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DOSBox is an emulator that simulates an IBM-PC Compatible computer running MS-DOS, primarily intended for playing older games. It has been ported to a variety of operating systems (Windows, Mac OS X, Linux) and architectures (PowerPC, ARM). It is free software under the GNU General Public License.

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Why do people use DOSBox over Virtualbox in a gaming context?

I've noticed that a number of people here use DOSBox for playing older titles on modern PC hardware. I am very familiar with VirtualBox, I use it to virtualize several operating systems. I have also ...
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I have this really old game from the DOS era, anyone know how to run it in my modern machine?

I have a copy of Test Drive III: The Passion, but whenever I run it in my Windows XP machine it runs too fast. Is there any way to run this game in a modern computer?
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Running MS-DOS games with long file names under DOSBox

I'm trying to play a DOS game under DOSBox that uses long filenames. Here's the ISO as seen from macOS: The ISO as imgmounted inside DOSBox: I'm trying to start install.bat but I can't figure out ...
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Is it possible to run games in Dosbox with a better scaler / filter than the ones available in vanilla dosbox?

As many of you probably know, quite a few games on sites like GOG.com use Dosbox to start games which otherwise would be unplayable, due to their age. The graphics of such games (when played full ...
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Mouse jumps around when using DOSBOX

I'm trying to play an old school DOS Game I got using the DOSBOX DOS emulator, but the problem I have is that the mouse jumps all over the screen and does not allow me to have a good control. The game ...
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Playing oldgame in Dosbox, is sound blaster or Roland better?

I'm playing an old game in Dosbox. The game asks me whether my sound card is Sound Blaster or Roland. What should I choose for best sound? Game happens to be http://www.gamecrafters.com/gamecrafters/...
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Is there any way to turn a DOS game that runs in DOSBOX into an .EXE file that will run effortlessly?

I want to burn a bunch of old DOS games that require a DOS emulator onto a disc for a gift for my sister. In DOSBOX, you need to mount the drive with the game on it and type the file name you want to ...
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Playing Ultimate DOOM and DOOM II Coop on Modern Hardware

A friend and I want to work through DOOM I and II on co-op over a coming weekend. What's the best way to do this on modern hardware? We don't want graphical improvements and fancy features (except ...
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How can I press the # key in a DOSBox game?

I recently bought the 6-pack from Good Old Games and would like to play the first Might & Magic game. A friend told me that you can't use Shift-3 for pound (#) and I was wondering if this was ...
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Add GoG DOSBOX games to Steam

I bought the Quest for Glory pack on Good Old Games, and like most GoG games I tried to add it to Steam. Now, QFG 1 through 4 are all DOS games and run via a packaged DOSBOX emulator GOG distributes ...
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How to have real full screen with Civilization in DOSBox?

My screen have a resolution of 1366x768. When I play Civilization (version 1), I got the image in a resolution of 640x400 in the middle of the screen, the rest being black. Instead, when I play Orion, ...
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No sound in TES:Arena under DOSBox

Since this is my first venture involving a manual install of DOSBox, I'm not quite sure if the issue is with the DOSBox install itself, or with the game. Either way, I currently seem to have no sound ...
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Increase mouse pointer speed in System Shock Portable

I'm running System Shock Portable v1.2 and when I increase the resolution to 1024x768 or higher the mouse pointer speed slows down incredibly making the game nearly unplayable (I have to move my mouse ...
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How to fix gamepad problem with DOSBox-ed One Must Fall 2097?

Recently I played an excellent, 1994 now-freeware fighting game, One Must Fall 2097. The game works wonderfully under DOSBox, with fully supported sound and gamepad control, which I personally prefer ...
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How can I change the default battle keys in Star Control II?

I got an original copy of Star Control II and I am playing it under DOSBox in my Windows 7. It all works beautifully. However, the game come with a file named "keys.exe" which does affect the keys in ...
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Saving on DOSBox

I'm running ZORK.BAT on DOSBox. The problem is that whenever I want to save the game, and it asks me: insert save disk then enter file name. (Default is C:SAVE\ZORK1.DAT): No matter what I wrote, ...
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Difficulty installing The 7th Guest on DOSBox

I am having difficulty running a game using DOSBox. The problem begins after I begin the installation. It runs through fine, until it asks which drive I would like to copy the files to. It only shows ...
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DosBox 0.74 - "Illegal Command" Error When Mounting

I am running DosBox 0.74 on Linux Mint 18 and have an issue with trying to run certain built-in commands. When using the dosbox-0.74.conf file to mount images, folder, etc., it works fine. However, I ...
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How to load game quickly in Star Trek 25th Annivrsary?

I'm replaying Star Trek: 25th Anniversary (the first adventure game I ever played). It runs fine in DosBox. One small problem: whenever I play to resume my game I have to run startrek.exe then wait / ...
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Can't run Captive emulation

There's a computer game called Captive, it was published in 1992 and I'm trying to run it on DosBox. Can see i being played here: I download the game, unzip it to a ...
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How to play Elder Scrolls Arena (DOS) with keyboard only?

I downloaded this game, "Elders Scrolls: Arena Deluxe Edition" and started it on DOSBox to emulate and play it. Although it's working fine, the problem is that I can attack with the mouse but wanted ...
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Sound works but no music?

I want to run Master of Magic with dosbox and i think i am missing something obvious regarding the sound/music settings. I do have in game sound but without any music. Strangely i have chosen the same ...
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Why I have a negative income in Powerhouse Windows 3.1 game?

Game: Powerhouse OS: Win 3.1 | dosbox Problem: after upgrading the oil rig to 6 pressure pumps, it outputs 414 fuel to the adjacent refinery with 4 hydroskinning units. It outputs -315 of processed ...
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Portable DOSBox machine

Is there a feasible way to make a portable DOSBox machine? I’d love to play some old Sierra games and such using a portable machine. Maybe with a controller with per-game keys and such.
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Mouse issues when using DOSBOX in fullscreen

Currently trying to play Syndicate using DOSBOX, but when in full screen mode, the mouse is unusable. It moves in erratic directions and even the slightest movement sends the cursor drifting off ...
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In old grid-based RPGs (like Wizardry), how do you draw a map when you don't know its size?

Many older RPGs expected the player to create a real-life map on a piece of graph paper to navigate mazes. The Wizardry series is probably the most prominent, but skill is needed for several Gold Box ...
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Quest for Glory 3 honey issues

I'm playing Quest for Glory 3 (fully patched) in Dosbox but I'm a bit stuck. I discovered the location with the bees but had no honey at that stage. I left and the bee map marker appeared on my map. I ...
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Dosbox gets muted when not focused

I'd like to hear the sound output while it is not focused. Is there an option for it?
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Ultimate Doom (Doom Classic) from Steam cannot start on windows 8

I just bought Doom Classic Complete on steam (I am running Windows 8): http://store.steampowered.com/sub/18397/ Below are the files for Ultimate Doom after the steam download: C:\Program Files (x86)...
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HUD in Commander Keen is blank while recording in OBS

Game is Commander Keen 1, Invasion of the Vorticons (1.31 1/23/90) Recording using OBS 26.0.2 (64-bit Windows), and DOSBox 0.74-2 (using output=opengl in dosbox.conf) While recording/streaming, ...
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No sound while running Chasm: The Rift on DOSBox

I recently retrieved my copy of Chasm: The Rift from my really old Windows 95 laptop, and I'm trying to run it on Windows XP via DOSBox. However, there is no sound, even though the game is supposed to ...
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DOSbox CDROM drive permissions issue

I am currently trying to play Capitalism from a CD, on DOSBox 0.74, on Windows 10. I mount the C: drive with: MOUNT C C:\DOSC Where DOSC is a Directory in my Windows 10 C: drive. I also mount my LG ...
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How do I switch modes on DOSBox?

So, Im trying to run this Spongebob game on DOSBox, Spongebob Squarepants Obstacle Odyssey to be exact. I try to run the .EXE file, and it give me the statement that DOSBox cannot run the program in ...
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Emulate green-screen monochrome monitor on DOSbox / D-Fend Reloaded

I'm using DOSbox to play really old games I had on my PC XT with a green monochrome monitor. D-Fend Reloaded is set to run these games on CGA mode, it has colors, is there a way to make it more ...
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Can we use custom shaders in DOSBox?

I would like to know if we can add custom shaders to DOSBox, just like how we add GLSL or Slang shaders to RetroArch?
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Performance of DOSBox on PS Vita

For owners (previous or current) of PSP that now have a Ps Vita: how is the performance of DOSBox compared to the performance on a PSP? I'm asking this because I already own a PSP and tons of games ...
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No sound in TES:Arena with DosBox [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: No sound in TES:Arena under DOSBox I recently downloaded TES Arena from TES website and I tried to play it with DOSBOX. Everything works fine exept sound. I have no sound at ...
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How do I play Are You Afraid of the Dark on Windows 7?

I'm trying to play an old PC game, Are You Afraid of the Dark, but am having trouble getting it to run. I tried Dfend but did not have any luck. I also tried DOSBox, but was not able to get it to work....
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How can I make 'Kulki' run on Windows 7?

I would like to make this game playable on Windows 7 (compatibility with older OS doesn't work). I'm pretty sure it should be possible using something like DosBox, but I don't know how to configure ...
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How can I launch a modern game with DOSBox

So I want to know if there is a way to launch a modern game or a modern game Setup (my case, StarCraft-ll), with DOSBox. I mean that if I mount a directory with starcraft-ll setup, can I launch it ...
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