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Applications / Re: Trap Seamonkey 2.42.9
« on: January 24, 2020, 09:02:26 am »
Chatzilla is enabled on my machines but I do not have these 100% load. Neither on my 2 core system nor on the 4 core one. But I must admit I didn't start the chazilla window on OS/2 boxes since a while. Will test again the next days.

What makes 100% CPU spikes every few seconds on my systems is lightning. The spikes stops when I open the calender.

To sum up - for me the latest SM versions from Dave works fine. Including Lightning and Chatzilla. Except sometimes some scripts starts to eat up memory until there is no high memory left. If I don't kill SM in such cases the system crashes. I see similar behavior with SM on Win7. But much much infrequently. And Win does not crash in such cases I think. The Win machine uses a lot more memory too. Second problem - sites with much scripts are very slow on older hardware. F.i. it's no fun searching Amazon on the 2 core machine.

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...OR using a utility under Windows or Linux to simplify getting the data you need...
Can you recommend a useful utility for that? I'm not very experienced with Linux but I've an Ubuntu installation on one of my systems which I can try.

I've some WinXP/7/10 notebooks too. Usually I avoid connecting them directly to my ADSL router. But if there is a good Win tool which gives me the proper values for my connection I'll use Win for this task. Thanks.

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For the redirection I think you can do this in your program. DosCreatePipe and friends may help. I don't have exactly what you need but maybe this snippset gives you a starting point -

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DosDupHandle( HF_STDOUT, &hfSave);        /* Saves standard output handle      */
DosCreatePipe(&hpR, &hpW, PIPESIZE);      /* Creates pipe                      */
DosDupHandle(hpW, &hfNew);                /* Duplicates standard output handle */

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Hi Valery,
LAPIC ID's are consecutive - this is an old Intel dual-core machine which is still my main system although it should have been retired since years. That said - it has to run every day and there's not much room for playing and testing with that. That's the reason why I've still used VBox1.6 on this system until a few days ago. APIC, APM, .... all works and have to run reliable every day. I run runs Holgers fixed/extended SMP kernel on this machine.

I'm willing to test OS/4 kernel again sometimes but not now and not on this system. But I can't spend much time for OS/4. There are more reasons why I can not invest much effort in testing with other kernels+acpi especially on this sytem. Maybe I can circumvent the 1018 error with mpunsafe. Otherwise I've to switch back to VBox1.6 on this machine.

Second machine which runs 5.0.6_OSEr143 - maybe old but for what I need it (banking software!) it works. If upgrading to a newer VBox version will lead to the same problem it's good that I didn't update this system too :-)

Anyway I think currently the biggest problem is the amount of lower shared memory VBox needs. I think we should find ways to reduce that at first.

Btw. a big THANK YOU for your work on VBox.

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Just checked another system where I use VBOX regularly without this problem. This system has installed 5.0.6_OSEr143. So is this a regression in newer versions?

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Yesterday I updated on one of my systems the old VBox 1.6 installation to the latest 5.0.51. I also created a new virtual machine called 'WinXP_Banzai' with already working disk files (*.vdi) from another system. It worked yesterday. But I found out that this VBOX version needs a lot of lower shared RAM. 130MB - 170MB which pushes this system to the limits. Had to close some apps and reboot often but it worked yesterday. I tried to load high code segments of all vbox dlls but that does not help very much. VBox 1.6 seems to need less as it worked on this system for years.

Today when I try to start a virtual machine I get a error box with the message see subject. I got the same yesterday some times too but after a few tries it started. I've LIBCX_HIGHMEM=2 set. Attached the log.

I got this error when I start the machine with an object set to 'VBoxManage.exe startvm "WinXP_Banzai"'. Interestingly I could start the machine once from the VirtualBox.exe Manager Start button. But before I could see the log it crashed :-(

Log unsuccessful start -
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VirtualBox XPCOM Server 5.0.51_OSE r159 os2.x86 (Mar 22 2018 02:52:37) release log
00:00:00.008000 main     Log opened 2020-01-06T10:06:40.327000000Z
00:00:00.008000 main     Build Type: release
00:00:00.008000 main     OS Product: OS/2
00:00:00.008000 main     OS Release: 1
00:00:00.008000 main     OS Version: 2.45
00:00:00.008000 main     Host RAM: 3327MB total, 2453MB available
00:00:00.008000 main     Executable: P:\VIRTUALBOX5.0.51\BIN\VBOXSVC.EXE
00:00:00.008000 main     Process ID: 1345
00:00:00.008000 main     Package type: OS2_32BITS_GENERIC (OSE)
00:00:00.152000          Home directory: 'e:\HOME\DEFAULT/.VirtualBox'
00:00:00.162000          Loading settings file "e:\HOME\DEFAULT/.VirtualBox\VirtualBox.xml" with version "1.7-os2"
00:00:00.233000          HostDnsMonitor: old information
00:00:00.233000            no server entries
00:00:00.233000            no search string entries
00:00:00.233000            no domain set
00:00:00.233000          HostDnsMonitor: new information
00:00:00.233000            server 1: 195.3.96.67
00:00:00.233000            server 2: 213.33.98.136
00:00:00.233000            no search string entries
00:00:00.233000            domain: domain
00:00:00.233000          HostDnsMonitorProxy::notify
00:00:00.266000          VD: VDInit finished
00:00:00.279000          ERROR [COM]: aRC=NS_ERROR_FAILURE (0x80004005) aIID={0eb668d2-495e-5a36-8890-29999b5f030c} aComponent={SystemPropertiesWrap} aText={Cannot determine default Guest Additions ISO location. Most likely they are not available}, preserve=false aResultDetail=0
00:00:00.344000          Loading settings file "r:\W2k\W2k.xml" with version "1.3-os2"
00:00:00.416000          Loading settings file "r:\eCS2.0\eCS2.0.xml" with version "1.3-os2"
00:00:00.418000          Loading settings file "r:\WinXP_Banzai\WinXP_Banzai.vbox" with version "1.15-os2"
00:01:10.690000 Watcher  ERROR [COM]: aRC=NS_ERROR_FAILURE (0x80004005) aIID={f30138d4-e5ea-4b3a-8858-a059de4c93fd} aComponent={MachineWrap} aText={The virtual machine 'WinXP_Banzai' has terminated unexpectedly during startup with exit code 1 (0x1)}, preserve=false aResultDetail=0
00:01:15.789000 main     ERROR [COM]: aRC=VBOX_E_OBJECT_IN_USE (0x80bb000c) aIID={4afe423b-43e0-e9d0-82e8-ceb307940dda} aComponent={MediumWrap} aText={Medium 'r:\WinXP_Banzai\Snapshots/{d80d3bc7-9227-4ccf-8345-84cfeacfceb4}.vdi' cannot be closed because it is still attached to 1 virtual machines}, preserve=false aResultDetail=0
00:01:15.789000 main     ERROR [COM]: aRC=VBOX_E_OBJECT_IN_USE (0x80bb000c) aIID={4afe423b-43e0-e9d0-82e8-ceb307940dda} aComponent={MediumWrap} aText={Medium 'R:\WinXP\WinXP_Boot.vdi' cannot be closed because it is still attached to 1 virtual machines}, preserve=false aResultDetail=0
00:01:15.789000 main     ERROR [COM]: aRC=VBOX_E_OBJECT_IN_USE (0x80bb000c) aIID={4afe423b-43e0-e9d0-82e8-ceb307940dda} aComponent={MediumWrap} aText={Medium 'r:\WinXP_Banzai\Snapshots/{46b8216e-e107-429a-a4c5-2be610d29b83}.vdi' cannot be closed because it is still attached to 1 virtual machines}, preserve=false aResultDetail=0
00:01:15.789000 main     ERROR [COM]: aRC=VBOX_E_OBJECT_IN_USE (0x80bb000c) aIID={4afe423b-43e0-e9d0-82e8-ceb307940dda} aComponent={MediumWrap} aText={Medium 'R:\WinXP\WinXP_HD2.vdi' cannot be closed because it is still attached to 1 virtual machines}, preserve=false aResultDetail=0
00:01:15.789000 main     ERROR [COM]: aRC=VBOX_E_OBJECT_IN_USE (0x80bb000c) aIID={4afe423b-43e0-e9d0-82e8-ceb307940dda} aComponent={MediumWrap} aText={Medium 'r:\WinXP_Banzai\Snapshots/{4ac5ebdf-82ff-4800-8758-989971aacb20}.vdi' cannot be closed because it is still attached to 1 virtual machines}, preserve=false aResultDetail=0
00:01:15.789000 main     ERROR [COM]: aRC=VBOX_E_OBJECT_IN_USE (0x80bb000c) aIID={4afe423b-43e0-e9d0-82e8-ceb307940dda} aComponent={MediumWrap} aText={Medium 'R:\WinXP\WinXP_HD3.vdi' cannot be closed because it is still attached to 1 virtual machines}, preserve=false aResultDetail=0
00:01:15.799000 Watcher  ERROR [COM]: aRC=E_ACCESSDENIED (0x80070005) aIID={0169423f-46b4-cde9-91af-1e9d5b6cd945} aComponent={VirtualBoxWrap} aText={The object is not ready}, preserve=false aResultDetail=0

Log successful start. When I copied this text from OS/2 editor (MED) to clipboard the VM crashed -
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VirtualBox XPCOM Server 5.0.51_OSE r159 os2.x86 (Mar 22 2018 02:52:37) release log
00:00:00.009000 main     Log opened 2020-01-06T10:14:22.412000000Z
00:00:00.009000 main     Build Type: release
00:00:00.009000 main     OS Product: OS/2
00:00:00.009000 main     OS Release: 1
00:00:00.009000 main     OS Version: 2.45
00:00:00.009000 main     Host RAM: 3327MB total, 2437MB available
00:00:00.009000 main     Executable: P:\VIRTUALBOX5.0.51\BIN\VBOXSVC.EXE
00:00:00.009000 main     Process ID: 2273
00:00:00.009000 main     Package type: OS2_32BITS_GENERIC (OSE)
00:00:00.150000          Home directory: 'e:\HOME\DEFAULT/.VirtualBox'
00:00:00.160000          Loading settings file "e:\HOME\DEFAULT/.VirtualBox\VirtualBox.xml" with version "1.7-os2"
00:00:00.226000          HostDnsMonitor: old information
00:00:00.226000            no server entries
00:00:00.226000            no search string entries
00:00:00.226000            no domain set
00:00:00.226000          HostDnsMonitor: new information
00:00:00.226000            server 1: 195.3.96.67
00:00:00.226000            server 2: 213.33.98.136
00:00:00.226000            no search string entries
00:00:00.226000            domain: domain
00:00:00.228000          HostDnsMonitorProxy::notify
00:00:00.259000          VD: VDInit finished
00:00:00.273000          ERROR [COM]: aRC=NS_ERROR_FAILURE (0x80004005) aIID={0eb668d2-495e-5a36-8890-29999b5f030c} aComponent={SystemPropertiesWrap} aText={Cannot determine default Guest Additions ISO location. Most likely they are not available}, preserve=false aResultDetail=0
00:00:00.337000          Loading settings file "r:\W2k\W2k.xml" with version "1.3-os2"
00:00:00.410000          Loading settings file "r:\eCS2.0\eCS2.0.xml" with version "1.3-os2"
00:00:00.412000          Loading settings file "r:\WinXP_Banzai\WinXP_Banzai.vbox" with version "1.15-os2"
00:06:30.244000 Watcher  ERROR [COM]: aRC=NS_ERROR_FAILURE (0x80004005) aIID={f30138d4-e5ea-4b3a-8858-a059de4c93fd} aComponent={MachineWrap} aText={The virtual machine 'WinXP_Banzai' has terminated unexpectedly during startup with exit code 1 (0x1)}, preserve=false aResultDetail=0
00:06:34.109000          ERROR [COM]: aRC=VBOX_E_OBJECT_NOT_FOUND (0x80bb0001) aIID={edba9d10-45d8-b440-1712-46ac0c9bc4c5} aComponent={ExtPackManagerWrap} aText={No extension pack by the name 'Oracle VM VirtualBox Extension Pack' was found}, preserve=false aResultDetail=0
00:10:45.748000          ERROR [COM]: aRC=VBOX_E_OBJECT_NOT_FOUND (0x80bb0001) aIID={edba9d10-45d8-b440-1712-46ac0c9bc4c5} aComponent={ExtPackManagerWrap} aText={No extension pack by the name 'Oracle VM VirtualBox Extension Pack' was found}, preserve=false aResultDetail=0
00:13:09.705000 Watcher  ERROR [COM]: aRC=NS_ERROR_FAILURE (0x80004005) aIID={f30138d4-e5ea-4b3a-8858-a059de4c93fd} aComponent={MachineWrap} aText={The virtual machine 'WinXP_Banzai' has terminated unexpectedly during startup with exit code 1 (0x1)}, preserve=false aResultDetail=0
00:13:24.318000          ERROR [COM]: aRC=VBOX_E_OBJECT_NOT_FOUND (0x80bb0001) aIID={edba9d10-45d8-b440-1712-46ac0c9bc4c5} aComponent={ExtPackManagerWrap} aText={No extension pack by the name 'Oracle VM VirtualBox Extension Pack' was found}, preserve=false aResultDetail=0
00:13:24.560000          ERROR [COM]: aRC=VBOX_E_IPRT_ERROR (0x80bb0005) aIID={f30138d4-e5ea-4b3a-8858-a059de4c93fd} aComponent={SessionMachine} aText={Saved screenshot data is not available (VERR_NOT_SUPPORTED)}, preserve=false aResultDetail=0

Rest of log after crash -
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00:14:54.126000 main     ERROR [COM]: aRC=VBOX_E_OBJECT_IN_USE (0x80bb000c) aIID={4afe423b-43e0-e9d0-82e8-ceb307940dda} aComponent={MediumWrap} aText={Medium 'r:\WinXP_Banzai\Snapshots/{d80d3bc7-9227-4ccf-8345-84cfeacfceb4}.vdi' cannot be closed because it is still attached to 1 virtual machines}, preserve=false aResultDetail=0
00:14:54.126000 main     ERROR [COM]: aRC=VBOX_E_OBJECT_IN_USE (0x80bb000c) aIID={4afe423b-43e0-e9d0-82e8-ceb307940dda} aComponent={MediumWrap} aText={Medium 'R:\WinXP\WinXP_Boot.vdi' cannot be closed because it is still attached to 1 virtual machines}, preserve=false aResultDetail=0
00:14:54.126000 main     ERROR [COM]: aRC=VBOX_E_OBJECT_IN_USE (0x80bb000c) aIID={4afe423b-43e0-e9d0-82e8-ceb307940dda} aComponent={MediumWrap} aText={Medium 'r:\WinXP_Banzai\Snapshots/{46b8216e-e107-429a-a4c5-2be610d29b83}.vdi' cannot be closed because it is still attached to 1 virtual machines}, preserve=false aResultDetail=0
00:14:54.126000 main     ERROR [COM]: aRC=VBOX_E_OBJECT_IN_USE (0x80bb000c) aIID={4afe423b-43e0-e9d0-82e8-ceb307940dda} aComponent={MediumWrap} aText={Medium 'R:\WinXP\WinXP_HD2.vdi' cannot be closed because it is still attached to 1 virtual machines}, preserve=false aResultDetail=0
00:14:54.126000 main     ERROR [COM]: aRC=VBOX_E_OBJECT_IN_USE (0x80bb000c) aIID={4afe423b-43e0-e9d0-82e8-ceb307940dda} aComponent={MediumWrap} aText={Medium 'r:\WinXP_Banzai\Snapshots/{4ac5ebdf-82ff-4800-8758-989971aacb20}.vdi' cannot be closed because it is still attached to 1 virtual machines}, preserve=false aResultDetail=0
00:14:54.126000 main     ERROR [COM]: aRC=VBOX_E_OBJECT_IN_USE (0x80bb000c) aIID={4afe423b-43e0-e9d0-82e8-ceb307940dda} aComponent={MediumWrap} aText={Medium 'R:\WinXP\WinXP_HD3.vdi' cannot be closed because it is still attached to 1 virtual machines}, preserve=false aResultDetail=0
00:14:54.132000 Watcher  ERROR [COM]: aRC=E_ACCESSDENIED (0x80070005) aIID={0169423f-46b4-cde9-91af-1e9d5b6cd945} aComponent={VirtualBoxWrap} aText={The object is not ready}, preserve=false aResultDetail=0

I guess the main problem is shortage of lower shared memory. After boot I've about 175MB free. Now with Seamonkey and the VirtualBox Manager (VirtualBox.exe) running there I have -
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pm: 248192 sm: 150464  <---512---> pm: 1376256 sm: 957428
Seems a bit less for current VBox.

Suggestions?

Btw. I can't read the readme at http://trac.netlabs.org/vbox/browser/trunk/doc/ReadMe-OS2.txt cause I constantly get -
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Oops …
Trac hat einen internen Fehler festgestellt:

UnicodeDecodeError: 'ascii' codec can't decode byte 0xc3 in position 28: ordinal not in range(128)
 ....

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Setup & Installation / Re: system settings in arcaos504
« on: December 28, 2019, 11:03:42 am »
Roberto for me it's hard to guess what you're meaning. You wrote -
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highmem -c *. * Is not the same as highmem -c * .dllThis does not make any sense to me. I don't know if you put the blanks in your commands between . and * and * and . cause you write that sloppy or if you really don't know that the commands you post are wrong. If you really type in commands in such a wrong way it's hard to give any useful comment about your problem.

The same is true when you write such nonsense (to my eyes) -
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http: // localhost: 631 / admin
I think it would help if you try to describe your problem more precise, try to post exactly what you did and what you expected and what exactly happened instead. It may also help to focus on one problem at a time. Thanks.

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Hardware / Re: OS/2 Driver Requirement Brainstorming
« on: November 29, 2019, 10:55:40 pm »
Are you kidding? Even more crap based on crap which was based on crap...

Backward compatibility means you have to support 2.0 and 3.0 and 3.1 and 3.2... Why do you think it could be easier to do than USB 3 without the additional USB4 stuff?

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Hardware / Re: Report: ArcaOS on Natcomp @note (2001)
« on: November 27, 2019, 12:40:14 pm »
IIRC I once had to enable ROM for the NIC in BIOS to get it working. But I pretty sure it wasn't a SIS so maybe totally irrelevant for your problme. Usually I disable all network related ROM settings in BIOS as I do not want to boot via LAN. But maybe worth to test for you.

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Hardware / Re: OS/2 Driver Requirement Brainstorming
« on: November 25, 2019, 02:30:38 pm »
Bernhard, I understand what you're saying. I recently tried a board which I couldn't get to run without the USB3 drivers. Not only installation was impossible but also this board does not have PS2 connectors for keyboard and mice and the USB chips does not have working compatibility mode. So even cloning a working installation does not help. No matter how the legacy options in BIOS are set, when OS/2 booted up, no chance to use a keyboard without the USB3 driver. So even beta drivers are better than nothing. At least for such boards.

On the other hand as long as you can easily hang the whole system rock solid with simple file transfers it's perfectly understandable that AN do not spread these drivers to the public. I'm pretty sure there is not a single bug which needs to be fixed, a lot of bugs are already fixed now, there a numerous problems which arise with USB3. There is progress but there are a so much different problems it seems so it takes so long. We can only hope the can catch up sometimes before the whole USB mess changes another time.   

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Utilities / Re: graphic interface for smartahci
« on: November 21, 2019, 08:21:21 pm »
It's a know issue that some os2ahci versions crash the system rock solid when trying to read smart information. I think 2.04 was the version which fixed this issue.

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Setup & Installation / Re: Trying to solve server crash
« on: November 21, 2019, 02:51:37 pm »
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Correct Doug; Xfolder is the predecessor to XWorkplace, (not the other way around), which was picked up after Ulrich moved away from OS/2.
XFolder was renamed to XWorkplace in 1999. Yes it's more than 20 years ago now. In Nov. 1999 Ulrich released the first version of XWorkplace. He worked and improved XWP at least until 2004. After that others contributed a lot. Mostly bug fixes.

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XFolder / XWorkplace; it's the same thing.
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As I said, (and as most people here know), XWorkplace is XFolder renamed; the two names are often used interchangeably.
I can not speak for the 'most people here' but IMO these statements are very ignorant and misleading.

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Setup & Installation / Re: Trying to solve server crash
« on: November 20, 2019, 10:34:44 am »
XFolder / XWorkplace; it's the same thing.
XFolder is about 15 years older than XWP. It's up to you if you think the changes/improvements/fixes are not related to your problem. But as you stated XFolder was the only thing you changed it's a valuable guess to think about this software IMO. I fear it's to much to ask which version of XFolder (or XWP?) you've installed.


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Setup & Installation / Re: Trying to solve server crash
« on: November 19, 2019, 04:00:51 pm »
Do you really use the ancient XFolder? Why not XWorkplace? Isn't XFolder the forerunner of XWP or do I mix up things?

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Setup & Installation / Re: Monitor DPMS controls : SNAP config?
« on: November 17, 2019, 10:38:24 am »
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...It would be nice for DPMS to work with Panorama. In theory directly accessing the VGA registers to turn off vsync and hsync (set to 0hz)...
Many years ago when I played with my ATI X300 I didn't find a utility which turned off the output so the monitors goes to standby. IIRC there where more than one which should have done the job via VGA registers but they did not work.

I concluded my cards BIOS does not implement these VGA register calls completely. I was not surprised cause VGA is not DVI. So I searched the datasheet for the X300 and wrote the utility to call the PCI registers of the chip to set the output drivers to power down. This let my monitors go to sleep.

Again, I don't think it's worth to invest much time playing with VGA register settings and new cards. Guess for newer chips it's necessary to program there registers via PCI the same as with my X300. My X300 does not offer these registers via PortIO. TTBOMK VGA is PortIO controlled only (beside video memory access).

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