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Hardware / Re: Touchpad use with OS/2, ArcaOS
« on: February 16, 2018, 07:21:10 am »
I guess I'm fortunate. I have one of the laptops built by Foxconn for Hannspree to demo their lcd screens. It has a button between the two "mouse" buttons that turns the touchpad on and off. In Windows the touchpad does a gazillion things. In OS/2 it moves the mouse pointer and taps are always mouse button 1, but you still have a "mouse key" for button two. And yes, typing a lot with the pad on is a pain. You find your text appearing in random locations.

Hardware / Re: USX keyboard layout
« on: February 14, 2018, 08:47:21 pm »
Type KEYB USX at a prompt. You get the Microsoft variant. The only limitations seem to be that a few of the characters are not in the code page. When you type a keyboard type as a parameter of KEYB.EXE it will let you know if it isn't an accepted keyboard code. USX, US, UX and many others are accepted, but USY for example isn't found in KEYBOARD.DCP and KEYB will tell you so.

Hardware / Re: USX keyboard layout
« on: February 14, 2018, 06:43:47 am »
After playing with the keyboard and comparing with Windows stuff, what we have here is almost the Microsoft international keyboard. What confused me is that the key in the upper left corner of the keyboard did nothing at a prompt, but it works in word processing programs. There are two missing characters (left and right single quotes) and a few ways of typing characters don't work, but the characters can be typed by other means. So there you have it, the USX keyboard.

There are also hints of USY and USZ keyboards in the files that don't seem to actually exist as if someone stopped work suddenly. Or I could be totally wrong...

Here is a how to link:

Hardware / USX keyboard layout
« on: February 14, 2018, 02:41:43 am »
I ordered a new Radeon X600 half-height with everything, cables, mounting plates etc. for cheap.

And now I have another question. Browsing through KEYBOARD.DCP and KEYB.COM I noticed the USX keyboard layout. I haven't been able to find anything about this. If you type "keyb usx" it works. It is handy as it has the ability to type all the German characters without using "dead" keys. For example "alt-gr p" gives รถ. However the code table has one problem, the dead keys don't work. If one types "`" nothing happens until you type a space, which is what should happen, but typing a vowel does nothing.

Does anyone know anything about this? A Google search finds nothing.

Hardware / Re: Choosing a Graphics Card
« on: February 02, 2018, 08:41:12 pm »
Thanks everyone for the information. I will see what I can find. My situation is that I combined two dead Dells and got one working. The tower motherboard fit in the desktop case and some mangling of the cables got everything working. But of course it only takes half height boards.

Now if SNAP gets updated to some modern boards that would be even more interesting.

Hardware / Re: Choosing a Graphics Card
« on: February 02, 2018, 08:33:04 am »
I have a similar question. I have been using an X850 pro with good results under SNAP. I got two as bulk OEM several years ago. I believe they are the fastest available cards that run under SNAP. They work great even though they sound like they are about to go airborn on boot but then quiet down.

But now I need a card that will run under SNAP and that is PCI-E but, and this is the hard part, is half-height. Does anybody have any ideas?

Hardware / Re: Hardware Reports / Reviews - More - MORE !!!!
« on: December 09, 2017, 08:46:27 pm »

Is this a MIDI in hardware device? It is supposed to be class compliant.

Applications / Re: Visual BASIC for OS/2
« on: November 29, 2017, 02:39:20 am »
That's cool! I built a three axis robotics controller in Visual Basic for DOS. There are advantages to your code taking over the whole computer when microsecond timing is needed.  :)

General Discussion / Re: Trying to get the forums back.
« on: September 22, 2017, 05:58:29 am »
Ah! memories. I have (still) an IMSAI which I  modified several times. My original 2 MHz MPUA 8080 CPU card was replaced by a 3 MHz MPUB cpu card. I then replaced the 8085 on that card with a wirewrap card I built with an NSC800 running at 4 MHz. This also needed some inverters to get polarities right and some logic to add wait states to the boot and monitor ROM memory space. But now I could run Z-80 code. Whoopee!

There is also a one Megabyte ramdisk, another large card with battery backup. Unless I lose power for more than eight hours it is still there... dynamic ram. Who could afford static RAM?

This is several years earlier than the previous computers mentioned.

General Discussion / Re: Trying to get the forums back.
« on: September 20, 2017, 04:24:11 am »
Yet one more that could log in... after I tracked down my active password. 

Applications / Re: Visual BASIC for OS/2
« on: June 20, 2017, 06:00:26 pm »
Don't forget Visual Basic for DOS. I have a copy. It uses characters to create radio buttons etc.

Applications / Re: Problems with Windowed DOS sessions
« on: June 13, 2017, 04:26:23 am »
Another option that does hex (and octal) is HPcalc 41C, which is a non-programmable HP41-C with extensions.

Of course that means RPN and all of its advantages... unless you never learned.  ;)

Applications / Re: Problems with Windowed DOS sessions
« on: June 11, 2017, 05:02:55 am »
I have the same video card. To get a (full screen) Windows session it is also necessary to have as the "path and filename" in the properties and the session be a full screen DOS session. The regular Windows sessions don't work, and of course you can't have a windowed Windows session by any means.

Applications / Re: Do you really need DOS/WIN16 Support?
« on: March 13, 2017, 06:48:25 am »
I regularly use:
OrCAD, DOS, Schematic capture and PCB layout software
AutoCAD LT, Win 3.1, 2D mechanical CAD and printing of OrCAD output
CAM350, Win 3.1, Gerber file viewer, statistics and editor
IAR assembler and C compiler for 8051, DOS

and occasionally
NLREG, DOS, Non-linear regression analysis. Really useful for finding correlations in data (and throwing out irrelevancies).

I also have several MIDI programs I would love to be able to use again, but...

Applications / Re: Os/2 and Midi
« on: August 13, 2016, 06:06:04 am »
Hello Roderick,

As I sit here at my computer I have a Roland JV-2080 64 voice synthesizer in front of me. And there is no way to talk to it. Just the ability to record and play from the computer would be great. I have a few midi programs somewhere but I might have to get a floppy drive up and running to read them. Midi has been rather forgotten on OS/2 for a long time.

Daniel Carroll

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