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VDMSound - Portable?

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First post, by danielc

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Apart from the general installation of files, what changes to the system are made when installing VDMSound?

Is it just a bunch of regsvr32'd DLL's or is there something more involved...?

I can't seem to find a setup log is all. I want to make a version of VDMSound specific to one game that only "installs" or loads via a batch file, then it will unload or "uninstall" when the game quits (I know how to do that via batch files easy enough).

My point/reason? To have a portable version of resource-demanding DOS games on my USB stick (ones that DOSBox can't play fast enough, but work very well in VDMSound), so I can play them at work 😀 and yeah I know administrator rights would still be required, that's fine.

If nobody can really help, I suppose I can do a ProcessMonitor on the install and find out myself with some few hours work. If I do do that, I will post the results here if anyone is interested.

Thanks in advance.

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CosmicDan

Reply 1 of 6, by DosFreak

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Install it with the free Altiris SVS, that will give you a full log of exactly what is modified on your system and the ability to make it portable.

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Reply 2 of 6, by danielc

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Well I use ThinApp to capture the troublesome/complicated software to bundle it into a portable software, but I prefer to use a manual launcher via scripting if I can. Never heard of Altiris SVS, but it sounds like a similar thing to InstallRite or Process Monitor (the former checks system state before/after a setup.exe, the later watches all EXE action in realtime) so i'm sure i'll figure it out as VDMSound isn't exactly a complicated or massive software (installation-wise).

Thanks for that, i'll be sure to post my results or any more questions if I have them. Cheers.

Regards,
CosmicDan

Reply 3 of 6, by DosFreak

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From what I remember VDMSound didn't do affect much. Besides the Start Menu and Add/Remove programs it just added an item to the context menu and a .dll it registers for the launchpad. (If your using the GUI). Oh and possible a variable for the VDMSound path.

and of course the files it installs in Program Files.

Been roughly about 3-4 years since I last played around with it but I think that's about right.

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Reply 4 of 6, by danielc

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Ah that makes sense!
yeah, the DOSSOUND.EXE or whatever the bugger it is, is called from Launchpad shell extension via environment variable from what I remember.

I thought there might of been another DLL or driver, but it makes ense that there isn't because it installed 100% fine on my x64 machine.

Well i'll be trying it later on today, so i'll let you guys know how it goes 😀

Regards,
CosmicDan