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Hardware / Re: USB 3 - ArcaOS - Hardware Reports
« on: July 05, 2020, 02:40:17 am »
I am posting a revised set of files for Strobopeep.

The earlier files are correct for the BIOS setting USB 3.0 = disabled, which is needed to run the USB 2.0 drivers. So a BIOS setting changes the PCI device list. But I'm sure you knew that already.

LSUSB ID list was missing before, so I included it again. But this time, I changed how it plugged in. For now, the exact relationship of USB hubs appears to change the list of USB devices that are attached.

This time, BIOS is set to USB 3.0 = Auto. This at least gives me intermittent USB mouse and keyboard support while the laptop is docked.

A laptop in a dock attached to a KVM is apparently a very complex USB situation. Enough things work that I'm pretty sure all hardware is working, just intermittently with our drivers.

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Hardware / Re: USB 3 - ArcaOS - Hardware Reports
« on: July 04, 2020, 11:30:03 pm »
Strobopeep

I am an Arca Noae reseller, and I have a few computers available for sale. This is one of them. I thought I'd report on the behavior of the ArcaOS 5.0.5 installation and USB 3.0. My computer web pages can also be used as a guide to install ArcaOS yourself.

http://www.blondeguy.com/computer/strobopeep.html



Manufacturer: Lenovo
Model: ThinkPad T540p
Screen: 15.4 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixels
Weight: 5.3 pounds
WiFi: Travel Router
USB 3.0 controllers: 1
USB 2.0 controllers: 1

Arca Noae USB driver stack 12.06 has disappointing results for this laptop. The USB 3.0 support support for Mass Storage is not curently working. With the USB 3.0 Enabled setting in BIOS enabled, mouse and keyboard do not work. USB 2.0 support is not working, either. Neither driver supports the dock.

USB driver version 11.17 works well, including mass storage, mouse, keyboard, KVM and dock.

I have not opened the bug report, but when I do, I will announce it in this forum.

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Hardware / Re: USB 3 - ArcaOS - Hardware Reports
« on: June 30, 2020, 03:47:26 am »
Phenobopeep

I am an Arca Noae reseller, and I have a few computers available for sale. This is one of them. I thought I'd report on the behavior of the ArcaOS 5.0.5 installation and USB 3.0.

http://www.blondeguy.com/computer/phenobopeep.html



Manufacturer: Lenovo
Model: ThinkPad T450s
Screen: 14.0 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixels
Weight: 3.5 pounds
WiFi: Travel Router
USB 3.0 controllers: 1
USB 2.0 controllers: 1

USB 3.0 works on all ports for mouse and keyboard. Mass storage does not work with USB 3.0 driver. However, this computer (and many others) seem to suffer from problems with hubs, KVM and other devices, and once problems occur, USB drivers get confused and then mouse, keyboard and mass storage do not work reliably. I thought I'd post this up here.

USB 3.0 can be enabled in BIOS. If it is disabled, and the USBXHCD.SYS driver is not loaded in config.sys, the Mass storage works quite well.

I can operate with USB 3.0 Enabled. The Dock and the KVM, and mouse and keyboard work. Only Mass storage does not work in this case. In normal work, I do not use USB mass storage devices, so I didn't notice at first.

I still have not opened the bug report, but when I do, I will announce it in this forum.

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Hardware / Re: USB 3 - ArcaOS - Hardware Reports
« on: June 29, 2020, 05:34:22 pm »
The pci dump for Quebopeep (Lenovo ThinkCentre m93p tower) is attached.

The lspci only shows my mouse and keyboard, so I didn't bother with it.

The best I can say is that USB 3.0 12.06 works partially. USB 2.0 12.06  is working great if USB 3.0 driver is not loaded. I'm not sure that this is explained in "known issues" in the readme.

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Hardware / Re: USB 3 - ArcaOS - Hardware Reports
« on: June 27, 2020, 02:01:22 am »
Looking at the reviews, this KVM is an emulated one, so it will have some problems emulating my real keyboard and mouse. I use a really odd mouse to help with an injury I had a few years ago. Cheap KVM have different defects having to do with machines coming up without mouse, keyboard or video when booting with focus on another machine.

Taking the KVM out of the picture, USBMSD is fairly reliable, but occasionally doesn't recognize media. Mouse and keyboard work fine plugged into a USB 3.0 port.

I'm hesitating to file a bug. I want to come up with meaningful scenarios to reproduce bad behavior. Having the same hardware as the developer puts me ahead in that respect. If I can make it fail reliably on my hardware, it will probably reproduce on his hardware.

It's a pity that USB 11.17 and also Lars builds worked so well on this hardware -- it sets high expectations. That is also one nice thing about the M93p series -- real USB 2.0 hardware in addition to real USB 3.0 hardware.

I don't know if you use sysbench software. I plugged a USB stick into a USB 3.0 port and got 64 Disk I/O marks. An ordinary hard disk gets 805. I wonder if it should be that slow?

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Hardware / Re: USB 3 - ArcaOS - Hardware Reports
« on: June 26, 2020, 07:52:56 pm »
Everything works sometimes with my IOGear KVM, which is the same model line used by the developer. I suspect the intermittent nature of the failures make it harder to debug. I'm still gathering information on it. I don't have a second KVM to test with, which might help.

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Hardware / Re: USB 3 - ArcaOS - Hardware Reports
« on: June 26, 2020, 03:50:02 pm »
Quebopeep

http://www.blondeguy.com/computer/quebopeep.html



Manufacturer: Lenovo
Model: ThinkCentre M93p Tower
RAM: 8 GB
Hard drive: 500 GB SATA
USB 3.0 controllers: 1
USB 2.0 controllers: 2

USB 3.0 works on all ports, and with mass storage and audio. However, all computers seem to suffer from problems with hubs, KVM and other devices, and once problems occur, USB drivers get confused and then mouse, keyboard and mass storage do not work reliably. I thought I'd post this up here. I plan to submit a bug to Arca Noae, but feel free to post more information if you use hubs or KVM. Bugs are not limited to this computer.

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In cmd, the @ suppresses echo on the command line.

Code: [Select]
rem without @
dir config.sys
rem with @
@dir config.sys

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Internet / Re: Browser or website problem?
« on: June 16, 2020, 03:28:17 pm »
I'm noticing some improvement in the GCC 9.2 build of Firefox included with ArcaOS 5.0.5. Have these builds been posted somewhere, or are they exclusive to Arca Noae?

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I have successful installations from DVD, USB stick and from the hard drive.

My test systems are here. Other Arca Noae testers have other systems.

http://www.blondeguy.com/ComputersForSale.html

Some pages have not been updated yet, and still talk about 5.0.4, but all system have been tested with the GA or with one of the last betas.

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General Advertisements / ArcaOS DVD and bootable USB stick available
« on: June 07, 2020, 02:52:57 pm »
ArcaOS 5.0.5 is included with your valid ArcaOS Support & Maintenance subscription at no additional charge. To download your fresh ISO, simply visit your Arca Noae customer portal page, select the Orders & Subscriptions link on the navigation panel to the left, then click on the order for your ArcaOS license. Once there, click the download link to request a fresh ISO, and wait for your notification email.

If your ArcaOS Support & Maintenance subscription has already expired, and you missed your window of opportunity to renew at regular rates, you may still renew at less than the cost of a new ArcaOS license.

Arca Noae sells only digital versions of ArcaOS. If you want a DVD or USB stick version, you can make your own. Instructions are provided with ArcaOS.

If you would rather buy the DVD or USB stick, Blonde Guy has plenty of them on hand. See the following link to shop for ArcaOS on DVD or USB stick. International shipping is now available.

http://www.blondeguy.com/computer/BlueLion.html

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Setup & Installation / Re: ArcaOS - in place upgrade - version 5.0.4
« on: June 03, 2020, 11:01:03 pm »
I think it's smarter to have programs and operating system on one drive. Since settings are going to be scattered around between os, programs and data, you really don't get any benefit from separating programs and os. It's worth taking some trouble to separate data from programs/os.

Part of the problem is that there is no firm line between programs and operating system. On other operating systems, it makes perfect sense to separate programs and operating system. Which is \usr? Is it operating system or is it programs?

is %home% data or operating system?

I have tested update in a few systems, and I'm pretty happy with the result.


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Multimedia / Re: Use of webcam
« on: May 25, 2020, 05:33:13 am »
I have a Lenovo Thinkpad T540p with two bootable ArcaOS volumes. One has USB 11.17, and runs websee UVCView.exe perfectly. The second has USB 12.05 and  UVCView terminates with an error: [0000FF14] Obtain thread error!

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Applications / Re: PmMail 3.24 bug
« on: May 19, 2020, 03:12:15 am »
Hi Neil,

PMMail is running here, built on GCC 9.2.

Do you need any (additional?) testers?

I've got 4 email accounts defined in PMMail currently, thousands of email messages...happy to put it through it's paces.

Thanks!

Testers are on the PMMail users mailing list, and have access to PMMail Mantis for bug reporting. See the PMMail website for details. This thread shows we are having some issues registering new users.

New testers are welcome.

Neil

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Applications / Re: PmMail 3.24 bug
« on: May 18, 2020, 09:23:01 am »
PMMail is running here, built on GCC 9.2.

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