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Applications / Re: Creating an OS/2 image from HDD
« on: January 23, 2023, 12:05:48 am »
Hi Dariusz,
Have you considered creating two partitions on your new enlarged SSD leaving your boot partition at 200 Gb (which is excessive for a boot partition, mine is 2 GB with over 1 GB still free) and putting tools, programs, etc on the remaining partitioned space? 

Hi Andi,
Sorry to hear of your misfortune but it was rather foolish to let win 10 anywhere near another OS.  I have a lone salvaged PC that has win 7 on it because a data logger I use only has a win interface.  I have been given a couple of laptops one of which had win 10 installed (lenovo ideapad) and the first thing I did was to kill win and install Linux mint.  I am thinking I might install ArcaOS if they ever release the UEFI version.

I have also had several friends bring their laptops with win 10 installed as an update that messed up everything they had there for me to fix.  I am dreading a rush of win 11 machines because I know of several laptops (HONOR MagicBook 16 and others) appeared as Christmas presents.


I have been running OS/2 on real hardware since I got version 1.20 in 1989.  Today I run ArcaOS on real hardware MSI B550-A PRO motherboard with a third generation AMD RYZEN processor.  On my local network I have a few more OSs each for a reason, Linux Mint for its Firefox browser, Win 7 as an interface to a data logger ( said data logger won't run on vBox or any other virtualization because it requires real hardware ).  I can also display what each OS is doing on my main 28 inch monitor via a 4k USB KVM switch. backup goes to two NAS boxes every night.

That basic layout has been running without problems for the last 15 years and does everything I ask it so why change. 

Utilities / Re: graphic interface for smartahci
« on: January 08, 2023, 01:45:34 pm »
You could try free DFSee v17 for that and I think Peter Brown's PMsmartctl does a good job of showing the SMART data on a hard disk.

Applications / Re: VLC3018 IDN11.DLL
« on: January 08, 2023, 01:34:24 pm »
Hi Andy,

It installed with ArcaOS so I have it in this machine but I have never seen the need to use it.  Remembering the last time I updated some DLLs and had several working programs stop working because the new DLLs were not backward compatible so never again.

I have opened the package manager but find nothing of interest there, it appears to be something a person interested in programming might be interested in and I'm NOT a programmer.

Each to his own.  I will stick with my 4k kvm switch and the Linux Mint box under the desk for the firefox browser when necessary.

Hi Mentore,  The big mistake IBM made was to allow Microsoft to get involved with OS/2 because it was far better than the windows offering.

Applications / Re: Software Wishlist for 2023
« on: January 07, 2023, 09:27:25 pm »
Another thing I would like to have is a reliable bluetooth driver.

Applications / Re: VLC3018 IDN11.DLL
« on: January 07, 2023, 07:27:33 pm »
I'm not quite the cat 4 you mention but I have been using OS/2 since version 1.1.

Looking at what is available from rpm/yum it appears that most is aimed at developers.  When I had my business I employed an OS/2 programmer to tailor OS/2 to our clients needs.  In my retirement now (20 years) I use what I need to keep my mind active.

As for remembering what programs I have they are started by a cmd file on the desktop where necessary or directly from the program object (begin libpath works wonders).  I do know which of the 3 hard disks they are on or if they are on one of the two NAS boxes because that is a carry-over from my working life.

The attached pic gives the layout of the disks on this working machine.

Thanks for your input.

Well said Andi, you put my thoughts down better than I could.

Applications / Re: VLC3018 IDN11.DLL
« on: January 07, 2023, 01:17:52 pm »
Sorry Andi, you missed my point which was/is that we shouldn't have to search all over to try and find the necessary parts for a program to run, they should all be there and if necessary have a note in the 'readme' file that states they should be put in a different dir.  My experience with previous versions of VLC has been that they work with everything together in the VLX2 dir and sub dirs.

Applications / Re: VLC3018 IDN11.DLL
« on: January 06, 2023, 06:02:51 pm »
Here we are seeing my biggest complaint - new programs that don't supply ALL the required extra bits (dll etc.) and no rpm/yum is not the answer.

Applications / Re: Software Wishlist for 2023
« on: January 06, 2023, 05:58:03 pm »
It sounds as if the real answer would be a 64 bit kernel and support programs.  Something I assume will never happen.

And the difference between Paul's and Roderick's result is down to Paul using a real OS and Roderick using a pretend OS which gathers personnel information for those that would try and rule the world.

Setup & Installation / Re: Virtual memory, a curious phenomenon
« on: January 03, 2023, 01:30:06 pm »
I can never understand your setup.  I have ArcaOS v5.0.7 as a standard setup with c a couple of exceptions, the boot drive C: is hpfs and the swap file is on D:  I get

[C:\]mem /v

Total physical memory:      7,906 MB
Accessible to system:       3,311 MB
Additional (PAE) memory:    4,595 MB

Resident memory:              193 MB
Available virtual memory:   2,590 MB

Available process memory:
  Private low memory:         213 MB
  Private high memory:      2,240 MB
  Shared low memory:          149 MB
  Shared high memory:       2,160 MB


  SWAPPATH=D:\ 2048 2048

My test setup on my Ryzen third generation processor is very much the same.

Hi Eugene,

One thing I forgot to mention.  I have never tried using USB to install any OS/2 - ArcaOS, I always use a DVD drive.  It may take a little more work but a SATA DVD drive always works even if you have to get long cables and pass them through port at the back of the case.  I now have one from a defunct  laptop that I put in a case equipped with long SATA and power cables.

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