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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.

Applications / Re: SeaMonkey 2.42.9 CPU spiking
« on: December 18, 2018, 11:29:29 pm »
Hi Dave, 

I know this isn't your 'thing' but I have noticed that you do occasionally give advice about firefox.

I have started using firefox 38.8 with ArcaOS because your trusty 17.0.11 is unable to load several sites that I visit, especially those https ones.  The problem I am seeing, I can go and make the coffee while 38.8 is starting.  Even when it is started opening a site or trying to scroll down a page is slow and intermittent.

I think it has something to do with the AMD processors I use.

The 'working state.jpg is what I see at startup and opening a page.
The 'rest state.jpg' is what happens with firefox open but doing nothing, although it must be doing something to run those processors flat out.   

I have tried this on the following processors: AMD Sempron 3850 quad core APU, AMD A-Series A10-9700 4 compute cores and 6 graphics cores and Ryzen 3 2200G 3.5 GHz 4 cores + 9 GPU cores.

Any ideas as to what is going on?

Applications / Re: USB pendrive on OS2 4.52 VBox guest
« on: December 16, 2018, 04:48:05 pm »
It is not a standard install program, which is why I posted it.  Just copy hcimonit.exe to C:\os2 and then run it again but as Lars said it should show the same as my screen grab - one ohci and one ehci.

Sorry I can't be of much help but I only use VBox with OS/2 as host to run one program in win XP which is the opposite of what you are doing.

Applications / Re: USB pendrive on OS2 4.52 VBox guest
« on: December 14, 2018, 11:08:25 pm »
As Dave says without a USB host controller driver you are never going to see any USB device.

To help speed things up I have attached HCIMONIT.EXE just run it in an OS/2 Command window and it will give the information you need to know. 

You will also need to remove the REM from most of the USB items.  If hcimonit shows more than one host controller it needs to appear that many times in config.sys

There is also the output of hcimonit from my workstation.

Applications / Re: USB pendrive on OS2 4.52 VBox guest
« on: December 14, 2018, 04:01:05 pm »
Hi mauro,
  The 2 screen grabs are from my workstation with OS/2 - not a vbox install.

In the logical view the USB stick appears as Phys D7 and shows the drive letter y:
The physical view shows the same stick as STORE N GO with the drive letter Y: and FAT 32

Since you don't seem able to see any USB sticks I think that your problem might well be that you haven't given it any LVM information and/or the stick isn't formatted fat32 or hpfs or jfs those being the only formats that os/2 understands.  You can check the LVM information, or lack of it, using DFSee.  DFSee will also add the missing LVM information if it isn't there and is also able to format the USB stick as fat32.

Out of curiosity, why don't you use the 'attachments and other options' available here to post your screen shots?  It saves having to go to another site and then return back here.

Utilities / Re: XDF disk extractor
« on: December 10, 2018, 01:40:20 am »
I think you will find the reason they went for discrete tracks on floppies is the ease of finding files.  The start of a file is located as a sector of a track and the positioning motor moves the head assembly to that track.  Since a file can be split between different sectors and tracks using a spiral track would take a long time for the head to traverse back and forth to read all the file segments.  It only works for a CD/DVD because they are write once read many times - you don't delete files on a CD/DVD without having to write the  whole thing again.  That is also why hard disks use discrete tracks and sectors.

Utilities / Re: man-db package setup?
« on: December 08, 2018, 04:32:02 pm »
I would think the simple answer would be for those porting things from Linux to go the whole way and also supply the documentation in either PDF or HTML format.  After all the job is not finished until all the documentation is ready.

At the moment when I want to read and or print ant of man documentation I have to fire up  a Linux box - not a very good advertisement for OS/2.

Applications / Re: Shared folders IFS for VBox Additions, the test version
« on: November 30, 2018, 05:00:58 pm »
Thank you.

To answer your questions.  The Ryzen G processor is the 4 core version with the built in Vega graphics.  I asked about all the dependencies because I remember when the first OS/2 version came out there was quite a scrabble to find everything needed - some from hobbes and some from other places.

From what I have seen any problem between ArcaOS and Ryzen processors is in the install.  For some reason the memdisk does not work because it throws a 'not enough memory' fault, even in cases where there is a minimum of 4Gb RAM.  There is a workround - install using an AMD A10-9700 processor then replace the processor with the Ryzen. Once there is a working ArcaOS on the hard disk it boots up and runs without any problems except that the built in to the motherboard USB does not work - no USB 3 (XHCI) driver.  Other than that ArcaOS boots as if using a SSD drive.

Applications / Re: Shared folders IFS for VBox Additions, the test version
« on: November 30, 2018, 02:39:16 pm »
Maybe this is the wrong place but...  Does anyone know where I can get VBox for an OS/2 host with all the necessary dependencies that will work on ArcaOS running on an AMD Ryzen G processor? 

Applications / Re: Increasing the size of the Fonts
« on: November 26, 2018, 11:08:56 pm »
Now I am back in the land of the living - apparently it was touch and go for some time, I will put in my 2 centimes worth.

Most of your problem Martin is trying 1920x1080 on a 14" monitor.  About the minimum monitor for that resolution is 24" or larger.  I have a 20" 1920x1080 that I need to get the magnifying glass out to read any print on it but I will say it is good for watching films on.

For work I have 2 Samsung S24E650DW 1920x1200 24" monitors flanking a Hanns-G HH281 1920x1200 28" monitor.  Both OS/2 and ArcaOS standards fonts are readable on those.

My advice is for you to decrease the resolution on that 14" monitor or get a 22" or 24" unit that is more suited to do work on and use the 14" for watching u-tube.

Applications / Re: cups installed, how to start it?
« on: October 27, 2018, 07:46:01 pm »
What you are seeing could well be because you don't have the SLPR port.  I have had a look through my zips archive and found it, just unzip it the the partition yoy have the os2 directory in.

It shouldn't be necessary for you to dump what you have (I have several printers installed which only get used when friends bring something over to be repaired)  Once you have the SLPR.pdr and hlp installed in os2\dll it should appear in 'Install new port' page, highlight it and click on add. That should give you the new port for your printer, clocking on propertied will allow you to fill in the necessary information.

Applications / Re: cups installed, how to start it?
« on: October 27, 2018, 11:41:37 am »
Hi Mauro,

As roberto says printing direct from firefox for OS/2 is almost impossible.  Because of that I have installed an Apple Color Laserwriter to use when printing to file as a PDF.

Regarding printer ports.  As I said before I am using PSCRIPT.DRV with the PPDs for both my Brother printers added.  To add the SLPR port use the
'Install New Port' button on the 'Output Port' page. Then open the SLPR port propertied and fill in as necessary (mine shows what I have for the postscript printer with PCL I'm not sure).

Since your printer has postscript embedded I would recommend that you use it that way even if it does require you to clean up the PPD and add it to the driver (see the readme included with Alex Taylor's PSPRINT driver for how to do it).

Applications / Re: cups installed, how to start it?
« on: October 22, 2018, 06:01:19 pm »
@ Bogdan,

You say to use the windows ppd and not the Linux one.  Any particular reason because I have always used the Linux ppd with the PSPRINT driver.

@ mauro,

See for the driver and other printer related items. The PSPRINT driver has a very good readme that should take you through the process of setting up a postscript network printer.

Applications / Re: cups installed, how to start it?
« on: October 22, 2018, 01:22:51 am »
OK, a lot depends on how your printer is seen on the network (all of mine are wired and I have given then a fixed IP address, wireless works the same way from my AP).

I use the PSPRINT.DRV with both printer added through pin.exe using their ppd files. The actual connections are through the SLPR port using the IP address.  The only complicated part is the preparing of the ppd for OS/2 use and the readme with the PSPRINT driver explains that.

Applications / Re: cups installed, how to start it?
« on: October 21, 2018, 08:07:42 pm »
What is the model number of the printer and is it postscript enabled?

If it has a built in postscript engine like my Brother printers (DCP-9020cdw and HL-3170cdw) then you shouldn't need to mess about with cups but it will need you to have a PPD file for the printer.

BTW, I have never managed to get cups for OS/2 to work hence my getting postscript enabled printers.

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