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September 3rd, 2012, 08:27 AM
Hello all,
I just found my install disks (all 4 of the original 3.5 inch floppys!) for Civilization 1. This was my favorite game 20 years ago! I'd love to be able to get it to run. I'm running 12.04 Precise 64bit. Would it be possible? Would I have to install Wine? I've absolutely no knowledge of Wine or how to go about this.
As an aside, is there a similar game that's made for Linux/Ubuntu? I'd really love to get it working and any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks....


Lars Noodén
September 3rd, 2012, 09:41 AM
You could try running FreeDOS (http://www.freedos.org/) inside a virtual machine and then installing to that. Or maybe Civ will run under Wine. Wine would probably be least work.

There is also Freeciv (http://freeciv.wikia.com/wiki/Main_Page), but I guess that is closer to Civ 2.

September 3rd, 2012, 09:59 AM
Yeah, no luck so far with Wine, Playonlinux, and winetricks. I'll try the freedos. Can't hurt. It was a wonderful time wasting game. Hopefully I can get it going...
What do I need to get freedos running?

Thanks for the help...


Lars Noodén
September 3rd, 2012, 10:06 AM
You need the FreeDOS CD image. You'll find that on the link above. Then you can install to a virtual machine. Virtualbox is probably your best bet. If you use that, then you make a VM and use the FreeDOS image as the first boot CD. It will ask you the first time you start up the VM.

Or you could make your machine able to boot FreeDOS along side Ubuntu. See post #8 below:

September 3rd, 2012, 01:58 PM
Instead of FreeDos, which would require a virtual machine, you could just get DOSBox: http://www.dosbox.com/ which would emulate DOS. It's used by a lot of people to play old games, even companies like id Software and GOG.com use it to let people play old games they are selling on modern systems.

I believe you can install it through the Ubuntu Software Center.

Lars Noodén
September 3rd, 2012, 02:36 PM
DosBox might be the way to go. It looks quite interesting. One advantage that Virtualbox might have over it would be snapshots. Those would allow an easy way to save, restore or rewind games in progress.

September 4th, 2012, 04:52 AM

I spoke to soon! What I have is the hard drive out of an old laptop that I had Civilization installed on. Turns out it is not the install disks. I misspoke. That said, I tried anyway to get it to run from the drive itself but no love. Oh well. It was a classic Sid Meiers game!
I tried with Wine, and several other options but to no avail. Thanks all for the help. Anyone have a copy of the old game (version 1) I'd love a copy. (if thats legal!).

Thanks anyway...