Suntan Special version 0.68

Suntan Special Web edition

eComStation 2.1

eComStation is Mensys release of their version of OS/2. Released in May 2011, the software runs on Intel personal computers and servers. This version of the installation has been created especially for use with Blonde Guy's Suntan Special.

My copy of the eComStation comes on three (3) CD-Roms. I refer to these CD-Roms as eCS CD #1, eCS CD #2 and eCS CD #3.

Installation Procedure

  1. Boot the computer from eCS CD #1. The first screen to appear offers two boot choices. Select boot from eComStation CD-ROM. If there are no bootable partitons on the hard drive, this screen will not appear.
  2. On the second screen, choose Boot with default values unless you know that you need to do otherwise.
  3. The CD-ROM boot program will process for about a minute, then offer to do a self-check to ensure that the CD-ROM is correctly readable. Press esc to skip this test, which is not needed unless you have seen a problem with your CD-ROM media. If no input is received in 30 seconds, the installation proceeds as if esc was pressed.
  4. When the screen named Begin the Installation appears, read the screen and press Next.
  5. When the screen named License Agreement appears, check the box labelled Agree, and press Next.
  6. The screen named Select Installation Type will appear. Select Advanced installation, and press Next.
  7. When the Registration screen appears, you will need to provide the license key. It is easiest to read this from a file. Use Import Registration Data to read the data from a file on the hard drive, a floppy, or a USB drive.
  8. The Installation program will check disk integrity for a minute. If the system detects a problem, the eComStation Disk Utility will display an error. If it offers to fix the problem, allow it to do so. The system will reboot. Go back to the beginning of the instructions. If no problem is detected go on to the next screen. On the Select the Installation Volume screen, either select the installation volume from those provided, or press the New Volume button to bring up the Maintenance and Installation Volume program. The new volume must be bootable to be a valid selection. When you have selected the volume, press Next.
  9. On the Format Volume page, uncheck Check for errors while formatting, choose the JFS file system and press Format. Unless you have a disk that is pretty old, then you should not need to check for errors. If you will install your applications on a separate drive from the operating system, press Other volumes... and format that drive, too. Press Next when formatting is complete.
  10. On the Locale and timezone settings page, choose your options. I only need to set the timezone. Press Next when done.
  11. The system will detect hardware devices for a short time, then display the Hardware and peripherals configuration page. For any newer machine, under Standard Devices, select ACPI. Under Advanced Power Management, select Install. For a desktop machine, it is likely that you can just take the defaults. For a laptop or notebook computer, select the appropriate model. Examine all of the choices just to make sure, then press Next.
  12. On the Multimedia support page, choose carefully. On some machines, the default choice, which is usually UniAud, is fine, but on Thinkpads, it is better to go with the IBM support. If you are uncertain, it is best to go with the default. Press Next after making your choice.
  13. On the Installation options page, select the default programs directory, which is the same as the Suntan Special's appsDir setting. Do not include a trailing backslash, even for the root directory. Press Next after making your choice.
  14. On the Select Components page, some choices are not needed because Suntan Special will install them later. If you want XWorkplace, then deselect Useability Enhancements->Extended workplace features. Select Additional Features->Security enablement services. Deselect Bonus Application->RSJ. Set Java Virtual Machine to 1.1.8 and let Suntan Special install all other Java. Deselect Internet Apps Firefox, Thunderbird and VNC Server. Press Next when you have made your choices.
  15. On the Network Configuration page, I can deselect Other connection types, but you may need it, depending on the type of connection you have with the internet. If you are not sure, leave the defaults, and press Next.
  16. On the Network Adapters and Protocols page, I have two network adapters in my computer, and it often chooses the wrong one. If this is the case for you, then select the adapter and press Change. Select the right network adapter from the list. Otherwise, no changes are likely to be needed on this page. Press Next.
  17. On the TCP/IP settings page, I use DHCP, so I only need to fill in the hostname for my computer. It is a good idea to name your computer (one name with no spaces; case is ignored). If you use a static IP, then fill in the fields for that. If you are not sure, then fill in the hostname and press Next.
  18. On the LAN settings page, fill out the fields. You should name the computer (no spaces; 15 char max; case is ignored). If you don't have a workgroup or domain, leave the field alone, and press Next.
  19. On the Configuration Complete page, press Next to start the installation process. The Copying files... page will appear for some time, then the computer will reboot.
  20. When the computer reboots, allow it to boot from the hard drive, which is the default setting. Note any errors during the boot process -- the exact message will be helpful in resolving any problems with the installation.
  21. After copying more files, the computer will reboot again. Once again, allow it to boot from the hard drive. The Post-installation Tasks page will appear. The first tab of the page, Final Tasks announces the end of the installation. Press Next to go on.
  22. On the Screen tab, press the Screen button to bring up the Screen settings. Set the resolution colors and refresh that are appropriate for your display adapter and monitor, then close the Screen settings. Press Next to go to the next tab.
  23. On the USER setting tab, fill out the SET USER value to Default. Press Next to go to the next tab.
  24. On the Network User ID tab, fill out all the fields. Fill in the username and password. This will be your administrator account. Even if you do not currently use networking, enter these fields. Also check Allow your computer to be seen by others on the network and Allow sharing of resources in a peer network. Press Change to make the changes, then press Next to go on to the next page.
  25. On the User Interface tab, make the changes that give you a system you like. My preference is to open the Workplace Shell settings and check the box Confirm on Copy, move, create shadow. Under eSytler Preferences, I prefer to set titlebar to bitmap. I also set the shutdown to include power off and suspend on machines that support APM. When you have made your changes, press Next to go on.
  26. On the ACPI tab, I do nothing. Press press Next to go on.
  27. On the Printer tab, I do nothing. Suntan Special will configure the printers. If you prefer to set up with this page, that is fine, too. Press Exit when the printer changes are complete.
  28. Remove the eCS CD-ROM from the drive. Shutdown and reboot the computer, and note any errors during the boot process. When the computer has rebooted, check the screen properties to make sure they are suitable. On the Screen settings, do any centering that is needed (under the Advanced). When the screen settings are OK, reboot from the CD-ROM, or from an alternate boot partition.
  29. If booting from the eCS CD-ROM, choose the management console, and open a commandline. (Tools->Command Window). Back up your new installation with the following command.
              zip -rS X:\* -x WP?ROOT.?SF
    Replace X with the drive letter of your installation. Keep this zip file handy to restore your original installation.


After performing the above steps, I had 7828 files, taking up 452,042,028 bytes with 4,059,028 bytes of extended attributes. The zip file took 245,948,570 bytes.


After installing Suntan Special on eCS 2.1, install gcc4core and utils to update the system.

Last Modified: 24 Dec 2019
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