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16:9 screen ratios are useless in any size less than a 28 inch screen, not enough height to do any useful work (they were designed for TVs to let them display wide screen films).

Personally, I LOVE the 16:9 screens that Lenovo put on the T510 and L530 ThinkPads. They are 1600x900 pixels, not the 1366x768 junk, that really is pretty useless. You do need to watch the options, and get the right thing. Panorama works well with them.

FWIW, my sister has a 16:9, 23 inch, LG screen, that is 2560x1440 pixels (or something like that). I haven't seen one of them, on the market, for a long time. Too bad, because it looks great.

As for a "retro" ThinkPad, I would watch the specs, very carefully. My bet is that they only LOOK like an old IBM ThinkPad, but contain modern, too smart for it's own good, electronics.

General Discussion / Re: Trying to get the forums back.
« on: September 20, 2017, 12:49:37 am »
Looks okay.   :D

Utilities / Re: Backup software
« on: June 23, 2017, 05:08:53 am »
Does anyone know of any backup utilities for OS/2 which restore an OS/2 installation from a network?

 I use ZIP to zip up my drives, then store the ZIP file on a network drive. You do need a network capable alternate boot system to unZIP it. I use bootAble for that. but I haven't tried to make a bootAble system from ArcaOS, yet.

Storage / Re: About FAT32 and AN
« on: June 20, 2017, 03:13:23 am »
2Doug Bissett: Are you sure you installed fat32.ifs correctly?

I used the WarpIn installer, but it does seem that something didn't work out the way it was supposed to. The initial install was done by the ArcaOS 5.0 installer, and it had problems, as described earlier. Installing (WarpIn) test versions caused some very strange things, including Trap 000d at boot. After I carefully searched out the FAT32 parts, and manually removed them, then installed r280, using WarpIn, it started to work. I haven't done much testing with it though. I won't be able to do that until Thursday.

Storage / Re: About FAT32 and AN
« on: June 19, 2017, 02:54:08 am »
r280 seems to have fixed the main problem. I am traveling, so I am very short of time, at the moment.  I should be back at it by Thursday, if all goes well.

Setup & Installation / Re: Laptop advice please
« on: June 13, 2017, 04:10:24 pm »
So no wireless connectivity then? ouch

I use an external WiFi device (specifically a D-Link DIR-506L), so I am not totally cut off. Arca Noae is getting closer to releasing MultiMac WiFi support, but they aren't there, yet.

Applications / Re: Problems with Windowed DOS sessions
« on: June 11, 2017, 04:31:48 am »
This is an old problem. I think there is a section in the README that addresses the problem.

ArcaOS has just connected to my win 10 machines, since the beta where it got fixed. Some others have had strange problems.

I don't know why using the machine name works for other boxes except the Windows 10 one, the other names resolve just fine.

Try refreshing the LMHOSTS file. it may also help to put an entry into the HOSTS file, but that can be problematic if the address gets changed somehow.

VirtualBox, eComstation 2.1, Panorama, VB OS2 Guest Additions, and widescreen formats have worked for me for a few years, so I thought it would work with ArcaOS, as well.

It should. There is really no difference in that part of VBox, or OS/2 video support, that I know of.

Thanks for the quick reply, Doug.

Pure luck. I probably won't be back for  a few days now. When I get a chance, I will see if I can figure it out. Feel free to experiment.

I am really pleased with ArcaOS, but I have run into one issue. For a number of years I have been running eComstation in virtualbox (most recently, v5.1.14) with widescreen video support working just fine (1920 x 1200, 1920x1080, and 2560x1440). With ArcaOS, however, I have not been able to get any widescreen resolutions to show up in the Screen dialog for Snap, Panorama, or Gengradd. Has anyone else gotten ArcaOS to recognize widescreen resolutions in Virtualbox?

Bennie Nelson

Never, without using the wide screen activator (I don't even remember where that is, and it is probably not a good solution). There may be something in VBox that will add more resolutions.

I recommend that you do NOT use Panorama, or SNAP. They use GRADD, which is modified by the VBox additions, to make it use the host video driver. Panorama, or SNAP, may not even be used, or they are simply extra overhead that you don't need.

Setup & Installation / Re: ArcaOS keeps rebooting
« on: June 10, 2017, 05:47:36 pm »
I am using XWP "full" version (that is,not the lite version) 1.0.11 available on Hobbes. I would think that is about the version that AN delivers.

Actually, ArcaOS delivers the Lite version, modified to have Arca Noae branding, and it includes the new Arca Noae USB widget. I don't think there are any other changes from the Lite version that is at HOBBES.

Storage / Re: About FAT32 and AN
« on: June 10, 2017, 05:42:56 pm »
Looks like quite a few people are having probs with FAT32 as it comes with AN:

I have had a problem with special characters in the folder, or file, names. They just don't match what the older FAT32 driver , or windows, uses. That can also result in a case where the files "disappear" while copying (they are still there).

Personally, I always turn off EAS. The file system, itself, doesn't support them, and you will have nothing but problems with them, if you try to use that feature (true for older FAT32 versions too).

The easy "fix" is to get FAT32 9.13, from HOBBES, and replace what comes with ArcaOS.. Eventually, somebody will listen to what i tell them, and the problem will be fixed.

Setup & Installation / Re: Laptop advice please
« on: June 10, 2017, 03:23:35 am »
My T43P is nearing the end of its life - my it rest in peace.

You can't kill a T43. Only the battery dies.   :-[

Does the accelerated GRADD for Intel work with the Intel HD4000? (Doug you have an HD3000 - what is your experience?)

Panorama works well, but be sure to get a 1600x900 screen, The 1368x768 screen isn't that great. Acceleration is a moot point, nothing is accelerated any more. Panorama has a buffer that helps, and the machine speed makes up for the rest. SNAP will also work, but it is not accelerated, and doesn't have the buffer.

Suggestions on which PCIe Mini Card I should get that will work with GenMac?

None of them will work with GENMAC. It is most likely that Intel will be the first to be supported by MultiMac, when it is done (no ETA, yet). MultiMac works well with Intel, and Realtek, wired NICS.

Any other issues that should steer me to a different machine or I should be aware of?

I am happy with the Lenovo ThinkPad L530 (and my older T510), but it does have problems. Sound sort of woks, but not well (the T510 works with UniAud). Sound is pretty marginal on all laptops, unless you use external speakers anyway. The L530 has a UEFI BIOS, but that hasn't been a problem.


Applications / Re: Arcaos install
« on: June 06, 2017, 12:17:28 am »

I too had issues burning to DVD+R and DVD-R.  After several attempts at creating non-bootable copies, I went to a different machine with a different brand burner and the ISO burned and booted first try.   Strange thing is the first machine burned and even verified the burns using ImgBurn.  Hope you get things worked out.

Speed of burning, and using, or not using, RW media, is pretty much false information. If you have a burner that is working properly, AND you have good media (any type), you should be able to burn a good copy, at full speed, every time. Unfortunately, burners tend to wear out, with use (especially if you use one of those head cleaning things), and media quality has really gone downhill over the past few years. Then there is the problem of dust balls collecting inside the burner. They float around, and get in the road every once in a while. If you can burn, and verify the burn, it should work (but even that is not fool proof). Often, the burner program will verify the burn, as good, as long as it can read it once in a hundred tries. You can hear it doing that, if you listen. Of course, it may not always work when you try to read it again. With audio/video media, it doesn't really matter if there is a glitch. With pure data, it does matter. Slowing down the speed, might prevent dust balls from floating around, but it won't work around a bad drive, or media.

FWIW, I used one DVD-RW for 18 beta versions of ArcaOS, and never had any hint that there was a media problem. One "interesting" thing, that I did see, was that i could see lots of small marks, on the surface, when using a florescent lamp, but I couldn't see any sign of them using a LED lamp.

Applications / Re: lswitcher
« on: June 05, 2017, 11:43:55 pm »
Its interesting that you were able to install it.   Was that as a widget or its own taskbar?
As a separate taskbar I have seen no corruption on my screen.  I am not sure which version of lswitcher I am using.  But I am using Panorama.

I am using Panorama, and the widget. I have used the widget for some years, and I was having the corruption problem with eCS 2.2b2, but not often. Install has never been a problem.

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