Obtaining Help with OS/2
OS/2 is an incredibly flexible and forgiving operating system. It is very stable and allows you to run a much heavier workload than would be possible with any flavour of Windows.
However, there are times when you will have a challenge with a particular configuration or piece of software that makes OS/2 crash or freeze up. This page should provide some resources to help you with that problem. Drivers for new hardware are readily available for Windows but we have to wait for an OS/2 version. There are several sites that offer excellent tutorials and information for recovery. I will link to those sites where possible rather than duplicate their efforts here.
Help For Beginners
First, there is the information you should be aware of before you encounter trouble. There are a number of sites that will help you learn how to harness the power of OS/2. You should visit these sites and print out pages that you might find useful if you encounter trouble later. It is difficult to obtain information from the Web if you can't boot your computer properly. It pays be prepared.
You might also wish to seek out some of the excellent books on OS/2. Many can be found in the used book bins since so many have abandoned OS/2 as a viable platform.
OS/2 Help Forums
Various help forums are available to OS/2 users. Some are fairly general and others are designed to deal with specific hardware or software issues.
- The VOICE Help Desk has specific help for different hardware and software issues.
- OS2 World.Com includes a number of categories.
- os2warp.be is the leading Website dedicated to OS/2, eComStation and hardware.
- Steve Wendt's OS/2 Warp News & Rumors is an excellent source for the latest in what's happening in the OS/2 world.
- M.I.T. OS/2 WWW Homepage.
- Stupid OS/2 Tricks compiled by Melissa Woo is quite comprehensive. Although quite dated, much of it is still helpful with Warp 4.
- OS/2 e-Zine! also offers back issues and off-line copies. You will find software reviews, tips and hints, surveys and commentary on the OS/2 world. An excellent OS/2 e-zine.
- EDM/2—The Electronic Developer Magazine for OS/2.
OS/2 User Groups
OS/2 user groups provide some of the best support available for users. If you are lucky enough to have a local user group that supports OS/2 take advantage of it. Otherwise there are several on-line resources that might give you some excellent support.
- Southern California OS/2 Users' Group (SCOUG).
- The M.I.T. OS/2 WWW Homepage includes links to many current and former OS/2 user groups.
There are several conferences or gatherings offered to OS/2 users each year in different locations.
Other OS/2 Help Resources
You might want to look in the Archived OS/2 Resources pages if you are running an older version of OS/2 Warp 3 or 4.
Updated: May 27, 2011