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TheMaritimeMan
May 2nd, 2016, 11:36 AM
I'm attempting to install OS/2 Warp 4 on an IBM NetVista. I'm at the part of the installation where you can install drivers. I have what I do believe to be the correct drivers for the video, sound, and network hardware (OS/2 was officially supported on this machine). I extracted the driver files for each piece of hardware onto separate floppies using a Windows PC, but whenever I stick in the floppy with the appropriate driver and direct the OS/2 installation program to look at the floppy drive, it says nothing was found. This happens for all three drivers.

Can anyone tell me what I'm doing wrong here? Can OS/2 not read files on a FAT-formatted floppy?

Chuck(G)
May 2nd, 2016, 11:39 AM
If this is happening during installation, my dim memories tell me that the prompt is for mass-storage drivers (i.e. SCSI disks, etc.) only. Incorporation of other hardware happens after installation is complete.

I could be very wrong, but that's what I remember.

TheMaritimeMan
May 2nd, 2016, 12:05 PM
I'm at the screen in this picture. There are prompts to install drivers for video, sound, and other peripherals, and a prompt to install a NIC driver on the next page.

http://i.imgur.com/E4qHhzC.jpg

Chuck(G)
May 2nd, 2016, 01:41 PM
Ah, okay, so not one of the initial "blue screens" that ask for storage drivers.

What do your files look like? That is, are you missing something perhaps?

TheMaritimeMan
May 2nd, 2016, 06:38 PM
I downloaded the following three Zip archives, and extracted their contents to three FAT-formatted floppies using a Windows PC. The first is the video driver, the second is the sound driver, and the third is the NIC driver.

http://hobbes.nmsu.edu/download/pub/os2/system/drivers/video/ibm_nvidia.zip

http://hobbes.nmsu.edu/download/pub/os2/system/drivers/sound/AD_SoundMax_3-1-9.zip

http://hobbes.nmsu.edu/download/pub/os2/system/drivers/network/e100b435a.zip

Chuck(G)
May 2nd, 2016, 07:29 PM
These are not normal installation disks. Check out the README.TXT file in each archive for detailed installation instructions. Most require you to unpack to the C: drive and run the SETUP.CMD program on each.

Caluser2000
May 2nd, 2016, 08:40 PM
Install OS/2 with plain vga first then install the other drivers. The nic driver is installed from a totally different area, you get prompted later on during the install process to install the nic and TCP/IP etc.

Al Savage has a few useful tips and tricks. http://asavage.dyndns.org/os2/warp4install/warp4install.html So does the Blonde OS/2 Guy http://www.blondeguy.com/InstallWarp4Essay.html

Specific guide for nics and tcpip installation once OS/2 is installed http://www.mit.edu/activities/os2/peer/WARPPEER.HTM

One thing that was annoying with OS/2 was the need to reboot every time you changed a driver.

TheMaritimeMan
May 3rd, 2016, 06:49 PM
Oh no, I failed to RTFM! Thanks guys, I'll what I can do and hopefully come back in the next few days.

Chuck(G)
May 3rd, 2016, 07:29 PM
One thing that was annoying with OS/2 was the need to reboot every time you changed a driver.

That reminds me of--oh, what was it?---ah, Windows! :)

Caluser2000
May 3rd, 2016, 08:19 PM
That reminds me of--oh, what was it?---ah, Windows! :)Has 64 bit Windows improved on that at all?

Caluser2000
May 3rd, 2016, 09:07 PM
Oh no, I failed to RTFM! Thanks guys, I'll what I can do and hopefully come back in the next few days.Don't be too hard on yourself. I'm sure a lot of members did something similar in a past life.

One thing I did with my Warp 4 box was to install fixpack 14 and the scitech display driver. The SDD supports quite a range of video cards. They're on hobbes and SDD makes it easier to plonk the hdd in another system.

To answer your earlier question about OS/2 reading Fat 12 1.44 meg floppy diskettes-yes it can.

TheMaritimeMan
May 4th, 2016, 10:11 PM
I just looked back at some notes I made when I got the computer last year, and the floppy drive itself is actually nonfunctional! Doh! So I'll clean that up first and then maybe I'll have some better luck.

TheMaritimeMan
May 5th, 2016, 07:27 PM
Update: After cleaning and lubricating the floppy drive, OS/2 installation was able to read the NIC floppy I made and automatically install the driver. So that's good news. Hopefully I can figure out the video and sound drivers once the OS is installed.

Edit: Well, I'm at a loss with the video driver. The readme says to copy a file called GRADDBB*.EXE from the install directory to the hard drive, but no such file exists in that archive at all.

Caluser2000
May 5th, 2016, 09:31 PM
Update: After cleaning and lubricating the floppy drive, OS/2 installation was able to read the NIC floppy I made and automatically install the driver. So that's good news. Hopefully I can figure out the video and sound drivers once the OS is installed.

Edit: Well, I'm at a loss with the video driver. The readme says to copy a file called GRADDBB*.EXE from the install directory to the hard drive, but no such file exists in that archive at all.Here is a file explaining what gradd files are http://ps-2.kev009.com/pccbbs/commercial_desktop/e71t01a.txt
Looks like you'll need att least fixpack 5 to do the installation anyway. What's the video shipset?

Good to see you have made some progress.

TheMaritimeMan
May 7th, 2016, 06:22 PM
It's an nVidia Vanta 16, original to the machine. I suppose I should install the fixpacks before the drivers, anyway.

I've had to leave the computer for now, so it will be a few weeks before I get back to it.