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First post, by buckeye

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Wanting to play Sierra's Front Page Sports Football Pro 98 on my win10 system (see specs. on sig) but there are so
many choices regarding emulators: dosbox pure, dosbox-x, pcem etc. Will have to install win98se first of course
but since this game has no 3D won't have any 3dfx hoops to jump thru. Any suggestions please?

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Reply 1 of 3, by superfury

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UniPCemu can handle Pentium II with accurate CPU(without FPU/MMX though), 2D acceleration(ET4000/W32 with actual CRT emulation(no physical effects though, other than raster emulation for any video mode you can program (using x/y precalcs, think like a rails where a precompiled 'program' for horizontal or vertical coordinates that's executed each video cycle by combining the bits from both into a rendering signal (vblank, render pixel) executed in parallel))) and other 90's hardware. Although it's still slow to do more than 300KIPS CPU instructions/second on an i7(mainly due to high RAM translation throughput for instruction and memory fetching).

PCem has that as well, perhaps hardware accelerated, and at full speed or too fast, but is missing the accurate CRT like UniPCemu has afaik (the same with UniPCemu's other cycle-accurate hardware). Although it's 8088 might be more accurate if it's using Reenigne's latest 8088 reverse engineering on that (UniPCemu is close wrt to that, with a few instructions being slightly inaccurate still(only 8088MPH's initial cycle count and raster bar racing effects)).

Dosbox is just made for less accurate stuff, mostly employing hacks for edge cases (instead of being more accurate).

Author of the UniPCemu emulator.
UniPCemu Git repository
UniPCemu for Android, Windows, PSP, Vita and Switch on itch.io

Reply 2 of 3, by buckeye

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Tried dosbox-x and it works well after a few "hiccups" meaning me not knowing what the hell I'm doing.
After resigning to consolidating all needed files for the football game to image files it went without a hitch.

If anyone knows how I can get the "guest os" win98 to recognize a usb stick I'll be much obliged. Seems like
dosbox-x is only able to work with image files which isn't the most convenient.

Intel D865GL Pentium 4 2.4ghz. 512MB DDR 400 Geforce2 GTS 64MB SB Audigy 500W 98SE
Intel SE440BX P3 450 256MB 40GB Voodoo 3000 16MB SB 32pnp 350W 98SE
MSI x570 Gaming Pro Carbon Ryzen 3700x 32GB DDR4 Zotac RTX 3070 8GB WD Black 1TB 850W

Reply 3 of 3, by Norton Commander

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From what I remember (it's been a while) Windows 98 didn't have good USB support unless you had a driver for the USB drive itself - this was one of the things they added in Windows ME.