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There is another small utility: setproc, which simply takes the numeric identifier of the core with either ON/OFF parameter...since I run 5 cores here and occasionally need to disable all but one I simpy have a little cmd file created:

@echo off
setproc 5 4 3 2 off

I have an icon for the OFF/ON cmd files in my WarpCenter tray, so the convenience is literally a click-away.

Regarding the execmode changes, if I read your schreenshot correctly, execmode did NOT actually alter the binary mode...did you mean it to do that, just give you the info on the file?

Setup & Installation / Re: Dreaded Desktop/blue screen SMP hang....
« on: November 26, 2014, 04:04:31 am »
Sigurd: thank you...I went through that post, actually pretty decent translation...problem is there really was no solution identified...I did grab the modified SOM.DLL, tried it here, but no difference.

OS4User: I pulled the latest releases...will try this upcoming weekend

Doug: great advice regarding the DELAY.SYS driver...I had previously gone down exactly the route you suggested, "dumbed down" the CONFIG.SYS to literally the bare essentials, still got stuck. This time around I deployed the DELAY with a 30 sec pause however there are other drivers that load beyond this one, so in my case this had no imapct. I have XWorkplace installed here, so my native OS/2 startup folder has been replaced with the XWorkplace one, it is already on a 5 sec start-up delay, then each object has a 1 sec delay best as I can tell the WPS boot never actually gets that far though. To rule our WarpCenter I had re-moved it from the "SET AUTOSTART=TASKLIST,FOLDERS,WARPCENTER" statement and tossed it in the XWorkplace start-up...still no go.

On top of all this I played with a number of other settings, anything from VIRTUALADDRESSLIMIT=2560 to the size of my HPFS386 cache...none of it mattered.

Can anyone explain/identify any other methods I could use to actualy peak behind the covers here? So what I'm actually suggesting is running a DEBUG kernel and tying in through another OS/2 machine over the COM port or maybe even biggest challenge is that even if this connection was successfull I know absolutely nothing about where to go next with it. The OS/2 Debugging guides are pretty decent, I had spent some time reading through them but they very quickly got into the discussion of OS/2 internals (page allocations, etc, etc) that I simply could not follow.

Setup & Installation / Dreaded Desktop/blue screen SMP hang....
« on: November 23, 2014, 12:12:21 am » I've got my MSI motherboard / AMD Phenom XII 6-core based system. It chugs along plenty nice with the exception of 1 (one) thing...I can not for the life of me get the 6-core configuration to get past the dreaded Desktop/blue screen hang. 5-core problemo!!!

Neither the IBM origial OS2APIC.PSD driver nor the ACPI ACPI.PSD drivers impact this...something in the WPS boot process does.

Who else here uses multi-core configuration? And if so, what have you been able to do about this hang?

I spent a few hours today trying to narrow this down further...based on some on-line search hits I disabled the system wide sound and moved WarpCenter to the Startup folder (SET AUTOSTART=TASKLIST,FOLDERS). This actually got me to a point where the WPS did come up, WarpCenter started but whole machine froze (soft-hang) when about 1/3 of the WarpCenter toolbar displayed.

I'll try a few more in previous search hits the suggestions always point to some kind of a "WPS boot timing" issue...OK...but what issue is that???

Any pointer would be greatly appreciated!

(BTW: ATI XT850 video, SNAP v505 driver)

General Discussion / Arca Noae - just got my business!!!
« on: November 21, 2014, 08:26:53 pm »
Folks...just thought I'd let everyone know that these guys got my business for a product that I (and perhaps others) have been wanting for quite some time now without having to purchase/dedicate themselves to a complete migration.

Namely, this is the "Drivers Package"...and for OS/2 users like myself who did not wish to pursue the eCS move but wanted to update the OS to handle the newer hardware this was badly needed. Never understood why the folks behind eCS didn't seriously consider that option, even when inquiries were being sent it regarding it.

Arca Noae, great job you guys...keep up the effort!!!

Hardware / Re: Motherboard woes
« on: November 09, 2014, 12:01:05 am »
I've been happily (for the most running a MSI 880G-E45 with AMD Phenom II X6 for well over a year now.
Here is a link to the MSI page =>

The board has built-in VGA, which SNAP seems to support

Some details pertinent to the PCI/slot discussion:
• 1 PCI Express x16 slot with x16 operation (PCI Express Bus SPEC V2.0 compliant)
• 3 PCI EXpress x1 slots
• 2 PCI slots, support 3.3V/ 5V PCI bus Interface

I use a 3Com NIC card, so no experience with the on-board NIC...but sound is fine otherwise.

Internet / Re: Firefox 17.0.11 - Couldn't load xpcom.dll
« on: November 08, 2014, 11:31:01 pm »
I always get this if I attempt to open a URL from PMMail but Firefox isn't already running.

You need to set the working directory to the Firefox program directory

Aha!!! Thank you...never realized that the PMMail setting had put a '.' in that wonder the DLL was not being found...!!!

UPDATE => I get a chance to try this out...the program settings updated as per my previous post, but result is still the I suspect something else is going on. For what's it worth, I have a fairly old version of PMMail, like 2.00.15?

Storage / NAS and OS/2?
« on: November 01, 2014, 03:37:41 pm »
OK, so my kids (10 and 12 yo) have now begun to 'run rampant' with their tablets/cameras/etc...LOL...not that I'm complaining, but I need to figure out a way to manage their media data (photos, audio, and videos). Storing it on the main OS/2 machine is really not an option...I for one do NOT give my kids the access to the OS/2 box, number of reasons. They do have their own WinXP machine, however, to simplify access to the media from devices like a TV for example I'm looking more and more at the NAS type storage.

Soo...I took a peek at: Western Digital WDBCTL0020HWT My Cloud (, reviews say it's not particularly awe inspiring...however, it's a starting point. Most importantly, I do need to understand how 'workable' daily interface to/from my OS/2 machine (where bulk of the data and media applications reside today) is.

Can anyone share their experience with the NAS devices?

I'm primarily focusing on the connectivity/protocol aspect here. So I would have this thing hard-wired to my router, no problem there. But I need to connect to the device afterwards. I see that this WD device in particular supports:

SMB/CIFS network filesystems
AFP ( for Apple Time Machine)
NFS (only to default Public mount)
FTP server

...the SMB/CIFS piece as best as I can tell is something that SAMBA port could interface with...something like NetDrive would probably work with this too (again, through the SAMBA plug-in I'm thinking).

If you tried this type of a setup, how have you done it?


Applications / Re: Heavy issues with PSI/2
« on: November 01, 2014, 03:25:26 pm »
there is a new zip at netlabs. same name as before, but with changed entries. Please try with that. One tester just told that FB works again with it.


yes, that version fixed the problem I was seeing...the ticket response from diver is regarding a change to the authentication certificate process.

Applications / Re: Heavy issues with PSI/2
« on: October 29, 2014, 03:27:51 pm »
Hi all,

you are sure that Port 5222 is open and not somehow protected by a firewall?
Could you eventually show the psi settings you use?

I only use gmail/gtalk with psi, and this works w/o problems.


Yes, Port 5222 is open, I have a NetGear WNDR3800 router and use with 0.15 I never actually had any sort of PortForwarding settings in place...never had an issue...but given this result I decided to rule this out.

I'd love to show all the other PSI settings just not sure if there is a way to do this short of doing a screenshot capture attachement...???

Also just noticed my Netlabs ticket has been updated, I will provide some feedback.

Internet / Re: Firefox 17.0.11 - Couldn't load xpcom.dll
« on: October 29, 2014, 02:30:57 pm »
I always get this if I attempt to open a URL from PMMail but Firefox isn't already running.

You need to set the working directory to the Firefox program directory

Aha!!! Thank you...never realized that the PMMail setting had put a '.' in that wonder the DLL was not being found...!!!

Applications / Re: Heavy issues with PSI/2
« on: October 28, 2014, 08:52:23 pm »
Well, I went back to try the latest PSI 0.16 DEV version...still no luck on my end...just logged a ticket on Netlabs, see

Is anyone else having problems connecting with the 0.16 PSI?

Internet / Re: Firefox 17.0.11 - Couldn't load xpcom.dll
« on: October 05, 2014, 08:54:42 pm »
I always get this if I attempt to open a URL from PMMail but Firefox isn't already running.

Internet / Re: Firefox for eCS (OS/2) 24.8.1 Beta2 using very high CPU.
« on: October 05, 2014, 08:53:12 pm »
No auto-reboots here, but...when I moved to SMP config (AMD Phenom II - X6) Firefox went into this crazy CPU spike mode...ultimately what has always worked for me is to set the following in CONFIG.SYS:


This is documented in the 24.8.1 README as well, take a peek at it for more details.

I have not tried turning this OFF with 24.8.1 yet though...only had a single re-boot since my move from 17.x to 24.8.1.

Applications / Re: Heavy issues with PSI/2
« on: October 05, 2014, 07:31:04 pm »
Hmm...I used to have this program, then I believe there was a patch of some sorts released...I have 0.15 here, sound is turned ON all the time, no hangs or issues. But...the 0.16 drop (or several I tried) actually wasn't able to connect correctly. I haven't tried the latest one that just got released.

Let me know if you want to see the directory listing of what I have.

Programming / Re: New OS/4 kernel :: SVN4172
« on: March 23, 2014, 08:30:08 pm »
I will post an instruction of how to get the COM port log into the #Getting_the_log section on the wiki page later and then inform you.

Yeah, the 'Getting_the_log' section is what I previously looked well as the whole article that's posted there and the various txt/readmes supplied in the distro...if it was there, believe me, I would not be wasting everyone's time

Alright...I will watch that link, if you want me to review the English version, no problem, send it over, PM, etc, etc...I'm happy to do that.

Regarding the 2nd issue raised you responded to: well, let's just agree to disagree. From my point of view, using your approach you are apparently equally 'wrong' then...but I hate to just state such things as if they were a fact, if you get my point. Let me explain further. I have some 15+ yrs experience in the IT industry, a good chunk of it in application development. A debugging process is typically repeatable once application reaches a certain level of maturity. Until that is achieved it is often very helpful to have as large of a team taking part in the process as possible in order to weed out all the various bugs/problems/design shortcomings and so on. In our case, if we/you treat each one of the reported issues as if these were merely 'once in a lifetime' events, non-repeatable occurencies, you are very likely to miss a whole gamut of configurations/hardware setups (given the kernel subject matter here) that other potential users of your software may in fact be deploying today. Meanwhile, by sharing this knowledge with everyone (separate thread can be started, no problem there) you are actually not only improving your software but at the same time educating the end-users, and that is priceless in a small community like our OS2 group is.

Anyways...happy to help as the OS4 approach holds promise. But if I'm going to spend my time doing this it is NOT merely for my benefit, but for the benefit of the community at large. Believe me, a 5-core CPU configuration with each core running at 4GHz is pretty darn sweet complaints there...OS4 is more of a technological curiousity to me at this point in time.

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