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Applications / Re: Share your ArcaOS screenshots
« on: May 18, 2017, 10:58:16 am »
Thanks Dave, that was my assumption when I started to put the system together.

One question though, why Panorama?  Snap drives that monitor here at work without problems - Radeon X550 video card.

Applications / Re: Share your ArcaOS screenshots
« on: May 18, 2017, 12:15:16 am »
A bit quick on the trigger there Greggory.  It appears that AN has only just finished sorting out the server problems, people then have to order and download before they can install.

If they are like me I expect that a lot of people are waiting for more detailed information about what it is expected to install on.  We all know it will install on older hardware, it is the new virgin hardware that interests me - specifically, ASRock AM1H-ITX motherboard, 4 core AMD APU with built in Radeon R3 GPU, 4GB DDR3 ram, 500GB SATA HD, 1TB SATA HD, SATA DVD RW drive, Kingston USB trackball, Corsair K55 USB keyboard and a Hanns-G 1920 x 1200 28" monitor (this is what I am building for my retirement in 2 months time and would like to know if I can install ArcaOS on this or if I have to let my service people install one of our WSeB on it, ArcaOS would make it mine rather than the companies).   

Applications / Re: Are you getting ready for ArcaOS?
« on: May 09, 2017, 09:17:15 am »
Doug, a quick question.

You mention making a good backup of an existing system, that should be standard practice, but my question is have you, or any of the testers, tried this on a brand new unused physical system and if so what are the problems?

Applications / Re: Avoiding Windows 7's CHKDSK?
« on: May 05, 2017, 06:08:40 pm »
The word "damaged" (damaged disk, e.g. bad sector) occurs in a next dialog window, but is not relevant and blurred the memory.

The fact that flash disks don't have sectors still has to be taken into account.  If a flash cell becomes damaged, worn out, and the wear levelling firmware can't allocate a replacement then to the OS, especially windows, it will appear as a bas sector and trigger the chkdsk subsystem.

For a longer discussion on this see:

Applications / Re: Avoiding Windows 7's CHKDSK?
« on: May 03, 2017, 04:41:16 pm »
Maybe a stupid question but have you tried another USB stick? 

We use USB sticks from 1GB to 32 GB in size for transferring files to/from a couple of win 7 machines that a client uses and have never see any problems.  They were all setup using DFSee to provide the LVM information and drive letter and also do the FAT32 formatting.

There is also another possibility.  Depending on the age and amount of use your stick might be suffering from dead cells that the wear levelling isn't fixing.  While the OS/2, eCS FAT driver will generally ignore them win 7 will pick them up and report that it needs to run chkdsk which may not do anything if the dead cells are beyond what the wear levelling firmware can deal with (this is like the bad sector reports for floppy disks but because it is a flash drive it doesn't work the same as the floppy).

Networking / Re: DNS resolution...strange problem?
« on: May 02, 2017, 03:39:27 pm »
Why are you trying to connect two boxes that are both on the same network by going out to the web and back again?  That is asking for problems when all you need to do is use the local IP address for the box you want to contact.

An example of this is when I connect to one of our NAS units http servers by using, for example, in the firefox address bar.

Depending on how damaged your ini files are you could try XFIX from XWorkplace to clean out all the redundant listings.

Cleanini is also good for removing those items that are outdated.  We use it as the last thing on fridays to keep the ini files clean.

There is also iniEditor 1.2 if you want to do it the hard way.

Edit to add the two programs because they are not easy to find.

Applications / Re: Are you getting ready for ArcaOS?
« on: April 25, 2017, 12:39:02 am »
Hopefully at some point soon Lewis will make some big announcements but I think he is very overworked and just doesn't have time to show up here or do much else.

While I agree with you to a certain extent, I do have to say it is not good business strategy to leave potential customers in the dark and frustrated.  I learned that to my cost 40 odd years ago.

Applications / Re: Are you getting ready for ArcaOS?
« on: April 24, 2017, 06:10:48 pm »
Doesn't that depend on if IBM supplied the source code or if it is just a patch?  If the latter then I would think the patch file could be distributed on its own but, these things all depend on just how the contract with IBM is worded (if it is like any of the government we have had to work to they not only dot the i and cross the t but give you a list of them as well).

Applications / Re: Are you getting ready for ArcaOS?
« on: April 24, 2017, 12:32:13 pm »
Hi Doug, thanks for your input.

The installer is really the only part left to test in depth. It mostly worked for beta 16. As for the hardware, how many times do you need to be told "If it works today, with eCS, it will likely work with ArcaOS", possibly with a few pleasant surprises.

Only one problem here we don't have eCS (ACP2 for us) and all I know about its installer is what I have read here and things I have gleaned from the eCS 2.2 DEMO iso which almost worked on one of our workstations.

This is why I have been concerned by the dearth of information available.  It also makes me wonder I we will have to 'roll our own' bootable CD/DVD just as we did in the past.

I am not sure that the new, Arca Noae patched, kernel will be available that way.

Now that is very interesting.  What is it patched for becomes the obvious question but I suspect that you are not allowed to divulge that information.

Applications / Re: Are you getting ready for ArcaOS?
« on: April 23, 2017, 11:55:03 pm »
ArcaOS 5.0: Blue Lion is coming

Six months time, maybe. 

If they are only now getting down to real beta testing and those testers do a real test it will take at least that long and we still don't know what new hardware it will install on - if we can install it we can generally run it.

It would help if a FULL list of what hardware the testers have available so we, the end users, would know if we need to 'go it alone' and endeavour to install on new hardware or wait and then try with this new installer.

OK, so we now know what the costs are but it is still a toss up between the new installer and just getting the drivers.

Applications / Re: Are you getting ready for ArcaOS?
« on: April 23, 2017, 01:30:10 am »
Thanks Pete,

The UEFI Legacy/Compatibility mode setting I what I assumed it should be from my reading up on it (strangely enough the ASRock board we got for testing has those settings on by default). 

The AHCI driver is good to know about but there are far too many unknowns but I expect we will eventually get it working even if we have to make a tailored image and copy that across.

We can use DFSee (boot from USB floppy, USB stick or CD) to see and partition any hard disks so we are part way there.  The eCS 2.2 demo throws a wobbly saying it can't read the hard disk (partitioned but not formatted) but then it never liked any of our AMD powered workstations anyway.

I just wish that there was some information available about what HW this new installer is supposed to install on - Intel, AMD, current, 1 or more years old etc. rather than a complete silence.

Applications / Re: Are you getting ready for ArcaOS?
« on: April 22, 2017, 11:37:29 pm »
And now that the week has passed what do we tell those that were interested?

At the moment we don't even have any ides about the hardware it is supposed to run on.  Maybe some of the beta testers could enlighten us as to the hardware they used.

Will it run on AMD processors with integrated video like the 2650 AM1 APU or the latest AMD Ryzen 7?

Can it run the hard disks in AHCI mode or do they have to be set to IDE?

How well does it work with UEFI and what setting are important?

These are the type of concerns that both old and new users will have.  I know we do because we are looking to equip a client with mini-ITX AM1 based units as replacements for systems dating from 1988 (these mini_ITX units will fit in the existing cases and if we use the ASRock AM1H-ITX we don't have to worry about trying to fit the power supply because they use a standard 19v laptop supply which even powers the SATA hard disks).

Will we get answers or will there be a deathly silence aka eCS?

General Discussion / Re: GMail no longer for OS2-eCS
« on: April 21, 2017, 10:57:36 pm »
Are you using the IMAP service or something else?

I tend to use POP3 for GMail but at odd times (when someone sends a full HTML email) I use IMAP and that is on firefox 17.11.

Applications / Re: configuring the rpm release of cups
« on: April 18, 2017, 06:44:39 pm »
CUPS install has NOTHING, at all, to do with the printer type, and model.

So you are saying the the rpm/yum install installs all the various backends regardless of if they are needed or not.  I would have thought that the installer would at least want to know which printer type to allow it to install the correct backend.

Sorry but I am first and foremost an engineer and have this tendency to apply that thinking to computers and their software.  After all computers are supposed to be logical machines, but what I am seeing with this rpm/yum thing does not appear that logical.

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