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Applications / BS_Info v2.2 and AVxCat
« on: August 24, 2019, 05:34:07 am »
I just wanted to thank both Rolf Gachnang and Remy for two nice pieces of software.  Rolf has greatly improved on BS_Info since the earlier versions making it more stable with more information selections.

Remy has made it so easy to locate and update the necessary packages which make it so easy to set up after installation.  In the AVxCat parameters, by clicking on the external program description on the left, it downloads that necessary package.  It may have always been there, but I just discovered it for myself.

This thank you applies to all you programmers for without you all, we would not have a platform that a lot of us still enjoy using.

Applications / latest fontconfig
« on: June 06, 2019, 03:42:13 am »
I had to back level to an earlier fontconf ( custom library using YUM.  The latest downloaded version (2.13.1-2) does not allow any version of  FireFox work.  Fortunately, I caught this right after I used YUM to upgraded to the latest version. The latest version kept trapping FF.

Applications / How to make FireFox appear as a windows browser?
« on: March 15, 2019, 11:44:35 pm »
Sites such as Netflix require a Windows or Apple browser.  How can I make our browser appear as a windows browser when accessing these sites?

I am wondering if the site will allow video play if it thinks this browser is a Windows browser.

Hardware / WiFiBlast
« on: March 06, 2019, 01:57:10 pm »
I found this piece of hardware.

It is cheap (approx $35) and has enabled me to use my wireless on my notebook. under ArcaOS.  Can be used as a network adaptor.   Wherever I plug my notebook in, i also plug in the WiFiBlast and then plug a short ethernet cord from it to my notebook,  instead of running 30 feet of ethernet cord.   I set it up under Windows.  It has been working great. 

Note:  the ethernet cable is only around a 1-1/2 foot long.  You may have to replace with a longer cable.  The wireless  initially has to be set up under windows.

Applications / 3d launch pad
« on: January 13, 2019, 03:56:29 am »
Andrey Vasilkin's 3D lauch pad is really a nice addition to ArcaOS.  One can run multiple launch pads from various sides of the screen. Use Xcenter widgets for various monitoring and use the 3D launch pad for various programs.  Thanks Andrey!


Applications / DLLs not found in libpath
« on: October 19, 2018, 09:46:16 am »
Checking some of the programs found in ArcaOS 5.03 or that I install and use, I noticed some would say that a dll was not found in libpath when tested with PMDLL.  I do not know how important that is for the  program to work properly.  To fix this, I just make another directory called copied_dlls on the drive root, added it to the libpath statement in my config.sys, and copied these dlls to it and the errors PMDLL showed went away.



XWP 1.0.12 GA

Lucide 1.41.b10

Warpin 1.22

Web applications / Firefox ESR 38.8.0
« on: October 18, 2018, 06:01:34 am »
I have been testing using this version that came with ArcaOS 5.03 and must say that I am impressed.  This is the most stable release I have tried.  It has no problem playing youtube videos and the browser itself is very responsive.  This is by far the best I have used.  Although not quite as fast as its Windows version, it comes close.

I must also say that ArcaOS 5.03 is the most stable version yet.  I can only applaud the team and their effort and work so far.

Applications / A button to set window to ideal size
« on: October 12, 2018, 02:41:20 pm »
A feature that might be usefully if added would be a titlebar enhancement. 

This feature is found in FM/2.  FM/2 adds a fourth title bar  button.  This feature is useful when using multiple desktops or is one does not want full screen. The button sets the FM/2 window to an ideal size.  When opening programs in multiple desktops, sometimes a program opens in two desktops.   If this happens when using FM/2, just click the button and it is moved and ideally sized in that desktop.  Or programmers could add this feature to their programs.  FM/2 source is found at Netlabs.  It could possible be a feature added to XWP. 

Applications / amouse
« on: May 12, 2018, 03:03:05 am »
ArcaOS 5.02

Like to look at exe and dll using pmdll.

Here is something interesting.  If I go into d:\sys\apps\amouse

and drop the "nbaudio.dll onto the PMDll icon, error messages are shown for three dlls.  I have attached the pics.

The three dlls with error messages are:


Applications / eco essentials
« on: March 27, 2018, 10:05:08 pm »
I have trouble formattitng every one of the new USB drives I have recently bought.   I could not get  could them formatted.

I then found eCo Essentials with its USB stick format utility.  This  program works great.  It makes it easy to format an USB drive.  Essentials also comes with some other utilities.  These other utilities  look for the "PCI.exe" where it would be located on eComstation.  To make them work,  I just make the directories to where it expects to fine the files.  I then copied the


and other files to the

to the newly created directories


These now work great.  This utility was well worth my $20 dollars.  I can't thank the developers enough and am well pleased.  My usb drives were useless with ArcaOS until I found this jewel.


Applications / David's Doodles
« on: March 24, 2018, 05:16:54 am »
OS/2 pointers and pointer sets

Applications / Curious about these old patches
« on: March 05, 2018, 06:20:43 am »
These are some patches I have used in the past.  Are any of these still relevant for ArcaOS?


FIX1: SYS3171 (Stack Overflow) on PMSHELL.EXE and others. FIX2: USING PM_SystemFonts->DefaultFont CHANGES ALL FORM SIZES


This patch will increase the pipe buffer size of pipes instantiated with the pipe operator | of CMD.EXE from 512 bytes to 65024 bytes (by default). This will significantly improove the throughput and reduce the CPU load. In fact it reduces the minimum number of task swiches per megabyte from 4096 to about 33.


patch for pmmerge.dll to increase performance of writing INI-files.


Tries to keep the CPU as cool as possible without affecting system performance by adaptive throttling using ACPI 2.0. Version 1.4.

Applications / VLC problems - was Open Office 4.1
« on: February 16, 2018, 03:42:57 pm »
Still no go.   I have updated everything that can be updated.  As far as I can see, I have everything needed.  I am going back to version 3.2.

Something else.  I downloaded VLC3.0.  This does not work also.  Hoewver, VLC2.8 worked just great.  Has anyone else seen this?  I am going to have to go back to VLC2.8

Applications / Open Office 4.1
« on: February 13, 2018, 06:08:51 am »
I downloaded Open Office 4.1 after purchasing a development unit.  I had no problems installing. On opening any application, the application loads about half way and then I get an error message which I have uploaded.  Any idea why the program(s) won't finish loading?

Hardware / Limitation on using an USB DVD and CD writer under ArcaOS
« on: February 12, 2018, 09:28:12 am »
I took the ArcaOS 5.02 image, using DVD Toys, was able to easily burn the image onto a disk.  This was using an internal DVD writer.

I then tried it using my USB LG DVD writer.  DVD Toys could not find it.  However when I put a data disk into the drive, the drive is recognized easily by the operating system, however, with a blank disk in the USB drive, neither RJS CDWriter or DVD Toys was able to burn the image.

Is this a known issue, not being able to burn to an USB DVD or CD writer?

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