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Messages - Doug Bissett

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Hardware / Re: panorama not remembering monotor resolution
« on: December 04, 2022, 04:35:01 am »
I have a very annoying problem.  If I boot the computer without the monitor being on panorama reverts to something like 640 x 480 which is stupid on my 1920 x 1200 28 inch monitor. 
Is there a way to make panorama remember the monitor resolution?  I have no problems like this with Linux on the same monitor via a kvm switch.

I think we need a bit more information:
What are the video adapters?
What is the KVM switch?
What is the monitor?
When you say "without the monitor being on", is it unplugged? Just sleeping? Switch off, but still plugged in? All but unplugged often returns things like EDID information, but not always.

I tried turning the monitor switch off, on my old DELL system, then turned the computer on. I pressed <enter> (for Air Boot) with the screen off. The machine booted, so I tuned the monitor power on. It was in the selected 1280x1024 mode. The monitor did take a second, or so, to figure it out, but then it worked normally.

My video adapter seems to be something that DELL invented.
The KVM switch is a Compucessory 2-Port PS2 KVM switch Model 10353. I got it a number of years ago for $5 CAD. It was in the surplus bin.
I am using a HPf1905b monitor.

Some thoughts:
Do you have the problem if you plug the monitor directly to the computer (no switch)?
What setting did you select in System Setup-> Screen-> Screen, left side under resolutions? Mine is set for the desired 1280x1024 resolution.

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Storage / Re: HPFS and JFS
« on: November 21, 2022, 01:20:08 am »
I lost a JFS partition, when JFS was new. IBM released an updated driver, and I have never seen a problem since then. Of course, I do keep reasonably current backups, which tends to discourage major failures.

I quit using HPFS a number of years ago. HPFS eats way too much lower shared memory space, and I have lost HPFS partitions, that were not recoverable (without a backup), more than once.

Otherwise, I agree with all that Dave said.

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Storage / Re: USB3.0 copy speed
« on: October 28, 2022, 11:40:43 pm »
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This is a Micro SD Ultra, 32GB Sandisk. Formatted with DFSEE long ago. The origin is a SSD hard drive, with JFS. All very normal.
IFS=C:\OS2\JFS.IFS /LW:64,256,8 /AUTOCHECK:*

Not very "normal", at all. I think that war the default for ancient IBM servers. Having done some experimenting with those parameters, I have concluded that they *may* work with old hardware, but they are not even close to being suitable for modern hardware. IBM chose:
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IFS=Y:\OS2\JFS.IFS /LW:5,20,4 /AUTOCHECK:*before they abandoned OS/2. That seems to be far better, but it is still for old hardware. Having spent some time experimenting, I decided that it works as well as anything else (mostly because modern hardware is fast enough, that humans can't tell the difference). I did try your parameters, and things really slowed down.

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"Swappath = C: \ 0 4096"

Why would you use a minimum size of zero bytes? That is surely going to cause problems if swap ever fills up. How much real memory do you have? If it is more than 2 GB, swap will probably never be used anyway.

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What interests me most is your opinion of whether it is a good performance or not, by your experience.

Since I don't use FC, I can't compare to your numbers. My guess would be that your numbers tend to be on the slow side of "normal" ("normal" being the average of all of the "abnormals"). I usually use RSync to copy files to USB sticks or USB connected HDDs. HDDs are far more consistent, and work in the 17 MB/s range (as measured by RSync). I have a couple of sticks that work in that range, but most work in the 12 MB/s range, and some in the 5 MB/s range (one works at 0.1 MB/s - obviously defective). RSync complicates the numbers because it does reads, and writes, while copying files, and it all depends on whether the USB connectors are working properly (they often don't connect at the optimal speed).

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Chkdsk /F, but does nothing.

What do you mean by "nothing"? Is it hung? Is it telling you that nothing is wrong?

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The only thing that caught my attention, was the Glocal (country palette) en-US, showed me when I made the flap with a strange source, similar to the photo that commands you, but in the flaps, not in the text like this photo.

I don't understand what you are trying to say. If you use a different language, and code page, to read it, than was used to write it, almost anything can happen.

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Applications / Re: Java applications
« on: October 28, 2022, 09:19:05 pm »
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Sorry, lot to translate? Only totally new stuff, all other translations are already there. And doing the translation is also something with some lets say "smell" around it if I had understood the comments in the Dutch user group, many years ago, correct.

EVERYTHING needs to be translated (by volunteers). Any reference to "OS/2" needs to be translated to "ArcaOS" (for example, and there are many more),  It takes a LOT of work to find those things, and decide how to change the English version, then the translators need to translate it, then other translators need to make sure that the translation got done properly, and on, and on.

That doesn't include the work required to be able to build the installers for each language (which includes translating the installers). Then all of it needs to be tested, fixed, and tested again.

It is a HUGE project, and it all takes a lot of time, and effort.

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Storage / Re: USB3.0 copy speed
« on: October 28, 2022, 09:06:50 pm »
It is not possible to answer that question. Way too many variables can affect the speed, even when copying from HDD to HDD. For example:

What device are you using, and what is it rated for? Most USB devices operate slower than advertised. I have some USB 2 devices that are faster than some USB 3 devices. Cheap devices never operate at the advertised speed (and good luck trying to get compensation). Even the best (very expensive) USB devices rarely operate at advertised speed (they always quote the fastest, instantaneous, speed, but average speed is always slower). Write is always slower than read too.

What file system(s) are you using (source, and destination)? FAT32 is extremely slow (even in windows). How big is (are) the file system cache(s)?. What parameters are you using for the cache(s)? In fact, you are probably better off not using a cache, at all, when using USB devices, but few file systems (if any) allow you to turn off the cache. The latest FAT32 driver has an option to turn off Lazy write for specific drives (look up the /EX: parameter), which seems to speed things up a bit.

What else is the system doing? Trying to do an internet download, while copying to USB, is pretty high impact on both operations.

There are other things that can affect copy speed, but they are smaller impact.

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Storage / Re: Cloning a drive
« on: October 16, 2022, 04:34:38 am »
I do it a lot, since that's how I manufacture laptops and desktops.

I boot from ArcaOS media, and back up all drives. You back up anyway, right? I use zip version 3, with flags qryS to also copy links and system files.

Then I install the new drive, partition and restore using unzip version 6.

Not only does this give a lot of versatility on drive layout, but it tests my backup and restore capability.

I agree, that this 9s the way to do it. I have done this many times, with good results.

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Setup & Installation / Re: MARKEXE vs EXECMODE - differences?
« on: October 15, 2022, 08:15:00 pm »
There is no difference with what those two programs do, The main difference is that EXEMODE is supplied with OS/2, while MARKEXE is only in the DDK toolkit. Everybody gets EXEMODE.

As for your problem, I have been having hangs sometimes. Usually when some program (different programs) fails to shut down properly (it looks like it did, but some time later, I find that it is still open, and can't be closed). Some other indications point to memory overlay. I have found that using a JFS cache, of more than 132000 K is one of the triggers, but it seems that using MEMLIMIT to reduce available system memory by 3 or 4 MB is far more effective. One other thing, that seems to cause the problem, is to use VirtualAddressLimit greater than 2560 (this may be machine dependent).

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Applications / Re: printing from Lotus SmartSuite WordPro
« on: October 10, 2022, 07:45:42 pm »
I seem to recall, that LSS has problems, when you switch printers. It needs to be reset somehow. Unfortunately, I don't remember the details.

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Multimedia / Re: Updated Uniaud32 build
« on: October 06, 2022, 07:55:29 am »
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I was running the music player, and then opened the MahJongg game that came with ArcaOS. Switching to PM123 to load a new song, which started playing, then switching back to Mahjongg, the sound cut out - upon closing Mahjongg the sound returned, but then cut out after a few seconds.

Mahjong, and Klondike solitaire, use sound to time the game, even when sound is turned off. Depending on the capabilities of the sound driver, that can, or might not, cause sound problems.  Usually, the "music" that you are listening to stops. When you close the game, the "music" should continue. It is very common for the sound to have trouble getting started again. That has been a serious flaw in UniAud, since day one.

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Hardware / Re: Updating USB Driver
« on: October 04, 2022, 09:46:32 pm »
Hi,

I downloaded the USB update from ArcaNoae. When I went to install the package it complained about files in use. Is that OK? Just proceed with the install or is there anything else that I need to do to install the drivers?

That is normal. Always tell it to replace all of them. You do need to reboot to load the updated files anyway.

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General Discussion / Re: ArcaOS 5.0.1
« on: September 19, 2022, 06:41:09 am »
Just a point that many wil want or have to have a USB stick to install Arca OS 5.1.

You can still install from a DVD, if you have a drive.that can read a DVD, and will boot on your system (even in UEFI mode). A USB DVD drive works as long as you can boot from it.

Personally, I find using a USB stick to be far more convenient, and they are much easier to find.

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Applications / Re: HOBLink and ArcaOS
« on: September 18, 2022, 07:29:00 pm »
There are several options to detect an eCS installation:
  • \os2\install\syslevel.ecs
  • \ecs\ecs_inst.flg
  • \ecs\dll\securit2.dll
  • \os2\ecsreg.ini
  • \os2\ecsreg11.ini

(I don't want to use the old X-Window desktop anymore.)

There are some programs, that look for a file named "WiseMachine.FIT" (can be empty), in the root of the boot drive.

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Applications / Re: Dos
« on: July 24, 2022, 05:14:34 pm »
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Just curious if possible to install a different version of dos on arca?

Yes. it is rather easy, as I remember. I don't remember the exact steps, and it was MANY years ago when I played with that. You do NOT replace what gets installed. You set up an image, and boot from that. It can be any DOS (possibly only MS or IBM versions, I never tried FreeDOS, or any others).

First you need to have DOS/WinOS2 installed, and working. Many newer machines don't have BIOS support for that.  ArcaOS 5.1, in UEFI mode, will have better support for DOS/WinOS2, when it becomes available.  Then find the help for how to boot DOS from a diskette drive. The image needs to be of a diskette boot, then you tell it to boot from the image file, rather than from a diskette.

IIRC, the DOS version installed with later versions of OS/2 (including eCS and AOS) is IBM DOS 5.0, with fixes. There is a newer IBM DOS 7.0, which has even more fixes. I have still got an image of DOS 7.0, but I haven't bothered with it for a lot of years. I seem to recall giving up on MS DOS, of any version, before machines eliminated the required BIOS support.

Then comes the question: Why do you want a different version of DOS, which you can set in the settings, if you have a program that doesn't like DOS 5.0? That makes DOS lie about what version it is.

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Mail-News / Re: PMMail and filters - this one is not working...why?
« on: June 12, 2022, 03:06:58 am »
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Search for ".-z" in Help, for me it comes up under the "ICSL Help" section.

So it does, Odd that I can't search for "-z" and find it. The docs say "-z", not ".-z" (could that be the problem?). This would seem to be some sort of a problem, that needs to be investigated. I will create a problem report. It could be the way that it is coded in the help file, or it could be a problem with searching in the help program.

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I am now using this functionality and it seems to be picking up the SPAM fairly well!

Many years ago, I learned that BogoFilter is a very good way to filter SPAM. I still use it, but I am pretty sure that my ISP has a pretty good SPAM filter too, so I never see SPAM any more. That concerns me in two ways. One is that I don't know if the ISP is filtering out good messages, and two, I can't test that Bogofilter is still working.

One tip: Try to train equal amounts of good messages, and bad ones. If you get it unbalanced, it doesn't work as well.

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Mail-News / Re: PMMail and filters - this one is not working...why?
« on: June 11, 2022, 11:18:21 pm »
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Oh yeah, its out there, just sort of burried inside the Help screens. This is supposed to provide wildcard match where the "xyz" occurs at the end of the string (that's the meaning behind "-z" option), so in effect you would be picking up stuff like "bad_player@spamer.xyz".

I don't find it. What version of PMMail are you using? Way back, after VOICE got the code, it was discovered that a number of those things actually didn't do what they were supposed to do. That was fixed, but not necessarily according to what was happening, or what was described, in the previous versions of PMMail.

I would also suggest that this sort of SPAM filtering is very much better handled by the PMMail SPAM filter (BogoFilter), than by trying to manually build the type of filters that you are attempting to use. The SPAM filter does require some initial training (good, and bad), but once it is trained it will do a great job, and is easy to use. On going training will be required, but it is a lot easier than trying to figure out complex filters..

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