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Hardware / DOS Window Woes
« on: July 20, 2021, 02:51:28 am »
Stating up front, I have already done the /int10grfxsafe thing, MODE C80, etc I even installed a VIOP10.WPI that someone referenced somewhere else.

The issue is with DOS windows. I had a issue previously on a different computer and the above did fix that. But this is on a Lenovo Desktop (Blondeguy machine).

This issue is different from the issue i had on the other computer.

Now the DOS window opens, it shows text changing in the first 2 columns of the window and after 20-30 seconds the OS locks up.

Attached is an image of what the top left of the window looks like, characters seem to scroll across the 2 character area, but it doesn't look like it is a continuous stream.

I've been dealing with this issue for awhile. The computer runs my BBS and the only thing I can't do is run BBS doors since most are all DOS. Just wish I could figure it out and maybe play some LORD or USURPER again :P

Setup & Installation / Partitioning Recommendations
« on: December 14, 2019, 01:39:00 am »

I currently have ArcaOS running on an HP desktop with 500gb drive partitioned 100gb C drive, 400gb D drive. The C partition is the boot partition along with programs. And the D partition dedicated to my BBS, all related programs and data is stored on the D drive.

I recently found a 64gb SATA SSD that I had laying around since it was useless for any current windows install. And it (finally) dawned on me that I might could use it for ArcaOS. So, I have a HP desktop exactly the same as the one I am currently using, except it currently has a 1tb drive in it. My plan is to replace the 1tb drive with the 64gb SSD and a 500gb HD. If I can get that working smoothly, then I'll move the BBS over to the new system.

As for partitioning, I am looking for input. I plan to use a scheme similar to one of those found on . I like the idea of having a dedicated boot partition and program partition. And then adding another partition for the BBS, which would need to be D: so I don't have to change all my configs for the assorted BBS programs.

Some questions:

The website recommends a 2gb boot partition, which I am sure would be enough, but with the amount of drive space available, I figured I could up that just a bit for extra room. But still staying under 10gb. Should I stay at 2gb or does it really matter?

How do I setup a maintenance partition, do I just do another install on that partition? Never done anything like that but it sounds like it could be a life saver.

My initial thoughts are as follows:
8gb HPFS Boot (main)
2gb HPFS Boot (maintenance)
54gb JFS "E" (OS2 Program Drive)

And then the 500gb HD setup as "D" for the BBS and related files.

Open to thoughts and suggestions.



Applications / Recommendations: File Managers?
« on: June 14, 2017, 08:56:28 pm »
I was looking around for different file managers for OS/2 and figured I'd ask here to see what others recommend.

I've used FC/2 in the past and I seem to remember others were out there, but I can't remember any of them.

What do you use? What's still being supported (if any)?.

Applications / Problems with Windowed DOS sessions
« on: June 11, 2017, 02:36:26 am »
I originally posted this in the Hardware section, but it looks like it might not be hardware after all.

I am testing Arca on a newish HP desktop computer and everything pretty much works fine. Except when I try to open a windowed DOS session, I get a pop message stating "the system does not support this session's video mode in a window".

The Arca installed the Panorama driver, the monitor is a AOC brand running 1680 x 1050. OS/2 prompt windows work fine. And the system has no other issues that I can tell. I just can't run DOS sessions in a window. They do open fine full screen.

*update* - I have reinstalled with each of the 4 video driver packages and I have the same issue with all of them, so I don't think it's a video driver related issue.

Any ideas or suggestions?



I am trying to setup my "backup" Thinkpad T43 (1875) with ArcaOS. I already installed it on my primary T43 (a newer model) and it is working fine.

The problem is with the Broadcom NetXtreme Gigabit ethernet adapter. It is not a real pressing problem, since this is a backup laptop and otherwise it sits collecting dust.

This laptop did have eCS 1.2 installed with ethernet working fine using a Broadcom B57 driver that I found specifically for Thinkpads. And after having issues with the Arca install, I reinstalled eCS 1.2 to make sure the adapter was still working and it does work fine.

Arca initial install does not find a network adapter at all. After the install was finished, I installed the driver I used with eCS. After that boot up would have a long pause after loading the driver, then would state that there was an "Invalid IRQ value - check IRQ in BIOS" (which i cannot find).

If I try to use the B57 driver included in Acra, it boots up fine, but with DHCP or assigned IP/Route/DNS, there is no connection. ping attempts result in "sendto: No route to host".

ifconfig lan0

Exact same setup in eCS works fine. I can't figure this one out.

Also on another T43, slightly newer, same network adapter works fine. So it could be an issue with the laptop, but why would it work fine under eCS, but not ArcaOS?

General Discussion / OS/2 - ArcaOS Facebook group
« on: May 24, 2017, 04:18:13 am »
If anyone is interested, there is an OS/2 group on Facebook - it's been there awhile, but with the release of AcraOS, traffic has picked up a bit.


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