help skip startup screen/desktop of windows 3.1 within dosbox

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help skip startup screen/desktop of windows 3.1 within dosbox

Postby strucker » 2018-10-24 @ 17:00

Hi! I want to play "Pingu a barrel of fun", a PC game. It's compatible with Windows 3.1, W95 and W98. I'm using Windows 3.1 within DOSBox. The games runs perfect but i want to ask if i can auto launch the game "skipping" the windows startup, i mean, config the autoexec of DOSBox to mount everything and launch the game but without seen the boot screen/desktop of windows 3.1. And how i can autoexit from windows and DOSBox when i quit the game.

Now i do this:

mount c c:\windows
imgmount d "c:\windows\pingu.iso" -t iso
e:\windows\win e:\windows\pingu\pingu.exe

with this, i launch the game but i see the windows boot screen and the desktop few seconds. I wish i could hide this and auto exit when i quit :(

Thanks to everyone!
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Re: help skip startup screen/desktop of windows 3.1 within dosbox

Postby Bladeforce » 2018-10-24 @ 18:08

Wouldnt know if it's possible to bypass the brief desktop at boot up but whats wrong with ctrl+f9 to quit?

This page has tips on changing the boot logo

http://www.win31.de/etips.htm

Change it to a plain black maybe?
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Re: help skip startup screen/desktop of windows 3.1 within dosbox

Postby David_OSU » 2018-10-24 @ 18:21

I think what you want to do is to start Windows 3.1 in "kiosk" mode. You do this by changing the shell from Program Manager to pingu.exe. If I remember correctly, you do this by editing SYSTEM.INI and setting "Shell=e:\windows\pingu\pingu.exe".
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Re: help skip startup screen/desktop of windows 3.1 within dosbox

Postby strucker » 2018-10-24 @ 18:52

Bladeforce wrote:Wouldnt know if it's possible to bypass the brief desktop at boot up but whats wrong with ctrl+f9 to quit?

This page has tips on changing the boot logo

http://www.win31.de/etips.htm

Change it to a plain black maybe?


I want to make the game "portable" so i want to automatize when i quit the game then exit from windows and dosbox. I want to make a lot of games portable so i want to learn do that :blush: .

And about bypass the desktop at boot up its just for aesthetic objectives. I don't know if i can edit some .conf or something like that...
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Re: help skip startup screen/desktop of windows 3.1 within dosbox

Postby DosFreak » 2018-10-24 @ 19:37

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Re: help skip startup screen/desktop of windows 3.1 within dosbox

Postby strucker » 2018-10-24 @ 20:05

DosFreak wrote:The runexit tool by Kippesoep may work:
viewtopic.php?t=23913
http://www.shdon.com/software/tools#runexit


that works! but it exits to the dosbox promp. there is way to exit of dosbox too?
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Re: help skip startup screen/desktop of windows 3.1 within dosbox

Postby strucker » 2018-10-24 @ 20:24

Thank you to everyone!! i do it finally. Wish there is a way to "hide" the desktop boot up while the game is loading.

Oh quick question. I'm using the portable version of DOSbox, but when i mount the disk i must do "mount c c:\<path>" what can i write in the autoexec to mount "c" independently of where is located the program?? Because everything works fine in the USB where i do all the process, but when i move to mi desktop fails to mount c because the path. Any idea??

My autoexec is this:

mount c c:\windows
imgmount d "c:\pingu.iso" -t iso
c:\windows\win c:\runexit c:\windows\pingu\pingu
exit

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Re: help skip startup screen/desktop of windows 3.1 within dosbox

Postby David_OSU » 2018-10-24 @ 20:58

If you can get Kiosk mode working, you will skip the desktop entirely. You may still get the boot logo, but you could either change that to a black logo or change it to box art for the pingu game (just need to convert to 16 color and follow the instructions Bladeforce provided).
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Re: help skip startup screen/desktop of windows 3.1 within dosbox

Postby strucker » 2018-10-24 @ 21:33

I don't found any information of kiosk mode on windows 3.1 sadly. I don't know if it's possible to do.
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Re: help skip startup screen/desktop of windows 3.1 within dosbox

Postby strucker » 2018-10-24 @ 22:41

I found the way to "hide" the desktop!

Thanks!!
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Re: help skip startup screen/desktop of windows 3.1 within dosbox

Postby Beegle » 2018-10-25 @ 15:12

strucker wrote:I found the way to "hide" the desktop!!

And what was it? How did you do it?
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Re: help skip startup screen/desktop of windows 3.1 within dosbox

Postby strucker » 2018-10-25 @ 17:19

Beegle wrote:
strucker wrote:I found the way to "hide" the desktop!!

And what was it? How did you do it?


Just edit this in the WIN.ini:

[Desktop]
Pattern=(None)
Wallpaper=black screen
GridGranularity=0
IconSpacing=999999999
TileWallPaper=1

With that, the desktop is black, and the only icon that shows when the desktop load is out of the screen :lol: .

This is what i do. If you can't see it, isn't there hahahaha.
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