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post Nov 23 2005, 02:22 PM
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I have been using PM View 3.2 and 3.22 (Registered) on eCS 1.2 without any issues.

But, after installing eCS 1.2 Media Refresh, PM View refuses to generate desktop background images.

From PMView, I can remove any background images set by other means, but I cannot set desktop background images from PMView app.

I am not sure if this is a PMView bug, or eCS bug, but happens on fresh eCS 1.2MR install.
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post Nov 23 2005, 04:18 PM
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I believe the problem is caused by the date or time separator used on your system. I just found out that if a slash is used in the date format, then the Wallpaper function will not work.

Stop PMView if it's running. Go to the DATE tab in your COUNTRY settings (OS/2 System => System Setup => Country) and change the date separator from '/' to '-' or '.'. Close the COUNTRY dialog. Now restart PMView and the Wallpaper function should work again.

Please let me know if this solves the problem or not.

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post Nov 26 2005, 11:58 PM
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Another possible issue may be that the image you're using is too big. Try to first do Transform->Size and resize the image to the desktop size. (If the image is too big, OS/2 will be unable to handle it even though PMView does everything correctly).

PMView v3.23 will fix the date separator problem and this problem too. (It will automatically resize the image to the desktop size if it's too big).

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post Nov 27 2005, 08:12 PM
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Oh, and a third possibility: See if the "Use RLE/Huffman1D encoding" option is enabled in your OS/2 Bitmap save options. (Open the File->Save as dialog, select OS/2 BMP and click the options button).

Using encoding should NOT be a problem, since OS/2 itself should always be able to read all valid OS/2 v2.0 bitmaps. However, you never know... so if none of the two above issues apply, then I'd try disabling encoding if it's enabled.

The fact that it suddenly stopped working might hint to that a new BMP decoder was installed with Ecs 1.2, and maybe this decoder no longer can handle OS/2 v2.0 bitmaps correctly. Who knows...

Let me know how it works out, so that I can fix any issues in PMView.

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post Dec 2 2005, 10:44 AM
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"PMView USer", could you provide some feedback, please.

v3.23 is sitting here ready for release. We will release it once we know this issue is resolved.

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post Dec 10 2005, 12:10 PM
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QUOTE (Peter @ Dec 2 2005, 11:44 AM)
"PMView USer", could you provide some feedback, please.

v3.23 is sitting here ready for release. We will release it once we know this issue is resolved.

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I just upgraded my eCS to 1.2mr yesterday, and started having the same problems as mentioned above. I had PMview 3.20 (reg'd), just upgraded to 3.22 and still have the same problem. Changed the date separater from / to - and still PMView will not change the desktop background, but it will clear it.

I also have a program called "The Wall" which is a little program to cycle jpg images on the desktop, it works fine.

If I can be of further help, please feel free to email me, email addy in profile

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post Dec 11 2005, 07:55 PM
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Did you check what BMP encoding you're using? Also, what size is the file you're using?

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post Dec 12 2005, 10:31 AM
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QUOTE (Peter @ Dec 11 2005, 08:55 PM)
Did you check what BMP encoding you're using? Also, what size is the file you're using?

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BMP encoding, is set to OS/2 2.x format with RLE/Huffman1D disabled

I have tried this with jpg's ranging in size from 800x600 to 1600x1200 and same result for all, with my desktop set at a 1280x1024.

Also yesterday, I started PMView with the logging switch enabled, but it did not log anything to the file except for the header data.

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post Dec 12 2005, 10:43 AM
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Kev, thanks for following up on this.

What boot drive and file system does PMView report in Help->System info?

Is there a directory \OS2\BITMAP on the boot drive?

Does PMView create a file with a name similar to "Wallpaper Set By PMView 12-12-2005 11:11:00 AM.BMP" in that directory when you set the wallpaper? (Current date&time will be used in the name of the file created by PMView).

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post Dec 12 2005, 10:53 AM
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QUOTE (Peter @ Dec 12 2005, 11:43 AM)
Kev, thanks for following up on this.

What boot drive and file system does PMView report in Help->System info?

Is there a directory \OS2\BITMAP on the boot drive?

Does PMView create a file with a name similar to "Wallpaper Set By PMView 12-12-2005 11:11:00 AM.BMP" in that directory when you set the wallpaper? (Current date&time will be used in the name of the file created by PMView).

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Bootdrive & File System = C: HPFS

\OS2\BITMAP exist on C:\ = Yes

Create file? No, it is not creating that file. There is a file from 12/5 which was created before I upgraded to 1.2MR
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post Dec 12 2005, 03:06 PM
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QUOTE (bl00d @ Dec 12 2005, 11:53 AM)
Create file? No, it is not creating that file.


Ok. That's the problem then. For some reason PMView cannot create the file. Try changing the time and date separators. Try setting both the time and date separators to a dot ('.'). Restart PMView and see if that changes anything.

NOTE: It is essential that you restart PMView. Pmview only reads in the system settings for time&date separators when it starts. The settings are then cached.

Also try using File->Save As and save the file as OS/2 bitmap to the C:\OS2\BITMAP directory. Can PMView save a BMP to this directory without problem?


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post Dec 12 2005, 04:54 PM
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Tried changing both the date and time separators to "." and still does not work. Was closing PMVIEW between changes so it could re-read in the changes. One thing I noted, I was looking for a way to test to make sure the date/time sep. changes were taking. I was viewing images in the "File Open" window and the image date was still showing "/" as separator for mouse-over and in the info window. I figured PMVIEW would use the system setting for that, maybe not. Is there another way I can test it?

I did try to save a *.BMP file to /os2/bitmap and it worked fine, no problems. PMVIEW was able to write the file to the directory.
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post Dec 12 2005, 04:57 PM
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QUOTE (bl00d @ Dec 12 2005, 05:54 PM)
Tried changing both the date and time separators to "." and still does not work. Was closing PMVIEW between changes so it could re-read in the changes. One thing I noted, I was looking for a way to test to make sure the date/time sep. changes were taking. I was viewing images in the "File Open" window and the image date was still showing "/" as separator. I figured PMVIEW would use the system setting for that, maybe not. Is there another way I can test it?

I did try to save a *.BMP file to /os2/bitmap and it worked fine, no problems. PMVIEW was able to write the file to the directory.
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Probably doesn't matter, but the date/time settings I am changing are just a tad different than your earlier explanation, which I believe is for OS/2 itself. In eCS it's System Setup -> Locale -> en_US -> Date (or time) tab
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post Dec 13 2005, 07:28 PM
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QUOTE (bl00d @ Dec 12 2005, 05:54 PM)
I was viewing images in the "File Open" window and the image date was still showing "/" as separator for mouse-over and in the info window.


Ok. That explains why changing the date format does not help. (Obviously eCS 1.2 does something new that is incompatible with the original OS/2 2.0 way of handling the date and time NLS).

PMView v3.23 will check for '/' as date separator and automatically use '-' instead so that the file can be written.

If v3.23 (when available) still does not fix the problem, please let me know!

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post Dec 14 2005, 10:28 AM
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QUOTE (Peter @ Dec 13 2005, 08:28 PM)
Ok. That explains why changing the date format does not help. (Obviously eCS 1.2 does something new that is incompatible with the original OS/2 2.0 way of handling the date and time NLS).

PMView v3.23 will check for '/' as date separator and automatically use '-' instead so that the file can be written.

If v3.23 (when available) still does not fix the problem, please let me know!

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Ok Thanks Peter, looking forward to the release smile.gif
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post Jan 18 2006, 09:32 PM
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QUOTE (bl00d @ Dec 14 2005, 11:28 AM)
Ok Thanks Peter, looking forward to the release smile.gif
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Just a follow up, background option working fine with new release, thanks!
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