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Utilities / IRQ Monitor
« on: June 25, 2016, 01:09:38 am »
For years I have used the graphical PM program IRQMon to monitor IRQ usage but now I am considering moving to using ACPI  rather than OS2APIC.PSD because of problems I am having with a new motherboard that stacks things like nic, usb, hard disk controllers all on the same IRQ 11 (fine if I am not doing much but a PITA when I want to copy something from a USB disk to the NAS box and do something else that brings the internal hard disk into use).

Now the question is, is there an equivalent to IRQMon that can be left running all the time and display IRQ usage on a real time basis and show the high IRQ numbers?  Is it even possible to do so with IRQs above 15?

Article Discussions / Flam3 - The Flame Algorithm 3.1.1
« on: April 14, 2016, 04:00:28 pm »
For those interested there is a JAVA program that graphically does much of the work.

j-Wildfire, while the latest versions require Java 7 the j-wildfire-2.00R2 is quite happy to run with our openjdk6.

This version can be obtained from

Just unzip, rename the '' to 'start_os2.cmd' (give path to java.exe if necessary) or create a program object.

See the attachments for what you get (I also have an icon for the program object if anyone wants it).

Applications / Problems with Tame
« on: March 25, 2016, 01:19:27 am »
Does anyone have the magic incantation to get tame working on an updated computer?

Tame used to work on my computer with an Epson Perfection 640U USB scanner.  The scanner was needed in the outer office and was moved there several months ago (the computer it is hooked up to is an unmodified WSeB install that also acts as e-mail server).

Tonight I needed to do some scanning so got the scanner and hooked it back to my computer.  It is seen by Tame but when I try to scan anything scanimage flashes on screen for an instant and nothing gets scanned.

Scanimage -L finds the scanner backend (epson2) but again trying to get scanimage to actually scan results in failure.

I am assuming that we have reached DLL hell as my computer has been updated with all the latest DLLs that are needed for such programs as OpenOffice, Firefox etc.  Something in that lot has broken Tame and I would like to know what I need to do to get it back working on my computer again and keep the other programs working as well.

Any suggestions?

Internet / Seamonkey 2.28b5r2 will not accept addons.
« on: December 23, 2015, 05:34:33 pm »
I decided to try out Seamonkey 2.28b5r2 and while it works, I can browse web sites etc. it will not allow the install of any addons.  They download and appear to install BUT the message in the attachment always pops up and there is no addon to be found.

Mail-News / PMMail spelling dictionaries
« on: September 21, 2015, 10:35:12 pm »
I use PMMail 2-20-2382 and am wondering if anyone knows if it is possible to add a different dictionary, for example UK English and/or French and run them beside each other? 

Is it even possible or would I have to create a custom word list myself and use that?

General Discussion / OS/2 Distro / Clone Discussion
« on: July 14, 2015, 03:52:52 am »
Martin, I too don't want to shut any doors but it is rather strange that Joachim should start two topics which essentially say nothing and then does not answer any of the point raised in those topics.

Regarding an individual compilation of OS/2, while that is possible for individuals (we have disk images for each of our servers and workstations) it does not address the problem of new licences for the base OS/2 - something we can no longer get from IBM.  The other idea is to make a DVD of all the programs that are used and individuals might want to install (we have that as well including a /dll directory containing all the extra dlls that it now appears we must have to run anything, the install scripts include adding that /dll directory to the libpath).

If you can work out a way of getting OS/2 without needing a licence then I am prepared to use that version in a disk image and make it available to all.  What I would like to see is the whole OS/2 being converted to 64 bit, although 32 bit would do for a start,  I know there is a 32 bit CMD implementation but it needs everything from networking (IPV6) and up with some sort of VM built in to enable use of 16 bit windows applications.  In other words I would love to see everything (except the win 16) on the WSeB install CD changed up to 64 bit and then have the necessary 64bit drivers included on WSeB CD2.  I know it isn't very likely to happen but I too can dream.

Networking / Simple scanner for IP addresses on local network
« on: June 21, 2015, 02:53:49 am »
Hi All,

A friend asked me if there was an OS/2 equivalent to the windows Netscan by SoftPerfect.  That is a GUI in which you put the start  and end IP addresses hit start scan and it scans the network and lists all IP and MAC addresses it finds along with a lot of other information if you want it.  He uses this at the moment on a win XP VM under VirtualPC for OS/2 but would like something that gives the information without having to start the VM. 

Netscan does not run under Odin, even when you copy over the missing DLLs from win XP. 

Is there such a program for OS/2 or could something be cobbled together using some scripts?

General Discussion / OS4 kernel and associated files
« on: May 17, 2015, 12:29:27 am »
I don't know if this is the correct place but here goes.

One of my guys at work today asked how the OS4 kernel project was getting on ans since I didn't know I downloaded the latest ( to have a look see.

Unzipping produces frustration. 
The read me is from 2008 but since the install shouldn't have changed that is OK.
Whatnew is several versions old and has the last couple of entries in Russian.

OS4APIC.PSD does have reasonable documentation.

Clock03b.sys, doscall1.dll and screen03.sys are just there with no information about them at all.  Looking in doscall1, it appears to be a special build for the SMP version of OS4.

It would help if those doing this work would give some indication of what these three are for and what we can expect from using them.  I assume the doscall1.dll is a direct replacement - if so how do you get back to using the IBM version or does it work with the IBM SMP kernel?  Are the two sys files replacements or do they work in conjunction with the IBM versions?

I could try replacing everything on a test machine, and most probably will if the night shift becomes too boring, but it would be helpful if there was some indication of what did what and what should happen.

If anyone can throw any light on this I will be very thankful.

Applications / Night Vision v4 and Java
« on: May 10, 2015, 06:38:21 pm »
I have noticed a strange anomaly with Night Vision v4 and Openjdk6 - the time is incorrect - the time is correct when I use Jave142. 

Being in France local time is GMT +1, or at the moment with summer time it is GMT +2.  The clock on my computer is set to local time.

Now, running NV 4 using Openjdk6 and setting NV to sync with computer time the actual time shown is GMT (two hours less than the computer clock).  I have e-mailed a few friends and they confirm what I am seeing.

When I use Java142 to run NV 4 the time shows up correctly and syncs with the computer clock without problems.

Before I raise a bug report about Openjdk6 I would like to know if people in other parts of the world are seeing this or is it just Europe.

Applications / Escriba 0.96d
« on: April 11, 2015, 01:13:05 am »
Having a very quiet time on the night shift I decided to give this program a try.

I am quite surprised that an OS/2 v2.x program works as well as this does on out WSeB boxes. 

There are a couple of annoying aspects: it does not like my 28 inch (1920x1200) high resolution screen - there is a pronounced flickering which I assume is due to this being written for the standard monitors of the day. The second thing is in the font selection menu and the formatting menu - a half dozen fonts display at what appears to 48 point as do the font type (bold, underline, etc).  I don't know if this is an artefact of how it reacts to the large display or not but I will do more investigation as the night goes on.

Setup & Installation / Desktop restarting at midnight
« on: December 11, 2014, 05:33:54 pm »
I have a very strange problem.  One of our computers restarts the desktop at midnight.  I only noticed it because I have been on the night shift this week.

It is only this box - all the others stay stable with no hint of a restart at midnight, just as this box used to.  The only difference is that we had to replace the boot drive hard disk a couple of weeks ago and restore the image from backup.  Everything else on the machine works as it always did with all programs appearing where they were before the disk change.

We can live with it if we have to but I would be interested to know if anyone has seen this and if there is a way it can be fixed.

Internet / Firefox for eCS (OS/2) 24.8.1 Beta2 using very high CPU.
« on: September 27, 2014, 03:25:16 pm »
The latest firefox has the same problem as the previous version, namely very high CPU usage and plugin-container.exe tending to stay open even when firefox is closed.

It did this on my 4 core and 6 core processor machines as well as our dual 6 core processor test server, pushing CPU usage to well over 90% on all cores.

Note I said DID, it now behaves itself and is working as I expect it to for the last 7 hours.

To fix this problem you need to go to about:config and look for dom.ipc.plugins.enabled and toggle true to false - you can also toggle any other true statements in that dom.ipc group to false.

Since firefox 17 also uses plugin-container.exe this fix should work for those versions as well.

Setup & Installation / Adding fonts to be used by Ghostscript
« on: August 03, 2014, 07:41:51 pm »
I have a manual in PDF form that will not display the diagrams because they have a Japanese font as well as an English embedded in them.

Is it possible to add an available Japanese font (MsMincho.TTC) and map it to Shingo-medium?  Alternately, does anyone have Shingo-medium as a true type font and where did you get it?

Utilities / S.M.A.R.T. Monitoring
« on: May 30, 2014, 01:04:07 pm »
I know this is a strange request but does anyone know of a S.M.A.R.T. monitoring utility that runs on OS/2 and shows the S.M.A.R.T. data of SCSI disks and tapes.

SmartMon does on nearly all OSs but not OS/2.  SmartCtl appears to be for IDE/SATA drives only.  Those are the only two I know of for OS/2 but there might be others around from way back when SCSI disks and tape backup were the norm.

Internet / Strange problems with Firefox
« on: April 15, 2014, 09:13:57 pm »
I have a couple of strange problems with Firefox, both the 10.0.x branch as well as the 17.0.5 b2.

The first appears on all the computers here, single core or multi core.  It is shown in the attached picture.  All the machines are using Snap graphics and ATI video cards.

The second only appears on the multi core machines. When I want to copy a picture or diagram from a web page I normally click MB2 on the image and select 'Save image as...', this brings up the save as dialogue box and I can select where to save as well as the name - all is well at this point.  Now when I click on OK Firefox closes even though the image usually gets saved.  There is nothing logged that tells what is happening or why - very annoying.

The only difference between the setup of all the machines is that the multi core machines have the SMP files and os2apic.psd otherwise they are from the same WSeB disk image with adjustment for USB controllers and network names and the mozprofiles directory is copied from the one stored on the NAS - it made no difference starting with a blank profile.

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