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Games / Re: ArcaOS - Retro Gaming Machine
« on: February 04, 2019, 01:09:08 am »
First of all, never run DOS or WIN3.1 full screen, it is possible, but your mouse won't work or in case of WIN3.1 only half screen. So always run in a windowed session. When you do that you have full control with your mouse.

When you go to DOS then you go to DOS, so you have to deal with what you see right know. You have to make an autoexec.bat and this file is in the root of you boot drive with OS/2 or ARCAOS.
It could contain this, but back in the DOS days they have written many books about the subject;
PROMPT $e[1;1H$e[31;46m Datum ──$g $d $e[30;40m $e[31;46m$e[1;26H Directory ──$g $p $e[25;1HOpdracht? ──$g$e[36;40m$e[0m

Behind the prompt you see lots of ansi commands. The question is in Dutch and is just the Dutch version of "Command". The other two are "Date" and "Directory". You need some set commands for pointing to the right directory. I forgot what's all about, that's the curse of OS/2. Do it once and never go back and it will run and run and run... My boot drive is H:. In drive D: I have DOS programs and is formatted as FAT. You can make a complete key driven menu with ansi if you want. Its faster than your mouse, but you need to write some batch files.
I don't run WIN3.1 as a standalone window. I have pictogram's all over in the drop down menu's between the OS/2 programs. Its working seamless, so once installing and tuning and never see it again. It is no problem to run more WIN3.1 programs concurrent in this way.

There is one problem with DOS programs and sometimes WIN3.1 programs. That is if those programs want the whole machine. This is not allowed in OS/2 as OS/2 is the captain of your ship so to say. Those programs can be run with DOSBOX, but in DOSBOX you will also have incompatabilities and you need to make a config.sys and an autoexec.bat. Said that, once done, it runs and runs and runs. My Psion 3a emulator runs in DOSBOX with the same speed as an Psion 3MX. Nice to know is that you can copy and past in DOS programs with OS/2, even if those programs doesn't know what this is.

Hope it helps.

Hardware / Re: Large mouse pointer for high resolution desktop ?
« on: January 13, 2019, 04:33:30 pm »
It is no problem to make very large mouse pointer with the pictogram editor program. However, once saved to a set it will load, but resized by the system to 32x32. I had made a mouse pointer with a gridsize 64x64, where it should be active is also accepted in the editor.

Applications / Re: USB pendrive on OS2 4.52 VBox guest
« on: December 07, 2018, 11:22:38 pm »
USB is a bit tricky. Depends on what motherboard you have. There are more ports on your motherboard and it greatly depends what number they have.
I use this:
REM ** Werkende opzet op 14-08-2005 (Poort georienteerd) **

Applications / Re: The Java drama and the OS/2 Community.
« on: November 10, 2018, 06:02:03 pm »
I did read a little bit on the Oracle site. The pricing is for older versions of Java which have to be maintained for users who need to stay on some level due to other programs or programs based on an older version of Java. So the pricing is for maintaining version of Java 6, 7 and 8. Java 8 will be end of life at January 2019, after that you can only get updates and security fixes if you pay a price. That's it. Java 11, current version, is free as far as I can read. So it has more to do with maintenance with a low volume of customers. And this is expensive to do, so the pricing.
If you don't want to pay (....) then they advice those users to go to OpenJDK, because that's free but doesn't have all the latest security fixes.

I'm more concerned about the fact that Java 11 is only 64bit as far as I did see at the moment. And we are still on half of that. I don't know if a 64bit source can be compiled for a 32bit OS.
So far my view, but I might be wrong.

Applications / Re: The Java drama and the OS/2 Community.
« on: November 09, 2018, 08:26:10 pm »
There will be never an issue with Oracle simply because they don't have Java for OS/2. Said that, I don't know which law system they use, so there might be a trap door. But even with source they can't hold up because the source wouldn't compile into an OS/2 executable. So I don't think we will get problems. I do see that more and more software used by companies or governments are java based, this rules out to have several executable for every used platform which in turn is more easy to maintain company wise.

Applications / Re: Java applications
« on: September 22, 2018, 03:24:26 pm »
I have updated the pages "Test phase" and "Disapproved" The Dutch pages were far behind and are now on same level. You can find the page "Testfase" here and the page "Afgekeurd" here

Have fun!

Applications / Re: Java applications
« on: September 19, 2018, 11:17:09 pm »
I have added a game, or better said a game machine/server/host, today to my homepage. Its called Vassal and is a Java program. Once installed you can download over 2000(!) modules. Each module is a game. At the time of writing, if you want to play one module pro day, you will need about 5.6 years(!) to cover the amount available today. This is the hello screen from Vassal.

You can read more, with some links, on this page and this is the Dutch page

Have fun!

Applications / Re: SmartGit - Problem with File Mode (Modified (File Mode))
« on: September 16, 2018, 01:12:59 pm »
Java1.6 is 2.1.8a TTBOMK? You run this on OS/2-eCS or ArcaOS? SmartGit is programmed for the Sun version of Java, anything else will have problems due to incompatibilities. Tried SmartGit long time ago and it failed on versions of Java for OS/2-eCS.

Applications / Re: Java applications
« on: August 27, 2018, 11:28:57 pm »
About some other Java apps.

I noticed GreenFoot ( and Alice ( but I was no able to make them run. Not because of any error, I just didn't found the right way to call the .jar.  (both seems to be platform independent, but I don't know).

Hello Martin, Greenfoot, see last page of this topic. Alice can not run on OS/2-eCS/ArcaOS. There are some files specific for the used OS and there is no OS/2 version of Alice. There is also a lot of py, but that's solvable. The specific OS related files not.

Applications / Re: Java applications
« on: August 27, 2018, 01:37:41 am »
I have added a new developer program to my website Java solutions.... It is Greenfoot and you can find more on the page here or in Dutch

Here an example when its running;

Have fun!

Applications / Re: DOS and Win-OS/2 Windowed Sessions
« on: August 25, 2018, 11:30:51 pm »
Actually, neither Panorama nor SNAP supports DOS/Windows seamless sessions.
I run eCS with snap driver and I don't have any problems with seamless operation of DOS or Win16 windows. The only thing in DOS or Win16 FULL screen operations is that your mouse won't work as well due to the enhanced resolutions. So you have to run it in windowed sessions. Can even copy and paste in DOS sessions with programs which do not know what a mouse or copy and paste is.

Can you share how do you run yEd on OS/2 ? How do you run the java command for it?
yEd looks interesting to me.

yEd is no longer available for Java 6. It need today minimum Java 8.

Lets try to sum it up;
FF 31.8.0
FF 24.8.1 for google translate and some other sites.
TB 10.011
Data Crow 4.0.1 (java)
Sportstracker 5.3.0 (java)
Memoranda (java)
PC-Outline (dos)
Total Validator  6.13.1 (java)
PMView Pro
Pictogram Editor
UPM (java)
File Commander/2
WordPerfect 5.2+ (windows 16)
Mini Makeup (windows 16)
Psion Backup (windows 16)
3Base (windows 16)

That's about the most used.

Internet / Re: Firefox - 45.9.0 for OS/2 GA1.1...anyone...anyone???
« on: August 11, 2018, 06:23:19 pm »
Too bad that the focus is n longer on Firefox 45.9.0. It still not running on my system due to libc problems, and as far as I can read, I'm not alone with this problem.

What are the symptoms?
There is trouble with LIBC.

Exception C0000005 - Access Violation

Process:  FIREFOX.EXE (05/21/2018 17:17:07 51,129)
PID:      48 (72)
TID:      01 (1)
Priority: 200

Filename: LIBC066.DLL (10/26/2014 20:16:29 1,361,666)

I have here,
libc066.dll  │ 1361663│19/01/18│ 8:10a
which appears to be 4 years newer and 3 bytes smaller then yours. Is Firefox picking up a different version of libc somewhere or is exceptq screwing up in the libc it is finding?
Look at the bottom of your trp file, there should be a listing of "DLLs accessible from this process" and verify that the correct DLLs are found.
That's weird, I have the latest libc, only in zip package ( At the bottom of the trp is a very long list of dll's. I will overview it again against the list from

Internet / Re: Firefox - 45.9.0 for OS/2 GA1.1...anyone...anyone???
« on: August 05, 2018, 09:31:38 pm »
Too bad that the focus is n longer on Firefox 45.9.0. It still not running on my system due to libc problems, and as far as I can read, I'm not alone with this problem.

What are the symptoms?
There is trouble with LIBC.

Exception C0000005 - Access Violation

Process:  FIREFOX.EXE (05/21/2018 17:17:07 51,129)
PID:      48 (72)
TID:      01 (1)
Priority: 200

Filename: LIBC066.DLL (10/26/2014 20:16:29 1,361,666)
Address:  005B:1DCBE6C0 (0001:0005E6C0)
Cause:    Attempted to read from 00000001
          (not a valid address)

After that a listing of about 200Kb.
As far as I know its the last version of LIBC ( and the last version of FF (firefox-45.9.0-4.oc00.pentium4.7z).
So what's wrong?

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