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May 1999

OS/2 Tips

We scan the Web, Usenet and the OS/2 mail lists looking for these gems. Have you run across an interesting bit of information about OS/2 recently? Please share it with all our readers. Send your tips to editor@os2voice.org

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.

April 15, 1999 - Our first tip of the month is from Bob Germer, by way of comp.os.os2.apps, for those of you who want to use the OCR engine built into Faxworks or PMFax Pro.

If you are intending to use Faxworks' OCR on a scanned document, you must scan it at 200 dpi since that is the resolution limit of fax machines and thus Faxworks. If the document is at a higher resolution, Faxworks cannot import it no matter which format you use.

April 15, 1999 - Our next tip is from Ron Boschelli, on the Possi Discussion list.

For in the, "what its worth department", I stumbled on a couple of sites on a link from the, OS/2 page on the "Miningco.com" web site.

The first link let to info on motherboards and chipsets (more info thanI want to know about), and a link from there let to the, "Motherboard Homeworld" site.



There is a fantastic amount of info on this site(s). I located the manufacture of my 586x133 board from the ID code for the AMI Bios.

Had this board installed about two years ago, and then my supplier went out of business. There was no name on the board or a S/N that I could find. But turns out to be an Amptron board. Waiting to hear from Amptron support to the exact Model number.

This board has worked flawlessly since we had it installed. And just discovered that it has on board SCSI capability (wheter its usable or not is the question, won't know until we get additional info about the board).

For those of you who have a yearning to know more about chipsets, processors and motherboards, or want to identify a board you have, this looks like the place to go.

So have fun, enjoy.

Ron Boschelli
Computer Help Unlimited

April 17, 1999 - Doug Leach offered this tip on the Possi Discussion list for installing the Lotus Notes for OS/2 client 2.6 :

Actually, it now works quite well. The instructions at this link http://www.keysolutions.com/NotesFAQ/is46.html are essentially correct. Only real change is that the file you need to edit is p32wrk.pkg. Start the install, select the server install (not the advanced server install). Select only Notes workstation as the component to install. After the install, make sure that the KitType=1 and UNSUPPORTEDCLIENT=1 changes are made to Notes.ini. Even if you put the unsupportedclient line into Notes.ini in the install directory, it doesn't seem to get transfered. Lastly, MAKE SURE there are no other copies of Notes.ini around in your system that aren't edited as above.

April 19, 1999 - Steven Levine offered this advise on the Possi Discussion list for folks looking to totally eradicate a printer oblect:

Unfortunately, Warp does not always shred printer objects correctly. The nice folks at Keller Group (PMFax) provide a tool (prndrv.exe) that will really make printer objects go away.

You need to know the object name, but a little hunting with UNIMAINT or CHECKINI will provide this.

April 21, 1999 - If you have a Zip drive and having a problem under OS/2, here's a tip from Robb Selby on the TeamOS/2 Help List:

It should be available right on the popup menu for the zip drive icon. If not, you may not have the /rf switch in config.sys on the BASEDEV=OS2DASD.DMD specified. This turns on the removeable media support. The popup options also allows you to lock and unlock the disk.

Editor note: Make sure you have the latest IDEDASD driver from IBM, or a recent fixpack (at least FP35 for Warp3 or FP6 for Warp4) that includes the removable media support - http://service.software.ibm.com/os2ddpak/html/647679D565C73E0F862565980068EFB0.html

April 22, 1999 - David Both offered this tip on the Possi Discussion List for users of the popular file manager FileStar/2 if you want a quick way to view system uptime:

*RIGHT* click on the memory window...the one that shows AvailMem,DriveFree, etc. The popup window also shows error messages and maximum used swap.

April 22, 1999 - On comp.os.os2.setup.storage a user having a problem getting the replacement IDE DANI driver to recognize his CDROM found the answer as follows:

Thanks to all the help, it appears I finally got danis506.add to find my CD drive. Apparently, the CD is jumpered as a slave. However, danis506.add still didn't find it, even with /A:1 /U:1 added to the options on the config.sys line. However, /A:1 /U:1 /ATAPI did the trick.

April 23, 1999 - Monroe Chasson offered this tip for getting a pnp modem to work under OS/2 on comp.os.os2.setup.misc

Read this:
These instructions will work for any PNP modem. On the other hand you may have to either upgrade com.sys or else install SIO. When I first put in a Pentium, com.sys would not initialize the modem. SIO did of course. Com.sys has since been upgraded to handle higher speed chips but YMMV. Incidently when I ran a PNP modem myself a few months back, I used resource.sys to set up the Interrupts. I gave up on PNP in Warp4 when I started to crash with Win 3.1 when I ran real player. Go figure. Good Luck.

April 25, 1999 - If you have a CDR or CDR/W drive are interested in creating a bootable CDROM here is Ludwig Fischer's cookbook as outlined on the RSJ Support news group:

First you need a registered version of RSJ for OS/2, minimum version 2.74.
Second you need virtuell 2.88 diskette like SVDISK from Hobbes or WWW.BMTMICRO.COM
Third you need CD_BOOT.ZIP from Hobbes or WWW.OS2BBS.COM
Take a bootable diskette, which works.
Make from that a virtual 2.88 diskette on your system.
Now its on my SVDisk S:
Move that image on your CDROM with RSJ OS/2.
Burn now the CDROM
And you can boot now !!

For your help, I have included my Config.Sys
I have only SCSI, so I need
If you have IDE, you need also IDECD.FLT
But read it by yourself in CD_BOOT.ZIP

IFS=\OS2\CDFS.IFS /C:8 /M:31 /W /Q
CALL=\OS2\CACHEF32.EXE /T:\OS2\1004-850.TBL
Happy boot

April 25, 1999 - Here's another CDR related tip, this time from Brad Barclay on comp.os.os2.setup.misc:

CD-ROM's can have EA's associated with the files contained within them - they simply cannot store those EA's on the CD media itself. However, they can be stored within your INI files and in other locations by OS/2.

A better option, if you're using your CD media for backup and archival purposes, is to use a backup program which handles EA's. I've been using Fastback Plus for OS/2 to store archival and backup data onto CD-RW media quite successfully - not only does it store and restore all of the EA's, but it also compresses the data for you, allowing one to fit more information on a disc than normally possible by using something such as XCOPY.

April 27, 1999 - From the OS/2 List here is a tip from Duane Chamblee on using WGET in combination with OS/2's WPS objects:

There is an EMX (req. EMX runtime) utility called WGET.
It ROCKS when used with URL objects...

Download EMXRunTime and WGET from http://hobbes.nmsu.edu
Install them and make sure WGET will run correctly.

Create a program object on the desktop, with these settings:

Icon Title: URL download to X:\xxx

Program: WGET.EXE
parameters: -c -i %*
WorkingDir: X:\xxx

(X:\xxx is your favorite download directory)

Then, on the Association page, add type "UniformResourceLocator" to the current types (URL for Warp3 users)

Now in Netscape 2.02 or 4.04 you can drag downloadable links from the browser to the desktop (or use right click->Create URL object).

Right click on the new object, pull out the open menu and select "download to X:\xxx"

That starts WGET to fetch the file, if the file fails just repeat the menu choice and the download will CONTINUE (the -c in parameters means

April 30, 1999 - If you are looking for information about a particular display monitor here's a great place to check http://www.griffintechnology.com/monitor.html. Thanks to Brandon S. Allbery on the POSSI list for this pointer.

May 1, 1999 - If you are trying to install the 128 Bit encrypted version of Netscape Communicator over the 40 Bit International version Dan Casey on the ns4os2 List advises to delete the previous version if the install doesn't seem to be working.

May 6, 1999 - If you are looking for some documentation on Warp 4's builtin Voice Type, Judy McDermott offers the following on the VOICE Help List (How appropriate :-)

Here are a couple of places you might check out:


VoiceType seems to have lost it's glitz and I don't see too much info about it. If you do decide to compile a FAQ, please let us know. This would be very helpful to have available for our VOICE "Helpdesk".

May 9, 1999 - Robert Lalla had this info about OS/2 USB support that I had never heard before:

There are existing two architectures of USB host controllers: UHCI and OHCI
Currently the OS/2 drivers support UHCI only.
To be more precise:
UHCI (supported): Intel, VIA
OHCI (unsupported): Opti, SIS, ALI, CMD, Compaq

May 9, 1999 -Have you ever needed to change the length or column width of a command window object? Here is the answer from Steven Levine on the POSSI List:

In the parameters entry field for the object:

/k mode co120,52

May 14, 1999 - If you downloaded the latest Java 1.17 update (May 13, 1999) ftp://ftp.hursley.ibm.com/pub/java/fixes/os2/11/117 you might be interested in the following tip found on the IBM Hursley ibmpub.java.os2 news group from Pete Horsnell of IBM:

This is extra information for the fix:
Bad spacing for codepage characters
The character spacing in strings which use characters from different codepages has been improved. It is possible that this will adversely affect the display and printing of some character strings in existing applications. The old spacing can be retained by setting an environment variable:

For the old spacing use
For the new spacing either leave the environment variable undefined or use

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