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Setup & Installation / Re: Problematic OS/2 installation on IBM x3200
« on: August 18, 2020, 11:38:49 am »
Hi Francesco! : )

Question is, at which point of the installation routine does that appear? Right when booting, or way later? And if so, when?
What did you do/set up before?


Off Topic discussions / Re: Powerline combo with POE?
« on: August 17, 2020, 10:04:39 pm »
Hmm.. as far as I know, some Powerline Adapters also are access points.
When you de-activate this function, the only way transmitting data is via the power line. Power lines in DE are well shielded. (we have tested)

Also I am not sitting directly near the power outlet, so I guess the low frequency rays produced by the psu/cpu of the notebook or tablet have way greater radiation than a not-so-well-shielded copper LAN cable leading from the power outlet to my LAN2USB adapter. : )

So, since this is lower frequency, and Wifi is high frequency 2,4G, 5G this should be way worse for the human body's cells.

Thing is also.. this is all not a problem as long as one does not stay within rays all day long. But I do... atleast 8 hours at work, I cannot do anything about that, so atleast at home it would be nice not to have huge wifi antennas (higher frequency rays) as well.

Unfortunately our neighbours do not care and/or know much about this (typical for elderly people (main thing it works.. good chance they still have the default password set for admin access :p)) and so their router and wifi antennas are at full power all day long.
This cannot be healthy. Not only they have their routers unconfigured (wifi networks are partly overlapping), but also do not turn off the wifi antenna over night, which is a thread for human cells. They can rest best (at night) when ray emissions are low enough.
I have a collegue at work who's got both.. ray measurement instruments for low and high frequencies.. and his high frequency measurement equipment showed a 1.000 times higher ray emissions on top of my bed than it should be (according to health tables). Unfortunately I cannot do much about this. :/
My only comfort is, that this value is still within german regulations for wifi... which are like all regulations.. made by lobby organisations for the industry that produced these devices... which renders them useless from the start.

Anyway. This should not be our point.
Let's remain at the topic :>

Off Topic discussions / Re: Powerline combo with POE?
« on: August 17, 2020, 02:20:59 pm »
That USB hub is awesome. xD - Never seen anything like that.
Looks like some kind of power injection to USB. - I knew there are power injectors for twisted pair, but for USB also? Nice! :D

Hmm.. worth a try for 10 EUR.. - If that works, this could be a solution.
Thank you guys for giving this a thought!

ivan, nope it's just a third party TPLink Access Point. My ISP's router does not offer Wifi in its' current mode.
Would you say that a better wifi router could overpower the other wifi networks around?
I mean.. I can scroll through a looong list on wifi networks near by. :o
Appears like eeeeverybody here tries to wifi his way through all the others.
Debugging with a wifi detector app, I can see the networks are everywhere.. on all frequencies.
And sometimes some neighbours even have better range than I do (standing nebrary to my access point! at 100% maxed send power allowed in DE)

I mean, sure I could start or join the antenna war. (Who's got the biggest one?? :p) - But I'd rather go a different way. Should also be more healthy than wifi rays all day at work AND at home at all times.
There still are rays from all the neighbours, but rather than participating, I'd try the good old cable way. hehe

Off Topic discussions / Powerline combo with POE?
« on: August 14, 2020, 09:47:50 pm »
Going away from Wifi (also due to Warpnes) I've tried out Powerline dapters in our familiy for couching in the evening.
We came to the conclusion: That stuff rocks, even with android tablets!

The connection is WAY better and lag free, especially when our son is playing tablet online games. ; )

Problem is though, the USB LAN adapter s*cks out more tablet battery power than the Wifi connection. (No problem for Notebooks though.)
That leads to one problem... you can use Powerline until the tablet battery runs out. Then wifi needs to be re-enabled and an USB charger needs to be connected, so the tablet does not die due to power shortagae.

So I came to the question, is there something such like PowerLine with Power over Ethernet (POE)? - And YES there is. - Cool! *__*
But.. are there also USB LAN "cards" supported by Android that can make use of POE LAN?
If so, you'd be able to even CHARGE the tablet while using the network without mobile data or wifi, but with Powerline + POE. How cool would that be?!

Did anybody have experiences with that already?

Off Topic discussions / Re: Thinkpad Yoga S1 12 weird *A* key
« on: July 22, 2020, 07:14:34 pm »
Sigurd, do you know the Lenovo product code for the backlit DE keyboard?

The linked one above is NOT backlit.

For the moment, I did some testing, and clicked off the "a" key..
I cannot see any dirt or dust underneath..
Then tried to push the key without the "a" cover... and found out, it doesn't work as good when pushing the right side of the rubber underneath the key. - Left side almost always worked.
Then.. I took some paper, scissors.. and cut a small piece off the paper, put it underneath the key, clicked it in.. and.. like new. --> so for the moment it works fine again, but I doubt it will for long.

In the meanwhile I am trying to get a backlit Thinkpad S1 Yoga 12 keyboard with DE layout.

Off Topic discussions / Re: Thinkpad Yoga S1 12 weird *A* key
« on: July 21, 2020, 10:05:30 pm »
Thank you guys for the immediate help : )) <-- yes hd to push the a quite hard for that one grml... feels like it's getting worse.. :o

Watched the video.. and found this to be rocket science. : ] - Where are the times where you could take out the keyboard from above? ; )
Guess there is no choice. Going to get such a keyboard. - Are they all illuminated, or do I need to take special care when looking for such a keyboard?
Asking this because I also found some for 25 EUR.. mhm : )

Off Topic discussions / Thinkpad Yoga S1 12 weird *A* key
« on: July 21, 2020, 09:57:19 am »
Got a used Thinkpad Yoga S1 12 at the beginning of 2020, working all fine, but now the "A" key needs to be pushed a special way to work. - Which is of course very troublesome, especially when translating.
The key press feels normal, just as all the others.

I have tried to push lots of air into that key from all angles... maybe there is some dirt underneath the key? --> No change.
Also I did rotate the display to make the thing tablet, and vice versa while directing compressed air in/on that "a" key. --> No change.

grr.. next step would be to unscrew the whole thing (I've seen the maintenance manual.. uff..) just to see the keyboard from underneath.. - But question is (and this is why I am writing this).. did anybody do that already on that notebook?
Good chance, the keyboard is built in "as one piece", and one cannot look underneath the keys... which would render the whole action a waste of time. - Instead I'd get a new keyboard and THEN unscrew everything, and replace the damn thing.

But then again, if anybody did this already, and the keyboard CAN be maintained and revived, getting a new one would be a waste of money..

So.. any hints welcome. : )

Marketplace / Re: Borland C++ looking for a home
« on: July 03, 2020, 10:11:46 am »
Yes, your location would be interesting. : )
These dev packs should not be dumped. :o - Especially the one that's still wrapped.

Please consider donating them for QT development. (You might want to ask Roderick Klein.)

Also a possibility: Industries widely use linux in consumer products, like car entertainment systems and the like. If you happen to plug a USB stick into them, using exfat, you wouldn't be able to read the stick.
So, could be, there is an industry demand for exfat support in the linux kernel.

And of course Microsoft wants the world to use the only correct operating system... their own... to satisfy all their computing needs.
Let's continue with the above example: GuyX buys an USB stick at the next store (preformatted with exfat), put that stick in his Windows machine, loads lots of songs onto that.. and finally in the car, the entertainment system (linux) cannot read the damn stick..

Googling (or duckduckgo'in) around he finds that exfat is the culprit and the damn MS operating system "does not work with my radio".
(While instead the majaority of linux users would simply reformat to fat32, the Windows guy goes through a lot of hassles until he finally (or never) finds a solution.

So.. to make the Windows experience as smooth as possible, there is indeed a demand to support any major MS file system in the linux kernel. Makes sense for them.

Hardware / Re: Report: ArcaOS on Panasonic Toughbook CF-M34 MK1
« on: May 27, 2020, 09:31:43 am »
Cewl! oo* - Good to know. I'll give it a try once touch is done. : )

Marketplace / Re: ebay Stuff
« on: May 27, 2020, 09:14:20 am »
Awesome! *__* - But shipping to US only : /

Hardware / Re: Report: ArcaOS on Panasonic Toughbook CF-M34 MK1
« on: May 26, 2020, 07:57:38 pm »
Audio report: Uniaud does not work. (current and previous version)

Throws an error message on boot-up:

Code: [Select]
ERROR: Initialization failed
pci_register_driver: query_device found 11 10C8:8005 class=40100 checking Bt87x0
SS32_Initialize: FAILED
OS/2 Universal Audio MMPM/2 Driver v1.9.7

Unable to attach 32bit driver
SYS1202: The Device driver [...] was not installed, line 168 ignored.

Lateron, when booted up, "unimix -list" brings up "Detected 0 audio adapter(s)"

So, actually audio, wifi and touch do not work (yet).
I suppose wifi is pointless anyway, as the standard is most likely not supported by any access point anymore? ; )

Now testing touch..

Applications / Re: WarpIN: Exception on Main thread
« on: May 26, 2020, 11:39:41 am »
After applying some libc'ish updates via ANPM on my ArcaOS 5.0.3, I've had the exact same issue, yestterday. - Warpin 1.0.22 refused to start with this exact message.

Tried everything, including reduce cores to 1, kill ACPIDAEMON, delete INIs and restart with empty ones.. etcetc.. nothing helped.

Lewis advised me to try out Warpin 1.0.23 from the ArcaOS 5.0.4 CD - Worked INSTANTLY. - Even without reboot.

Hardware / Re: Report: ArcaOS on Panasonic Toughbook CF-M34 MK1
« on: May 26, 2020, 10:55:52 am »
Martin, Wim, I've had some other retro hardware to refurbish over the past couple of days, including a dying Android tablet, which has been replaced with a ThinkPad Yoga S1 12, as Sigurd proved to work fine. - And indeed it does. Excellent hardware.

Over all that, the Toughbook had to wait for works to finish (will they ever finish?! :>).

Today after work I will try Wim's hint! Looking forward to that, sounds awesome and reading that this could actually work out! *__*

Martin, to answer your questions:

1) Are all the components of the laptop working, Audio?, Video with Panomara or SNAP?

Uff.. about Audio.. not sure anymore right now, have to have a look after work. : )
SNAP for graphics working fine out of the box.

> 2) Any trick on the config.sys for drivers?

None yet.

> 3) Does it looks like the one on the picture?

Yes this the machine on your picture. But I have two of them; One with the antenna and one without. (There were numerous versions of these notebooks.. even with GPS antenna!!)

> 4) Whats does the antenna does? Wifi?

The antenna on one of my ToughBooks is indeed WiFi, like the one on your picture.
A sticker on the screen is reading "wifi ready".. so I suppose it is quite some old standard.. but yes.. it's for networking. I've seen it working with a stone-age Zyxel wifi access point with (from today's standards) really unsatisfying security. - But it used to work with Windows 98SE! : )

If you like, I can supply some more photos from all angles, including size comparisation. This Toughbook is indeed tiny. :D

--> I'll report back with more details, especially regarding Wim's touch screen hint!

Hardware / Re: Report: ArcaOS on Panasonic Toughbook CF-M34 MK1
« on: May 12, 2020, 10:34:24 pm »

The above STOP message means: You have selected AHCI & ACPI on an old machine.

Now I FINALLY have a working solution:

1) I`ve finally found the time to set up a new ArcaOS 5.0.4EN on VirtualBox. On install select the installer boot option ¨öld machine¨
2) then cloned the thing with Norton Ghost 6 (bootable floppy, since the notebook can only boot from A: or C:) - Norton Ghost parameter ¨ghost -slpit=85¨
3) loaded the Iomega ZIP100 driver (from floppy) and then cloned all data from local (virtual) HDD to ZIP100 disks
4) booted up the notebook
5) booted from Norton Ghost 6 boot floppy
6) loaded ZIP100 parallel port drive
7) started up Ghost6 from floppy
8) reloaded all the images onto the notebook hard drive
9 reboot.. and IT WORKS! :D

ArcAOS 5.0.4 booting and running excellently fine with 192 MB RAM 300 MHz Celeron.. : )
PCMCIA slot is Texas Instruments, network card is a PCMCIA card, 3Com Fast Ethernet III.. needs to be installed manually.

And... as I know.. Martin always is looking for pci.exe output... :D
... I´ve included the listing as an attachment.

Everything working now.. but tis notebook also comes with touch screen ... next task will be to get that working, too. :D

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