Suntan Special version 0.66
Suntan Special DVD edition
Suntan Special is intended to make it easier to install OS/2 or eCS
on your computer. But installing Suntan Special is only one of the steps
required. This section outlines the process with a step-by-step guide.
If you are installing Suntan Special on an existing system skip ahead to
Installing Suntan Special.
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2017
- Partitioning hard drives:
create partitions to contain the operating system, applications and
data. Each of the operating systems gives you a way to select the
installation partition. In many cases you need a primary partition
for IBM boot manager as well as the partition you select for the
operating system. If you do not meet this requirement, then the
installation will fail.
- Boot Manager: The Operating System
installer will ensure that IBM Boot Manager is installed in the active
primary partition. Starting with eComStation 2.1, the AiR-BOOT
manager replaces IBM Boot Manager.
- Choosing an Application Directory:
A directory with sufficient space for all applications should be designated.
- Source Directories:
Suntan Special can install applications from the CD, or it can copy
the setup programs to a directory on the hard drive and install them
from there. If you intend to set up several computers, or several boot
partitions on one computer, installing to the hard drive can save time
- Product Keys and Extra Files: Suntan Special will
register applications that have product keys. Gather the product
keys into a directory so Suntan Special can find them. Suntan Special
will install extra applications. Gather the files needed for these.
- Modified Boot Diskettes:
Computer hardware has come a long way since OS/2 was released. Boot
diskettes with the latest drivers can make it a lot easier to install
the Operating System.
- Installing the Operating System:
The operating system installation is pretty straightforward, but this section
has a few notes on what to skip if you are running Suntan Special afterward.
- Make a Backup: When the operating system
is installed, make a backup copy in case something goes wrong later in
the process. It's a lot easier to restore this backup than to reinstall the
- Installing Suntan Special:
Install Suntan Special, specifying the application directory, source
directory and any other special settings. If you have a settings file
from a previous installation of Suntan Special, you will have a chance
to copy and use it.
- Running Suntan Special:
Review all the settings using the settings editor. Review each
sequence before running using the sequence editor.
- Platform Sequence: Select the
platform sequence for the operating system and start it. Suntan
Special will adjust any installation weirdness, and apply the
appropriate fixes. The system will reboot, possibly several times,
to process locked files. It is important to install the platform
sequence, because many applications rely on prerequisites installed
by the platform sequence.
- Thinkpad Sequence: This sequence
contains a small number of applications specific to laptop computers.
Review this sequence carefully -- some applications are specific to
particular IBM Thinkpads.
- Application Sequence: This
sequence installs the applications. Review this sequence and disable
the applications you don't want to install.
- Other Sequences: For workstations,
the games sequence is available. For servers, the server sequence adds
servers and configuration. The WebSphere sequence installs and configures
WebSphere, and DB2 version 6.1.
- Saving Settings: When all of the
sequences have been applied, it is a good idea to save the Suntan
Special settings file. Use this settings file the next time you do
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