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August 1998


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August 13, 1998 Source: Mike Kaply posting a response in comp.os.os2.beta about how to turn off the icon display in the Communicator/2 beta's toolbars:
Edit->Preferences->Appearance - Second group of radio button - Text Only

Editor's note: Another customization feature of the toolbars is that you can drag any of the 3 toolbars with the left mouse button held, to re-arrange their sequence.

August 12, 1998 Source: John Sandercock on the IBM OS/2 Unedited Discussion List:
I had a lot of trouble, too( Installing Java 1.1.6). I succeeded finally after reinstalling Warp 4 and installing Java 1.1.6 before I applied any FixPaks, but I don't suggest that you need to do anything that drastic.

There is an IBM Technical Document at (no spaces)

Which says that one should clean up after an unsuccessful Feature Install by deleting Install objects and FI.INI from C:\OS2\INSTALL and rebooting.

August 7, 1998 Source: Mark Dodel
Three things I can think of that I have done in the past to get back a window that is off the screen:

First thing to try is open the window list and select netscape and click the RMB (Right Mouse Button) and select Tile. That should bring it back.

If that doesn't work, you can try increasing your video resolution temporarily if your card supports it, and then move it to the center of the screen and reset back to your normal resolution.

Finally if none of those work, you can take an icon on the desktop and gradually move it up off the screen in the direction of the out of bounds window, as you do this, scroll bars will appear on the Left and bottom of the screen. Move these in the direction Netscape window is located. This can be tedious if it's way off, but it does work. When you are done just move the icon back to where it was and the scroll bars will disappear.

August 6, 1998 Source: John Sandercock on the POSSI Discussion List:
I learned, by accident, that you must apply the MPTS upgrade *before* the TCPIP stack upgrade. If you reverse the order, you will find that the MPTS fix puts your TCPIP stack back from 4.02t to 4.02r without telling you anything about it.

(This is also the order that Duane Chamblee advises on his very helpful page. I just thought I would share my experience in case anyone was wondering whether the order made a difference.)

Editor note; Duane's page can be found at -

August 4, 1998 Source: J. Pedone on the OS/2 User Mail List, had this tip for folks with problems installing fixpacks.

This was posted to usenet a while back to clean up the log files after a bad FP install. Just run it from your boot drive:

Begin cut______

cd \
del CSF_*.*

del LOGF0000.OS2

del LOGF0000.MPM

end cut _____

August 4, 1998 Source: Joseph J. Hansen on comp.os.os2.moderated had the following advise for an OS/2 user with no "sound except the .MID players"

I had the same problem a while back, and here is what worked for me:
1. Power down the computer, remove the sound card.
2. Power up with the sound card out so that the BIOS can "notice" that it isn't there any more.
3. Power down, replace the card, power up.

I don't know whether this will work for you, but it's worth a try.

August 3, 1998 Source: Bruce Leiwant reports the following on the TeamOS/2 Help List:
I received this from Keller Group Support:

IBM appears to be working the problem, and it does appear to be a bug in PMMERGE.DLL.
Another workaround is discussed below....

OS/2 development has been able to recreate the crash that I experience. They also have a temporary solution that works for them and me.

First, in the Headers setting page, I unchecked the enable check box and second, I also unchecked "Add time-stamp header line" in the Printer settings page.

After that I could print a document without any problem. IBM development is continuing to work on this regardless.

July 31, 1998 Source: Rolly Green on the OS/2 User List:
If you are looking to Import your Old Netscape Navigator for OS/2 bookmarks into your spanking new Communicator for OS/2 Beta try - Bookmark/edit bookmark/edit/import

July 27, 1998 Source: Bernie Walp on the Berkeley OS/2 Mail List:
It took "WarpGuide" to successfully install a new printer. As previously posted, I'd been unable to install a new printer object by following the usual icon-dragging procedure described in instructions accompanying IBM's latest OMNI.EXE -- as well as the OS/2 driver published by Epson Deutschland GmbH. The approach worked with neither driver package, although that's how I'm accustomed to creating printer objects.

However, when I clicked the WarpCenter "Information" icon, then went to "WarpGuide" and "Install a New Printer," WarpGuide invoked the original OS/2 installation program. It went beautifully. Go figure.

July 27, 1998 Source: Robert W. Erickson on the IBM OS/2 Unedited Discussion List on where to find the IBM "Pen for OS/2" software:

Although the file is refered to as a 'patch' it is in fact the whole package for warp4. You can use this package with the updated driver set from the IBM DD site:

I use it with a Wacom "Artpad II". I tried the character recognition features and the gestures and couldn't get the hang of it. I use it now just as a mouse replacement

July 19, 1998 Source: Allan Ballard on the Berkeley OS/2 Mail List:
Good IBM FTP site search engine

July 17, 1998 Source: Otso Ylonen:
I just noticed a trick with network names with funny characters I would like to share with you:

There is a printer in our (NT based) office environment which has a name like


In spite of the '&' in the name, you can access the printer just fine from the Network Resource Browser. The problem comes if you need to assign it to a LPT port with a NET USE command.

OS/2 command processor interprets '&' as a separator between two commands. So, what you have to do is have the resource name quoted like this:

Regards, Otso Ylonen

July 16, 1998 Source: Vit Timchishin via Warpcast:
Anyone who would like documentation concerning the built-in firewall features in the TCPIP 4.1 release:


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