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May 2000

May 13

New WSeb JFS fix released

Please see URL


for details.

This is a new release and replaces the older JFSFIX.ZIP already published.

The following APAR's are included in the release and it can be applied to any WSeB system.

PJ27215 - Pointer corruption during file locking in JFS
PJ27216 - MS Excel file corruption on JFS partition from NT/warp3 clients
PJ27217 - Xcopy hangs JFS when the drive becomes full
PJ27226 - legacy handle writes past 2gb

May 13

A new virus signatures refresh dated 12 may 2000 (av30fq.zip) for the IBM Antivirus/2 can be found at the Symantec site:


May 13

Just to let everyone know that:


has a fix for licq 0.75's known problem with pmx/exceed.

The file is ldaemon.dll, just replace the new old one from original licq 0.75 with this one, and voila, licq 0.75 will work 100% with pmx/exceed.

licq is an ICQ clone for OS/2.

May 13

CDRWizard 0.99 beta 14 is avaliable at my home site at the address:


CDRWizard is a GUI Wizard interface to CDRECORD/2 for burning CD-R / CD-RW (data, audio, etc) discs.

May 13

The Warped Jeopardy! audience at WarpTech 2000 will be on the receiving end of a generous barrage of Sundial Systems trinkets and software prizes.

Audience participation is a key ingredient of the Warped Jeopardy! show.

"Sundial is always generous with products at OS/2 galas" says the software company's Carla Hanzlik. "It's our way of showing our appreciation to folks who go out of their way to attend OS/2 shows and support the OS/2 community."

Guests at the Saturday 4:30 p.m. multimedia extravaganza will have chances to win any of Sundial's OS/2 products -- Rover Pack, DBExpert, Mesa 2, Junk Spy, Relish and Clearlook -- based on having the proper question when Warped Jeopardy! host Randell Flint gives the OS/2 answer.

"Prizes are a big part of the excitement and fun" says the show's technical director Rollin White. "We want people to win. We want everybody packed into the Warped Jeopardy! auditorium, shouting and screaming the proper questions as the big-screen videos are projected overhead and the panel of experts on the stage tries to be the first to match a question to an answer."

Randell Flint, the Warped Jeopardy! host and President of Sundial Systems, is very pleased that his traveling show has become such a success at major OS/2 gatherings.

"We put Warped Jeopardy! together as an entertainment spectacular," says Flint. "The guests get the prizes if they have the questions. Just remember that Sundial has the answers."

- - -

WarpTech 2000 is a 3-day OS/2 technical conference taking place May 26-28 at a pristine 463-acre desert resort in the beautiful Southwest. Come to Phoenix, Arizona USA for three full days of OS/2 -- the biggest OS/2 conference ever held.

Visit the WarpTech web site at:


To volunteer or just to watch the goings-on, subscribe to the WarpTech 2000 planning list by sending mail to steward@bitranch.com with the following text in the body (not subject!) of the message: subscribe w2k

Hosted by the Phoenix OS/2 Society, Inc.

May 12

The popular OS/2 ISP mailing list has been moved to a new mailing list server at Hethmon.com. The list was the victim of crime when the servers were stolen from stat.com. As a result of that theft, the mailing list subscription list was lost also.

In reviving the list, anyone who posted a message during 1999 or 2000 was sent a message inviting them to re-join the mailing list. Since we all know there are many lurkers on mailing lists, this is an invitation to them to re-subscribe and join in.

The OS/2 ISP list is a mailing list devoted to ISP issues running OS/2. List topics include web servers, mail servers, tcp/ip configuration and really anything related to the network.

You may subscribe to the mailing list by sending an email message to:


In the BODY of the message put the commands:


We look forward to you joining and contributing.


Paul Hethmon

May 12

This is a port of the popular, accurate, and fast Super Nintendo emulator, SNES9x. This is a project I have wanted to do for a long time but have been sidetracked by other projects. Well, it's finally here! I finally stopped playing Super Metroid long enough to release this. ;-)

I'm declaring this version a "beta" because, although it is rock solid and stable, it is lacking a few features that need to be implemented, such as joystick support and SNES core snapshot saving. I'm also planning on releasing a GUI frontend for it to make configuration easier.

This version contains the following features:
* FULL SCREEN GRAPHICS using Scitech's MGL * Stretch blitting to occupy the full screen if the correct mode is not available * 44KHz stereo sound using DART * NVRAM saving for saved games * Very accurate and fast emulation using the latest SNES9x emulation core

Please be sure to read the ReadMe.OS2 file included in the ZIP file because it will tell you how to use the dial-a-mode feature of Scitech Display Doctor to create the exact video mode used by the Super Nintendo.

As always, you can download it from:


May 12

Is OS/2 dead again? The Register seems to think so:


May 12

IBM has released DSPINSTL.ZIP to fix problems installing display drivers (especially Matrox) on a system where FP 13 has been installed. Go to:


Unzip it into a temporary directory and read DSPINSTL.TXT before installing.

May 12

IBM officially announced their Java strategy at the following URLs:

IBM will deliver nine Java Virtual Machines (JVMs) that support Java Standard Edition version 1.3.

IBM will deliver nine Java Virtual Machines (JVMs) that support Java Standard Edition version 1.3.

Offerings for Windows, Linux, AIX, and OS/390 will be available in June, followed shortly after with versions for OS/400 and OS/2.

Finally, the "OS/2 Porting Status" page at IBM Hursley Labs is updated now. It shows the OS/2 preview version of Java2 1.3 is due June 30, and the GA is due Sept. 30. Essentially the same deadlines, but specific.


May 11

Contact: Craig Greenwood captain@warptech.org
1-480-968-8625 office

Steven King, of IBM's Austin-based Operating Systems Solutions division and manager of that division's Services unit, will speak on how his unit's team supports OS/2 customers worldwide at the upcoming WarpTech 2000 three-day OS/2 computer conference in Phoenix, Arizona.

King and his team focus on IBM's worldwide e-business OS/2 support, including the software resources, the programming enhancements and the specialized support that these OS/2 customers require. Customers rely on King for their installation, configuration, system tuning, and client and server deployments.

IBM has quietly revamped its OS/2 operating system into a super-powerful tool that runs high speed networks and controls large servers with multi-processor motherboards.

"IBM has leveraged their initial OS/2 operating system onto newly available hardware with a rewritten kernel and new file drivers," said Bill Schindler, a system software consultant and an officer for the Phoenix OS/2 Society Inc., the corporation which is hosting WarpTech 2000.

King will speak on how IBM continues to enhance OS/2 so that, in addition to preserving customer investments in legacy OS/2 applications, it is the platform for future e-business deployments and for the development of e-business applications.

"The key technologies associated with e-business are Java, XML, the browser, internet protocols, and application serving," according to King. His presentation at WarpTech will include IBM's added support of these technologies on OS/2 plus the development on OS/2 of "new e-business applications and solutions that exploit multi-threading, distributed objects, transaction commit and checkpoint restart, and directory/security services."

The session will also cover WorkSpace On-Demand and IBM Network Client Manager e-business solutions.

King has managed portions of IBM's OS/2 development for years, including LAN Server 4, Warp Connect, Warp Server, Warp Server SMP, and Warp Server for e-business. The success of IBM's systems, products and customer solutions which run on OS/2 indicates that his management style and ability to produce profits for his division will keep OS/2 as a strategic underlying platform for the next decade of IBM customers.

WarpTech 2000 is a 3-day OS/2 technical conference taking place May 26-28 at a pristine 463-acre desert resort in the beautiful Southwest. Come to Phoenix, Arizona USA for three full days of OS/2 -- the biggest OS/2 conference ever held.

Visit the WarpTech web site at:


Hosted by the Phoenix OS/2 Society, Inc.

May 10

RSJ CD Writer for OS/2 updated to 3.04

There have been some problems with the latest releases of RSJ CD Writer for OS/2, especially in regard to installation. Supposedly these are now fixed with version 3.04 (both problems with WPS object creation/registration and keyfile handling).

Download the latest version from


List of changes is available at


May 10

There was an error in the WarpIn script which didn't allow users to specify a destination, and always tried to install into the C: drive. This is fixed now.

PS: I won't react on support, mails sent to my private adress, please use the mentioned email adress


May 10

IBM has posted its OS/2 strategy for 2000 on the Web. It can be found at:


May 10

The new 2.4 client of SETI@Home for OS/2 users is now officially available. Go to:


and follow the links to download.

SETI@Home is a distributed computing project to analyze extraterrestial radio signals for evidence of advanced civilizations besides our own.

May 10

InnoTek Systemberatung
+49 7151 9965-30

Stuttgart, Germany, 10 May 2000 - InnoTek Systemberatung announced today the release of the second beta version of its new Macromedia Flash Plugin for OS/2 Warp.

Flash is the standard for creating high-impact, vector-based web sites that deliver motion, sound, interactivity, and graphics.

Jointly developed by Macromedia and InnoTek and based on the very latest Flash technology, this brings the leading internet multimedia technology by Macromedia to the OS/2 Warp platform. Operating as a plugin inside Netscape Communicator for OS/2, it now makes it possible for every OS/2 desktop to view websites based on the exciting Flash technology. After several months of development and passing the Macromedia Flash Compatibility Suite, the plugin is now available for download.

Flash for OS/2 Warp utilizes OS/2 Warp's advanced DIVE and DART technnologies and directly accesses your video and audio hardware to deliver outstanding performance.

For more information, please visit our website at:



InnoTek is a registered trademark of InnoTek Systemberatung

Flash, Macromedia and Macromedia Flash are trademarks or registered trademarks of Macromedia Inc.

IBM, OS/2 and OS/2 Warp are trademarks or registered trademark of International Business Machines Cor.

Netscape, Netscape Communicator are trademarks or registered trademarks of Netscape Communications, Inc.

May 10

Snow Storm Software has just released a new beta for Escape GL V3.0 users only. Existing users are invited to download and test the beta which is the building block for upcoming releases. Simply go to the Snow Storm Software updates page at:


Escape GL is OS/2's premier OpenGL screen saver.

May 09

Window On WarpTech

The Weekly WarpTech 2000 Report

From the desk of Craig Greenwood, WarpTech Captain

We'll collectively be planning our own OS/2 futures when we all get together for the three days of WarpTech 2000.

There are new assurances, and above all, new actions on the part of IBM which show that OS/2 has a bright spotlight upon it. New FixPaks, a new Warp 4 kernel "refresh" bringing it to level 4.5, announcements of continuing OS/2 support for years to come.

WarpTech will be a melting ground for the OS/2 users, developers, network builders and scholars who will soon add new software tools and "ways to get the job done" to our OS/2 desktops. Anytime you put a user with a problem in the same room with a technical expert who can create a solution, you end up with new tools for the users and new ideas and projects for the developers. This has happened at every single OS/2 conference that's ever taken place, and WarpTech will give every guest three days to ask, to discuss, to think and ponder and then ask and discuss some more.

Take a look at the WarpTech Sessions page again and think about who the other people in the audience with you will be:


It's simply impossible to sit in your chair and not strike up a conversation with the other guests around you. You'll be chatting with OS/2 experts, OS/2 developers, OS/2 fanatics of every description. By the time each new session starts, you'll already have collected some more great ideas.

WarpTech is much, much more than three days of OS/2 presentations. And it's far more than the hall of exhibitors, the door prizes, the product discounts and the literature. WarpTech is the people whom you'll meet there, the ones with experience in the areas you work in and knowledge of the technologies you're working with. WarpTech is a place to gather not just ideas but concepts, a place to exchange thoughts that will push you ahead faster.

So we'll see you Friday to Sunday, May 26-28 -- at WarpTech 2000!

- Captain Craig captain@warptech.org

May 09


Wilmington, NC -DATE - Blueprint Software Works, Inc., is proud to announce a partnership with Peter Nielsen, the owner and developer of PMView, for the publishing of his latest release PMView 2000 version 2.10. This upcoming release scheduled for May 24, 2000 will be an update to his award winning image editing and conversion utility.

"The upcoming 2.10 build of PMView will feature several improvements based on customer requests. There are two new file formats WAP Bitmap (a new file format used in WAP mobile phones) and Softimage PIC, also more than a dozen corrections to correct all known problems." Said Peter Nielsen, developer and owner of PMView.

PMView is image editing and conversion tool for the OS/2 and Windows operating systems. With the upcoming 2.10 release it will feature support for over 40 image formats, as well as a automatic thumbnailing, built-in slideshow and screen capture utilities. More information on PMView 2000 as well as the current release are available at the PMView website


Blueprint Software Works is a privately held firm located in Wilmington, NC specializing in software development, as well as publishing and marketing services for independent developers.

Contact: James S. McCorquodale
Voice: 800-603-5684 (USA-Canada)
Voice: 001-910-452-4787 (Outside USA ~Canada)
Fax: 910-452-4046

Blueprint Software Works, Inc.
5019 Carolina Beach Rd. Ste. 102
Wilmington, NC 28412

May 09

There is a new replacement for FP13's pmmerge.dll and associated dlls on the IBM software site. The file is dated May 5. It successfully fixed the icon problem in PMMail/2 on my computer. The URL is:


May 09

SciTech Display Doctor 7.0 for OS/2 PREVIEW RELEASE 27

Where do you get it?

You can download SciTech Display Doctor 7.0 for OS/2 BETA 27 from our ftp site using the following URL:

What's new:

. All remaining changes are now tracked on the web. Public changes are tracked at the following URL:


What is SciTech Display Doctor for OS/2?

SciTech Display Doctor for OS/2 brings SciTech's proven DOS and Windows device support technologies to the OS/2 Operating System. Although one of the core features of our DOS and Windows products is the support for the VESA VBE/Core standard, the OS/2 version has nothing at all to do with VESA services. Rather SciTech Display Doctor for OS/2 incorporates the new SciTech Nucleus, Graphics Architecture device driver technology to bring SciTech's device support to the OS/2 platform.

SciTech Nucleus is a binary portable, OS neutral, device driver architecture. As binary portable drivers, SciTech can fully develop and test the core device drivers in the DOS and Windows environments, while being able to target any Intel x86 based OS as the runtime environment (such as OS/2). This essentially allows the OS/2 product to utilise the same SciTech binary device drivers as the DOS and Windows versions of the product, improving the quality and performance of the drivers for all supported operating systems.

Runtime Requirements

SciTech Display Doctor for OS/2 requires a version of OS/2 Warp 3 or OS/2 Warp 4 in order to run. More imporantly, it requires at least Warp 3 with fixpack 35, or Warp 4 with fixpack 5 installed. If you have a version with earlier fixpacks installed, SciTech Display Doctor will refuse to install.

List of all certified chipsets:

This is a complete list of the various graphics chipsets that have been certified to work correctly with this version of SciTech Display Doctor. Please note that this list refers to the actual chips being used, not a board-level implementation. Thus you will not see any products from Hercules or STB on the list, but their products are supported because they use S3, Cirrus, Tseng, etc. chips. Also, any card with less than 512KB of memory cannot be supported by SciTech Display Doctor.

Note: Please check the separate list of supported laptop chipsets for more information if you are using this product on a laptop. All laptop chipsets are still listed here as many laptop chipset can also be used in regular PCI/AGP boards.

. 3DLabs Permedia, Permedia 2, Permedia 2V
. 3dfx Voodoo Banshee, Voodoo3
. ATI Mach64 GX, Mach64 CX, Mach64 CT, Mach64 VT, 3D Rage, Mach64 VTB
. ATI 3D Rage II, 3D Rage II+, Mach64 VT4, 3D Rage IIC, 3D Rage Pro
. ATI 3D Rage LT Pro, Rage Mobility, Rage XL, Rage 128, Rage 128 Pro
. Alliance ProMotion 6422, ProMotion AT24, ProMotion AT25
. Alliance ProMotion AT3D
. Chips ~Technologies 65550, 65554, 65555, 69000
. Cirrus Logic CL-GD5434, CL-GD5440, CL-GD5436, CL-GD5446
. Cirrus Logic CL-GD7555 LCD, Laguna 5462, Laguna 5464, Laguna 5465
. InteGraphics CyberPro 2000, CyberPro 2010
. Intel i740, i740 PCI
. Matrox MGA Millennium, MGA Millennium II, MGA Mystique
. Matrox MGA Mystique 220, MGA-G100, MGA-G200, MGA-G400
. NeoMagic MagicGraph 128, MagicGraph 128XD, MagicGraph 256AV
. Number Nine Imagine 128, Imagine 128 II, Imagine 128 II VRAM
. Number Nine Imagine 128 II DRAM, Ticket 2 Ride WRAM
. Number Nine Ticket 2 Ride SGRAM, Ticket 2 Ride IV
. OAK Spitfire 64107, Spitfire 64111, Eon 64017, Eon 64217, Warp 5
. Philips 9710
. Rendition Verite V1000, Verite V2200
. S3 Trio32, Trio64, Trio64V+, Trio64UV+, Trio64V2/DX, Vision 864
. S3 Vision 964, Vision 868, Vision 968, Virge, Virge/DX/GX, Virge/VX
. S3 Virge/GX2, Trio3D, Trio3D/2X, Savage3D, Savage4
. SiS 6202, 6205, 6215, 6326, 5595/530, 5595/620
. Sigma Designs RealMagic 64 GX
. Trident TGUI9440, TGUI9440-R2, TGUI9680, ProVidia 9682
. Trident ProVidia 9685
. Tseng Labs ET4000/W32p, ET6000, ET6100
. VESA VBE 1.2, VBE 2.0, VBE 3.0

List of all non-Certified chipsets:

This is a list of the various graphics chipsets that have native drivers developed for SciTech Display Doctor, but have yet to be completed and pass certification. The drivers should work relatively well, but as they have not been fully certified problems could arise if you use one of these chipsets. Please do not report problems related to uncertified drivers!

. Cyrix Media GX, Media GXm
. InteGraphics IGS 1680, IGS 1682, IGS 1683
. Macronix 86250, 86251
. NVIDIA GeForce 256, GeForce DDR, Quadro
. NeoMagic MagicGraph 128V, MagicGraph 128ZV, MagicGraph 128ZV+
. Philips 9712
. S3 Virge/MX, Savage2000
. SiS 5597/5598, 300
. Trident 3DImage 975, 3DImage 985, Blade 3D
. Weitek P9000, P9100

List of all supported laptop chips:

The following is a complete list of the various laptop graphics chipsets that we support in this version of SciTech Display Doctor. Please note that this list refers to the actual chips being used, not the laptop brand or model itself. Thus you will not see any products from Gateway or Dell on the list, but their products are supported because they use NeoMagic, ATI, Cirrus etc. chips.

. ATI 3D Rage LT Pro, Rage Mobility
. Chips ~Technologies 65550, 65554, 65555, 69000
. Cirrus Logic CL-GD7555 LCD
. NeoMagic MagicGraph 128, MagicGraph 128V, MagicGraph 128ZV
. NeoMagic MagicGraph 128ZV+, MagicGraph 128XD, MagicGraph 256AV
. VESA VBE 1.2, VBE 2.0, VBE 3.0

May 09

I noticed this at BeNews, then went to check it out, and they mentioned OS/2! From the FAQ:

What is quick3D?

quick3D is a shareware program that provides an intuitive interface for viewing, organizing, and converting your 3D files. You can load a 3D file of almost any format, and manipulate it in 3-dimensional space. quick3D also has many options for changing the way the model is displayed and rendered in real-time. Other features allow for exporting the model in various formats, as well as HTML for easy cataloging of files. quick3D is small, memory efficient, and fast.


Just thought someone would want to check it out. They said they need help porting it over to OS/2.

May 09

The CSDP (Config.Sys Documentation Project) with its new home at:


has been updated. There were some links broken in the HTML-PACKAGE you can download at that site. Thanks for your suggestions and whishes also to Tyra/2 - The config.sys-FrontEnd where the CSDP is based on.

The CSDP is a free service to get help of the Config.Sys-statements through the web and if you have downloaded the whole package you can use it also offline.

May 08

Snow Storm Software has release a new module in our Gallery. IBM's stylized 'e' is now available for download and use under OS/2 or Windows. Just go to our gallery page at:


Escape GL is OS/2's premier OpenGL screen saver.

May 07

There were already some discussions about the interview with John Soyring in the german c't Magazine. Now the original *german* Article is online. You can read it at


Editor's note: The above is in German. To get a translation of the interview in English:


May 07

Jason, who normally runs the Mamerun site, is moving in the coming months and I'm running the site until he is finished moving to his new house.

To start with, J. DaSilva has update the Joystick driver. You can get it here:


I would also like to point to the new contest that has started:

The contest is to create a visual frontend for the GCC compiler in PM. This would, of course, require somebody who knows the WPS API's. This is something that may really open the door for budding OS/2 developers. There is one frontend on LEO called "Project Manager for EMX", but it is in maintenance mode since March 1999. This project starts immediately and has a tentative end date of September 30th.

Wayne Swanson from Pillarsoft is the first sponsor of the project! He has donated a copy of WarpZip and Desktop Backup. More sponsors are welcome!

For people wanting to do this project, you don't need to invent the wheel again!

Well we would be crazy to reinvent the wheel! I'm not an expert at C++, I'm just beginng to learn. Craig Benbow send me an email in which he pointed to the company Bloodshed that makes Dev-C++ for Gnu. This could be useful for developers, just look at it yourself. I know it is for Windows but still its opensource and free.


The Mamerun site can be found here:


May 07

LBMix was updated to version 0.04. The main enhancements are:

A lot of configurable user interface enhancements. Batch mode. Fixed problem with input selector and SB Live driver.

For more information and download please visit:


LBMix is a universal mixer for IOCTL90 Mixer API implemented in Crystal Semiconductor drivers and SB Live beta drivers. It should work with any audio driver implementing this API as well. Also supports pipe mixer API - the easiest way to create your own mixer. A pipe mixer backend for mode 2 Crystal codecs is included.

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