July 16, 2004
Isaac Leung (P.Eng.) got a degree in Engineering Physics followed by a Master's in Electrical Engineering after which he promptly got a job as a product engineer at a company which makes high speed datacom chips. He is old enough to have cut his computer teeth on Commodore 64's and first played with OS/2 1.3 EE while at a summer job with IBM. The first PC he ever owned came with Windows 95, but he soon slapped on OS/2 Warp 3 and has been Warping ever since. He has agreed to work for Transmeta while he continues plotting to take over the world.
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Corrections and UpdatesThere is a correction that I'd like to note regarding a previous article from last month. Also, we have a little update from one of our readers about using digital camera's with OS/2
VFATMonFirst of all, the correct name of the program mentioned in the June issue is VFATMon, not "vfat2mon". I hope this has not caused too much confusion for our readers.
Lastly, since the article was first written many weeks back, VFATMon has been updated to v1.2 and fixes many of the bugs which were mentioned in the article. Please grab the latest version before contacting the author about any issues.
Using CompactFlash (CF) Cards and OS/2
Here's a tip which was passed along by one of our readers, Gerrit Shoenmaker, who is lucky enough to use OS/2 on a Thinkpad A31 and have a Canon G2 handy. I have not tried it yet, so you're on your own for this!
To get access to your CF card it might be better to use all the benefits of the Daniela HDD driver. If you do so, your CF card can be mounted to a free drive letter by running "Refresh removable media" in your drive folder.
To get rid of the removable drive and to close the filesystem safely simply click right and choose the "Eject disk" option from the drives context menu! All this has the advantage not having the annoying drive objects in your drive folder caused by the BASEDEV=PCM2ATA.ADD /S:1 /!DM /NOBEEP statement.
My config.sys settings for the Thinkpad A31 are looking like this:
BASEDEV=PCMCIA.SYS /P rem ## IBM socket driver with Ricoh RL5c476 CardBus Controller support BASEDEV=IBM2SS14.SYS rem ### end PCMCIA to PCI driver #### BASEDEV=AUTODRV2.SYS DEVICE=C:\THINKPAD\VPCMCIA.SYS REM DEVICE=C:\THINKPAD\PCMSSDIF.SYS REM DEVICE=C:\THINKPAD\PCM2SRAM.SYS DEVICE=C:\THINKPAD\FLSH2MTD.SYS DEVICE=C:\THINKPAD\PCM2FLSH.SYS REM BASEDEV=PCM2ATA.ADD /S:1 /!DM /NOBEEP rem ## Daniela Engert driver ## BASEDEV=DANIS506.ADD /PCSThe option /PCS was added for PCCard use!
Note: Your PCMCIA slots have to be empty at boot time, otherwise "Eject disk" won't work!!!
Command-line TricksWell, this goes here because I found these tricks too neat not to share. Some of this is probably old-hat for you. However, I sure didn't know all of these and I've been using OS/2 and command-lines for years!
Well, that's it for now. If you've got any other fancy tips, feel free to e-mail me and
I'll see about publishing it next month.