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Applications / WSeB Pictures for Martin
« on: March 26, 2024, 06:20:42 pm »
Hi Martin,

I noticed missing WSeB Pictures at your Wiki. I can offer you here (as far as I can see you already have pictures of the WSeB CD Set) :

- Pictures of the WSeB Box, English, Upgrade - PN: 31L1710
   including Picture of the HPFS386 License - PN: 41L0427

- Pictures of the WSeB Preview, English - PN: ?

- Pictures of the WSeB Convinience Package I - 4.51 - Deutsch (German) - PN: ?

You can manipulate, publish, use these pictures in all the way you like.

Hope the Quality is OK for you as it is a bit difficult to take a picture of this mirroring and reflecting CDs.

Just to open a seperate topic on this: As I mentioned here:,3537.msg42909.html#msg42909

the ArcaOS UEFI Bootmanager is very small on some devices, due to the Screen Resolution - on my Z13 Gen 2 the boot screen displays 2.880 by 1.800 Pixels.

At our User Meeting in Cologne 2022 Keith Merrington showed up with the rEFInd Bootmanager. This is really a great software! It is very customizable (Screen Resolutions, Backgrounds, Icons and so on) and looks therefore very modern.

I just attach my pictures from the other Thread here again.

In my case I have to disable Secureboot but to activate Pluton/TPM in BIOS to have the result I wanted, Windows 11 Pro and ArcaOS side by side. Next is to add Linux Mint Cinnamon. I added customized symbols for this.

Some Links:

rEFInd can be downloaded here:

All the information one need and troubleshooting can be find here: - really a marvelous page!

Best of all: it is free of charge!

All the best!


yeah, i took the bun for the last time: installed ArcaOS 5.1 next to Windows 11 on a Lenovo Thinkpad Z13 Gen 2 = 2023 Hardware with AMD Ryzen Pro 7 7840  ;D

If you are interested in the result, please follow this thread at

There are also some early pros and cons.

Please use Online Translator. All the best!

By chance I came across another emulator (a la Virtualbox, Virtual PC, VMWare) on the Internet that can also use OS/2 as a guest.

Here is a link to it:

The advantages of this emulator should be:

- Perfect selection from tens of emulated hardware - for example, you can emulate a 386 for OS/2 2.0, or a Voodoo1 for a Windows 98 gaming PC, etc.
- So you have significantly more options to determine the hardware in virtualization,
- For free
- Supports all major operating systems as a guest, up to Windows XP, including OS/2
- In addition to Windows, there is also a host version for Linux.

The configuration should probably be a little more difficult than usual with the other solutions.

I don't have any practical experience yet, but I'll give it a try this weekend.

So I can't make a well-founded judgment yet, but perhaps someone already knows something or has had experience.


if you would like to read about my experience with this installation, please visit:

Please use online Translator.

Like Thomas Müller I do play around with the OS/2 Warp Server 4 Advanced. After 20 years, when I did it for the last time in 2002, I already setup the UPDCD environment from Zsolt Kaddar to update this OS/2 Version to the latest possible, trying to include the latest drivers (AHCI, USB, NVME, GENGRADD and so on). I will attach pictures later this day.

I know, it is easier to use WSeB, that I do have as well, and that I already updated to the latest possible. But for some nostalgic reason I still  "love" look and fell of the good old Warp 3 version, as it was in 1995 the very first Version of OS/2 I come in contact with. And so the OS/2 Warp Server 4 Andvanced (I willt ry to add SMP support as well) is the KING of this Version 3.

Besides other Ficpac for the server, tcpip and so on, I do use BaseFP42German, as this is the last one I remember to be a german one. I do have a FP44 English as well and will extract OS2KRNL, DOSCALL1.DLL from this as well.

It is such a long time ago, that I can not remember correctly, but I guess there is no chance, but I would like to ask:

- what is the latest kernel revision for Warp 3 (Warp Server 4)?
- does anybody ever succeded in using a Warp 4 kernel with Warp 3 (i.e.: 14.104a)?

It takes only about 5 minutes to create an updated ISO on my Thinkpad X250, that then can be directly tested with Virtualbox at the parallel Windows 8.1 installation on this device. So it is very easy and fast for me to check what will work and what not.

I will even give the OS/4 Kernel a shot.

What other hints do you have for me?
- by replacing the Kernel, wich other files should be replaced as well to match it (DOSCALL1.DLL, ...??)?

This is just for fun, it is like Kirk answerd to Spock being asked: "What is the reason for climbing a rock?" - "Because it is there!"

 ::) ;) :D

I wish all of you a happy, healthy and good new Year 2023, stay safe!!!

And thank you very much!

Programming / UEFI and GPT not developed by ArcaNoae - by whom else?
« on: November 08, 2022, 08:12:53 am »
If I understand correctly U/EFI and GPT for ArcaOS are not developed by ArcaNoae.

Does anyone has a clue wich person/s / organzation is doing this?

Thank you very much!

My guess would be someone like the QSINIT Developer or Daniela Engert. But that is only a guess.

Or is the plan to keep it as some kind of "Unknown mysterious Miracle" ?  ;)

Events / OS/2 at LGR 10/2022 - who's that?
« on: October 04, 2022, 02:20:20 pm »
Does someone know who that person is? Is it active in this forum?

 ;) :)

Hardware / Trying to get Sound in VMWare to run - help appriciated
« on: August 31, 2022, 01:32:29 pm »
During the last three years I assembled two Retro-PC:

1.) AMD DX2/80MHz CPU, 64 MB RAM, 420MB HDD - running OS/2 Warp 3 (a perfect clone of my first PC 1995)
2.) IBM 6x86 MX 300MHz CPU; ASUS TX97-E Board, ESS1868 Sound, 2GB HDD, 256MB RAM, Matrox G450 PCI 32MB Graphic - the perfect combination for OS/2 Warp 4

Regarding modern hardware I am going to move from Bare Metal inside a VM.

VMWare PRO is my choice, I do like it (for some reason I can not really explain) more than Virtualbox.

I wrote some years ago about my experience with OS/2 and ArcaOS inside VMware Pro, wich have been really almost perfect! Since someone wrote a mouse "addition" for VMware.

The ONLY hardware I am missing is Sound. I was not able to get it to work.

You can read about my attempts in this forum here:,1378.msg13125.html#msg13125
You can read my question in the VMWare Forum in 2017 here:

You can read my Experience with the Mousesupport (= Additions) here (German):

No luck so far.

I do not open a Arca Bug tracker ticket because my Subscription ended already and I am not going to prolongue it and because it is a problem not only for ArcaOS but also eCS and OS/2.

Help is appriciated!

Events / User Meeting Cologne November, 5th 2022 confirmed
« on: May 04, 2022, 03:48:35 pm »

Thomas Müller and I paid for the meeting today. This ensures that it will actually take place in Cologne. Everyone who wants to come is welcome! A message to Thomas or me in advance of a planned participation would be nice and important. However, this can also be done at very short notice, there is no fixed date for a commitment. Cancellations are also possible at any time, since the premises etc. are already booked. If a room is required in the Cologne Riehl Youth Hostel, we recommend that you do this as soon as possible. For further inquiries, we are at your disposal. Thanks very much!

Events / Usermeeting Cologne 2021 brief summary and 2022 already scheduled!
« on: November 08, 2021, 03:37:06 pm »
Here is a brief summary of what has happened during the last weekend where we had the 8th OS/2 User meeting in Cologne. Infact we - Thomas Müller and me - have been due to the raising Covid Numbers a bit afraid as if there will be audience at all.

The event took place as every year before at the Youth hostel Jugendherberge Köln Riehl, in Cologne on Saturday, the 6th of November.

It is an anual event since 2013, but because of COVID we had to cancel it last year.

We followed all requirements of Covid restrictions and prepared everything else the same way as every year.

We usually begin at 10 am in the morning, at 9 30 we have only been 3 visitors, but at 10 we have been 6 (usually between 15 and 20) and - believe it or not - it was an almost perfect day!

Each visitor agrees to make a Presentation, so we had a very interesting program!

- OS/2 and VM Ware Virtualisation
- an Introduction in Programming OS/2 Programs with QT
- OS/2 as a Host with Virtualbox 5.0.6
- Creating Program Interfaces with TCL/TK
- OS/2 and Paralles Virtualisation on MACOS
- Tipps and Trick for Networking

So there was a feeling as if there had been 20 people around, time passed and the day was full of information and discussion! We closed at 18 o clock in the evening (!).

In the end as every year we went to the Bavarian Brauhaus nearby and had a tremendous meal.

Before the event happend we thougt if or if not this may be the last OS/2 Usermeeting in Colonge.

But:Motivated by this unexpected succesfull and nice day Thomas and me already fixed the date of the next event, at the same Location on Saturday, the 5th of November 2022!

Hope you have some fun viewing the pictures, every visitor gave me the permission to publish the pictures.

All the Best,


Applications / Update of ScummVM possible?
« on: April 25, 2021, 10:41:26 am »
Is there a possibility to update "our" ScummVM for OS/2 Version from 1.9 to the upcoming 2.3 Version? And if, in wixh wich way can I help, if at all? Thanks in advance!


it is time for me to try to shift "Bare Metal Arcaos" to a new level: I am trying to install ArcaOS 5.0.6 from USB Stick on my Thinkpad 25/2. In fact it is a self assembeld Thinkpad T480 in a Thinkpad 25 case. The "originally" Thinkpad 25 was based on a T470 Model, with Intel core i7 7th Generation. As the 8th Generation was such a boost, I decided to modify one on my own, inspired by an internet blog.

I will report here my tries and fails, trials and errors, as well as success, if it may happen. The availability of the NVMe Driver developed by ArcaNoae opended this door.

Thanks a lot for this new tremendous effort, Arca Noae!
And another driver enhancement gives me hope: Paul Smedleys Uniaud driver.

Last year I was able to get ArcaOS to run on this T25/2, but that time I had an AHCI SSD and the sound did not work that time. I already did have ArcaOS to run on the Originally Thinkpad 25, but had to swap the NVMe that time with the AHCI SSD.

Edit: this Installations have all been made by cloning with dfsee, due to the lack of USB 3 drivers at that time.

As I do not want to open and close (assemble and disassemble) the Thinkpad very often - it has some really stupid plastic things, that are easy to break and not to fix, I assembeld it with an 1 TB NVMe Drive, and hoped to see the NVME OS/2 driver to come alive. And here it is. :)

So, this evening I started from scratch.

I really appreciate your hints and tipps and your help!!! Please do not hesitate to write your thoughts and opinions! Well, but it does not make sense to discuss about the reason "WHY I do this" and "That it does make no sense". No chance to persuade ;D me

So, first a brief introduction to the hardware (this Laptop has each and any Top hardware, that was available for the Lenovo T480 generation, I tried to maximize it in every way):

Hardware Specs:

- Thinkpad 25 Palmrest, LCD Cover, Keyboard, Trackpad, Touchpad
- Thinkpad T480 Hardware:
- Intel Core i7-8650 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
- 32GB RAM
- Nvidia 150MX Graphic with 2 GB
- Smart Card Reader
- Fingerprint Reader
- Windows Hello camera
- Web Camera
- USB 3 and Thunderbolt 3
- SD Card Reader (Full Size)
- Intel LAN (perfect for Intel 1000EB driver from ArcaNoae)
- Intel WLAN
- Fibocom WWAN
- FullHD Screen with Touch Support (!)
- Samsung EVO 970 1TB NVMe
- Two batteries, one swapable

Special BIOS Settings:

- Disable Secure Boot
- Enable Boot Option "Boot both, UEFI and Legacy, Legacy First"

Already installed software:

- Used DFSEE to create the following SSD Layout:
- MBR Mode
- AIRBoot Manager 1.1.4 installed
- Partition 1, Primary, 16GB, for ArcaOS
- Partition 2, Primary, 150GB, Windows 10 64 Pro already installed
- Remaining Space an SSD left free so far

Next Post is about my first attempt to install.

Hardware / Is it possible? OS/2 for Power PC in Action on Cebit 95?
« on: March 17, 2021, 04:28:08 pm »
I am wondering, does this German show from the Cebit 1995 show the OS/2 for Power PC Edition in Action??

 :o 8)

EDIT: if the Link does not start at the right time, move on to 31:50

Due to the Corona Virus Thomas Müller and me had to cancel the User Meeting in Cologne 2020 that had been scheduled on December the 12th 2020.

While we get the prepaid amount of money back from the Youth Hostel Thomas and me decided to donate it directly to Bitwise Works, so we round up the sum to 400 Euro and I just paid to Bitwise for the QT5 Development and to support their excellent work.

The next meeting in 2021 is already fixed: Saturday, November th 6th 2021, as allways in Cologne, same place  :)

All the best to all of you!

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