OS/2 Warp 4 Users/pros out there?

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Yeah, I happened to come upon some OS/2 Warp v.4 CDs and I would like to try them on my Dell Latitude CP 233MMX
Anyway, during the Hard drive Setup, it won't let me partition nor install onto the hard drive. I also think OS/2 has a 2GB Limit on the hard drive. The problem is, is that I don't have that small of a hard drive.

I have a 6 and a 20 at my hand. I don't mind losing hard drive space (hopefully I will be using the 6GB) so partitioning and losing 4GB is not a problem.

I saw that someone has some upgraded IDE Drivers out there that allows the bigger hard drives under BeOS, but that's for 8.4GB and up (IIRC) and I have a 6GB, which is under the limit. Even If I got it, does anyone know how I can install it? Is it just a drag and drop onto the disk, or do i need to do anything special?

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hold that thought!

I found an updated version on install disk 1 & 2. Gonna try those. one of them fixes the repeated mouse error which I keep getting.

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Fixed the problem!

those disks did it! sorry to take up valuable posting space :/
Anyway, i will post if I have more problems.

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OS/2 Warp ...

Man, does that bring back some memories. Then again, I used it on a PS/2 model 57 (microchannel) with token ring. It's been a good number of years, but it's a good platform.

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Amen

I used it for several years during the Windows 3.1/Windows 95 days. Sometimes I still miss it.

I have copies of the Warp v4 CD set. I used to have the originals before stupid me left them on top of my car and drove off. I found them two weeks later on the curb run over many, many times.... Sad

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You PC people slay me.

Waxing poetic about OS 2 Warp and IBM AT's, lol.

When I get misty, its for my TAM and A/UX, but thats cause I'm a Mac guy I guess.

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I like running Win3.1/DOS on

I like running Win3.1/DOS on better hardware then I had way back when, plus trying things like OS/2 2.1 out that I never used. Purchased quite a few VLB cards and have started getting EISA stuff.

For the past few years 68K Macs have had my interest, AWS 95 with A/UX 3.1.1 being one of my favorites.

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I got it up and running

but ended up stuffing it at the end, due to no support for the machine. My dell was running at 16 colors at 640x480, making the screen unusable. Also, my only 2 PC Cards I have that are networking, don't even work with the OS, but that's not even an issue since the PCMCIA Bus doesn't even work!
Anyway, i binned the project and tried Solaris (they are offering free downloads, but Late I found the system to be worthless) but the Dell only had 128MB Ram (the max) and it requires 256 min.
I got Solaris working on my PC, but that was worthless too, since I couldn't even connect to the net, due to Sun specifically making the system dependent on Sun Server software to access the network. Way to go sun, even with your Linux knock-off...
I ended up going back to Windows XP STTB Ed. It works for me, somewhat. It's a bit slow, but I might as well live with it. It's the only way I can get wireless, and Linux really doesn't support this machine, nor it's network cards. Oh well...

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Silk purses, sows ears...

Not so long ago I was running Slackware on a machine of similar specs (266Mhz Pentium/MMX, 96MB RAM) to what you have, and was *reasonably* happy with it. And wireless wasn't a problem. The trick with Linux, unfortunately, is being *really* picky about what wireless cards you let in the house, of course.

That said, well... all the happy, friendly, cuddly Linuxes want at least 256MB of RAM anymore. You could probably convince Xubuntu or DSL to run *reasonably* happily on your hardware (As long as you bite the bullet and get an original Lucent Wavelan 802.11b wireless card), but if you're the type to get annoyed with having to deal with things like running alternate web browsers because FireFox is too much of a memory hog (for instance) you might as well not bother. Windows is a usable least common denominator if you just don't want to deal.

As for OS/2, my guess is if you *really* commit yourself to finding all the drivers you'll fix most of the problems you listed, but it's profoundly nontrivial unless you *know* were to look. I personally gave up on OS/2 with Warp 3.0, (jumping ship to Slackware 3.6) and never looked back. Good riddance.

Don't get me wrong, I actually *loved* parts of OS/2... it was easy to spend hours playing with the DOS emulator windows so they'd run your favorite Soundblaster games, and it was a hoot to be able to change the font, color, and wallpaper definitions for *every* folder and application on your system in the Presentation Manager. Eventually, however, you realize life is too short to keep dealing with corrupted os2.ini files, and you're sick of having to run Windows 3.1 applications all the time because OS/2 applications to do what you want are either non-existant, or suck. Linux is nasty and obscure and all that at times, but it's *free*, *documented* (badly sometimes, but documented), and diagnosable. The lack of .ini or registry files alone makes the occasional bout of raw user hostility worthwhile.

But whatever floats your boat. ;^)

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P.S. For Solaris, try this:

http://www.gnusolaris.org/

It's awesome in its utter user-friendly wrongness.

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WaveLan Silver

I have the *ORIGINAL* WaveLan 802.11b card (Silver) and getting it to work under Windows is hard enough. Windows Really doesn't like the original driver for it. So I had to get the Orinicon driver. It works about the same. As of this writing, i am running the Dell with STTB of XP Pro.

Btw, HOW much EXACTLY *is* the card worth? i got it for free, but I am not giving it up, so I just want to know how much it costs in case I lose it and have to replace it (it's actually my dad's)

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see, the cards were rather co

see, the cards were rather common, even up to the original AirPort base station. That's essentially what the base station was, one of those cards on an independent power supply, with a logic board, and an external antenna. You can probably get another one from someone with a bad base station with the capacitor issue. That's where mine (all 5 of them) came from.

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