OS/2 Hardware and Drivers
Video Cards and Drivers
S3 video cards are a mixed bag, depending upon which chipset is used in your card.
If you're looking for a better video driver, search for SciTech Doctor OS/2 drivers.
SciTech Display Doctor 7.0 for OS/2 IBM Special Edition offers GRADD display adapters that work quite well with all newer video cards, including the SiS chipsets that are included on many of the recent computers.
I particularly appreciate the fact that these drivers recognize and use all 8 MB of my ATI RAGE video card (the ATI driver only recognizes 4 MB and is very slow compared to the SciTech driver. I've experienced some problems with a few WIN-OS/2 programs, but nothing significant, mostly a white shadow effect.
Look for the drivers under the Display Adapters SciTech suite of drivers section on IBM OS/2 Device Driver Pak [no longer available].
Sound Card Drivers
Creative Sound Blaster was pretty much the standard for games under most platforms for a long time and OS/2 support has been built in.
However, there is no OS/2 drivers for newer PCI sound cards (AWE-64 and later) and many have problems running the PnP versions. There is also problems with sound under the OS/2 System and Win-OS/2 at the same time with Sound Blaster drivers (and several others).
The OS/2 drivers for Sound Blaster Live! have been ported from the Linux drivers provided by Creative and are available from Netlabs (via FTP).
OS/2 Sound Card Fixes
Getting Your Sound Card to Work under OS/2
The OS/2 drivers for Sound Blaster Live! have been ported from the Linux drivers provided by Creative and are available from Netlabs sound page.
Installing the Sound Blaster AWE64 in OS/2 is now hosted on this site.
Try searching for your sound card at os2world.com.
SCOUG covers Scanners and TWAIN under OS/2 in their January, 1999 issue of Ink.
Removable Media Drivers
Iomega Zip 100 and Jaz Drives now have better support under OS/2 (including HPFS and multiple partitions in the case of the Jaz).
Iomega Zip 100 USB Drives are supported under OS/2 but the drivers may no longer be available from IBM.
Universal Serial Bus (USB) Devices
USB is everywhere now. You will need both the USB Basic Device Support and the driver specific to your device.
The OS/2 Device Driver Pak supported 29 USB devices at last count (but is no longer available).
You can browse or search the OS/2 and USB site (hosted by os2warp.be).
ArcaOS or eComStation might be better solutions because both have support for newer devices and hardware built-in. Arca Noae also offers OS/2 & eCS drivers & software subscriptions, available in personal or commercial editions.
Other Hardware Lists and Drivers
The hardware vendors in this list are not extensive. Because of the huge varieties of hardware that will run OS/2 systems with varying degrees of success I have included these few sites:
- OS2.org Hardware Page.
- Hardware (205) includes various users' experiences with hardware by type.
- os2warp.be has links to hardware information.
- The OS/2 Preload List identifies companies that sell computers with OS/2 preinstalled.