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Events / Re: Do not forget: Spock (leonard Nimoy) introduced OS/2 Warp
« on: December 23, 2018, 07:06:51 am »
Hi Sigurd.

Can it be please uploaded to YouTube ?? Is it already uploaded somewhere ?


Hi Martin, I already uploaded it to youtube but I got three warnings due to copyright problems with including sound.

But - I have it uploaded to my Dropbox account. 8)
(it's size is 1.9 GB)

So if you, or anyone else, would like to download it from there, just sent me an e-mail so that I can see your mail adress, and I will send you the Link.

My adress is sigurdPOINTfastenrathATtMINUSonlinePOINTde

Merry Christmas to all of you.

Events / Re: Do not forget: Spock (leonard Nimoy) introduced OS/2 Warp
« on: December 22, 2018, 09:59:17 pm »
Ich have the full Video of the complete show, more than an hour long. Including everything that Martin mentionend, Captain Janeways Part and and and.... Thanks to Wolfgang Reineken, who extracted it from a vhs video.

Events / Do not forget: Spock (Leonard Nimoy) introduced OS/2 Warp
« on: December 16, 2018, 06:18:17 pm »
A part of the Presentation from IBM:

And:NO, my channel is not monetarised nor will I get money from there ;)

Events / 6. OS/2 User Meeting Cologne 2018
« on: December 13, 2018, 11:03:45 am »
On Saturday it will happen in Cologne:

in example:

- Skype Chat with Lewis Rosenthal
- News from Bitwise Works with Herwig Bauernfeind (will attend)
- News from Voice with Roderick Klein (will attend)

and much more, like "Scan and OCR with OS/2 ArcaOS" and so on  :)

Language will be in German, but we try to record the sessions like the two years before.

More information is here:

And in addition: the 7th anual meeting is already scheduled and fixed for November, 30th 2019  ;) :D

Applications / Re: OS/2 for Power PC and the Thinkpad 860
« on: November 27, 2018, 07:39:09 pm »
what file exactly has to be modified with the PN_BOOT statementes to SCSI? I could not find such entries so far, the files boot.sci etc. are present.
I think the ISO-Image of the installation CD-ROM. You have to open it with a hex editor and search for
Code: [Select]
50 4E 5F 42 4F 4F 54 5F 43 4F 4E 46 49 47 3D 22 62 6F 6F 74 2E 63 66 67 22(= PN_BOOT_CONFIG="boot.cfg")

Thanks, Laurenz!

I used the xvi32 Hexeditor under Windows 10 and opened the iso. And yes, there I was able to found the part! (See hexzuvor Picture).

After a bit Trail and Error I was able to find out, that the letter SCI (as the SCSI files boot etc. have the sci ending) is in HEX: 73 63 69.

So I changed those entries and saved the iso. (See hexdanach picture)

It is time to burn (with only 2X Speed - thanks, Martin!)a new CD and give it a try. ::)

Applications / Re: OS/2 for Power PC and the Thinkpad 860
« on: November 27, 2018, 05:51:48 pm »
Hi Martin. Thanks, for some reason both of my WLAN boxes seem to be blacklisted there, but that is no Problem at all because I just have to use my phone for it, not using WLAN.  ;)

The Problem I do have now is: what file exactly has to be modified with the PN_BOOT statementes to SCSI? I could not find such entries so far, the files boot.sci etc. are present.

Applications / Re: OS/2 for Power PC and the Thinkpad 860
« on: November 27, 2018, 04:43:31 pm »
Hi Sigurd.

Your experiment is very interesting, sorry that I don't have the skill to help you, but it may be good to know what did you do that didn't work and what error did you find.  Does this machine also boots the PPC OS/2 with diskettes?

I also only know about Michal Necasek having a PPC machine and trying it with PPC OS/2.
One of Michal's article has this tip that the CDROM has to be burned at 8x (24x seems to fail) . And there is also "Tweaking the Installation CD".

I can not be there with you Sigurd, but you have all my moral support for this experiment !!


Hi Martin, to you and Dave: thank you very much! I do know the sites of Michal but unfortunately I can not Access his site anymore. I do not know why, but I allways (from different Locations with different machines (Laptop, PC, Phone) have "No permission to view this site" "Access forbidden". I visited it several times before with no Problems.

Can you or someone copy the "Tewaing Installation CD" part and paste it here, if allowed? Thanks!!

And no - it should boot from CD, no diskettes necessary. It may be necessary to use diskettes to delete the OS on it before, but that is what I already did. I do have this "Maintainance diskettes" and the OS was Windows NT 4.

Edit: it works using my android iPhone now, Thanks!

Applications / Re: OS/2 for Power PC and the Thinkpad 860
« on: November 27, 2018, 11:22:40 am »
I did some "Trial and Error" but was not able to install OS/2 PPC so far. Is there someone who could give my advice or help with OS/2 PPC? Thanks so far!

Applications / Re: OS/2 for Power PC and the Thinkpad 860
« on: November 20, 2018, 08:30:22 pm »
Here it Comes! I think this will be a taff Task...  ;)

Applications / OS/2 for Power PC and the Thinkpad 860
« on: November 13, 2018, 01:06:52 pm »
If everything wents well I will get a ThinkPad 860 with PowerPC CPU at the Weekend. With this I will fill my last gaps regarding my ThinkPad Collection and my OS/2 Collection.

Regarding the Software, just take a look at the Picture  ;)

General Discussion / Re: Binary decompilation of OS2KRNL and other DLLs
« on: October 31, 2018, 02:23:30 pm »
Once that is complete, I'll design OS/2 tools which will allow me to create a custom loader, and intercept and redirect all DLL references, allowing me to perform the equivalent of a Windows procmon.exe capture for any apps of interest.

To be honest: I do not understand why you try to reinvent the Wheel. I would like to Point you to the already existing, I would say THE OS/2 LOADER, where ArcaOS seems to base on as well, QSINIT. I see no reason to create another one. And, as others already stated, I would like to suggest that you take part in already existing OS/2 Projects, to concentrate on one Problem instead of writing everything from Scratch. Even for IBM with (I do not know exactly the number) some hundred programmers I would guess in Hand, it took years to get something out the door. I would guess that some Projects/other developers would be happy to Profit from your Knowledge and abbilities. This also may Benefit your Health and Prevent from falling back in some Kind of burn out Syndrom.
All the best.

Applications / Re: How to install and use DropBox plugin for Netdrive
« on: October 15, 2018, 08:25:10 am »
Anybody have any idea how to install or use the DropBox plugin for NetDrive?

I assume that to install it I use

YUM install  ndpdbox-0.6.0.b9-0.oc00.i686.rpm

This does create a folder on the desktop titled NpdDBox 0.6.b9. Inside the folder is an icon for Dropbox Authorize.

If the browser (firefox 45.9.0) is already open and I have signed on to DropBox when I click on Dropbox Authorize, click on the Start button, and then copy the text from the "Api Request Authorized" page on I get what looks like an error dialog box, title is DropBoxauth, message is: 
No access token in http reply!

If the browser isn't open then when I click the Start button, the browser starts and opens a sign on page for Drop Box. When I type in my email and password and click Sign In nothing happens - there is a busy cursor that never goes away.

This is exactly what happend to me last year. I contacted bww but in the end I gave up after some weeks and several attempts. Allways the same like yours. Would be interested in a solution as well!

Hardware / OS/2 Warp running on Thinkpad 25 (former: ARcaOS 5.03)
« on: October 07, 2018, 09:24:50 am »
Here are my observations running ArcaOS 5.03 on the ThinkPad 25. The ThinkPad 25 is the ThinkPad Anniversery Edition, based on the ThinkPad T470 series with some Modifications, especially a Special Keyboard. This is in fact the best Keeyboard I have ever used.

I will modifiy this text here, as it is work in Progress.

First: Hardware Modifications

Usually it is not possible to use ArcaOS with the ThinkPad 25 if it comes right from the factory. It includes a NVMe M2280 512 GB SSD. This NVMe Controller is not supported by ArcaOS, as there are no Drivers. Fortunately the Laptop has an inbuild SATA/AHCI Controller as well. So I bought and installed an SATA/AHCI M2280 SSD with 1TB size.

Second: BIOS Settings
- disable secure Boot
- enable CSM Module
- change NVMe to SATA

Third: Preparing the SSD
- I wanted to keep the Original "Thinkpad 25 Signature Edition" of Windows 10 and so I installed it first from the Recovery USB Stick
- In fact I did this BEFORE I changed the BIOS settings
- as the recovery tool allways creates a GPT hardware Layout, I had to convert it then
- to convert I used a special Linux Version, as I mentioned elsewhere in this forum
- I then installed EASEUS Partition Manager to shrink Windows 10 and add Partitions
- one of the Partitions is FAT32 formatted, to exchange data between Windows and ArcaOS
- I then installed DFSEE and added LVM Informations to the SSD
- Finally I installed the AIRBOOT Manager

Fourth: Adding ArcaOS

Due to the lack of USB 3 drivers and having no USB 2.0 mode on the Thinkpad 25, ArcaOS can not be installed from DVD/USB. It may work with a Dockingstation, but I do not have one. Therefore I made it the "Usual way" I am using: Cloning and Restoring with DFSEE.
So I installed a fresh ArcaOS 5.03 on the Lenovo X200T, what went flaweless. I added some programs as mentioned elsewhere here, i.e. The Warp Server for e-business components, Bonuspak, DOSBOX, ....
I then created a clone and copied this clone on the Thinkpad 25 inside Windows 10. There I restored it with DFSEE to the designed Partition.


Fifth: Observations (in short)

What works (great!):

- FullHD Video Resolution with reasonable performance
- Sound (but no control on volume/loudness, with some applications it works i.e. mplayer)
- Keyboard Backlight (via Keyboard combination)
- all 4 kernels supported
- Power Management (funny: the T25 has got two internal batteries, while the Widget in xcenter Dows Show only 5% the Power Allication does Show 77%. See Picture attached. I guess this is because xcenter does Show one battery, the program does Show both.)
- AHCI SATA controller with superb performance
- creating a RAM disk (but see below)

Not working/supported:

- USB (only 3.0)
- Touch support (depending on USB I guess, so I did not contact Wim Brul so far)
- DOS and WINOS2
- Bluetooth
- Camera (depending on USB I guess as well)
- RAM management: the T25 has got 16GB of RAM, but only 1.3GB are usable as "Low Memory". One can create a 14GB RAM disk, but this is a problem on modern hardware that can hopefully be resolved

Really great! Once USB 3 and the Memory Problem is solved, it would make even more sense and fun!

Please see Picture.

Setup & Installation / Re: Just purchased ArcaOS...
« on: August 22, 2018, 12:38:50 pm »
Same error here, today, except of the USB iso files, else can not be downloaded (ACPI, AHCI etc.)

Hardware / Memory hole on modern hardware and USB 3.0 - Solutions?
« on: August 10, 2018, 08:56:24 am »
On more recent Hardware I have Problems with a Memory hole in RAM. I know I read something About this before but can not find it.

Example: on the ThinkPad 25 (with latest QSINIT) there is only 1.3 GB of RAM available (please see Pictures attached) allthough 16GB are installed.

May be it is related to this (just a guess): the Thinkpad 25 has two graphic cards, the internal Intelchipset and in addition an 2GB Nvidia 940m. May it be that this two Gigabyte of the Nvidia are used or seen by the OS/2 RAM Management as some kind of RAM and therefore it reduces the possible 4Gb (3.5GB) to 1.3 GB? Unfortunately it is not possible to deactivate the NVidia in BIOS.

Is there any Clue about this Topic? Memory hole? And are there possible Solutions?

Thanks in Advance.

Obviously it does make no sence to use ArcaOS-OS/2 on such kind of Laptop if only 1.3GB of RAM is availeable.

And another question just for information: is there any information about the status of the USB 3.0 driver? My last one is from Warpstock Europe 2016, where David A. spoke about it and made a guess it would be at about 90%. I know that some new problems occured with this, but just to know: will it happen? Thanks for the great work!

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