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Setup & Installation / Re: Problem with Win 7 and ArcaOS 5.3 installation
« on: November 17, 2019, 06:57:55 pm »
Strange as it may seem I had no problem installing both win 7 and ArcOS on a 2 TB drive.  Yes, I did make the partitions with DFSee first which, for me, appears to be the main requirement.

The big problem I have is that AirBoot menu does not show up so I have to time when to select the win 7 partition to boot which means that I hardly ever boot win 7 now (no great loss).

Setup & Installation / Re: Trying to solve server crash
« on: November 13, 2019, 04:59:50 pm »
Have you tested the server power supply voltages - if they fluctuate more than a few % the PS could need replacing.

The other thing is to run the full memtest tests from a bootable CD because bad memory is the biggest cause of instability and crashes.

Hi Pete,

The following is from the Sysinfo/2 readme;

                         Alexey Smirnov SysInfo/2 - Beta 0.8.26

        SysInfo.exe  -  OS/2 PM System Information utility, a ground-up clone of
        the Symantec NU for Win 95/NT SysInfo concept.

        SysInfo/2 is a useful PM tool for any person who wants to know
        more about their machine and understand how OS/2 uses the
        hardware resources of their PC.  It is doesn't contain *any*
        Symantec code (except of some grabbed pictures ;-), In the future, I
        will replace these with my own)

        Because the original system information and analyse tools
        provided by IBM and other manufacturers are less informative, I
        wanted to fill this "outer space" by writing my own PM tool in
        accordance with a modern view on the requirements.

        SysInfo/2 was written using SpeedSoft Sibyl compiler
        (evaluation copy ;-)). To collect information about running
        processes and memory utilization IBM Theseus API was used.

        List of features:
         1st page - total information material:
                - CPU & FPU type and quantity,
                - BIOS information,
                - Memory amount and utilization,
                - System Bus information,
                - HDD information,
                - Floppy info,
                - Video subsystem info,
                - MMOS2 (Multimedia) info,
                - LPT and Com port info,
                - OS/2 version,
                - Fixpack level,
                - DOS, WinOS/2, Win32s support.

Since it is written in SpeedSoft Sibyl you might be able to find something that will do what you want.

Hi Pete,

In what form do you want that information?

If you want to know how many disks then the first page of Sysinfo/2 will tell you.  I don't think that RMVIEW gives the actual disks with the /HW switch.

Applications / Re: GIMP & Xsane
« on: November 01, 2019, 06:23:18 pm »
Have you tried putting pango and fontconfig from the WPI into the GIMP directory and leave the ones from ANPM alone.  It sound like the newer versions are not backward compatable which should be a no no.

Utilities / Re: graphic interface for smartahci
« on: November 01, 2019, 06:16:26 pm »
Ah, those were the days.

I've seen a lot of changes in my 80 years and I'm not sure that it is all that much better.  We now have computers built to only run windows 10 and even if you buy separate items they are still designed with windows use in mind especially motherboards and graphics cards.  Still we battle on with what we can get hence my various AMD Ryzen based computers I have built.

Utilities / Re: graphic interface for smartahci
« on: November 01, 2019, 01:57:59 pm »
Hi Rick,

Not one of the latest ones but I did before the 8080 came out - it was a monster made up of discrete components on a bread board just to show ir could be done.

Utilities / Re: graphic interface for smartahci
« on: November 01, 2019, 12:41:12 pm »
Hi Andi,

I have both smartahci and smartctl (smartmontools v6.6 r4424 from hobbes)installed on my test machine.  Both give the same information to the -A command with the difference being that smartahci requires the hd1 disk identifier while smartctl uses ahci1 for ahci drives and hd1 for ide disks.

I have to admit that I like the GUI from smartmon that I grabbed from my old Acer notebook.  As for me trying to modify any program, I don't stand a chance unless it is written in assembler, I am a hardware engineer not programmer.

I know there is a GUI for smartmontools for everything except OS/2 but again the problem is porting it - where would I start?.


Utilities / Re: graphic interface for smartahci
« on: October 30, 2019, 06:18:43 pm »
I agree with you Doug especially about backups.  If used properly the SMART information can be useful (in the graphic the attributes marked with * are the ones to watch.  I have had a couple of disks that worked but it took them up to 5 minutes to spin up so they got pensioned off before the stopped spinning at all.  Relocated sector count is another one to watch because disks only have a limited number of sectors to relocate and when they are used up problems start.

SMART data isn't for general use, you have to know what you are reading and how it interacts with the disk electronics firmware.

Utilities / Re: graphic interface for smartahci
« on: October 30, 2019, 05:21:01 pm »
OK, I have got a little further, I can now get the main information by using  smartahci -A hd1 > some text file  which gives

smartctl 6.6 2017-04-23 r4424 [i386-pc-os2-emx] (local build)
Copyright (C) 2002-17, Bruce Allen, Christian Franke,

SMART Attributes Data Structure revision number: 10
Vendor Specific SMART Attributes with Thresholds:
  1 Raw_Read_Error_Rate     0x000f   116   099   006    Pre-fail  Always       -       109444736
  3 Spin_Up_Time            0x0003   098   097   000    Pre-fail  Always       -       0
  4 Start_Stop_Count        0x0032   100   100   020    Old_age   Always       -       26
  5 Reallocated_Sector_Ct   0x0033   100   100   010    Pre-fail  Always       -       0
  7 Seek_Error_Rate         0x000f   076   060   030    Pre-fail  Always       -       47200953
  9 Power_On_Hours          0x0032   094   094   000    Old_age   Always       -       5878
 10 Spin_Retry_Count        0x0013   100   100   097    Pre-fail  Always       -       0
 12 Power_Cycle_Count       0x0032   100   100   020    Old_age   Always       -       29
183 Runtime_Bad_Block       0x0032   100   100   000    Old_age   Always       -       0
184 End-to-End_Error        0x0032   100   100   099    Old_age   Always       -       0
187 Reported_Uncorrect      0x0032   100   100   000    Old_age   Always       -       0
188 Command_Timeout         0x0032   100   100   000    Old_age   Always       -       1
189 High_Fly_Writes         0x003a   100   100   000    Old_age   Always       -       0
190 Airflow_Temperature_Cel 0x0022   062   051   045    Old_age   Always       -       38 (Min/Max 24/48)
191 G-Sense_Error_Rate      0x0032   100   100   000    Old_age   Always       -       0
192 Power-Off_Retract_Count 0x0032   100   100   000    Old_age   Always       -       20
193 Load_Cycle_Count        0x0032   093   093   000    Old_age   Always       -       14984
194 Temperature_Celsius     0x0022   038   049   000    Old_age   Always       -       38 (0 14 0 0 0)
197 Current_Pending_Sector  0x0012   100   100   000    Old_age   Always       -       0
198 Offline_Uncorrectable   0x0010   100   100   000    Old_age   Offline      -       0
199 UDMA_CRC_Error_Count    0x003e   200   200   000    Old_age   Always       -       0
240 Head_Flying_Hours       0x0000   100   253   000    Old_age   Offline      -       1021 (61 65 0)
241 Total_LBAs_Written      0x0000   100   253   000    Old_age   Offline      -       995271562
242 Total_LBAs_Read         0x0000   100   253   000    Old_age   Offline      -       880064779

Which leaves me wondering hoe to get a graphics display like the attachment.

Any Ideas?

Article Discussions / Re: Qt 5 version 5.13.1 OS/2 Beta 1
« on: October 30, 2019, 03:16:29 pm »
OK, I may be a bit thick today but what do I need to download to just run some QT5  programs?  It was simple with QT4 but I can't see what is needed for QT5 or do we have to wait for that to happen?

Setup & Installation / Re: audio data cd creator
« on: October 29, 2019, 02:48:53 pm »
Not having used that particular program, I can't help wondering if you could use dev= option directly.  I have several cdrecord2 program objects all setup with the required options for each CD/DVD device on the computer. 

Utilities / Re: graphic interface for smartahci
« on: October 28, 2019, 11:22:18 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.

the error message is:
C:\smartahci -a hd1 | grep -i "temp"
smartctl version 5.37 [i386-pc-ibmvac365] Copyright (C) 2002-8 Bruce Allen
Home page is

ERROR: smartctl takes ONE device name as the final command-line argument.
You have provided 3 device names:

Use smartctl -h to get a usage summary

I have found you can only pipe it off to a file which I then have to pick through to get the information I want, Dani managed to get a graphical interface for her IDE version so it must be possible

Storage / Re: JFS file corruption
« on: October 27, 2019, 08:05:22 pm »
Hi Greg,

There you have found the reason why I never use a JFS partition larger than 500GB.  Having been bitten in the past by a corrupt 1 TB JFS partition I soon learned to keep the partitions down to a manageable size for easy backups.  A case of once bitten twice shy. 

The only place where I don't have multiple partitions is in my NAS boxes, those have RAID 1 disks formatted as either Ext3 or Ext4.

Applications / Re: MySQL 5.6.46
« on: October 26, 2019, 10:26:24 pm »
Hi Joop,

I think you will find the large version is compiled as a debug version.

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