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Hardware / Re: How to find or extract a Postscript printer driver?
« on: March 22, 2018, 09:08:18 am »
OTOH, the Generic Postscript (Enhanced) driver built in to PSPRINT usually works quite well. It supports colour, duplex, high resolutions, and a good set of standard paper sizes.
IIRC this driver does not allow less than 12.x mm margin form paper boarders. This was the reason why I started playing with importing ppd files some time ago. Is this quite true? Or do I mix things up here?

Networking / Re: Test build wpa_supplicant v2.7
« on: March 18, 2018, 10:09:16 am »
I amended my .conf with ap_scan=2, this helped, works now

Good to hear. The .conf file is full of documentation. Honestly I've to say I do not understand what all the options are good for. I only enabled the build to allow .conf file cause someone asked it long ago in a ticket IIRC. I never used it by myself and so can do only very limited testing. This is one reason why I asked here for testers.

Feel free to open an issue at if you find any problem with the supplicant or here I guess you need to login there for doing that. No promise that anyone is fixed especially things I can not test. But sometimes even tickets opened years ago get fixed eventually :)

Networking / Re: Test build wpa_supplicant v2.7
« on: March 14, 2018, 01:49:22 pm »
Hi Andi, thanks for the update.
The readme.os2 needs updating to refer to where ArcaOS stores its wpa_supplicant.exe, namely x:\sys\apps\xwps\plugins\xcenter\xwlan
Thanks for the input.

After rebooting (is this needed? Perhaps add to readme.os2)
No. New wpa_supplicant is used whenever a new connection (profile) is established.

right clicking shows I'm now using wpa_supplicant v2.2 (eCS-v1) which I have to assume is correct.
Unfortunately this is wrong. Your version is what I supplied with xwlan3.12. The new one should identify itself with 'v2.7 (OS/2-v2beta)....'

Seems you didn't not copy it into the correct directory. Check 'right-click - properties - tab 'WPA supplicant' version and path'. Be aware wlanstat uses a different directory than the xwlan widget.

Networking / Test build wpa_supplicant v2.7
« on: March 13, 2018, 03:53:07 pm »
I've made a test build of the newest wpa_supplicant code and uploaded it to

It can be used together with current xwlan builds. From the readme.os2 -
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BetaTester installation intructions
- replace installed wpa_supplicant.exe with the included one
When using xwlan widget wpa_supplicant is usually found in
When using the standalone wlanstat then in .\xwlan\.
- check if the new version is used by xwlan/wlanstat
right-click - properties - tab 'WPA supplicant' check version and path
- connect to wpa protected networks and post your findings at correspondending
thread at
- you can also test wpa_supplicant with a .conf file. F.i. set up a profile
with no security, switch on wireless and start wpa_supplicant manually
(f.i. wpa_supplicant.exe -i lan1 -cwpa_supplicant.conf)

If someone want to test feel free to post your findings here. If you're using the xcenter widget (in contrary to the standalone wlanstat.exe), be sure your ALT-F1 boot works or you've a working maintenance partition. I once saw a hang on my T60 at bootup of the xwlan widget with teh new wpa_supplicant.

Have fun.

Events / Re: IRC speakup with BWW this Saturday (3 of March)!
« on: March 07, 2018, 09:04:32 am »
Is there a summary of that somewhere? Didn't find anything at

Applications / Re: Curious about these old patches
« on: March 05, 2018, 07:01:38 pm »
I used newcalls years ago for systems with flash memory instead of a harddisk. I don't think it's very useful/necessary nowadays with SSD.

Comments, Suggestions & Questions / Re: Censorship complaints
« on: February 26, 2018, 01:41:12 pm »
And we should all remember the differences in languages and cultures represented here can make statements come across harsher than perhaps intended.
All true. But as Lars stated above this is not the case with ak120/Andreas Kohl. We the German native speakers know
  • it's not a language problem (if you read his statements you know he is very very good in English compared to most of the other Germans/Austrians/Swiss here)
  • it's not a cultural problem (maybe some very slight damage given by the long ago punishment in Eastern Germany. But all other Ex-DDR guys I know handle that much better)
  • it's a personal problem with him which drives people crazy even in the German forum
  • he's very often offtopic and gives irrelevant inputs (constantly talks about ancient hard-/software no one else uses since ages nor the thread starter does)
  • constantly wants to demonstrate he, and only he, is right and knowledgeable
On the other hand he has some very deep knowledge in some fields and sometimes (unfortunately not very often) gives very valuable information.

Article Discussions / Re: AN changing USB driver stack to 32-bit
« on: January 28, 2018, 08:46:10 pm »
Andi, you write about testers but the problem is just what are they testing on?
Where is the problem here? I guess if testers were paid by AN or by any other individual or company they will test what they get paid for. Otherwise they will test what they are interested in and with hardware they have.

If you want better support for your individual hardware you can open tickets in the bugtracker. If you want even better support I guess AN is happy to take your money and will invest in better support for your specific hardware. But it's up to AN to decide on that.

Article Discussions / Re: AN changing USB driver stack to 32-bit
« on: January 28, 2018, 05:43:45 pm »
I think we should note that most of what we are talking here is speculation. When Lars says -
Please speak up now if you don't want that to happen.
I fully understand his feelings. But on the other hand I'm not aware of any official statement from AN about that all until now. So what about should we speak up?

I'm quarreling with myself if I should post in this thread again. Until now AFAIK only testers knows about the new USB stack. I'm still unsure if testers should twaddle about things they test. I think it's better to calm down and see how it goes. But this discussion has started so I should add that the new 32 bit test stack does still work with Lars usbmsd.add.

Has anyone tested this new stack and found out that it does not work anymore with any other current driver (usbaudio, Wims driver, ....)? If yes, which driver does not work anymore?

I don't believe that DDK license is valid today because IBM did quit with OS/2. There business is not harmed with it because they don't sell OS/2 anymore.
IMHO you are wrong. The DDK license will not go away cause only we would like it that way. And IBM does still sell OS/2 licenses. Otherwise AN was not able to sell you ArcaOS.

Article Discussions / Re: AN changing USB driver stack to 32-bit
« on: January 27, 2018, 04:49:39 pm »
AN is currently working on XHCI. Along with that there is a decision to make the USB driver stack (mostly) 32-bit.
The stated reason for this was to increase data throughput.
That's not completely accurate. At least not in the way a user would understand 'increase in throughput'. Even David said he does not expect measurable transfer speed or throughput changes.

My measurements when accessing external harddisks gave only slight improvement. But we are still way behind other platforms. And you have to mix Davids drivers with Lars usbmsd.add for getting best throughput. You may see less cpu utilization especially on old hardware and much concurrent accesses. But I would not expect a noticeable effect on current systems. YMMV.

Guessing the change was made to make future development easier. For AN. Not for the rest of the world. Except David make his changes and his DDK publicly available some day. 

Applications / Re: XWP v1.0.12 Beta 1
« on: January 11, 2018, 04:36:24 pm »
The DESKTOP handle is one of the very first things it checks, if it can not find it nor determine what it should be, it basically stops, at which point in time you know the only other fix is the INI restore.
Checkini tells you how to run with the option to set the desktop entry (IIRC /DC:\DESTOP, or for me /DM:Arbeitsoberfläche). This was sometimes useful to me in the past. But of course the inis got corrupted in some way or the other and maybe restoring it from a backup would be a better option in such cases.

Programming / Re: DHCP client
« on: January 01, 2018, 05:34:16 pm »
Ian you are a native English speaker I think. Did you understand what Andre is talking here? Do you know what the problem is? Do you understand what he means with f.i. all OS/2 WPA2 DHCP clients?

One last question, do you really think Andre is human? For me this thread is another proof for sort of AI attack to this forum. Looking at his stats page he seem to have no regular sleeping time too. Although no proof but another sign. I consider spending some time in filling other buzz words here in this thread to see what triggers even more crazy reactions.

Programming / Re: DHCP client
« on: December 31, 2017, 10:43:33 am »
As usual I don't even understand what's Andre is talking about. Only reason why I reply is
DHCP client when WPA2 was used
which implies he has troubles with xwlan/wlanstat. I'm guessing he talks about a problem with dhclient and not the OS/2 DHCP client. But it's guessing. He gave no problem description that makes sense to me. He don't even bother making a reasonable subject for this thread.
without bothering the user with a dialog
I do not have any problem with shutdown and so I think most users does not have it too. Maybe cause we all use xwp? I don't know. Unfortunately Andre does not describe his problem but asks about a utility in such an unspecific way I can not understand even when reading it numerous times.

Programming / Re: VAC3.65 / 3.08 inline assembly? How to insert INT 3?
« on: December 26, 2017, 11:58:37 am »
And the best thing is ICAT stops as well of course. Now I can remotely single step through xwlan source code widget loading code  :)

Programming / Re: VAC3.65 / 3.08 inline assembly? How to insert INT 3?
« on: December 24, 2017, 02:35:21 pm »
_interrupt(3) will very likely encode an "int 3" instruction as a 2 Byte opcode (0xCD 0x03).
Just verified with a test sample and it decodes correctly to 0xCC. This is with VAC3.65 and icc /Ti. Idebug stops and the popup says 'A program-generated breakpoint was encountered'.

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