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Old 02-11-2009, 05:31 AM   #1
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VM for OS/2 guest???

Well recently the box I ran a needed legacy app under windows with virtualpc and OS/2 as guest system crapped out.

Problem is that the app needs a dongle at the parallel port to work and my other box doesn't have one onboard.
So I went and got me a pci parport card.

Living up to it's reputation as a piece of crap windows assigns a port to that card that virtualpc doesn't see.

Vmware - no OS/2 support
Virtualbox - no OS/2 support without the amd/intel HW extensions and no parport support
Qemu - no love at all (doesn't boot)

Off I went to parallels (what a piece of crap):
Doesn't work with amd64 - tried with my 32 bit Gentoo install.
Doesn't support kernels > 2.6.20 -> patch this,recompile kernel that, nada.
Installed Debian stable (has 2.6.18 kernel) and ok.Next thing I find out there is no support for shared folders in a OS/2 guest - they want 44 Euro for that junk?? Gotta be kidding.

All I can think of is installing a samba client and share that way but thats going to be a major pain.

Anybody know if there is any way coaxing qemu to work with OS/2?
Google turns up some stuff but none worked that far...
Old 02-11-2009, 02:22 PM   #2
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Ummm ... I've had a go at OS/2 under qemu (using warp 4), and it booted
OK, and ran half-way stable (not very fast, mind you, and I couldn't up
the resolution from 640x480, which was quite ugly). What do you mean when
you say "no love at all (doesn't boot)"?

Old 02-11-2009, 05:13 PM   #3
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Doesn't boot at all - just sits there for a while and then gives me something to the effect that the virtual hd can't be read or a LVM(on amd64 host)error depending on the version of the host system.

I try with os/2 4.52 and did try various other versions,too.

Also tried with debian stable and unstable and gentoo hosts.

There are reports of it working with qemu 0.7.0 - 0.8.0 but I had no luck whatsoever compiling either one of those.

Oh -yeah almost forgot;also subjected myself to a vmware install and that doesn't go anywhere either with the booting process as advertised.

The resolution might work better with scitech display drivers.

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