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OS/2 and AF / Advanced Format

2017-03-13 04:02:09 -- Eugene Gorbunoff [os2.guru]

Help us find the discussion of AF standard for harddrives support in OS/2. There was a discussion somewhere in the Internet, maybe at os2world.com

General questions: can you install OS/2 to AF disk? Do you feel slow speed? How to create partitions to follow AF standard?

More OS/2 barriers: ESWay website


Some hardware devices for OS/2

2016-07-20 23:09:45 -- Eugene Gorbunoff [os2.guru]

This devices are supported in Operating systems: OS/2 Warp, ArcaOS, eComStation.

USB Ethernet adapter

For laptops which don't have Ethernet out.

USB Audio adapter with digital SPDIF out

(2nd-edition)

It's manufactured in Russia (Moscow) for OS2.GURU site

Example of usage (RUS):

Remote control

Supported by CRC

USB FM-tuner

Supported by CooLFM


Warpstock Europe 2016: Lars Erdmann

2016-06-23 01:11:20 -- Eugene Gorbunoff [os2.guru]

Lars Erdmann talks about USB drivers development (current status, future plans)

You can join testing USB drivers today, follow the messages from Lars

Full information about OS/2 conferences: http://os2.guru/conferences


Mainframe with OS/2

2016-04-01 16:20:45 -- Eugene Gorbunoff [os2.guru]

Do you know that IBM used OS/2 in mainframes? Mainframe with OS/2 inside


USB web-cameras for OS/2

2016-03-18 00:55:57 -- Eugene Gorbunoff [os2.guru]

Wim Brul continues to update the drivers and utilities for web-cameras for OS/2: Tested web-cameras.

The support of web-cameras may be used to create "Microscope" application, to create utiliti aimed to capture photos from the camera, to capture video.

How to support the project? Inform the developer, does the driver support your web-camera or not.


Thinkpad: configuration by TYPE

2015-11-23 00:19:19 -- Eugene Gorbunoff [ecomstation.ru]

As you know, Lenovo removed (or lost) description of largest part of Thinkpad laptops from own site. So you can't get information about laptops manufactured before 2010. (the same problem with other types of computers: ThinkCentre desktops, Ideapad laptops)

Here is the website: support.lenovo.com

In the past you could input TYPE (Model) number and get configuration string. Example:

TYPE: 4174-P4G

i7-2620M(2.7GHz) 4GB RAM 160GB Solid State Drive 14in 1600x900 LCD 1GB Nvidia N12P-NS2 CDRW/DVDRW Intel 802.11agn wireless WWAN Bluetooth 1Gb Ethernet UltraNav Secure Chip Fingerprint reader Camera 6c Li-Ion Win7 Pro 64

 

OS/2 users can help to other Thinkpad users.

We are collecting this text lines, to include this database to OS/2. Send us TYPE and corresponding short description of configuration via web-form

The listings will be available for all users and published on the site: ecomstation.ru/thinkpad


Configuring fresh OS/2 installation

2015-11-14 02:52:36 -- Eugene Gorbunoff [ecomstation.ru]

What information about OS and PC do they user need when configuring OS/2, when updating drivers?

What questions do you have? Scenarios:

  • 0.1 What network adapter do I have?
  • 1.A) Why video playback is slow? Do I have VGA driver or Panorama or SNAP?
  • 1.B) Why disk operations are slow? Do I have IDE or SATA controller? Does SATA controller work in IDE or SATA mode?
  • 3.A) All USB connectors are working or not?
  • 3.B) Does PC detect my USB modem for mobile internet?
  • 3.C) What are the params of onboard COM-port?
  • 3.D) Do I have audio adapter? (when no sound)
  • 3.E) What is the model of video adapter?
  • 3.F) ID (Vendor:Product) of devices?
  • 3.G) properties of disk #0
  • 3.H) Why USB doesn't work? Does OS see USB controllers?
  • 3.J) Why USB CD-ROM is not available? Does computer detect it?
  • 3.K) what is the video driver?! SNAP or Panorama?
  • 3.L) Do I have touch screen?

Middleton BIOS for Thinkpad X61, T61, R61, X300

2015-11-07 01:54:02 -- Eugene Gorbunoff [ecomstation.ru]

How to accelerate Thinkpad X61, T61, R61, X300 (activate SATA 2, etc)? Install custom Middleton BIOS for Thinkpad X61, T61, R61, X300. Download Middleton BIOS


Thinkpad, configuration description

2015-08-29 03:53:30 -- Eugene Gorbunoff [ecomstation.ru]

Lenovo continues to improve own site, several monthes ago they removed information about old models of laptops so users can't find description of configuration by TYPE.

Model number = TYPE is written on the bottom of the laptop, in format XXXX-XXX. (If you see "XXXX-CTO", then search ProductID)

How to find the hardware configuration in Internet? For example, TYPE 6457-W8G ? search: google -> 6457-W8G intel -> you can find bits of information in the forums, in online shops. Find T7300 (2.0GHz), resolution, etc. Example of configuration: 14.1 SXGA+ (1400x1050), Core2 Duo T7500 (2.2GHz), 2048MB, 160GB, DVD?RW, 6cell Li-Ion, Quadro NVS 140M 128MB, Gigabit LAN, WiFi 802.11b/g/n, BT, FPR, 4-in-1, XP Pro

We are collecting this text lines, to include this database to OS/2. Send us TYPE and corresponding short description of configuration via web-form

The listings will be available for all users and published on the site: ecomstation.ru/thinkpad


MultiMac: OS/2

2015-06-01 01:11:36 -- Eugene Gorbunoff [Arca Noae]

OS/2 users with Arca Noae subscription have access to new drivers built using new technology.

The drivers for Ethernet network adapters are ported from FreeBSD operating system. In the past the drivers were based on Linux drivers.


Official announcement:

Arca Noae has posted a new item, 'New MultiMac NIC driver package (20150529) released'

Arca Noae is pleased to announce the immediate availability of a new release of our MultiMac NIC driver package.

More information about the MultiMac NIC drivers may be found in the wiki.

New in this release:

A new E1000B driver. This is the first driver produced using the newly developed library for porting FreeBSD drivers that was discussed at Warpstock 2014. The E1000B driver supports more chipsets than the E1000E driver. This driver is the first release, and is still considered experimental, however, testers have been using it for a few weeks with no problems.

Updated NVETH, E1000E, R8169 drivers. Although there are no changes to these drivers, they have been recompiled for this release. This means that any changes to the system libraries will also be incorporated into them.

As always, problems encountered with this version should be reported to the ticketing system. Simply log in with your Arca Noae credentials, select MultiMac from the list of projects, and open a ticket.

This driver package is available for download from the Arca Noae website as part of your Arca Noae OS/2 & eCS drivers and software package subscription. Please log into your account in order to access your software.

If you haven't yet purchased a software subscription, this is a great reason to do so now.

You may view the latest post at http://www.arcanoae.com/new-multimac-driver-package-20150529-released/


Arca Noae: updated USB drivers

2015-04-13 00:38:08 -- Eugene Gorbunoff [ecomstation.ru]

Arca Noae (US company) updated the stack of USB drivers.

One of our users reports that

  • USB printers are visible now
  • no troubles with USB flash disk inserted before system boot
  • USB Audio works better

Celebrating the 100 Millionth ThinkPad

2015-03-12 03:27:12 -- Eugene Gorbunoff [ecomstation.ru]

ThinkPad laptops, which debuted in 1992, recently celebrated the milestone of shipping 100 million units worldwide. In just twenty over years, the black-clad laptop family has quickly established itself as an industry icon, with loyal fans that are passionate about each generation of ThinkPad products. In fact, the 100 millionth ThinkPad has been nicknamed as Eve, who will be tweeting throughout the year on her own unique Twitter handle, @thinkeve.

read more

We recommend to OS/2 users buy Thinkpad laptops (enw or used), so the developers of OS/2 drivers concentrate on one manufacturer of computers.


Drivers for OS/2?

2015-02-03 19:01:22 -- Eugene Gorbunoff [ecomstation.ru]

If you want run OS/2 (eComStation) on modern hardware, you need drivers.

All updates are available from Arca Noae and available by subscription. List of drivers: ACPI, Danis506, MultiMac, AHCI, Panorama, JFS, Uniaud, USB stack

Here is the shop: Arca Noae


IBM smartphone, 20 years ago

2014-09-22 22:12:48 -- Eugene Gorbunoff [habr]

IBM Simon - is the first commercial smartphone (1994). touchscreen + you can install additional applications + draw pictures using stylus. Simon could receive fax, email, pages messages. General applications: Mobile phone + calendar + address book,+ worldtime + calculator + notepad and games

IBM have sold 50 000 devices. Unlocked: $1099. 2 years contract: $899, later it decreased to $599.

Read more: (russian text) IBM Simon - the 1-st smartphone, what is inside?


Book "ThinkPad: A Different Shade of Blue"

2014-06-21 01:49:50 -- Eugene Gorbunoff [ecomstation.ru]

One more interesting book about Thinkpad and IBM OS/2.

ThinkPad: A Different Shade of Blue tells the exciting inside story behind the creation of one of the most successful brand names in computing. Through interviews with the ThinkPad Team and IBM executives, and access to internal documents and memoranda, the book provides a rare inside view into the workings of an IBM brand team. Here is the inside scoop on the cultural and personality differences that almost killed one of the most significant development efforts in IBM history. More importantly, it offers valuable lessons on what it takes to build a world-class, enduring brand or product.


Week of motherboards

2014-06-14 03:59:18 -- Eugene Gorbunoff [ecomstation.ru]

We added to Hardware Database 30 new reports with information about compatibility of motherboards with eComStation. eComStation and compatible hardware.

Why eComStation.RU Hardware Database survived other listings? 1) no hard requirements. we are happy is user posted 1 word 2) major part of the reports have pictures of devices 3) the scouts are collecting the information bit-by-bit from different sites

 

See also: Report about Hardware compatible with eComStation (2014/06)


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