Hi everyone, I tried OS2.1 12/92 beta on my machine last weekend. Here
is what I have experienced.
My Gateway 2K machine has: 486DX2 50 CPU, two local buses,
ATI GUP with 1 meg vram, 8 meg ram, and two WD 250 meg IDE drives.
It took me about three hours to download 2.1beta from ftp-os2.nmsu.edu,
which is 20 3.5" disks (0-19) plus 5 printer driver disks. I started
the installation process by backing up everything from C drive to D drive
after I learned os2 boot manager can not be installed on a slave drive.
I switched my ATI card power up configuration from 'Custom' to VGA
under the advice from one netter.
I partitioned the C drive into three partions, first has a size of 1 meg
for os2 boot manager, second is a 122 meg, HPFS formated partition for
os2.1, third one is a 120 meg partition for other operation system and I
formated as a DOS partition temporaily. The D drive still holds my DOS
and Window stuff in one big partition and I still have the option to boot
from D drive under the control of the os2 boot manager.
The whole installation process was rather smooth except I spent several
hours looking for the display driver disks and got a little tired
shuffling the disks. The display driver disks turned out to be part of os2
service pack, which are also downloadable from hobbes. It would have saved
me several hours if the display driver disks were boundled with os2.1beta.
After 2.1beta was finally installed and started, I quickly ran into
several problems mostly with display:
(1) The os2 under VGA mode started okey but soon it trashed my diskplay
after I closed and opend several folders.
(2) I avoided the problem(1) by changing the ATI GUP power up mode to 1572FS
and set os2 to use 8514/a mode. But I still could not close some menus and
windows cleanly,i.e,. after I clicked the close option on a menu or a
window, the image of the closed window or menu bar still hung around on
my display. I had to move the active window (folder) as a big eraser
to clean out those garbage.
(3) I could not set the ATI powerup mode to 'custom' under os2 8514/a mode
otherwise, the display was a total mess. I would like to have the option to
use 'custom' powerup mode since that is the mode I run my DOS and win3.1
(4) I have not able to start any window applications so far. I forgot the
exact error message. Anyway, it was about not able to set the display.
(5) When I ran several UNIX like shell commands under DOS windows, the os2
would hung up machine and gave me a window of warning and debugging
messages. However, I can ran those commands under os2 window without any
Now, I am not sure whether my problem is related to 2.1beta, my machine
or my setup. I would like to get some input from other netters. If
there are enough interests, I will post a summary or follow up.
Have a nice day!