First post, by MiniMax
For Windows users (see below for other platforms)
- Create a folder for your game, e.g. in your Documents folder - usually C:\Users\your-user-name\Documents\DOSBox stuff\MyGame" (if you are still on Windows XP, the folder will be something like "C:\Documents and Settings\your-user-name\My Documents\DOSBox stuff\MyGame").
- Insert the CD with the game in your CD/DVD drive.
- Start DOSBox.
- In DOSBox, tell DOSBox which of your real folders and real drives to use as the emulated DOS drives C: and D:
Z:\>mount C "C:\Users\your-user-name\Documents\DOSBox stuff\MyGame"
Drive C is mounted as local directory C:\Users\your-user-name\Documents\DOSBox stuff\MyGame
Z:\>mount D "D:\" -t cdrom
Drive D is mounted as CDRom D:\
(assuming that D:\ is your real CD/DVD drive. )
Note 0: Please remember to use the double-quotes (") around the path names. They are important if the path contains spaces.
Note 1: It is highly recommended that you always use C and D for the emulated drives. It doesn't matter what your real drives are.
If your "DOSBox stuff\MyGame" folder is located on say your real F-drive, then do a mount C "F:\DOSBox stuff\MyGame"
If your real CD-ROM drive is E:, then do a mount D "E:\" -t cdrom
Note 2: Unless you are prepared to re-install and re-configure the game, DO NOT CHANGE the way you mount the C and D drives for this particular game.
Note 3: The first time you assign (mount) a CD/DVD (or a diskette for that matter), DOSBox will scan the media and remember which files that are on the CD. This means, that whenever you swap CD's, you need to press CTRL-F4 to force DOSBox to re-scan the media and re-build its view of what is on the CD.
- Switch to the D: drive and install the game (to C:)
Have a look at the files with the dir command, and see if you can spot an install or and a setup program or whatever the command to start the installation is called. Check your Manual/Installation Guide for MyGame for the exact command to use.
- Configure sound, configure graphics, ...
A safe bet with configuring sound, is to select General MIDI or SoundBlaster. Don't try stuff like Gravis Ultrasound (GUS) or Adlib. If you are asked about details like IO/IRQ/DMA/High DMA addresses when configuring the game to use SoundBlaster for sound, use IO = 220, IRQ = 7, DMA = 1 (and sometimes High DMA = 5).
- Start the game.
Again, the installation program and/or the manual will tell you how to to do this. Typically, you will need to locate a file called MyGame.Exe, MyGame.Bat or something similar. Check your Manual/Installation Guide for MyGame for the exact command to use.
If you don't have a clue how to start the game, you can try to locate the file yourself. If you are not already seeing the C:\> prompt in DOSBox, switch from the emulated D-drive to the emulated C-drive with:
Then have a look at the files with the dir command:
Use the cd name-of-folder command to move into a folder (also known as a <DIR>ectory), and cd .. to move out again. In each folder, do a dir /w until you see the MyGame.Exe / MyGame.Bat file. Now start it with:
If you have more than 60 seconds to spare, go to Start => Programs => DOSBox-0.73 > Edit Configuration. That should start Notepad on the (semi-hidden) configuration file.
On Windows Vista the file will be something like C:\Users\your-user-name\AppData\Local\DOSBox\dosbox-0.73.conf.
On Windows XP, it will be %UserProfile%\Local Settings\Application Data\DOSBox\dosbox-0.73.conf.
Add the mount commands to the section named autoexec (at the bottom of the file):
mount C "C:\Users\your-user-name\Documents\DOSBox stuff\MyGame"
mount D "D:\" -t cdrom
That way, the mount commands will automagically be executed by DOSBox everytime you start DOSBox.
OBS: If you have a lot of games, a single configuration file will often not be enough.
You have 2 solutions:
- Copy the dosbox-0.73.conf file to somewhere in your Documents folder and name it according to which game or configuration you want, e.g. MyGame-0.73.conf.
Next, edit your DOSBox shortcut (or make a new one, call it Run MyGame) and change the target into something like
%ProgramFiles%\DOSBox-0.73\dosbox.exe -conf "C:\path\to\your\MyGame-0.73.conf"
- Install one of the DOSBox frontends that makes it a breeze to edit and create game-specific configurations.
For more information on DOSBox and how to use it, please visit some of these pages:
- The DOSBox ReadMe file.
Essential reading and your first source of information on how to start DOSBox, how to mount drives, change keyboard layout, etc, etc.
- The DOSBox Wiki. A good supplement to the ReadMe file.
- All the other DOSBox guides here at VOGONS.
- ErikGG's DOSBox FAQ.