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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