I'd recommend checking this forum for the latest VDMSound 1.2.0 (beta) and use it instead 2.0.4, because it has a kindlier installer for newbies. I would forget abandon loader if necessary. I don't think you really need it and I prefer to run a program/game by myself.
DosBox doesn't have nothing in common with the abandonware loader. DosBox is a complete (almost) DOS Emulator, which runs quite well imho (the programmers are doing a great job), while abandonware loader is just that, a loader (a program that is launched before others, taking up resources, and probably messing everything up).
VDMSound 2.1.0, you meant.
Anyhow, to put into MAME-fan terms:
Abandon Loader is a frontend, not an emulator.
DOSBox is like MAME, not MAME32. No GUI comes with it but it is a full-fledged emulator. But it requires you to know DOS commands and be familiar with a command-line interface (although you can always try Dosboxfro or something).
Apparently DOSBox supports Test Drive 3:
http://dosbox.sourceforge.net/comp_list.php?s … ID=270&letter=T
VDMSound is like the sound emulation part of MAME (in some cases, it IS the sound emulation part of MAME), ripped out and made its own "sound emulator". Like R. Belmont's M1, in a way, except it actually lets you play the game through Windows (er, sometimes). EXCEPT it works in combination with Windows 2000/XP's OWN internal "DOS" - the Command Prompt.
To FULLY emulate the game, use DOSBox (or BOCHS, or DODGE, or MESS, or Virtual PC, etc. etc.)
To PARTIALLY emulate the game, use VMWare.
To NOT emulate the game (running it natively) but emulate the sound part of the game while you're at it, use VDMSound or SoundFX 2000.
To NOT emulate the game but run the game natively, create a DOS FAT32 partition on your hard drive and dual-boot Windows and DOS. You could also try a bootdisk.
Different solutions might get different games running better or faster or slower or worse. The only solutions that VOGONS will fully support are VDMSound and DOSBox, but we have other forums where you can post for help with the other solutions.
Do you understand now?
P.S. You're a girly-man if you need a frontend. 😀 AFAIK, no serious posters here use AbandonLoader. Of course, this is all IMHO.