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General Discussion / Re: Gallery
« Last post by Martin Iturbide on Today at 04:32:40 am »
Hi

I consolidates the links to the gallery on this wiki page:
https://www.os2world.com/wiki/index.php/OS2World_Gallery

Please let me know if you have any more pictures to include or any suggestions.

Regards
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Setup & Installation / Re: How to convert a GPT disk with Win10 to MBR
« Last post by Doug Bissett on October 14, 2019, 11:52:34 pm »
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One question, currently there are three partitions on this 250GB SSD. One of them seems to be the recovery partition. I think I can safely delete this cause guess it would recreate a GPT system anyway which I don't like. Or would it be better to back up and restore this one too? Is it important for W10 to have the two other partitions in front of it's system partition or does it work without the recovery partition in between?

Briefly:

Win 10  likes to have a boot partition, of about 100 MB (I think), which has no windows drive letter, followed by the C: drive. There may also be a "recovery" partition (usually at the end of the disk), which contains the original machine code load. What is in there, or how it works, seems to change from manufacturer to manufacturer, and it may only be bootable when using GPT.  It would likely be a good idea to image the whole disk, with DFSEE, so you can get back to what you started with BEFORE you start to mess with it.  The 100 MB partition is not necessary, unless you want to use one of those disk encryption programs (they live in that partition, along with the windows loader). The windows loader is also on the C: drive, but probably needs to be enabled, to bypass the small partition loader. Acronis figures that out for you, if you only restore the C: drive, but not if you do have the drive encrypted.

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I've used Acronis in the past.  It works well.  I'll try setting up a dual boot Windows 10 /ArcaOS laptop in next few days using Acronis and DFSee.

It is probably easier to use the tools in the ArcaOS installer to initialize the disk for LVM, and create ALL of the partitions with that (it can also wipe the disk). Never allow any other partition manager (including DFSEE, if it is not running under OS/2) to touch the partitioning, or it is likely to be messed up. One of the READMEs, in the root of the ArcaOS installer DVD has "official" instructions.
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Applications / Re: David's Doodles
« Last post by David Graser on October 14, 2019, 06:16:14 pm »
The NConvert ones are harder than expected

BTW: as stated earlier, there is no such thing as an original NConvert icon. There is an alternative, their XnConvert icon, but that's a different product. Difficulties have nothing to do with the center of the styled eye, so I'll continue to use their generic logo. Nevertheless here's XnConvert's, FWIW:

FWIW, I attempted the two os/2 icons. One is 24 bit and the other is 8 bit.
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Setup & Installation / Re: How to convert a GPT disk with Win10 to MBR
« Last post by Joseph M. Kempf on October 14, 2019, 04:54:53 pm »
Thanks Doug et al:

I've used Acronis in the past.  It works well.  I'll try setting up a dual boot Windows 10 /ArcaOS laptop in next few days using Acronis and DFSee.
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Article Discussions / Re: Thanks again - Warpstock 2019 Trip
« Last post by Martin Iturbide on October 14, 2019, 04:19:59 pm »
About the Offtopic.

It seems that the situation improved yesterday. It was a very stressful weekend in Quito, but today we returned to work. If there is an agreement between the indigenous and the government until Wednesday, I think this problem will be over. 

Regards
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Internet / Re: PMMail and EARLYMEMINIT=TRUE problem?
« Last post by Lars on October 14, 2019, 03:53:49 pm »
There is an unfortunate twist with EARLYMEMINIT=TRUE.

There is a dynamic memory allocation DevHelper called "VMAlloc" that is to be used by kernel/driver SW. There exists a flag called "VMDHA_USEHIGHMEM" that does exactly what EARLYMEMINIT = TRUE is supposed to do: it allows to allocate memory above the 16 MByte physical address boundary on driver init (and only on driver init). For some reason I don't know, a call to VMAlloc with flag "VMDHA_USEHIGHMEM" will FAIL if "EARLYMEMINIT=TRUE" is specified.
But if you do not specify flag "VMDHA_USEHIGHMEM" along with "EARLYMEMINIT=TRUE" , then the allocation will be successful and will use memory > 16 MB address boundary.
 
The only solution to ensure that (on driver init) you can allocate memory above the 16 MBYTE physical address boundary is to try to allocate with "VMDHA_USEHIGHMEM" flag and if that fails to retry without this flag. That way, you will succeed one way or the other (unless you have too little memory in general).

Therefore, I suspect that all those drivers that fail with "EARLYMEMINIT=TRUE" set in config.sys try to dynamically allocate memory on driver init with "VMDHA_USEHIGHMEM" flag set and would likely work OK if the binary were patched to NOT set the VMDHA_USEHIGHMEM flag.


Lars
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Applications / Re: Timidity MCD install (Minstaller).
« Last post by Alex Taylor on October 14, 2019, 03:21:23 pm »
Glad to hear it.

FWIW, this line:
dir @@TIMIDITY_DIR@@
is unnecessary - it's just a placeholder for the WPI installer.
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Applications / Re: Firefox 45.9.0 can no longer play Youtube movies ?
« Last post by André Heldoorn on October 14, 2019, 02:38:01 pm »
Thanks; better safe than sorry, if it's worth a retest. I guess it may be. I haven't experimented myself, and followed the recommendations. Supporting both, for a selection of DLLs (e.g. XUL.DLL yes, HUNPEL0.DLL no), with InsTurbo should be almost trivial.
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Setup & Installation / Re: How to convert a GPT disk with Win10 to MBR
« Last post by Olafur Gunnlaugsson on October 14, 2019, 01:50:34 pm »
I don't want to loose the Win10 installation. How can I convert the disk to MBR so I can add some OS/2 partitions?

This may not be of any help to your use case (laptops with only one drive bay etc), but my preferred way of doing this is to keep it as simple as possible by buying one of those 20 euro 120 gb SSDs from China on ebay et.al. and using this as a MBR drive while keeping the windows drive as GUID. This gives me the added bonus of being able to skip using boot managers unless I want to have multiple OS/2 installs on the MBR drive, as I simply use the F10 (F11/F12 or whatever) boot selection as an alternative, if you choose EFI boot the UEFI bootloader only initially sees the GUID drive even though Windows will see that drive after initial boot, while if you choose the BIOS emulation boot the GUID drive gets ignored.

Similarly during install I simply boot the CD drive in either EFI or BIOS mode using the Fxx key depending on which OS I want to install, etc.
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Setup & Installation / Re: How to convert a GPT disk with Win10 to MBR
« Last post by Andi B. on October 14, 2019, 09:26:17 am »
In DFSee there is a menu entry for changing GPT to MBR. Honestly I've not even read the documentation until now. So it's a bit to early to bother Jan with this. Have to check what Jan has written in his docs before.

Dough thanks for the hint to Acronis. I've read similar messages from you in the past but didn't remember were. Thanks again for answering here. I did have bad experience with backup and restore Win7 with DFsee so I wanted to do it different this time with W10. So I'll try 'your' Acronis way.

One question, currently there are three partitions on this 250GB SSD. One of them seems to be the recovery partition. I think I can safely delete this cause guess it would recreate a GPT system anyway which I don't like. Or would it be better to back up and restore this one too? Is it important for W10 to have the two other partitions in front of it's system partition or does it work without the recovery partition in between?
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