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My main system is a dual-monitor setup with ATI X300, SNAP of course. I've a lot of other systems running and tested with Panorama. But I've never seen a system which switches monitor(s) off with the eCS/ArcaOS included Screen Saver.

On my main system with (ATI X300, SNAP) I've extended the old blackout utility to switch of the monitors after a period of inactivity. SNAP couldn't do that with the X300. I extended my blackout version for some other systems too. F.i. for Paul who used an ATI X550 at that time IIRC. SNAP couldn't handle the special registers this cards needed for power off. Probably to new for the SNAP code. And the cards BIOS do not react on the standard VGA commands.

As this is all a minor nuisance I don't expect someone will spend time on it. Neither extending Panorama nor SNAP to handle the cards shortcomings. I can only suggest to use the monitors power button instead. If you've a X300 or X550 you can try my blackout version too (hobbes).

that monitor has a weird EDID coding. It is meant to facilitate the LANDSCAPE to PORTRAIT mode switch, but unfortunately that has always caused the secondary monitor on my OS/2 box to insist on running in in 960x1200 mode, which as you can imagine is absolutely dreadful looking when in LANDSCAPE mode.
IMHO this has nothing to do with landscape/portrait mode. Your monitor is simply faulty. It reports WRONG data. Obviously there is no workaround for your monitor with wrong EDID in any of our display drivers. It seems SNAP relies on the data supplied from the monitor. If the data is wrong SNAP can't guess what the correct data should be and so can't drive it. No clue if SNAP can be forced to a fixed resolution when there is no EDID data (cutting the pins from the D-sub connector) or if it refuses to work completely. Remember at the time SNAP was invented automatic display capability detection was a necessary feature to prevent damaging some of the old tube monitors. So SNAP may rely on correct data or may refuse to work for safety reasons.

Article Discussions / Re: Qt 5 version 5.13.1 OS/2 Beta 1
« on: November 09, 2019, 03:42:35 pm »
Seems LuckyBackup (all QT5 programs?) do not work well with sliding focus. When I select a menu and move the cursor down into the menu listing the menu closes. Old LuckyBackup works well.

Article Discussions / Re: Qt 5 version 5.13.1 OS/2 Beta 1
« on: November 06, 2019, 09:10:17 am »
Elbert, I see a new luckybackup version. Thanks. I use this program very often. Have the try the newest version.

Now I wonder where the current sources are from which you build it. I searched the netlabs repos (qtapps) but it seems there is not very much content. Do you build straight from the sourceforge repository and merge your OS/2 related changes there?

General Discussion / Re: Yahoo Groups End of Life
« on: November 03, 2019, 02:41:33 pm »
Now I got a file for one of my accounts. There I've two groups it seems so I got two files beside the links and files archives. In is a MBOX which I could import *) into SM email client. Now I've the messages of the DevCorner (2427 messages) und FAT32 (1211) groups available from my SM email. Messages go back until 2003.

*) I've installed ImportExportTool 3.3.2 as add-on to my SM2.42.9. for other reasons. But it's handy to have it for this yahoo group messages too. No clue if you can import such MBOX files without this add-on.

Utilities / Re: graphic interface for smartahci
« on: November 01, 2019, 11:16:06 am »
Hi Andi,
Sorry that doesn't work because it 'sees everything after the -a as more device names and it requires only one device.
I don't think that's true. Here is what I get -
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{0}[m:\] smartahci -a hd1 | grep -i "temp"
194 Temperature_Celsius     0x0022   111   104   000    Old_age   Always       -       39


{0}[m:\] smartahci
smartctl version 5.37 [i386-pc-ibmvac365] Copyright (C) 2002-8 Bruce Allen
Home page is

I guess you've no grep installed. As mentioned above you can use find instead.
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{1025}[m:\] smartahci -a hd1 | find /i "temp"
194 Temperature_Celsius     0x0022   111   104   000    Old_age   Always       -       39

But the semi-graphic output you posted is from a different program namely smartmon. If you look into the readme you will see this is from
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SMARTMON.EXE is maintained by Andrew Belov <>.
Maybe you can convince Andrew to update his program to os2ahci. Or you look into the included source code and try to do it yourself.

Btw. I'm not sure if this version of smartahci was really build by Bruce Allen. I seem to remember David did this version. Please correct me if I'm wrong.

Utilities / Re: graphic interface for smartahci
« on: October 28, 2019, 09:41:33 am »
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smartahci -a hd1 | grep -i "temp" good enough? Should work with find instead of grep too.

Okay I've not a T540p which operates ArcaOS and W10 in parallel. I didn't get booting from ArcaOS install stick to work. Think I've tried booting from DVD too without success. But not sure anymore.

Anyway using a preinstalled eCS / OS/2 / ArcaOS works. The 'OS/2 is unable to operate your hard disk' most probably was caused by problematic partitioning of the inserted drive. Although I use dfsee running under OS/2 for almost all partitioning task it seems I've set up something wrong. Anyway after starting from scratch it works. I usually create at least on primary partition. Most of the times I create the IBM boot manager partition. Although for booting I use AirBoot afterwards. My usual disk layout includes at least two or three OS boot partitions, a programs partition, a data partition and a temp partition. Preparing the disk on another system and installing it into the T540p works. It even runs the display at 2880x1620 resolution :-).

Preinstalled W10 - I created a recovery stick for that before changing GPT to MBR. I did not find a way to preserve the partitions when converting to MBR so I deleted all and hoped the recovery stick will do his job afterwards. It didn't. I created the Windoze partitions with dfsee beside my OS/2 partitions. The recovery stick let me select the proper partition and starts to install and runs a long time until about 85%. But then it gave up. Tried a few times and all the Win startup problem determination tools without success. I can only guess the W10 won't recover cause I prohibited all internet access ;-) I gave up on installing W10 on the same drive as my OS/2 partitions and ordered a 120GB M2 SATA dedicated to W10. Now I've the full 250GB SSD for OS/2. W10 runs from the second hard disk in the M2 slot.

I downloaded a fresh W10 version from Microschrott website. Someone told me I should do this from an older non UEFI/GPT system. MS seems to prepare different W10 versions for different customers. From my OS/2 system I got a link for downloading 32 and 64 bit versions. I prepared partitions on the M2 SATA with dfsee on another system. Then I installed W10 to the T540p in the prepared partition. For safety reasons I get out the SSD with OS/2. After playing around a while and set up some important things (real shutdown, ...) I now wonder what I should do with this unloved toy. Putting back the SSD and now W10 works beside OS/2. Boot selection is done by AirBoot. That's enough for now.

Now I've to adapt my OS/2 for this system. Fonts and symbols are that small on this display. It's the first time I think I need bigger icons. LAN seems to work. USB mouse on docking station works. Let's see what else. Btw. the Win setting to increase all fonts to 150% isn't that bad.

Additional hints - I upgraded the BIOS to 2.37. Machine Type Model is 20BE0086GE

General Discussion / Re: Yahoo Groups End of Life
« on: October 27, 2019, 11:30:36 am »
I just got an email which told me my data is ready for download. But when I log in there is
Your Yahoo Groups data

Your download request has been completed, but no data of this type is available in your account.
After waiting numerous days for the data now another proof of yahoos inability to manage things right. More and more I think this whole action is only cause the wanted your newest data including phone numbers. Nothing else.

General Discussion / Re: Yahoo Groups End of Life
« on: October 18, 2019, 09:13:25 am »
I've triggered the content download the day before yesterday. Still not finished.

Side note - I've no problem when yahoo vanish forever. These idiots don't let me log to my account in as long as I do not enter an extra code they send per email. Beside name and password. Again, when I need to see me groups I need to login with my 1) name 2) password 3) extra code sent by email every time I want to log in (once a day the last days although I've checked stay logged in). How stupid can some service be? Moreover, until I came to that point I had to play this silly google captcha crap for minutes until they believed me that I'm not a robot. Honestly I resign such crappy service in the future and wish the worst for yahoo.

General Discussion / Re: Yahoo Groups End of Life
« on: October 16, 2019, 10:01:06 pm »
Some of the groups I'm registered -

Most of them do not have a lot of traffic in the last years and I probably will not miss very much when they are gone. I think os2ddprog is the one with the most valuable content for me. But as I got all of the messages as email I've them locally back to the year 2000 ;-) Just checked some of them - still very interesting stuff there.

Setup & Installation / Re: How to convert a GPT disk with Win10 to MBR
« on: October 14, 2019, 09:26:17 am »
In DFSee there is a menu entry for changing GPT to MBR. Honestly I've not even read the documentation until now. So it's a bit to early to bother Jan with this. Have to check what Jan has written in his docs before.

Dough thanks for the hint to Acronis. I've read similar messages from you in the past but didn't remember were. Thanks again for answering here. I did have bad experience with backup and restore Win7 with DFsee so I wanted to do it different this time with W10. So I'll try 'your' Acronis way.

One question, currently there are three partitions on this 250GB SSD. One of them seems to be the recovery partition. I think I can safely delete this cause guess it would recreate a GPT system anyway which I don't like. Or would it be better to back up and restore this one too? Is it important for W10 to have the two other partitions in front of it's system partition or does it work without the recovery partition in between?

Setup & Installation / Re: How to convert a GPT disk with Win10 to MBR
« on: October 13, 2019, 10:02:43 am »
The say -
You can change a disk from a GPT to an MBR partition style as long as the disk is empty and contains no volumes.
I don't want to delete the W10 installation.

DFSee does have an option to convert GPT to MBR. But does the installed W10 still work afterwards?

Thanks for all the replies. I've to work it through.

I try different things in parallel - adding ArcaOS to the installed SSD while preserving the W10 installation. And preparing a spare SSD with OS/2 - ArcaOS only at the same time. This spare SSD is dedicated to a new server I build but I'm testing it in the T540p too.

Neil, I don't know which video card is installed. But it is equipped with a 3k display. I never ever will buy anything below 1920x1200. HD resolution only, no chance ;-) Usually I can't work with less then 3840x1200 but our multi monitor setups are very limited :-( No clue if I ever get this 2880x1620 resolution working with OS/2. But I got this T540p for 385€ including the docking station and a second power supply. So I can't resist buying it.

Setup & Installation / How to convert a GPT disk with Win10 to MBR
« on: October 12, 2019, 06:17:58 pm »
I don't want to loose the Win10 installation. How can I convert the disk to MBR so I can add some OS/2 partitions?

Setup & Installation / T540p - OS/2 is unable to operate your hard disk
« on: October 12, 2019, 06:16:22 pm »
Anyone successfully installed ArcaOS or OS/2 on a T540p?

Trying install ArcaOS from USB Stick leads to a reboot after selecting 'Booting with default values'.

When putting in another harddisk with preinstalled eCS and ArcaOS on different partitions I always get 'OS/2 in unable to operate your hard disk'. Any hints to get this Thinkpad running?

I've disabled Hyperthreading and USB3 in BIOS. I also enabled Legacy boot. What else?

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