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Hi Julien, 
The enhanced postscript printer driver roberto is talking about is the PSPRINT.DRV I mentioned at the beginning found in <boot drive>\sys\install\PRNDRV\PMDD_6 It also has the readme telling how to setup and add a PPD for your printer (heading: Importing PPD Files).

You can print to file in firefox and use that to produce a PDF, which is what I use it for.

I have found CUPS is more trouble than it is worth, in fact I have never got it to print to any of my printers which I why I have all postscript printers now.  With the imported PPDs they just print.

Internet / Re: Unable to download PDF documents with FF 38.8
« on: January 10, 2019, 09:40:29 pm »
Hi Dave,

that wasn't it either.  I am now fighting to get a new profile up and running with several of my extensions.  The ones that were in the extension directory as xpi files were no problem but the one I need ix in a directory and looks like it is an unzipped xpi file.  Do you think it might work if I zipped that dir up and gave it an xpi extension?  Job for tomorrow, been out all day and still have to cook dinner ;)

When I get this new profile working I will try and get ff45 running - at the moment all it does is peg out 2 of the 4 processors for 45 seconds then switch to the other two for the same length time then wash and repeat.  The only way to stop it is to kill the process.  The fun and games using an AMD processor - it never used to be like that with OS/2 (I'm not changing to Intel processors considering all the problem they are having)

Internet / Re: Unable to download PDF documents with FF 38.8
« on: January 10, 2019, 12:19:17 am »
Hi David,

There are three main things in GSView that beat Lucide.
1) much better zoom increments.
2) the ability to set a scale for a drawing and take measurements from it.
3) the ability to set a DPI value for the display.

As an example, towards the end of last year I needed to work with some A0 size drawings that were emailed to me. Lucide wouldn't open them (something to do with problems creating thumbnails I think). GSView had no problems and I could zoom in and take the necessary measurements whicj saved me having to setup a windows box to run AutoCad.

Sorry no pictures, those were sensitive commercial drawings.

BTW, I am not trying to put down Lucide, in fact it is my PDF reader of choice for equipment manuals and SF stories I have in PDF format.

Hi Dave,

I have the first of your urls bookmarked from when I setup the Linux box.  Reading the second one, it appears that all I have to do is copy the epub dir to the new profile and put the correct extension in the extensions dir.

Hi roberto,

I assume you mean did I restart Firefox.  Yes I did since you can't make the changes with FF running and to because I changed the SET MOZ_NO_RWS setting I also rebooted the computer.

Internet / Re: Unable to download PDF documents with FF 38.8
« on: January 09, 2019, 10:10:00 pm »
Hi Dave,

I did the delete mimeTypes.rdf, it got recreated at next start (reduced from 63K to 4.8K) and still nothing in the Applications tab and the popup for how to deal with a file does not appear any more.  I assume the next thing is to try a new profile but raises the question of how do I migrate all the e-pub books that I have in the old profile to the new one.

Hi David,

I don't have a default program set for PDF files, sometimes I use Lucide and sometimes I use GSView depending on content. Lucide is good for reading text and GSView is excellent for drawings and engineering diagrams.

It all depends on the settings for the printer.  If the printer has the ability to scan to FTP over the network it is easy.

1) setup Peter's FTP Server and enable either a directory or a disk (I have disk F: set to rw) set the login name and give it a password.
2) open the printer settings, go to the scanner settings page and give it the IP address of the server, the login and a directory for the scans and the ftp password.  Then setup several scan profiles for example, colour scan, document scan, scan to pdf, etc (depends on how the firmware of your printer is setup.
3) do a test scan. If it works OK, if it doesn't you most probably have a problem with the ftp server setup (I have to admit I had a problem adding another drive to the settings because I was years since I first setup the server).  There is also the possibility you might get one of the scanner settings out of range (go over the manual carefully and don't try and ask it to do something lot listed).

Peter's FTP Server is available on hobbes.

Internet / Unable to download PDF documents with FF 38.8
« on: January 09, 2019, 05:55:09 pm »
Today I found a problem with ff 38.8 - I am unable to download any PDF document, yet I can do so with my Linux box or win XP in a VM.

Digging around in options I find the Applications tab has no applications listed and no way to add any (see attachment) yet the 'mimeTypes.rdf file is in the profile and appears to have everything listed.  Even the PDF Download add on that works with ff 17.0.11 does not work.

Is there a way to get the ability to download PDF documents back or do I have to fire up a Linux box every time to do that?

Hi Julien,

I have a couple of Brother laser printers (DCP-9020cdw and HL-3170cdw) that work using the PSPRINT driver (on ArcaOS) and the PSCRIPT driver (on OS/2) via the SLPR port driver.  The only thing necessary to get them working was to import the PPD from the LINUX drivers (after cleaning them) using the instructions included with Alex Taylor's PSPRINT-30_905 package.

I can, and do, use the scanner of the DCP-9020cdw via Peter Moylan's FTP Server.

Applications / Re: USB pendrive on OS2 4.52 VBox guest
« on: January 06, 2019, 02:18:36 pm »
Last pics from previous post

Applications / Re: USB pendrive on OS2 4.52 VBox guest
« on: January 06, 2019, 02:16:25 pm »
Hi Mauro,

What you are doing seems rather complicated, you could try this.

I don't know if this will work for you using OS/2 in a VM but this is what I do on a real OS/2 install (I am using DFSee downloaded from hobbes in expert mode)

1) Find the usb stick with DFSee.  In my case it is a 64 GB stick that I used to install an updated win7 to a friends Ryzen computer.

2) Open the object to work with, in this case a disk and select the correct disk, number 4 for me.

3) Experience has shown that it is a very good idea to start with a clean slate, or I should say disk so I wipe the start of the disk to ZERO, again select the correct disk or you could end up in big trouble.  Disk 4 again.
3a) It is possible that you will be advised to eject the usb stick and reinsert it after this stage, in which case do so and then continue to the next stage.

4) With the wipe concluded it is create a new partition time. again select the correct disk.

5) Now select the type of partition and size.   In my case since I need the stick to transfer between Android tablets and my computer I need it to be fat32 and max size, I also select a primary partition.

6) Next step, volume name, partition name (either select those offered or give your own) and you MUST give a drive letter including the colon.

7) Confirm LVM disk name.

8) Now comes the format, since I want fat32 I select to format with FAT file system a partition to be selected.

9) in my case it is again disk 4.

10) Accept the defaults given. and the formatting takes place.

11) With formatting completed exit DFSee and eject the USB stick.

12) Reinsert the stick and confirm it is seen by OS/2 and is the size expected.  You can also write to it as a confirmation.

Hardware / Re: Is there any SCSI PCI Express card supported by OS/2 ?
« on: January 01, 2019, 12:20:32 pm »
Hi Julien,

If you are thinking about OS/2 on the Ryzen board there are some limitations to consider.

Read the various threads in the forum about getting OS/2 on to a Ryzen based computer - can be done, I have 4 here, one Ryzen 7 and three Ryzen G.  The big problem is that we don't have a USB 3.x driver so you need a USB 2 PCIe card if you want to attach any USB device, the other thing is the ASmedia SATA chips that are generally on Ryzen boards - no driver again.

If you can work round those limitations they are fast stable units.

Hi Mathias,

Regarding your general observations re appearance.  My observations are the exact opposite - I have lost count of the number of times people have asked if I can make their win10 look like mine.  People generally want colour on their computers rather than the bland colourless thing they get with win10.

In fact the biggest stumbling block I have found for people that would otherwise use OS/2 (ArcaOS) is the total lack of USB 3 (most current laptops and desktops no longer have USB2 ports) and as you say a good browser that works with the latest secure sites.  It would also be a help if the video drivers could use modern video cards to their full potential.

I do hope that all goes well for you in Leipzig, I too have several Win3x games I would like to revive and play on OS/2 after all OS/2 was a better DOS than DOS and Windows than Windows back in the beginning.

Applications / Re: USB pendrive on OS2 4.52 VBox guest
« on: December 20, 2018, 07:49:45 pm »
Sorry Doug but Warp 4.52 does come with LVM, I just looked it up on my CP2 CD.  The fact that it doesn't appear to be operational tends to point to more fundamental problems with the install in VBox.

It might be easier for mauro to create a new VBox OS/2 instance rather than trying to patch up the one he has.

Applications / Re: SeaMonkey 2.42.9 CPU spiking
« on: December 19, 2018, 07:30:05 pm »
Thanks Dave, I'll get back to it as soon as I have my computers back - family arrived and all the kids wanted to play games on the big monitors (1920x1200 24" and up).

Like Andreas I would say use DFSee but I think you might be able to do what you want (win10 is tricky) with the Installation Volume Manager utility.

In the dropdown menu under System you should find an item Rewrite MBR.  This should do the job but It may not (remember that win10 is not designed to be uninstalled).

Are you certain that it is an MBR disk?  All the win10 disks I have seen are GPD if the MB they are attached to has a UFEI bios and you do need DFSee to convert GPD to MBR.

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