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Hardware / Re: Motherboard woes
« on: April 06, 2015, 04:07:47 am »
Unfortunately I can't get SNAP to run on this Asus H87-Pro. I hoped it would run in GRADD mode but this Intel HD4600 does not.

Moreover even my plan B - insert a Matrox G550 - does not work. It hangs/stops at the same place where the CPU integrated HD4600 fails. PMSHELL does not come up. After the Scitech driver messages when the screen should switch to graphic mode nothing happens.

I tried all PCIe sockets and BIOS settings I found without success. Still can not believe why an extra PCIe graphic adapter does not work but have to give up after days of frustration :( Seems to be something special in this H87 chipset.

After years working with two 1920x1200 displays I can not switch back to single monitor mode anymore. Any suggestions for a Linux distro with usable desktop? No fancy transparency windows or rounded corners or washed out fonts. I hate these W7 annoyances with thick boarders which hide the useful information behind (the reason why they must be transparent but why did MS made them so think in the first place?) and switched back to classic (pre-XP) look and fell as much as possible. No big symbols and icons only but text description in menus. Simple clear and easy to use for a long time OS/2 user. Suggestions for desktop managers I should look for? Cinnamon?

Linux distro suggestion would be any distro that has xfce. openSUSE 13.2 works well.xfce is a knock off of cde which was a knock off of os/2... in appearance. When you go to install openSUSE it will ask you to select desktop environment ... Gnome, KDE, other. Select other then xfce. You will like it. clean, simple, fast.

Setup & Installation / Re: Is eComStation DEAD?
« on: February 03, 2014, 08:31:12 pm »
My Software subscription did expire these days. Before I got to prolongue it I am wondering if this is a good idea or not. Spending more Money or looking for an alternative like the - free of Charge - Linux Mint.

I think you would like Slackware better Sigurd, with all your technical ability. Mint is super easy but Slackware is rock solid stable. In my opinion, the most stable release of Mint is Mint Debian "Rolling Release" followed by Mint 13 Maya (LTS).

Applications / Re: Which are your Favorite OS2-eCS Apps?
« on: December 26, 2013, 10:33:20 pm »
Time Tracker
P.M. View Pro

General Discussion / Re: Big thanks to Martin
« on: December 19, 2013, 03:16:19 pm »

I paid for the scanning to a local copyshop (at the end my wife found out because the copyshop called my home to tell that it is going to be a delay) it was more expensive than expected, but what the hell, it is like 1100 pages and I didn't want to scan it myself. After that I just did the OCR, table of contents and compressing the file.

Andreas, check out this link:
both are the same file, see if you can get them.

I'm also looking for some other IBM non-public (and non-confidential/non-internal) books / manuals that can be released to the public.  Maybe something like training material. I can give it the try to request permission for that too.

For the moment I need some help to republish the latest things that IBM authorized for the EDM/2.


What about IBM OS/2 Red Books ? I have gone to them in the past...

General Discussion / Big thanks to Martin
« on: December 18, 2013, 06:58:57 pm »
I wanted to thank you for posting that OS/2 Certification Book on the Wiki. That had to take a great deal of time. Well done sir.

Polls / Re: If there was a plush mascot for eComStation, would you buy it?
« on: December 17, 2013, 04:53:48 pm »
I wouldn't buy it because my dog would rape it on a daily basis. The dog has a thing for plush, animal looking things. He is the weirdest dog in that regard. He would fall in love with that large penguin.  ;D

Setup & Installation / Re: eCS demo CD beta 5
« on: December 11, 2013, 09:24:30 pm »
Much better ! Great Job!

Default Boot...It boots up fast. 1 out of 4 cores. No audio. No flash video. Thumb drive in USB works. Posting from Demo CD. AM3 board 770 Chip-set, AMD X4-965 quad Core. Realtec Lan.

All cores show when manual SMP mode, no crash. Same with Audio, works fine.

Hardware / Re: SNAP - Customize for modern Videocards!!
« on: December 05, 2013, 04:11:43 pm »
Just go to hobbes and search for Snap7300!

Great, isn't it? Thanks to Holger!

Not finding this at all  ???

Hardware / Re: OS/2 compatible?
« on: December 05, 2013, 04:00:58 pm »
I have no idea what all this means... I just wish I had a working laptop so I could get back to programming...

Sorry, did not mean to hijack your thread.

Utilities / Re: Update eCS beta ISO
« on: December 03, 2013, 09:20:32 pm »
I wouldn't waste the time. The BETA is junk in my opinion.

Hardware / Re: OS/2 compatible?
« on: December 03, 2013, 09:17:23 pm »
jdeb, there have been several picture horror stories shown on the Register in the past (I don't have a link, sorry) that would turn any self respecting service engineer off lunch.

The worst one we have seen was an IBM tower server that hadn't been touched in years.  It was kept under a bench at the back of the restaurant veg preparation area.  The bottom of the case was almost rusted through, the hard disks couldn't be removed because of rust and other gunge, the motherboard had been wet - there was a tide mark on it - and non of the fans turned.  The owner said that it was running slow - we wrote it off after cloning the hard disks.

Nasty... I never thought of taking pictures 8). That electrical contact cleaner did the trick. It looked like a brand new motherboard after that. It is a decent rig... Asus A8N5X, AMD 64 X4400+, 4 GB DDR400 of RAM, Dual 7900GTX in SLI, WD 320GB Sata I drive,  and an off brand Power supply that was made by Super Flower. I was shocked at the quality of it (after opening it up) being I did not recognize the brand (escapes me now). Looked up the UL and made by Super Flower and upon further investigation, make high quality power supplies in another country. I have a brand new A8N5X somewhere in my organized hoard of stuff, maybe I will pull it out and give eCS a run on it. ;). The thing runs XP like no one's business. 

Hardware / Re: OS/2 compatible?
« on: December 03, 2013, 05:58:33 pm »
I build and repair hardware as a side job. Been doing it for years. I never had a problem blowing them out. I do not use a vacuum because of the potential static build up on the end piece. I have used one of these for over 10 years. I too, block the fan blades when blowing things out. Any and all fans.

If the unit won't turn on the first thing is to check and make sure it is plugged into a working outlet. Secondly, some power supplies have a rocker switch on the back, make sure that is in the correct position, doubt yours has one of those. Third, if still no power, swap out the power supply with a known working one. If it powers on, you solved the problem. I prefer to take everything out of the case and work on them.

More than likely, you will need to replace the CMOS battery but that will not prevent you from accessing the BIOS. Aptiva's used to use MWave audio cards if I recall correctly. Additionally, you will probably find bulging caps on the motherboard as well, so be prepared  for that.

As a funny side note. I recently took in a repair from a chain smoker (did not realize it at the time) and when I pulled the side cover off the old Socket 939 box... I damn near threw up at the smell. All the white PCI slots where a golden brown and dust was stuck to the tar throughout the box. It was a sticky, smelly, nightmare on the inside. The guy was pretty poor and could not afford a new box. I pulled the motherboard and hung it from the rafters in my workshop and doused it with contact cleaner a few times and let it drip dry. Did the same thing on the rest of the components. The power supply housing was filled up with turd looking cotton candy... GROSS. Reassembled and it fired right up and did not have to replace a part except for the CMOS battery. It simply over-heated and shut down.

General Discussion / Re: The Mascot
« on: November 27, 2013, 04:28:02 pm »
May attract more woman...  ;D need to explain me how :)

Sperm whale...   ::)

I checked that KolibriOS out. Man it boots in like 2 seconds. It is pretty cool.

General Discussion / Re: The Mascot
« on: November 26, 2013, 10:21:15 pm »
May attract more woman...  ;D

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