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Reply 20 of 25, by canthearu

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I installed OS/2 Warp 4.52.

I also installed fixpack 6 and device fixpack 3 I think.

Just can't get the matrox driver to do anything other than crash and display flashing cursor. Might need to move to another, maybe slower computer. Might enjoy wider compatibility with devices and drivers. I've also tried the Matrox driver with a PCI G200 card I have, still same problem. I tried the builtin driver for the G200, it works but doesn't seem accelerated (window moves are SLOWWWW in 24bit color)

Win NT4 is another interesting system I haven't used in years, this could be a good system for that instead!

Reply 21 of 25, by appiah4

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Why are you using the proprietary Matrox driver when I repeatedly pointed out that the Scitech SNAP driver is the way to go? 🙁

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Reply 22 of 25, by canthearu

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Appiah4 - because I have to learn everything the HARD way, that is why.

I've installed the latest Scitech SNAP driver, as sort of a last resort, and yes, it works quite well, with desktop acceleration and full resolution support.

So yeah, flay away 😜

Do you know of a good web browser for this machine? Or has that ship sailed now!

Reply 23 of 25, by appiah4

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🤣 glad it worked.. I never install OS/2 without the SNAP drivers personally 😀

IBM WebExplorer is ancient news so unless you want to suffer that for nostalgia's sake (it was my first web browser) there is a recent-ish port of Firefox. There is also Warpzilla.

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Reply 24 of 25, by canthearu

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To be fair to myself, I did try the SNAP driver that shipped with OS/2 4.52, but that version hardlocked the system during startup.

Only installing the latest downloaded version works properly on this system.

Reply 25 of 25, by jade_angel

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Very nice! I have a real soft spot for OS/2, and that's a pretty sweet config.

I've got an OS/2 machine too - Pentium3/700 on a 440BX board with an ESS 1868 card and nVidia Quadro graphics (which is mostly useful when I dual-boot to Windows 98 or 2000). My ESS card never gave me grief, but OTOH, I used Warp 4. But on the gripping hand, the first machine I used OS/2 on was a 486 with an ESS 1868, under Warp 3, and that worked great. I'm not sure what was going on with that - card's busted, maybe?

Main Box: Ryzen-TR 1900X | GTX 1050/Radeon RX 580
98/2000 Box: PIII/866 | G400 MAX
PCI DOS Box: 5x86/133 | S3 Trio64/V2 PCI
VLB DOS box: 486DX4/100 | Cirrus GD5428 2MB