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OS/2 Technical Notes

  1. Setting Up
    I've produced detailed installation guides for OS/2 Warp 4 and OS/2 Warp Server for e-Business that reflect current hardware and assume a networked environment.

    1. Installing Warp 4
      How to install OS/2 Warp 4, a detailed installation guide that reflects current hardware and assume a networked environment.

    2. Installing Warp 4 Convenience Package
      How to install OS/2 Warp 4 Convenience Package, a detailed installation guide that reflects current hardware and assume a networked environment.

    3. Installing eComStation 1.0
      How to install eComStation 1.0, a detailed installation guide that reflects current hardware and assume a networked environment.

    4. Installing Warp Server for e-Business
      I've produced a detailed installation guide for OS/2 Warp Server for e-Business that reflects current hardware and assume a networked environment.

    5. Installing Warp Server for e-Business Convenience Package
      Installation guide for OS/2 Warp Server for e-Business Convenience Package; also known as the Aurora Convenience Package (ACP).

    6. How to create utility disks
      Instructions for creating the utility disks that can be used to boot an OS/2 machine from diskettes. This procedure is needed because the easy-to-use utility in the System Folder gets and error on disk 1, and leaves you to fend for yourself. Read this essay so you can fend for yourself.

    7. Install Warp 4 on an IBM Thinkpad A20
      Instructions for installing OS/2 Warp 4 on an IBM Thinkpad A20m. I did this install for a client, and I did get OS/2 to install on this unsupported laptop. But there were issues, of course.

    8. Install Real Audio Player 5.0
      Instructions for installing Real Audio Player 5.0 on OS/2 Warp 4 with particular attention to getting the Netscape plug-in to work.

    9. Virtual PC
      Instructions for installing and configuring Virtual PC for OS/2.

    10. Dual Boot Drive Sharing
      How to share data between the Windows and eCS when the computer is configured to boot either operating system.

    11. OS/2 Remote Printing
      How to print to your home printer from a remote location.

    12. How to Print
      A novel way to print on a network-attached postscript printer.

    13. Recovering from an OS/2 Screen Resolution Disaster
      This is the the sequence of keys to reset the screen resolution on OS/2 and eComStation.

    14. How to Set Screen Resolution
      How to set the screen resolution in eComStation.

    15. How to use a Recovery DVD
      This page describes how to use a Blonde Guy recovery DVD.

    16. Serial cards on eComStation
      This page describes how to use several Serial cards on eComStation.

    17. GenMac in Unsupported mode
      How to add networking support for devices that lack an OS/2 driver.

    18. How to format a USB Thumb drive
      under eCS using DFSee. Original posting by Jan van Wijk.

    19. Zip and Unzip for OS/2,
      A comparison of available versions.

    20. How to use a Wacom Graphire tablet under OS/2,
      covering how to install device drivers and set up the QueenCy drawing software.

    21. Using an Uninterruptable Power Supply with eComStation.
      covering a monitor for APC Uninterruptable Power Supplies (UPS) written by Larin Yury (aka Improver).


  2. Hardware
    There is a guide for building a computer to run OS/2, and procedures for adding CD-Writers, Zip Disks, Wheel-mice and DSL to OS/2.

    1. OS/2 Notebook Server
      Converting an old, unused notebook computer to a server can save electricity, and prevent waste.

    2. How to replace the server hard drive
      When the hard drive on the server goes, you've got to replace it quickly, to minimize server down-time. Here is a complete procedure.

    3. Building a computer to run OS/2
      I built my own computer to run OS/2 Warp Server for e-Business. I used only components I knew to have OS/2 support. The computer worked first time, and there were no glitches installing OS/2.

    4. Iomega Zip Drive
      I've produced a detailed installation guide for the Iomega Zip Drive ATAPI version. If you have a parallel port version, return it to the store.

    5. Using SATA DVD-RW drives
      I'm a long-time RSJ CD-Writer user, but it stopped working on modern drives. This essay gives procedures for using modern SATA-attached drives.

    6. IDE CD-RW drive
      I've produced a detailed installation guide for some IDE CD-Writers. Read the essay to which CD-Writers will work.

    7. ScrollPoint or Wheel mouse
      I've produced a detailed installation guide for the ScrollPoint or Wheel mouse. Users of WSeB do not need this guide because wheel mouse support is standard.

    8. Installing a new Sound Card
      I found this explanation of how to install a new sound card in OS/2, and it was the most elegant way I have seen.

    9. USB Multi-Port Hub
      Some notes I made when I needed a parallel port on a new computer that had none.

    10. HP252dw Printer
      Some notes I made when I installed my HP Color Laserjet Pro HP252dw.

  3. Network
    I have more than one computer in my home. Even if I only had one, I would still need a network to use DSL or a Cable Modem. This section shows how I set up a home network. Instructions for the InJoy Firewall are also included. The wireless network page applies to networking notebook computers over 802.11b WiFi.

    1. Building a home network
      I have more than one computer in my home. Even if I only had one, I would still need a network to use DSL or a Cable Modem. This section shows how I set up a home network. Instructions for the InJoy Firewall are also included.

    2. InJoy Firewall
      I've produced a detailed user guides InJoy Firewall, standard edition, which I use to do Network Address Translation so all the machines on my home network can share one DSL connection.

    3. Wireless networking
      A description of my WiFi 802.11n networking setup under eComStation revised in July, 2014.

    4. Virtual Network Computing
      How to set up the VNC server and client under OS/2 for remote desktop control.

  4. XFree86/2
    There is a wealth of Unix programs that are ported to OS/2. Much of the time, the documentation still assumes you are using Unix, and so this software is difficult to install and use. I am writing procedures for OS/2 users to lower the effort needed to use programs we got from Unix.

    1. Installing emx
      How to install emx, a prerequisite for XFree86.

    2. Setting Up XFree86 OS/2
      I've produced a detailed installation guide for XFree86 OS/2.

  5. Developers
    I have developed a few programs under OS/2. Some of them are on display here.

    1. my experience with emx
      My first essay ever was my experience with emx. Rough, but I had a heartfelt need to develop OS/2 apps. The company was totally ungrateful, even though they made so much money from their contract that the company was acquired.

    2. OS/2 Agent
      This essay describes an OS/2 agent I wrote for a software tracking product. The agent tracks all the programs that the user runs.

    3. OS/2 C/C++ Compilers
      A brief description of the C and C++ compilers in use today on OS/2.

    4. OpenWatcom FORTRAN
      How to install and use the OpenWatcom FORTRAN compiler and Integrated Development Environment.

    5. Unattended Installation using WarpIN
      I needed to automate WarpIN installation for my Suntan Special project. I've summarized what I learned here. This can be useful if you prefer command line and text editors, or even if an application using WarpIN won't let you do what you want.

    6. Popuplog Analyser
      Displays the crash events in your OS/2 trap-information log.

  6. Hot Keys
    I've made a short description of the hot keys available on OS/2. Now I don't have to remember them, I can look them up here.

  7. SNAP vs. Panorama
    This page presents benchmarks of SNAP vs. Panorama on a desktop computer with two graphics adapters to compare SNAP with and without accelerated graphics vs. Panorama.

  8. Flashblock extension for Firefox and SeaMonkey
    I no longer recommend Flashblock for Firefox and SeaMonkey. This page looks at an alternative extension.

  9. Pleasant Surprises for OS/2 users
    I decided to build a PC to run OS/2 Warp Server for e-Business. These are the things I found to be easier than I thought.

  10. Web applications
    Run your application on a web server and use the web browser as your viewer. This may be the future of OS/2. See my web applications and how to run web applications on OS/2.

OS/2 Question and Answer

Q: Why would you use OS/2 when there are other operating systems out there that can use most if not all of the software OS/2 uses?

A few people really prefer how OS/2 works to more modern solutions. Some enterprises have big investments in OS/2 programs that have no equivalent on other operating systems, and which are difficult to port. For many users, it would be expensive or inconvenient to move years or decades of their data and programs to a new platform.

For some users, having something different that works is a good enough reason.

Last Modified: 4 Sep 2016
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