starik wrote:am i blind, or is there no way in the debugger to search mem for a string or sequence of bytes?
You have to think outside the 'BOX...
Use the Dosbox Debug command: MEMDUMPBIN to dump a range of memory to a file named MEMDUMP.BIN Then use your favorite Hex editor to do all the string or byte searches to your heart's content on that file. Presto - you have your in-memory search capability.
Best of luck,