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Roderick Klein:

--- Quote from: Thomas Klein on March 07, 2013, 05:41:11 pm ---Hi,

I know I'm late for ranting, and certainly this is not related to the context of the last posts, but:

Is it just me or is it completely ridiculuous and unprofessional (sorry, Mensys) to publish a demo for an operating system without WIFI support, especially if the actual OS in fact HAS support for Wifi? Were you not granted permission to include it?

I mean, hey, we're 2013, folks! I'm doing ten times more on wireless connections with phone, tablet or notebook/laptop than with an RJ45 cable attached to some plug. I wasn't upset, perhaps a bit disappointed on the inside, but I definitely was ... speechless. When the demo started up, I went like "hey, no, wait... this can't be real. Am I doing something wrong? No, they must be kidding". I sincerely cross fingers and light a candle that we'll soon see a demoCD refresh with a "WiFi supported!" sticker attached.

Frankly: I don't care if APM or ACPI versus suspend/resume works. I don't care that the lame Panorama now is faster than before (and still slower than my crappy Android phone while we're at it). I don't care about these incredibly improved, groundshakingly different desktop icons. And heck, I don't even care about USB improvements if I could trade all this for an OOTB WIFI support.

Regards,
Thomas

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The genmac drivers are in the detection logic of OS2CSM and are in the driver collection on the CD. They however not seem to load. Our internal testing this did worked on a T42.
So I'm suprised it did not work. Hence the reason its also a beta.

Roderick Klein:

--- Quote from: onlineuser2 on March 08, 2013, 02:48:24 pm ---
--- Quote from: Thomas Klein on March 07, 2013, 05:41:11 pm ---Hi,


Frankly: I don't care if APM or ACPI versus suspend/resume works. I don't care that the lame Panorama now is faster than before (and still slower than my crappy Android phone while we're at it). I don't care about these incredibly improved, groundshakingly different desktop icons. And heck, I don't even care about USB improvements if I could trade all this for an OOTB WIFI support.


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you are right.   wifi, wifi, wifi !!!!!!!!


hi

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Let me answer Andreas his point. I wrote on os2.org as well. Tests an a T42 and T40 with suspend and resume have so far worked.
You can switch to legacy mode. As for the hot CPU. What version of ACPI was this that you tested with ?
I don't know with which version you tested.

All recent versions of ACPI  implement HLT support on the SMP kernel. So you should get the same result my T61 is right now 44 degrees celcius.
But we have not really received bug reports if recent version of ACPI don't work with the HLT on older notebooks to keep the CPU cool.
The HLT instruction has been implemented in the x86 CPU's since the first versions of the CPU (earlier then the 286).

So either you are running an older version of ACPI (pre-dating  3.20 version) or we do have a bug. But as long as there is no bug report
its guess work what you report is based on.

And as I have written before. The whole ACPI upgrade and USB was needed. So the wifi support is in the beta demo CD (the website also mentions this as a beta!).
I will look at this over the weekend. Final release of the eCS demo CD will be in the second week of April together with eCS 2.2 German and English final version.
Beta of eCS 2.2 will be released next week.

Roderick Klein
Mensys B.V.

warpcafe:
Hi,

I have to be more precise with my criticism.
The actual WiFi adapter(s) are supported, albeit by having to select them manually from the "advanced" preboot menu's last screen.
The problem is that, well, XWLAN is not on the CD. Or am I just too stupid to find it? The bottom line is: I have an (apparently) WORKING WiFi adapter, but cannot tell it to connect to an SSID... or enter the according WPA2 password.

Regards,
Thomas

Roderick Klein:
One advantage of public transport compared to driving my motorcycle. I can work on eCS on my laptop in the express bus :-)

I'm currently running final tetss on the virtualbox hang on the geneproto.exe and virtualbox that should be fixed.As for Xwlan on the todo list. But for the gemac drivers.
The driver

A) Is not auto detected by the preboot.

B) My intel 3945 chipset in my T61 does not load correctly.

The primary reason to bring out the demo CD is to show some other things amoung Panorama and ACPI progress. While not there yet it shows we remain on the move...

Regards,

Roderick Klein
Mensys B.V.

Marc:
I wish they would publish current motherboards that work.  I've been using OS/2 since 2.0 and have been real happy with it but my diiema  is this.  The IDE chipset on my board is shot. The cd rom and floppy don't work.  Since I have SCSI hard drives I installed an SCSI cd rom.  Now I suppose I could set the CD rom to id  0 and change the hard drives to 1 and 2 and install the new ec-com station but another problem came up.  Now the printer port reports errors and won't work plus my printer is old and needs replacing and of course getting a printer to work with OS/2 is a hit or miss and I'm getting too old to put much effort and money into something that won't work, so I hope the final version comes with a list of hardware that works.

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