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Programming / Re: Qt6 Development
« on: Today at 01:38:56 pm »
 Hey Paul,

  Hope everything worked out during your OS/2 hiatus. Looking forward to testing new builds of QT6 as they appear.


Programming / Re: OPenchat
« on: September 30, 2023, 03:21:34 pm »

  I get that same POPUPLOG when trying to run both OpenChat and OpenChat-SMP on ArcaOS 5.1. No exceptq file either...


Programming / Re: Using AI to Code for OS/2
« on: September 17, 2023, 05:45:07 pm »
LOL.. so much for the 'Intelligence' part of AI.


Hi Sigurd,

  Is there a setting in the BIOS - something like 'Above 4GB decoding'? If so, you need to turn it off. The message you show is typical for video memory mapped above 4GB, which of course OS/2 can't handle.

 If not, and you really want to get down into the weeds with it, you could try removing RAM so there is only 4GB available. That might force the video memory below 4GB, but then you only have 4GB of RAM for other OS's, and even so, video might take a huge chunk of the 4GB left.


Marketplace / Re: Looking for a boxed set of Borland C++ v. 2.0
« on: September 07, 2023, 10:16:31 pm »

 There are links there to the PDF manuals too...


Applications / Re: ArcaOS 5.1 - First Impressions
« on: September 05, 2023, 11:02:47 pm »
 Here's another success story (eventually). I have an HP Laptop 17-by2053cl with Windows 11 on it , UEFI only, previously upgraded to 16GB RAM and SSD drive. Wanted ArcaOS 5.1 on it too. Tried to install with a DVD but it would not boot, so made a USB stick, and boot would start, but then hang immediately after the boot logo. Eventually figured out that it didn't like AMOUSE.SYS, so switched to IBM's MOUSE.SYS and boot continued to the WPS, but then I got a 'ISO not found' error when the WPS started.. Fiddled with it for too long, but figured out that if I remove the USB stick and re-insert at the right moment before the WPS started, then the install started, but then it could not find any disk to install on. Turns out the install did not detect the SATA adapter (because it is technically a RAID adapter, though in non-RAID mode) so I was finally stuck.

Then I found out there is an NVME slot in this laptop! So I got a 1TB one ($45) and transferred Win11 over to it and left a nice big 450GB unallocated space for ArcaOS. Made sure Win worked, then restarted installing ArcaOS using lessons learned up to now and it recognized the NVME drive as GPT and installed, although I had to do the remove/re-insert trick with the USB stick at each boot. Now ArcaOS was installed - woohoo! But...

 When I rebooted with no USB stick attached, I got a 'Your system needs to be Repaired' blue screen of confusion. It took me a while to figure out I needed to go into the BIOS to set the ArcaOS EFI as the default. Now the Arca EFI boot list appeared and I could boot ArcaOS 5.1 and it worked - Wow! Even more amazing, it now recognized the SATA drive, and I could format it FAT32 to use as storage for both OS's. But...

 Rebooted and tried to boot  Windows, but again the 'Repair' blue screen. Tried doing repairs as per various Internet sites, but nothing worked, so finally just re-installed Windows 11 (from DVD). That worked and now I can switch between the 2 OS's at will using the ArcaOS EFI menu.

  And I have to say that this laptop works great with ArcaOS (and Windows) now that it is installed on an NVME. If only ArcaOS had WiFi <sigh>.

 I'll upload a testlog too...


Applications / Re: ArcaOS 5.1 - First Impressions
« on: September 02, 2023, 01:41:44 am »
 Wanted to upgrade my ArcaOS server (C: - no other OS) to ver 5.1 UEFI onto an NVME disk from an SSD disk. The NVME disk can only be booted in UEFI mode on this computer, although it is visible in ArcaOS otherwise (as disk E:). The SSD disk had ver 5.0.8, so I formatted the NVME disk (E: = 500GB) to JFS with a small (4GB) empty space at the end and while booted to the SSD did an XCOPY C: E: /H/O/T/S/E/R/V. Then shut down and removed the SSD disk (C:) from the computer.

 Then I set the BIOS to disable the CSM and booted the ArcaOS 5.1 install DVD. Booted to the system management page (in UEFI mode), then used the disk management tool to set the NVME drive's main partition to C: (instead of E:) and then created the EFI partiton in the 4GB empty space (disk Y:}. Rebooted again to the DVD, then from system management installed the boot menu from the disk management tool to disk Y:.

 Now I rebooted the DVD again and ran the install. Chose to update/upgrade C: and it all worked! Now I have ArcaOS 5.1 in UEFI mode on my server (serves Apache, ftp, CUPS, and SAMBA). All DOS and WinOS2 sessions work too - a first! Hope this may help someone else to upgrade without totally wiping their current install...


Applications / Re: ArcaOS 5.1 - First Impressions
« on: August 28, 2023, 12:14:19 pm »
 Just noticed something weird on my new install of AN5.1 - hardware manager says I have 3 parallel ports! (only have 1) Didn't have that before when running the CSM - hmmm...


Applications / Re: ArcaOS 5.1 - First Impressions
« on: August 28, 2023, 01:28:34 am »
 Hi Rich,

 Now that you mention it, there was another OS/2 install on the E: drive (the original install on SSD) that I was using as my 'training wheel' in case something went wrong. Once I'm confident I won't wobble, I'll remove E: and do as you say and delete the bootloader thing.

 Also, I thought I read that secure boot should be disabled in BIOS - is that not true?

 I don't think my laptop uses the bitlocker, but thanks for bringing it up - I'll definitely check that.


Applications / Re: ArcaOS 5.1 - First Impressions
« on: August 28, 2023, 01:18:26 am »
 Hi Martin,

  It's all in the testlog - Gigabyte B365M DS3H motherboard with i5-9600 CPU and 16GB RAM. Always build my own...


Applications / Re: ArcaOS 5.1 - First Impressions
« on: August 27, 2023, 09:52:37 pm »
 Did a fresh install from DVD on my desktop to an empty NVME drive, BIOS set to UEFI only. Everything went smoothly. After, I actually have a little more memory available (10MB) than when using the CSM. Also, now all DOS and Windows sessions work - first time in years!

 I don't like the little window at boot to choose the boot partition because there is only one choice. I set the time-out to 1 second, but I would really like to just get rid of it - is there a way? I will never put another OS on this computer.

 No obvious change in performance, but it is still early.

 The real test will be my Win11 laptop - will need to shrink the Win partition to create space for ArcaOS...

  For the curious, I attached the testlog for the new install...


General Discussion / Re: when will version 5.1 of ArcaOS be released
« on: August 26, 2023, 11:55:10 pm »
 Check Out:

 But still can't find it...

Programming / Re: Strange behaviour in SDL2
« on: August 19, 2023, 07:25:43 pm »

  When you don't have sound and PRBoom is open, have you tried turning the desktop volume knob a little to see if that brings it back? Jochen said that might help...


Programming / Re: Strange behaviour in SDL2
« on: August 19, 2023, 03:53:29 pm »
 Wait - there's more! Next time I ran PRBoom, there was no sound again. So again I deleted the PRBoom directory under 'Home', then restarted and sound worked. Closed the game, tried to restart - no sound, and hang on exit. So I started looking in the '.prboom-plus' directory under 'Home' and opened the file 'prboom-plus.cfg' to have a look. I was suspicious of the line 'samplerate 44100' so changed it to 'samplerate 48000' and now PRBoom starts every time with sound and no hang on exit!

 So it seems the default samplerate of 44100 is not always appropriate...


Programming / Re: Strange behaviour in SDL2
« on: August 19, 2023, 03:24:39 pm »
 OK - got sound working in PRBoom. I noticed there was a directory in 'Home' for PRBoom, so deleted it. Restarted PRBoom and now everything works - even MIDI music. Also no hang on exit. So anyone having trouble with it - delete that directory in 'Home' and try again...


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