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Messages - Sigurd Fastenrath

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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 / Re: Qt6
« on: December 29, 2022, 07:39:39 am »
Hi Paul,
do you run your build with ArcaOS on bare Metall or inside a VM? My experience with ArcaOS on newer Hardware than Intel 6th Generation leads to the serious RAM Problems ArcaOS does have. I.e. with intel 8th Generation there is a max of only 1.5 to 2 GB of RAM accessable with ArcaOS, depends on the internal graphics.

For myself the 5th Generation is the last one providing 3.5GB of RAM. I would suggest to move your Build Sytem in a VM, there you can have the full 4 GB and the Host CPU, i.e  Intel 10th Generation.

A sidenote: these days I discovered Problems installing ArcaOS inside Virtualbox on an Thinkpad X1 Carbon 10th Generation, that has a Intel 12th Generation CPU. So May be Hardware with an Intel 10th Generation is a good shot. I have unfortunately no experience with todays AMD CPUs. Good luck!!

Applications / Re: Alternative to Thunderbird
« on: December 14, 2022, 04:38:48 pm »
And while its still early days we might soon have an alternative to Thunderbird asn an email client.
Its still need more work to get it done, but there is being worked on
An open source email client.

Hopefully next wear we can release a beta version of Trojita.

Roderick Klein

And by the way, what is the current status of browser development? Will there also be a beta in a year? Is there still a plan for the Otter Browser?

Events / Re: Warpstock 2022 - Personal Remarks
« on: December 12, 2022, 02:18:12 pm »

UEFI support was coming for more then 10 years. And Intel announced that on 1st of January 2020 CSM support would be withdrawn by Intel.
So its all difficult choices to make...


While there is still a very large amount of hardware that allows installation in the CSM, there have been no new OS/2 WLAN drivers for almost exactly 15 years.

As uninteresting as it may be for industrial customers, this has ultimately been the nail in the coffin for many private users for OS/2 use.

Unfortunately, "It's high on our list, but..." or "Priorities have shifted for the umpteenth time..." were also very counterproductive. It's the same as always: there are lengthy explanations but in the end only facts count: no WLAN for 15 years, it's that simple.

Programming / Re: UEFI and GPT not developed by ArcaNoae - by whom else?
« on: November 10, 2022, 04:15:03 pm »
We are getting closer, at least  ;)

Programming / Re: UEFI and GPT not developed by ArcaNoae - by whom else?
« on: November 10, 2022, 11:28:16 am »
From my knowledge it is like this:

- GPT is a new (different) HDD Layout, that replaces MBR (Master Boot Record). There is no coexistence on one HDD, so you can only have the HDD Used in one way: MBR or GPT

- UEFI is a new (enhanced) BIOS, that replaces the "Old" BIOS. Some of the UEFI/EFI Bios still have an "CSM" Compatible Modul to support the "old" BIOS standard. I.e.: Booting in "Legacy mode"

- Secure Boot is a new way to prevent Attacks/Virus from the BIOS. Operating Systems need a key wich marks them as "Secure" and then the Boot process continues.

("new" means new to OS/2, everything is avaible for several years now)


On MBR HDDs the Bootmanager is on one Partition (Like IBM OS/2 Bootmanger) or resides in the MBR itself (like Airboot Manager).

On UEFI Systems there is a separat "EFI" Partition on the HDD, where all the OS have their entrys. The OS are booted from this Partition.

UEFI BIOS needs GPT HDD Layout (only Exception: The UEFI BIOS uses the CSM Mode if present!)

SecureBoot needs UEFI BIOS

I very informative internetpage:
(German, please use Online Translator)

Regarding OS/2, eCS, ArcaOS up to 5.0.7. on modern Hardware:

These Versions need so far:
- "old" BIOS or UEFI BIOS in CSM Mode
- MBR (GPT not possible)
- SecureBoot not possible

- Installing These Version next to Windows 11 is hard (but not impossible) as Windows 11 usually checks SecureBoot

ArcaOS 5.1 now will come with


But these two things have to be completed with a Secureboot key.

Programming / Re: UEFI and GPT not developed by ArcaNoae - by whom else?
« on: November 09, 2022, 04:29:24 pm »
FYI... I worked for AN for 5 years before quitting last February.

Hi Rich,

that is funny, during my Presentation at Cologne I talked about ISOFS, using it i.e. to store the content of teh AVARICE game CD so the game can be played on Laptops without a CDROM.
And I mentioned, unfortunately I did not know the author of ISOFS ::)

Right now I realized that in fact it is you - in German we call such things a "Treppenwitz"  ;) :D

Thanks for this great program!

I do have a wish though: it is possible to mount the Trials of Battle (TOB) ISO Image with ISOFS, but once you want to start the game it stops, saying "Put the CD in the Drive".

The same happend for a long time with Virtual CD Drives inside Virtualbox, but at some point Virtualbox did overcome this and today one can play TOB with OS/2 inside Virtualbox with the ISO in the Virtual CD Drive.

I guess it is a problem with some kind of Copyright Protection of the TOB CD. As I am a fan of OS/2 nativ on bare metal I would like to ask: do you see a chance that ISOFS can overcome this as well?

But I don't want to bother you, it is just something I would like to have.

Thanks for your Thoughts about it!

Programming / Re: UEFI and GPT not developed by ArcaNoae - by whom else?
« on: November 08, 2022, 01:17:27 pm »
Thank you very much, the QSINIT Developer was my best guess  :) I wonder why these informations have not been included in the Presentation.

If I understand you correct: if it is possible to boot eCs on UEFI only it should be possible to boot an with AN Drivers updated MCP 4.52 (what is my main system) as well, shouldn't it?

Would you share these two lines wich have to be changed in config.sys? My guess is that one may be able to use an updated QSINIT and need the filter driver.

Again: Thank you very much!

Programming / Re: UEFI and GPT not developed by ArcaNoae - by whom else?
« on: November 08, 2022, 11:17:41 am »
Hi Tom,

thank you very much for the explanation, my comment before was a bit misleading, sorry.

I mean I have no clue who is doing the work.

I do know what UEFI, Secure Boot and GPT means.

Thanks again!!!

Programming / Re: UEFI and GPT not developed by ArcaNoae - by whom else?
« on: November 08, 2022, 10:18:16 am »
Hi Andi,

I read my information form Rodericks Warpstock Presentation here - please see attached picture.

But I was not able to understand more about it during his Presentation.

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" ?  ;)

Games / Re: DOS VDM - USB and Game port Gamepad support
« on: November 06, 2022, 10:21:32 pm »
Heh Sigurd!



Hi Mark,

thank you very much for your kind words and deep explanations!  I really do appreciate the work you and your fellows are doing in this thread, great!

I made a presentation at our (sadly) Last User Meeting in Cologne yesterday with Dosbox and ScummVm as topics. I remember the painfull memory management and config.sys trials and errors to get in 1995 enough free memory on MS DOS 6.22 (needed almost 580/590k of free memory if i remember correctly), for my first (and still for me one of alltime best) DOS Game named BIOFORGE from Origin. So my 486 PC at that time had Dualboot with OS/2 Warp 3 and MS DOS 6.22.

Bioforge never run in DOS VDM, the same goes for Baphomets Fluch II (I think it is named: Broken Sword 2 in English), a wonderfull graphical adventure that forced me to buy Windows 95, as it did not run on DOS nur OS/2 DOS VDM. I did play Broken Sword 1 before, that was available for DOS. But it never run in DOS VDM either.

After several Years Paul Smedley thankfully ported ScummVM to OS/2, wich makes - with a lot of other DOS Games and even Hopkins FBI, - Broken Sword 1+2 playable on OS/2, without any restrictions!

And Jochen Schäfers Port of Dosbox for OS/2 finally lead to a 100% playable BIOFORGE with OS/2!

So, since I do already have an OS/2 Retro Games machine (possible with Warp 4, eComStation or ArcaOS) using these two Emulators wich opened the Door (not window ;-) ) for almost each and any DOS Game for OS/2.

All the best and good luck!!


Programming / Re: Building Qt5
« on: November 06, 2022, 09:45:56 am »
Hi Paul,

while we had our User Meeting in Cologne yesterday, we discussed about the New Browser and your work here as well. We could not figure out: do you do this in colaboration with bitwise? Do you sync your work with them, Silvan, Dimitry, Herwig, are you in contact with them?

The attendents collected 400 Euro yesterday, that will be sent to Bitwise supporting their work.

Thanks for some background information!

Games / Re: DOS VDM - USB and Game port Gamepad support
« on: November 06, 2022, 09:37:39 am »
Just my 2 Cents here: Have not read through the whole thread but in my opinion one should Focus on Dosbox instead of DOS VDM.

This is because:

- DOSbox has integrated Soundblaster AND Ultrasound Support, preconfigured. Working out of the Box. As long as Arcaos Supports Sound you will allways get Sound with Dosgames

E.G.: try to install Warcraft 2 inside DOS VDM, the setup will not recognize the soundcards. Install it in Dosbox and it will find Soundblaster AND Ultrasound

- DOSBox is able to handle the DOS4GW Extender, that is needed for many later DOS Games. This did never reliable work, if at all, in DOS VDM

Keeping this in mind I would Focus on Gamepad Support in Dosbox rather then invest time in any kind of work (Sound, Extender etc.) in DOS VDM.

DOS VDM is a waste of time as it will never reach the quality of Dosbox, due to technical Limitations.

And best of all: DOSBOX is free of charge and an installable wpi.

Just my two Cents.

All the best!

Applications / Re: Java applications
« on: October 25, 2022, 04:51:07 pm »
I'm pissed off on OS/2 because its the fourth time they shift nationalized version for a year. So, now I'm waiting for four years. Still no sign when it will come, if ever! I want my OS in my language in case of trouble and want to understand what's going on. English sucks when it comes to pinpointing problems. Don't get me wrong, I'm not alone in this.

Hi Joop,

I just stumbled across your post today. You are not alone. This is exactly the reason why my time and the money I invest in OS/2 and ArcaOS will also be close to zero.

No matter what the same people always bring for the same arguments as to why it doesn't work again, the result is that the NLV versions are simply not there. Fact. The same goes for WLAN.

We will have a nice, last OS/2 User meeting in Cologne on November the 5th and that's it.

For sure I will spent some time with the "Original" Warp 3 and Warp 4 Installations on my Retro Hardware, but there is no need for ArcaOS, the same applies to OS/2 in a virtual environment.

Wish you all the best, stay healthy!

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