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Setup & Installation / Re: RAM disk and temp folders...what else?
« on: April 21, 2018, 07:34:37 am »
...It's not easy to write a good installer, and the skills have more to do with test engineering than software engineering. OS4 would be especially challenging because any error leaves the installation unable to boot. The target installations are diverse -- OS/2, eCS and ArcaOS.
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Having said all of the above, the actual (manual) install of the OS4 solution is not all that hard. The READMEs included do cover it fairly well, but yeah, go through them at least a couple of times. I think most of time would be spent in adjusting the default configuration, so getting yourself multiple CONFIG.SYS instances to give you the flexibility to either boot with the OS4 loader, or the default OS2 or maybe the AOS one.

Having just recently moved to the OS4 kernel, it is pretty straight forward unless one is using a RAM drive utilizing QSINIT.  The one thing to remember is that when updating to the latest OS4 kernel, do not replace the QSINIT loader with the latest OS4 kernel loader.

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Applications / Re: OS/4 (technical details only)
« on: April 19, 2018, 12:22:27 am »
I have downloaded os2krnlscn5096_unoff.zip

The HOWTO file says this only works with acpi-3.23.0-1

I have acpi-3.32.02.zip, and later versions. I also have an eCS and ArcaOS subscription. Where can I get the version of acpi-3.23.01 that works with OS4?

I think this is what you may be looking for. 

http://www.gus.biysk.ru/os4/Patches/AcpiPsdPatches.rar

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Applications / Re: David's Doodles
« on: April 18, 2018, 09:33:45 am »
A few of the OS/2 icons I have created over the years along with a few new ones.

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Applications / Re: OS/4 (technical details only)
« on: April 18, 2018, 06:15:14 am »
One last comment.  I am a user of eCo essentials.  I like the eComstation Device Manager, the PCI Dock, and the Removable Drive Format Tool.  When using the OS4 kernel, the Removable Drive Format Tool won't come up.  It gives the following error message:

Cannot start D:\sys\system\refomat.exe

Make sure the path for the program is correct and the file is an os/2 for Dos program.  There might not be enough memory to run the program etc....

Now I can boot using the ArcaOS kernel and the program work great.  This is the only program so far that does not work with the OS4 kernel that I have come across.

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Applications / Re: OS/4 (technical details only)
« on: April 18, 2018, 05:17:22 am »
Valery

A big thank you!  I am using QSINI now.

I made my QSSETUP.CMD

ramdisk x: hpfs
format x: /fs/hpfs
unzip /boot /q qsinit.ldi d:\

I left my original OS2LDR as OS2LDR.ORY

I am using the OS2LDR.INI I created for OS4.

Copied the QSINIT.LDI file to the root of my D drive.

I also disabled the RAMDISK option found in the COMPUTER\SYSTEM SETUP\RAM DISK

Powered down and started back up an everything works great.  With your help and the docs supplied it so not hard setting up.  Thanks again.

David

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Applications / Re: OS/4 (technical details only)
« on: April 18, 2018, 04:09:43 am »
2David Graser: I don't understand you. The ram disk disappears when the system is powered down, because power is switched off, and RAM is not refreshed, as Ivan said. This is what happens. Or, do you mean that the .ZIP file does not unzip to ramdisk? BTW, do you use QSINIT, or OS/4 os2ldr? The ram disk works only with QSINIT (or Arca Noae os2ldr, which is a crippled version of QSINIT). OS/4 os2ldr does not create the ram disk, possibly, that's because you lose your ramdisk. So, did you tried QSINIT, and does it change something?

PS: Note that you should disable the OS/4 logo, by adding "NOLOGO" to kernel parameters, or QSINIT will cause system to hang on VESA mode detect. This is unsolved problem, yet.

PPS: The ram disk is in fact created by QSINIT. hd4disk.add only allows this disk to be mounted under OS/2. So, hd4disk.add without QSINIT will not work. Arca Noae loader should work too, instead of QSINIT, theoretically, if you'll boot OS/4 kernel with it. But AFAIK, it does not support choosing multiple kernels from the menu. So, you'd better install QSINIT, instead.

Hi Valery

I believe I understand now. 
Although I have Ramdisk enabled in ArcaOS, it will not work with OS4 kernel unless QSINIT is installed. 
Whereas, with the IBM kernel, with RAMDISK enabled in ArcaOS, QSINIT is not needed for the RAMDISK to mount.
I am presently not using QSINIT.  I am using the kernel loader that comes with OS4.

I guess what is confusing to me is that the both use hd4disk.add to mount the RAM disk.  ArcaOS with the IBM kernel and loader loads the RAM disk just fine.  However, if I understand what has been said, OS4 kernel and loader will fail to mount the RAMDISK if the computer has been turned off.  The OS4 loader must be replaced with QSINIT.

Since I am not using QSINIT at the moment, I can use the OS4 loader to select option 2 which switches to the OS2 loader and kernel to boot to ArcaOS.  The RAM drive is mounted.  So long as I do not turn my computer off and I reboot and select option 3 to boot using OS4, the RAMDISK is mounted and shown in ArcaOS.

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Applications / Re: OS/4 (technical details only)
« on: April 18, 2018, 02:10:09 am »
Hi David,

What you are seeing with power down and the ramdisk is what you should expect.  What is on a ram drive is lost when the system is powered down - Ramdisks are only there as long as there is power to the ram and the refresh mechanism is working - no power, even for a very short time, results in no ramdrive.

Hi Ivan

Yes, but should not the RAM disk be rebuilt when the system is booted back up.  The RAM drive is no longer there.  The driver is listed in the config.os4 file.  Now I can boot using the IBM loader and kernel and the RAM disk is there after power up and boot up. The IBM kernel had no problem with the disappearing RAM drive.  Once the RAM disk was selected in the RAM disk setting, it is always present whether one rebooted or powered down and powered  back up.  Yes, the information should be lost when powering down, but the whole RAM should not disappear when booted back up.

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Applications / Re: OS/4 (technical details only)
« on: April 18, 2018, 12:05:29 am »
Lenovo Thinkpad x220

Dual boot to either Windows 7 or ArcaOS 5.02

lSVN5094_unoff.zip

I really like this kernel.  The system is more responsive, less CPU trashing, and my CPU operates cooler.  My system even appears to operate in a more stable condition.  It even shows one how bad  Firefox is with all its jumbled code.  The CPU maxes out, but Firefox still remains responsive and the CPU continues to remain cool.

I have encountered a problem and it deals with RAM drives.  I use the ArcaOS ram drive in HPFS.  If I reboot, everything is fine.  However, when I power down and then power up to boot to ArcaOS, the RAM drive disappears and I cannot get it back.  Playing with the RAM drive settings does no good.  The only way to get it back is to install an archive.  I can reboot nothing changes.  Only when my computer is powered down and then turned back on that the RAM drive problem surfaces.  I like my RAM drive, however, if I have to, I can do without it to continue to use this kernel.

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Applications / Re: VirtualBox v5.0.51 Testing
« on: April 17, 2018, 07:20:24 am »
Hi Mark

I am using Arcaos 5.02.

This kernel is recent after a long break of no work.

http://ru2.halfos.ru/core/downloads/kernel/os4/os2krnlSVN5087_unoff.zip

One has to be careful setting it up, but if you make a mistake it allows one to use the original boot loader which boots the original kernel to fix whatever mistake one makes setting it up.

This is the latest that corrected a problem I was encountering at startup.

http://www.gus.biysk.ru/os4/os2krnlSVN5094_unoff.zip

As was mentioned earlier, once setup correctly, it works great. 

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Applications / Re: VirtualBox v5.0.51 Testing
« on: April 16, 2018, 06:44:28 pm »
Hi David!

Hi Mark

I am using Arcaos 5.02.

This kernel is recent after a long break of no work.

http://ru2.halfos.ru/core/downloads/kernel/os4/os2krnlSVN5087_unoff.zip

One has to be careful setting it up, but if you make a mistake it allows one to use the original boot loader which boots the original kernel to fix whatever mistake one makes setting it up.


Do you use QSINIT? I have tested it in the past in passing and was wondering if it might help in the setup (ie. allow different kernels to boot?

M

I don't use QSINIT.  I believe the OS4 kernel comes with its own boot loader which is setup with an ini file.

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Applications / Re: VirtualBox v5.0.51 Testing
« on: April 16, 2018, 06:27:26 pm »
Hi Mark

I am using Arcaos 5.02.

This kernel is recent after a long break of no work.

http://ru2.halfos.ru/core/downloads/kernel/os4/os2krnlSVN5087_unoff.zip

One has to be careful setting it up, but if you make a mistake it allows one to use the original boot loader which boots the original kernel to fix whatever mistake one makes setting it up.




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Applications / Re: VirtualBox v5.0.51 Testing
« on: April 16, 2018, 04:52:27 am »
... I really don't know which kernel you are referring to when saying OS4 kernel...


here is some info https://www.os2world.com/forum/index.php/topic,324.0.html

I must say that I am impressed with this kernel.  The system is so much more responsive.  Although Firefox took the same amount of time to load as the IBM kernel, every subsequent startup was fast.  The CPU does not appear to trash about like with the IBM kernel. Open Office appears to load faster and my CPU is running cooler.  My video is faster also.  So far, I have had no problems with the very latest release.   Thanks OS4user for the heads up.

David

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Applications / Re: VirtualBox v5.0.51 Testing
« on: April 15, 2018, 08:44:13 am »
Hi Doug, Here's my 25 cents worth fwiw, I've been using OS4 kernel for close to two years with next to no problems, entirely on AMD Multi-Processor systems with both Panorama & Snap. I've screwed up setting it up a couple of times but once its working seems to be trouble free.

klipp

This may seem like a dumb question, but I really don't know which kernel you are referring to when saying OS4 kernel.  Is it the Warp 4 kernel, the eCS kernel, or the kernel that comes with ArcaOS?

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Setup & Installation / Re: RAM disk and temp folders...what else?
« on: April 13, 2018, 09:37:56 pm »
I have used it for over a month with system hangs at times and it continues to work fine.  My machine is not a critical mission machine.  I have little to worry about and with the safeguards I have taken, I am not concerned.  I am always testing and experimenting with my system. 

David

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Internet / Re: Firefox and Traps
« on: April 13, 2018, 09:33:12 pm »
Hello Ben
Hello Pete

I uploaded the latest beta version (April 2018) of BS_Info.

www.bausys.ch\files\bs_info_2_1_beta.wpi


Rolf

I was having problems with the program coming up.  I tested until I found the problem.  The program does not like XIT26.  When I close XIT26, it comes up fine.  This is the only program so far that has done this.  I now just terminate XIT until I am finished with your program.

David

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