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 PostPost subject: OS/2 laptops?        Posted: Sat May 04, 2019 11:00 pm 
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So I've been reading a bit on OS/2 and that made me curious since I've never seen any, has it ever been sold preinstalled on laptops or even desktop computers? I can't seem to find much information on that, mostly only about eComStation which doesn't really interest me, since there doesn't seem to have lots of things new and all, thanks!


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 PostPost subject: Re: OS/2 laptops?        Posted: Sat May 04, 2019 11:08 pm 
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OS/2 is made by IBM, so look for ThinkPads. They were supported up to T43 and were preinstalled with OS/2 in, for example, http://www.thinkwiki.org/wiki/Category:701C


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oscareczek wrote:
OS/2 is made by IBM, so look for ThinkPads. They were supported up to T43 and were preinstalled with OS/2 in, for example, http://www.thinkwiki.org/wiki/Category:701C



Damn, that's pretty sweet, were they the only laptops that came preinstalled or supported by OS/2 then?


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 PostPost subject: Re: OS/2 laptops?        Posted: Sun May 05, 2019 12:19 am 
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I'm not sure, but since it wasn't that popular, I'd say yes.


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 PostPost subject: Re: OS/2 laptops?        Posted: Sun May 05, 2019 8:32 pm 
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Thinkpads for sure. But they were setup with DOS/Win in dualboot with the windows as the default.

There was no interactive menu, unlike NTLDR. So many people I knew with thinkpads didn't even know they had OS/2. I remember one person wanted me to help them to install it, to only find out that after they'd bought a copy of OS/2, it turned out that they already had it, pre-installed!

IBM divisions operate almost like independent companies. And the division that ran the PC's didn't care in the slightest about the OS/2 part.

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 PostPost subject: Re: OS/2 laptops?        Posted: Mon May 06, 2019 1:51 pm 
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nar002 wrote:
So I've been reading a bit on OS/2 and that made me curious since I've never seen any, has it ever been sold preinstalled on laptops or even desktop computers? I can't seem to find much information on that, mostly only about eComStation which doesn't really interest me, since there doesn't seem to have lots of things new and all, thanks!

Between 1994 and early 1995, German computer chain Vobis used to sell PCs with OS/2 preloaded on them.


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 PostPost subject: Re: OS/2 laptops?        Posted: Sat Mar 14, 2020 1:26 am 
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I just find some website talking about laptops with eComStation,and the laptops, are ThinkPads.

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 PostPost subject: Re: OS/2 laptops?        Posted: Thu Apr 02, 2020 3:00 am 
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IBM did sell them with OS/2 or at least provided drivers for them long after OS/2's sell by date. IBM also made it a tradition to never ever put a Windows key on a ThinkPad, the only ThinkPads that had them were either made by Lenovo or Acer (the i series).

One obscure use of IBM OS/2 laptops was in the mainframe line. IBM would load OS/2 on a ThinkPad and use it for the auxiliary computer that would bring the mainframe up during the System 390 era for some models, while others used a single board computer or even a desktop running the same OS to accomplish the same task. Here's a video of a ThinkPad running OS/2 bringing up the mainframe.


Otherwise it's really the same as running any obscure OS on a laptop, it's trial and error and then there's going to be issues with sleep mode, brightness, PC cards, and other laptop specific issues.


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