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Programming / Liberty Basic for OS/2
« on: November 15, 2020, 05:14:43 am »
I have downloaded the free 0.9 beta version of Liberty Basic from Hobbes but it doesn't work. Is there a way to run this under ArcaOS? The following ERROR.LOG is produced:
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Error log timestamp Sunday 15.11.20 05.52.49

MessageNotUnderstood>>defaultAction
MessageNotUnderstood(Exception)>>activateHandler:
MessageNotUnderstood(Exception)>>handle
MessageNotUnderstood(Exception)>>signal
MessageNotUnderstood class>>message:
UndefinedObject(Object)>>doesNotUnderstand: (pen)
Pen(GraphicsTool)>>handle
Pen(TextTool)>>rawCharacterBox:
Pen(TextTool)>>adjustFontSize
Pen(TextTool)>>font:
Pen(TextTool)>>handle:
Pen class(GraphicsTool class)>>for:medium:
Bitmap>>restoreBitmap
Bitmap>>validate
Bitmap>>handle
Icon>>createPointerIndirect:flag:
BasicSourceTopPane(ApplicationWindow)>>icon:
BasicSourceTopPane(ApplicationWindow)>>buildIcon
BasicSourceTopPane(ApplicationWindow)>>buildWindow
BasicSourceTopPane(ApplicationWindow)>>validateBuild
[] in BasicSourceTopPane(ApplicationWindow)>>validate
ProtectedFrameMarker(Context)>>setUnwind:
ZeroArgumentBlock(Context)>>ensure:
CursorManager>>changeFor:
BasicSourceTopPane(ApplicationWindow)>>validate
[] in BasicSourceTopPane(ApplicationWindow)>>openIn:
ProtectedFrameMarker(Context)>>setUnwind:
ZeroArgumentBlock(Context)>>ifCurtailed:
BasicSourceTopPane(ApplicationWindow)>>openIn:
BasicSourceTopPane(ApplicationWindow)>>openWindow
[] in BasicSourceWindow(ViewManager)>>openWindow
OrderedCollection>>do:
BasicSourceWindow(ViewManager)>>openWindow
BasicSourceWindow>>openOn:
BasicSourceWindow class>>open
Message>>perform
NotificationManager>>empty
NotificationManager>>runEventLoop
Message>>perform
Message>>evaluate
Process>>safelyEvaluate:
[] in Process>>evaluate:

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Applications / OpenOffice 4.1.6 fatal error, any solutions?
« on: August 26, 2019, 11:01:50 am »
When trying to start OpenOffice, I'll get the following message. Is there any way to fix this?

OpenOffice 4.1.6 - Fatal Error

The application cannot be started.
exception occured raising singleton
"/singletons/com.syn.star.deployment.ExtensionManager": loading component library failed:
file://C:\PROGRAMS\APACHEOPENOFFICE.4/PROGRAM/../program/deploy.dll

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Applications / WordPerfect for Windows 6.1 OS/2 tools
« on: August 25, 2019, 12:44:32 pm »
I own a copy of WordPerfect 6.1 for Windows and it runs well under WinOS/2. However after installation there's a message box that states that additional tools for OS/2 is available and the OS/2 support disk should be ordered from Corel. That's not possible, of course, and I haven't been able to find the disk image from the Internet either. Does some one here perhaps have a copy of the disk?

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Applications / Compiling Word 1.1 from the source code
« on: August 25, 2019, 12:41:22 pm »
For some time ago Microsoft has made the source code of Word 1.1 for Windows available (https://github.com/BlastarIndia/msword). I've read that OS/2 version is also included and some people have compiled the software under OS/2. But how is it done? I have tried to make sense of the included documentation and tools but haven't been able to compile the software succesfully.

It's quite outdated software but it would be very interesting to try to use it under OS/2. I have Word 6.0 for Windows that runs without any issues in the WinOS/2 environment but I would very much like to run native OS/2 software when possible.


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Applications / "Resetting" WinOS/2 environment
« on: August 24, 2019, 06:33:56 pm »
I've instaled lots of 16-bit Windows software and something has messed up my WinOS/2 environment. When starting the WinOS/2 session MSACM.DRV crashes. If I ignore that, I can run the session but almost every program crashes when exiting etc. Is it possible to reinstall the whole WinOS/2 environment from ArcaOS installation media. And if so, how is it done?

I already have one idea that should work: I delete whole WINOS2 directory and replece it with a copy from another ArcaOS installation. Can this be done or are there better alternatives?

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Applications / A comprehensive guide to Odin available?
« on: August 24, 2019, 06:27:59 pm »
I'm starting to use ArcaOS more and more and might even buy more licenses because it would be more convinient to be able to have more then two bootable installations running. However the os still is lacking a alot of software and I have been wondering if Odin would be one solution. Unfortunately the documentation attached kind of sucks. I would need a straight forward guide how to actually install 32 bit Windows software. And above all: a list of working software would be nice. When it comes to Linux there is Wine Application database which has two functions: it tells us users whichs software is compatible and what steps are needed to install it.

When searching the forum a found an older topic about Microsoft Office but not much else. Do you usually use Odin and if you do which software is compatible? And are there any better instructions than Odin's own User's manual? Using wine is quite easy: you rune command "wine windows32program.exe" but I wasn't even able to find out who one does that with odin. "odin", "odininst" and "odinapp" are all unkown commands when typed in the command prompt.

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General Discussion / Getting a new password for this forum...
« on: August 19, 2019, 09:28:32 pm »
I have a problem with my user account because I've forgot my password.

I'm currently logged in on my T60 and that's why I'm able to post here. But having forgot my password I can't login from elsewhere. When I try to reset my password byt choosing "I forgot my password" option I won't get a password reset link to my email. Is there something wrong with the forum's configuration or is my email service provider blocking the messages? And if so, are there any other ways to reset my password?

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Hardware / The best ThinkPad models for running ArcaOS?
« on: October 10, 2018, 10:34:35 pm »
As I've written, ArcaOS works perfectly with T60 (if hibernation doesn't count - but this functionality seems to be missing from the OS itself). But T60 is quite old and slow machine for browsing Youtube, Facebook or other modern web sites with Firefox. The display panel and low resolution also shows its age.

I have a reliable hardware vendor who occationally sells second-hand Thinkpads with quite a reasonable prices. Now there are several models with i5 processors available: X220, X230, X240, T431s, T440s, T440p, T410 and T420. The best prices for my budget are with T410 and T420. But are any of these models listed as functional with ArcaOS as my T60? The most important things for me are WLAN- and sound support. And DOS- and WINOS/2 -sessions should also work without issues.

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Applications / Gimp & ArcaOS
« on: October 09, 2018, 06:24:24 pm »
What is the correct way to get Gimp installed and running under ArcaOS? The Gimp port at Hobbes is of an ancient version and doesn't seem to work. The needed librarieas are from 2005 and I didn't want to replace the newer ones installed - that would probably break most of the newer software installed.

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Applications / My experience with ArcaOS & problems I've faced etc.
« on: April 07, 2018, 02:20:19 pm »
Hi All!

I didn't find a suitable thread for discussion about these matters so I picked up the courage to create my own. Hopefully this was the right topic.

A little bit of history first... I used OS/2 Warp 3.0 back in 1996 to ca 2000. However, the first time I saw it in action was in 1994 at a local computer store where they demoed the newest OS/2 alongside Windows 95 beta. Here in Finland, when Warp 4.0 was introduced, the local IBM dealer aggressively promoted the os by practically giving away red spine Warp 3.0 boxes. So, I ended up buying one Finnish floppy version costing only 100 FIM (about 16 US $). Some time later I also got a copy of  English CD-ROM version. My first install experience was on a Nokia 386 with 4 Mb of RAM - it worked but the system was very slow. The next step was a Digital DEC pc Lpv 433sx (a 33MHz 486sx with 8 Mb of RAM and S3 graphics) and finally I ended up using  Warp 3 on A Microtech 100MHz Pentium (also with 8 Mb of RAM and ATI Xpression 3D). I loved the fact that I could run alongside DOS and 16-bit Windows applications and that time the DOS part was even better than native DOS environment because of the multitasking and amount of memory available (always full 640k RAM / application). I never upgraded to Warp 4 because the price was far too high for a high school student that I was back then. So I slowly migrated to Linux that seemed much more complicated multi-user operating system than Windows/DOS/OS/2. Luckily I was a swift learner and soon I was able to use and maintain Linux systems quite well. I ended up using Linux as my only operating system for almost 15 years. My main profession is a comprehensive school teacher but as a side-job I've provided tech support and system maintenance since a was a university student (I still do it for a little amount). So I've dealt a great deal with Windows and in 2013 I got involved with Macs. (In fact, the first computer I ever used as a kid was a neighbor's Macintosh Plus back in 1989 and in 2001 I helped solving some issues that a fellow student was having with her iMac G3, but besides that I had not been interested in Apple products. Things change... Now I own several Macs and have fixed and even sold bunch of them and even installed Windows 10 on them and used it as a daily-driver for a while. Windows has become much more stable that it has been before but the UI is a terrible mess. And macOS is getting worse because the utilities are being stripped down (i.e. Disk Utility) and Apple is focusing more on iOS. Linux is getting more complicated and automated (one doesn't have to edit files like XF86Config anymore and there's no need to build one's own kernel and many of the old familiar conf-files are managed via daemons etc.) So I miss the old good times.

Luckily OS/2 isn't dead and haven't changed that much! I've always been a bit sad that IBM abandoned OS/2 and I've been always interested in checking the situation of the platform from time to time... Maybe there are nostalgic reasons and I'm missing the way to easily run old DOS and 16-bit Windows applications that current Windows versions don't run anymore. And I've had very good memories using the OS. So, I've sometimes checked the status of eComstation and even downloaded a live-cd test version some years ago... But finally when I saw Bryan Lunduke interviewing Lewis Rosenthal on his Youtube channel last year, I decided to buy an ArcaOS license. The future looks brighter than with eCS. The effort to be able to use OS/2 with modern hardware and support for newer software was something I wanted to get involved with. I volunteered to translate ArcaOS to German, Swedish and Finnish some time ago to help the project the way I'm able to.

After purchasing the license, I tested ArcaOS within VirtualBox under Windows 10 and it worked quite well. I didn't have so much luck with the pile of older consumer grade laptops I had laying around BUT an older Lenovo ThinkCentre C2Duo desktop was my first almost completely succesfull installation. The only issue was with the integrated graphics: panorama didn't work at all, it only resulted a blank screen. Snap Graphics worked but didn't support wide-screen resolutions. The cpu was also far from up to date. So, I decided to buy an older Thinkpad as my ArcaOS machine. I sold my old T400 a couple of years ago when I switched to Apple laptops so I needed to get a new one. The first Thinkpad my vendor had to offer was a T410s that wasn't a complete success because the WLAN wasn't supported and there was an issue with graphics: windowed DOS or Win/OS2 sessions didn't work even with the suggested CONFIG.SYS and AUTOEXEC.BAT modifications. So, I decided to sell the T410s. I really liked the specs and appearance of the machine BUT getting ArcaOS to run perfectly was the goal. Next I got a bigger pile of older and cheaper machines: T60, T61, T400, X200 and X201. According to Neil Waldhauer the T60 would be a perfect ArcaOS machine and X200 would also work but the WLAN card has to be changed a specific Intel one. I've tested T60 and X200 and the information seems to be correct. On T60 everything works out-of-the- box and with X200 everything works except for the WLAN. I also wanted to have a fast ArcaOS desktop (I have two licenses) so I bought a used Lenovo all-in-one: ThinkCenter M90z, however there are issues with the integrated graphics.

So what's my experience so far? The os itself is stable and runs very fast compared to modern Windows or Linux distributions. Driver support is something like it was with Linux about 20 years ago: you'll have to choose your hardware carefully. The FAT32 driver and USB memory sticks can cause system to lock up. Unfortunately the Firefox port seems to be garbage. It's quite unstable and SLOW. When the system itself runs blazingly fast, loading the browser takes a long time. The 38 version has a nasty bug when viewing Youtube videos full-screen and supports only 360p resolution. The 45 version doesn't like to play videos at all (it plays for 1-2 seconds and then stops), the full range of resolutions is available there but it doesn't help much because the videos refuse to load. The future of web browsing in ArcaOS is a bit uncertain... What would be the best browser in the future? I don't have very high hopes with the Pale Moon browser because of the bad experiences with current Firefox builds which it's most likely based on. Maybe something Webkit based would be better in the future? Some more in-depth documentation is also needed. For example, I didn't find any way to switch the graphics driver from SNAP to Panorama or vice versa and the only solution I came up with was to reinstall whole ArcaOS. Printing works with CUPS but not from 16-bit Windows applications. The sound in WinOS/2 doesn't work either. I tried an UNIAUD WinOS/2 driver but it does't work. Sometimes the "tada.wav" can be heard when individual 16-bit Windows program is started but that's all.

But still I like using ArcaOS very much and I'm looking forward for future versions. I'm sure that the current issues will be fixed in time and I like to do what I can to support the effort. Or am I the only one having the issues mentioned? Or might it be the case that I've missed something in documentation or in forum posts?

Edit:
I corrected a big bunch of typos and made my long story more readable. And I also added some more details...

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