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Re: What is your unconscious motive for retro hardware ?

in Milliways
Partly nostalgia, remembering all the fun with a particular system. Partly simplicity, it is often easier to maintain an antique system for some old games/software than jump through the hoops to run those on new systems. Kept an IBM Aptiva for years til, like many of us, it got old and cranky ( …

Re: What game series did you stop getting and why?

in Milliways
Virtually any I've ever played. My experience is that it is quite rare for subsequent releases to live up to the predecessors and eventually (like seasons of TV shows or sequels to movies) it is marketing/merchandising rather than creativity driving the process. A good example is Morrowind/Oblivion/ …

Re: D-Fend Reloaded (DOSBox frontend)

in DOSBox General
Thanks. The [Extra] section is where I found the "gibberish". But in the conf I did find: SET PATH=Z:\ keyb US 437 mount C "C:\DOSGames\D-FEND~1\VIRTUA~1\" mount D "C:\DOSGames\SWOTL\" echo. D: cd\ Z:\config.com -securemode > nul call SW.BAT I want to run a TSR with the game, its cfg file needs the …

Re: D-Fend Reloaded (DOSBox frontend)

in DOSBox General
Where in DFend's conf/prof files will I find the mount information for a particular game? Closest I find is, for example: 0=.\VirtualHD\;Drive;C;false; 2=C:\DOSGames\SWOTL\;Drive;D;false; Environment=PATH[61]Z:\[13][10] which is gibberish to me.

Re: Crimson Skies and dgVoodoo

Apparently I can have either a functional interface but inconsistent frame rates or I can have good frame rates with corrupt text and the need to minimize/maximize after every screen change. Neither acceptable, will soon abandon this as not worth the effort.

Re: "...not a valid win32 application"

in DOS
Are we really asking someone why they are running a 32bit version of Windows on this forum? Really? Um, yes? Running a 32-Bit vintage system like Windows 98SE is one thing, but running a 32-Bit edition of a modern system such as Windows 7/8 is another. That's akin to running Windows 3.0 in Real- …

Re: "...not a valid win32 application"

in DOS
Are we really asking someone why they are running a 32bit version of Windows on this forum? Really? Good point. I don't need Win7 64 on an 8 core 4gig CPU with 32gig RAM, 8 gig vid card, and 1kW pS to run a quarter century old DOS game. FWIW, I'm doing all this on an old Inspiron 1720 that, while a …

Re: "...not a valid win32 application"

in DOS
.... why you're running the 32-bit version of Windows 7?..... Why not? And trying to get some of these older games working on a 64 bit system would be an even greater can of worms. But then, everything in Linux always seems to be tantalizingly close to working the way it should. Exactly why I've …

Re: "...not a valid win32 application"

in DOS
Well, usually if you run them from a command prompt, you can see some sort of coherent message rather than a "brief flash". Often clicking a bat, com, or even exe in windows explorer merely causes the instant appearance of a DOS window, which disappears just as quickly. Or, as with the patch, I …

Re: "...not a valid win32 application"

in DOS
FWIW, the patch apparently worked in DOSBox; had to mount the parent folder of AOE not the AOE folder since the patch required a path even though located in the folder with the file it patched. Still confused why windows would complain of "not a valid win32 application" for a small DOS exe being run …

Re: "...not a valid win32 application"

in DOS
Jorpho wrote on 2021-05-05, 04:06: .... What happens when you try to run your DOS games in Windows instead of in DOSBox? Would one would expect, 🤣; either nothing, a brief flash of a DOS window, or a complaint that it cannot be run in windows.

Re: Booting up 386

in DOS
The machine dates to 1990; make sure what you downloaded is specific to that model number, and it is quite probable the CMOS cell is dead by now. The "Set Up Disc for Vectra LS/12" is the first thing I would consider. DOS 5, or possibly 6, should be the OS files; Windows 3.1 may run on that system …

Re: Booting up 386

in DOS
Have you checked BIOS to see if system is set to boot from floppy?

"...not a valid win32 application"

in DOS
Trying to install the patch for Aces Over Europe. Whether just double click in win7 or using elevated command prompt I get the same result - "Patch.exe is not a valid win32 application". Wasted an hour searching online for solutions; either very nebulous - check advanced options for ACHI drivers (no …

Re: running TSR in DOSBox

There is an issue with the SWOTL Manager and DOSBox's internal DOS emulation ... Run the attached workaround program in DOSBox before running the SWOTL Manager to prevent the issue -- a TSR to fix a TSR! ;) Works great! Thanks! (Using in original dosbox/swotl download. Haven't deciphered the cfg …

Re: running TSR in DOSBox

I won't pretend to understand that, other than in a very broad sense, but thanks. Can I put this in the SW.bat before the sm line? Does it need to be unloaded on exit? Currently cannot invoke SWMan, believe it to be the same issue as previously ("improper" mount and/or SMconfig paths), ALT+F1 at …

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