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Applications / Re: Creating an OS/2 image from HDD
« on: January 23, 2023, 12:05:48 am »
Hi Dariusz,
Have you considered creating two partitions on your new enlarged SSD leaving your boot partition at 200 Gb (which is excessive for a boot partition, mine is 2 GB with over 1 GB still free) and putting tools, programs, etc on the remaining partitioned space? 

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Hi Andi,
Sorry to hear of your misfortune but it was rather foolish to let win 10 anywhere near another OS.  I have a lone salvaged PC that has win 7 on it because a data logger I use only has a win interface.  I have been given a couple of laptops one of which had win 10 installed (lenovo ideapad) and the first thing I did was to kill win and install Linux mint.  I am thinking I might install ArcaOS if they ever release the UEFI version.

I have also had several friends bring their laptops with win 10 installed as an update that messed up everything they had there for me to fix.  I am dreading a rush of win 11 machines because I know of several laptops (HONOR MagicBook 16 and others) appeared as Christmas presents.

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Hi JTA,

I have been running OS/2 on real hardware since I got version 1.20 in 1989.  Today I run ArcaOS on real hardware MSI B550-A PRO motherboard with a third generation AMD RYZEN processor.  On my local network I have a few more OSs each for a reason, Linux Mint for its Firefox browser, Win 7 as an interface to a data logger ( said data logger won't run on vBox or any other virtualization because it requires real hardware ).  I can also display what each OS is doing on my main 28 inch monitor via a 4k USB KVM switch. backup goes to two NAS boxes every night.

That basic layout has been running without problems for the last 15 years and does everything I ask it so why change. 

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Utilities / Re: graphic interface for smartahci
« on: January 08, 2023, 01:45:34 pm »
You could try free DFSee v17 for that and I think Peter Brown's PMsmartctl does a good job of showing the SMART data on a hard disk.

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Applications / Re: VLC3018 IDN11.DLL
« on: January 08, 2023, 01:34:24 pm »
Hi Andy,

It installed with ArcaOS so I have it in this machine but I have never seen the need to use it.  Remembering the last time I updated some DLLs and had several working programs stop working because the new DLLs were not backward compatible so never again.

I have opened the package manager but find nothing of interest there, it appears to be something a person interested in programming might be interested in and I'm NOT a programmer.

Each to his own.  I will stick with my 4k kvm switch and the Linux Mint box under the desk for the firefox browser when necessary.

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Hi Mentore,  The big mistake IBM made was to allow Microsoft to get involved with OS/2 because it was far better than the windows offering.

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Applications / Re: Software Wishlist for 2023
« on: January 07, 2023, 09:27:25 pm »
Another thing I would like to have is a reliable bluetooth driver.

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Applications / Re: VLC3018 IDN11.DLL
« on: January 07, 2023, 07:27:33 pm »
I'm not quite the cat 4 you mention but I have been using OS/2 since version 1.1.

Looking at what is available from rpm/yum it appears that most is aimed at developers.  When I had my business I employed an OS/2 programmer to tailor OS/2 to our clients needs.  In my retirement now (20 years) I use what I need to keep my mind active.

As for remembering what programs I have they are started by a cmd file on the desktop where necessary or directly from the program object (begin libpath works wonders).  I do know which of the 3 hard disks they are on or if they are on one of the two NAS boxes because that is a carry-over from my working life.

The attached pic gives the layout of the disks on this working machine.

Thanks for your input.

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Well said Andi, you put my thoughts down better than I could.

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Applications / Re: VLC3018 IDN11.DLL
« on: January 07, 2023, 01:17:52 pm »
Sorry Andi, you missed my point which was/is that we shouldn't have to search all over to try and find the necessary parts for a program to run, they should all be there and if necessary have a note in the 'readme' file that states they should be put in a different dir.  My experience with previous versions of VLC has been that they work with everything together in the VLX2 dir and sub dirs.

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Applications / Re: VLC3018 IDN11.DLL
« on: January 06, 2023, 06:02:51 pm »
Here we are seeing my biggest complaint - new programs that don't supply ALL the required extra bits (dll etc.) and no rpm/yum is not the answer.

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Applications / Re: Software Wishlist for 2023
« on: January 06, 2023, 05:58:03 pm »
It sounds as if the real answer would be a 64 bit kernel and support programs.  Something I assume will never happen.

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And the difference between Paul's and Roderick's result is down to Paul using a real OS and Roderick using a pretend OS which gathers personnel information for those that would try and rule the world.

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Setup & Installation / Re: Virtual memory, a curious phenomenon
« on: January 03, 2023, 01:30:06 pm »
I can never understand your setup.  I have ArcaOS v5.0.7 as a standard setup with c a couple of exceptions, the boot drive C: is hpfs and the swap file is on D:  I get

[C:\]mem /v

Total physical memory:      7,906 MB
Accessible to system:       3,311 MB
Additional (PAE) memory:    4,595 MB

Resident memory:              193 MB
Available virtual memory:   2,590 MB

Available process memory:
  Private low memory:         213 MB
  Private high memory:      2,240 MB
  Shared low memory:          149 MB
  Shared high memory:       2,160 MB

[C:\]

  SWAPPATH=D:\ 2048 2048

My test setup on my Ryzen third generation processor is very much the same.

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Hi Eugene,

One thing I forgot to mention.  I have never tried using USB to install any OS/2 - ArcaOS, I always use a DVD drive.  It may take a little more work but a SATA DVD drive always works even if you have to get long cables and pass them through port at the back of the case.  I now have one from a defunct  laptop that I put in a case equipped with long SATA and power cables.

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