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The Southern California OS/2 User Group

Aug 2004


by Gary Wong

Updates from last month's column:

The WarpZilla team has released Mozilla 1.8a2 as of 07/20/2004. This is an update to Mozilla 1.4 that was demoed by Tony Butka at the Sept. 2003 SCOUG general meeting. Older versions of Mozilla were mentioned in the May 2002 Mr. Know-It-All ( Go to There is now an installer version again (mozilla-os2-1.8a2-installer.exe), and a zip file ( More info is at

  1. Steve Wendt has a WarpZilla tips page at
  2. If you install the zip file version, you need to unzip it yourself into a directory and create or update a program object accordingly.
  3. Another site that has documentation of plugin support on OS/2 is at
  4. The recommended installation method is to install into a fresh directory; however, if you install over an older version, be sure to delete GKCONTNT.DLL (or GKCONTENT.DLL) and COMPREG.DAT (if they exist); otherwise you may have problems running Mozilla after installation. Also, if you do install over an older version, be sure to read the Dec. 2003 Mr. Know-It-All.
  5. This version requires the GCC runtime; download that at (a self- installing executable). The EMX runtime is no longer required if you don't already have it installed. The GCC runtime defaults to x:\OS2\DLL (where x is your OS/2 or eComStation boot drive); it may be preferable to put the runtime in the same directory as MOZILLA.EXE (for reasons listed in the next note).
  6. Mike Kaply of IBM posted to the netscape.public.mozilla.os2 newsgroup that he figured out how to share a profile between version 1.4.1 or older (which is compiled with the VACPP compiler), and version 1.5 or greater (which is compiled with the GCC compiler): Make sure MOZRMI36.DLL is NOT in your LIBPATH and only exists where the version 1.4 MOZILLA.EXE is; conversely on the version 1.5 or greater side, make sure the GCC runtime DLLs (LIBC05 & GCC322) are also NOT in your LIBPATH and only exists where the version 1.5 or greater MOZILLA.EXE is.
  7. An alternate set of icons for Mozilla are available at
  8. Tony's notes on installing and running Mozilla are at

PrefBar version 2.3 has been released as of 07/25/2004. It allows you to configure several Mozilla settings on the fly, and now incorporates the features of UABar. Go to

EmperoarTV, which was demoed by Jerry Rash at the July 2004 SCOUG general meeting, is now at version 1.08i as of 07/12/2004. This software brings OS/2 support for the Hauppauge PVR250/350 TV cards, including high-quality MPEG2 hard disk recording and playback. You can listen to FM radio stations in stereo, watch TV programs in excellent image quality, and more. Also available is DVDFront, a front-end that simplifies the creation of video DVDs out of recordings made by Emperoar TV. Go to NOTE: Emperoar can be purchased at Mensys (

Open Watcom, which was featured at two SCOUG general meetings in 2002, is now at version 1.3 RC1 as of 07/10/2004. This is an open-source release of the Watcom C, C++, and FORTRAN compilers, and includes an OS/2 installer. Harry Chris Motin carefully took us through download and installation issues in March 2002; read it at Michal Necasek, our June 2002 co-presenter, has an article describing how to set up Open Watcom at Go to More info is at; however the home page won't be updated until version 1.3 is officially released.

DFSee, which was presented by Tony Butka at the March 2004 SCOUG general meeting, is now at version 6.10 as of 07/27/2004. It is an FDISK, display, analysis and recovery tool for disks and filesystems. It includes the ability to resize FAT and FAT32 partitions, and has some JFS and LVM support. Go to Tony's tutorial on DFSee is at

  1. You can also use search key dfsee on Hobbes.
  2. DFSee is now shareware. Registration is at Mensys (

PCI+AGP Bus Sniffer version 0.49c has been released as of 07/28/2004. This tool shows PCI, AGP, and CardBus device information, has a huge database of known vendors and devices, and can tell what IRQs are supported by which slot. Use search key pci on Hobbes.

A utility to change IRQs on PCI cards has been updated as of 07/28/2004. Use search key spciirq on Hobbes.

RSJ CD-Writer version 5.51 has been released as of 07/15/2004. It has support for DVD writing, freedb, DAO (Disk At Once), IDE drives, creating bootable CD's, and more. A few new features and fixes are included. Go to NOTE: It must be purchased at this site or at Mensys (

JAlbum version 4.6 has been released as of 07/11/2004. This is a web photo album generator that runs on Java. Go to

eComStation Maintenance Tool version has been released as of 07/23/2004. As the name implies, it is used to apply software updates to eComStation. Go to

  1. You must be a registered user of eComStation; after signing-in, then you can download the Maintenance Tool.
  2. You need WarpIn to install the Maintenance Tool.

Mr. Message for OS/2 was updated as of 08/01/2004. It is an instant messenger client, which is capable of communicating over AOL's Instant Messenger network using the OSCAR protocol (used in the Win32 AIM clients, jBuddy, gAIM, Kopete, ICQ, and a variety of other clients). A number of new features/fixes are included. Go to NOTE: Source is available at

JRescuer has been updated as of 07/21/2004. It is a tool to rescue files from a JFS volume which can't be mounted. Use search key jrescuer on Hobbes.

The RAR archiver has been updated to version 3.40 beta 2. This is a command-line compression utility, with tight general and multimedia compression, recovery record option management of non-RAR archives, RCVT (aRchive ConVersion Tool), and more. Go to

This month's new listings - Drivers:

IBM has updated the BIOS for the ThinkPad T4x series as of 07/13/2004. Go to

IBM has updated the Embedded Controller Program (H8 controller firmware) for the ThinkPad T4x series as of 07/29/2004. Go to

IBM has updated as of 07/20/2004 the IDEDASD driver to version 4.99. It includes updated OS2DASD.DMD, OS2CDROM.DMD, IBM1FLPY.ADD, and of course, the IDE support drivers (IBM1S506.ADD and IBMATAPI.FLT, if you are not using the Danis versions). Go to

  1. You need a current Software Choice subscription to download, starting with version 4.99.
  2. If you are a registered eComStation user, download it at (after signing-in).
  3. If you do not have a current Software Choice subscription, and you are not a registered eComStation user, version 4.98 is still available at

DaniN512.FLT version 0.1.6 has been released as of 07/14/2004. This filter driver allows removable media with large sectors (1024 & 2048 bytes/sector) to work with other drivers which only support 512-byte sectors. Use search key danin512 on Hobbes.

DaniATAPI version 0.3.17 has been released as of 08/01/2004. It is a replacement for IBM's ATAPI drivers (IBMIDECD, IBMATAPI, PCM2ATA.ADD, and OS2PCARD.DMD). It features support for ZIP-250, including full media swapping, and even booting from ZIP. It has faster 32-bit PIO when used with DaniS506 (see next item), and devices can be used as SCSI, for use with programs like CDRecord. Use search key dania on Hobbes.

DaniS506 version 1.6.9 has been released as of 08/01/2004. It is a replacement for IBM's IBM1S506 EIDE driver, which features support for many chipsets, PCCard controllers, busmastering, Ultra33 DMA, Ultra ATA-66, Ultra ATA-100, faster PIO due to 32-bit I/O, Serial ATA, and much more. Use search key danis on Hobbes.

Drivers for the VIA Technologies 8233/8235 integrated sound chip have been updated as of 07/23/2004. This is an AC97 sound driver for VIA Technologies KT266A/KT333/KT400 (8233/8233C/8233A/8235 south bridge) with IOCTL90 support. There is also an optional package that has ALC-201A patches, diagnostics utility, startup sound driver and source code. Use search key 823x on Hobbes.

Realtek 8139 network driver version 3.23 has been released as of 07/28/2004. It supports the Realtek 8139/8130/810x chipsets. Use search key rtsnd on Hobbes. Also there is a RTL8139 CardBus enabler, which includes a patch for PCMCIA.SYS to allow CardBus access functions, and a tool to view information about inserted PCCard and CardBus cards; use search key cbenable on Hobbes.

Broadcom has released version 7.65 of their Ethernet drivers for the BCM57xx chipsets as of 07/29/2004. Go to

Enhanced Shutdown Helper version 0.01 has been released as of 08/01/2004. This can perform reboot/power-off after system shutdown, from either PM or the command line. Use search key esdhlp on Hobbes.

This month's new listings - Applications:

InnoTek has released as of 07/09/2004 InnoTek Runtime for OS/2 version 1.12 Build 20. This is an Odin-based OS/2 Kit that is used to allow some Win32 applications (such as Adobe Acrobat & OpenOffice) to run on OS/2. Go to

    NOTE: If your machine has a Crystal Semiconductor audio chipset, the installer may give a Trap 0008 error. If this occurs, do the following:
  1. Run REGEDIT2.EXE and set the following key (and you may need to create each level as necessary):
  2. Create a DWORD key DisableAudio with a value of 1. Then you should be able to install.

InnoTek has also released as of 07/09/2004 OS/2 Kit for Java 1.4.2_05. This is an Odin wrapper for Sun Microsystem's Windows Java Virtual Machine. It is free for personal use; enterprise customers can license it in order to get defect support. InnoTek plans to provide an updated OS/2 Kit for Java no later than 20 working days after a new Java platform release by Sun Microsystems. Go to

  1. This version includes browser plugin support for Mozilla, but you need to copy the files manually.
  2. This version is available as a runtime, and also as a SDK (software development kit). The runtime is approximately 17MB, and the SDK approximately 42MB.
  3. The README and FAQ documents are available at and, respectively.

InnoTek has also made available an XPI to install Java plugin support (IPLUGINW.DLL) for Mozilla. It does NOT install the Java plugin itself, however. Using this XPI eliminates the need to manually delete COMPREG.DAT; you just need to shut down and restart Mozilla. Go to

Guiffy, which was presented at the April 2003 SCOUG general meeting, is now at version 6.2 as of 07/26/2004. It is a file compare / merge (diff-like) tool with a GUI implemented in Java. Go to

UpdCD version 2.44 has been released as of 07/12/2004. It can be used to update the base Warp 4, Warp Server for e-Business, or eComStation installation files with FixPaks, and supports the creation of updated installation diskettes. You can use the updated OS/2 image in combination with these diskettes to create new installations of OS/2 which already incorporate the FixPaks and other software. Go to NOTE: This is an update that must be applied to the base 2.40 version.

FotoGet/2 version 1.0.4 has been released as of 07/11/2004. It is a utility to ease the transfer of pictures between a digital camera and your OS/2 or eComStation PC. It makes use of the WPS; it optionally creates light tables instead of folders, and optionally creates shadows of subfolders on the desktop. Use search key fotoget on Hobbes. NOTE: You need WarpIn to install.

GoGo version 3.13 has been released as of 07/16/2004. This is a very fast MP3 encoder based on LAME. Use search key gogo on Hobbes. NOTE: The EMX runtime is required; use search key emxrt on Hobbes. For help with installation, see the June 2002 Mr. Know-It-All (

Moneydance 2004r3 has been released as of 07/09/2004. It is a personal finance manager written completely in Java. It includes transaction auto-completion, graphing, reporting, a reconciliation tool, running cleared vs. uncleared balances, transaction sorting, double-entry, multiple currencies, multiple accounts, and much more. Go to

A hard disk image converter has been released as of 07/28/2004. This will convert between DFSee, SVISTA, and Virtual PC images. Use search key hdd_vhd on Hobbes.

Linky version 2.1.0 has been released as of 06/16/2004. This is an add-on for Mozilla that adds extra link-related items to the menu, allowing you to perform tasks such as opening all links on a page in new tabs or copying selected links to the clipboard. Go to

IBM Alphaworks has released as of 07/23/2004 version 1.2.2 of an MPEG-4 player and content creator development kit that works with Java 1.3.1. According to Steve Wendt, it plays MPEG-4 video (samples included) just fine on a PII-300 MHz machine. Go to

The VIA Technologies KT133/266/333 CPU cooling & power management tools have been updated as of 07/23/2004. Use search key 8233cool on Hobbes.

Stella version 1.4 has been released as of 07/21/2004. This is a multi- platform Atari 2600 VCS emulator which allows you to play all of your favorite Atari 2600 games. Use search key stella on Hobbes.

Album Grabber version 0.79 has been released. This is basically a bot that grabs album covers off of, which requires Java 1.3. Go to

There are various eComStation themes available; the most recent (as of 07/19/2004) is a collection of 12 by David Graser. Go to

Interested in something particular you don't find here? Let Gary know.

Editorial Note: Special thanks to SCOUG's Dallas Legan for writing a handy REXX script to convert URLs in a text file into HTML tags. It's much appreciated!

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Copyright 2004 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.