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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?

 ;) :)

General Discussion / Re: eCoSoft software availability
« on: September 29, 2022, 03:53:33 pm »
I don't want make a political thread, but I do not understand the restrictions on us. Eugene and friends did not cause this situation. Supporting them will not affect the situation in Ukraine. Can someone who understands the sanctions post a simple statement of what we can and cannot do?

When it comes to the EU you can have a look here:

One of the points:
- cutting-edge technology (e.g. quantum computers and advanced semiconductors, high-end electronics and software)

Official site of the EU Commission. Please keep in mind that the restrictions are subject to constant, even short-term, changes or tightening.

General Discussion / Re: eCoSoft software availability
« on: September 29, 2022, 02:06:41 pm »
During 2022 and 2023 to purchase our shareware applications you should make extra efforts
(*removed content*).
This rules will not change even if EU/US banks repeal restrictions from russian banks till 2024.
Contact us to "purchase" the applications:

EU Sanctions against Russia due to their war of aggression against ukraine do not allow to send any kind of Computertechnology to Russia nor trade with it.

Events / Re: Warpstock 2022 - Presentations
« on: September 15, 2022, 02:04:32 pm »
I don't mean to sound pushy, but I'd love for there to be some discussion regarding the viabiltiy of QEMU and perhaps any intentions of releasing a build - I think this would be suited more as a question rather than a presentation point however.

Optional reading spiel:
It's no secret - I'm a more than a bit passionate about having a working and stable QEMU build for ArcaOS (I've got a few posts discussing it). In addition to being a perfect fit for the 'retro gaming' front (namely anything from Windows 9x requiring DirectX) which Arca Noae wants to approach, QEMU would very much be a welcome replacement to the problematic, featureless, resource-intensive and ever-aging Virtualbox.

As long as ArcaOS can not solve the RAM Problem on modern hardware (younger than 2016) it will be a dead end for the retro ambitions as well as the virtualisation solutions, even for the new browser or the use of Open Office. With a maximum usable RAM of 1 to 2 GB it is simply unusable. As long as you stay with (selected) hardware up to 2015/2016 you can still have 3 to 3.5 GB of RAM, and therefore it may be possible to use QEMU etc.

Using ArcaOS on hardware younger than 2016 can make sense for industrial users, but as soon as you depend on more RAM than 1GB the only solution is to use it inside a Virtualisation like Virtualbox, VMWare etc. under Windows or Linux. And if you do that, you can have 3D accelerated Windows 98 with these Virtualisations side by side with the virtual ArcaOS.

Once you come to that point, that is, where I am now, and you want to use OS/2 inside a Virtualisation as a "real" Retro machine, than you can also use plain Warp 3 or Warp 4 as it makes no difference. Warp 4 is even better for Retro, because of the use of these new windows managers some programs are not that usable with ArcaOS than those are with Warp 4.

And if you want to have a certainly real "real" Retro feeling, I would like to advice to build your own Retro PC. I did this for Warp 3 with a 486AMD DX2/80 and for Warp 4 with an IBM 686MX PR300 CPU with "OS/2 Tailored" Hardware. Both of these Retro PC does have Pure DOS installed, available through the OS/2 Bootmanager.

Off Topic discussions / Re: Lying low for a few days
« on: August 31, 2022, 04:28:29 pm »
The same goes for us, Ian! Perfect words!

Argos had just recovered from cruciate ligament surgery and was diagnosed with a heart tumor 7 days ago. We had him released from the doctor on Sunday after he didn't want to eat or drink. He clearly showed us that he was ready on Sunday and could no longer and didn't want to. His breeder has already contacted us, coincidentally she just has a new litter of boys. Let's see, I don't think we will be without a dog for long.

But Argos will allways remain for us as the one and only Argos.

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!

Off Topic discussions / Re: Lying low for a few days
« on: August 31, 2022, 01:12:08 pm »
I really do know, what you mean, Paul  :'(

The day we buy a dog we do know the time to say good bye will come, sooner or later. But once that day comes, it is really hard.

Life goes on, remembering the good times we had with him makes things easier.

And the prospect that there may be someone new who will never replace the previous one, but who can open a new chapter.

Argos, forever in our hearts!

Multimedia / Re: Updated Uniaud32 build
« on: August 07, 2022, 02:41:58 pm »
Hi Paul,

the same here with the b version on my Thinkpad X250:

Perfect Systemsound
Perfect PM123 Version 1.43
Perfect VLC Version 3.0.16 (Audio Setting: K Audio Interface; DART)
Perfect WINOS2 with the Universal WINOS2 Audio Driver

Thank you very much, superb!

And yes, for me it does sound better than with previous versions!

Thank You!!


Events / Re: User Meeting Cologne November, 5th 2022 confirmed
« on: July 15, 2022, 09:38:47 am »
Sigurd, my friend:

Hi Lewis, I still can not figure out whether or not this formulation is meant to be sarcastic or ironic in this context. I hope not. (That's what I mean when writing "english is not my mothertongue")

Yes, it's probably not possible at all to run Warp 4.52 on almost modern hardware.

That's a myth.

It depends on what you want to do or have. For sure it is easier to use ArcaOS for a fresh install than try to install "blank" Warp 4.52

But it is even much easier to install a pre build clone with DFSEE. And there is no difference between Warp 4.52 and ArcaOS when using this method, I am practising this method for years now.

With this method I am even able to install my Warp 4.52 clone on hardware, that is not installable with the latest ARcaOS USB Stick.

The work, that has to be done first, once you want to use this way, is to build the clone. That is in fact not that hard.

Once every two or three years I build a new Warp 4.52 from scratch.

The main steps are:

- Installing WSeB (The same goes for MCP 4.52, even a Warp 4 FP15 can be pimped up this way!)from DVD on my Packard Bell Easynote E5155 Intel Centrino based Laptop (with inbuild DVD where WSeB DVDs can boot from) on a 2GB Partition "C:"
- Apply the latest WSEB Fixpacs
- Apply AirbootMananger, QSINIT, VXRexx, WarpIN, Xworkplace, DFSEE and the ZIP File viewer from Alex Taylor (i.e.)
- Apply the ArcaOS Software Subscription drivers

-> Now I have got a working Clone that I can copy to any modern hardware, that still meets BIOS and so on requirements. The clone has ususally a size of 700MB. And, even if not interesting for the majority of you, it is in German.

Later on, once you copied the Clone with DFSEE for Windows on the partition you like, you can easily change the size of the partition and stretch the clone and adjust it to the new size, ususally I use 16GB.

I then install the applications I like to use, like Open Office 4.1.11, avoiding YUM/RPM or hat FOC thing. I do not have a "DLL hell" though.

And this way OS/2 still looks like, feels like, works like OS/2.

Once I am fine with the bigger installation I just clone this as well. So this clone already ran on an Thinkpad T480, with those memory limitations though.

I will demonstrate this at the User meeting in Cologne, if it is wanted.

Yes, I know, in the future there will be UEFI and GPT support that will not be available for Warp 4.52 as a driver supplement.

But this will make no difference to me, as on "real modern hardware" (later than 2016) there will still be the problem with the memory (preventing to use the new Browser and other "bigger" Applications in a stable way), no WLAN, no Bluetooth, no.... that I (!) (I can only repeat once again: I speak for myself) prefer to use Virtualbox or VMWare on this hardware. I would recommend VMWare for this, but I am still not able to get sound to work inside this virtualisation, otherwise it is perfect!

With this virtualisation I can even use Warp 3 or 4 and use all the attached hardware, bluetooth, wlan and so on, so there is no need for ArcaOS.

The attached picture shows my clone 4.52 system native on the Thinkpad X250 "peacefull" alongside Windows 8.1. and ArcaOS 5.0.7.

All the best.

Events / Re: User Meeting Cologne November, 5th 2022 confirmed
« on: July 12, 2022, 01:11:41 pm »
Back to the topic:

It will definetly be the last OS/2 User Meeting in Cologne.

Events / Re: User Meeting Cologne November, 5th 2022 confirmed
« on: July 07, 2022, 10:02:28 am »
Hi Lewis,

thanks for your words, I know that you are usually do not have the time to answer in a forum because you invest it in the work on ArcaOS.

Though I try to speak english for about 50 Years now, I still can not express my thougths in the same way as I am able to do this in my mother tongue, German.

What I worte is what Thomas Müller and me think about the current situation and what we concluded from this regarding organizing an event like we did.

It is as allways our personal view, in this case here I do now only speak for myself.

We just summed up what did happen to our personal situation regarding OS/2. As I wrote we did not take anything personal. We just looked from our point of view: what is the current situation, what would we have expected or wished to be it as of today.

I made it clear not only above but allways when I wrote about ArcaOS / ArcaNoae that I am not interested in nor in the position to make a judgement about the work that is going on or not at ArcaNoae. I am not entitled to that.

We looked from what we know and what we can have access to today. The things I mentioned above are things we would like to have had, may be "exaggerated expectiations" from both of us.

But the situation is for us the way it is.

It was a pleasure for us to organize the meetings, it was allways a great time! We are and have been allways gratefull that attenders took part even from far destinations like Austria or Holland, for some the journey to come took more time then the time we could spent together. That was a great honour for us.

So, we - Thomas Müller and me - both have a clue without knowing exactly how much work you and your team are investing in ArcaOS and the big milestones you already mastered (USB 3, ACPI ect. etc.) and you will master.

I wish you all the best, most - like to all the others here in the forums - I wish that all of you stay healthy, and in a secure and peacefull place!


Events / Re: User Meeting Cologne November, 5th 2022 confirmed
« on: July 06, 2022, 10:34:51 pm »
Thank you very much for your kind words, Martin!

Everything comes to an end.

All the best and thank you very much for your great work for the community!!

Events / Re: User Meeting Cologne November, 5th 2022 confirmed
« on: July 06, 2022, 01:17:42 pm »

Thomas Müller and me would like to inform, that the User Meeting in Cologne this year will be the last one we are going to organize.

Reasons for this are:

- The number of participants decreases due to the understandable general circumstances (Corona, Community getting older)

- that ArcaNoae ultimately no longer has any major interest in the remaining "private/end users". Neither a version 5.1 has been released, nor a German translation, nor WLAN drivers, nor would there be without the work of Paul Smedley, Wim Brul, Lars Erdmann etc. (to name just a few and please forgive those who we have not named here have) sound support or webcam drivers etc. for OS/2 - eCS - ArcaOS on "modern hardware"

- This is not - as allways in the past and now - to blame ArcaNoae, it is just the way it is. We don't take it personally or feel offended, quite the opposite.

Be that as it may: We would be happy to receive feedback and as many participants as possible, and we will try to find a nice conclusion to our relaxed series of events one way or the other!

Many thanks to everyone who has supported us so wonderfully over the past 10 years with their contributions, suggestions, criticism and participation!
We will savor it one last time to the full!

Games / Re: DOS VDM - USB and Game port Gamepad support
« on: May 17, 2022, 09:55:02 pm »
Hi Mark,

Congratulations with your upcoming birthday. I celebrated mine last Saturday with my family. Clicking my picture reveals my new age.

Just installed your new gamepad driver set (gamepad-20220511) and have ran into a problem in DOSBOX in Wolfenstein.

Start-up is fine and runs through the start-up screens (3) as per normal, but then the game immediately shows the messages for ending or continuing the program, where the response Y or N is required. Typing N simply goes to an alternate version of the same shutdown challenge. Typing Y ends the program.
When I implemented the missing functions I made a mistake. This resulted into all 4 buttons being signalled as being pressed on startup. Fixed now.

Hat functions on the Thrustmaster joysticks still not being recognized under DOSBOX
Perhaps I made another mistake. I did some experimenting and failed to change some values back the way these were before. Try the attached version.

Like before you need to copy *.sym and *.sys files to \OS2\MDOS and copy TRC00E8.TFF to \OS2\SYSTEM\TRACE and then reboot your system.

Happy birthday,


Happy birthday to All of you as well! Wim I celebrated my 56 birthday last saturday as well... :D  That is really funny! :)

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