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Utilities / Re: FM/2 loading issue
« on: February 28, 2018, 10:00:17 pm »
A long shot but have you run CHECKINI.EXE  from wptools and CLEANINI.EXE to be certain that your OS2 ini files are clean and don't have any odd paths that might be causing the problem?

Programming / Re: Trying to build my First RPM Package
« on: February 27, 2018, 02:41:52 pm »
Hi Martin,

Please don't think I'm decrying you effort to find out how to build RPM files - learning something new is always good although at 78 I find that sometimes the old ways that still work are better.

There are points for and against all automated install systems the worst one being when the 'latest and greatest' kills the 'tried and tested' because the new updated a dll that the old required, that is when the 'fun' begins tracking down the problem.  At least with a zip file it is easy to see what is there, not so with an rpm on a standard OS/2 v4.52 install.

It is not just with the rpm packages that we have appearing for OS/2 it happens with Linux as well.  There it is a case of will the rpm that I have found work with the version of Linux I have, PCLinuxOS, or should I use the RHEL rpm or the SUSE rpm if there is one available?

Programming / Re: Trying to build my First RPM Package
« on: February 27, 2018, 01:26:05 pm »
Maybe I am rather old fashioned but that seems to be a lot of work when a simple ZIP does the same thing without all the faffing about - see Lars' USB drivers.

Applications / Re: FMT
« on: February 24, 2018, 12:52:29 pm »
Hi Ben,

I think you said that you are using eCS and from what Rich has posted it appears that eCS has a program called FMT that is in a directory listed early in the PATH statement and so takes precedent.

Have you tried renaming the FMT you want to use or the one in \usr\bin to something else and does that change what you see happening?

Applications / Re: FMT
« on: February 23, 2018, 06:41:00 pm »
Which version of FM/2 are you using?  Here I have v3.22.0 and I don't see a FMT.EXE in the FM/2 directory or ant of the subdirectories.

Article Discussions / Re: OS2VOICE RPM Server
« on: February 20, 2018, 05:22:49 pm »
Roderick, using your Tame example are you saying that there would be just ONE rpm file that contains EVERYTHING necessary for running Tame with a USB scanner or would we need to download several rpm files?

If it is the first then a simple WPI, like the original Tame distribution should suffice and the WPI database would also be updated.

If it is the second then we are seeing a basic change to OS/2.  By that I mean using rpm is forcing a file system layout that is foreign to OS/2 to try and work with the basic OS/2 file system so things may or may not work depending on the bldlevel of the various components.

In engineering we tend to call such radical changes a solution looking for a problem to solve. 

Hardware / Re: Touchpad use with OS/2, ArcaOS
« on: February 16, 2018, 01:31:00 am »
No, nothing I can find.  It is a standard Synaptics unit from a PCI scan.

I wonder how other people get on with touchpads when using OS/2 on laptops or is it just me that gets peed off with tapping?


The touchpad works it is just too sensitive to what it sees as tapping (I start moving the pointer from one side of the screen to the other but I can't do it in one move, if I lift my finger to continue the movement the moment I put my finger back down it is seem as a tap, mb1, NOT GOOD).

Hardware / Touchpad use with OS/2, ArcaOS
« on: February 15, 2018, 05:59:02 pm »
Are there any special drivers in OS/2 that can be used with touchpads and will allow the switching off of tapping?

At the moment I have a stiff plastic sheet taped over the touchpad of my Acer laptop and use a usb trackball because the slightest change in pressure on the touchpad is seen as a click of the mb1.

Hardware / Re: USX keyboard layout
« on: February 14, 2018, 05:01:38 pm »
If memory serves me correctly the USX keyboard stands for US Extended keyboard whichj is now known as the US International keyboard.  The layout and special keys diagram can be found on the net.

Edit:  Attached layout taken from one of my old IBM books.

Hardware / Re: Limitation on using an USB DVD and CD writer under ArcaOS
« on: February 12, 2018, 06:36:50 pm »
Hi David,

The first thing you need to know is the standart scsi device descriptor [bus,]id[,lun] without that you are not likely to get very far.

I have found that writing CD/DVD using a drive letter does not work reliably in OS/2 so I don't use it (depends on which version of OS2CDROM.DMD you use).

Even though I have ArcaOS I have never installed DC/DVD Toys preferring to use the scripts I produced for MKISOFS2, CDRECORD2 and DVDDAO which work with anything I throw at them, even a slim DVD +-RW hanging off a SATA/USB adapter.

Hardware / Re: USB 10.221 is out
« on: February 07, 2018, 08:37:47 pm »
Thank you Lars, I now have sound on several of my computers using a USB adapter.

One question, since you are the expert on USB drivers, is it possible to update the USBKBD.SYS to work with the extra keys on many new USB keyboards?  I have an old no name PS/2 that allows the use of those keys but non of the USB keyboards have any response (the keycodes don't appear in the programs I used to get them for the PS/2 keyboard.

Storage / Re: Low level format error with JFS
« on: February 04, 2018, 12:22:04 pm »
Does anyone else low level format spinning hard drives anymore?


Actually that is not quite correct because you can buy the necessary disk tools ($$$$$) from the manufacturer and even then if you mess things up there is no comeback on them.

As Doug says there is no need to do that with todays disks.

Article Discussions / Re: AN changing USB driver stack to 32-bit
« on: January 29, 2018, 11:51:11 pm »
Let me drop something else in here.

In developing usb3 drivers are they going to include something to enable use of the ASMedia usb3/sata chips or is that impossible because non of the testers have systems using those chips?

Article Discussions / Re: AN changing USB driver stack to 32-bit
« on: January 28, 2018, 06:04:42 pm »
Andi, you write about testers but the problem is just what are they testing on?  Are there any testers testing on AMD Ryzen or Theradripper or the A8 or A10 or even any of the newer AMD series of processors and APUs?  I very much doubt it which is a great cause for concern (I would have thought that they would be looking for the widest range of equipment for testing rather than what appears to be just Intel systems and older AMD offerings).

I will admit that I have an interest because I will not have an Intel processor in any of my equipment even notebooks and the lack of testing does show up.

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