We’re facing an issue where our QNX consultant guy needs a new laptop. However, he’s primarily working on applications that run on QNX 4.25 and QNX Windows 4.24. Also, he needs a display resolution of at least 1024x768 for his applications. This is making my job (finding him a laptop) challenging.
I’m currently exploring three options. One is trying to get this all working on a Dell Latitude C600 that I have available. One is trying to get it working under VMWare. The last, which has proven the most fruitful so far, is getting it working under Microsoft Virtual PC (hereinafter referred to as VPC).
Under VPC, I can get QNX installed just fine. The floppy drive works, which allows me to install all of our licensing. I can run QNX Windows using gr.vga, but only at a resolution of 640x480. gr.vesa2 gives me an error about missing Int10 (I’ve heard a few places that 4.25 broke the gr.vesa2 and gr.vga256 drivers, so perhaps that’s what that’s about). None of the other video drivers seem to work with VPC. Networking is up and running just fine.
Since I’m not having any better luck with the other solutions, I decided to try to get Photon up and running and then use qwinph.
Photon comes up fine with the flat drivers. I can then successfully launch QNX Windows using qwinph. (Or by manually running gr.phi or gr.phim and then windows.)
Unfortunately, at this point it goes kind of south. It displays teh QNX Windows screen, the little red pointer comes up, I believe I can move it around a little, but it doesn’t respond to mouse clicks at all. I’m not sure if it’s that it’s not processing mouse clicks or if QNX Windows has crashed at that point.
In case it helps, the messages in the window where I launched qwinph are:
And then that’s it.
Anybody have any idea what’s going on here?
[For the other two options, in VMWare I can’t seem to get the floppy drive working so I can install the licenses for photon and tcp/ip, although it worked during the installer to install the QNX and QNX Windows licenses, and on the actual laptop, I can’t get QNX Windows or Photon up in any resolution other than 640x480 – if I try to use another driver or another mode on an existing driver that’s working, the screen fades to milky white then fades to all black and stays that way.]