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Web applications / Re: Firefox and youtube
« on: April 15, 2019, 05:33:28 am »
Can we call it Web Explorer?  :)

..ahh...those were the days, eh?

I remember firing up the 1st native OS/2 browser (AFAIK anyways)...good stuff, for that time....

Web applications / Re: Firefox and youtube
« on: April 15, 2019, 01:01:31 am »
Hi Andre, everyone...

...You cannot fully switch to a different icon. You can only override the icon of the WPS WPProgram object, but the icon in the top left corner (of the title bar) of FIREFOX.EXE is the embedded icon...

Actually, I do like the original FF icon set, and it is the nightly that kind of bothers me (no offence only because our platform's reality is that it is the nightlies that actually give us the improved browser versions thanks to efforts like Dave's (I'm benefiting by running the AMD release here).

So if anything I'd love to pull that pesky .exe small icon out and just replace it with the old traditional one. I suspect that it's some type of a resource that's compiled into the EXE itself, not sure if it's even possible to yank it out??? I haven't tried it yet...short on time...

Setup & Installation / Re: Citrix Multiuser 2.0 Problems
« on: April 13, 2019, 03:36:57 pm »
Well, I'd put my money on HPFS386 being the pre-requisite supports ACLs and it appears to be the required feature in the Citrix install.

Seal, HPFS386 is an enterprise version of the standard HPFS filesystem. It supports larger cache sizes, ACLs as well as direct interface between LAN and the FS (communication happens at a different RING level, therefore it is faster than the standard HPFS when used in a networking environment).

This used to be an optional install and present on all the server media.

Applications / Re: OS/4 (technical details only)
« on: April 10, 2019, 04:05:28 am »

...Anyways, alright...I've seen the additional drivers you listed before, wasn't quite sure what to make of 'em before...I'll give these a try and report back....

Nah, no luck.

The replacement drivers result in the same symptom as my normal OS2APIC boot - WPS hang.

I actually suspect this may have something to do with how memory is being allocated during boot, and maybe it's a result of the known SNAP SMP instability (although various parties have said numerous changes were made to the drivers to fix some of this).

Applications / Re: OS/4 (technical details only)
« on: April 10, 2019, 01:18:02 am »

...your system reports about 5 enabled and one disabled CPUs, I do not knot why one is disabled...

I have disabled the 6th core because leaving it in 'enabled' state and not using any APIC parameters to limit the # of cores being used always causes the WPS blue-screen hang, ie: they all get used and that causes some type fo an error. Subsequently I just found it easier to simply disable the core that doesn't actually get used otherwise.

Anyways, alright...I've seen the additional drivers you listed before, wasn't quite sure what to make of 'em before...I'll give these a try and report back.

Thanks again, input is much appreciated!

Applications / Re: OS/4 (technical details only)
« on: April 09, 2019, 04:02:38 am »

...How is your testing of acpi4.bpd doing  (hope you've managed to get it) ?

Very well indeed. The test version allows me to use the /APIC switch. I've attached the matching LOG for this run.

The icing on the cake would be if I could finally use the full 6 cores of my Phenom II X6 cpu...however as long as I'm using SNAP that will most likely not happen - I'm hitting the dreaded Blue Screen of death (right before WPS starts up).

Anyways, thank you...I'll put some runtime on this combo and report back!

Applications / Re: OS/4 (technical details only)
« on: April 09, 2019, 12:08:30 am »

You should have read the OS/4 kernel readme. It clearly states that in order to use OS4APIC.PSD with the /APIC switch you have to also use ACPI4.BPD...

Ohhh??? Well, having read all these docs multiple times I have to say I completely missed yeah, I'd love to see you quote the specific section, b/c as best as I can tell this is not spelled out.

Applications / Re: OS/4 (technical details only)
« on: April 08, 2019, 12:19:12 am »
Hey OS4User,

ACPI4.BPD is a kind of BASEDEV  which is loading before any PSD. It contains Intel ACPICA lib and interface part to be recognized as PDD by any other system components which need ACPI service.

So is it a required part, or an extended functionality type of a thing?

...OS4APIC.PSD  needs info about HW configuration. There are two sources for this info: MPtable and ACPI system.  OS4APIC.PSD is able to get info from MPtable itself, and on the contrary, to get info from ACPI it engages ACPI4.BPD.

It happens so that some mobos and notebooks  do not have valid MPtable and ACPI is the only way for OS4APIC.PSD to get the required info.

Alright, so from that perspective it might explain why on my machine running OS4APIC with /APIC switch causes a in: power off/on is the only way out. I tried this with mulitple combinations and nothing got me past this brick-wall. However, removing /APIC does allow the machine to boot up successfully. Yet the output of MPTable clearly shows an active MPS 1.4 setup.

...One more consumer for ACPI4.BPD service is CLOCK03c.SYS.  CLOCK03c uses ACPI  to get config info about HPET.

I've attached outputs of the MPTable as well as KERNLOG$ from a successfull boot, is this enough to troubleshoot the /APIC hang? Is there a better (more appropriate) place to submit such results?

In particular, going back to the original question re: ACPI4.BPD, it would seem that in my case in particular running this driver might help??? So where can I actually obtain the ACPI4.BPD driver to debug further?


Applications / Re: OS/4 (technical details only)
« on: April 05, 2019, 03:54:03 pm »
Lars, everyone...

For what it is worth:
if you ask the OS/4 guys, they are going to provide you with an ACPI4.BPD driver plus the OS4APIC.PSD driver that goes along with it. This combination is a full replacement for ACPI.PSD as provided by AN... you said, "for what its worth", it would make the most sense that by default the ACPI4.BPD driver is bundled with the regular OS4 package drops, does it not? I think most of us are probably looking to try out the equivalent level of functionality (and more) to what's currently officially available and supported.

Does anyone know what specifically is (and why) in the ACPI4.BPD as opposed to OS4APIC?

Hi Alex,

You can use the "Generic Postscript (Enhanced)" driver in PSPRINT.DRV (if you have it).  That supports up to 2400 dpi resolutions.

Awesome...will give it a go next. Thanks...and sorry for the late response, was away on business this week.


Hi everyone,

I'm looking to upgrade my ePDF printing to support a higher dpi colour output. I have been using my Brother HL-5470DW printer as the device driver for my ePDF printer object. This, for those of you who might not know, allows you to do an easy PDF print. Basically, from any application which does not support native PDF creation you simply send the print job to your ePDF printer, which in turn passes it through the PSMON service and onto the ePDFutility.

This has been working here very well, but recently I needed to preserve the colour on a couple of image to PDF conversions and since my Brother printer is a black&white laser this driver simply won't do. I installed the recommended "Apple Color Laserwriter 12/600PS" (from the PostScript package) driver, as per the ePDF readme, however that maxes out at 600 dpi. Subsequently the PDF output quality suffers a bit.

Therefore, I'm curious what other printer devices, that exist in the standard IBM PostScript driver pack, are capable of 1200 dpi in colour?

I know the ePDF folks released a test ePDF driver, available as an updated IBM driver pack. My only problem with installing it is that it would overwrite my Brother HL-5470 DW driver which I had manually adjusted to take advantage of printer features that were not supported in the out-of-the-box IBM drivers. Since that is my primary printer I am hesitant to make any changes here.

Any suggestions?


Programming / Re: Templates
« on: March 31, 2019, 07:58:12 pm »
I have been using the same approach Joop has detailed for some time now. Very easy to change the path to the JRE EXE, most other things remain the it's a quick drag'n'drop to build an object which requires a specific JRE version.

I think Doug made a couple of excellent points. True, this forum does not get regular updates from the AN folks...however, the information does trickle in through those who participate in the testing activities.

Regarding the commercial over personal use focus by AN team...hmm, I am actually of quite the opposite opinion. To be very frank, it has been nothing but impressive to have multiple reported issues acknowledged and worked on, with resolutions being provided to nearly all of them...and yet here i am, a lowly "individual" right?

Thw weakness I see today is the seemingly very steep hill one needs to climb in order to join the development efforts. I know this may seem a bit like beating a dead horse, but I have tried this on my own and while many folks have pointed me "here and there", the fact remains that nowhere is there a single and CURRENT solution (a full build environment) available that we can pick up, set up, start producing things and stay in-sync with the toolsets and libraries the main parties (BWW and AN) are using.

If that is too hard to overcome we could always focus on converting whatever software is currently out there into RPM packages. This might go a long way towards standardizing the distribution stream and possibly might allow us to avoid some of the "it works here but fails there" type of situations. Standardization in this way would bring consistency.

Hey Paul,

Hey there, I'd be interested in some Samba logs from this, just to see if there's something unusual happening within the Netdrive plugin - I'm assuming this is with the Samba 4.x plugin?

Yeah, this is with the latest 4.9.5 drop, I haven't tried with the test 4.10.0 release yet, however given that the difference is seen between different PDF viewers I'm thinking it may not be Samba client related? For what it's worth the behaviour is the same regardless of whether I'm reading the file from the NAS or the Win7Pro box.

Anyways, toss some instructions at me to grab some logs, unless the standard log from the NetDrive interface will suffice? I'm thinking the one which get started by tossing ndpsmb.dbg into the root of the boot drive...

I second Martin's comments and concur that it is exciting to see the level of concerted effort to keep things not just alive, but improving on our platform.

At the same time I do not want to overlook the contributions that have been made over the years by other projects & contributors, without them I am not sure that AN could have ever been "born".

Keeping my fingers crossed, and contributing here and there with some testing, feedback and monetary contributions. I do genuinely wish there was an easier way for inviduals like myself to contribute more meaningfully though.

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