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Storage / Re: oddities with OS2AHCI version 2.04
« on: December 16, 2017, 10:58:42 pm »
Lars,  while I don't have this latest OS2AHCI I have noticed that there is quite a number of things that are only just working on AMD processor systems.

It is almost as if testing on AMD systems is an afterthought or what units they use for testing are old ones (I would like to get ArcaOS working on my Ryzen 8 core system or even the A12 APU system but...) since it apparently works on Intel's latest and greatest.

Storage / Re: Finding an ideal filesystem for Network storage
« on: December 14, 2017, 11:50:15 am »
Hi Richard,

I'm not quite sure what you are trying to do so sorry for the questions.
1) are all the disks you mention in one box or distributed around several computers?
2) what type of network do you have, wired or wireless and what speed.  Also is it via a router or switch?
3) if the disks are in different machines are they all on at the same time?
4) are you trying to maintain mirror images or just data backup/storage?

Now a few observations.
It does not matter what file system the disks are formatted with provided the system they are in can read it - there may be a speed problem but that depends on the system and the age of the disks.  Transfer speed, read and write, is very often dependant on the network speed and setup.

An example of a multi disk multi device network.
Here at home I have.
One computer (OS/2 cp2) on 24/7 and it has 4 disks 500GB each with boot partition HPFS all the others JFS and is the main e-mail and tracking unit.
Three 2 disk NAS boxes on 24/7 with each box setup as RAID 1 arrays disk pairs of 1TB, 1.5 TB and 2TB file systems Ext3 and Ext4.
Two computers that get switched on during the day, one is using ArcaOS (my test bed for that OS) with a 2TB disk and HPFS (boot) and JFS partitions.  The other is my work computer with two 2TB disks (OS/2 cp2) with HPFS (boot) and JFS.
There are other computers on the network which get switched on and used as necessary, mainly Linux boxes but can be windows units when friends bring one in for 'fixing'.
The network is mainly wired (a gigabit managed switch) with a couple of gigabit wireless APs.

I have access to all the disks and all the data on the network from any computer using SMB/CIFS and/or FTP.  When my work computer and the AOS box comes on line they get updated from the e-mail and tracking unit (I am running those two in a mirror setup for testing).  Work data is updated to one NAS box every two hours using rsync (a holdover from my working days).  The second NAS box gets updated from the first every six hours and the third NAS is a dump unit for storing disk images, master boot image and images of anything for repair.

This is a cut down version of what is at my old company except there we had various industrial systems added with very strange disk formats but they are all readable as and when necessary.


Setup & Installation / Re: Printer advice.
« on: December 07, 2017, 11:27:18 am »
Installed the ppd I extracted to both PSPRINT and PSCRIPT on my old OS/2 Warp machine, pulled a printer template and filled in the necessary information and port and it prints in full colour without any problems.

I ended up doing the same on ArcaOS because the 'Install Printer' in the 'Printers' folder only wanted to install a cups printer for some strange reason.  Doing it manually now allows me to print from there as well.

I tried both the IBM PSCRIPT driver and the PSPRINT from Alex.  Comparing both there is no apparent difference in output so I have decided on using tthe PSPRINT driver because of its ability to embed TT fonts.

Thanks to all for your help.

Setup & Installation / Re: Printer advice.
« on: December 06, 2017, 05:19:09 pm »
Thanks Dariusz and Andreas,

I used the  Y12E_C1-ps-32-120-en.EXE to extract the ppd and changed  LanguageEncoding to *LanguageEncoding: OS2-850 which I think is the correct value (see attachment).

Now to have fun with pin.exe which I haven't used for years and see if everything works as expected but that is a project for tomorrow.

Setup & Installation / Re: Printer advice.
« on: December 06, 2017, 10:32:56 am »
Hi Dariusz,

I changed that for the HL-3170CDW which does have the BrScript 3 emulation (postscript 3) and now I have to get it working over the wired network here at home.

Any help you can give will be gratefully accepted.

Hardware / Re: Mouse weirdness
« on: December 05, 2017, 11:26:12 am »
Hi Mentore,

Did you remove the USB/PS/2 adapter when you tried the usb mouse in other usb ports?  I ask because I have encountered one that was bad and caused problems with the mouse and keyboard very similar to what you are describing.

There is also the possibility if mechanical problems with the PS/2 port on the motherboard because those adapters put additional mechanical stress on the port and can cause failure of the soldered joints.

Hardware / Re: Hardware Reports / Reviews - More - MORE !!!!
« on: November 27, 2017, 07:28:19 pm »
Hi Martin,

The Corsair K55 is seen by USBRES but that is all.  I think the problem is its multi section and the USBKBD.SYS doesn't find the one that is the keyboard - the others do LED lighting and macros.

Attached are the USB outputs for OS/2 and windows which might give someone some idea of what is going on.  It would be nice if it could be made to work because, like the K95 it is a solid mechanical keyboard reminiscent of the old IBM ones.

Setup & Installation / Printer advice.
« on: November 25, 2017, 09:21:20 pm »
I have been trying to get my Brother HL-3150CDW network laser printer to work with OS/2 and ArcaOS (at the moment if I want to print I send the print jobs through an XP VM).

There are a set of Linux drivers available for both CUPS and LPR but so far I have not been able to get either of them to work directly.  CUPS says it has created the necessary settings but has never produced a print, not even the test print.

I assume that I have missed some step in the process but having tried several times with slightly different results obtained depending on how I put the Linux drivers relative to the PPD but the final result is the same - no print.

Any thoughts or advice would be appreciated.

I forgot to add that I put together a Linux box and it prints with CUPS from there.

Article Discussions / Re: ArcaOS Wishlist - 6 months !!
« on: November 23, 2017, 11:46:11 pm »
USB 3.0 and 3.1 are needed.

Also the OS2AHCI.ADD needs work to allow it to a) work with third party chipsets (asmedia, AMD A320 etc. Ryzen support chips for example).

There is still a kernel fault when SMARTAHCI is run (if the AHCI.ADD from eCS 2 works with smartahci why doesn't the official one?).

Hardware / Re: Hardware Reports / Reviews - More - MORE !!!!
« on: November 21, 2017, 03:43:49 pm »
To add another network scanner (WiFi)

Brother ADS-1600W

I does double sided scanning and scans to FTP and CIFS from the touch screen.

And now to USB Keyboards.

Roccat Isku+

It works with the USB keyboard driver but not to its full potential I think because it has three interfaces built in (there are Linux interface drivers for it that might be interesting).

Corsair K95

It works if set to legacy mode but this prevents any of the extra keys being recognised.

Corsair K55

This keyboard is not seen by our USB keyboard driver.

Article Discussions / Re: Sponsorship needed for new OS/2 web browser
« on: November 15, 2017, 03:40:21 pm »
Regarding Firefox 57 the Register has an article about it and a very large number of comments.

I am advising all my windows using friends to switch off firefox auto update and not touch this with a barge pole.

Hardware / Re: New laptop for Arca os
« on: November 15, 2017, 12:09:02 pm »
They look nice but non of them appear to be a real product at the moment.

The reviews appear to be based on pre production models that were shown at trade shows, they also appear to be aimed at win 10 as the operating system which does not bode well for getting any form of OS/2 on them (a good way to check that possibility is to see if thay have Linux drivers available).

By the middle of next year there might be something available in which case I would be looking to replace my ancient Acer Aspire 9300 (17" screen).

Setup & Installation / Re: Spell check in EPM on ArcaOS
« on: November 15, 2017, 01:25:11 am »
I also have all the dic files from IBM Works tucked away in my archives.

The uk.dic and francais.dic do give alternatives when necessary.

Hardware / Re: New laptop for Arca os
« on: November 14, 2017, 10:45:11 pm »
Are you thinking of the A12 soc processors or a full Ryzen and separate gpu?

Although the Ryzen and A12 specs haver 4 usb 3 ports on the processor the supporting chipsets allow up to 6 usb 2 ports with varying numbers of usb 3 and 3.1 ports.

So far I have been unable to use any of the usb 3 ports - fore some reason there doesn't appear to be any backward compatibility built in.  The usb 2 ports work without any problems.

Although I don't have a notebook with any of those processors I have several mini-ITX mother boards with AM4 processors (mainly A12 but I did build a system with a Ryzen 5 1600).  The Gigabyte board with the Ryzen 5 will not fully install ArcaOS even with the Uefi set to legacy mode but this is a board that is designed specifically for win 10 - you have to jump through hoops to install win 7.  The other boards work if you are careful with the Uefi settings and make sure that legacy is set for most things and make sure the ahci implementation will work whith the os2ahci.add driver (asmedia ahci will not).

You also need to remember that the laptop manufacturers are most likely to use usb3 rather than usb 2 (external usb2 devices work on usb 3 but the operating system must have the drivers).

A google search might give you more information than looking on Amazon.

Good luck.

Setup & Installation / Spell check in EPM on ArcaOS
« on: November 14, 2017, 04:37:28 pm »
I assume it is just me but when I went to spell check a document in EPM the proof/spell check section of the 'Options' drop down menu were missing as were the 'Dictionary file' and 'Personal dictionary' entries in the 'Paths' section of the settings notebook - very strange since they are in EPM on all my pre ArcaOS machines.

After a bit of investigation I found that my installing IBMWORKS way back in the early Warp 4 days gave me OSLEXAM.DLL in \os2\dll and UK.DIC and USER.DIC in \os2.  These are required for EPM to do proofing and spell checking (the UK.DIC is country specific and I assume there is a US.DIC as well as the other countries supported by IBMWORKS).

I don't know if there is supposed to be the OSLEXAM.DLL (or its equivalent) installed in ArcaOS or not, it wasn't on my install but I now have proofing and spell checking back on EPM.

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