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This is not specifically a Firefox issue (as best as I can tell) but since it impacts Firefox (17.0.11) only on my machine I'm posting in this group. I've been using Alex's WorkPlace Sans font family for a looooong time...last version was the 0.91 drop...recently I noticed that 1.01 was out...went out, grabbed the bitmap and non-bitmapped versions...installed them on my system (one at a time of course), re-booted, only to scream in horror (well, not quite, but you get the point...LOL) when I saw the nearly illegible Firefox menus once Firefox was restarted.

Through some experimentation I discoverd that changing the custom setting of gfx.os2.font.hinting=3 to something like 2 or 1 makes it look better, but certainly nowhere near what my current 0.91 version looks like with it being set to 3.

So am I missing something on my machine to make this latest font drop work correctly? Or perhaps, do I have some setting somewhere that should be re-set/turned-off?

I certainly have this font specified in my userChrome.css file, here is a section that controls the font and sizing used for the menus and menubar:

=== START ===

/* this controls the MENUBAR entries */
menubar {
  font-family: workplace sans !important;
  font-size: 16px !important;

/* this controls the actual listing of MENU headers */
menu {
  font-family: workplace sans !important;
  font-weight: bold !important;
  font-size: 16px !important;

=== STOP ===

Thanks everyone!

Multimedia / SMTube update?
« on: May 21, 2016, 05:06:17 pm »
Hi Everyone!

I was attempting to stream the Warpstock videos (since they wan't play in Firefox due to lack fo Flash) but the current OS/2 version of SMTube is at 14.x level, while the latest release is 16.3.x, so I'm curious: any chance we could get an updated release?

I'm asking b/c 14.x release now complains upon startup with "Error: could not connect to Youtube server"...I assume some things have changed???


Internet / Weird Firefox 17.0.11 TCP/IP traffic spike...
« on: May 02, 2016, 03:41:47 am »
Hi Everyone!

Within the last couple of weeks I started noticing a weird tcp/ip traffic spike while using my Firefox 17.0.11 release and openning a new window. Each time I do this I get about 4-5 secs of massive data xfer (which I monitor through my 'PU Monitor' utility) total there seems to be some kind of localhost loop where about 80-100 MB of data appear to be downloaded with matching 1MB uploaded...the thing is I am absolutely 100% certain there is no real "beyond the router" communication, it only appears to be hapenning internally on my machine.

So I'm curious if anyone has seen this behaviour with Firefox, maybe some add-on? The last add-on I installed is ChatZilla, but that was at least over a month ago...


Quite some time ago I installed a Warp4 version of the OS/2 Toolkit on my machine, however, I am wanting to get "updated" and take a stab at a few small things (like PUMon which eats up 50% of CPU on a single core when I run my system with all 6-cores enabled - it does not exhibit this behaviour when only 5 cores are enabled though...LOL). So the intent is to build a workable debug environment and re-compile source code as needed.

Over the years I have accumulated an assortment of various Toolkit updates (although none of them beyond the original War4 Toolkit CSDs have been installed) and as best as I can tell I have what looks to be an official 4.50.2 (XR04520) release. Are there any newer official OS/2 Toolkits/updates out there?

Now regarding the actuall install/un-install process. I have the VisualAgeC++ and IBM C/C++ Compiler (3.6.5) tools installed as well. A few years back I had a working development environment set up and did a little OS/2 investigating trying to understand how the development environment was structured.

Quite frankly, I can not remember if the OS/2 Toolkit was a separate install, or whether that was part of the IBM C/C++ install...pretty certain it was not included with VisualAgeC++.

Can anyone recommend the best practice to follow here to get this cleaned-up? I am thinking it would be best to un-install the Warp4 Toolkit and then install the newer 4.5x stuff...I have the following versions available:

1) IBM OS/2 Developer's Toolkit Version 4.5 - XR04500 - 4.50
2) IBM OS/2 Developer's Toolkit Version 4.5 - XR04510 - 4.50.1
3) IBM OS/2 Developer's Toolkit Version 4.5 - XR04520 - 4.50.2

Do I un-install my Warp4 Toolkit and install all of the above 1 after the next (additive install), or should I go directly to 4.50.1 and then apply the 4.50.2 on top of it? The 4.50.2 drop I have may be an un-official release as it appears to be made up of just the stuff that was updated and does not have a CSD style install.

Games / Quake/2 now broken???
« on: January 11, 2016, 03:40:29 pm »
So a while back...yeah, maybe a couple of years ago, or Quake/2 install was working great...then somehow, somewhere something broke...end result is that none of my Quake2 setups (so Quake local, LAN, QuakeWorld) no longer work.

Was hoping to bring back some of that "back in the early days of gaming" feeling for my son and play a bit of LAN Quake I'm curious if anyone has this working on their machine?

I have ATI X850 XT video card here with SNAP drivers.

Here is what I'm finding in my POPUPLOG.OS2:

01-10-2016  20:13:52  SYS3184  PID 00b9  TID 0001  Slot 00b0
EAX=ffff63c0  EBX=000000c8  ECX=ffff63c0  EDX=00000000
ESI=0110fd24  EDI=035a0000 
DS=0053  DSACC=f0f3  DSLIM=ffffffff 
ES=0053  ESACC=f0f3  ESLIM=ffffffff 
FS=150b  FSACC=00f3  FSLIM=00000030
GS=0000  GSACC=****  GSLIM=********
CS:EIP=005b:0002b619  CSACC=f0df  CSLIM=ffffffff
SS:ESP=0053:0110ec40  SSACC=f0f3  SSLIM=ffffffff
EBP=00000000  FLG=00010246

QUAKEFS.EXE 0002:0000b619


01-10-2016  20:26:34  SYS3175  PID 00d7  TID 0003  Slot 00aa
P1=00000001  P2=00000000  P3=XXXXXXXX  P4=XXXXXXXX 
EAX=148a122e  EBX=00b8f838  ECX=00b8fcb4  EDX=00b8f838
ESI=00b8fcb4  EDI=00000000 
DS=0053  DSACC=f0f3  DSLIM=ffffffff 
ES=0053  ESACC=f0f3  ESLIM=ffffffff 
FS=150b  FSACC=00f3  FSLIM=00000030
GS=0000  GSACC=****  GSLIM=********
CS:EIP=005b:148943ca  CSACC=f0df  CSLIM=ffffffff
SS:ESP=0053:00b8f7e0  SSACC=f0f3  SSLIM=ffffffff
EBP=00b8f81c  FLG=00010202

EMXLIBCM.DLL 0001:000143ca



Directory of G:\code\tools\emx\dll

 3-20-01  11:45a    193603           0  emxlibcm.dll
        1 file(s)     193603 bytes used

Any ideas?

Hi Everyone,

Well, my trusty Samsung 245T 24" monitor (1920x1200) finally gave up the ghost...literally nothing happens upon power-up, not even the "blue glow" of ON/OFF button. Per the Service Manual I have that implies either an internally blown fuse or as per the suggestions provided by previous post responses (I had an issue with my LCD coming out of DPMS save, screen was showing flickering for a few minutes each time) it may have been showing some issues with capacitors. much as I'd love to keep it, the US and Canadian locations are having some pretty crazy Holiday sales still and I might as well take advantage of it.

So...I understand that with SNAP drivers I can define various resolution modes, but that is still driven by the EDID monitor information being correctly recognized by the driver and thus telling it what the screen capability it. Assuming that all that works correctly, what is the highest screen resolution you have been able to use?

My video card is an old ATI X850 XT PE, info as reported by SNAP drivers is:
=== START ===
Graphics device configuration:
  Manufacturer......... ATI
  Chipset.............. Radeon X850 Series
  Bus Type............. PCI Express
  Memory............... 262144 KB
  DAC.................. ATI Internal 24 bit DAC
  Clock................ ATI Internal Clock
  Memory Clock......... 400 MHz
  Default Memory Clock. 400 MHz
  Maximum Memory Clock. 400 MHz
  Driver Revision...... 3.2, Build 29
  Driver Build......... Sep 25 2006
  Certified Version.... 1.60
  Certified Date....... Sep 25 2006
=== END ===

As best as I can tell the single-link DVI connector can display a maximum resolution of 1920×1200, while the dual-link’s maximum for that same screen is 2560×1600.

My ATI X850 User Guide indicates I have a DVI-I connector, which means I'm maxed out at I'm curious if anyone else has done better with different hardware?

Hardware / Anyone successfully using Brother HL-5470dw?
« on: December 04, 2015, 05:17:04 am »
I've got my good 'ol trusty Brother HL-1650 (with NIC card, so really the same config as HL-1670) Postscript printer here, working very well with my OS/2 setup. Both the standard IBM as well as Alex's PSPRINT drivers support all the feature. However...the printer is aged and while I love it, the reality is that it's starting to show it's age.

With some of the sales around these past couple of weeks I spied the HL-5470dw the Brother ( product page shows this is basically a modern day (updated) version of the HL-1670...still a Postscript printer, duplexed, fast not to mention it support Wi-Fi and the various types of Cloud/Google/Air printing (great for kids to run stuff off of their tablets).

So here is the big question: has anyone tried this unit in OS/2?

Hardware / How to turn OFF monitor DPMS ???
« on: September 12, 2015, 11:59:47 pm »
Samsung 245T LCD panel here..ATI X850 XTPE card, SNAP Build 505.

My monitor has been acting up lately coming out of sleep mode...basicaly the screen flashes rapidly several times, sort of a very quick ON/OFF type of a thing...monitor is somewhat old, so I'm thinking probably getting to it's EOL. Still...having said that, it works great once powered I though I'd just bite the bullet and shut OFF the DPMS function so that it does not go into sleep mode.

And here lies the problem...DPMS is shut OFF in the Screen object...SNAP LOG confirms DPSM is OFF, yet the monitor keeps on going into sleep mode. I even remmed out the APM.ADD driver, but that did not help.

Unfortunatley I do not have a way to disable DPMS on the LCD itself, nor could I find this in the service menu I have to find a way from within the OS/2 box.

For the life of me, and maybe I just forgot how to do this, I can not figure out how to shut this off on my W4.52 CP2 machine. So what am I missing here?


Applications / Problems with ArcView...
« on: July 29, 2015, 04:54:04 am »
So I'm attempting to pull the STDCPP6.DLL out of the release RPM file, but trying to do this with ArcView produces the following error in the "VX-REXX Console for Archive Viewer" window:

SYS1092: The handle could not be duplicated during a pipe operation.

Any ideas what is causing this?

I used to have ArcView working...then at some point in time something must have changed causing it to stop...

Applications / Status of NetDrive?
« on: February 08, 2015, 12:25:39 am »
What is the current status of NetDrive?

I see BMT Mirco still selling it =>, but the actual developer site only shows up in Arabic when I attempt to go there and Google Translate appears to indicate this is some sort of skin care advertisement... :o this effectively almost abandon-ware now? Or is this still a real product? Is anyone supporting it?

I'm curious because I installed the latest version (3.1.4) to try it out, basically linking to one of my WinXP does that great. Now that my media server is here (ZyXEL NSA325) I would like to fully test it out and see to what extent I can move my multiple HPFS partitions over to that storage media. It seems like NetDrive would allow this functionality fairly easily.

NSA325 box has other interface functionality, I could deploy NFS, FTP or even TFTP, however, I would much prefer to deploy something that is more streamlined and easier to configure.

Networking / Any benefit to running dual/quad port NIC?
« on: February 06, 2015, 04:06:42 am »
So as I was experimenting with enabling my motherboard RTL8168 chipset I am coming to a conclusion that maybe a move to an Intel Pro 1000 is best.

Looking at eBay I'm finding a pile of ads for multi-port NICs. Is there an advantage to doing this on our platform? Or is this merely something useful for servers where you do run separate interfaces?

If the device driver supports this, and it would appear that it might since I was able to boot up with my 3Com and RealTek NICs both enabled and configured to be lan0 and lan1 interfaces, could I potentially set these up so that I do my download on lan0 and upload on lan1???

Could I perhaps toss my LAN communication through lan1 and all WAN stuff on lan0??? I run Privoxy on my OS/2 box and all other household devices pass through it...therefore, as you can imagine that is a LOT of traffic at times for a single NIC.

I know, maybe that's idea...just thinking out-loud...LOL...

Hardware / Any luck with Azarawicz's new NIC driver for RealTek?
« on: February 05, 2015, 02:11:30 pm »
Folks, I've got a RealTek RTL8111DL on-board network chip...currently using a 3Com 3c905B NIC but that's only 100 speed, with a lot more media floating around the house I'm trying to get the motherboard chip running to use it's 1000 mode.

Well, after a bunch of looking around I found which is David's BETA release of the chipset driver. Install went smooth, my problem is that as soon as I attempt to do a PC to PC FTP xfer the whole PC locks I'm curious if anyone else has tried these?


Applications / GCC1.dll???
« on: February 01, 2015, 08:04:07 pm »
OK, so I attempted to install Qupzilla, only to discover that I need GCC1.DLL, apparently this comes from libgcc1 RPM install.

Alright...I haven't moved to RPM yet, so doing a few searches I came across this Netlabs ticket => Looks like GCC1 is the overall GCCxxx replacement...but still nowhere to be found.

Took at peek at the matching ZIP reporsitory for the RPM packages (, but I can not tell which one to pull, any ideas?

Applications / OpenOffice 4.1.1 GA - pre-requisite uninstall?
« on: January 08, 2015, 03:08:04 am »
Now that GA is available and since I did not see a mention of this anywhere yet (nor have I attempted the install myself either) should I completely un-install my current OO 3.2 first?

I remember having a hard time getting the WPS Integration part (was a separate WPI package), do I still need this with 4.1.1 GA, or has this been removed?

In other words, I'm trying to get some clarify on whether this is a complete un-install/re-install, or whether there is some built-in "upgrade" type functionality in the 4.1.1 GA WPI...


Applications / GeoGebra 5.0.xx problem for OS/2?
« on: January 04, 2015, 07:08:30 pm »
I was previously running version and starting with the following command line:

g:\java160\jre\bin\java -jar geogebra.jar

Now having upgraded to 5.0.56 and still trying to start the app with the same syntax produces the following result:

=== START ===
[G:\APPS\GENERAL\GEOGEBRA]g:\java160\jre\bin\java -jar geogebra.jar
        at geogebra3D.euclidian3D.opengl.j.a(Unknown Source)
        at geogebra.GeoGebra3D.<clinit>(Unknown Source)
Caused by: java.lang.RuntimeException: Please port OS detection to your platform
        at jogamp.common.os.PlatformPropsImpl.getOSTypeImpl(PlatformPropsImpl.ja
        at jogamp.common.os.PlatformPropsImpl.<clinit>(
        ... 3 more
Could not find the main class: geogebra.GeoGebra3D. Program will exit.
=== STOP ===

So it appears to me that the 'portable' version of the app (as opposed to Win/Linux/tablet specific ones) attempts to detect the OS version of the JRE and it specifically fails in our OS/2 port.

Has anyone found a work-around for this? If not, is this something I should report to the JVM team, or is this a GeoGebra issue?


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