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Please read the web page that Martin quoted above.

The T540p is an excellent choice for ArcaOS. But follow the advice in the article. Set the BIOS the way it says. And if you have a T540p with NVidia video, trade it in for one with Intel video.

Alternatively, just buy my T540p. :)

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Hardware / HP Printer support
« on: October 11, 2019, 03:48:15 pm »
The support in Cups for HP printers has been very good. But it's getting stale. If I look at printers in retail outlets or on-line, I'm no longer seeing support.

I'm looking at two consumer-grade color laser printers. These printers are cheap to buy, but expensive to buy new toner, which is appropriate for a home or business with modest printing needs.

The HP printer driver is called hplip, and we have version 3.17.11-1 at Netlabs, which can be installed by RPM/YUM.

My old M252dw has been replaced by M254dw, and needs 3.18.5 or later. The slightly fancier M454dw needs 3.19.6 or later.

I don't know how difficult it is to port the hplip software, but supporting at least one brand of printer is strategic, and HP is at least commonly sold in USA. They are also good at recycling used toner cartridges.

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Internet / Re: PMMail and EARLYMEMINIT=TRUE problem?
« on: October 10, 2019, 05:25:39 pm »
If no POPUPLOG.OS2 entry is created, then are any .TRP files created? If so, these could contain a clue to what is going wrong.

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Hardware / Re: UNIAUD Update: Thinkpad X250 - The Perfect ArcaOS Laptop
« on: October 07, 2019, 04:54:13 pm »
Indeed I did. For the current ArcaOS uniaud driver on the T540p, this is the unimix list.

Code: [Select]
Command line mixer for UNIAUD32. Version 1.1
Detected UNIAUD version 2.02.05
Detected 1 audio adapter(s)
Control list for adapter 0

Control ID: 1
Interface: virtual mixer device
Device(client): -270333520, subdevice (substream) 0
Name: [Capture Switch]
Index: 0
Element type: boolean type
Count of values: 2
Value:
 Bounds: min: 0, max: 1, step: 0
  value 0: 1
  value 1: 1

Control ID: 2
Interface: virtual mixer device
Device(client): -270333520, subdevice (substream) 0
Name: [Capture Volume]
Index: 0
Element type: integer type
Count of values: 2
Value:
 Bounds: min: 0, max: 63, step: 0
  value 0: 40
  value 1: 40

Control ID: 3
Interface: virtual mixer device
Device(client): 3, subdevice (substream) 0
Name: [Master Playback Volume]
Index: -269297847
Element type: integer type
Count of values: 2
Value:
 Bounds: min: 0, max: 87, step: 0
  value 0: 87
  value 1: 87

And this is the list for the T540p with the new test uniaud driver:

Code: [Select]
Command line mixer for UNIAUD32. Version 1.1
Detected UNIAUD version 2.02.04
Detected 1 audio adapter(s)
Control list for adapter 0

Control ID: 1
Interface: virtual mixer device
Device(client): 0, subdevice (substream) 0
Name: [Speaker Playback Volume]
Index: 0
Element type: integer type
Count of values: 2
Value:
 Bounds: min: 0, max: 87, step: 0
  value 0: 0
  value 1: 0

Control ID: 2
Interface: virtual mixer device
Device(client): 0, subdevice (substream) 0
Name: [Speaker Playback Switch]
Index: 0
Element type: boolean type
Count of values: 2
Value:
 Bounds: min: 0, max: 1, step: 0
  value 0: 1
  value 1: 1

Control ID: 3
Interface: virtual mixer device
Device(client): 0, subdevice (substream) 0
Name: [Headphone Playback Volume]
Index: 0
Element type: integer type
Count of values: 2
Value:
 Bounds: min: 0, max: 87, step: 0
  value 0: 80
  value 1: 80

Control ID: 4
Interface: virtual mixer device
Device(client): 0, subdevice (substream) 0
Name: [Headphone Playback Switch]
Index: 0
Element type: boolean type
Count of values: 2
Value:
 Bounds: min: 0, max: 1, step: 0
  value 0: 1
  value 1: 1

Control ID: 5
Interface: virtual mixer device
Device(client): 0, subdevice (substream) 0
Name: [Internal Mic Boost Volume]
Index: 0
Element type: integer type
Count of values: 2
Value:
 Bounds: min: 0, max: 3, step: 0
  value 0: 0
  value 1: 0

Control ID: 6
Interface: virtual mixer device
Device(client): 0, subdevice (substream) 0
Name: [Mic Boost Volume]
Index: 0
Element type: integer type
Count of values: 2
Value:
 Bounds: min: 0, max: 3, step: 0
  value 0: 0
  value 1: 0

Control ID: 7
Interface: virtual mixer device
Device(client): 0, subdevice (substream) 0
Name: [Capture Switch]
Index: 0
Element type: boolean type
Count of values: 2
Value:
 Bounds: min: 0, max: 1, step: 0
  value 0: 0
  value 1: 0

Control ID: 8
Interface: virtual mixer device
Device(client): 0, subdevice (substream) 0
Name: [Capture Volume]
Index: 0
Element type: integer type
Count of values: 2
Value:
 Bounds: min: 0, max: 63, step: 0
  value 0: 23
  value 1: 23

Control ID: 9
Interface: virtual mixer device
Device(client): 0, subdevice (substream) 0
Name: [Master Playback Volume]
Index: 0
Element type: integer type
Count of values: 1
Value:
 Bounds: min: 0, max: 87, step: 0
  value 0: 16

Control ID: 10
Interface: virtual mixer device
Device(client): 0, subdevice (substream) 0
Name: [Master Playback Switch]
Index: 0
Element type: boolean type
Count of values: 1
Value:
 Bounds: min: 0, max: 1, step: 0
  value 0: 1

Even if I adjust values to turn on Speaker and turn up Speaker Volume, and unplug the headphone output jack, I still get nothing on the speakers. But I do get good sound from the headphone jack that is plugged into a powered speaker.

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Hardware / Re: UNIAUD Update: Thinkpad X250 - The Perfect ArcaOS Laptop
« on: October 07, 2019, 05:01:24 am »
I have access to the new uniaud driver.

This works on the T450s slightly better than the UniAud32.sys in ArcaOS 5.0.4. In the new driver, the volume control works, while in the release driver, sounds are always the same level.

The same is true for the T540. I've been without working volume control for Uniaud so long I've forgotten how to properly test it. It seems to work better with the new driver. Other than volume control, for both these machines, there is very little difference. Neither machine can use the built in speakers.

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Web applications / Re: Migrating Apache Web Server
« on: October 06, 2019, 06:37:29 pm »
Still no luck on stability. I'm wondering about the server machine being too old.

The symptom is that the machine stops serving. There is no error in the logs that we can see.

This is an IBM MPro with MCP 2r. The owner is reluctant to change things on the machine.

How important would it be to have an rpm/yum Unix compatibility system on the machine? I think it does not, but I will check if that looks like a significant issue.

Apache seems to run for a long time on ArcaOS with yum update to the current level.

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Applications / Re: Polarbar Mailer
« on: October 06, 2019, 04:43:49 pm »
Polarbar 1.2.5e was quite stable with Java 1.3.1 and some font fixups. As stable as Thunderbird, anyway.

It's a lovely mailer, and I'm sure once you use it, you won't be able to go back to Post Road.

IMAP didn't work perfectly, and I don't use POP much anymore, so I was hoping to run the new version. Maybe if BWW ports Java 11 or newer, this could replace Thunderbird for my use.

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Setup & Installation / Re: Informal eCS 1.2R releases
« on: October 01, 2019, 03:31:44 pm »
I frequently update installed OS/2 versions from (Warp4 to ArcaOS 5.0.4) to the latest using Suntan Special.. But this is English-only. Still, if installing English updates (everything I use is included, not just the operating system) would help a non-English system, I'd guess that could help.

It's a lot of work to update, and I think Suntan Special does not save much time, but does help to remember all the items that need updating.

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Applications / Polarbar Mailer
« on: September 30, 2019, 11:28:07 pm »
This was a great mailer, based on Post Road Mailer for OS/2. Long abandoned, it is now under development again.

However, it requires a minimum of Java 11, and on OS/2 we have OpenJDK 6. So I think it's not needed to put up news on OS/2 World about Polarbar Mailer for now.

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Marketplace / Re: Warp Server - NOS Free
« on: September 28, 2019, 03:54:34 pm »
I think some people have a kind of pack-rat personality that accumulates things. This is just part of their nature. So we sell to them on e-bay. OS/2 users are getting on in years, so when one of these people passes on, there is a large collection for their heirs to deal with.

A quick google search will show that there is no value in those books, software, magazines. The computers are e-waste.

Sure they are valuable to some people on this OS/2 World. But how will they know?

I have a web page, http://www.blondeguy.com/OS2MuseumWest.html, that has a list of holdings for a collection I made. At some point, I realized I could not store such a thing. Robert Kuropkat came to my rescue, and is storing and curating the collection. He is constructing a better list. But he has run out of space at this point.

I'd like to have several places to accumulate some collections of physical items, like books, magazines and software. We have very cheap shipping within USA for these items. I do not have to suggest that they be stored in my area, one of the most costly in USA.

There are already several places for digital scans of books, magazines and copies of software. But we need a web page that welcomes donations, and we need people to accept donations and store them safely and catalog them

The latest collection has spreadsheets. (about 200 books and 800 software items).

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Setup & Installation / Re: And it works! DOS and WINOS2 on Thinkpad X 250!
« on: September 27, 2019, 04:30:35 pm »
I also have a T540P, but I updated to the latest released ACPI and Panorama.

WinOS2 Window  - Works
WinOS2 Fullscreen - Works
Dos Window - Opens, but unable to use
Dos Full Screen - Works

I don't use DOS/WinOS2, so it doesn't affect my use, but I want my customers to have the best available setup.

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Programming / Re: NetRexx on OS/2
« on: September 25, 2019, 03:52:53 pm »
I'm curious to know which FixPak upgraded Rexx.'

I'm aware that for the subject software, NetRexx, it doesn't matter. The minimum requirement for OpenJDK 6 (and therefore NetRexx) is FixPak 13.

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Marketplace / Re: Warp Server - NOS Free
« on: September 25, 2019, 03:47:39 pm »
I trying to find a home for 1000 Kg OS/2 books and magazines. Do you want them? Enough to pay shipping? USA Media mail is fairly cheap inside the country.

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Programming / Re: NetRexx on OS/2
« on: September 24, 2019, 05:04:21 am »
I decided to test if OS/2 Warp 4 (GA) could support getting values from the environment.

Code: [Select]
say value('path',,'environment')
gives "incorrect call to routine", while

Code: [Select]
say value('path',,'os2environment')
works, just fine. Both work OK in ArcaOS. When did REXX gain the ability to use 'environment' as well as 'os2environment'?

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Hardware / Re: SNAP and dual-head display setup recommendations...
« on: September 19, 2019, 05:21:52 pm »
Hi ivan!

Now if SNAP would work with the Radeon Vega 8 Graphics of the Ryzen processor I could get back to what I used to have on my old computer, a couple of 28 inch 1920x1200 monitors.

SNAP is not happy with the Vega graphics and Panorama works as long as I don't want to do anything with extensive graphics activity.

You know, why I have been relying on my ancient (by today's standards anyways) ATI X850 XT PE video card to cover my OS/2 display needs, it is very clear that this hardware has exhausted all of it's power.

I have seen some feedback on the benefits of running the trully new hardware in native VESA mode (providing that the BIOS supports it) with something like the Panorama driver, end rsult being performance that is actually much better than the older hardware which had the optimized/accelerated device drivers (SNAP).

Since you seem to have Panorama working with at least a single display, how are you finding that performance in comparison to the SNAP driver setup?

Oh and regarding the extended graphics with Panorama, it is my understanding that there are 3rd party screen extenders that have been developed to enable this specific functionality...have you tried them?

The performance of a recent Intel chipset and Panorama greatly exceeds the old accelerated graphics with SNAP. SNAP also made small graphic errors with Radeon chipsets, like the CPU graph misplaced somewhere else on the desktop. Panorama has none of these weird graphics bugs.

None of the third party extenders are needed any more.

Someone tried 4K and 5K monitors, but I haven't. Probably one big curved screen isn't as good as two screens, but it's close. Panorama works with DisplayPort or any other port supported by VESA.

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