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Hardware / Re: Another odd question (PCIe 1 wireless card)
« on: January 22, 2020, 04:05:59 pm »
Hi Sandra,
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use powerline adapters - these would even work when the PC is directly connected to the wall outlet. Just put a powerline adapter with has a power outlet on it's front, plug PC power cable and ethernet cable in it and tie them together, then it would be still only one cord to trip over.

Powerline adapters are OK if you have a clean mains supply, they are essentially useless if you are in an industrial park where the spikes and other garbage on the mains overrides the data signal.   They are also very insecure - I got a pair of them a year ago to test at home and found I could pick up several people down the road with ease.

May I ask what your test system is - AMD or Intel processor as it appears that the Intel USB 3 is the biggest problem although I have never heard of anyone testing it on an AMD RYZEN second generation board so I haven't a clue what the results would be.

I too have some of the 'StarTech' USB units on a couple of my AMD Ryzen boxes and, yes they do work but it does become a bit of a problem when using Mini ITX boards.  I even managed to find a PS/2 to USB Y cable that allows me to use a USB KVM switch on 4 of my units.


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Applications / Re: Java applications
« on: January 21, 2020, 11:22:44 pm »
Hi mauro,

I always use a program object to start any java program.  An example for the Java Night Vision (planetarium program) is attached below. The -Duser.home is used to tell the program to write it's information to the program dir rather than the java dir.

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Hardware / Re: Anoter odd question
« on: January 21, 2020, 02:30:35 pm »
Hi Eugene,  It would be nice if your list could be searched, example: 'network add in cards'  --> 'PCIe x1'  --> 'Wireless'  --> 'working'.  Failing that it would help if they were separated into working well and not working.

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Hardware / Re: Anoter odd question
« on: January 20, 2020, 08:29:28 pm »
Hi Sandra,

Since a number of these workstations will be moved (rolling trolleys) more things to be unplugged is not a case (the TP-Link unit I mentioned can be fixed to the back of the workstation and is powered from it. Then there is only the power cable between the workstation and no other cables to trip over.

Yes, I know USB 3 is under development but the impression I got from the last presentation video was that it would work with keyboard and trackball if nothing else.  You mention USB 2 add in cards.  Unless they are based on the Via chipset they have a tendency not to work because they are built on a USB 3 chipset and use the USB 2 pass-through feature.

Not all modern motherboards have PS/2 ports, many of them just have USB ports and as far as I have been able to find out you need a PS/2 port that is designed as a dual port to run both keyboard and trackball.

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Hardware / Re: Anoter odd question
« on: January 20, 2020, 09:57:42 am »
Thanks Pete, I was afraid that would be the answer.

It looks like another loss for OS/2, my clients will now be getting all new Ryzen workstations and installing Linux Mint rather than OS/2 - the lack of USB 3 even for keyboard and trackball is another problem.

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Hardware / Another odd question (PCIe 1 wireless card)
« on: January 19, 2020, 06:58:20 pm »
The simple question is, is there a PCIe 1 wireless card that actually works with OS/2 (plus variants) at something like Gb speed?

I know all about items like the TP-link AC750 WiFi travel router - in fact I have one hooked up to my notebook.  What I am looking for is that type of connection but on a PCIe card for a workstation.

There are compelling reasons why the workstations can't be hooked up with ethernet cable and the people don't want to go to win 10 when all their work can be done using OS/2.

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Setup & Installation / Re: system settings in arcaos504
« on: January 16, 2020, 11:13:07 pm »
Ah!  An Intel i7, you do have hyper threading turned off I hope because it can mess up memory allocation if a program isn't written to use it and I don't think any of our programs are.

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Setup & Installation / Re: system settings in arcaos504
« on: January 16, 2020, 11:48:46 am »
Hi roberto,

There are a few of those programs I don't have - DBEXPERT, Larson Commander and whatever the CL program is. so I substituted File Freedom, CoolReader, Firefox, PMMail and world clock.  With all of them running it was easy to open and close and reopen in any combination without any problems, this is on an AMD Ryzen 3 2200G based machine with 8 GB memory (part used as mem disk).  Memory appears to allocated and re allocated as necessary, Task Buster and Theseus don't show any problems either.

What are you specifically looking for?

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Setup & Installation / Re: system settings in arcaos504
« on: January 16, 2020, 01:02:43 am »
A couple of questions.

1) why not set VIRTUALADDRESSLIMIT=3072 which is I think the maximum?
2) why not set the mouse speed from the mouse object in 'System Setup'?

Do you have a list of programs you are running?  I sometimes have 10 - 12 running as well as 4 or 5 utilities without loss of apparent speed and responsiveness.

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Applications / Re: Odin on Warp 4.52 virtualbox
« on: January 11, 2020, 07:55:38 pm »
Hi mauro,

Out of curiosity I 'borrowed' PSP 7 from a friend (I copied the PSP7 directory from his notebook) and set it up to run with ODIN.  Trying to start it I got an error message saying that a DLL was missing.  Copied the DLL from the notebook (XP) and PSP still will not run.

I think we may be out of luck trying to run this with ODIN.

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If I remember correctly that is the minimum number of colours those games need to run, a larger number will display all of them without problems.  What do you see when you run the game?

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Applications / Re: Odin on Warp 4.52 virtualbox
« on: January 10, 2020, 05:28:15 pm »
Hi mauro,

The 'not enough disk space' is caused by you having too large a partition that you are trying to install it in.  Remember back in XP days hard disks were quite small so the program installer checked for enough space and the calculations don't work with larger disks.

The best way to get round that problem is to copy a working install and transplant it to where you want it 'some disk\odin\program files' as an example.

The other thing, as Laurence pointed out is to use PE.exe to run the program.  While I don't have Paint Shop Pro 7 installed I do have IrfanView running under odin without any problems using a program object (see attached).

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General Discussion / Re: Backup Yahoo Emails
« on: January 08, 2020, 02:18:30 am »
I think a lot depends on how one uses Yahoo e-mail.

I have a Yahoo account because there are a few sites that don't accept my local e-mail server.  To get round that I have set the Yahoo account to forward all e-mails to my local server and they appear as normal in PMMail and are saved on my main machine (they also get backed up to one of my NAS boxes).

In fact I only go to the Yahoo account about every 6 months just to delete the junk.

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Storage / Re: RSYNC - what to put in EXCLUDE list?
« on: January 01, 2020, 11:01:16 pm »
Hi Doug,

All my machines have 8GB of memory installed including those running OS/2 - ArcaOS so ram disk space is not a problem

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Applications / Re: Java applications
« on: January 01, 2020, 07:33:07 pm »
Hi Joop,

Thanks for the info on Night Vision.  It loads quickly on my Ryzen based main computer and benefits from the 28 inch 1920x1200 monitor.

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