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Storage / Re: Help! I don't want losing my data.
« on: June 01, 2018, 01:20:48 am »
Hello, i am an os/2 newbie. Installed ecs 2.1 at the begining of the week. And i have run into some serious trouble.
I use an HPFS 5gb partition. My machine is thinkpad x41 upgraded to 2gb ram.
I needed to have a wifi connection, but i couldnt put in the hpfs partition any file - windows doesnt see it, ecs wont read Fat32 flash drives (why? It should be by default, afaik) and ecs dont recognize any ntfs partition (question is the same - why? I have  ntfs installed, and it even is in installed ecs's drivers list).
So i tried to install pinball.sys on windows xp from some abandoned 1998 site.
Result is - xp sees the existence of ecs partition, but cannot access it without reformating, AND!
I have a 15 gb ntfs or fat32 partition (i dont remember which fs though). It is totally disappeared in windows file explorer, file system is unknown, cant change drive letter to use it in windows. But it is not formated - there ARE 5 gb data on it, as partition utilities say.
Help me please! I need this partition!

Ps. Found this thread, but first, i dont want to delete partition and second - ecs did never recognise it, let alone use it.

Did you run chkdsk.exe in windows on the unrecognized drive(s)?  If the drive is dirty, it won't allow you to see it.

I tried to install eCS 2.1 on my thinkpad X220 notebook a while back.  It too would freeze at the eCS logo.  Tried several times, but always the same result.  Then tried ArcaOS 5.02 on same computer and installation was no problem.  At the time, I was wanting to boot to eCS or ArcaOS.

Applications / Re: David's Doodles
« on: May 12, 2018, 06:03:47 pm »
Clear portal folder icons

a yellow portal folder set.  Not complete,


Applications / Re: David's Doodles
« on: May 12, 2018, 06:02:37 pm »
I am moving my portal folders here so they are easier to find.  To use, dynamic icons must be enable for each folder you want to use them in, including the desktop.  Remember, XWP's shadow icon does not work when dynamic icons are enabled for that folder.  Thes PNG folder icons can only be used if you have ArcaOS.  You can use them how you want.  You can have a blue folder icon and when open it can be a empty blue bubble or you can use a clear port icon and so on.  I started some yellow portals.  Now I just have to find them.

The first set is the blue portal folders.


Applications / amouse
« on: May 12, 2018, 03:03:05 am »
ArcaOS 5.02

Like to look at exe and dll using pmdll.

Here is something interesting.  If I go into d:\sys\apps\amouse

and drop the "nbaudio.dll onto the PMDll icon, error messages are shown for three dlls.  I have attached the pics.

The three dlls with error messages are:


Applications / Re: David's Doodles
« on: May 08, 2018, 09:07:42 am »
Some desktop and folder backgrounds.


Applications / Re: David's Doodles
« on: May 08, 2018, 08:18:50 am »
A few desktop and folder backgrounds done in PNG's.  ArcaOS has no problem utilizing PNGs as desktop backgrounds.  I decided to do PNGs because for some reason, my ArcaOS was getting confused when using OS/2 bmps.  This does not exist when using PNGs.


Applications / Re: OS/4 (technical details only)
« on: May 08, 2018, 04:40:28 am »
I just checked you latest OS4 kernel on my Lenovo Thinkpad T430s and it works great. Picture of some of its features.  This is with ArcaOS 5.02. 

Applications / Re: OS/4 (technical details only)
« on: April 30, 2018, 05:21:07 pm »
LVM is highlighted red saying it has a problem

I can confirm that with LVM.DLL rev 1.04.2 it's true. At the same time rev 1.03 of this DLL works ok. After compress/decompress LVM.DLL rev 1.04.2 by LXLITE, it does not create problems any more. What you need is:   LXLITE LVM.DLL  and after that LXLITE -x LVM.DLL

Thank you OS4User!!!  Did as you suggested and everything works as it should.  Hopefully other Arca 5.02 users will fix their lvm.dll also.


Applications / Re: OS/4 (technical details only)
« on: April 29, 2018, 08:13:50 pm »
Styler/2 worked fine on my machine with OS/4 kernel, as well as REFORMAT. So, probably, you have problems with paths. Probably, LVM.DLL is not on LIBPATH.

PS: Do you have different CONFIG.SYS for OS/4 and IBM kernel? If so, you should compare them for any differences.

To test the config.sys, I used Doug Bissett's latest config.sys sorter to sort both config.sys and config.os4 (Renamed it config.sys for the sort and then renamed it back to config.os4)  Then booted to each.  The problem still exist when using the OS4 kernel.  The problem disappears with the IBM kernel.  I can see no difference in the libpath statement for the way things are listed.  However, this is something I can live with because I have the option to boot using either kernel which I like.

Does anyone know if there are plans for the new OS4 kernel to do away with the SIQ (single Input Que)?

Hardware / Re: nForce 650i SLI Motherboard
« on: April 27, 2018, 02:17:18 am »

Been experimenting with the OS/4 kernel as well, unluckily the desktop freezes at startup.

Your experience is just the opposite of mine.  My desktop was freezing up a lot using the kernel that comes with ArcaOS.  With the OS4 kernel, the freezes have disappeared.

Applications / Re: OS/4 (technical details only)
« on: April 23, 2018, 08:52:58 pm »

I have just check on my system  - reformat.exe starts ok. I do not have styler.exe to check.

It was called eStyler in eComstation.  In the ArcaOS releases, it was renamed to Styler.  I am using ArcaOS 5.02.  I can boot to the ArcaOS kernel and everything works fine.  When I reboot using OS4 kernel, the two programs do not work.

Other than these two programs not working, I have found the OS4 kernel to be more stable and its performance better.  Your modified dive.dll speed up my graphics.  I don't plan on going back to the IBM kernel if I can help it unless I need to boot to it to use one of the two programs.  That is what is good about the kernel loader.  I can boot to either kernel.

Applications / Re: OS/4 (technical details only)
« on: April 23, 2018, 02:54:03 am »
One last comment.  I am a user of eCo essentials.  I like the eComstation Device Manager, the PCI Dock, and the Removable Drive Format Tool.  When using the OS4 kernel, the Removable Drive Format Tool won't come up.  It gives the following error message:

Cannot start D:\sys\system\refomat.exe

Make sure the path for the program is correct and the file is an os/2 for Dos program.  There might not be enough memory to run the program etc....

Now I can boot using the ArcaOS kernel and the program work great.  This is the only program so far that does not work with the OS4 kernel that I have come across.

I found another program that does not work with the OS4 kernel.  This one is "styler.exe" and it has been around for a long time and has been in ecomstation for years.

Using PMDLL, it states that neither Reformat.exe or Styler.exe can not be started using the OS4 kernel.  When one scrolls down from the exe for either of them, LVM is highlighted red saying it has a problem.  Just starting the program object indicates that the exes are not OS/2 programs.  When I reboot under the Arca 5.02 kernel using PMDLL, both exes and LVM.dll show no problems and both programs work as they should.

Using FM/2 to start the programs, it gives the following attached error message.  Other than these two programs not starting and no acpi, the OS4 kernel has worked great for me.  I believe ArcaOS 5.02 comes with the .8 version of the ACPI and there are presently no patches for it.

Setup & Installation / Re: RAM disk and temp folders...what else?
« on: April 21, 2018, 07:34:37 am »
...It's not easy to write a good installer, and the skills have more to do with test engineering than software engineering. OS4 would be especially challenging because any error leaves the installation unable to boot. The target installations are diverse -- OS/2, eCS and ArcaOS.

Having said all of the above, the actual (manual) install of the OS4 solution is not all that hard. The READMEs included do cover it fairly well, but yeah, go through them at least a couple of times. I think most of time would be spent in adjusting the default configuration, so getting yourself multiple CONFIG.SYS instances to give you the flexibility to either boot with the OS4 loader, or the default OS2 or maybe the AOS one.

Having just recently moved to the OS4 kernel, it is pretty straight forward unless one is using a RAM drive utilizing QSINIT.  The one thing to remember is that when updating to the latest OS4 kernel, do not replace the QSINIT loader with the latest OS4 kernel loader.

Applications / Re: OS/4 (technical details only)
« on: April 19, 2018, 12:22:27 am »
I have downloaded

The HOWTO file says this only works with acpi-3.23.0-1

I have, and later versions. I also have an eCS and ArcaOS subscription. Where can I get the version of acpi-3.23.01 that works with OS4?

I think this is what you may be looking for.

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