DOSBox or Windows 98 in VMware for MS-DOS games?

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DOSBox or Windows 98 in VMware for MS-DOS games?

Postby Sandi1987 » 2017-2-09 @ 07:32

Should i use DOSBox or Windows 98 in VM?
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Re: DOSBox or Windows 98 in VMware for MS-DOS games?

Postby Zup » 2017-2-09 @ 08:25

Dosbox. VMs usually don't emulate soundcards very well .
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Re: DOSBox or Windows 98 in VMware for MS-DOS games?

Postby kenrouholo » 2017-2-16 @ 18:48

VMWare also has no video drivers for 9x, so you're looking at 2d only. Not a big deal for most DOS games but you'll have very little luck playing any Win98 games. You can find videos about people supposedly installing some driver with VMWare or Virtualbox, but ignore them, I've tried it and it's just a bunch of crap.

So yeah, Dosbox between the two
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Re: DOSBox or Windows 98 in VMware for MS-DOS games?

Postby notsofossil » 2017-2-17 @ 04:58

Just get a nice Pentium M laptop if space is really an issue. Emulators and virtualization are a poor replacement for real hardware.
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Re: DOSBox or Windows 98 in VMware for MS-DOS games?

Postby leileilol » 2017-2-17 @ 08:02

Bad idea, those are terrible with AC'97 implementations at best (if you're lucky) and the sound card is the ultimatum for general dos gaming compatibility.
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Re: DOSBox or Windows 98 in VMware for MS-DOS games?

Postby Rekrul » 2017-7-26 @ 20:27

kenrouholo wrote:VMWare also has no video drivers for 9x, so you're looking at 2d only. Not a big deal for most DOS games but you'll have very little luck playing any Win98 games. You can find videos about people supposedly installing some driver with VMWare or Virtualbox, but ignore them, I've tried it and it's just a bunch of crap.

I find it strange that one of the most obvious for a VM, running Win98 software, is the one with the least support.

"Run Windows 7, 8 and 10!"

" I can already do that on real machines. I want to run Windows 98, which is no longer practical on current systems."

"Sorry, we don't support that."

Yeah, that makes perfect sense. Just write a damn video driver for it. It can't be that hard for them,
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Re: DOSBox or Windows 98 in VMware for MS-DOS games?

Postby Jo22 » 2017-7-28 @ 14:54

VMWare is mainly for corporate stuff. Win 9x, on ther other hand, is a consumer's product.
I assume that's why there's little interest in supporting it specifically.
Basic compatibility incl. 2D graphics is provided, after all.
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