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Events / Re: Warpstock 2018 Questions
« on: September 13, 2018, 06:33:59 pm »
Just a warning, for those who are going to Calgary. This morning, it is snowing, and the forecast for the weekend is for highs around 45F (7C), with lows around freezing, so dress appropriately.

The forecasts usually change, day by day, but I doubt if it will change a lot. Then again, Calgary has been known to be at -40F (-40C) at 08:00, and 40F (7C) at 16:00, but that is usually in January.

Utilities / Re: Air Boot problems
« on: September 07, 2018, 07:20:56 pm »
Does the latest AirBoot 1.04 have improvements over 1.02?

The latest AirBoot is 1.1.4, from Arca Noae, and yes it does have some improvements.

Applications / Re: DOS and Win-OS/2 Windowed Sessions
« on: August 26, 2018, 12:04:07 am »
VSVGA gives the support

VSVGA.SYS is a version of VVGA.SYS, that has been patched to fix SMP (Symetrical Multi processor) problems. It still has some problems, but I have used VVGA.SYS in the past, with no apparent problems, on a SMP machine (but I haven't really used DOS and WinOS2 support, for many years). Just change the line in CONFIG.SYS, and try it. Be prepared to force a reboot and back out the change, if it causes problems (single processor machines should be okay with it). No guarantees, try it at your own risk.  :D

A better solution, is to use DOSBOX (a virtual DOS machine): Install DOS in it (I recommend IBM DOS 7, if you can find it), then install the real win 3.1, with any additions (including the ones that never worked in WinOS2). That has always worked better, for me (but I can't even find a program to run in DOS, or Win 3.1, any more).

Setup & Installation / Re: Just purchased ArcaOS...
« on: August 22, 2018, 08:02:04 pm »
It is fixed. If you still have a problem, clear your browser cache, and try again. You may have a bad page cached.

Setup & Installation / Re: Just purchased ArcaOS...
« on: August 22, 2018, 04:55:51 am »
Apparently, there was a problem. It should be fixed now. If not, contact them, and ask about the problem.

Storage / Re: PMSHELL
« on: July 30, 2018, 07:23:47 pm »
However GCC applications already store data (such as browser cache) into the high area.

Only when they are programmed to do so. It looks, to me, like very few actually do that by default. Of course, you do need the ArcaOS kernel patches to be able to use it successfully, so it would be silly for programs to automatically use high shared memory since not all users have upgraded.

I wonder if it would be possible in theory to create a 'memory defragmentation' daemon that monitors memory and warns when fragments get below a specified size (or even better, defrags when needed)?

Of course, it is "possible". The problem would be to find somebody who can do it. I doubt if anybody knows enough about how it works, to be able to do anything about it.

but what is the value when you should be warned about to 'low' memory?

I use Above512 with a REXX script, that displays, and logs, the results every second. I have seen lower shared memory completely disappear from 100 MB (crash, before it logged 0 MB), and I have seen it run successfully with 1 MB left. If there was some way to intercept the request, and be sure that it would be successful, before returning to the program, a warning could be issued, and the user could be allowed to close other programs, then tell the interceptor to check again, to see if it would be successful, and return to the program if it is okay (the programs should do that themselves, but it seems that most do not, and that may not even be the programmers fault).

Arent't there set to load high by default?

Not from what I have seen (but it has been a while since I looked). You can't do that, without having a separate set of DLLs for those systems than can use upper shared memory, and for those that can't use upper shared memory.

How to know all dll's which aren't set to be loaded into high storage area?

HIGHMEM.EXE (it is included in Open Office) will tell you. It can also set DLLs to load data and/or code high, or reset them to load low. Be warned that simply setting all DLLs to load high will probably not work well, and some programs may work with individual DLLs loaded high, while others won't. I find that it is best to leave the common DLLs (in RPM/YUM) alone, and only play with the program specific DLLs (such as XUL.DLL in mozilla).

Some experimenting is required, because each user has a different set of programs that they use, in different ways.

Storage / Re: PMSHELL
« on: July 29, 2018, 10:54:07 pm »
I wouldn't call it a "storage" issue. It is a shortage of lower shared memory space. I find that it is only a matter of a few minutes, until my system crashes, when lower shared memory drops below 100 MB (it is probably already dead if it shows 10 MB). To avoid the problem, I add the line"
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VIRTUALADDRESSLIMIT=2560to CONFIG.SYS. Some systems will be able to use 3072, but, apparently, some other systems can't use that. It only increases the available upper shared memory anyway.

Doing that does not actually change the problem, without taking further steps to mark some things to actually use upper shared memory space (there are some fixes in the ArcaOS kernel for upper shared memory support too). The easiest thing to set to use upper shared memory space, is Apache Open Office. In the Extras folder, there is a tool to set it to use upper shared memory (some experimenting may be required). If you do that, you may find that there will be a LIBC problem (usually not obvious), if you close Open Office more than once. To avoid that, use the Quickstart thing, to prevent it from actually closing.

You should also realize, that shared memory may fragment. If the largest fragment is 5 MB, and some program needs 5.5 MB, you are dead in the water. If the program is properly written, to check if it actually got the requested memory, it will probably just crash the program. If it doesn't check (apparently, most programs don't), and tries to use it anyway, it usually causes what you describe.

Utilities / Re: WCD broken when running against JFS???
« on: July 29, 2018, 03:47:00 am »
I agree that boot volumes should be small (about 2 GB, is more than adequate), and programs/data should be on a different drive. I do NOT agree that the boot volumes should be HPFS. I find that JFS works remarkably well for boot drives. Far better than HPFS ever did (especially when a boot time CHKDSK is required, which is almost "never"). The only thing that I use HPFS for is the RAMDISK (only because it is more difficult to convert it to JFS, and I can make the HPFS cache very small to minimize the adverse effect of using a cache with a RAMDISK).

As for WCD, I haven't used it, so I really can't comment. If Peter's suggestion that the problem is LIBC related, the latest version seems to have fixed a number of problems.

Somebody, somewhere, also suggested adding the line:
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SET LIBCX_HIGHMEM=2to CONFIG.SYS. As Peter said, make sure that you don't have stray copies of the RPM/YUM stuff laying around. Give them half a chance, and they will cause problems.

Setup & Installation / Re: Swap on separate drive
« on: June 27, 2018, 03:00:25 pm »
4mb ram

I assume you really mean 4 GB of RAM. In that case, you will probably never swap anyway, so it doesn't matter where you put the swap file.

Utilities / Re: Problems with DragText
« on: June 07, 2018, 06:36:38 pm »
Is DragText shipped with eCS 2.x too?

No. It is one of the bonus items with ArcaOS. Dragftext is at HOBBES, but I think you are still expected to pay for a license. There is no difference with the ArcaOS version, other than the license.

Utilities / Re: Problems with DragText
« on: June 06, 2018, 06:16:22 pm »
On my new computer with ArcaOS 5.0.2, I have installed the current DragText 3.9 version.

To be clear. Did you install it when you installed ArcaOS 5.0.2, or did you install it after? DragText 3.9 is part of ArcaOS, unless you deselected it at install time. If you did not deselect it at install time, and then installed it after, you probably have a setup problem. Since it works, for a couple of days, then stops, it is likely that IFX is correcting a problem, but doing the second install may have removed something that the ArcaOS version of DragText needs.

Networking / Re: Intel 2915ABG on a T41 with OS/2 (questions)
« on: June 01, 2018, 08:08:13 pm »
Another note - I recently discovered that the Atheros     168C:1014 in my T60 does not work out of the box with ArcaOS. I reinstalled the older Genmac2.0 instead 2.2 which is shipped with AcraOS and now it works.

From what I do know, the GENMAC 2.0, and 2.2 base code is identical. The only difference is the supported devices that are included. Some were left out of 2.2 because of licensing concerns, and a few others were updated. I don't know, for sure, what ArcaOS did, but I suspect that no changes were made. Most of it should be replaced by Multimac, when they get it done. Currently, I think that all wired NICs, that were in GENMAC, have Multimac (or other) support. GENMAC is only needed for WiFi, and that support is very limited. I haven't seen any indication of which WiFi devices will be supported by Multimac, so it is possible that some older ones might still need to use GENMAC.

Some options exist at (use the word "unsupported", no quotes, and lower case, if it asks for a password), along with some explanation of what is done to add unsupported devices. READ the instructions carefully, if you try changing what is there.

Networking / Re: Intel 2915ABG on a T41 with OS/2 (questions)
« on: June 01, 2018, 06:53:48 pm »
WPA2 seems to work fine on my T42, using  Intel 2915ABG (known to GENMAC as an 8086:4220).

It is probably one of the "edge" conditions that GENMAC runs into, sometimes. It may depend, exactly, how everything fits into the memory space that GENMAC uses. It is known, that some windows drivers will overwrite part of the GENMAC configuration area. Depending, exactly, what gets overwritten, something may, or may not, work. The only way to find out, for sure, is to try it.

*Gasp* well that's a relief! I'll just disable physical ethernet in the BIOS so that there's only one NIC connection (The wireless adapter).

Disabling the ethernet may, or may not, help (probably not, if you have the problem). Sometimes, changing some settings for the windows driver will reduce the memory footprint, but that can cause, as well as work around, problems. Personally, I don't care if WPA2 works, or not, so I haven't tried to fix the problem.

If you have the problem, and can't get it to work, one option is to use a device that does WiFi, when connected to the wired NIC. I use a D-LINK DIR-506L, which works pretty well, and it is useful for other things. It is also faster than a 2915ABG, but it is a few years old now, so you may need to find a newer device that does what it does. There are a number of them available, at pretty reasonable cost.

Networking / Re: Intel 2915ABG on a T41 with OS/2 (questions)
« on: May 30, 2018, 08:01:30 pm »
So... my question is...
Should I reinstall ArcaOS if it needs to see network devices during the installation process to set up? And if I do, how exactly does one get GenMAC going?

I'm presuming that the T41 is in fact compatible with the 2915ABG.

I have a Broadcom wired NIC, and an Intel 2915ABG (known to GENMAC as an 8086:4224) in my IBM ThinkPad T43, Installing ArcaOS (I have done both 5.0 and 5.0.2) finds, and properly installs, both drivers (multimac MMBGE for wired, and GENMAC for WiFi). GENMAC will NOT use WPA2 for WiFi, but WPA works fine. The same windows driver, in XP, will use WPA2, so that problem is something in the GENMAC base (and that is not likely to get fixed).

If the WiFi is not recognized at install time, simply install without it, then install GENMAC later. It should find the device, or, if not, it will install the base GENMAC support, so you can try other things. Be aware, that GENMAC is ancient, and very limited in what it can do, so some experimenting may be required to get it working. It is also very important to get the lines in CONFIG.SYS in the correct order. I suggest getting LCSS from HOBES, and use that to sort your CONFIG.SYS. GENMAC will warn about CONFIG.SYS sorters, LCSS does it [properly.

I have the problem using my local NAS or going on intenet.

I have 6 Reatek gigabit NICS. Realtek can't seem to make up their minds about how their gigabit NICs actually work. Every version works different from those that came before. The only driver that seems to work properly, on all of them, is the Arca Noae supplied MMRE driver. Of course, my newest one is now a couple of years old, so they may have created yet another one (or two), that isn't working with MMRE. If you are using the latest MMRE driver, report the problem to Arca Noae, and see if it can be fixed. If you aren't using the latest, I strongly suggest getting it, and see if it helps.

It has been my experience, that manufacturers love Realtek products, because they are cheap. Being cheap, they don't work well, sometimes. With MMRE, the performance, that I see, is actually almost as good as what I see with my Intel gigabit NICs.

CAT5 cable between my OS/2 box and the router...maybe try something as simple as plugging in another CAT5e or CAT6 cable?

CAT5 should be okay, for anything less than 10 feet (3 meters), as long as it doesn't have a broken wire. With broken wires, the cable will often still work, but it will have problems. CAT5, CAT5e and CAT6 really aren't much different, for short runs, but the newer ones are supposed to be built to better quality standards, so the chances of having a bad connection should be far less (but certainly not impossible). Definitely, try different cables.

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