We have run OS/2 within a virtual PC for some years now on our organic instruments. This is the Connectix system which was later taken over by Microsoft. You need a minimum processor speed of 1GHz (otherwise it is too slow) and a motherboard with an ISA socket.
It works very well.

I would appreciate a copy of the .PDF file.

John Hill

Mass Spectrometry Facility
University College London
Chemistry Department
20 Gordon St.

At 21:21 16/06/2005, you wrote:

For those IRMS users who are under the yoke of OS/2, we have written a
successful procedure to allow users of Optima/PrismIII/Isoprime IRMS
systems to run their control software on a modern Windows XP PC, and
running OS/2 Warp 3 within a virtual PC.

The benefits are:

-You can use new PC hardware that OS/2 Warp 3 will refuse to install on
-OS/2 in a VM runs faster than on old 386/486 PCs
-you can quickly backup your entire Optima/Prism/Isoprime OS/2 virtual
machine under Windows XP to DVDRW
-LIMS for Light Isotopes can also run on the Optima host PC,
facilitating data management and transfer
-You can use Remote Desktop to check on Autoruns from home (...but only
after the Sopranos)
-XP security and connectivity (as required in some corporate/gov't
-it works! We are running samples using this setup

The procedure is clearly outlined in the document, along with detailed
screenshots. You can try it out on your OS/2 controlled IRMS in less
than an hour by using a Windows XP PC you may already own, and by
downloading a 30-day trial demo of the Microsoft or Serenity virtual
machines. Thus, total out of pocket cost can be from zero to less than
$200USD, if you decide go with it.

Unfortunately, we don't have a website available at this time to post
the 27 page PDF document (~1M). But we will be happy to email you the
PDF upon request.

We'd like to hear from users if this works for them, or not.

Len Wassenaar  (reply)  or
Geoff Koehler ([log in to unmask])

Leonard I. Wassenaar, Ph.D.
Environment Canada
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Saskatoon, SK
Canada, S7N 3H5
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Mass Spectrometry Facility
University College London
Chemistry Department
20 Gordon St.

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