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SCOUG OS/2 For You - February 1999


 Dear Mr. Know-It-All 

Last month, the original Mr. Know-It-All passed the torch to another master of the obscure. We welcome his replacement, the other Mr. Know-It-All.

As always, Mr. Know-It-All has the answers to even the really tough questions.


Q.  Dear Mr. Know-It-All,

I tried to boot from the command line with Alt-F1 and my system hangs while booting. This used to work. What happened?

A. When you boot from the command line, Warp boots using \OS2\BOOT\CONFIG.X. Most likely you added a device to your system that requires special command line switches. For example, you might have added a large IDE drive that requires /!BM on IBM1S506. Check your \CONFIG.SYS and update \OS2\BOOT\CONFIG.X to match and you should be able to use Alt-F1 again.  

Q.  Dear Mr. Know-It-All,

I tried to install Lotus SmartSuite for OS/2 and it claims I don't have the correct fixpak installed. I am running FixPak 9. What's wrong?

A.  You are running 4OS2 or some other command line replacement. SmartSuite for OS2 uses an older version of IBM's Software Installer which checks for fixpak level by issuing a VER /R command and evaluates the command's output to determine the fixpak level. 4OS2 and some other command line replacements generate output that differs sufficiently to confuse the Installer.

Consider the differences. CMD.EXE's output for FixPk 9 would be:

The Operating System/2 Version is 4.00 Revision 9.033

On-the-other-hand, 4OS2's output would be something like:

4OS2 3.01A OS/2 Version is 4.00 4OS2 Revision A (119) OS/2 Revision A 4OS2 S/N xxxxxx, registered to xxxxxx xxxxxx & Associates for use on a single computer. May not be distributed to others

To avoid this problem, start a CMD.EXE session and run the SmartSuite install from this session.

 

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The Southern California OS/2 User Group
P.O. Box 26904
Santa Ana, CA 92799-6904, USA

Copyright 1999 the Southern California OS/2 User Group. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

SCOUG, Warp Expo West, and Warpfest are trademarks of the Southern California OS/2 User Group.
OS/2, Workplace Shell, and IBM are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation.
All other trademarks remain the property of their respective owners.