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Setup & Installation / Help for QSINIT Ram Disk appreciated...
« on: November 11, 2014, 09:07:48 pm »

I do have the QSINIT 301 running with my sony Vaio Pro 13. As it is equipped with 8 GB RAM I would like to build an 4 GB RAM Disk with QSINIT.

The best would be, if this RAMDISK is automatically created during the boot process.

I read through the documentation and tried my best, without success.

- tried it with typing the command in the QSINIT Shell    ramdisk /q nohigh size=4096 R:   but that seemed to do nothing.
- as I tried to find ramdisk.exe inside the qsinitfiles and did have no success I downloaded the ramfs and added the ramfs.ifs to config.sys . But this changed nothing - as I expected because the config.sys is loaded after the QSINIT Loader startet...

Well, I know that Doug Bissett played around with this but was not able to find it in this forum.

Help is really appreciated!



Setup & Installation / OS/2 Warp and the Sony Vaio Pro 13
« on: October 21, 2014, 08:52:40 am »

just some information here, so I do not need to write it a second time (already using Online Translator):

As I do not know if one can see the pictures I attach them here as well:

Have fun!


Setup & Installation / OS/2 and the QSINIT Loader - Video Online!
« on: September 29, 2014, 03:50:59 am »
Unfortunately it is in German - but in FullHD

And I guess even if one can not understand what I am saying I hope the video itself explains quite a lot.

Please keep in mind that this is still a very early stage of what I am trying to build if it all will ever work I do not know  ;)

First you can see the UPDCD envrioment on my Thinkpad X41, afterwards booting the DVD dated 28th of September 2014 booting the X200T via Dockingstation. The QSINIT Menue and some of the options are shown.
Then there is a boot to the OS/2 Installation (successfull with 14106W4 Kernel), interrupted by me. After this there is an attempt to boot the OS/4 Kernel (still not working succesfull, I have to dig here more).

But the basic idea is running  :)

Hope you enjoy, Have fun!

Setup & Installation / OS/4 Kernel and QSINIT - some more Questions
« on: September 25, 2014, 02:23:54 pm »
As I do have a clue about the basic things I have to do I would like to add some more features to the QSINIT on the OS/2-4 DVD. Even after reading most of the documentation I still have no idea what I have to do to achieve the following:

- I would like to have QSINIT to display Different OS/2 kernels in the boot menue, especially for the OS/4 kernel
- In combination with this I would like to make it boot with different config.sys files



a - OS/4 Kernel and OS4ACPI
b - OS/4 Kernel without ACPI
c - OS/2 14.106W4 Kernel without ACPI
d - OS/2 14.106SMP Kernel without ACPI
e - OS/2 14.106SMP Kernel with ACPI 3.2203

-> I do know what the config.sys files mostly need to look like and what files are needed in the boot disk, my question is in witch way I have to modifies QSINIT.INI to choose the one I want.


for the options Qsinit (better the OS2LOADER of QSINIT) shall choose

a - OS/4krnl and config.4pa
b - OS/4krnl and config.4wa
c - OS/2krnl and config.uni
d - OS/2krnl and
e - OS/2krnl and config.swa

(I name the different config.sys like config.4pa wich means to me OS/4 kernel plus ACPI)

Thanks for hints!!

Setup & Installation / Need help with QSINIT Loader - SUCCESS!!!!!!
« on: September 19, 2014, 09:15:24 am »

I am getting closer with "my" OS/4 DVD. I made a bootable DVD and tried to include the QSINIT Loader. The boot process does stuck now at this point (from my documentation):

EDIT: May it be that QSINIT.LDI is on the DVD a "Read only file" and can therefore not been unzipped during boot? Just a shot in the dark...

Help is appreciated! Thanks in Advance!

Hardware / Searching for a Battery for Thinkpad 701c Butterfly
« on: August 31, 2014, 02:43:45 pm »

the end of last year I was able to buy an old (and famous) Thinkpad 701c with the Butterfly keyboard - a really great piece of hardware!

It was not working, but after some work (deassembling and so on,changing CMOS Battery etc.) I was able to get it to run again  :)

I installed OS/2 Warp 3 connect with Win-OS2 on it and it works like a charm!

But since then I am looking worldwide for the Akku/Battery that was not included. There are some stores around Europe and in the US wich offer it on ther webshops - but if you ask them or try to get one - allways the same answer - out of stock.

So is there someone around having such a thing, even if it is not working anymore or does know someone or someplace where to buy it? Even if the Akku does not charge anymore - that would not matter, because the electronic inside is very important an I do know how to replace the cells.

Thank you in Advance!

Setup & Installation / Building an OS/2 Merlin DVD 2014 - 2015 - 2016
« on: February 12, 2014, 02:29:59 pm »
For those interested in: I am trying to build an

bootable OS/4 Merlin DVD with all latest Drivers and QS Loader from Scratch

You can follow this project if you like here:

Disclaimer: or is not allowed to use or distribute or use in any other way the content of my project (Pictures and Text)

Events / Those were the days.... Original Warp 4 commercial
« on: February 04, 2014, 12:39:01 pm »

Setup & Installation / Is eComStation DEAD?
« on: February 01, 2014, 10:36:09 am »
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.


When I look back there is almost no Information about

- the "new" owner XEU.COM
- the stage of eCs development
- what is going on at all

in Addition there is almost no activity in the Bug Tracker anymore, when it comes to Mensys or XEU.COM.

Is it time to consider eComstation to be dead?

I am wondering if there is at least one Person around who does know something and is bold enough to write the truth, what ever it may look like.

Multimedia / OS/2 Warp Sound sample 2014 - Video
« on: January 12, 2014, 07:56:59 pm »
Even if I do not reach my goal - to show the difference between the Sound quality of the Lenovo X200t and the C-Media 8738 Soundchip with 5.1 Sound on my maximum Warp PC - it might be interesting for some.

Included is the short video I showed at the OS/2 User Meeting in Cologne.

I wonder, when Universal Studios may stop the Video because of the Sound I am using. ::)

Hope you enjoy.

Games / [Spiele] SCummVM for OS/2 1.6 - Hopkins FBI !!
« on: January 01, 2014, 01:50:26 pm »

Since September there is a new SCummVM Version 1.6 around, ported by Paul Smedley - I can not thank him enough for making this still possible!!

By accident I read that this now includes support for the Hopkins FBI game. I bought this some time ago, have never been able to get it to run stable because

- the CD hast to be in a drive each time you want to play (my Laptops lack a CD)
- the game was unusable because the hardware was to fast for it

But now - just install ScummVM 1.6 (do not forget the SDL files in addition) and copy the HOPDATA directory from the CD (I have got the OS/2 version and it works as well) to the HDD: Then just "add game" and navigate to the HOPDATA directory on your HDD - that's it!!

It is running smooth and great, with sound and superb graphics!

I attach some pictures for your convinience.

Please note:

- I use SNAP with my new "Maximum Warp Desktop PC" (that is still under construction), if you use Panorama Vesa you may have troubles with wrong colours (everything blue) in this case switch the system from 16M to 64k colours

- what you see is a eCS 2.2 beta 2 (that I almost reverted to OS/2 Warp 4) on an 8 core AMD FX 8320 Processors. With Panorama you can use all 8 cores, but Graphic performance (GeForce 6600 PCIex16 with 256 MB RAM) is poor compared with SNAP (SNAP is about 10 times faster). But with SNAP you can only stable use 5 of the 8 cores - pretty enough for OS/2  ;)

- All the best to all of you for 2014!

Events / Already full paid: OS/2 User Meeting 2014
« on: December 19, 2013, 04:04:54 pm »
For the notes: I have just paid the money for the rent of the room and the beamer at the Youth Hostel in Cologne for the next OS/2 User Meeting on 29th of November 2014.

As the Financial-/Duration- and Timequestions are all decided now we have enough time to collect ideas for the meeting from now on. :)

Events / First Infos OS/2 User Meeting Cologne 2014
« on: December 02, 2013, 11:12:41 am »
We just got the confirmation from the Youth Hostel in Cologne, where we stayed on last Saturday, that we cant rent the same room in 2014 for the next OS/2 User meeting!

I will receive the rental agreement during the next days.

If you are interested:

Date: 29th of November 2014!!

We have an option on Sunday the 30th of November but this has to be discussed in the Forums.

Stay tuned for more!


Events / Short Report about the User Meeting Cologne 2013 and Forecast 2014
« on: December 01, 2013, 02:36:41 pm »
Herse some quick informations about the event, a more detailed report and pictures will be provided later.

For us (Thomas and me) the event was a total success! We have had 16 attendees, some coming even from a longer distance, like Wolfgang Draxler who travelled from Vienna! We discussed a lot of topics about OS/2 Hard- and Software, the OS/2 internet web site, the future, and one attendee even showed us possible ways to create a bootable USB Stick with OS/2!

It was really a harmonic event, with really factual discussions! We are very satiesfied with it! As Thomas and me sponsored the costs for the event this time, the attendees did donate that much money during the event that this already covers the cost for next year! So I will try tomorrow to rent the room during the same time (end of November 2014) there - I will report if this will work out - and then we will go on with the next User meeting 2014! 8) :)

Setup & Installation / eCS 2.2 transforming into Warp 4
« on: November 28, 2013, 10:09:03 am »

as I am trying to transform eCS 2.2 to the Warp 4 look I already did this:

- Deinstallation of PNG Desktop Bitmaps via warpin (
- Copying WarpD.BMP as background
- reinstalling Xworkplace 1.09 with German language files
- using Warp 4 Icon Style and Warp 4 Windows Style

-> so I do already almost have the Warp 4 look and feel.

But this things I can not overcome - is there anyone having had success with it?:

-> disable Split view for the whole WPS
-> getting back the Drive Letters in Folders object
-> changing system vide the folders view from "Standard" to something else

Thanks in Advance!

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