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Marketplace / OS/2 Warp 4 - Wanted!
« on: May 14, 2014, 11:46:53 pm »
Hi Folks,
Believe it or not I am actually looking for a copy of OS/2 Warp 4....I do have several already but can't find them for love nor money! Specifically the CD version (I have the floppy version to hand OK). All I'm looking to do is set up a virtual machine.
Have seen a copy on eBay but with postage and import duty it would cost me near 100 euros!
Can anyone help?
Thank you,

General Discussion / Re: Hybrid "64-Bit" eComStation
« on: April 23, 2013, 12:41:31 am »
Just out of curiousity - was there a 64bit version of eComStation very early on in the development cycle? I have a cd here labelled as such but it  won't boot (quite old at this stage)....

Games / Re: Mahjonng Solitaire 2.20
« on: March 25, 2013, 10:39:44 pm »
OK I did a quick install of Warp 4 under VirtualBox on a machine running Kubuntu. Initially I did it without support for sound, then I added sound...both ran smoothly. With Mahjongg there was a slight delay with the animations with the sound turned on, this seemed to lessen when I turned it off under the game options menu. With Solitaire it was even more noticeable but it seems that the animations are delayed until the sound has finished playing as if the sounds get priority over all else.
I installed using Gengradd as supplied on the OS/2 installation CD (didn't test under the one supplied with VirtualBox) and was quite pleased with the speed of the graphics generally - until I tried to run Win-OS2 and the screen went haywire but I am sure a FixPak plus a SciTech driver would sort this out....
Don't know if any of this is of help to the original query posted though ;-)

Games / Re: Mahjonng Solitaire 2.20
« on: March 25, 2013, 02:36:19 pm »
Thanks Dave - I'll try a few installations over the next week or so and see what comes up trumps!

Games / Re: Mahjonng Solitaire 2.20
« on: March 24, 2013, 11:48:51 pm »
Just VirtualBox better than MS's virtual machines or is it vice vearsa? And for that matter, has anyone run a virtual Os/2 machine on a Mac(or even a Hackintosh)?
Thanks again,

Games / Re: Mahjonng Solitaire 2.20
« on: March 24, 2013, 11:45:38 pm »
OK Now I'll have to set up a virtual machine just to check out what I was talking about! LOL!

Games / Re: Mahjonng Solitaire 2.20
« on: March 23, 2013, 03:59:07 pm »
I would suggest turning off the sound in the actual game not in front of an OS/2 machine at present but am almost certain the option exists.
I remember doing it for OS/2 Solitaire (in a virtual machine) and the game was a lot more playable because it didn't have to wait for a sound to be played before it turned over every card. Hope this helps.

Programming / Re: Suspend
« on: February 08, 2013, 10:43:18 pm »
I do remember swapping in and out of Win 95 and it worked quite well but as for newer operating systems/file systems and older IBM code....somehow I doubt it :-(........ Concept is good though. I rely on virtual machines and plenty of RAM (with shared disk space) to do the job without any rebooting. What do other members think?

General Advertisements / Re: OS/2 Warp for sale on eBay
« on: February 08, 2013, 10:13:56 pm »
@ Martin ---- note to self --- must reply to posts a lot quicker ----- no it wasn't me in the last 9 seconds....not this time at least! I probably have too many copies of OS/2. Thank God the days of 100 floppy disks are gone, the amount of time I must have wasted popping in floppies only to get 90% completed and receive a 'read' error!

Actually one of my funniest (stupidest?) moments was when Windows 3.1 came out. I diligently inserted all the floppies (only 6?), rebooted and was still met by the DOS prompt. I redid the installation several times over the next week or two and became increasingly frustrated!! Until I read in a computer magazine about typing the word 'win' and pressing ENTER!  :(    At least with OS/2, when all the floppies were fed and the system rebooted it went straight to the desktop ;-) !

General Advertisements / Re: OS/2 Warp for sale on eBay
« on: January 27, 2013, 11:32:39 pm »
Darn and I was just going to bid until I saw the USA only bit ;-)............ Seriously though, if another copy of OS/2 arrived in the post then my shelf might just topple from the extra weight! I also sell a bit on eBay and to say that the cost of mailing items is a killer is an understatement!


Marketplace / Re: Lotus SmartSuite '96 for OS/2
« on: January 11, 2013, 11:16:30 pm »
Thanks guys for the solutions - I was only testing the software to see what exactly what was on the item I had bought on eBay.....typically I would setup an eComStation system with both a FAT and an NTFS partition so I would probably be able to do a full install in that case......anyway I usually run Lotus SmartSuite 1.7x ;-) but as I say, this was a test system.
BTW I was using an OCZ Ability 3 SSD  (120 gb) drive for the installation and all went sooo smoothly! Great boot speeds and not once did the installer (eCS 2.1) complain about the drive I was using!


Hardware / Re: Kudos to the eComStation developers....
« on: January 11, 2013, 10:54:37 pm »
Thanks to all for the recommendations - the machine I have running is purely for test purposes and the monitor used is not exactly cutting-edge which may not be helping things. My fonts do look very 'washed out', the smaller the font size the worse they look!  Still, am not too worried, I will sort them out if they remain like that when I hook up my main monitor but that won't be until ver 2.2 becomes available.
Thanks again,

Hardware / Re: Kudos to the eComStation developers....
« on: January 03, 2013, 11:47:11 am »
Thanks Pete - much appreciated!

Marketplace / Lotus SmartSuite '96 for OS/2
« on: January 03, 2013, 12:41:14 am »
Hi There - I have a copy of 'Lotus SmartSuite '96 for OS/2' for sale if anyone is interested. I bought it recently on eBay out of curiousity more than anything else.
Before I bought it I had been wondering how I missed it when it came out originally but once I opened the box the poor reviews came flooding back to me....they were poor because only two of the programs in the suite were native OS/2 applications (WordPro and Freelance Graphics), the remainder worked under a Win 3.1 session! Under eCS 2.1 I had no problem installing the OS/2 applications but the Windows installer complained about not having enough room...I only have JFS installed on my drive and no HPFS or FAT partitions which could well have been the problem.

Anyway the software comes fully boxed (upgrade edition ) -  (box in excellent condition) with manuals (3 in total about 30-60 pages each) - all in excellent condition, plus licence agreements etc.

If anyone is interested please contact me at and make a reasonable offer (am not out to make money on this - just cover costs......speaking of costs, I am in Ireland so postage from here will need to be included).
Thanks, Conrad.

Hardware / Kudos to the eComStation developers....
« on: January 03, 2013, 12:15:11 am »
Have just installed ver 2.1 plus the recent update on my Asus M2N68-AM board and for the first time ever all 4 cores are recognised, my SDD drive is flying plus the Panorama video driver finally allowed me to set my monitor to its 'native' wide-screen!
On the downside though - the screen fonts don't look the best but I'm sure there is a way around this plus the onboard networking wasn't recognised.....
Still the performance is amazing. Lotus WordPro starting almost before I finish clicking on the icon, OpenOffice faster than on the same system under Linux....
Thanks folks!

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