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Applications / Curious about these old patches
« on: March 05, 2018, 06:20:43 am »
These are some patches I have used in the past.  Are any of these still relevant for ArcaOS?


FIX1: SYS3171 (Stack Overflow) on PMSHELL.EXE and others. FIX2: USING PM_SystemFonts->DefaultFont CHANGES ALL FORM SIZES


This patch will increase the pipe buffer size of pipes instantiated with the pipe operator | of CMD.EXE from 512 bytes to 65024 bytes (by default). This will significantly improove the throughput and reduce the CPU load. In fact it reduces the minimum number of task swiches per megabyte from 4096 to about 33.


patch for pmmerge.dll to increase performance of writing INI-files.


Tries to keep the CPU as cool as possible without affecting system performance by adaptive throttling using ACPI 2.0. Version 1.4.

Applications / VLC problems - was Open Office 4.1
« on: February 16, 2018, 03:42:57 pm »
Still no go.   I have updated everything that can be updated.  As far as I can see, I have everything needed.  I am going back to version 3.2.

Something else.  I downloaded VLC3.0.  This does not work also.  Hoewver, VLC2.8 worked just great.  Has anyone else seen this?  I am going to have to go back to VLC2.8

Applications / Open Office 4.1
« on: February 13, 2018, 06:08:51 am »
I downloaded Open Office 4.1 after purchasing a development unit.  I had no problems installing. On opening any application, the application loads about half way and then I get an error message which I have uploaded.  Any idea why the program(s) won't finish loading?

Hardware / Limitation on using an USB DVD and CD writer under ArcaOS
« on: February 12, 2018, 09:28:12 am »
I took the ArcaOS 5.02 image, using DVD Toys, was able to easily burn the image onto a disk.  This was using an internal DVD writer.

I then tried it using my USB LG DVD writer.  DVD Toys could not find it.  However when I put a data disk into the drive, the drive is recognized easily by the operating system, however, with a blank disk in the USB drive, neither RJS CDWriter or DVD Toys was able to burn the image.

Is this a known issue, not being able to burn to an USB DVD or CD writer?

Hardware / Best FAT32 driver settings
« on: February 09, 2018, 06:10:11 pm »
I am presently using the fat32-0.10-r331-os2 driver with ArcaOS and I have the following settings in my config.sys.

ifs=D:\OS2\BOOT\fat32.ifs /cache:2048 /h /q /ac:* /largefiles
call=D:\OS2\cachef32.exe /f /p:2 /m:50000 /b:250 /d:5000

I have plenty of hard drive space and 4 GB of RAM.

I want the fastest access to my FAT32 partition possible.  Can reading the drive be speed up by changing my IFS and Call statements and if so, to what?

Right now it takes approximately 40 seconds to bring up all the files on the drive.  Under Windows, it is almost instantaneous.  This drive contains a lot of graphics.  It has slowed Windows down to a few seconds to access.  This is a 34.4 GB drive with 23.4 GB used

Any suggestions?  Thanks!


Mail-News / Is PMMail still being maintained?
« on: January 11, 2018, 07:27:14 am »
Is PMMail still be developed?  If so, can someone tell me what size bitmaps are built into the mailer?  I may take a stab at updating the bitmaps if I can find time.  No promises, but if it is still being maintained, it would be worth while to try to update the graphics.


Applications / Is REXX in all its versions still heavily used.
« on: January 09, 2018, 08:09:12 am »
I found this web page mentioning Object Rexx, NetRexx, and others.  Their various downloads, are they platform specific?  I never hear them mentioned like they were in years past.

Applications / Mouse Pointers
« on: January 09, 2018, 07:51:11 am »
I make this set of mouse pointers a few years ago.  I revised and made them bigger since I am using a small notebook.  I think some people will like this set.  It is different.  It has now become my standard mouse pointer.

I would have liked to have made them even bigger.  However, ArcaOS limits the size to 32x32.  I tried 40x40 and it doesn't work correctly at 40x40.  It reverts to 32x32.


Applications / Desktop Backgrounds
« on: January 08, 2018, 08:21:42 am »
I know ArcaOS can use BMPs, JPGs, and PNGs as backgrounds.  I would like to convert my bmps to PNGs.  I don't like JPGs because the file size is much bigger.  Is there anything I need to be concerned with?  I have used PNGs and have not encountered any problems.


Applications / New Styler titlebar bitmaps
« on: January 08, 2018, 08:09:28 am »
I created these a few years ago for eStyler.  However, I don't recall ever putting all them together.  So I packaged them and uploaded.  Just copy to you sys\apps\styler\bitmaps\tnkgronds directory.  Discard the ones you don't like or think you will never use.


Is it possible to back up and restore a desktop to a new version of ArcaOS?  When I buy the next greatest, latest, and best version of ArcaOS, wiill it be possible to back up and restore my previous version desktop to the new version?


Applications / Dynamic Icons
« on: January 04, 2018, 06:15:16 pm »
This is a great feature that ArcaOS has implemented.  I checked and it was not in eCS.  Not only can one download and use PNGs off the internet or make your own, one can go to the "Display" setting in each folder's properties, select "Dynamic Icons", and then select the size that he or she wants.  Although it works with OS/2 icons, the real benefit comes when one uses PNGs.  ArcaOS comes with a directory called BigIcons that one can select PNGs from.  They are sized in 64x64, which is a nice size.


Applications / Dr. Dialog
« on: January 04, 2018, 06:11:30 am »
I don't know if this is still used.  I created some updated bitmaps for it a few years back, but never posted them.  If not Dr. Dialog, they might be useful in another program.


Applications / Toying with the folder concept
« on: December 27, 2017, 03:50:01 am »
I had an idea and thought I would see what it looked like.  Instead of a big folder, a small folder icon like the XWP shadow icon is used.  Then an actual icon of the product or information concept icon is used.  I had to modify the icons I used.

The easiest way would be to have a folder icon that appears when a folder is present, just like a XWP shadow.  I am not asking that this be done.  This is just an ideal I am testing.  I have attached a picture of my desktop.

Applications / Software Reports
« on: December 12, 2017, 07:29:20 pm »
Using ArcaOS 5.01

Installing eSchemes makes the whole system unstable.

Installing Animated mouse pointer 1.01 locks the system up. 

Both resulted in me installing ArcaOS 5.01 again.

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