Wizardry 7 - original floppies - won't run on DOSBox 0.74

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Wizardry 7 - original floppies - won't run on DOSBox 0.74

Postby skip_wiley » 2017-8-29 @ 01:41

So - full disclosure - I'm very new to DOSBox. I recently unearthed my original twin floppy disks of Wizardry 7 CotDS and thought it'd be great to play again. I haven't touched it in nearly 20 years. I downloaded DOSBox 0.74 as it seems to be the most highly-recommended DOS vm out there for old games. I've created a local folder and mounted it as "C" within DOSBox. Then I mounted my USB floppy drive as "A." I ran the install using the default settings suggested by SirTech and both floppy disks. It told me the game was successfully installed and, sure enough, I now have a "DSAVANT" folder full of game files in my mounted drive. However, when I attempt to run the game, all I get is a "Reboot requested, quitting now." message followed by a termination of DOSbox. I've ensured that I have full NTFS permissions to the mounted folder. But I don't know what else to check. All the forums that mention this error don't seem to have a resolution besides some clown downloading a pirated warez version or buying it on GoG. I want nothing to do with the so-called abandonware and I have no intention of paying for something I already own (I actually own it twice since I also have Wizardry Gold). I'd just really like to make this original version work. Can anyone suggest a work-around for this reboot requested business? Many thanks!
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Re: Wizardry 7 - original floppies - won't run on DOSBox 0.74

Postby skip_wiley » 2017-8-29 @ 02:32

Wow. OK. I guess I solved the issue. There was some pentium patch that I needed to apply from 2 decades ago. Good deal.
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Re: Wizardry 7 - original floppies - won't run on DOSBox 0.74

Postby ripsaw8080 » 2017-8-29 @ 04:43

In most cases, games with a "Pentium patch" use prefetch tricks; and a setting of cputype=386_prefetch can help with running the unpatched version.
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Re: Wizardry 7 - original floppies - won't run on DOSBox 0.74

Postby skip_wiley » 2017-8-29 @ 21:28

Great. Is that something you do in the long options/config file?
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Re: Wizardry 7 - original floppies - won't run on DOSBox 0.74

Postby olddos25 » 2017-9-04 @ 14:39

Yup.
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Re: Wizardry 7 - original floppies - won't run on DOSBox 0.74

Postby Akuma » 2019-7-25 @ 18:54

skip_wiley wrote:Wow. OK. I guess I solved the issue. There was some pentium patch that I needed to apply from 2 decades ago. Good deal.


The original executable is encrypted and causes reboots with pentium+ machines.
There is no need for anyone to install this if you use the cputype setting from below.

ripsaw8080 wrote:In most cases, games with a "Pentium patch" use prefetch tricks; and a setting of cputype=386_prefetch can help with running the unpatched version.
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