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Messages - Neil Waldhauer

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Setup & Installation / Re: ArcaOS 5.0.x OVA for VirtualBox
« on: February 06, 2023, 10:21:43 pm »
I don't know how an OVA works, but I'll give it a try.

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Hardware / Re: Hardware Compatibility Wishlist for 2023
« on: February 04, 2023, 03:39:05 pm »
Access to RAM in the 32-bit address space is going to be one of the next hoops to jump through. The newest systems are lucky to get 2 GB RAM. What we need is to be closer to 4 GB.

An adaptation that might help is to set the swapper to use PAE to access 64-bit memory, but direct access to nearly 4 GB would be better.

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Programming / Re: WebSite / HTML editor - what do we have?
« on: February 02, 2023, 03:40:24 pm »
The best editors are cloud-based at this point. I'd vote for wix.com. But it does not run on our browser(s).

In a way, it's better to compose on OS/2, because these new editors also create pages that won't work on our Firefox. I need to check dooble builds on that.

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Applications / Re: Porting question
« on: January 31, 2023, 10:54:05 pm »
Ugh...  I remember again why I'm not a programmer.....   >:(

It isn't for everyone. You might be able to document how to use an OS/2 program. The skills needed to make a program are different from the skills needed to describe how to use a program.

Long ago I was with a bunch of hard core Unix programmers, and one of them had to use Windows NT. So I looked over at his screen, and it had a full screen command prompt (running vi) and the registry editor open. He had figured out how to kill explore (which normal people would have called the Windows desktop), which was of no use to him.

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Hardware / Re: Some successful installs with ArcaOS 5.0
« on: January 28, 2023, 03:42:22 pm »
It is helpful to test some installations of ArcaOS on some computers. But the name printed on the computer case is not enough information.

Look at my website for a better summary of information for one computer. http://www.blondeguy.com/ComputersForSale.html

Or look at the OS/2 World wiki and the information there, although that is also often not enough. If you are installing ArcaOS, a good start is to produce the testlog for the finished installation.

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Applications / Re: Creating an OS/2 image from HDD
« on: January 23, 2023, 01:00:19 am »
The easy way to move your partition is to use zip. Zip your old partition with -qryS. If files are in use, they will not be included, so if you are moving a bootable volume, boot from another volume, or from installation media to do your zip.

Create your new volume, and unzip (no parameters needed). If it is bootable, and you changed file system type, you need to use sysinstx <drive letter> to copy system files.

This method has few limitations about volume size and it defragments your data, too.

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I think this is the right place for OS/2 on virtual. I know my concern is how developed the OS/2 side of the virtual environment is. VirtualBox gives a decent set of OS/2 additions. VMWare abandoned theirs but it probably still works. Are any other hosts capable? Without a decent set of additions, OS/2 isn't really very nice to run in a virtual environment.

I'm on both virtual and hardware. I sell both hardware with ArcaOS and per-configured ArcaOS virtual machines on my website. I spend at most of my computer time on OS/2.

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Utilities / Re: graphic interface for smartahci
« on: January 08, 2023, 08:39:44 pm »
I'm not seeing my disks with smartmontools. I'm using the Arca Noae NVMe driver. I see we have smartmontools 6.6, but the release version is 7.3.

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Hardware / Re: Hardware Compatibility Wishlist for 2023
« on: January 04, 2023, 03:35:20 pm »
I'd like to be able to set display resolution to numbers I like, instead of relying on those few that the VESA interface provides.

Hi Neil.

I didn't get this one, since I only have 1920x1080 monitors or less.
Do you mean that in Panorama there is missing some configuration for higher resolutions? or custom resolutions? Is there any resolution number that is giving you problems?

Regard

I may start a new thread for this, but this is my list of choices for screen resolution

640x480
800x600
1024x768
1280x1024
1600x1200
1920x 1440
3840x2160

Notice that only the last one is a wide-screen.

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Hardware / Re: Lenovo Thinkcentre M73p
« on: January 02, 2023, 05:30:17 am »
I'm running an M920q (tiny) now.

M920q looks very interesting. How much memory does OS/2 see?

  Memory below 4GB: 2.39 GiB


not bad,  will it increase if you reduce Video Mem  ?

That is with the minimum video memory.

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Hardware / Re: Hardware Compatibility Wishlist for 2023
« on: January 01, 2023, 04:17:30 pm »
Working with a new monitor, I find I'm wishing that we had support for HDMI, DisplayPort and USB-c video interfaces with audio. I know this is a big ask, since it sort of confuses the boundary between video and audio. I'd like to be able to set display resolution to numbers I like, instead of relying on those few that the VESA interface provides.

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Hardware / Re: Lenovo Thinkcentre M73p
« on: January 01, 2023, 03:27:53 pm »
I'm running an M920q (tiny) now.

M920q looks very interesting. How much memory does OS/2 see?

Loader's physical memory layout:
  Memory below 1MB: 635.00 KiB
  Memory between 1MB and 4GB: 2.39 GiB
  Memory below 4GB: 2.39 GiB
  Memory above 4GB: 5.44 GiB

I'm now running with a 4K monitor at 3840 x 2160.

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Programming / Re: Qt6
« on: December 28, 2022, 03:28:30 pm »
Thanks, Paul, for attempting this port of QT6. It's inspiring how you have done this in a public way, so we can all follow along, even if we can't understand all the moving parts you must deal with for the port.

And thanks for the GCC port, which I can and do use. If anyone uses PMMail, it has made a big difference for that program to be compiled with a newer version.

Of course, others helped, particularly dmik at bitwise, for some parts, and for eveyone who tested and helped.

Happy New Year to you all.

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Applications / Re: PDF Printer
« on: December 21, 2022, 04:33:42 pm »
I just printed this thread using Firefox 45 print to file.

6-05-22  23:49          74,267    124  firefox.exe

I don't know how firefox versioning works, so this is the version of Firefox.

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Setup & Installation / Re: Changing platforms
« on: December 15, 2022, 03:40:16 pm »
As far as VMWare ESXi6.0, their support ended long ago. Version 4 worked great. But I think that isn't the problem.

using mv, uname, etc -- these commands are all from \usr directories, so at least mv should fail. OS/2 native commands might have worked, but the sure way to move locked files is to boot from alternate media. You can boot from the install .ISO, go to system maintenance, and manipulate things as you like.

Platform should be pentium4 then i686. I might be wrong, but I haven't found any need to uninstall any i686 items.

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