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Applications / Re: cups installed, how to start it?
« on: Today at 08:07:42 pm »
What is the model number of the printer and is it postscript enabled?

If it has a built in postscript engine like my Brother printers (DCP-9020cdw and HL-3170cdw) then you shouldn't need to mess about with cups but it will need you to have a PPD file for the printer.

BTW, I have never managed to get cups for OS/2 to work hence my getting postscript enabled printers.

Setup & Installation / Re: OS2 Warp Version 3 wont boot from Hard Drive
« on: October 19, 2018, 05:57:36 pm »
I don't think changing out the cable would help although I have seen units with single plugs used mainly because of restricted space.

Another possibility. If there is a second IDE socket on the motherboard you could attach the CD drive to that and reinstall.

Just a thought.  With the struggle attaching the CD drive is it possible that the IDE cable got damaged?  You could check that by using a replacement cable. 

Sorry I'm not thinking as clearly as I should be - I retired a year ago and didn't do hands on setup work for about 5 years before that, paperwork kept me at a desk.

Setup & Installation / Re: OS2 Warp Version 3 wont boot from Hard Drive
« on: October 19, 2018, 04:11:09 pm »
I should have asked if the IDE cable is a 40 or 80 wire type.

The main thing is to bring up the bios screen and check what it shows for the hard disk and CD and what the boot order is.

Regarding the tight fit for rhe CD, that is why I always insisted that my techs used the custom cables we had to do the job and then restore the old cable when finished.

Setup & Installation / Re: OS2 Warp Version 3 wont boot from Hard Drive
« on: October 19, 2018, 12:06:54 pm »
Without knowing how the hardware in the computer for the CNC is setup it is difficult to advise you but here goes.

Was the jumper of the hard disk set to master and and attached to the master socket of the cable before you attached the CD drive?

When you attached the CD drive to the drive cable to the hard disk did you set the jumper on that unit to slave and did you use the secondary plug on the cable?

What does the bios show about the hard disk in both the non working and working situation?

Those questions are to find out if you changed anything that caused the computer to see the CD drive as master, that id the boot drive.
Since most machine tools including CNC machines use custom connecting cables internally we always carried longer than normal non-standard cables especially the IDE cable, this enabled us to add a CD drive for updates when necessary (the standard IDE cable generally does not have enough space between the Master, end, plug and the Slave, middle, plug.

I think you may have somehow ended up with the CD as master and the hard drive as slave, hence the need for the CD drive to be attached and loaded with a CD.

Make sure the hard disk is the master (both with jumper and position on the cable) and reinstall.  The computers in a lot of the older machines used IDE cable master slave sensing and I have seen some with short IDE cables that did not have a slave plug, those were interesting to update.


Applications / Re: DLLs not found in libpath
« on: October 19, 2018, 11:37:24 am »

Those DLLs are in the program directories and I have notices that Pmdll often misses DLLs in the program directory. I assume it is because it does not use the . in the libpath for some reason.

May I ask what you are trying to do.  There is a 14.104a_W4 available which should work.

Applications / Re: A button to set window to ideal size
« on: October 12, 2018, 07:31:43 pm »
Hi David,

How do you define 'ideal size?  Does it depend on monitor resolution, I imagine a 28" 1920x1200 monitor has a very different 'ideal size' to a 21" 1920x1080.

The idea sounds good but I think it would need the ability to define each person's ideal size. 

Hardware / Re: ArcaOS 5.00 on an Lenovo IdeaPad?
« on: October 12, 2018, 05:00:11 pm »
Why do you think I keep on complaining about a lack of USB 3 drivers?

On the other hand there are some boards that have PS/2 sockets for both mouse and keyboard and if they have a combi PS/2 socket that allows use of a keyboard it is still possible to move around the screen - slowly.

From what I have seen even new Intel processor based boards are now using USB 3 for keyboard and mouse which limits ArcaOS - OS/2 to ancient boards and hardware. 

Hardware / Re: ArcaOS 5.00 on an Lenovo IdeaPad?
« on: October 12, 2018, 10:45:26 am »
Since it is a USB 3 only unit your only chance of getting ArcaOS on to it is to remove the hard disk, put it into another machine and install ArcaOS on it there (can be an image file with DFSee) return it to the IdeaPad and hope it will work - might need tweaking.

I have used this method to get ArcaOS running on my Ryzen powered motherboards that only have USB 3 in all its variants.  In my case I use an image of the boot partition (made with DFSee) of an AMD 3850 APU based machine put on the hard disk when it as connected to a working machine via a USB/SATA caddy. Any additions/updates are made over the network

Hardware / Re: 122-Key keyboard
« on: October 09, 2018, 10:41:16 pm »
Thanks Lars,

Would the output from LSUSB of the various keyboards be helpful?

Applications / Re: Gimp & ArcaOS
« on: October 09, 2018, 09:57:29 pm »
Are you referring to the 2.2.8 version that comes in two WPI archives?  If so have you also installed HobLink x11 that is required to run it?

I have it running on my WSeB CP2 computer that I use for graphics manipulation but have not tried it on a ArcaOS box.

Hardware / Re: 122-Key keyboard
« on: October 08, 2018, 09:19:44 pm »
Hi Lars,

Any chance you could send me the modified USBKBD.SYS so I can test it with my USB keyboards with extra keys?

ivan10 at free dot fr


Applications / Re: Help with ArcaOS font settings...
« on: October 07, 2018, 12:32:24 pm »
Regarding a screenshot utility go to hobbes and search for gotcha.  That utility allows selective screenshots, full screen,full windows or selected areas of windows.

For setting the default font the only utility I jnow of is setdf101 (available on hobbes) but it has a very limited set of fonts.  The other thing would be to use an ini editor to change the fonts that way (not recommended unless you are sure you know what you are doing).

The best person to tell you about Japanese is Alex Taylor.  He is also our font expert.

To see all the Japanese glifs you need the full utf8 font (search these forums for information on that Martin brought it up some time ago -,1806.0.html).

Applications / Re: Lucide 141b9 or 141b10
« on: October 07, 2018, 11:58:59 am »
Hi Dave,

It is good to see that there is a move towards adding bldlevel info to these DLLs, it should make keeping track of them a little easier.

It was a very long time ago when I had problems with SUSE and I moved over to a deb based system, which as far as I am concerned works much better - a case of 'once bitten twice shy' I don't trust the RPM package system.

Applications / Re: Lucide 141b9 or 141b10
« on: October 07, 2018, 01:30:30 am »
Here we see another drawback of the RPM way of doing things.  Since Lucide is provided as a WPI,  why didn't whoever built it add the obscure required DLLs to it?  From what I have seen the WPI format allows for testing of various files to check they are the ones needed and put them in the required places.

Thinking about it I suppose the fact there is no way of knowing which version of a RPM loaded DLL is, no buildlevel, which makes it rather difficult.  It also assumes that all the newer DLLs are backwards compatible with the earlier ones, which isn't always the case.  This was the reason I gave up using SUSE Linux many years ago - updating one program had the tendency to break others.

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