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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.
Has anyone else become annoyed with StarOffice 5.1's tendency to supercede the
usual "WPHtml" WPS class with its own "StarWriterHtmlFile"?
This means that double-clicking on a file with this class loads SO instead of (in
my case) EPM! Annoying ... and the "File Association Editor" doesn't seem
to help. You can get round it by using the 'Become' tab in the file's notebook,
but this is cumbersome when you have more than a few files.
I've modified a Rexx script from OS/2 e-zine to deregister the SO WPS class which
seems to return things to normal & SO still works. [However YMMV! I make no
It's really short, so here it is...
/* dereg.cmd */
/* REXX script to deregister the HTML file class in Star Office 5.1
/* Modified from http://www.os2ezine.com/v3n07/hammer.htm */
call RxFuncAdd 'SysLoadFuncs', 'RexxUtil', 'SysLoadFuncs'
/* end of dereg.cmd */
If you want ibm to turn into www.ibm.com, you really ned to turn off they keyword
feature in preferences.
By default, netscape always connects to keyword.netscape.com if you just type
Editor Note: To disable the new Keyword feature select the Edit
menu item, the Preferences, then Navigator, and Smart Browsing. Deselect the Enable
Internet Keywords option.
I found excellent instructions for setting up RealAudio in NSOS2 at
BASEDEVs are always searched for in the root, \OS2 and \OS2\BOOT (on Warp 3 and
higher) directories: this is hardcoded in the boot loader, mainly because the normal
file system drivers haven't yet been initialised at the time the BASEDEVs are loading.
This is also why you can't specify a path to the BASEDEV file.
Just open up Netscape and from the menu bar select:
Help->Product_Information_and_Support and fill out the forms.
1.) Rename the ISO-Image to track01.trk.
2.) Start CD-View in the track-directory.
3.) Start CD-View for the CD-recorder.
4.) Drag and Drop.
6.) Close session.
This should help:
To Create Additional Space on Installation Diskette n1
There are a lot of modems out on the market, and new ones seem to appear daily.
Some of these are "WinModems", that is, modems that are useless without
special MSWin9x-only driver software and... um, not a worthwhile investment for
those of us running any other operating system (OS/2, Mac, Linux, or WhateverOS).
Some, of course, are "real" modems: external units or those that present
a "standard" 165xx-like UART interface to the operating system. The trick
is to be able to tell the difference _before_ spending one's money (;-). Fortunately,
someone has taken the effort to set up a 'web page with all sorts of modem information
(bus interface, PnP/No, chipset, etc.). As one might guess, it's a work in progress
(only 250K or so to date), but the author is actively soliciting updates.
Linux/Modem Compatibility Knowledge Base
If you find the information useful, take the time to send a message of
thanks to the author, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oh, and I'll add a "Thank You" to David Mcilroy, whose post incomp.os.linux.setup led me to this page.
Hope you all find it useful...
Check out the new redbook for Warp Server for e-business (SG24-5393, http://www.redbooks.ibm.com).
This is only a partial list. It highlights some of the new features not yet widely
Base Operating System
- More memory for applications. Larger virtual address space, with improvements
even over Warp Server V4 SMP.
- I2O device support. Helps provide broader support for SCSI, network, and other
- Bootable CD-ROM support for installation and other purposes. Now get a command
line with a single bootable CD, for example, to make system maintainence much easier.
- No 1024 cylinder hard disk boot limitation. Restriction removed for systems
with enhanced Int13. Hard disk partitioning is now more flexible on large hard disks.
- 32-bit kernel and file system enhancements. Helps provide dramatic performance
- New APIs for setting thread processor affinity in SMP environment. Applications
can more precisely determine for themselves how best to extract performance from
SMP systems. (Applications which use these APIs, however, are still compatible with
- New APIs for large file (greater than 2 GB) support. XCOPY and some other common
utilities have been modified to take advantage of this capability. Works with JFS.
- Graphical locale builder (including Java(TM) support). Provides the capability
to design and use multi-language applications (one application package which appears
translated on screen into your preferred language, depending on your locale setting).
Some applications (e.g. OS/2 System Editor) are already locale-aware.
- Inclusion of double byte character set (DBCS) typefaces (in addition to the
standard Unicode font). Now (for example) Japanese-language applications can display
information on screen in the native language. These fonts can be optionally added
to your system during installation. (Note: Keyboard entry in certain DBCS countries
may require a keyboard translator not provided with Warp Server for e-business.)
- More operating system features can be relocated off your boot drive.
- JFS and Logical Volume Manager (and many file system related improvements).
Can help to eliminate "planned server downtime" and speed up recovery
in the unlikely event of a failure. For example, active hard disk volumes can be
defragmented on-the-fly, without rebooting or downtime. Also, additional hard disks
can be added to volumes on-the-fly, again without rebooting or downtime. (Servers
with hot-swap hard disks can be used to eliminate the power off time required by
the hardware. There is no longer any software requirement for downtime if you need
to increase the amount of storage available.)
The Journaling File System protects all files, not just directories. Performance
is optimized for network computing (web servers, Java, etc.), and performance in
a file sharing environment is still quite good (HPFS386 available as an option).
IBM maintains its leadership as provider of the fastest file system on PC systems.
JFS posts some impressive statistics: support for up to 4 billion separate files,
maximum file sizes of at least 2 Terabytes, and similar volume sizes. Maximum cache
size increases up to around 1 GB. (If you start getting near any of these "limits,"
let IBM know. :-))
Logical Volume Manager lets you assign drive letters arbitrarily to hard disk
volumes. Volumes can span multiple physical devices (and even file systems). Want
a single Drive D containing six big SCSI hard disks? It's yours.
- New load balancing and performance enhancement features for NETBEUI. Traditional
file and print sharing environments enjoy even more performance.
- LAN Server support for more than four network adapters in certain circumstances.
Warp Server for e-business can handle a larger number of network segments if needed.
- Inclusion of SSL and IPSEC libraries (up to 128-bit encryption, depending on
your country's version) in MPTS. Can be used by applications which need standard
- Numerous TCP/IP enhancements (see below).
File and Print Services
- Limit on maximum connections increased.
- Limit on maximum number of open files increased.
- Limit on maximum number of searches increased.
- New KEEPDOSSEARCH parameter (sets timeout for DOS searches).
- Limit on maximum number of shares increased. (All five of these enhancements
help increase the capacity of your PC server during "high stress" times,
such as Monday morning at 9:00 AM.)
- Single server can act as multiple servers (responding to more than one server
name). It's a "NetBIOS alias feature," quite similar to the aliasing available
with TCP/IP. Primarily intended for Vinca Co-Standby Server support, but also useful
in many other situations. For example, one server can assume the role of another
server and provide backup support. Also helps in situations where servers are being
combined, perhaps during server hardware upgrades. New OTHSRVNAMES parameter to
support this functionality. (Can be used in IBMLAN.INI, on command line, or via
- New /PERM switch for NET USE commands. Makes a resource connection permanent
until reboot (or explicit disconnect). (Combine with /USER to access resources on
other domains under different user ID.) Very useful when roaming from domain to
domain, picking up access to various resources along the way.
- Manage Windows NT servers as additional servers in the Warp Server for e-business
[Note: TCP/IP Version 4.21 with new MPTS may be installed on OS/2 Warp 4 client
and other OS/2 Warp Version 4 releases from the Client CD-ROM provided with Warp
Server for e-business.]
- Better SMP exploitation.
- SynAttack defense (Syn Cookies), on by default.
- INETCFG enhancements.
- NFS Client and Server (new 32-bit). Now with WebNFS (RFC 2055) support. (Note:
Rumor has it that extended attributes are now supported, although I have not been
able to confirm this. Anyone who's tried this is welcome to post a follow-up.)
- Multithreaded FTPD and TFTPD (instead of multiprocess). FTPD also support reestablishing
broken file transfers (reget). TFTPD now has new security features. These enhancements
combined to make Warp Server for e-business an industrial-strength FTP and/or Network
- Streaming LPD and LPRPORTD. LPD also has new security features. Speeds up TCP/IP
printing, particular with Network Stations.
- New TIMED. Provides time clock support to clients which need it.
- Enhanced IPSec Virtual Private Network (VPN) capability. Allows secure IP tunneling
between OS/2 Warp systems, and from OS/2 Warp to some other products (such as IBM
Firewall, AIX, OS/390, etc). "Mini firewall" capability now "officially"
documented. (Note: Commercial products such as InJoy Tunnel/2 and Injoy Firewall/2
-- see http://www.fx.dk -- still offer advantages over the built-in capabilities.)
- FTPPM now supports reestablishing broken file transfers (reget).
- New SOCKETS.SYS device driver parameters for performance optimization.
- Reuse of timewait stack resources.
- HTTP fast path performance (pre-fabricated data structures on port 80).
- New send_file() and accept_and_recv() APIs (to avoid overhead and provide faster
path for TCP/IP file transfers, improving web server performance, for example).
- Variable cluster sizes (automatically selected), used for mbufs.
- New TCP/IP Developer's Toolkit (to support the various enhancements). New TCP/IP
and MPTS still support all previous 16- and 32-bit APIs.
And there's much, much more....
Editor Note: The direct URL is http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/abstracts/sg245393.html
IBM has released GRADBB 0.80, ftp://ftp.software.ibm.com/ps/products/os2/videopak/graddbb
It's dated Aug. 10, 1999.
An installation tip from a post in USENET ... (thanks John Hong):
Someone who made this .dsk made a little mistake. The disk label is "GRADD080",
however it *must* be "GRADD 1" or else it won't install.
It's called 256-color palette management. It has nothing to do with DOS, 640K
memory constraints, or "noodling" with the video display. It has to do
with the fact that you've set your video to 256-color mode.
The default set of 256 colors doesn't render images very well, particularly photographic
images, so Netscape defines its own set of 256 colors that contains colors (such
as flesh tones) likely to be found in pictures on the web. When Netscape is in the
foreground, it sets its palette into the video driver, which is the "shift"
you see. Then, every other application gets to have fun trying to fit into the set
of colors that Netscape has defined. This is called "palette realization".
When you switch over to another application that is "palette-aware", it
will then set its palette and cause Netscape (and everyone else) to reshift to use
the new palette.
According to this site "ESS Sound card users should try the latest version
of their driver BEFORE applying Fixpak10."