First post, by Ardilla
My name is Paul and this is my first post to introduce myself. I am thankful for the opportunity to see information about using DOSBox in Vogons forums.
My interests are different from most people who post here. Though I am not interested in using DOSBox for gaming, I've got the same needs as theirs - I need to use DOS. Here's what I need to do.
I created a large dBase III-Plus database about 32 years ago, with DOS. Now I have to revive it and use the information in the database. And though I used DOS many ages ago, I've forgotten most of the commands as well as dBase commands. But my problem comes way before using DOSBox - I first must know what version of it to download onto my computer and how!!! The variety of options and terminology, and their computer requirements confuse me!! First things, first for a very "obsolete" person when it comes to computers and software!!
My tentative questions are:
1. What version of DOSBox do I use? The original? DOSBox-X? Another?
2. Do I need a "Win 32 installer"?
3. Will installing DOSBox alter the performance of my computer, described below?
The computer on which I'd like to use DOSBox with dBase III-Plus is an HP Pavilion 500-046 PC with the following specs:
a. AMD Quad-Core A10-5700 Accelerated Processor
b. 8 GB DDR 3 system memory
c. 2 TB hard disk
d. AMD Radeon HD 76600 graphics card
e. Super Multi DVD burner
f. Wireless LAN 802.11 b/gh
g. [came with Windows 8, I now use MS Edge as a browser]
h. I believe this is a 64-bit computer.
I also have a vintage 1994 HP Pavilion 8250 with:
a. Intel Celeron 266 Mhz processor
b. 32 MB SDRAM
c. 4 GB hard drive
d. 24x maximum speed CD-ROM drive
e. 3D display graphics
f. 2 MB SGRAM video memory
g. Windows 95 [also has a version of DOS which I can use]
Into which computer should I download a DOSBox version and which version? You may think I should use the last computer because it has DOS already, but the size of my database and because it's on an old Bernoulli 90 MB disk makes it impossible at this moment. I do have 46 3.5-inch diskettes with another version of it, but they would also pose challenges using this older computer. But, I'm willing to try it if it's totally necessary.
Thanks for any advice you can give me - just helping me to install the right DOSBox version would be great!!! If you need anymore info, please, just let me know! Thank you!!!