New MS-DOS Games Launcher / Menu System App

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Re: New MS-DOS Games Launcher / Menu System App

Postby McKie1 » 2018-3-12 @ 09:41

1000% better than powermenu I used back in the day.

Will definitely be loading this soon.

Thank you.
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Re: New MS-DOS Games Launcher / Menu System App

Postby jarreboum » 2018-3-12 @ 13:16

I really like it, especially having a separate setup option with its own script. [edit] I missed the series option. Great stuff! [/edit]

Also I'm sad at the 286 requirement. Does it use 286-specific code or could it be executed with a NEC V20? Any chance not to have that requirement at all in the future?
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Re: New MS-DOS Games Launcher / Menu System App

Postby Azarien » 2018-3-12 @ 16:32

AFAIK V20 supports 186 instruction set, and 286 is 186 + protected mode, so I think it should work as long as the program doesn't use pmode.
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Re: New MS-DOS Games Launcher / Menu System App

Postby MobyGamer » 2018-3-12 @ 21:36

It shouldn't require a 286 -- you can control whether 286 (or 386, or 8087) code is generated in the "Make EXE" dialog. jasondavidcarr, any reason why you wrote your launcher requires a 286?
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Re: New MS-DOS Games Launcher / Menu System App

Postby mothergoose729 » 2018-4-17 @ 02:49

Holy moley, are you the Jason from launchbox :D.

I was seriously thinking about making an app just like this for my dos machine (once it is built... lol). The only thing I was going to add to it was a section for notes. Sometimes it takes a few steps to get your machine ssetup to run a game, beyond what you can do in a batch file (like disabling cache in your bios).

Anyway, neat app. Can't wait to try it!
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Re: New MS-DOS Games Launcher / Menu System App

Postby cyclone3d » 2018-4-17 @ 03:20

I'm definitely going to try this out once I get my 486 build up and running. Still waiting on a functional CF to IDE adapter from China to arrive. :dead:
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Re: New MS-DOS Games Launcher / Menu System App

Postby thierry » 2018-9-15 @ 15:34

Wow , this tool its great ! , i think im test it in my PC XT DOS 3.30 , IBM 5150 DOS 3.2 , PC clon 386 dx 40mhz 8mb ram + DOS 6.22 , thanks !!
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Re: New MS-DOS Games Launcher / Menu System App

Postby Thallanor » 2018-9-15 @ 17:04

This looks pretty fantastic! I used to use an MS-DOS menu back in the day, but have long since forgotten what it was called and have only found stinkers. This one looks great! Thank you.
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Re: New MS-DOS Games Launcher / Menu System App

Postby khan_games » 2018-10-03 @ 03:25

Very excited to get this set up and use! Thank you so much! As someone previously mentioned, a notes section would be great so that I can remind myself which games to disable CPU cache on, but man, this is going to make things so much easier!
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Re: New MS-DOS Games Launcher / Menu System App

Postby chinny22 » 2018-10-06 @ 00:33

Looks pretty good.
Ive been wanting another menu system for my other 486 and Dosshell didn't really do it for me.
I used "Osmenu" on my original PC all those years ago you can see and download it here
viewtopic.php?f=25&t=42212#p413674

While its OK and fits that PC it has its limits and wanted something better yet simple.


leileilol wrote:- Games that have separate binaries for multiple episodes could be handled by a submenu maybe


I've created batch files for such games that the menu calls up instead, although inbuilt support would be nice as well
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Re: New MS-DOS Games Launcher / Menu System App

Postby Roger Wilco » 2018-10-26 @ 14:51

leileilol wrote:Trying this a bit:

- Would be nice to change colors, maybe perhaps via pushing some registers for VGA+ devices
- Games that have separate binaries for multiple episodes could be handled by a submenu maybe


I have been searching a menu capable of doing that for quite a long time...and ended up with this. Quite happy :blush:
Attached is G-Menu, from 1992 and a screenshot.
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Re: New MS-DOS Games Launcher / Menu System App

Postby MobyGamer » 2018-10-26 @ 20:23

I've been working on a menu/launcher system for a while; it works fundamentally differently than these, but also requires no setup, stores everything compressed to save disk space on old machines, and supports tens of thousands of games. If anyone would like to help test the alpha of this, send me a PM. I'll create a separate thread for it when I feel it is ready for prime time.
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