

However, in my considered view, 16:9 on anything less than an 18" screen is unusable for anything other than watching DVDs and playing games.  (I'm OK with 16:9 desktop monitors, because they're large enough to provide a usable vertical workspace. Laptops, though... no.)

What?  Seriously?!?  This is the specially engineered retro design ThinkPad that Lenovo's been working on for two years under a veil of secrecy?  Surely not... as you say, it looks like basically a current model with the usual rubbish keyboard replaced by a proper one.

I seriously hope this is just a different system.

I'll soon or later need something to replace my W500.  I was hoping the reto ThinkPad could be it. I'm desperately holding out hope for Lenovo to bring back a usable (i.e. non-16:9) screen.  If not, then I have bought my last ThinkPad, because I categorically refuse to ever buy a (productivity) laptop with 16:9.

The first thing I'd do is check in \ibmcom\lantran.log for possible error messages.  That should tell you whether the driver bound to the MAC hardware successfully or not.

You said that setting a manual address and route gets retained, but you didn't mention whether connectivity actually works if you do this.

If you get no connectivity even with no errors in LANTRAN.LOG and manual address/mask/gateway configured, you will probably need to open a ticket on the MMRE MAC driver and report as much of your MAC hardware information (especially PCI IDs and revisions) as possible.  This information should be contained in the machine.cfg file in your \sys\install\rsp directory.

Setup & Installation / Re: Unable to install ArcaOS
« on: May 27, 2017, 05:43:28 am »
It seems clear that you have a broken/incomplete installation.  How severe an issue this is depends on where/how the installation encountered the error.  This is basically impossible to diagnose without the detailed support file from the system in question (as described in the user guide, second-to-last page).

The procedure for getting support for ArcaOS installation (and other) problems is to start by opening a problem ticket with Arca Noae (see Appendix G of the guide). Unless you do that, we really can't help you.

FWIW, the most important installation logfile is LCU.L2 (not an especially intuitive name, I know). This shows the overall status of the install process, and will generally allow you to see where the installation was interrupted.  However, for full diagnosis, all the logs AND response files will be required for analysis. The support file (see above) will contain this.

Internet / Re: SeaMonkey-2.42b8 and Thunderbird 45.8.0
« on: May 24, 2017, 02:27:29 pm »

If you look on an ArcaOS 5 DVD, you will find under \CID\SERVER\MOZILLA the following files:


These each contain 256-colour icons including for main, safe mode and profile manager.  All the icons that are not from the original packages were created by me, so I give you full permission to use them.

Setup & Installation / Re: Removing ArcaOS installed cups packages?
« on: May 24, 2017, 02:18:25 pm »
ANPM shows the various cups packages under 'Installed':


They should be there, unless you have them filtered out somehow.

Setup & Installation / Re: ArcaOS5 Another personal Experience
« on: May 24, 2017, 02:06:35 pm »
What does not work: No network support for Intel 5100 wireless included = no internet, peer network or printing; Not good.

ArcaOS ships with a special GenMAC package that does not include any drivers that we were unable to get legal permission to distribute.

(In addition, I'm pretty certain the 5100 is not a standard GenMAC-shipped driver to begin with.)

If you need a GenMAC driver that isn't included with ArcaOS, the correct procedure is to uninstall GenMAC (if installed) using WarpIN, then obtain the 'full' GenMAC package from NetLabs or elsewhere and install that.

Sorry, but I am not keen on xcenter and would prefer to use Warpcenter. Any ideas if this is possible?

It's easy, just turn off the autostart option in the XCenter properties, then edit CONFIG.SYS and add ,WARPCENTER to the SET AUTOSTART line and reboot.

How do I get rid of the Trashcan? - Even better, Can I install a full XWP rather than the cutdown version included in ArcaOS?

Just uninstall XWorkplace from WarpIN, then install the full version.

Bit surprised to see a [Boot Drive]:\ecs directory...

That should NOT be there from anything ArcaOS installed.  Are you sure you didn't install a software package from elsewhere that might have created that?

Applications / Re: ArcaOS - How to enable SMP
« on: May 18, 2017, 06:42:45 pm »
Whether or not the SMP kernel is installed depends on how the preboot system sets up the system type.

On the second page of the preboot menu, there are four system types.  "Older hardware" or "Virtual machine" will install the W4 kernel.  Either of the "modern" options should cause the SMP kernel to be selected.

We'd originally thought to make this override-able in the GUI installer, but that would have required much more convoluted logic branching, which seemed like too much for too little benefit.  We may revisit this in later versions.

Applications / Re: Testing cairo enabled eStylerLite
« on: May 04, 2017, 05:51:23 pm »
By the way, do you have any further information about afcutl05.dll so I can include it on the EDM/2 API Documentation Page? Documentation, source code, etc.

It lives in one of your github repos, you know.  :)

Applications / Re: Are you getting ready for ArcaOS?
« on: April 23, 2017, 07:12:57 am »
I wouldn't expect significantly different hardware support than is currently available through the latest subscription drivers.  What is supported through those should give you a pretty solid idea of what hardware ArcaOS will support.

I believe some very old NIC drivers (various MCA and ISA boards, mainly) are not going to be included out of the box due to the virtual impossibility of supporting them on modern hardware.  However, the installation of third-party drivers is allowed for.

(Note: I am not speaking on behalf of Arca Noae.)

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