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Hardware / Re: New Computer
« on: January 14, 2015, 12:27:51 pm »
for single user 'normal' tasks
That would need the 20-30W I stated with modern Haswell processors and current motherboards. Should it be 50W, far away from 300W. Even if all your cores run at full speed it will not take more than 150W worst case for current office PCs. Of course if you install a high end graphic card this value could easily be doubled.

More 'exotic' setups like RAID5 SCSI with old power hungry disks are a different thing of course.

Hardware / Re: New Computer
« on: January 14, 2015, 12:21:12 pm »
l USB disks that take power from the host and maybe the odd couple of smart phones that are charging and you have gone into the realm of marginal power - not nice when you are trying to work.
Thats quite easy to calculate. Current consumption is limited to 500mA per port and standard. So take f.i. 8 USB ports with 0.5A * 5V gives all in all 20W max. :-) Yeah I know there are some devices that do not follow the standards. And I know with USB3.0 900mA are allowed. But you do not have 8 USB3 ports and 8 high power devices connected at the same time, do you? Looking at the math there's no need to fear about 'some' extra devices on USB ports.

Hardware / Re: New Computer
« on: January 14, 2015, 10:17:44 am »
more HDs then I would go for a 600W unit.
I disagree. If you do not want to plug in on of these monster graphic cards you probably never will draw more than 200W. Problem with these 'high' power models is they wast lot more energy in the normal use case - a eCS system including HD probably will not take much more than 20-30W most of the time. Estimated, have to measure in the next days. Additional HD less than 10W.

I use a 350W Enermax as the 300W is not available anymore. Instead AMD I've Intel Haswell (not sure if AMD support in ACPI is at same level as for INTEL), instead WD green WD black (performance and durability reasons), instead Crucial Samsung 850 PRO (same reasons as for HD), instead MSI Asus (I wanted the additional Display Port), Kingston instead G Skills RipjawsX. But that's all personal preference.

COM Port - although my Asus does have one I can't get it to work with debug Kernel. Not sure if it's my fault setting up debug kernel or something is not initialized in BIOS. It works when eCS is booted of course. Let us know if it works for you.

Applications / Re: Yum update went wrong
« on: January 04, 2015, 12:09:19 pm »
Also note, that if you try to do something with the files that have a semi-colon in the name, using 4OS2, it doesn't work properly. The normal command processor doesn't seem to mind.

Properly worth to open a ticket at with a simple testcase.

Hardware / Re: Motherboard woes
« on: December 31, 2014, 10:20:32 am »
Unfortunately I can't get SNAP to run on this Asus H87-Pro. I hoped it would run in GRADD mode but this Intel HD4600 does not.

Moreover even my plan B - insert a Matrox G550 - does not work. It hangs/stops at the same place where the CPU integrated HD4600 fails. PMSHELL does not come up. After the Scitech driver messages when the screen should switch to graphic mode nothing happens.

I tried all PCIe sockets and BIOS settings I found without success. Still can not believe why an extra PCIe graphic adapter does not work but have to give up after days of frustration :( Seems to be something special in this H87 chipset.

After years working with two 1920x1200 displays I can not switch back to single monitor mode anymore. Any suggestions for a Linux distro with usable desktop? No fancy transparency windows or rounded corners or washed out fonts. I hate these W7 annoyances with thick boarders which hide the useful information behind (the reason why they must be transparent but why did MS made them so think in the first place?) and switched back to classic (pre-XP) look and fell as much as possible. No big symbols and icons only but text description in menus. Simple clear and easy to use for a long time OS/2 user. Suggestions for desktop managers I should look for? Cinnamon?

Hardware / Re: Motherboard woes
« on: December 23, 2014, 03:23:36 pm »
Ok, I bought the ASUS H87-PRO. Surprisingly eCS2.2beta installs without problems. Of course after disabling 'Secure Boot' in BIOS.

- All four cores of the i5-4690 are running. Or more precisely sleeping most of the time :-)
- Graphic works with Panorama. Have to try SNAP again. Installation with SNAP failed.
- LAN works with Multimac Realtek driver
- AirBoot was installed on the first HD which is a 2TB WD black. eCS is on the second HD a 250GB Samsung SSD.
- Can't get IBM Boot Manager to work even when removing the 2TB disk.
- 3175 GB from the 8GB are detected by eCS
- Reactor (why the hell do they choose such a silly name for a CPU?) widget shows less then 30°C - seems to work. This never worked on my current system.
- There is hardly any noise from the 350W Enermax Triathlor in the Enermax StaRay enclosure. But didn't any stress test till now

More to come...

Mail-News / Re: Send email from commandline (actually a rexx script)
« on: December 13, 2014, 08:36:54 pm »
Did you ever look at weasel? AFAIR you only have to put the emails into forward directory and wait till weasel picks it up. Or start the sendq.cmd to immediately trigger sending. Think such procedure is even described in the bundled documentation but never used by myself.

Of course this needs to setup a complete email server (weasel) but that's not to hard as even I've running it since years ;-)

Setup & Installation / Re: Desktop restarting at midnight
« on: December 13, 2014, 08:30:20 pm »
Do you mean with 'restart desktop' restart WPS only or the whole system? If restart WPS I can not see how this can be related to some power disturbances. If you mean restart whole system and it is somehow related to the 175Hz control signal you describe than go and buy a new power supply unit as yours is badly broken. Even if this 175Hz signal has amplitude high as the normal voltage (which I doubt) every PSU even the low quality ones have to handle such situations without any disturbance on the secondary (the mobo) side. AFAIR 20ms power supply interruptions while full load on the secondary side have to be handled by the PSU too. Usually a few 100ms interruptions are handled as hardly no one runs the PSU at full load. Thinking of surge and burst tests a PSU has to withstand I do not want not believe this 175Hz signal can cause troubles even for very low quality PSUs. Your mobo and your drives do not have any chance to notify such problems with any but a badly broken PSU.

Btw. SQR (3) * 230V = 398V. Usually called 3 x 230V ~ / 400V system  ;-)

Applications / Re: BrainStorm: Wish list for OS/2 and eComStation
« on: December 01, 2014, 09:56:20 pm »
By "full network support," I assume this implies shared folders for OS/2 guests.
No, not for me. I want OS/2 to be the host and run Windoze for the few apps which I need as guest. When times come I've to switch the 'host' OS, probably I will not have much need for a virtualized OS/2 anymore. If OS/2 - eCS does not run natively on my hardware anymore I think it's finally over :-(

What I meant was usable performance for the guest running on OS/2 host speed wise (don't want to wait ten minutes to transfer 100MBs or so which I've to do regularly for backup reasons). Including Multicast packets to connect to my SMA converter which btw. works with the ancient Innotek port of Connectix VirtualPC, and Netbios which does show all files/folders not only part of them offered by host (works with VPC too). And with correct timing for the guest (I guess that's the problem) for the Card TAN generator used by my banking software inside guest Win (works with VPC too but not with VBOX).

Clipboard for OS/2 hosts?
Yes. F.i. it's way easier to copy/past IBAN from email (Seamonkey running on eCS) to the banking software running inside VBOX than doing this manually. Btw. VPC does still work but does have other drawbacks compared to VBOX.

Article Discussions / Re: [Arca Noae] So, what would you like to see next?
« on: November 26, 2014, 10:38:15 pm »
Sorry Martin, but as long as we do not even have manpower to fix things that are really broken, or make things happen currently not available (see your other wish lists) or compile open source stuff and bring them to a usable quality level, I don't want wast time on things that still work. And I definitely don't want to see Arca Noae to waste time on them. Give me video driver which do not hang system when playing video (fully SMP safe), wlan driver, shared mem fix, AOO without mem leak and sticky navigator window, killable java without window redraw problems, fix for sigfpe, up to date cmd window buffer, FAT32 with usable speed, VBOX, large floppy with USB devices, and and and.....

Your vision in replacing PM would need way more than all current available OS/2 developers even if you count that one which have the knowledge but decided to not support this platform anymore for various reasons. Visions are fine. But if they are so much above what can be handled in a realistic time frame they are counterproductive.

I know you don't want to hear this again so this will be my first and last post on this topic.

Hardware / Re: New X600's for SNAP users in the UK
« on: November 24, 2014, 12:23:03 pm »
Daniel - I think Matrox G550 is fully supported by SNAP but check the readme. Although at the time SNAP was developed probably only the PCI version was available. Until now a G550 with PCIe can be bought as new card. AFAIR someone reported the PCIe version works too with SNAP and OS/2 but slower compared to up to date cards. Basically it's the old G550 PCI version with an additional PCI/PCIe bridge.

OTOH my ATI X300 works including DOS/WinOS2. But hard get new especially with 2 DVI outputs.

Applications / Re: BrainStorm: Wish list for OS/2 and eComStation
« on: November 17, 2014, 03:05:15 pm »
- SNAP for integrated Intel video with Multihead (3 times 1920x1200 resolution)
- solving the shared mem problem
- new VBOX with clipboard and full network support
- fast Seamonkey (not slower than on other platforms) and where some (java)scripts do not bring down the whole browser
- AOO which does free all mem when closing and with fixed 'sticky window' ticket
- cmd.exe with more than 8k (more than 80x100 char buffer)
- fixed FPE (floating point exception (?) which crashes QT and other apps)
- WLAN adapter drivers
- up to date VisualSlickEdit

Ok enough for now. If I would spend another minute the list would probably 3 times as long :-)

Programming / Re: Pascal through visual
« on: November 04, 2014, 10:27:26 am »
Interested as the most advanced inf viewer is Docview which seems to be available for everything but OS/2
DocView is based on NewView which is only available for OS/2 :-)

Internet / Re: SeaMonkey 2.21b1 and Thunderbird 24.8.1b1
« on: November 03, 2014, 09:13:49 am »
Thank you Dave. I'm very interested in Seamonkey.

Is there some improvement in speed compared to 2.14? AFAIR 2.14 is the version which is considerable slower than previous ones.

Programming / Re: QT3 Toolkit will not compile --need help!
« on: November 02, 2014, 11:44:22 am »
I've ilink v1.08 which was included with VACPP3.08, ilink v3.06 from VACP3.65 and ilink v5.0. Never heard of ilink v3.08.

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