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Mail-News / Advice needed
« on: April 01, 2020, 02:16:44 am »
I have an odd problem and would like some advice as to the best solution.

Problem:  I have several e-mail accounts (POP3) that I would like to get back to having PMMail deleting the mails after download.  I also have several computers that get switched on at odd times as well as a couple of tablets all of which I would like to keep up to date with the e-mails.  At the moment I have to go to each account and delete all the old mail once a week after making sure all equipment is up to date.

Question:  Is there a way to automate this?  My main computer is on 24/7 with a fixed IP on the network.

Any thoughts and/or advice?

Hardware / Another odd question (PCIe 1 wireless card)
« on: January 19, 2020, 06:58:20 pm »
The simple question is, is there a PCIe 1 wireless card that actually works with OS/2 (plus variants) at something like Gb speed?

I know all about items like the TP-link AC750 WiFi travel router - in fact I have one hooked up to my notebook.  What I am looking for is that type of connection but on a PCIe card for a workstation.

There are compelling reasons why the workstations can't be hooked up with ethernet cable and the people don't want to go to win 10 when all their work can be done using OS/2.

Applications / Gotcha
« on: November 22, 2019, 04:11:32 pm »
Has anyone found a way to disable the very annoying message that appears when one selects a screen region?

Utilities / graphic interface for smartahci
« on: October 24, 2019, 02:40:48 pm »
This may be a strange request but does anyone know of a graphic interface to smartahci like the one for smartmon for IDE drives?  Also is there a way of reducing the information produced by smartahci -a hd1 to just the important info and temp?

Hardware / Panorama question
« on: October 08, 2019, 09:56:32 pm »
Does anyone know of a way to make Panorama remember video settings if no monitor is available?

I have a backup computer that gets switched on once a month.  It shares one of my Samsung S24E650 1920x1200 monitors via a KVM switch with a couple of Linux computers.

If I remember to switch the KVM to the ArcaOS computer before I start the Computer all is well and it brings up the screen at 1920x1200.  If I forget to switch the screen reverts to 640x480 which is useless.

This brings me back to my question - is there a way of forcing Panorama to remember the correct 1920x1200 settings?  It just annoys me that I have no problem with the two Linux computers on the same KVM remembering the video settings even if not switched to the monitor at start up.

Hardware / ArcaOS Hardware Support Discussion
« on: July 30, 2019, 10:49:55 am »
Hi Doug,

The AMD Ryzen processors have a USB 3 built in then there is the northbridge that has USB 2 and USB 3 and USB 3.1, numbers depending on the northbridge version.  The AM4 motherboards may also have an ASMedia USB 3 and USB 3.1 as well.  There are a couple oother chip manufacturers that supply USB 3 chipsets for add in cards eg. Renesas - I have the source code for their Linux drivers.

If you would like me to test the USB 3 driver just e-mail it and I can easily try it on 5 different AM4 motherboards.

Internet / Kompozer and/or Nvu
« on: May 26, 2019, 12:27:57 am »
I just went to use Kompozer on my ArcaOS machine and all I get is a totally blank window, just the frame and header.  Nothing appears in POPUPLOG.OS2.

I then tried Nvu and it complained of a missing LIBC05.dll and PMDll shows that GCC322.dll is also required

Now, any ideas about getting Kompozer to run, or is that impossible?
The other thing, is it safe to add the two missing dlls for Nvu and if so where would they go?

Hardware / Warpstock Europe
« on: May 21, 2019, 03:23:20 pm »
I suppose that someone has to ask and it might as well be me since I was unable to attend because of a prior engagement.

Were there any earth shattering revelations at Warpstock Europe?  It appears that there was some good news but...

Reading the presentations of the video (no sound here) I see that USB 3.0/3.1 is no closer to being available. the fact there are problems with Intel chipsets it doesn't bode well for AMD Ryzen chipsets and it does make me wonder what chipsets they are testing on (is there even a Ryzen chipset in the mix?).

I know I appear to have a one track mind regarding USB 3.0/3.1 but, even though I am retired I still think about my old clients and the fact that they are considering upgrading some of their computers with new AMD units that require the USB 3.x drivers for such things as keyboards and trackballs (example: Gigabyte B450M Ds3h that has a serial port or the MSI B450M Bazooka that has both parallel and serial ports).  Both of those examples are ideal for connecting to the machines using existing interface equipment.

Hardware / Another odd request
« on: April 15, 2019, 12:07:00 am »
I am now thinking of updating the mini-ITX motherboard that hangs on the back of one of my monitors.  The problem is that it needs to have an AM4 socket to allow the use of an AMD Ryzen 3 2200G processor with its integrated graphics processor.

I have considered an ASRock Fatal1ty AB350 Gaming board which would allow dual booting with Linux Mint for such times I want to play games.

Does anyone have any experience with this board or any other AM4 socketed mini-ITX boards that they could comment on?

The attachments show the proposed board and the case it is to go in (to give an idea of size if the case the DVD drive is standard width but only 9.5mm high).

Internet / Unable to download PDF documents with FF 38.8
« on: January 09, 2019, 05:55:09 pm »
Today I found a problem with ff 38.8 - I am unable to download any PDF document, yet I can do so with my Linux box or win XP in a VM.

Digging around in options I find the Applications tab has no applications listed and no way to add any (see attachment) yet the 'mimeTypes.rdf file is in the profile and appears to have everything listed.  Even the PDF Download add on that works with ff 17.0.11 does not work.

Is there a way to get the ability to download PDF documents back or do I have to fire up a Linux box every time to do that?

Utilities / Air Boot problems
« on: September 07, 2018, 04:12:45 pm »
Yesterday I got a new Samsung S24E650XW monitor (16:10) to replace an old 17" unit.  Today I discovered that it does not like the AirBoot selection screen. All the monitor displays is a message that the video is out of range of 1920x1200. Air Boot still works but it is pot luck on which OS starts when I hit enter (depends on time).

I know that AirBoot interface is rather rudimentary (rather like the very old DOS games) and the monitor is set to auto screen resolution and will display lower resolutions than the optimum 1920x1200 but AirBoot has one that is too low to display.

As a test I borrowed a friends Philips 223V5L (16:9) and it is not happy with the AirBoot interface and give a rather distorted rendition, the monitor is 1920x1080 optimum but will auto range down.

Any ideas would be most welcome.

Internet / Security Certs
« on: July 19, 2018, 04:42:58 pm »
Is there a way of updating the security certs in firefox 17.0.11?  I am now encountering some problems with some https sites that are asking for newer certs.

BTW, I know that version is old but it works on my old dell laptop and I don't want to mess with OS/2 that I managed to get working on that machine.

Setup & Installation / USB 3.0 /3.1
« on: June 23, 2018, 05:53:58 pm »
Since most of us that visit here are not plugged into the the testing network and therefore never hear how essential updates and drivers are progressing, or even if they are being worked on.  I am now working on the principle that if you don't ask you never find out so I'm asking 'is there any progress on USB 3.0 and 3.1 drivers and if there is have those creating them thought to test them on the ASMedia chipset as used on most AMD Ryzen and A series CPU motherboards?

Applications / Microsoft takeover of GitHub
« on: June 05, 2018, 11:42:42 am »
Just wondering what effect the Microsoft takeover of GitHub will have on any of the OS/2 applications hosted on there knowing the MS mantra of 'embrace, extend and extinguish'?

Setup & Installation / Panorama v Snap Video
« on: May 10, 2018, 08:03:36 pm »
I am a little mystified at the moment.

I have one computer that has been running OS/2 Warp 4.52 CP2 since CP2 landed.  Video is provided by a Radeon X550 card, Snap drivers and a 28" 1920x1200 LCD monitor.  Everything works as expected.

Since the computer is getting old I am thinking of replacing it with one of my ArcaOS mini ITX units but I still need my large monitor.  Rather than crawling about to change cables I used the maintenance partition on this computer to install ArcaOS.

Found out a couple of things.

ArcaOS install does NOT play well if there is BOOTMANAGER installed - at first reboot after installing files it says there is no operating system, getting round that is a fiddle.

The default Panorama video driver does not recognise the video card or the resolution of the monitor.  Is this normal or some bug?

By looking at the ArcaOS DVD I see there is a modified (updated??) Snap driver.  Will that work with large monitors and Radeon video cards - I am considering getting a 30" 2560x1600 monitor if it will work at that resolution with ArcaOS or OS/2.

Does anyone have experience using large high resolution monitors with Panorama or Snap? 

I know that Snap v3.1.8 works at 1920x1200 with the Radeon cards I have, I have also found out that Panorama does not but would like to hear other peoples experiences.

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