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Storage / Re: Merge two JFS volumes
« on: March 15, 2014, 11:28:24 pm »
I have also expanded a JFS drive in just the way that Doug has proposed. Other than having a good backup, I didn't do anything special. I deleted a volume that used to contain Windows XP, and added the space to an existing 300 GB JFS volume.

Storage / Re: Using a 1 TB USB hard drive
« on: February 09, 2014, 05:44:53 am »
I read the readme for OS2DASD, and IBM documented the parameters as Ian had outlined. So I'd assume they work unless proven otherwise.

IBM also documented that there are no parameters (do HELP OS2DASD.DMD, from a command line - at least in eCS 2.1), so I wouldn't put money on it, either way.

Your doc (CMDREF.INF) is from 2001, while Ian and I are looking at the readme for the OS2DASD used by eCS dated October 2005. The OS2DASD parameters are newer than the doc you quote.

Setup & Installation / Re: Personal Communications and AS400
« on: February 09, 2014, 02:50:23 am »
Thanks, Silvan. It turns out all I needed to do was recreate the keyboard file. It's working now.

This is for a legacy system supporting retail stores, and the OS/2 machines I'm replacing are probably 12-15 years old. The AS400 is likely to be about that age.


Setup & Installation / Personal Communications and AS400
« on: February 06, 2014, 04:51:48 am »
I'm trying to set up Personal Communications to talk to the AS400. Using an AS 400 is easier with the IBM 122-key keyboard. But if I hook it up and configure AS400.KMP, I get a keyboard where the normal keys work, but the extra keypad does not.

This is on the eCS 2.2 beta 2.

What am I forgetting to do?

Storage / Re: Using a 1 TB USB hard drive
« on: February 06, 2014, 04:38:30 am »
I read the readme for OS2DASD, and IBM documented the parameters as Ian had outlined. So I'd assume they work unless proven otherwise.

The CHS on my drive was not one that OS/2 could use. I changed it in DFSee.

As for ejecting, I probably used command line, but the USB widget in eCS 2.2 beta 2 is somewhat improved, so that may have worked, too. Either way, with a bad CHS, neither eCS nor DFSee could see the full size of the drive.

This is about a USB hard drive greater than 512 GB. It's nice that some of you have SATA drives larger than that working. So do I. That's not the issue. At least for this particular drive, a Toshiba 1 TB portable, I've posted a procedure that works.

It still takes a long time to fill a 1 TB drive over USB 2.0...

Setup & Installation / Re: Is eComStation DEAD?
« on: February 04, 2014, 12:32:31 am »
I don't think it's dead. The new ACPI and driver fixes in eCS 2.2 beta 2 allow easy installation on machines that were out of reach a year ago. This beta is only a few weeks old, and there are a few large pieces to add before the next beta.

Not many people work on eCS business, so they likely have to choose between talking about working, and actually working. I expect we'll find out soon enough how things will go with eCS.

Storage / Re: Using a 1 TB USB hard drive
« on: January 30, 2014, 05:41:54 pm »
Pete's instructions didn't work. DFSee still sees the drive as a 500 GB. Ian's instructions did work.

The OS2DASD.DMD /D:0 /BOOTABLE /D:1 /FULLSIZE allowed DFSee to change the geometry. Even after changing, DFSee had the wrong volume size. So I ejected and reinserted the drive. Now DFSee had the right size. I created a partition.

I then went to LVM, and deleted the partition, which was a big floppy as Pete had noted.
I created a single primary and saved. Then I formatted JFS. I ejected the drive (but that failed -- after saying it was safe to eject, it said I had not ejected. I then did a chkdsk and the drive appears to be OK.

I then moved the drive to another eCS system that does not have the OS2DASD.DMD line that provides for the fullsize, and it recognized the whole drive.

Thanks everyone, and I hope you can see how to combine Pete's, Ian's and my posts into instructions on how to format a 1 TB portable hard drive.

Storage / Re: Using a 1 TB USB hard drive
« on: January 30, 2014, 03:30:45 pm »
I use a 2TB USB hard drive (Seagate Backup Plus) to store data on... but not to boot from.

I used DFSee to adjust the size of the existing NTFS partition and created a JFS volume with the appropriate settings.


OK, apparently I don't know how to "adjust" the size of the NTFS partition. I remade the NTFS partition using Windows 7, and now eCS can't use it at all. JFS sounds like a good idea. This is a new Toshiba 1 TB drive that is half the physical size of a normal portable drive.

I don't intend to boot this drive. I have little use for a bootable USB drive at this time.

Please give details of what needs to happen to the NTFS partition so eCS will recognize it.


Storage / Using a 1 TB USB hard drive
« on: January 30, 2014, 04:28:18 am »
I'm looking at using a 1 TB USB portable hard drive. But eCS sees it as a 500 GB drive. What do I need to do to see the full 1 TB?

Programming / Closed source parts of eComStation
« on: December 27, 2013, 07:20:12 pm »
I'm wondering how much work there is left to leave the IBM parts of eComStation behind and going to an unencumbered product?

OS/2 Kernel
Presentation Manager
WorkPlace Shell
GRADD Graphics subsystem

I'm sure I forgot a few, and there are lots of little bits that haven't ever been replaced (look inside the OS2 directory tree, but those are the big subsystems.

File and Print is largely replaced by SAMBA and CUPS.

Marketplace / Re: OS/2, software and books on eBay
« on: December 27, 2013, 03:04:32 am »
I agree with most of what Eugene is saying.  eBay has nice store features, and I'm not using them. Can the OS/2 market support an eBay store with enough business to make it worth it?

This is just a list of the OS/2 museum excess items on eBay.

If buyers do not step forward, I will eventually recycle the items.

Marketplace / Re: OS/2, software and books on eBay
« on: December 23, 2013, 05:36:43 pm »
I know this is an old post, but the URL is still good, and I'm still selling off a bunch of OS/2 items not needed by the OS/2 Museum.

In particular, there is the OS/2 Technical Compendium, which is an excellent 5-book summary of the OS/2 Application Programming Interface.

Setup & Installation / Re: ecs2.2 beta refresh
« on: December 16, 2013, 03:41:18 pm »
The beta fixes my installation on Lenovo Thinkpad X60, which has normal issues of an aging laptop. Before eWPS would crash, both during installation and during normal boot. I'm guessing the problem was the battery widget, which still gives wrong information, but no longer crashes.

I'm interested in the posts on newer laptops. It appears that Thinkpads in the xy10 series work, but in the xy30 have the memory hole. I have gotten my W500 WiFi to work, but I'm interested in how that would be on a newer laptop. I would like to see a reasonable function on a laptop currently for sale. The xy40 series is current.

Events / Call for presenters – Warpstock 2014
« on: December 10, 2013, 06:52:32 pm »
Warpstock 2014 Abstracts Now Being Accepted

The Board of Directors of Warpstock Corporation is now accepting abstracts from presenters who would like to make a presentation at Warpstock 2014. You are encouraged to send in your ideas even if you don't know if you can attend the conference. Presenters may use Skype for their presentations.

Individuals considering making a presentation should submit a letter of their intent by e-mail to:

Let's make Warpstock 2014 a most memorable Warpstock!

Warpstock Corporation is a Virginia corporation. The Warpstock annual conference is a gathering of OS/2 users, developers, and vendors from around the world for the purpose of education and advocacy. More information is available at the Warpstock web site:

Setup & Installation / eCS demo CD beta 5
« on: December 06, 2013, 07:26:16 pm »
Posting this from eCS Demo CD

running on Thinkpad W500.

I tried to boot on VGA, but got no display. I switched the display to the LCD and then when I booted I got a display.

USB support works for my thumb drive.

Thanks Roderick and everyone for all the work you did.

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