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Internet / Security Certs
« on: July 19, 2018, 04:42:58 pm »
Is there a way of updating the security certs in firefox 17.0.11?  I am now encountering some problems with some https sites that are asking for newer certs.

BTW, I know that version is old but it works on my old dell laptop and I don't want to mess with OS/2 that I managed to get working on that machine.

General Discussion / Re: Display issue !
« on: July 19, 2018, 04:17:24 pm »
Remy, do you get the same thing happening if you the SNAP video drivers?

Setup & Installation / Re: bus master error
« on: July 11, 2018, 05:09:39 pm »
If you are getting this during the reboot it indicates that you don't have the required 'copy from floppy' in the config.sys of disk 2 and as a consequence are trying to use the old IBM driver from the image files.

Off Topic discussions / Re: Google invests $22 million in KaiOS
« on: June 29, 2018, 02:23:40 pm »

Hi Dariusz,

I assume you mean PMDLL-2.10 when you mentioned the 'DLL Tree' utility.  It is on hobbes but to make it easy I've attached it here.

Setup & Installation / Re: USB 3.0 /3.1
« on: June 24, 2018, 10:35:17 am »
Hi Dave, I don't know where you got the idea that I was Dutch, I'm British living in France now. I did own a company, based in Spain that works with several industrial plants keeping their computer controlled machine tools working in top condition.

E-mailing Lewis might be an idea, the ball is then in their court. 

Setup & Installation / Re: USB 3.0 /3.1
« on: June 23, 2018, 09:31:47 pm »
Hi Dave,

If they are looking at installer updates then they are going to need the USB 3/3.1 drivers if anyone is going to use a modern motherboard AMD  or Intel based.  The last three I got only had USB 3 ports, no PS/2 therefore if no drivers it becomes rather problematic installing without keyboard or mouse/trackball.

At the moment I have 3 Ryzen based computers - two if them running ArcaOS to a limited fashion and 5 with AMD 3850 APU 4 core processors, again with ArcaOS - I used one of them to build the hard disk for the Ryzen units since it is impossible to install from DVD or USB on those boards.

If anyone wants anything tested on new - less than 2 years old - AMD based boards I could dedicate one of my units to the task.  There are quite a lot of problems with those boards with the drivers we have at the moment with most of them revolving around the ASMedia chipset - ahci and USB.

I shall remain hopefully optimistic. 

Setup & Installation / USB 3.0 /3.1
« on: June 23, 2018, 05:53:58 pm »
Since most of us that visit here are not plugged into the the testing network and therefore never hear how essential updates and drivers are progressing, or even if they are being worked on.  I am now working on the principle that if you don't ask you never find out so I'm asking 'is there any progress on USB 3.0 and 3.1 drivers and if there is have those creating them thought to test them on the ASMedia chipset as used on most AMD Ryzen and A series CPU motherboards?

Storage / Re: Help! I don't want losing my data.
« on: June 15, 2018, 07:58:58 pm »
May I make a suggestion. First make a backup of all the data you don't want to lose (remember if you don't have at least two copies of the data you don't have a backup).

Now, am I correct in assuming you want to be able to run both windows and OS/2 (eCS or ArcaOS) on your Thinkpad.  As you have found it is not easy and does require preparation (the eCS NTFS FS is not ready for prime time use as far as I can see).

First thing you are going to need at least three partitions on the hard disk. first a NTFS partition for windows, second an HPFS partition for OS/2 and third a Fat 32 partition to enable data transfer between the two operating systems, all of these are standard partitions for the operating systems.

On the two computers I have with this setup (an Acer Aspire 9300 notebook and an ASRock AM1H-ITX based desktop, both using AMD processors) I used DFSee to do the disk partitioning then installed win 7 first which took the first primary partition, then installed ArcaOS on the last logical partition (there are 5 logical JFS partitions on the desktop machine as well as the HPFS boot partition).  The 16 GB Fat 32 partition is at the end of the drive.

This setup has worked for the last 12 years on the Aspire without any problems and is working well on the Mini ITX and should work better when we get USB3.1 drivers.

I don't know if any of the above will help you but it might give you some ideas on how to solve your problem ( note my experience is only with AMD processors - no Intel here).

Applications / Re: xcenter PULSE-cpu - how to recover it?
« on: June 13, 2018, 01:59:36 am »
I assume this is an xcenter widget of some sort. If so where did you download it from and can you re-download and install it again?

Regarding the heat problem from the CPU have you considered cleaning out the cooling system because that sort of heat build up is usually caused by a buildup of fluff and garbage on the heat pipe radiators.  Removing the back of the laptop and applying a brush and compresses air to the cooling radiators should restore normal working - don't forget to check the cooling fan is also clean and running before replacing the back of the unit.

Applications / Re: Microsoft takeover of GitHub
« on: June 05, 2018, 10:46:22 pm »
You must remember that zdnet has been an avid supporter of all things Microsoft for a long while and anything they produce should be taken with a shovel full of salt.

Sad Nad says that we should judge M$ by its actions and a lot of devs are doing that and pulling their code from GitHub as a consequence see the comments on

Does anyone trust M$ after their forced install of win 10 and the slurping of all users personnel data, which you can't turn off.

Applications / Re: Microsoft takeover of GitHub
« on: June 05, 2018, 01:25:13 pm »
And if you read the comments to that item and the followup article you will find that most developers are up in arms against the M$ takeover.  Nothing good can come from it.

Applications / Microsoft takeover of GitHub
« on: June 05, 2018, 11:42:42 am »
Just wondering what effect the Microsoft takeover of GitHub will have on any of the OS/2 applications hosted on there knowing the MS mantra of 'embrace, extend and extinguish'?

I might be able to answer some of those questions.

My board (Asus Prime B350M-A) arrived this morning.

Updating the bios took 10 minuets including installing the old A10-9700 processor.  Then I cheated a bit since it was easy with everything spread out on my worktable.

Installed the Ryzen 3 2200G processor and 2 x 4GB memory sticks.

Added a 1TB Toshiba disk and a slim DVD drive.  Now this where I cheated - the Toshiba drive was taken from one of my other AMD APU based systems when I upgraded its drive to a 2TB Seagate FireCUDA disk, it has a complete ArcaOS 5.0.2  install on it as well as my usual tools and utilities (I did update the ACPI driver before using the drive - SATA/USB adapters are good).

With everything plugged together and power applied it didn't take long to arrive at my ArcaOS desktop with everything working except USB.

I will post more information when I get the case for this in a couple of weeks and get everything neat and tidy.

The sound problem is well known and appears to be a timing problem with drivers loading from the config.sys.  I have it on a couple of my AMD 3850 APUs and it is stopped by opening the sound object - then it sound is ok until next time start.

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