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Storage / changing USB volume letter
« on: June 18, 2019, 02:49:01 pm »
Hi, I've made an USB stick detectable-handlable on OS2 W 4.52 (Virtualbox guest machine) with DFsee following the precious instructions received here.
Now I realized that the choosen drive letter (G) conflicts with the Shared Folder drive wich is G as well.  When plugged in, the USB volume functionality hangs after being automatically shifted to H letter, it remains locked and often make OS2 WPS not responding as well, so a letter change to a still unassigned drive letter appears to be the solution.
Can you suggest a way to just re-assign the USB volume letter avoiding the whole volume creation process in DFsee, that would wipe all data in it ?
Thank you

Hi all, I'd like to resume the results obtained joining this forum in sept 2018 starting from a very basic iniztial knowledge, maybe someone will read something interesting to pick ideas.
OS2 was my first contact pc system, found preinstalled in a Hyundai pc, 1996. After 4 years I felt forced to switch to Windows XP due to the hardware/software requirements, which OS2 could not follow as needed at that moment.

I just kept remembering OS2 as a vintage old car which was nice to have owned once but with no more chances to drive it again on the today roads.
This till last summer, when on a Windows 10 usenet newsgroup an expert member told that it was not impossible getting an OS2 Warp 4.52 virtual machine full working for VirtualBox but just good to load and leave as-it-is, with not much more to do for real use, except some exciting WPS menu browsing to feel back in the latest nineteens.

Meantime I was aware of the most recent OS2 system adapted distributions; Ecomstation first and then ArcaOS, good to have but not freeware and not even cheap.

Then I found online a downloadable OS2 Warp 4.52 ready-to-boot virtual machine in its first-boot state: ready, go.

Tried to get help for updating/actualization on an OS2 usenet group nearly abandoned, where the only member listening suggested to join your forum.
Ready, go.

From its first-boot situation -I believe corresponding to 1998 HW/SW-, you here have lead me to implement and update much more than expected :  dedicated Guest Addition for VirtualBox including shared folders and display custom resolution, Yum-Rpm packages Manager, USB volume handling, printer configuration, scanning device capabilities (Tame2), XWorkplace, Firefox, VLC, Samba and Netdrive for browsing external directories, and other useful features.

Now, since I like very much  systems on a self-bootable USB stick, and also said that OS2 W4 cannot support itself such capability, I created a self-bootable fully installed Ubuntu 18.04 USB stick, and setted an autostart command for the OS2 Warp 4.5 guest machine (updated as above described) cloned and moved from the initial Win10 host system to the Linux VirtualBox application there.

This is the result: plug the USB stick in, turn the laptop on, select the usb volume to boot, wait about 90 secs, and OS2 Warp 4.52 full screen appears ready to use, you know that is a virtual machine hosted in Linux only for the 5 secs initial Ubuntu splash screen.

Thank to you

Applications / how to change a directory permission level in OS2
« on: June 01, 2019, 07:42:30 pm »
from 0777 to 0775 ?
Same Unix command line?
Thank you

Applications / Samba client on OS2 Warp 4.52
« on: April 23, 2019, 10:19:42 am »
Hi all, I've seen that a few packages have been introducted on Arcanoae subscription repository, and Samba Client Utility among them.
I do not have a strong knowledge on what it could be useful for, I just presume that it could be good to implement the browsing of the volumes belonging to my  host pc HD (being OS2 running on VirtualBox), or else other pc connected in my domestic lan.
Could someone help me in understanding more?
Thank you

Hi all, after having intalled/configured OS2 Warp 4.52 in Virtualbox Windows hosted with a satisfactory result,  I'm now doing same in Ubuntu.
Of course I have imported same virtual machine latest version developed in Virtualbox Windows hosted including the OS2 guest addition installed.
I'm having problem with the custom screen resolution, cannot obtain the one I'd like to set.
While in Windows hosting I had successfully applied the given commands 

C:\Program Files\Oracle\VirtualBox>VBoxManage setextradata global GUI/MaxGuestResolution any

C:\Program Files\Oracle\VirtualBox>VBoxManage setextradata "OS2 Warp 4.52" "CustomVideoMode1" "1280x720x32"

now I cannot find an equivalent working in the Ubuntu terminal.

Can someone help me?
Thank you

Applications / TAME/2 (OS2 Warp 4.52 on Virtualbox)
« on: March 10, 2019, 02:35:13 pm »
Hi, have installed Tame/2.
On Virtualbox devices menu I have activated the usb connection to my Canon Lide 100 usb scanner.
Runned Tame2 for first time, it asks for scanner model selection, and among Canon models it goes up to Canon Lide 60 wich seems the nearest to my Canon Lide 100 (not in the list). Selected it, then I begin scanning preview or scan to file which take to the same output: a 0 kb tif file = non file scanned.  And I expect such result, as during the scanning interface displaying  the progress bar, which means that the scanner is doing the job, I do no not hear any working noise from my scanner, it is not active.
Could it be a usb port connection matter or what else?
Thank you

Multimedia / OS2 volume cursor (virtualbox machine)
« on: March 10, 2019, 11:16:36 am »
Hi, in my Virtualbox OS2 Warp 4.52 installation I do not have the volume cursor on the tray, not even in the system setup. How can I get it?
Also, I've just upgraded to Vbox 6.04 , and it seems that system sound now are "cutted" after one sec playing, they do not go to the end.
Is someone experiencing same?
Thank you

Utilities / best process killer application
« on: January 16, 2019, 08:49:59 pm »
I'm looking for a process killer program for OS2 Warp 4.52 (guest in Virtualbox), simple to run, intuitive (GUI welcome), free.
Know a good one is CAD, but it's payware.
Could you recommend another?
Thank you

Web applications / Firefox high mem
« on: January 16, 2019, 03:00:13 pm »
Hi, have Firefox 45-9-0 on OS2 W 4.52 guest machine in Virtualbox, 1024 Mb ramsize.  It runs good, just have to say that it takes almost 30 secs to appear after the first start in the session but after that is ok, then it takes much less when recalled again.
I've seen an item called Firefox highmem in the ANPM repositories, do you know if once installed it could take improvements to Firefox?
Thank you

I've recently downloaded and use an OS2 W4.52 Virtualbox vdi machine ready to run, which have found working better than my previous self-installed machine.
It has been setted up by the creator with US-en settings, so affecting time and keyboard layout.  I can only temporary change the keyboard layout by selecting the one I need (Italian 142) but it is only for the active session, it will turn back at US-en on next reboot.  Also went to select IT-Euro in the Locale (Country) panel in System Setup as default choice, but it does not correct itself the keyboard layout mode, and -also important- the system clock always shows a wrong time, no way to change it in the Clock panel, after few moment the time turns at 6 hrs back, while date/year is ok. It is clearly pointed on a US time.
I still cannot find a remedy for it.
Do you have suggestions?
Thank you

Applications / USB pendrive on OS2 4.52 VBox guest
« on: December 07, 2018, 08:49:26 pm »
Good evening all, I have installed USB 11.17 and fat32-5_0_0 drivers on the system in the subject, believing that it was enough to make at least my 8 Gb usb stick fat 32 formatted being recognized/read as connected.
But it is not, like no other usb connected peripheral device is.
I have tried both settings selections in VBox guest config: USB 1.1 OHCI and USB 2.0 EHCI (thinking was useless trying with USB 3.0 as well) with no success.
I can correctly select and connect the usb device listed in the Device Menu of Vbox menubar while the guest machine is running, but then it results not connected in OS2.
This is what appears in the OS2 Hardware Manager :

Does anyone has experience with this  ?
Thank you all

Comments, Suggestions & Questions / OS2 on emulation machine
« on: November 21, 2018, 08:02:09 pm »
Good evening, maybe someone else has had same proposal; I presume it could be useful opening a dedicated section for what in the subject. Many users here are actually running OS2 in emulation with many specific details to discuss and solve. It could be Virtual Box, VMware or other environment. This because OS2 can now be easely "reloaded" without dealing with recent hardware compatibility issues, mostly overrided by the virtual machine interface.
Does it make sense?
Thank you

Applications / cups installed, how to start it?
« on: October 21, 2018, 06:06:50 pm »
good evening, after some successfull software installation thanks to your help (Firefox 45.9 , VLC 3.04, Assoedit), here I am with Cups.
I have a Samsung laser color wireless printer placed in a different room, which I could configure already with Cups on other OS  (Ubuntu and TrueOs) bootable in same pc.
Ok, found Cups in ANPM, downloaded/installed the 19 related packages at same time, done.
Now, what's next?  I presume must open a browsing interface which will let me proceed with detection and installation of the printer.
Unable to find any system icon for starting Cups, just opened a terminal and typed "cupsd". Believe it is working because after entered the command, cursor goes under the "C:\" prompt, meaning that command should have activated Cups even if in background (no gui).
Then I remembered that Cups can be browsed by Firefox typing localhost:631 in the address window, which i try.
Again it seems to work, Cups menu appears. Next I click on Administration link or Network Printer link, and the page remains searching for a while. After some waiting, Firefox crashes, and I cannot open it anymore.
Is there something else I've missed or should I know for using Cups?
Thank you

Setup & Installation / 2-3 oddities I'd like to fix
« on: October 17, 2018, 08:11:14 pm »
Good afternoon all, after the successful installation of Firefox 45.9.0 performed thanks to your precious suggestions (I'm writing this post from there  8) ) I'd like to ask te following:

my OS2 Warp4.52 installation is in a Virtualbox 5.2 emulation.

Actually I cannot hook and drag the icons with the mouse, they are unmovable; why?

At desktop startup, this command window appears and keeps it busy for around 15 seconds before autoclosing, how can I disable it ?

Can you suggest a topic here or a good link for OS2 Warp post installation tips/trick in Virtualbox? (ie. guest addition handling and some optimizations you can't miss).

Thank you much

Applications / back on OS2 after 18 years
« on: October 13, 2018, 08:59:20 pm »
Hi all, I'm glad having joined this forum.  I have had an OS2 system preinstalled on my first owned pc, and have been using it till the HD kept working, then I switched to Win98.  But after this time past and the new virtualization possibilities, I took the chance to jump back to the old times with an OS2 Warp 4.52 iso on Virtualbox, and now of course I got addicted.
But being not anymore used to manage this system, I need a first help from you friends, let me describe the situation:
-WEB : cannot afford to browse with Netscape 4, very few basic website in http protocol can be opened.  But meantime cannot find any recent browser to install. Meaning to install without pains and problems, every manual installation has been unuccessful. Can you suggest something handy/friendly to manage?  I have installed the runtimes of InnoTek and Warpin, then I have installed ANPM and his Yum-Rpm package installation. All working but not browser found in their repositories.
Then, I subscribed  Arcanoae software package (49$) for accessing some drivers packages in the direct downloadable links (USB, Video, Audio, Mouse, ecc), but first of all I hoped to find a recent Firefox version -or similar recent browser- plus some other software application in the subscribed repository added on Yum via my autenticated account.  HAVE FOUND ONE ONLY PACKAGE in that repository ! No Firefox, no tools, no utilities. Nothing. While the free preinstalled repositories contain tents of packages, the pay one (repeat: 49$) contained an USB 1.17 driver, that's it.
So this is the situation, but trust it will run much better than this with a little help.
Thank you.

PS I have also downloaded the package firefox-45.5.0.en-us.os2-wpi.wpi but the icon remains white like is not recognized a a wpi package, in fact when I run (doubleclick) execution, it does nothing, while some other downloaded wpi package do their work.

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