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Games / Re: DOS VDM - USB and Game port Gamepad support
« on: May 17, 2022, 09:55:02 pm »
Hi Mark,

Congratulations with your upcoming birthday. I celebrated mine last Saturday with my family. Clicking my picture reveals my new age.

Just installed your new gamepad driver set (gamepad-20220511) and have ran into a problem in DOSBOX in Wolfenstein.

Start-up is fine and runs through the start-up screens (3) as per normal, but then the game immediately shows the messages for ending or continuing the program, where the response Y or N is required. Typing N simply goes to an alternate version of the same shutdown challenge. Typing Y ends the program.
When I implemented the missing functions I made a mistake. This resulted into all 4 buttons being signalled as being pressed on startup. Fixed now.

Hat functions on the Thrustmaster joysticks still not being recognized under DOSBOX
Perhaps I made another mistake. I did some experimenting and failed to change some values back the way these were before. Try the attached version.

Like before you need to copy *.sym and *.sys files to \OS2\MDOS and copy TRC00E8.TFF to \OS2\SYSTEM\TRACE and then reboot your system.

Happy birthday,


Happy birthday to All of you as well! Wim I celebrated my 56 birthday last saturday as well... :D  That is really funny! :)

Off Topic discussions / Re: Slowing Down But Not Hitting the Brakes
« on: May 16, 2022, 02:00:02 pm »
Condolences, Martin! I hope you can find your way to deal with this, together with your family! Take all the time you need!

Wenn wir endgültig Abschied nehmen müssen,
dann ist Trauer mehr als bloßer Schmerz über
den Verlust eines geliebten Menschen.
Sie ist Dankbarkeit, das er war.
Sie ist Gewissheit, das er bleiben wird.
Sie ist Hoffnung auf ein Wiedersehen.

(Reinhard Staupe)

Sorry for using my mothertongue, but I do not know how to translate it in a perfect way.

Events / Re: User Meeting Cologne November, 5th 2022 confirmed
« on: May 04, 2022, 06:41:02 pm »
Hi Remy

we have not decided wether we will record the meeting on video or not. We will discuss a live stream as well, but Thomas and me are not experts in this case, we will have a look at this even though.

Please give us more information on the travel topic. I do not understand what you exactly mean, sorry for this, I have to apologize.
I guess you - if at all - would travel from France to Germany and I do not see any restrictions regarding this. Do you have a link for me where I can get further details? Thank you in Advance!!

Events / User Meeting Cologne November, 5th 2022 confirmed
« on: May 04, 2022, 03:48:35 pm »

Thomas Müller and I paid for the meeting today. This ensures that it will actually take place in Cologne. Everyone who wants to come is welcome! A message to Thomas or me in advance of a planned participation would be nice and important. However, this can also be done at very short notice, there is no fixed date for a commitment. Cancellations are also possible at any time, since the premises etc. are already booked. If a room is required in the Cologne Riehl Youth Hostel, we recommend that you do this as soon as possible. For further inquiries, we are at your disposal. Thanks very much!

Hardware / OS/2 Warp running on Thinkpad 25 (former: ARcaOS 5.03)
« on: November 19, 2021, 10:38:15 am »
Hi Martin,

for the notes an info update for this Laptop:

- uniaud works with Pauls latest UNIAUD
- USB 3.0 works with ArcaNoae Drivers
- NVMe supported with ArcaNoae Drivers

ArcaOS 5.06 installation via USB Stick possible, one has to wipe the ssd though.
Secureboot has to be deactivated, UEFI has to be switched to Legacy

Problems remaining:

- No WLAN support (already gave hope up on this topic)
- Memory Problem (still only 1.2 GB of the 32GB RAM; as far as I understand this problem can not be fixed with OS/2)

Events / Usermeeting Cologne 2021 brief summary and 2022 already scheduled!
« on: November 08, 2021, 03:37:06 pm »
Here is a brief summary of what has happened during the last weekend where we had the 8th OS/2 User meeting in Cologne. Infact we - Thomas Müller and me - have been due to the raising Covid Numbers a bit afraid as if there will be audience at all.

The event took place as every year before at the Youth hostel Jugendherberge Köln Riehl, in Cologne on Saturday, the 6th of November.

It is an anual event since 2013, but because of COVID we had to cancel it last year.

We followed all requirements of Covid restrictions and prepared everything else the same way as every year.

We usually begin at 10 am in the morning, at 9 30 we have only been 3 visitors, but at 10 we have been 6 (usually between 15 and 20) and - believe it or not - it was an almost perfect day!

Each visitor agrees to make a Presentation, so we had a very interesting program!

- OS/2 and VM Ware Virtualisation
- an Introduction in Programming OS/2 Programs with QT
- OS/2 as a Host with Virtualbox 5.0.6
- Creating Program Interfaces with TCL/TK
- OS/2 and Paralles Virtualisation on MACOS
- Tipps and Trick for Networking

So there was a feeling as if there had been 20 people around, time passed and the day was full of information and discussion! We closed at 18 o clock in the evening (!).

In the end as every year we went to the Bavarian Brauhaus nearby and had a tremendous meal.

Before the event happend we thougt if or if not this may be the last OS/2 Usermeeting in Colonge.

But:Motivated by this unexpected succesfull and nice day Thomas and me already fixed the date of the next event, at the same Location on Saturday, the 5th of November 2022!

Hope you have some fun viewing the pictures, every visitor gave me the permission to publish the pictures.

All the Best,


Hardware / Re: OS/2 Video Performance
« on: October 23, 2021, 12:18:07 am »
My own build Thinkpad 25/2:

PM Graphic Marks: 58.294
Dive Marks: 7336.388

Applications / Re: xWorplace - xCenter issue(s)
« on: October 07, 2021, 09:45:48 pm »
Isn't that enough explanation about the differences - ?

XWorkplace unofficial versions by AB
Author:          Andreas Buchinger
Last update:     20210612

This version is build from official netlabs svn repository with the following
changes -

1) Power off/shutdown delay (apm.c) is set to 250ms in official builds. This
time is known to be too short for some systems. One of my system sporadically
does not fully switch off with this setting. 500ms works most of the time but it
needs 700ms to shut down reliable. My XWP builds defaults to 700ms. But you can
configure your own value by setting XWP_SHUTDOWN_DELAY environment variable.
F.i. adding 'SET XWP_SHUTDOWN_DELAY=1500' in config.sys increases the delay to
1500ms. Values from 250 to 3100 are allowed. Check setting 'Write XSHUTDWN.LOG
file' (Desktop - Properties - XShutdown) and an entry will be created for that
in this file in your %LOG% directory.

2) My XWP builds still uses the standard shutdown dialog with configurable names
for reboot options.

I think a similar text is on the wiki page too. Maybe I should say it more clearly that it's build from the code base as of Juli 2021.

I usually install the package which is at over the one which is installed with ArcaOS. And this works at least for me. Maybe Rich has some local changes which he did not check into netlabs svn. But I don't think so. At least not much of them. So his fixes are also in my unofficial version at netlabs ftp. If in the AN version Turbo Folder feature is missing I didn't know it before. One more reason for me personally to use my builds. If Dough means he has problems with some XWP features I don't see any tickets for that neither steps to replicate. Which does not mean that there could be no problems. Simply I can't reproduce it until now.

Hallo Andreas,

ich möchte Dir auf diesem Wege einmal vielen Dank für Deine Mühen sagen, ich nutze ebenfalls Deine Version.
Laß Dich nicht beirren :-)

Sorry for using my mothertongue


Applications / Re: Apache OpenOffice no longer starts
« on: July 15, 2021, 11:44:03 pm »
Had a similar problem and had to delete the AOO directory in the HOME directory.

Web applications / Re: QT5 simplebrowser
« on: June 08, 2021, 08:12:47 am »
My last question regarding the funding of the Browser is, as I have not kept it in mind or simply can not remember, sorry for this; does ArcaNoae itself is involved in Sponsoring as well? Thank you and all the best to all of you!

Web applications / Re: QT5 simplebrowser
« on: June 07, 2021, 12:35:36 am »
I was not able to watch Warpstock Europe when you presented this slides, and have to apologize for being to harsh with my words.

But I still think it is better to name it a community and not "only or main" OS2VOICE project or goal.

And please keep in mind, several suffered heavy economic losses because of the Corona Pandemie.

For me, i.e., it was and is more important to Support the home for homeless Kids in Chenai/India, that some people here Support for 15 Years now, than having a new Browser for OS/2. While the home has to be closed for now because of goverment restrictioncs we donate for Rice, Walter and food, to keep people alive.

I do not mention this for fishing for compliments, jutst to bring the actual situation of donating reasons in a bigger context. 

Web applications / Re: QT5 simplebrowser
« on: June 06, 2021, 11:57:59 pm »
Basically OS/2 VOICE collected about 25000 Euro of the money invested in the QT /webkit port. That is about 55% of total amount of money
spent on this project. The amount of people who donated to VOICE are about 100 users. What I am trying to make clear is that we have pretty good inside how many people are donating. And of the 100 donors the bulk of the money came from about 10 people.
One person donated 10.000 Dollars.
Roderick Klein
President OS/2 VOICE

What is getting me tired, and sometimes getting on my nerves, is that you still count everything "as collected by OS2VOICE". As I mentioned already in my Post in February a lot has been an effort of the german users, where we started several donation campaigns.

I do not know what the reason for this kind of "counting" is, that is beyond my mind, but as I said in February, one can not do things in a more discourageing way.

As I estimated then, "we" collected at least 10.000 to 13.000 Euros, I even donated one Lenovo X250 Laptop in 2019 during our User Meeting in Cologne for a raffle....

I do not want a special "thank you" from bww because the money they got is really well invested money. It is OK the way it is, that is fine. But allways this "OS2 VOICE" make it possible and so on...

You are doing a really well job, Roderick, but I guess you are not the only one. There is, what is left of it, the whole community supporting this project. Everyone as he/she/it can.

Applications / Re: Update of ScummVM possible?
« on: April 27, 2021, 10:07:55 pm »
Here some additional pictures, showing that there is only the standard theme as choice available and the other picture showing the error message within the second command window after the program started.

Hope this helps.

EDIT: Upps, sorry PM View did not cache the SCUMMVM window, at least it shows the error message of the second window

Applications / Re: Update of ScummVM possible?
« on: April 26, 2021, 08:30:50 am »
Thanks, Paul!

I can confirm, 2.1 is working with ArcaNoae 5.06 once I downloaded SDL2 from Hobbes and copied the extracted dlls to the OS2/DLL directory.

A AN Package Manager search for SDL2 did show no result.

There is an SDL Package available with  AN Package Manager but that leads not to a starting ScummVM.

- Is it possible to bundle the SDL2 DLLs with ScummVM?

One regression:

- I can not change the ScummVM Theme. The themes are included with the "other" Versions (like Windows) but unfortunately not as a separate file nor addon. The seem to be included in the .exe file (?). Is it possible to add the Themes (like modern) in the OS/2 Version as well (as with 1.9 i.e.)? The Standard Scheme does really look not very flattering.

Thanks again!!


Applications / Update of ScummVM possible?
« on: April 25, 2021, 10:41:26 am »
Is there a possibility to update "our" ScummVM for OS/2 Version from 1.9 to the upcoming 2.3 Version? And if, in wixh wich way can I help, if at all? Thanks in advance!

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