First post, by almeath
I am seeking some help and/or suggestions to assist with playing multiple-CD games under Win9x in DOSBox.
Before I begin, can I just say, I fully realize DOSBox is not intended for Win9x era games. I am not asking here because I am demanding or expecting there to be a solution. For my own curiosity and other esoteric reasons, I am attempting to get as many Win9x games in my library working under DOSBox SVN as is technically feasible. I find it an interesting challenge, and it has been going very well so far. The biggest technical hurdle is the limitation relating to use of CD/DVD images, as DOSBox's built-in disc mounting and swapping functionality does not work in the Win9x environment. I realize DOSBox-X now supports this, but my preference is to try to find a solution compatible with DOSBox SVN.
For single disc games, it is sufficient to mount the image using Virtual Clone Drive. As part of this, I have converted a bunch of my multi-CD games to single images to avoid the necessity to swap images at all. Other games seemingly do not mind multiple virtual CD drives with a separate disc in each drive (but that is rare).
Some games (i.e. Phantasmagoria 2, Rama) will just not cooperate. They are seemingly impossible to turn into functioning single-images, and their in-game interfaces do not allow access back to the Windows desktop to allow me to switch discs from there. It also seems that there is no key command to swap images with Virtual Clone Drive, at least nothing that works in-game.
Are there other Win95-98 compatible image handling apps that might work better for this purpose?
As an aside, if anyone knows how Phantasmagoria 2 and Rama can be converted into single images, please let me know how you did it. I followed all the standard rules for making Sierra SCI games run off secondary drives or single images, but none of those methods seem to work for these ones.
Any suggestions for solutions or work-arounds would be appreciated.
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