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DosBox Distro - A LiveUSB made simple

Postby BinaryDemon » 2018-2-02 @ 05:32

Hi,

A few weeks ago, I had an idea that creating a linux distro which booted straight to DOSBox would be a great way your dos game collection portable. After a bunch of digging, it turns out my idea wasn't unique. Other have done similar things but many of the methods used where complicated or slow. I decided to solve as many of the issues I could and see if I couldn't simply it since most people are linux command line wizards. Well after a few weeks of experimenting, I'd like to put it out there as a Beta and collect some feedback. I quickly threw together a Google Sites page detailing how to make your own DosBox LiveUSB here: https://sites.google.com/site/dosboxdistro/

Updated to fix the PATH and ScreenSize issue - (BETA4) https://drive.google.com/uc?authuser=0& ... t=download

This is the process.
1) Get yourself a USB stick that you don't mind formating (get your data off it). The ISO is only like 25mb, so lets say any usb stick 64mb or larger should be fine.
2) Download Rufus, it's a USB ISO burning Utility: https://rufus.akeo.ie/downloads/rufus-2.18.exe
3) Download DOSBOS_DISTRO_BETA4.iso https://drive.google.com/uc?authuser=0&id=1ItjSms5Q5m6dMFLVGWZzG9lvF3Qac-h0&export=download
4) Use Rufus to 'burn' the ISO to your USB stick. Becareful which drive you are selecting.
Example Picture:
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Note the important items - FAT32 filesystem, LABEL must be DOSBOX_BOOT (Linux is using the label to determine drive/path), Burn as ISO, and double check what ISO your burning.
5) Load your games onto USB stick. Your games go in: FLASHDRIVE_LETTER:\tce\dosgames (I would have loved to make this directory in the root directory, I still hope to fix this)
6) Reboot or take usb stick to another computer. (Either press key at startup to select boot device or enter bios and configure Boot from USB)
7) If everything went well, your now at a dos prompt!

Let me know what issues you encounter. I'm curious if audio works for everyone. What do you think of performance? Let me know if it didnt work at all. Thanks!
Last edited by BinaryDemon on 2018-2-04 @ 03:01, edited 3 times in total.
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a lightweight Linux distro (tinycore) which boots off a usb flash drive and goes straight to DOSBox.

Make your dos retrogaming experience portable!
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Re: DosBox Distro - A LiveUSB made simple

Postby Cyberdyne » 2018-2-02 @ 06:58

God how i like when custom linux distros or Rasperry PI custom distros are uploaded full image. Not just a novel of text how to configure a linux "that" way.
Or maybe even use some kind of compiler :angry:

I know that you have to learn, but everything in Linux world is allmost free, so what is stopping you to just upload your HDD/SD image.

So i thank you for that!

PS. A PCem linux distro would be allmost like a retro computer, so you even can mess with dos configurations :cool:
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Re: DosBox Distro - A LiveUSB made simple

Postby Zup » 2018-2-02 @ 07:26

Cyberdyne wrote:God how i like when custom linux distros or Rasperry PI custom distros are uploaded full image. Not just a novel of text how to configure a linux "that" way.
Or maybe even use some kind of compiler :angry:

I know that you have to learn, but everything in Linux world is allmost free, so what is stopping you to just upload your HDD/SD image.

So i thank you for that!

PS. A PCem linux distro would be allmost like a retro computer, so you even can mess with dos configurations :cool:


It's "almost" a preconfigured full image.

Rufus is a very useful tool to format and/or check pendrives or flash cards, but it also can get (most) linux ISO images and convert it to bootable USBs (it even can convert some Microsoft Windows ISOs). There are other tools like unetbootin or yumi that can do the same thing. Just remember: Bootable ISO image + Rufus = Bootable USB.

In fact you could forget about Rufus, burn the ISO image and boot it from your CD. Doing it from a pendrive has two advantages: you can put your DOS apps on the pendrive and a pendrive will take more abuse than a CD.
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Re: DosBox Distro - A LiveUSB made simple

Postby Cyberdyne » 2018-2-02 @ 07:51

I know how to use rufus, and orher same kind of tools to convert isos to SD cards, make bootable SD and USB stuff. No poroblemo.

But messing with linux configuration, if someone has done the work, share the image, not start your instruction with some kind of a script that enables linux to automatically go somewhere without asking you to log in :dead: And before that you have to compile something custom, and then you have to download 832 different packages and toolkits, and then some more scripts, and then maybe you have something. And maybe you made one mistake along the way, and now it does not work. :blah:
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Re: DosBox Distro - A LiveUSB made simple

Postby BinaryDemon » 2018-2-02 @ 11:23

My only thoughts on posting a direct image is whatever size drive I use, that’s the size the user would be stuck with unless they are comfortable with gparted or another partioning utility. Am I wrong?
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Re: DosBox Distro - A LiveUSB made simple

Postby Cyberdyne » 2018-2-02 @ 12:43

Image and partition resizing is so easy, if you compare it with linux "messing around".
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Re: DosBox Distro - A LiveUSB made simple

Postby BinaryDemon » 2018-2-03 @ 20:22

Updated to fix the PATH and Screensize issues. (Beta4)
Check out DOSBox Distro:

https://sites.google.com/site/dosboxdistro/ [*]

a lightweight Linux distro (tinycore) which boots off a usb flash drive and goes straight to DOSBox.

Make your dos retrogaming experience portable!
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Re: DosBox Distro - A LiveUSB made simple

Postby XD3l » 2018-11-13 @ 06:41

Hello, I signed up on this forum to discuss this.

I just downloaded your mini distro tonight and tried it on two different computers.

1 was a Zotac mini all in one PC with a 1.6Ghz Intel Duo CPU and built in Intel graphics. With it, I do not get sound through HDMI or the Audio jacks on the computer, and Fallout plays slower than it does on the same computer booted into Mint and running DosBOX.

2 was a Dell Low Profile system running a Quad Core Intel running at 2.66Ghz and using a Geforce Gt610, though it seems to run Fallout even sllloowweerrr, and I also get no audio through HDMI or through the on board audio.

Other than that, I've got my eye on this and am very eager to watch it develop over time!
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Re: DosBox Distro - A LiveUSB made simple

Postby BinaryDemon » 2018-12-07 @ 11:47

Sorry I didnt see this comment earlier. Thanks for your interest. Tinycore has some issues anytime hdmi audio is thrown into the mix. The speed issue is probably DosBox's default speed of 3000 cycles. Cant remember if I had the setspeed command finished for minimal version, maybe try something like: config +set "cpu cycles=38000".

38000 is my new default, its basically about the fastest a first gen atom cpu can handle. I don't expect people will be installing this on something slower than that. Hope to have a new beta out soon.
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Make your dos retrogaming experience portable!
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