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Setup & Installation / Version 5.0.5 - In place upgrade failed again
« on: June 07, 2020, 06:11:41 am »
Just downloaded 5.0.5 and tried to update my existing installation (Virtual Box VM). I did the 'Update previous ArcaOS installation' and got the 'Updating the system' screen. The progress bar showed 'Updating installed system components' and then froze at 5% - this is exactly what happened when I tried with 5.0.4.

Setup & Installation / ArcaOS - in place upgrade - version 5.0.4
« on: June 03, 2020, 05:56:24 am »
Never having done an in-place upgrade I decided to test it out on a Virtual Box VM of ArcaOS. I created a 'virtual' ISO of the downloaded upgrade which showed up as drive S: on my VM. I assume that I then have to do a selective install (because I couldn't find any way to boot from the virtual ISO.)

I go through the various options and get to 'Select the source drive and directory' , choose s:\os2image which takes me through various options and then does the update. Unfortunately I now have a screen resolution of 640 x 480 whereas before the upgrade my resolution was 1024 x 640.  When I go into System Setup and choose Screen there is only the one resolution shown (640 x 480) so I have clearly messed up the install. I'd appreciate some guidance here. Thanks

Setup & Installation / ArcaOS - Download latest version
« on: June 01, 2020, 04:16:11 am »
I have missed a couple of updates to ArcaOS. Where do I find and download the latest issue?

Also when will it be possible (if it is not already) to update my existing installation with changes without having to completely reinstall ArcaOS?


Setup & Installation / Acquiring 5.0.3
« on: August 23, 2018, 01:22:47 am »
I have a current Personal Support and Maintenance subscription. Having looked at my account on the Arca Noae website I can't see any link allowing me to download the new 5.0.3 release. Can anyone point me in the right direction please?

Setup & Installation / ArcaOS keeps rebooting
« on: June 05, 2017, 02:30:07 am »
I powered up my laptop this morning, got the usual boot menu and, for the first time. got a CHKDSK message:

CHKDSK Block size in bytes 4096
CHKDSK Phase 0 Replay Journal Log
CHKDSK File System is clean

IFX is checking your INI files

I don't get a message that my INI files are clean as happened on the previous occasions when I've booted up.

The desktop appears and then ArcaOS reboots and I get the messages outlined above. It diid this several times and finally I'm left with a black screen with a cursor blinking in the top left hand corner of my screen.

Any ideas what's wrong and how to fix it?


Networking / How to set up Internet access
« on: June 04, 2017, 04:25:39 am »
I'm not knowledgeable about networking so I'm hoping someone can give me an idiot's guide.

I have a modem/router connected to my laptop with an Ethernet cable. I would like to get access to the internet but I don't really know how to set it up. I presume I have to get involved with TCP/IP. My adapter is an Intel PRO/1000 (MultiMac32-E1000B) and it is using IBM TCP/IP as its network protocol.

Im not bothered about getting a wireless setup so I'd be very grateful if someone could lead me through the process of setting up a wired installation.

This is an ArcaOS 5 installation.

Thanks in advance.


Setup & Installation / Bad or missing command interpreter
« on: June 03, 2017, 04:09:03 am »
Having set up and run a number of MS-DOS programs via DOS sessions I find that this morning when I open a DOS session or try to run any of my MS-DOS programs I get the message "SYS3145 Bad or missing command interpreter. Press Enter to close the DOS session".

Apart from installing another MS-DOS program this morning - which I have had running - after a reboot this message now appears.

Can any one help?


Setup & Installation / COM.SYS and VCOM.SYS
« on: May 31, 2017, 03:52:40 am »
Just wondering why these lines are REMmed out in CONFIG.SYS. Booting gives a message that they were not loaded (obviously) so why?


Storage / USB and Format Issues
« on: May 30, 2017, 10:19:35 am »
I am trying to transfer some MS-DOS programs to ArcaOS using a USB. If I format the USB in Windows as either NTFS or FAT32 then ArcaOS does not recognise the format. If I try and format as FAT32 in ArcaOS the operation fails.

So I thought I'd format the USB in Windows as FAT and try and read it in ArcaOS in a DOS command window. I can change to drive d:\ but when I try and, say, do a DIR on d:\ again the operation fails.

Is what I am tryng to do possible?


Setup & Installation / Unable to install ArcaOS
« on: May 26, 2017, 04:02:47 am »
I am trying to install ArcOS over Ubuntu i.e. wiping Ubuntu by replacing with ArcaOS. I have a 128 GB hard drive. However when I launch the installer and the disk check kicks in I get a "No resizeable partition found" message and my disk is shown as only having a capacity of 128 MB.

I have tried creating a new volume under System Management but I get an "Operation not allowed" message and then "Disk 1 reports a corrupt partition table".

I presume my only option is to completely wipe the disk and start again withan ArcaOS install. The only open source wiper that I know is DBAN but that wipes the MBR and, as I understand it, that would prevent me from installing ArcaOS.

Can anyone help - please?


Setup & Installation / ArcaOS installation
« on: May 23, 2017, 04:22:56 am »
Is there an installation manual available to guide set up choices?

Setup & Installation / OS/2 - Locked cursor
« on: November 18, 2015, 07:23:20 am »
I'm runing OS/2 4.52 Warp in Virtual Box 4.1.10.

My cursor has suddenly taken the form of an arrow attached to what looks like a briefcase. The net result is that clicking on folders or any other object results in no action. I can't even close down OS/2 since the mouse click is not actioned - it seems to be locked out of any action. I don't want to just shut down the virtual machine because of any damage I might do to the installation.

Can anyone tell me how to 'unlock' the cursor?


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