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Setup & Installation / Re: Multiple installations of AOS?
« on: September 02, 2023, 04:58:21 am »
Sorry I wrote that text about 12 years ago when I still worked at Mensys. It was intended to READ if you want to use MORE then 5 license you need to buy a commercial license.
It NEVER intended to imply you can use eCS personal license in upto 5 devices at the same time. Thats a violation of the OS/2 EULA.

I know, I was not wondering about the license useage, but about the number 3 vs 5

Off Topic discussions / Re: John Poole Software Operating System/5?
« on: September 01, 2023, 03:16:05 pm »
I came across this video and website showing called OS/5 by John Poole Software. I thought it was interesting.
One can still download it?
Here is the information on it from the video on YouTube
OS/5 is a Shareware PC operating system based on a Microsoft programming language that itself was rarely used. Intended to be an inexpensive, lightweight alternative to Windows, OS/2, and other graphical user interfaces, OS/5's Desktop runs in text mode while retaining many GUI features. Created by John Poole and released in 1996, two versions of it are known to exist, and would have been lost entirely if I had not saved them over 25 years ago, because they have not been archived anywhere online and trying to search for OS/5 or its author will turn up nothing except this video.

Download OS/5 version 1.0:
Download OS/5 version 1.1:
Ignore any security warnings; I run the site and it does not store any personal data. Feel free to archive these files elsewhere.

Time flow:
0:00 Introduction
1:00 OS/5 1.0 documentation
1:56 OS/5 1.0 review
6:53 OS/5 1.1 documentation
8:15 OS/5 1.1 review
13:25 Visual Basic for DOS
14:43 Higher resolutions
16:08 Memory & disk space
17:15 Conclusion

It is a simple DOS shell that was written in Visual basic for DOS (V1 presumably, I think 2 and up were Win only), it is very rudimentary even for a Shareware DOS shell.

Setup & Installation / Re: Multiple installations of AOS?
« on: September 01, 2023, 03:12:07 pm »
In the eCS license text an error slipped that I had written. It was intended to read you are only allowed to use more then 3 personal licenses of eCS.

This can also be read that eCS can be installed on 3 systems (personal version). But this is NOT correct.

Did you mean 5?

"eComStation 2.1 versions:
eComStation 2.1 is released in two flavours:

The Home & Student version can be used by any private or small office user. As a private or small office user, it is allowed to have up to 5 licenses installed for production usage. This version includes 6 months of Software Subscription Services.

If more than 5 licenses are needed, it is required to purchase the Business Edition. The Business Edition includes 12 months of Software Subscription Services. Volume discounts are available for the Business Edition."

Applications / Re: VBox OS2
« on: August 14, 2023, 02:38:40 am »
I got some ISOs to try. Win98se does not load at all. Tries to boot from CD and then VBox aborts loading. Going to try another ISO.

As an alternative, if you cannot get VBox functioning, VirtualPC for OS/2 runs all older Microsoft OS's and SVista runs most of them.

Applications / Re: Lost / Missing Software for OS/2
« on: July 21, 2023, 11:10:24 pm »
Hello. So, officially we are looking for the VABasic 1.5 patch for OS/2 that used to be publicly available on the IBM support Site.
If someone has the filename, dead link, or (more important) the file, please let me know.
There was a large 1.2 patch for both OS/2 and Windows before 1.5, even that would be better than nothing as it solved a lot of issues.

Applications / Re: Lost / Missing Software for OS/2
« on: July 21, 2023, 08:09:22 pm »
Hi Martin,

as far as I know, there were only full versions of VABasic.
No, IBM issued patches for VA Basic, for some reason it was only available from the website and not from any of their FTP sites and I lost my copies of the patches in a Partition Magic related incident in 2000, by that time IBM had taken down the website.

Setup & Installation / Re: Trials and Tribulations
« on: May 20, 2023, 07:01:28 am »
Panorama nor Snap will not work on either the Nvidia MX400 or an S3 Trio I have and the only way I could see anything was to setup as SVGA
SNAP should work on those two cards, but as an alternative both of these cards have a discrete native OS/2 drivers, in the case of the S3 Trio, both classic and GRADD versions.

ArcaOS does not support 6x86 chips like the K6 BTW, some of the Arca supplied code is compiled for 686 using GCC and may not work on your setup. eCS is a much better bet.

Hardware / Re: [Solved] Iomega ZIP 100 IDE
« on: May 16, 2023, 03:33:49 am »
I tried DFSee, but DFSee does not see the drive at all. LVM can see the drive, but no operation actually works. I tried renaming the drive, and it says it worked, but when I open it again in LVM, the original lack of disk name appears.

MiniLVM shows an extra unavailable drive with the right size, but no operation is allowed.

I found a USB zip drive and hoked it to an ArcaOS 5.1 beta system. Everything seems to work. I can verify that my zip disks are working. I used this system to assign a drive letter to the disk.

Back on the IDE Zip drive system, the disk with LVM information does not appear. Adding a drive letter does not seem to help.

Wasn't there a kink with the IDE ZIP drives? Did they not show some strange behaviour if they were set up as busmasters, especially with some chipsets? It's been 25 years, but I gave up on IDE ZIP's altogether for some such reason and only used SCSI versions.

I can vaguely recall setting it up for friends a few years later that the most successful setup was having them as a slave on IDE channel 2, with the caveat that most MB's post 2005 only have one IDE channel ...

Hardware / Re: OS/2 Warp 3 Graphics Card Selection Input?
« on: May 11, 2023, 03:14:47 pm »
I have a machine with 16-bit ISA slots and I'm looking to install OS/2 WARP Version 3. What would some graphics card recommendations be as I know driver support was always an issue with OS/2 that didn't get better to WARP 4. Been searching for a compatibility matrix for what drivers where included in WARP 3 but having a hard time tracking that down.

Trident ISA cards using IBM drivers are the best bet for ISA, some of the Trident ISA drivers even have features that later drivers do not support such as changing resolutions without rebooting etc. Pro level ISA cards such as Matrox, S3 et. al. work well but are impossible to find. Tseng Lab. cards work well too, but have slow DAC's, but superb DOS support. Cirrus Logic (aka acu MOS, etc), ATI and SiS also work well but similarly have a slow DAC with the exception of a couple of ATI cards.

Almost any ISA card can be made to work actually, I used an obscure Avance Logic (aka Realtek) ISA card for years, that I have never seen offered for sale before or since, despite keeping an eye out for it on eBay for a quarter of a century.

Applications / Re: Running old OS/2 Software - Issues
« on: December 23, 2022, 05:38:25 pm »
Did an old version of OS/2 have a spreadsheet applet? Perhaps as an example program. I tested ver 2.1 at one time and it had some different programs installed but can't remember what now and have never installed anything older. Sounds like it from the readme.
Yes, some 2.x versions had a tiny spreadsheet and PIM.

I am not certain. But even when a trademark its registration has not been extended by the trademark owner. Then I am do not think you can just use.
As IBM still retains ownership of the word OS/2.  This might also vary from region to region in the world.

No, that applies to copyrights and automatic grants of IP ownership in general (for most countries anyway, those that are fully signed up to the Berne convention). Trademarks are different, they have some aspects of IP but are mostly grants of goodwill, you have to register them, keep the registration current and defend them, otherwise you lose the exclusive rights to use them.

IBM & MS can object to you registering the OS/2 trademark, but they will have to show that they are currently using it, show that you are not currently using it and are thus attempting to register it in bad faith, and will have to show a valid reason for not having maintained the trademark registration. They cannot stop you from using it on t-shirts or other products, since they no longer have any claim on it.

The CE world is full of trademarks that have at one time been taken over by unrelated companies or individuals by re-registering the trademark rather than buying them from a trademark owner, for example Nikko, Telefunken, Universal Audio, Moog, Scott, Audio Note, etc.

Programming / Re: New frontends for GCC 13...
« on: December 17, 2022, 11:17:38 am »
...due sometime next year..

When the GCC 13 code gets closer to release, I'll look at building it, noting that GCC 13 will drop support for STABS debug code, so we won't be able to built debug code....

The M2 integration was supposed to happen with GCC12 (and funnily enough with GCC 0.x as well), so I am not holding my breath ...

some news... i still can't tell what happen exactly, but it might be the TI 486 SXLC2 having some troubles with OS/2.
but i can't easily swap with the original 386, as i soldered the TI and don't plan roll back anyway.
Should not be a problem with the CPU on its own, I ran OS/2 v3 on an ISA board with a Cx486SLC for years, up to fixpack 4x, the only difference between that chip and yours is a bigger cache and optional clock doubling. If you can get hold of TI's utility software package that they distributed for the chip, you can try toggling the clock doubling feature on and off, but I doubt that would make a difference.

I sold a number of these as upgrade chips (on a socketed PCB typically) and as budget replacement motherboards in its day and while we did provide the TI software package to people, no-one ever seemed to use it since they were more or less plug and play.

IBM did supply updated firmware and configuration software for some of those ISA based PS systems, such as the PS/1 386sx, as they had some problems with booting OS/2 32bit but I have no idea if that applies to your system.

Applications / Re: DOS version on ArcaOS
« on: July 27, 2022, 02:22:27 am »
There are DOS 1 programs, DOS v1 was quite different, no directories, FSB's, making it more like CPM.
It is also possible to boot CPM86 on OS/2.

DOSPlus works better than CP/M86 under OS/2, and it runs all CP/M86 programs and most DOS programs as well, it can be downloaded for free from the official DR site.

Hardware / Re: Lenovo Thinkcentre M73p
« on: June 16, 2022, 01:20:09 am »
I have the SFF version of this model with a transplanted Xeon in it, running eCS. Do not recall having any problems setting it up.

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