First post, by SKARDAVNELNATE
The major obstacle I faced was finding a VESA driver that worked in DOSBox and that the installer would recognize so I could coax it into running.
Thanks to swaaye and his topic I had a few to try out. UNIVBE 6.7 was not recognized by Ripper. Unfortunate since this would have been simple to use. SciTech Display Doctor 6.53-d gave me various bizarre results. The installer would run however I couldn't see it. At one point I had just the top 1/4 of the screen. At another I could see the left side, and the interface is at the far right. Then I tried SciTech Display Doctor 5.3a-d. Finally I could see the complete display and proceed with installing the game. I wound up doing this in 4 stages.
1. Setting up SciTech Display Doctor 5.3a-d.
I set up a folder C:\DOS\VESA and extracted the zip file there, then used DOSBox to run the installer. Next I ran UNICENTR to configure it and UNIVBE to launch the driver for Ripper. Once I knew it was going to work I went through the hassle of registering with the codes given in the archive. It's a lowercase 5.x and 5 0s. I moved this folder into the one where I would eventually install Ripper. This is also where I had images of the 6 disks.
2. Running the installer for Ripper.
I typed the commands into DOSBox.conf so if I screwed up I wouldn't have to retype everything.
MOUNT C C:\DOS\GAMES\RIPPER -t dir -freesize 400
IMGMOUNT D C:\DOS\GAMES\RIPPER\Ripper-1.iso -t iso
This loaded the driver and got the installer running. After that I just clicked on continue twice, waited, looked over the sound setting, clicked save, changed the video setting, and saved again.
3. Setting up shortcuts to run Ripper.
I still have to load the driver each time I launch Ripper or the setup program. So I made text documents. RIPPER.BAT.txt and SETUP.BAT.txt
I removed the .txt extension and placed these batch files in C:\DOS\GAMES\RIPPER
4. Patching Ripper.
I found the 1.03 and 1.05 patches at JAVE. All I had to do was extract them to C:\DOS\GAMES\RIPPER\RIPPER and allow them to overwrite the files there. 1.03 has 8 files. 1.05 has 3 files.