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Hardware / Re: USB wifi adapters
« on: February 16, 2023, 03:40:00 pm »
The gl-ar750s that Doug recommends is part of the same line of routers. I expect newer routers will not be limited to WPA2 as the gl-ar750s is. My use case is for travel, and single band is fine. For home use, Doug's is better, and faster ones are coming.

Hardware / Re: USB wifi adapters
« on: February 15, 2023, 03:35:23 pm »
The Mango router is excellent, but it is not a USB router. It uses USB for power, but Ethernet for a LAN connection. Mango is just one of a family of routers with different capabilities. They are using Open Source ddwrt and GL.inet software. You can do a lot with them if you are a network geek.

Applications / Re: Java applications
« on: February 15, 2023, 03:32:35 pm »
The last version I ran was 3.4, running on IBM Java 1.3, circa 2002

Applications / Re: Thunderbird hang
« on: February 13, 2023, 03:25:58 pm »
Thanks for your comments. I didn't know about help->troubleshooting information.

You are correct about the screensaver installed. The screen saver was not enabled, however.

I'm trying to chase down some other system hangs to do with Lotus SmartSuite, but when the system hangs, it's sometimes difficult to see what caused it. Then I have to leave a system up for a long time to see if it hangs. This is a testing scheme that takes a long time to resolve.

Applications / Thunderbird hang
« on: February 13, 2023, 04:09:57 am »
Someone suggested this experiment, and I tried it. I configured Thunderbird to not check for new mail. Then I opened Thunderbird and left it open, but doing nothing. With the build of Thunderbird in ArcaOS 5.0.7, dated March 23, 2020, the computer will hang after three or four days. By hang I mean no response to mouse or keyboard input, no response to network.

With the  build, dated June 6, 2022, no hang occurs even after eight days.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?


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

1920x 1440

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

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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