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Multimedia / Re: USB Audio
« on: March 06, 2017, 07:37:20 pm »
I have tried converting to FLAC and OGG just from the context menu. On my eCS 2.2 b2 system, this does not result in a playable file for either format. I understand more work has been done on these codecs.

I tried modifying the sox command to produce 2 channel files. This seems to fix all problems I had with a few files. I tried playing one of the QT games, and early in the play, I got a trap in the USB driver. (see attached photo of trap screen) Converting the sound file eliminates the trap.

Now I an suspicious that any WAV file might need converting unless it is already 2 channel 16 bit 44.1 KHz.

Modified code with new sox invocation that gives stereo
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/* batch file to convert from old style wave files to
   stereo 16-bit 44.1 KHz ones. Requires sox to run.
   All sounds in the OS/2 multimedia directory are converted
   A backup named IBMSOUND.ZIP is created.

soundDir = SysBootDrive() || '\MMOS2\SOUNDS'
backupZip = SysBootDrive() || '\MMOS2\IBMSOUND.ZIP'

if stream(backupZip, 'c', 'query exists') <> '' then do
   say "No backup created becuase file already exists:" backupZip
else do
   'zip -qr' backupZip soundDir
   if rc <> 0 then do
      say "backup file created:" backupZip

call SysFileTree soundDir || '\*.wav', 'wav.', 'FOS'

do i=1 to wav.0
   soundPointer = lastpos('.wav', wav.i)
   outputFile = left(wav.i, soundPointer - 1) || '4.wav'
   'sox "' || wav.i || '" -b 16 -c 2 "' || outputFile || '" rate -s -a 44100 dither -s'
   if rc = 0 then do
      say 'converted' filespec('Name', outputFile)
      'copy "' ||  outputFile || '" "' ||  wav.i || '"'
      if rc <> 0 then do
         say 'Error' rc 'updating' wav.i
      'del' outputFile


Multimedia / Re: USB Audio
« on: March 04, 2017, 04:02:43 pm »
I've converted my system sounds to 16-bit, 44.1 KHz. I was going to post the files, but they are over 10 MB zipped.

I used the sox port by Mentore Siesto to convert the files.

Here is a crude REXX program to convert your files using sox. It shows the options I gave sox to do the work. The documentation for sox is here:

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/* batch file to convert from old style wave files to
   16-bit 44.1 KHz ones. Requires sox to run.
    run from the directory named "sounds"

call SysMkDir '..\SOUND4'

call SysFileTree '*.*', 'wdir.', 'DO'

do i=1 to wdir.0
   soundPointer = pos('sounds', wdir.i)
   say soundPointer wdir.i
   outputFile = overlay('SOUND4', wdir.i, soundPointer)
   call SysMkDir outputFile
   say 'created' outputFile
call SysFileTree '*.wav', 'wav.', 'FOS'

do i=1 to wav.0
   soundPointer = pos('sounds', wav.i)
   outputFile = overlay('SOUND4', wav.i, soundPointer)
   'sox' wav.i '-b 16' outputFile 'rate -s -a 44100 dither -s'
   say 'converted' outputFile

Multimedia / Re: USB Audio
« on: March 03, 2017, 06:49:38 am »
1. use multi-media install to remove uniaud
2. reboot
3. use multi-media install to install usbaudio files
4. reboot again

System sounds sound distorted. Actually that may be understating it. If you are familiar with waveform generators, you may be able to recognize distorted system sounds. Otherwise, you hear "sput".

added bonus, USB ports are on the back and front, so now my wiring is more orderly.

Multimedia / Re: USB Audio
« on: March 03, 2017, 03:09:43 am »
I bought a Trond USB Audio Adapter, and it works just as Lars said. There is good sound, except for System Sounds.

Multimedia / Re: USB Audio
« on: February 28, 2017, 01:40:22 am »
OK, Aureon seems to use CM119 chipset, but older ones might be CM108 or CM106. I'll give one of those a try.

Multimedia / USB Audio
« on: February 25, 2017, 04:10:15 pm »
Is anyone using Lars Erdmann's USB Audio? What hardware are you using?

Networking / Re: Copying SAMBA users and groups
« on: February 20, 2017, 06:47:18 pm »
Thanks Paul and Herwig. I looked at b4smb.cmd, and it lacks the groups file, and backs up a few files that look extraneous, like *.pid. It looks like a great start for a backup/restore script.

I can see the backups on my system. I had not known they were there.

Networking / Copying SAMBA users and groups
« on: February 18, 2017, 09:48:46 pm »
If I have a SAMBA server, and I want to migrate to new hardware, how can I transfer my users and groups from the old server to the new one?

Applications / Re: Blue Lion Beta testing...
« on: February 15, 2017, 05:51:24 pm »
more components were packed as .rpm packages

I hope not!  OS/2 is not a Unix/Linux system and should never be.

This seems to be Arca Noae's position. More .rpm, a few things that aren't .rpm will become so. For people on other branches, like eCS, MPC or Warp 4, .rpm capability will be an important option.

Article Discussions / Re: Speedtest - broadband speed
« on: February 14, 2017, 05:15:18 am »
Try transferring some files. The weak point could be the speed test program.

Applications / Re: Blue Lion Beta testing...
« on: February 11, 2017, 04:48:22 pm »
For those of you who are concerned about the future of device driver support, please view the Warpstock videos on the topic. These videos answer pretty much every future device support question in this thread.

I don't want to speak for AN, but I see the purpose of the release of ArcaOS is not bring support for these new devices, but to bring together the current level of support to allow more people to install the OS, and also to purchase legal copies of the OS.

The release of ArcaOS is actually taking time away from the same developers who work on new device support. After the release, I'm hoping for some good progress to be made.

And for those pioneering types who want to press the limits of what can be installed, the ArcaOS installation DVD is going to be a nice resource.

Applications / Re: Blue Lion Beta testing...
« on: February 10, 2017, 12:25:19 am »
Maybe someone will answer your questions. I signed an agreement with Arca Noae that says I won't disclose the details of what I'm testing.

Since you already know everyone who is working on the project, and what they are doing, I think you can pretty much guess what will be in the 5.0 release.

Applications / Re: Blue Lion Beta testing...
« on: February 08, 2017, 10:03:46 pm »
Are they going to test it AMD processor servers?  I do hope that AMD multi core processors get as much beta testing as Intel ones.

What is wrong with AMD processors?

Networking / Re: Secure telnet to AS400
« on: February 06, 2017, 01:45:35 am »
Thanks, I have the last rollup of Personal Communications. TN5250 has a secure setting in the communications That offers SSL. AS400 docs call this telnet, and don't admit to the plain kind of telnet most of us are familiar with. I'll bet they are both actually subsets of the telnet standard.

These are the instructions I found, so I know I'm on more or less the right track.

I wonder how secure SSL from nearly 20 years ago would be?

Here are some screen shots of communications setup:

Networking / Secure telnet to AS400
« on: February 05, 2017, 03:50:07 pm »
OS/2 provides secure telnet to AS400, but setting it up is a little hard. I'm finding directions for the i-Series, but some of the rest isn't obvious. Like a lot of things in the era, Java 1.1 seems to be a requirement.

\IBMGSK40 is required, too. (Ever wondered what it was for?)

Mensys has moved a critical file from \IBMGSK40 to \ecs\bin\GSK4IKM.CMD, so that needs to be moved back.

Has anyone done it? I'm not really familiar with AS400.

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