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Applications / Re: Apache OpenOffice 4.0
« on: July 17, 2013, 03:28:02 pm »
Hi David

Thanks for the offer but my ISP - Virgin Media - does not allow email attachments larger than 10Mb. Any chance of uploading them somewhere? - or maybe splitting into 2 email attachments?

I've had a look at swriter.exe using pmdll and there are no problems reported. This suggests that DLL files may not be the problem but it would be worth checking that the DLL files I have are not incorrect build levels.

I've posted the problem in the comp.os.os2.apps newsgroup to try and get Yuris attention. That has not worked so far but Steven Levine has responded that the error message looks like a genuine application exception rather than a DLL problem.



Applications / Re: Apache OpenOffice 4.0
« on: July 17, 2013, 02:57:18 am »

Having resolved the (a)e.exe problem by deleting \os2\ae.ini I've had another look at OO4.

I'm not sure whether the error message indicates if deploy.dll failed to run or ran but could not do whatever was needed to avoid the error - exception raising singleton "/singletons/":

Possibly the only person who could answer the question is Yuri. However, as there is no way of reporting the problem I guess Yuri is not interested in whether this build has problems.

I did discover that the gcc446.dll file I had installed is slightly older than the build in

I did try to check gcc444.dll but I have no idea which package that is hiding in...

I'm not going to bother trying to get OO4 working. I'll wait until GA - and then probably discover that it does not work anyway  ;-)



Applications / Re: Apache OpenOffice 4.0
« on: July 17, 2013, 01:24:06 am »
Hi David

Yes, I tried starting several OO4 apps from the command line. No, there is no output.

I do not use yum/rpm so had a go at installing the required DLL files from the url given in the readme - I would not be surprised if I've missed something/installed a wrong DLL package/have older DLL files already installed.

I would refer to the above mentioned readme file more accurately but I've just discovered that (a)e.exe no longer wants to work properly - possibly a result of INI file checking/cleaning. The (a)e.exe starts when I click on a text file but does not appear on screen; it is on the Window List but selecting it does not make it appear on screen. The only thing I can do is "kill" the invisible application.

Getting (a)e.exe working properly again takes precedence over a package that probably will not work even if all support files are in place - based on my experience of OO3 releases.



Applications / Re: Apache OpenOffice 4.0
« on: July 16, 2013, 07:56:15 pm »
Hi Andy

I thought it would be easier to uninstall OO2 and OO3 as neither package is worth having installed.

However, this seems to have left some OO3 entries that checkini reveals and cleanini does not get rid of - nor does DMT.

I would use IniEditor to manually remove those entries but IniEditor cannot find them...

What other tools are available to remove these ini file entries?

*DRIV: J:\  (397 handles)



Applications / Re: Apache OpenOffice 4.0
« on: July 16, 2013, 05:07:33 pm »
Hi David

I unzipped OO4 - and then downloaded, unzipped and installed (hopefully) all required DLL files not already installed.

The unzipped DLL files went into \ecs\dll.

All duplicate files are eCS (OS/2) files.

I have several other OO installations: OO3 and OO2 both of which are not very reliable and OO115 for Windows running via ar5os2.exe which is the most stable, reliable and useable of all the OO packages to date. None of these packages have entries in config.sys and nothing in the Startup folder.

There are some INI file entries for the OO Desktop Objects plus Registry entries for font j:\programs\openoffice3\fonts\opens_.ttf and focpoo3.dll  - OpenOfficeOrg document types - not sure which OO build.

Yes, the error message looks odd but the path should work. If I use the following on a command line:-



It results in a directory change to /PROGRAMS/OPENOFFICE4/PROGRAM

Basically the "/../program" is redundant so deploy.dll should be found as it exists in J:/PROGRAMS/OPENOFFICE4/PROGRAM/../program.

My best guess is that either a(some) required DLL file(s) are not at the required build level or maybe I've managed to miss extracting 1 (or more) required DLL file(s) from the "packaged for unix" zip files.

Guess I'll have to wait for a later build that contains all required files or at least a comprehensive list of required files/build levels.



Applications / Re: Apache OpenOffice 4.0
« on: July 16, 2013, 02:03:57 am »
Hi All

Nice to see other people have got OO4 running. Shame it does not happen here, all I get is the splash screen followed by this message:-

OpenOffice 4.0.0 - Fatal Error

The application cannot be started.
exception occured raising singleton
loading component library failed:

If anyone has any ideas to resolve the above problem I'm interested   :-)



General Discussion / Re: Stardock spam
« on: July 13, 2013, 01:28:39 am »
Hi Ian

Have you tried sending an email to about these problems?



Hardware / Re: SATA AHCI weirdness
« on: June 23, 2013, 01:46:51 am »
Hi Floyd

I think more detailed hardware info may help others to come up with possible solutions.

I'm tending to suspect that you may have a mainboard that requires ACPI support.



General Discussion / Re: OS/2 Hardware Compatibility List.
« on: June 09, 2013, 10:11:40 pm »
Hi Martin

No idea if there was ever a newer list from IBM but there was an online project to maintain an up to date list, the OS/2 Warp and eComStation Compatible Hardware List at

There is also the hardware list at which may have a few more current/recent hardware entries.



Storage / Re: JFS Error during boot
« on: June 09, 2013, 09:50:56 pm »
Hi Eirik

Sorry to mention it but your kernel is now not the most recent  :-)

eCS2.2 Beta comes with this kernel:-

[H:\]bldlevel os2krnl
Build Level Display Facility Version 6.12.675 Sep 25 2001
(C) Copyright IBM Corporation 1993-2001
Signature:       @#IBM:14.106#@_SMP  IBM OS/2 Kernel
Vendor:          IBM
Revision:        14.106
File Version:    14.106
Description:     _SMP  IBM OS/2 Kernel

Seems to work fine with BootableJFS - and no other obvious problems here.



Hardware / Re: Hi IRQ SCSI adapter
« on: June 03, 2013, 03:23:30 pm »
Hi David

In short: No.

You may want to have a look through the ecs ngs though just in case there is anything more useful than the thread  SCSI card that works with SMP and ACPI? in

Probably the only useful bit of advice I can give is to use the /VW switch to prevent ACPI setting high IRQs.



General Discussion / Re: Hobbes directory structure re-organization
« on: May 31, 2013, 04:33:01 pm »
Hi Guys

Probably the most useful change would be getting hobbes internal linking to work.

The classic example is the link Return to homepage at the bottom of each webpage which does *not* return to homepage - - but instead reloads whatever page you are currently viewing. Some example urls that have this problem (it is the same problem on every page on the website I've visited):-

Martins structure looks OK to me - but I claim no expertise in these matters.



Applications / Re: Java Applications
« on: May 27, 2013, 02:11:33 pm »
Hi Martin

I thought I'd have a look at this and had a look for a package without an installer.

I did not find 1 so sent an email asking about a version without an installer. I have a reply:-

Hi Pete,

 There is a zip on ( but
Joeffice requires java 7.


So,  java7 is required - which probably explains why it is not installing for you.



Applications / Re: hwman installation
« on: May 22, 2013, 01:11:36 pm »
Hi martin

The only description I have seen of this was the subject heading in newsgroup comp.os..os2.misc - WPS class replacement for OS/2 Hardware-Manager.

As to how to add the description to xWP: I think it is shown clearly in the image :-)

I do not think it is possible to add the description yourself - but I could be wrong.



Hi Roderick

You kind of send the same email to the supportteam address as requested. Thanks for that.
 I wrote this reply:

>Booting from \"Menu with own values\" results in system hang when \"Creating objects\"

Oke lets try and pin point the problem.  You made any changes in the
preboot menu ?

What happens if you disable ACPI ?  Did you have a ticket open on for ACPI and a Gateway system with ACPI or I'm mixing
you up with somebody else ?

>Booting with \"Default values\" results in USB Trackball not working when Desktop loaded.
>Overall, this needs a lot more work.

If you did not modify in the preboot menu (boot with own values) and
boot with default value's is the same (in effect). It could rather be
pointing at something else as in a random problem that is somehow

What happens with the demo CD if you take out the USB mouse and reconnect it ?
It would help if you could open a ticket in the eComStation bugtracker so we can try and trace and solve this bug.
But having stuff discussed in forums and emails makes it hard to track for developers.


Roderick Klein
Mensys B.V.

I set the following in the preboot Menu:-
Language to en_UK
Keyboard to en_UK
Video to SNAP
Changed AHCI driver to Danis506
Removed USB Keyboard support
Set USB Floppy support to 0

ACPI should work... It is possible that I enabled multiple CPU support. I will have to retest with only 1 CPU active.

No, I don't have a Gateway system  :-)

I had problems with the USB drivers supplied with eCS 2.2 Beta that look very similar to the problem with the LiveCD - ie the USB Trackball does not work with the supplied USB drivers but does work with the IBM 10.162 drivers.

I thought I had opened a ticket about the USB problem on the eCS Bugtracker but cannot find it... I do know that at the time I installed eCS 2.2 Beta I was using a *wired* USB Trackball. I seem to recall having a bit of a problem with the eCS Bugtracker around that time so maybe I did not report the USB problems. They do get briefly discussed in the eComStation 2.2 Beta First Impressions thread - on Page 6.

I'll have to do a little more testing and then file Bug reports about the USB problems.



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