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    Question Old DOS Games

    Is it possible to run my old DOS games ("gamename.exe") in Linux? I have Ubuntu 8.04. Any advice how to do it would be appreciated. Thanks

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    Re: Old DOS Games

    Try wine

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    Re: Old DOS Games

    It sure is! Look into DOSBOX. I actually used it to install and run Windows 3.1 Talk about a blast from the past!

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    Re: Old DOS Games

    Try dosbox (sudo apt-get install dosbox)

    Then run dosbox path/to/game/directory.
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    Re: Old DOS Games

    Quote Originally Posted by madmaxou View Post
    Try wine
    Won't work. Wine is designed for software that runs on the Windows NT kernel, not DOS.

    As mentioned above, DOSBox is where it's at.

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    Re: Old DOS Games

    Thanks DOSBOX works great! ...once you figure out how to use the mount command. Many Thanks!

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    Re: Old DOS Games

    I cant seem to get this thing to mount my drive.. my directory is in /home/slash/dosgames but the mount command dosent work.

    I'm trying this in DOSBOX

    mount c /home/slash/dosbox
    or
    mount c /home/dosbox

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    Re: Old DOS Games

    Easier to just to do it like this, (I'm running this from my home directory and the file is at ~/License to Kill/BONDE.EXE

    Code:
    dosbox License\to\Kill/BONDE.EXE
    Auto mounts the directory and runs the game.
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    Re: Old DOS Games

    Hi,

    Wooooo hoooooo! I just saw Descent on the list of games supported! I have so many memories of playing descent 1 and 2 modem to modem as well as with my Kali license. Any other Descent players here?

    Andrew
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    Re: Old DOS Games

    Hi.
    Here is a guide to setting up DosBox in Linux:

    Automount drive in DosBox

    Open a terminal, and it should take you to your home directory. If not, type cd /home/yourname/

    Create directory to store your DOS programs in. I called mine dosgames, so I typed mkdir dosgames The full pathname to this file is home/yourname/dosgames

    Open dosbox by typing dosbox

    You are now in the dosbox shell. Note that it automatically puts you at the Z:\ drive We want to change that. Try typing in the dos command C: Note that it says the drive doesn’t exist. We could mount the C drive everytime we open dosbox by typing mount c /home/yourname/dosgames everytime, but why do that when dosbox can create a configuration file to take care of that for you! But first we need to create the file.

    At the dosbox Z:\ prompt, type in config -writeconf /home/yourname/dosbox.conf You now have the configuration file.

    Type exit. This puts you back in your terminal session

    Type sudo gedit dosbox.conf This will open the dosbox configuration file.

    Scroll down the dosbox.conf file to this section

    [autoexec]
    # Lines in this section will be run at startup.Type the following in on a new line:

    mount c /home/yourname/dosgames

    This will automatically mount the C: drive to your dosgames directory.

    If you want dosbox to automatically start on the C: drive, enter C: on a new line after your mount line.

    Save and quit gedit.

    Now at the terminal prompt, type in dosbox It should auto mount the C: drive.
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