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Networking / DFE-530TX+ gigabit NIC
« on: 2010.07.01, 17:07:56 »
Hi, everyone.

Since my wife and I are getting rid of our satellite TV and going to "TV on the Internet" using a Roku box, I've decided I'd like to upgrade my LAN to gigabit speeds.  I'll need to get a new switch, which isn't hard, but for the BBS box, a Dell OptiPlex GX100 (Celeron/500), I'm investigating getting this NIC:

That's a D-Link DFE-530TX+ card.  There's other gigabit cards, but this one fits the budget.  Has anyone had success with this card and OS/2 or eCS working together?

This isn't a "must-have", but it'd be nice for my users and especially since I'm considering running my own web server here at home again.

Hardware / Re: Network card recommendations
« on: 2010.06.26, 03:18:09 »
I went out today and spent a whopping $10 dollars on a network card with the Realtek chipset (RTL8139D) I then downloaded the drivers ivan suggested and I have been on the Internet every time I have rebooted (six now). I think I am good to go!!!

Glad to hear it!  It's nice to see a successful end to a thread in this forum; sometimes things never get resolved and people give up prematurely on OS/2 and eCS.  I'll have to remember that Realtek cards work well.


Hardware / Re: Network card recommendations
« on: 2010.06.25, 02:14:34 »
I am not sure what to do besides buy a new network card, its weird because sometimes when I boot up eCS it works, then I reboot and it does not. This happens even when I do nothing to change the OS.

That's definitely a driver problem.  Did you try using Chuck McKinnis's NICPAK?  It will attempt to auto-detect what drivers you'll need to run your NIC properly.

It's available at:

Follow the directions and I've had a lot of luck with the drivers his program suggests to use (and get the drivers off that same page).  I've used that over the years many times on many different OS/2 and eCS systems.  FWIW, I've always had problems with eCS picking the wrong driver for my NIC that I had in the computer.  :D

I hope this helps!


Hardware / Re: Network card recommendations
« on: 2010.06.22, 00:34:41 »
Taking pot shots at a customer -- sweet!

It's not our fault if you misread Rodrick's post and with an attitude like that, I'd not be surprised if no one bothered to help you.  Perhaps if you asked nicely, you might actually get help instead of making a fool of yourself.

Btw my network ports don't work either.  I've tried everything, but apparently that's a newbie move?  Stupid, stupid, STUPID!  (while bonking head on desk)

Seems like your common sense circuit is broken too.  If you defined what "network port" and "everything" are, we might be able to help you further.  I've been running OS/2 or eCS in some form since 1997 and I'm pretty good at getting OS/2 and eCS to work properly with networking, even under Linux (which I've been told you can't get OS/2 and Linux talking to each other properly, heh).

So check your sour grapes at the door and ask away; you might just get the answer you're looking for.

-- Sean

Hardware / Re: Network card recommendations
« on: 2010.06.20, 15:50:24 »
So I guess I need to get a new network card now...sigh...anyone recommend a solid eCS network card that is very well supported? I would prefer to get a 10/100/1000 card simply because I have to buy one and I might as well get something with a future. But I would rather have a 10/100 card that works 100% of the time.

I've had a lot of success using cards with the DAVICOM chipset in it.  I started using those back in 2000 or so and they've run reliably, with good drivers, since then.  These days, the only machine I have running OS/2 (a Dell OptiPlex GX100) has an onboard Intel PRO/100 chipset which is supported natively by Warp 4.52.  This is only for 10/100 cards as I've never had a need for a gigabit card yet.

The DAVICOM drivers may or may not be available on their website but I know they're over at Hobbes.

Good luck,

Programming / Using remote SMTP for PHP mail() function
« on: 2010.01.09, 03:16:01 »
Hi, everyone.

I've not posted here in a long time since well, OS/2 just keeps running nicely in the background and I tend to forget about it. :)

I am going to be moving my website from a professional hosting company to my own little system (a 1.6gHz IBM Netvista running Warp 4.52 and Web/2 for the webserver).  I'm trying to refresh myself on PHP for a variety of reasons so I decided to write a little comments form and PHP script.

What I'm wondering is this: I have a remote SMTP server (my ISP's) I'd like to send mail through.  I know about the SMTP settings for Linux and Windows, but how do I set that up under OS/2 and specifically in PHP.INI for use with the mail() function?


Web applications / Re: Wordpress under OS/2
« on: 2009.05.20, 04:58:35 »
Did Sean ever do so as I have been asked to set up Wordpress for a friend who is using OS/2

I actually removed WordPress from my webserver as the poor machine was having performance problems.

However, it's quite easy to install:

1) Grab the latest PHP and MySQL port from Paul Smedley's site (
2) Install both of them as per the directions (it's a standard install for both; very similar to Windows which I've installed both on before).
3) You'll need to modify PHP.INI accordingly (put it in x:\MPTN\ETC).  If you'd like the one I'm using, which is based on Paul's own PHP.INI, just email me at sean {at} nsbbs {dot} info and I'll send it.
4) I forget which DLL you have to install to get WordPress running, but it's part of the PHP package.
5) Download and install WordPress ( has great documentation).
6) Et voila! instant blog. <G>

Mind you, I'm rusty on the details as to what I did, but it was not difficult!  I just had to dig a little and get some help from Paul.  I'll be happy to help as much as I can.  Maybe this would be an excuse for me to set up WordPress again...and move my webserver from a Celeron/400 to this spare 1.6gHz machine I have that has OS/2 already installed on it...


Marketplace / Re: [WANTED] Galactic Civilizations
« on: 2009.05.07, 02:04:19 »
Anyone know where I can find this OS2 game?

I believe I have a "helped" version of this game in my collection if you're interested.  Email me at sean[at] to make sure I actually will look for you. <G>


Marketplace / Re: Smartsuite
« on: 2009.05.07, 02:02:10 »
looking for Smartsuite for OS/2 Warp 4 v1.7 + fp3 for cheap. Stucking using 16bit office suites for now.  :(

I tried to send you an email via, but the private email function is broken (complaining about an unknown "invalid security code" or somesuch), so I'll stick my neck out and say if you'll email me at sean[at], I might be able to help you locate what you're looking for.


Web applications / Wordpress under OS/2
« on: 2009.02.24, 01:31:45 »
Hi, everyone-

I don't know if anyone else has done this, but I've successfully gotten Wordpress 2.7.1 running under OS/2 Warp 4.52 with the help of Paul Smedley's ports of MySQL and PHP!  My blog is not really public yet (I'm combining my static pages with my blog), but you can see it at  My wife has a beginnings of a blog at  Both are hosted on the same machine and the same webserver (Web/2).

If anyone is interested, I could write a simple FAQ on how to get Wordpress up and running.


Hardware / Re: Third IDE card
« on: 2009.02.10, 21:03:38 »
Good luck  :D, I've have mobo with 2 separate controlers (up to 8 IDE devices) and have no problems ever under OS/2 4.52 with Daniela drivers, while for example XP wont run, W98SE and Knopix works fine.

Actually, that's what I was wanting to hear!  8)  I'll get one of those and make sure I put Dani's drivers in first.

Thanks for the advice!


Hardware / Third IDE card
« on: 2009.02.09, 06:55:42 »
Hi, everyone-

I'm needing to install a third IDE card for my main OS/2 box (runs my servers).  Any recommendations?

I was looking at getting this one:


Applications / Re: Up-to-date applications
« on: 2008.09.12, 02:59:25 »
Okay, sorry.  You found the one in a thousand who's halfway realistic that grinding out text or doing other real work isn't magically done by software. How was I to know?

It's okay, I've always been an odd one out.  I also program too (I write my own line of freeware software) so yeah, I know stuff doesn't just happen magically.  Although at work, they expect stuff to work magically. :)

BUT the end result is what I predicted, you just got there quickly because I'm blunt from experience.

I've been using OS/2 for my personal use one and off since 1998.  I've been using OS/2 for my BBS constantly since 1998 (except one or two times I tried Windows, which was a failure), so I know the value of OS/2.  You might be interested in a page I'm putting into my website (revamping the entire thing right now) about OS/2.

OS/2 is a hard sell. -- But we're actually in a NICE bubble, having a Firefox 3 version out at same time as for Windows, and with a rather good MPlayer. EXCEPT for Crimosoft-specific formats, that are designed solely to obsolete previous programs and flout all other standards, there's little (serious) that OS/2 lacks.

OS/2 is a hard sell because people have been brainwashed by Microsoft to only use Windows.  There's Linux users, yes, but they are not representative of the true userbase since most computer users couldn't wrap their minds around the concept of doing things for themselves.  As I've said, if you don't want to run MMORPGs or the latest shoot-'em-up game, your choices widen considerably for OSes.  For me, I've never been into those games (although I do like chess, mahjongg and other games, all of which I've found for OS/2 just fine) so that doesn't bother me.

I can do about 95% of what I can do under OS/2-eCS that I could do under Windows.  The only problem I'm having is dealing with Flash with SeaMonkey, but I did some researching on this site last night and found plenty of how-tos.  It shocks people that I don't run Windows or Linux.

There's also a side benefit for OS/2 - built-in REXX.  I'm starting to tinker with REXX and have been looking at REXX/DW.  That alone is something I'd really like to learn.  I have a few programs that I want to write for OS/2 for my own needs.

So, yes, I agree with you, but with the proper education and realization that newer isn't always better, people might just realize the value OS/2 has.  My wife has a nice 64-bit AMD box that runs XP and is a pain in the butt to deal with.  You have to have /THEIR/ (HP) special restore CDs with their proprietary drivers that aren't available for download...ugh.


Applications / Re: Up-to-date applications
« on: 2008.09.11, 04:20:56 »
If your friend insists on "up-to-date", meaning a vast program that he'll never use more than a tiny fraction of, I advise you inform him of the "trial" versions of operating systems and office suites available on the torrent sites, and wish him luck. There's no profit for you in attempting to argue him into assessing real requirements and using the antique but entirely adequate solutions available with OS/2; at best, you'll only get blamed when he doesn't bother to learn how to use simple tools, because he's been programmed to think that "up-to-date" will magically imbue him with eloquence.

After a few days, here's what's happened: he's decided to stick with Windows for now, but I went ahead and installed my dusty copy of eCS 1.2MR.  I had 4.52 installed, but it was being recalcitrant about a few things I wanted to do with it, so I found my key to eCS and loaded it up.  So far so good.  I'm running it on my small IBM NetVista (I've actually written an article on this website about that computer).  Here's what I've installed for needed applications:

          Web/email: Seamonkey 1.11
Instant messaging: SIM (don't know what version)
                    IRC: OpenChat/2 + gemZ (my favorite IRC client)
              USENET: ProNews/2
         Office Suite: Lotus SmartSuite

I've found all of these to be quite satisfactory for me, including LSS.  It's got recent-enough formats for me to work with and if not, I do have a laptop with XP and OpenOffice installed on it in case of "emergencies".  Overall, I'm quite happy with everything save for not being able to play Flash objects properly, but that's more of an annoyance than a genuine concern.  For me, personally, newer is not always better.  My current setup works great for does my OS/2-based BBS server and my OS/2-based web server.

FWIW, he's not, as you put it, "...been programmed to think that 'up-to-date' will magically imbue him with eloquence".  He simply wants to make sure he can do work from home with certain files.  He's not arrogant like a lot of Linux and Windows users are; he just needs what he needs.  Maybe some time with me and seeing how well things are with me will change his mind, who knows.  I have taken ungodly amounts of crap from friends, co-workers and idiots on the Web about my choice in OSes.  Then again, when theirs blows up in front of their face, I tend to say "told you so".


P.S. Plus, I don't have precious resources sucked away by anti-virus or anti-spyware programs either.  An additional bonus!

Applications / Re: eCS and bittorrent
« on: 2008.09.11, 04:00:45 »
The thing I like about such commandline tools (especially with callable DLLs - REXX or otherwise) is that people are not limited to any one interface - or can choose nothing more than the text one if they are adverse to GUIs.

There's some who can't see the forest for the trees: we should be lucky to have a torrent client, period, GUI or no GUI.  Personally, I see nothing wrong with using a CLI interface-it's a lot less resources used on something that basically functions as window dressing (literally).  I use a lot of CLI-based programs with a good degree of satisfaction and success.

Now I must go try that program for myself.  I don't do a lot of torrent-based downloads (I've got enough junk laying around as it is!), but this might be a good one to fire up.


P.S.  I know, I'm a few months late replying, but after my car accident, I'm doing things slower than I normally would.

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