Yes, I do give up quickly, because I do not have a ton of time to spare unfortunately and DOS configuration always pissed me off. The reason I wanted real DOS was to listen to how different some games sound with the Vortex's SBPRO emulation, which in itself is kinda maschochistic
But to answer to your questions:
-El_Pusher, unfortunately this board does not provide enough options (I guess because it's an Albatron) so no option for RAM shadowing.
-Jwt27, I do need EMS. Quite a few games outright demand it. Frontier Elite II is one of those. It's also the game in particular I wanted to listen to how it sounds like when using that shitty SBPRO emulation from the Vortex cards. I used to play it like that a year or so ago and it sounded quite nice actually, so I wanted to listen to it again
UMBPCI works indeed and I can go to Windows GUI and all, also gives me quite a bit of RAM. I think, without the MSCDEX and CDROM drivers loaded I had about 593, which is enough. I tried loading EMM386 after UMBPCI but the system wouldn't boot into the GUI, always complaining about some file not working due to RAM issues. I tried a plethora of /I switches (I used UMBCHK to determine which addresses I should try) and one of them supposedly made it work, but games would hang before even getting to actual gameplay.
-Bestemor, nope, gave up before even looking for it
I'm dual booting anyway, Win98 and WinXP, I'm pretty sure all of the DOS games work just fine under DOSBox, except for those ones that have support for some really high resolutions like System Shock (when using a fan patch) and MechWarrior II. I also play pretty much all of my Windows games on Windows XP. Windows 98 is there mostly for those pesky ones that just won't work and to remind me that this is supposed to be a retro rig xD