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Utilities / Re: MeShell commandline frontend timetable
« on: April 05, 2020, 09:46:13 pm »
Got them thanks, will start tomorrow.

Utilities / Re: MeShell commandline frontend timetable
« on: April 05, 2020, 02:56:08 pm »
Hi Martin,

I sent you an e-mail several days ago, I hope it got to you.  If not use ivan10atfreedotfr (remove at dot).

Mail-News / Re: Advice needed
« on: April 04, 2020, 07:19:58 pm »
Taking Ian's advice I have produced a flow chart but reading the Weasel manual I'm not sure that is what I need.

Any more advice very much appreciated.

Mail-News / Advice needed
« on: April 01, 2020, 02:16:44 am »
I have an odd problem and would like some advice as to the best solution.

Problem:  I have several e-mail accounts (POP3) that I would like to get back to having PMMail deleting the mails after download.  I also have several computers that get switched on at odd times as well as a couple of tablets all of which I would like to keep up to date with the e-mails.  At the moment I have to go to each account and delete all the old mail once a week after making sure all equipment is up to date.

Question:  Is there a way to automate this?  My main computer is on 24/7 with a fixed IP on the network.

Any thoughts and/or advice?

Setup & Installation / Re: OS/2 installer updated diskette images
« on: March 30, 2020, 02:52:18 pm »
I think I can remember some being provided with our HP ProLiant DL385 Servers but they needed too much messing about to create from the CDs so we built our own.

I'll have a dig around in the old archives and see if I can find them.

Hardware / Re: PCIe - SATA3 card choices?
« on: March 30, 2020, 12:28:27 am »
Hi Dave,

Maybe I should consider using the SDD drive I got a couple of years ago for a notebook but ended up never using.  Might be interesting to see just how fast the boot info scrolls up the screen - at the moment it is too fast to read.

Hardware / Re: PCIe - SATA3 card choices?
« on: March 29, 2020, 09:48:58 pm »
Hi Dariusz,

Can I convert you to the idea of building a nice new AMD Ryzen based computer?  It might get round all your problems.

BTW My Disk i/o for a non SSD drive is attached

Storage / Re: How to make a disk drive for a distant computer
« on: March 25, 2020, 05:04:52 pm »
If there is a disk problem it might be an idea to ask them to download the disk manufactures disk tools and run them against the disk, that will show up any bad sectors on the drive which will cause problems when writing a disk image.  As far as I know (I could be wrong), but the only thing that stops OS/2 from booting is incorrect disk drivers.  I assume you made your disk image using only the Dani IDE driver not the SATA ones that won't work if the machines are as old as you indicate.

Sorry if I'm stating the obvious but I have been caught out when updating some old machine tool computers and had to build a machine to be able to create a bootable image before updating.

Utilities / Re: MeShell commandline frontend timetable
« on: March 25, 2020, 04:34:20 pm »
Hi Martin,

I should have asked this earlier if I had been thinking.  Have you had a look at  Jonathan de Boyne Pollard's command line utilities?  They might have given you some help.

If you need help editing the 'English' English version of your documents I can put on my editors hat and help.

Storage / Re: How to make a disk drive for a distant computer
« on: March 23, 2020, 01:36:27 am »
What results do you get if you write the image to one of your computers?  I know that might sound odd but it does check that you have a bootable image says he who has been caught out that way.

Storage / Re: How to make a disk drive for a distant computer
« on: March 20, 2020, 09:51:33 pm »
Is windows on the computer they are trying to restore to?  They might have hit the MBR - GPT disk problem.

Another thing, if it is a clean disk they are trying to write to is it the same size, or larger, than the diskimage you are sending?

As a last resort they could try writing the image to a new clean disk mounted in a SATA/USB adapter attached to the windows machine then insert the new drive into the target machine and boot from it.

As Olafur says it is a simple process that just works except for a few oddball computer bios.  In fact that is how we updated our clients systems except on our case I sent a tech over with the image on a DVD and she never reported any problems.

Neil, I have always used AMD processors and currently have 4 units using Ryzen 3 2200G processors on both MSI A320M PRO-VD PLUS and Asus PRIME A320M-K boards. 

They all work without too many problems.  The big problem is that they require a real USB 2 PCIe addin card (VIA based) because any USB 2 ports on the boards are attached to USB 3 chipsets with a USB 2 pass-through.

I also have a couple of ASRock Mini ITX based units.  Those are the units I upgraded to the Ryzen CPUs from.

Edit:  I should have added that one of the MSI boxes is running 24/7 and has been up for 38 days & 2 hours at the moment (last reboot was when everything slowed to a crawl)

I admit, but for the most part unless you are trying to run the latest Ryzen 12 core CPU or trying to do a nightly backup over a super fast USB 3.x you won't have major problems.

I would love to use a Ryzen 9 3900X CPU but the problem is as you say the lack of graphics drivers for modern cards.  While the Ryzen processors with built in graphics use the ports built into the motherboards but anything other than VGA is mediocre at best.  We can live in hope, since the Linux graphics for the radeon cards are excellent, we might get something from them.

USB 3.x might arrive sometime in the future but I'm not holding my breath waiting.

Applications / Re: David's Doodles
« on: February 24, 2020, 06:58:06 pm »
David, as nice as your icons are I still prefer the angled Warp 4 style, far easier to see opened items.

Hi Sandra,

It is nice to see someone in the industry actually telling others to be aware of computer security.  Thank you.

Although I am now retired I still get asked about problems when someone clicks on an email link or opens an attachment and things go wrong.  I have always used PMMAIL as my email client and if people can't send me text emails then I don't read them, it definitely cuts down on the spam.

For myself I use Adblock Plus and  NoScript in firefox on OS/2, Linux Mint, ZorinOS and my Android tablets, they should also be on firefox on my phone but I use that so infrequently I'm not sure as the latest update might have changed things.

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