Newbie - os/2 - Please Help

Newbie - os/2 - Please Help

Post by dw2112yy » Fri, 22 Oct 2004 22:31:37

I am installing a bunch of Misc. OS's on removable hard drives on my
old Pentium 233, 256 MB RAM

I have successfully installed OS/2 Warp 4, got my video card to work
proper, got my NIC talking to my Cable Modem, all is

I see a TON on fixes and patches out on the web for OS/2 Warp 4. Is
there a definitive list of official updates/fixes/patches I should
install to get my machine as up to date as possible? This will be
used as a home desktop environment, on a cable modem (w/router/home
network (XP))??? Where should I get these patches?

What is the most comprehensive Web Browser I should be using? Where
should I download the browser from?

And the final "Pain"...Is there a way to change the default font for
the system? I've benn successful in changing fonts window by window,
but I'd like to make a global change if possible.

I know these are broad questions, but I am finding it hard to sift
through all of the info that is out there.

Thanks for any help you can give.

Newbie - os/2 - Please Help

Post by The OS/2 G » Sat, 23 Oct 2004 01:28:54

Many will step forward to help you. I see one 'hint' of illegal
spamming on behalf of Serenity/eCS and sh*t hits the fan.

Serenity salesmen are well known for establishing phony
familiar or common names and posting facetious messages
claiming OS/2 isn't up-to-date or can't be brought up to date
then told to buy "the following at over $300...". That is usually
followed by another phony testimonial from an eCS investor,
then another salesman and another desperate investor leading
to a thread longer than you arm of nothing but commercial

It's hogwash and illegal in these newsgroups to spam
commercially on behalf of Serenity/eCS. Doing so will
result in action against the criminals.

Tim Martin, The Official and Only OS/2 Guy
Warp City Web Site -
alternate email: XXXX@XXXXX.COM


Newbie - os/2 - Please Help

Post by Bob Eage » Sat, 23 Oct 2004 02:14:19

On Thu, 21 Oct 2004 17:04:36 UTC, Peter Weilbacher < XXXX@XXXXX.COM >

(to the OP)

It's the Scheme Palette. In the System -> System Setup folder.

Set it up the way you want (in a spare Scheme, which can be renamed).
Then drag and drop the scheme to the desktop, while holding down the Alt
Key. All will assume the scheme!

Newbie - os/2 - Please Help

Post by James J. W » Sat, 23 Oct 2004 07:03:32

It's the Scheme Palette and it's in System Setup.

Pick an existing scheme that's closest to your desired configuration. Edit it
to suit your taste. This could take a little while as there are quite a few
settings. When you have it set to your satisfaction, drag and drop the scheme
onto a blank space on the desktop while holding down the Alt key. This will
make the scheme the default whick applies it to all objects except those with
specific, non-default settings.

An alternative method is to export the application PM_Colors from the user ini
file using regedit2; carefully edit the settings using a text editor (E or EPM
will do); then reimport using regedit2.

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Post by Trevor Hem » Sun, 24 Oct 2004 00:35:09

On Fri, 22 Oct 2004 13:32:23 UTC in comp.os.os2.setup.misc,

I think that Java 1.1.8 requires Feature Installer 1.2.5 and this
requires Netscape 4.61 and will not work with Mozilla. You may also want
to get Java 1.4.2 so that you have a Java VM in Mozilla since it won't
work with 1.1.8.

There are OS/2 ports of mkisofs and cdrecord that work pretty well from
a command line.

Trevor Hemsley, Brighton, UK.
Trevor-Hemsley at dsl dot pipex dot com

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Post by Alex Taylo » Thu, 28 Oct 2004 01:21:07

n 21 Oct 2004 06:31:37 -0700, John Smith < XXXX@XXXXX.COM > wrote:

You seem to have the general idea from other posters, but I'll list
them again with some installation suggestions.

1) Warp 4 FixPak 15. The last 'free' FixPak for Warp 4.

Before you start, you must have the InfoZip UNZIP.EXE utility; get
a copy from the Hobbes archive:
If you get it from elsewhere, MAKE SURE it supports 'UnShrink' a.k.a.
LZW decompression; not all builds do. (Run unzip -v to make sure.)
Place UNZIP.EXE into a directory on your PATH (e.g. \OS2).

If you've never installed a FixPak before, you will need the Corrective
Service Facility (CSF), which is the tool used to install them. Do
yourself a favour and get the version from here:
since this contains some additional tools that makes installing FixPaks
a lot easier. Unzip this into a directory somewhere.

Probably the easiest way to download FixPak 15 is from here:
Download just the XR_* files; ignore the CSF* file since the one I
just pointed you to (previous paragraph) supersedes it; and you don't
need the FTPINSTL file unless you're doing a remote (FTP) install.
Unzip the XR_* into a temporary directory.

Install the fixpak by running OS2SERV.EXE from the directory where
you unzipped CSF144.ZIP; the syntax is:

OS2SERV <path to CSF> <path to fixpak>

where <path to CSF> is the full path (specify the whole path name)
of the 'CSF' subdirectory of where you unzipped CSF144.ZIP; and
<path to fixpak> is the full path of the directory where you unzipped
the XR_M*.ZIP files.

Reboot when done.

2) Device Driver FixPak 2. The last 'free' fixpak for core system

The files are here:
Again, just download the XR_*.ZIP files.

Unzip them and install using the same OS2SERV instructions I
described for the OS/2 FixPak.

3) Update your networking subsystem (called MPTS). You have a choice
between the latest 'classic' version, which uses a 16-bit TCP/IP
stack, or upgrading to the more recent version which uses a 32-bit
TCP/IP stack. The 32-bit version is generally considered more
powerful and fast, and a few software products require it; however,
it's a bit harder to install, and some (few) people have experienced
the occasional stability problem running it under Warp 4.

To use the 16-bit version, download the files from


To install these, you need to know how to unpack disk images. The
'hard way' is to get LOADDSKF.EXE off the Warp 4 CD, and use it to
unpack each image to a floppy disk. Don't do this. Instead, go back
to Hobbes, and get the DSKXTRCT utility:
This includes instructions on how to unpack images.

Once you've unpacked the WR08423 files, simply follow the included
instructions to install it. Reboot when done.

Then use the Corrective Service Facil