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eComStation's new Australian Web Site
December 7th 2002
Orion Solutions launches major update to both the Orion Solutions http://www.orion-solutions.com.au/
A> and eComStation (australia) http://www.ecomstation.com.au/ web sites.
The release is intended to provide an easier to use web site for existing
and new users.
The sites are also being hosted internally for the first time, and we
would be interested to know if the speed is acceptable to users. (however
we do expect that it may run slowly after this announcement!)
Secondly we are officially announcing the ability to pre-order eCS 1.1
which, at this stage, we expect to be shipping at the beginning of
Lastly we hope you all have a joyful holiday season. May you cherish this
time with family and friends. Enjoy :-)
Mark A Rogers
Orion Solutions http://www.orion-solutions.com.au/
PO BOX 1492
Wodonga Vic 3689
Ph 02 6056 5455
International +61 2 6056 5455
Fax 02 6024 1042
Test NIC drivers...
I need OS/2 users there help. I don't know if VIA has yet released the
NIC drivers I have for OS/2. I need people that can test the drivers that
have a VIA NIC chipset build on there motherboard. PLEASE NOTE, don't
confuse the NIC chipset from VIA with Realtek 8139 or 8129 chipsets also
found onboard on a lot of motherboards with a VIA motherboard chipset.
I have already been in contact with VIA about there AC 97 audiodriver .
Thats why there have been 1 or 2 new releases. People who get system
sounds under OS/2 that are played fast I can not help. The chipset on your
montherboard (from VIA) only then supports single rate. That means
playback and recording at 16 bit 48 Khz Stereo. The drivers are not
perfect and I will send them some more bug reports soon.
I don't have vendor and chipset ID's. VIA has been asking if I can give
feedback. If have the following drivers for which I need testers:
For the chipset:
The NIC chipsets can also be integrated on the montherboard chipset
(meaning not visable on the motherboard it self). If VIA has already
released the drivers let me know if you have any bugs with the drivers.
Roderick Klein firstname.lastname@example.org
New kernels on testcase
Dec 6 12:37 1,069,487 smp20021205.zip
Dec 6 12:37 1,172,190 smp20021205d.zip
Dec 6 12:37 1,012,586 uni20021205.zip
Dec 6 12:37 1,107,775 uni20021205d.zip
Dec 6 12:37 1,015,033 w420021205.zip
Dec 6 12:37 1,110,101 w420021205d.zip
[Moderator's note: As always these are not officially supported by IBM
unless they tell you to use them. Please send any followup to
comp.os.os2.bugs on usenet. Also note that files are only on IBM's
testcase for 2-3 days, so if you want to try these get them now. Make
certain you back up any files replaced and don't try these on a production
system. Read any readme file before applying any changes. If your system
is working well, and you have no problems addressed by these updates, do
yourself a favour and don't mess with this. You have been warned.
From the readme.txt acompanying these kernel files, changes since the last
Fixes to problems that exist in released code:
20021010 revision 14.091c
- put back in the IRQ fix in os2ldr. seems to be ok
- took clock01 out of the package.
20021028 revision 14.093a
PJ28871 trap with TRACEBUF= .../D=ALL in config.sys
- fix an obscure trap in KernelFaultEntry on debug kernel only
- fix a trap if Kern32ReadFileAt called and an ISS is installed
- fix a trap if Kern32ReadFileAt called and an ISS is installed (the fix was not correct in 1028)
- trap in w_dup trying to do DosDupHandle to target handle outside range of current max file handle number PJ28941 trap 000e routine VMAliasToAlias doing procdumps on some systems]
PLEASE! Remove VIDEO2.INI first!
* mp3 audio seek fix
* sometimes sound dissappears after pause. possible fixed :)
* WMA2 decoding moved to native
* Movie window is not closing when loop enabled
* Movie window is not changing size, when loop or movie window enabled
+ new hotkeys for movie window:
Q/A - Sync correction +/-
Warp Overlay only hotkeys:
W/S - Hardware brigtness (Pressed with control will reset to default)
E/D - Hardware contrast (Pressed with control will reset to default)
T/G - Hardware saturation (Pressed with control will reset to default)
Y/H - Hardware hue (Pressed with control will reset to default)
+ single copy running: when wv already running, second wv just exit if second wv have file name as parametr, wv pass it to first copy, which start play it immideately
* memory leaks
* trap, when media without sound plays after media with sound + postprocess (seems doesnt works, but eats cpu :) )
* WV engine changes:
- always latest libavcodec :)
- avi sync fix
- mpeg2 3DNow -> MMXEXT for motion compensation
- WMA 1/2 native audio decoding (ffmpeg)
- increase A/V threads stack
- audio playback & codecs fixes
- sync fixes
Program URL: http://os2.kiev.ua/
DFSee 5.06 released; LVM/VCU replacement
DFSee is the SWISS-ARMY-KNIFE for disk and filesystem problems. With
FDISK-like displays, analysis and recovery, FIX commands, UNDELETE for
HPFS/NTFS, imaging and cloning. More details at:
With the 5.06 version DFSee can now completely replace LVM.EXE and VCU.EXE
for compatibility-volumes, modify AND create ...
Plus it uses an easy to operate dialog-window for LVM now!
Direct download links:
Most important functional changes:
- LVM Interactive dialog, create NEW info, many new options! - CREATE
-L option creates LVM info; Smart FAT type: 01/04/06/0b/0c - FDISK Made
almost modeless, commands now work from all FS modes - VCU New
command, clear old info and generate new default LVM info - MODE New
command, set display size and windowing dynamically - PART -c or
parameters '+c' or '++c' performs CHECK on each partition - RESIZE
Automatic execution of LVM command after resize
Check DFS*.TXT files for details, all changes listed in DFSHIST.TXT
Registering DFSee will give you the right to use all 5.xx versions and get
support plus a reasonable amount of assistance by email. Existing 4.xx
registrations can be upgraded to 5.xx as well.
But even more important, it enables further development of DFSee!
Regards, Jan van Wijk
OS/2 Device Driver for WatchCard PCI (Antrax GmbH) V1.0
[Note: Site is in German. Reading it via Babelfish http://babelfish.altavista.com I'm still not sure what the WatchCard is
for. It appears to be an addin ISA or PCI card that monitors the PC for
system errors or looping conditions and performs a hardware reset.]
osFree snapshot released
osFree binary snapshot
December 5, 2002
1. General status
This release is not intended for production use. Its goal is to
the work being made on the open-source osFree project. The
comprises several command-line utilities, requiring a
Many of you may ask what the need for these utilities are. You may
have a copy of OS/2 Warp and no need for another ansi.exe. The answer
simply opensource. While you own a binary copy of ansi.exe you have not
rights to the source nor may you spread the copy you have. To build a
OS compatible with OS/2 all tools are needed not just a new kernal.
The osFree team are activly looking for more developers. If you feel
have the interest in an opensource OS/2 dont hesitate to join.
It should be noted that no component has been subjected to
testing yet, so the components may only be *deemed* complete because
required functionality is implemented.
The file (osfree-snapshot.zip) can be found in the incoming directory
hobbes and on several other ftp sites.
2. Contacting the development team
A web site dedicated to the development is at http://www.osfree.org/
To join a public discussion forum, please sign up at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/osfree
FTP site: ftp://jma.dnsalias.com/osfree
FTP write-only \"drop zone\": ftp://jma.dnsalias.com/osfree/dropzone
Anonymous read-only CVS: pserver:email@example.com:d:/project
Password is \"readonly\".
-> URL: http://www.osfree.org
-> Hobbes: http://hobbes.nmsu.edu/cgi-bin/h-search?key=/pub/incoming/osfree-snapshot.zip
-> FTP-Search: http://download.lycos.com/swadv/AdvResults.asp?query=osfree-snapshot.zip
Calculates the mouse input rate in the OS/2 GUI
I've uploaded a new version of BT32.SYS/LXAPI32.SYS and it's applications
BT32.SYS is a driver for BT8x8 based TV cards. It was ported from the
linux bttv driver.
With the sample application in this package you can
- View TV
- View Teletext
- Hear Radio
Sarg - Squid Analysis Report Generator
Sarg - Squid Analysis Report Generator is a tool that allow you to view
"where" your users are going to on the Internet. Sarg generate reports in
html, with fields like: users, IP Addresses, bytes, sites and times.
CBIRC - Java IRC Client
I'm glad to announce a public preview version of my Internet Relay Chat
(IRC) Client CBIRC.
Some of the features are:
+Single document interface (SDI)
+Complete RFC 1459 compatible
+Displays mIRC styles and colors
+Displays ANSI colors
+Displays CTCP/2 styles and colors
+URL's are highlighted
+Intrinsic web browser
+DCC chat, send, get
+Transfer window with transfer statistics
+CTCP version, userinfo, clientinfo, action, finger, source and time
+Automatic reconnect and rejoin channels
CBIRC is written in Java. I recommend to use IBM's Java 1.3.1 with
You can download CBIRC at:
Mozilla 1.2.1 is out. This is our latest stable release and users of all
previous versions are encouraged to upgrade to this release for features,
as well as performance, stability, and security fixes. It contains the fix
for the DHTML bug that prompted us to pull Mozilla 1.2. See the release
notes for more info.
Program URL: http://www.mozilla.org
LaBella now has a ( preliminary ) homepage, where you can get some
information on whats comming !
Name competition winner announced
Some time ago I started a naming competition for my new program.
And the winner is :
Michael suggested 'LaBelle', and I have decided to call my program for
'LaBella', but as the idea came from Michael, It is only fair that he gets
the price of a registered version of either C-Side or LaBella after his
Thanks for the large amount of names I have recieved over the last three
LaBella will be released shortly, stay tuned for more info.
Ghostscript v8.00 released
Haven't seen it mentioned somewhere but ...
Artifex Software Inc. and artofcode LLC are pleased to announce the
release of Ghostscript 8.00, the most comprehensive software solution for
page description languages. Ghostscript is a leader in PDF, PostScript,
and PCL technologies. Ghostscript 8.00 features the following new
With the 8.00 release, Ghostscript now offers true DeviceN color space
support, natively rendering spot colors, multicolor images, and gradient
effects up to 8 color planes. DeviceN also affords direct and precise
control over ink balances in large format inkjet devices. Ghostscript
currently powers inkjet RIPs from Best Color GmbH, Xerox XES (in
partnership with Caldera Graphics), MacDermid/ColorSpan, and Mutoh
Ghostscript 8.00 fully supports spot colors and Separation color
spaces. This functionality is actually a subset of DeviceN color spaces,
and hasa high performance implementation.
Ghostscript 8.00 also brings native rendering of overprint and
overprint mode, as specified in PDF 1.3, and PostScript LanguageLevel 3.
Thus, Ghostscript's power and efficiency is now brought to new domains,
including packaging, high end prepress, and others.
Well Tempered Screening
Integration of "Well Tempered Screening", an imagesetter-optimized
screening technology from artofcode LLC. WTS produces exact irrational
angles, as opposed to the rational supercell approximation common in most
competitive RIPs. Dots are exceptionally smooth, even at relatively high
rulings and low resolutions. Screener-induced (internal) moire is
virtually eliminated. In addition, the WTS integration provides
significantly higher throughput when rendering precise color angles than
previous Ghostscript releases.
Ghostscript now implements DiskN file resources within PostScript,
significantly improving the integration with font downloading utilities.
Ghostscript 8.00 can be downloaded from mirror.cs.wisc.edu and
Please see Obtaining AFPL Ghostscript 8.00 for more details.
UpdCD fix 2.25 has been released
new: added resource file integration (warp 3, wseb, cp)
new: support for mpts and tcp/ip 4.3 fixpaks (cp, warp 4, wseb)
new: flash plug-in installation uses CID procedure now (all)
new: added tools (73_TOOLS) add-on to install zip, arj, etc. (all)
new: aligned with cp fixpak 3 (ecs)
new: added support for dd fpk 3 (ecs)
new: aligned with latest ecs update files (ecs)
fix: i2oxport.sys should not be added double to the config.sys (all)
fix: fixed problem with tcp/ip 4.3 fixpak install (warp 4)
ePDF v1.0 for OS/2 and eCs
ePDF (formerly known as PS2PDF) is a PM tool for PostScript to PDF
conversion, which uses GhostScript as back-end. With ePDF you are able
to create PDF files with user definable document informations from any
application which supports printing.
more information and downloads:
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