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Editor's note: these tips are from OS/2 users and in some cases can not be verified
by myself. Please heed this as a warning that if you are not sure about something,
don't do it.
Here's how you can close all open windows on the desktop using only the keyboard:
Ctrl-Esc to bring up the window list
Ctrl-/ to select all windows
Shift-F10 to bring up the pop-up menu
C to close all windows (except the desktop itself)
There are many problems with programs compiled with Borland C++ 2.0 for OS/2
when running under WSeB due to a little wrong EXE-header (bug of compiler). These
problems can be often solved by packing and unpacking such EXEs by LxLite (you can
find one on Hobbes) - an OS/2 EXE-compressor.
And nowdays, even Lexmark doesn't make keyboards!! The keyboard operation was
spun off by Lexmark to a company called Unicomp, still located in the same factory
You can still get the "REAL" IBM type keyboards like the one from that
old PS/2 (I've salvaged a bunch of those at work and have them on all my Compaq
servers and my Dell desktop, plus one on the RS/6000) at the following website:
They even have a cross-reference online to convert IBM Part Numbers to Unicomp
numbers, AND they will sell direct online. As far as I'm concerned, there is NOTHING
on this planet like a real genuine IBM PS/2 keyboard.
You can hit the key that is the first letter of the thing you're looking for
and the focus will jump automatically to the next line in the task list that begins
with that character.
For a quick-n-easy look-up, paste the following link into your Bookmarks (preferably
in your "personal toolbar folder"):
Granted, they don't have kerfuffle though.
They can be incredibly useful, or at least a bit of fun.
I think that in FP13 it's been bumped to 1GB. It may change to higher numbers
VIRTUALADDRESSLIMIT=3072 to set it to 3GB (the number is in megabytes, 512 - 3072 max).
I was trying to install OS/2 Warp v.4 on a new system. The disk had previously
had Windows-98 installed, which had been formatted as FAT-32. The old partition
was still there. The OS/2 install would consistently fail with a TRAP D in fdisk
when trying to leave fdisk. The old partition had been deleted and a new partition
had been created in fdisk.
FDisk has a problem when there is a FAT-32 partition on the drive.
The solution was to use PartitionMagic to format the drive with HPFS. I have
also been informed that using DOS fdisk to delete and create the partitions would
Add the line SET SHELLHANDLESINC=20 to CONFIG.SYS and
see if that fixes it. This is a problem that came out with Warp 3 around about FP17
and has been around ever since intermittently. Adding this line bumps up the number
of file handles allocated to PMShell by 20 from the default.
4.0.1 PRINT SCREEN SET PARAMETER FOR APAR JR11837
Add the following environment varible line to CONFIG.SYS to print active
window during Print Screen operation:
The WINDOW with focus will print when a Print Screen operation is
For the default Print Screen operatin, perform either of these steps:
Remove line "SET_PM_PRINTSCREEN_ACTIVE_WINDOW=ON"
from CONFIG.SYS or
change the line to read:
Note: System must be re-booted after any CONFIG.SYS changes.
Files hidden behind CGI, Java, etc interfaces would be very unlikely to be regettable unless the interface actually translated the filename into a normal FTP path. Fortunately, for the IBM Boulder site where most OS/2 downloads happen, that is exactly what is done. What I have done in the past is to turn on IPTRACE and then use the web interface to start the download of the file, then turn off IPTRACE and look at the TCP/IP packets to find the actual file name involved. I then give this filename to WGET, along with the userid/password that the web site used to reference the file eg:And from Steve Wendt on the OS/2 Hardware list a simpler solution, but you can't cut/paste it:
wget -c ftp://user:firstname.lastname@example.org/pub/somepath/file.zip
This is messy but it does work and wget will restart the download automatically with a reget every time your connection dies. The user ID and password used to access such files changes every 24 hours, so for huge files (eg the entire WSeB CD set I downloaded once), you have to go back to the web page again to get the new user ID and password every day and update the URL you are giving to wget.
Sometimes you do not need to use IPTRACE, as the filename, user ID and password are in the source code of the web page, or can be figured out from the source code and the name of the file that Netscape displays when it starts the download. So I usually use Netscape's "View/Page Source" command first before resorting to IPTRACE.
Once you have the actual FTP path and the user ID and password to login, you can also use them with a normal FTP command line or GUI program instead of wget if you like - most good FTP programs support user ID & password logins as well as the default anonymous logins, although just how to use this option can be somewhat obscure. Sometimes doing this will show up additional files on the IBM server that were not referenced on the web page and you can download using the same user ID and password.
Or use Ctrl-Alt-T. :)
When running Aurora Server (Wseb) or fixpak 13 of Warp 4 client you get a trap
when you run the Teles ISDN card drivers. This caused by the VDD of the ISDN card.
Only way to solve the problem is to rem out the VCAPI.SYS. Its a bug in the driver
and not in OS/2. Heard from somebody that it is a badly written driver.
Want to play with StarOffice? Go into StarCalc and on the prompt line, enter:
and then press Enter. Enjoy! Well, sort of. ;-)