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Setup & Installation / Looping ArcaOS Install
« on: October 10, 2023, 04:27:01 am »
Attempting to install V5.1 into Virtual Box, but I'm getting into a loop that I have no idea how to get out of. I start off the install and after the first phase completes and the machine reboots I'm back to the main installer screen again. It never seems to boot off the hard disk to continue with the install.

This version also does not show the 'Boot from Hard Disk' as the first menu. The first menu I get is installer screen with the menu options ('default values', 'boot with menu for own value' or display online docs'. I checked out the installation guide and readmes, but don't know how to proceed from here.

Doing this under VirtualBox 7.0, where I have my other eCS/ArcaOs versions running.

Setup & Installation / Determine ArcaOs Version installed
« on: September 26, 2023, 04:33:42 pm »
I know I asked this before, but can not find the answer. Whats the best way to determine the version of ArcaOs installed. I would like a simple command like Ver. I found command that get some information (VER and VERSION) but nothing to give me the ARCAOS Version. I would be nice if there was a simple way to determine this. I have quite a few different installs running around and need whats installed for each. Either add a command file or enhance the Version.Cmd to display the ArcaOs Version.


The output of VER and VERSION give me the following in the attached file.

Setup & Installation / How to update Cups between ArcaOS version?
« on: October 07, 2020, 12:08:44 am »
I noticed that with ArcaOs V5.0.5 and V5.0.6 came with some updated CUPS drivers for Brother Printers. How can I get the version of CUPS from a V5.0.6 installed onto a V5.0.3 system? I tried ANPN and I did not find any cups packages with updates available for install.

Networking / How to reinstall Samba Client?
« on: September 28, 2020, 09:08:10 pm »
On a previous post I listed an issue with using ArcaMapper and Samba on a V5.0.5 system. I've tracked down the issue to it being something else I've installed, that seems to have broken it. So as a first attempt, I'm going to try and re-install of Samba. Well I did an uninstall of the V4.11 Samba client via ANPN, but now I don't have any samba versions available for re-install.

So how can I re-install the original version of samba that came off my ArcaOs V5.0.5 DVD?


Networking / ArcaMapper - Parameter Incorrect
« on: September 25, 2020, 09:41:39 pm »
Using ArcaMapper

I'm attempting to mount some shares on my WD MyCloud. When I attempt to do the mount via ArcaMapper, I get a 'parameter incorrect' popup and the explanation shows.

"Mount Janna@\\\ElvishSoftware to S:\"
The Parameter is incorrect.

I get the S: Drive in the connections list, but Dir on it results in a SYS0002 Error (Can not find the file).

ArcaMapper is 2.6.20200530 on an ArcaOS v5.0.5 in a Virtual Box Session.

This all works find on an eCS V2.2 using EVFSGUI.

Any ideas on whats going on here?

Some more details. This all works find on an ArcaOS V5.0.3 system

Samba Details (from About) on V5.0.3

Samba Client Versions:
File system    NDFS32 Version 3.028
Plugin Vendor    netlabs
Plugin Revision    3.03.0
Plugin Date/Time    24 Sep 2017 16:18:51
Plugin Build Machine    ARCAOS-D0C2
Plugin Language Code    en
Plugin File Version    3.3
Plugin Description    NDPSMB - SMBFS NetDrive External Plugin Build 20170924
Commandline utilities    Version 3.3.16-eCS 1.1.4-804
options.!appname_long    Version 2.6.20180622

Details from V5.0.5 ArcaMapper About

Samba Client Versions:
File system    NDFS32 Version 3.028
Plugin Vendor    netlabs
Plugin Revision    3.07.0
Plugin Date/Time    24 Sep 2019 18:47:59
Plugin Build Machine    ARCAOS-D0C2
Plugin Language Code    en
Plugin File Version    3.7
Plugin Description    NDPSMB - SMBFS NetDrive External Plugin Build 20190924
Commandline utilities    Version 3.6.25-OS/2 v1.3.0-1011
options.!appname_long    Version 2.6.20200530

Setup & Installation / OS2AHCI not defaulting on VirtualBox installation
« on: September 25, 2020, 08:13:04 pm »
It took me awhile to figure this out, but if I do an install (5.0.5) on physical hardware, the OS2AHCI Drivers are included in the default list of DASD Drivers (along with DANI's). But if I do the same thing in a VirtualBox install that has the no IDE, but only AHCI controllers, the default driver selection does not include OS2AHCI. I have to always go in and add the drivers to the boot process in order to prevent the dreaded 'OS/2 is unable to operate your hard disks' message.

Anyone else noticed this and is this significant enough that I should open a ticket on it?


Setup & Installation / Startup.Cmd not executing
« on: August 05, 2020, 07:34:42 pm »
This is kind of strange, on my T540P Notebook, my startup.cmd does not automatically start at boot. I have to manually execute it. Now this is the only system that this happens on. Any ideas on why this is happening or actually not happening?

Also whats the best way to figure out which version of ArcaOs I have installed? I can't remember if this was a 5.0.3 or 5.0.4 base install?


Marketplace / IBM OS/2 V1.1 Redbooks
« on: July 09, 2020, 09:24:38 pm »
I have unearthed a couple of old IBM Redbooks on OS/2 1.1

IBM OS/2 Internals Volume 1: Kernel, Subsystems and API GC24-3255-00 (April 1988)
IBM OS/2 Internals Volume 2: Presentation Manager ZZ81-0199-00 (April 1988)

Free to a good home for shipping and handling.

I actually found 2 sets, but I'm keeping one for myself  ;)


Marketplace / Stacker for OS/2 + Dos
« on: July 09, 2020, 09:12:27 pm »
Another item from another box. A still shrink-wrapped version of Stacker V4.0 for OS/2 and Dos. Free to a good home for the cost of shipping and handling.

Marketplace / Borland C++ looking for a home
« on: July 01, 2020, 09:17:28 pm »

As I continue to unpack stuff after our move in 2018, I found 2 sets of Borland C++. These are the full boxed sets, I have one V1.5 and one V2.0. The V2.0 has never been opened, it still has the shrink wrap on the box.

These are available to anyone for the cost of the shipping. Note these are pretty heavy as they contain all the manuals and software. I can't guarantee that the diskettes are still good, but they should be.

Any interest just PM me and we can work out the costs.

If there are no takers by Month End (July) they will end up in our local dump.



Setup & Installation / Rsync Install setup instructions
« on: February 05, 2020, 10:01:35 pm »
Is there a simple tutorial around somewhere that would show me how the setup to use rsync to mirror some data drives between a ArcaOs2 machine and a NAS (WD MyCloud)? I've poke around quite a bit, but have not found any easy to understand samples or examples.

I've got all the software installed, but just can't seem to get the thing working as yet. I know it can be done, as I've seen lots of folks do it, but all the examples I can find are linux or windows based.


Setup & Installation / LVM Error Codes - Documentation?
« on: August 21, 2019, 11:57:47 pm »
Is there a list of what the various LVM Error codes indicate?

I'm trying to build a new Maintenance Partition (ArcaOS 5.03) on on an existing System. When I try the install, I get a popup about LVM Error 10 when I try and select the new partition for the new install.

Booting to the main system (ArcaOS 5.01) and executing LVM Reports invalid Partition Data on Disk 2, but running DFSEE V11 does not report any issues with it. So I'm wondering a couple of things.

1) What the 10 telling me (Invalid Partition Info)?
2) Is there documentation on LVM Engine Error Codes?
3) How to figure out whats wrong with the partition info, since DFSEE does not report any errors?


Hardware / T540P Touch-Pad Button Issue
« on: January 18, 2019, 06:46:18 pm »
I'm built a multi-boot system (Win 10, ArcaOS 5.03) on a T540P. Everything works as expected so far. The one issue I have is with the mouse buttons on the touch-pad. I have disabled the touch-pad portion of the interface via the bios and just use the trackpoint for mouse movement. At times when I try and do mouse clicks with the touch-pad, it causes the mouse jump all over the screen. The jumps generally seem to go up to the top left of the screen.

This unit has the type of touch pad where the mouse buttons are not a separate part of the unit. The left/right mouse buttons are simply activated by pressing the top of the pad where some raised bumps are.

Now this unit functions exactly as expected under Win 10, with no mouse jumping.

Applications / Convert Partition to VDI
« on: January 17, 2019, 01:58:47 am »
I've got an ArcaOS partition on a machine, that I want to convert to a VDI. Now this is a 3GB partition on a 250GB SSD. I've booted into Win10 and used DfSee to create an image file of the partition of interest. I used VBoxManage to convert that to a VDI, but when I attach this VDI to a virtual machine and attempt to boot it, I get the following

"Invalid code for JFS 0000:0000"

I booted into DfSee and it seems to see the VDI as a Large Floppy Format. It reports there are no partitions on the disk.

Anyone ever done something like this? I've played around with DfSee trying to get MBR, or boot code, or converted to a disk/partition, but no luck so far.

Applications / PmPatrol - Doscall1.Dll Load Error
« on: January 09, 2019, 10:56:10 pm »
I'm in the process of building a new ArcaOS Laptop (T540p) and starting to load up my old applications. I've installed PmPatrol, but it fails to start. A quick CHKDLL32 shows that DOSCALL1.DLL can not be loaded because orginal 154 (DosQProcStatus) could not be resolved.

Any ideas on how to get around this? Is it ticket time with Arca Noae?


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