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Setup & Installation / Re: Airboot no longer works...
« on: May 12, 2020, 03:20:07 pm »
Hi Pete,

You hit the nail on the head with my case being about graphics.  The unit has an AMD Sempron 3850 APU with built in graphics driving a Samsung S24E650 monitor at 1290x1200.  Reported it to AN but no fix, no hardware like it I suspect.

Your problem should be fixed as it is much more serious.  I never had that problem at work even on the test machine (Asus M4A78LT-M LE Motherboard, 4 hard disks, 2 with operating systems (OS/2 v4.52 with a maintenance part plus ArcaOS when I retired, Linux Mint and Win7) all selected and booted using the old IBM boot manager with 'boot from USB enabled in the bios.  That machine is down in the garage gathering dust but I am loath to throw it out, it gave excellent service over the years and still has data on it that might be needed.

If BootManager can do it why not AirBoot?

Setup & Installation / Re: Airboot no longer works...
« on: May 12, 2020, 12:39:04 pm »
Hi Pete,

You are lucky to get some response from Airboot.  For me, when I tried using it, all I got was a blank screen and I had to use a stop watch to time pressing keys.

In the end I dumped it, re-imaged the HD to ArcaOS only, pulled another PC out of retirement  and added it to the KVM switch and am back in business with a windows (shudder) machine to help sort out the problems friends seem to get into on the dark side.

Setup & Installation / Re: Install from USB
« on: May 11, 2020, 12:07:38 pm »
Hi Rick,

It might be easier to just burn another DVD depending on what equipment you are trying to install on (a scratch towards the outer edge of a DVD shouldn't stop it working since the track starts from the centre).

Internet / Re: The new browser / QT5
« on: May 11, 2020, 12:02:03 pm »
And here am I being very concerned that this browser doesn't have anything like No Script available for use which makes it almost useless for ant real work.

I have it on one of my Linux boxes and am not very impressed with it.  Sorry.

Hardware / Re: List of OS/2 Tested/Reported Motherboards
« on: May 09, 2020, 08:44:59 pm »
Hi Dariusz,

Be glad you aren't in France, one of our largest computer parts supplier now only lists AM4 boards and Ryzen processors as well as their very expensive Intel offerings.

It might be time for you to consider moving up in the AMD world.  I seem to remember that you said your son has a Ryzen based machine - if so there is a simple test you can do - make a disk image of your working system, copy it to another disk then borrow the Ryzen box and swop its HD for your copy - power up and see what happens (you might need to edit the config.sys on the copy and add the odd driver.  That is how I went from my 3850 Sempron APU Mini ITX board to my Ryzen 3 2200G unit, in fact I still have the modified HD and use it to test how well ArcaOS runs on some of the Ryzen units I build for friends and other people.

Hardware / Re: USB 3
« on: May 09, 2020, 01:11:09 am »
Hi Dave,

To answer your last question, since I'm 80 I am supposed to stay at home here in France.  To go out we have to fill in a form each time stating name, date of birth, reason for being outside plus a few other things, you get a fine if you don't have one.  The last time I went out to get food I was advised to say I was only 70 on the form.  It is sheer stupidity as far as I'm concerned.

Hardware / Re: USB 3
« on: May 08, 2020, 10:44:53 pm »
Thank you all for the information.

It would appear that successful recognition of USB 3 ports during boot is impossible without some radical reworking of the OS/2 boot procedure and, maybe, hacking of the os2krnl.

I will have to dig around in the motherboard hardware and bios firmware to see if I can get any more information (it will give me something to do during lockdown since at my age I'm not supposed to be outside). 

Hardware / USB 3
« on: May 07, 2020, 07:57:32 pm »
A question for those on the elite list of testers.

Does the USB 3 driver work at boot time?  I have a couple of KVM switches that work with my Linux boxes but will not work with any of the ArcaOS units with a USB 2 addin card although they will work as stand alone boxes.

A secondary question, can a usb mouse and keyboard work through one USB 3 port?  It works with a couple of my ITX boxes that have real USB 2 ports.

General Discussion / Re: Old OS/2 user, now newbie!
« on: May 04, 2020, 11:39:53 pm »
I had an Acer T180 running as my main computer for years before I built my own Ryzen unit to take over that role.

Ryzen base computer boards work well if you use a real USB 2 addin card although there are usually a couple of odd requirements, first they really need ArcaOS to run the SMP side of things and second, depending on the board layout they might need the hard disk to be imaged to start with.  I have built several Ryzen based units for friends and out of interest I used the hard disk with the base image on it to test them - one failed because I didn't have a spare USB 2 card available so no kb or mouse.  When/if we get USB 3.0 drivers it should be a different story.     

Applications / Re: OpenOffice 4.1.7 gives error on startup
« on: May 04, 2020, 09:32:04 pm »
Hi David, 

I hope they are paying you for that time but you really have to worry when you start on 18 hour days - they are the killer.

It appears there is some conflict with DLLs which is why I have all the necessary DLLs in the openoffice directory and use libpath strict on starting it.

Applications / Re: OpenOffice 4.1.7 gives error on startup
« on: May 04, 2020, 08:05:11 pm »
Hi David,

They do say on that site
If you use Apache Openoffice as well, be aware, that you need to install the icu-legacy package to have AOO still working (yum install icu-legacy).
which might be the answer people are looking for.

General Discussion / Re: Old OS/2 user, now newbie!
« on: April 30, 2020, 07:47:49 pm »
Hi Axel,

What is your motherboard?  I have had several AMD Sempron based boards up to the Sempron 3850 APU on an ASRock AM1H-ITX which is now my standby unit.

The only problems I have had are with the new AMD Ryzen based boards because they don't have real USB 2 ports and we don't have USB 3 drivers.

Applications / Re: WarpIN: Exception on Main thread
« on: April 30, 2020, 07:11:11 pm »
Hi roberto,

What processor are you using?  If it is an Intel unit it might help to turn off hyperthreading because using it is very unstable and can give the results you are seeing.

Hardware / Re: Search for a PC for the next 10 years
« on: April 30, 2020, 07:05:27 pm »
Hi Martin,

Rather than fight with the multiple adapters that this board has (HD audio, hdmi audio and some sort of generic audio) I just use a C-Media Unitek Y247A USB audio adapter with a bluetooth transmitter attached to allow me to use headphones.

The first 3 attachments should be self explanatory, the last (mix.txt) is the output from unimix.

Programming / Re: Memory 'footprint' API?
« on: April 29, 2020, 11:34:15 pm »
Actually, I got that little util, pretty handy, although at some point in time it started crashing on several of the tabs, so things like : Modules, Mod Tree, Sharedmem cause a SYS3175 now.

Very strange, it works well on my Ryzen boxes.  It sounds as if you have something strange going on with your computer - it is almost as if you have a suspect memory stick, either speed or a chip going bad (I have seen memory problems when the memory speed isn't optimum for the processor and chipset).

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