This environment is complete enough to run many classic MS-DOS games completely unmodified. In order to utilize all of DOSBox’s features you need to first understand some basic concepts about the MS-DOS environment. The first step is to test drive unlimited 2 mutex created launching testdrive2.exe DOSBox.
This guide will use the 0. 74 Windows 32-bit version which is available for download. Download the release for your operating system. If you are a Windows user, get the Win32 installer.
After downloading, install DOSBox to any directory. Also, make a folder to put all your old games in. I put a game in my OLDGAMES directory, TESTDRIV, which is Test Drive, an old racing game. Now, the hardest part, getting games to run. Remember that OLDGAMES directory you created in Step 1?
You have to basically set that as new directory just for DOSBox. OLDGAMES: This is the directory I want to set as the new drive for DOSBox, because all my games are in it. If you created a different directory, write in the directory you created. Note: “cdrom” is case sensitive and must be lowercase! CD-ROM drive, and the first D, tells DOSBox what my new drive name should be called. If you are running your game off a CD-ROM then make sure to use D: in place of C: in the following examples. Now, just write what you wanted to call your new DOSBox drive, which as I said above, we called C.
Now, it’s time to run the game. Previously I had mentioned a game called TESTDRIV in my OLDGAMES folder. I now want DOSBox to go to that folder. CD stands for “Change Directory”, so you’ve changed the directory to TESTDRIV. You can find instructions on how to use the Change Directory command, in the CD section of the Commands article. One more step, running the game!
Most games have an EXE file in their directory that you can run. Most of the time, the file is in the root folder. Please consult the documentation of your game for which file is needed to start the game. In the case of Test Drive, it’s TDCGA. The steps described above are closely aligned with how DOS Based operating systems behave natively. If the steps above seem tedious or confusing you can try some of these other guides.
In most cases these guides will still require you to setup a working DOSBox environment. In Windows, select the folder of the game, right click and hit properties, uncheck Read Only if it is checked, and apply to all sub folders. Yay, you’ve gotten your game to run! DEL to open the Task Manager, and click the Performance tab. F8 to have DOSBox not render some frames.
The console window will display all of the changes you’ve made, and the top of the game window will display the current settings. Adjust these settings as needed until your game goes smoothly. This will automatically start the game. If this doesn’t work, then I would recommend reading the rest of this article. You can save yourself some time by having DOSBox automatically MOUNT your folders and change the drive to C:. In original DOS based operating systems a file called AUTOEXEC. BAT contained any commands that the user wanted executed every time the computer booted up.
For DOSBox versions older than 0. 73 browse into program installation folder and open the dosbox. 73 go to Start Menu and click on “Configuration” and then “Edit Configuration”. OLDGAMES C: Now those commands will be executed automatically when starting!
ENTER to go into and out of full screen. Alternatively, you can open the dosbox. DOSBox will then run in full screen mode when you open it. This page was last modified on 9 June 2015, at 02:57.
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