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First post, by strucker

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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!

Reply 1 of 12, by Bladeforce

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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?

Reply 2 of 12, by David_OSU

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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".

Reply 3 of 12, by strucker

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

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...

Reply 4 of 12, by DosFreak

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The runexit tool by Kippesoep may work:
Automate exiting of Windows 3.1 post-EXE launch
http://www.shdon.com/software/tools#runexit

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Reply 5 of 12, by strucker

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DosFreak wrote:

that works! but it exits to the dosbox promp. there is way to exit of dosbox too?

Reply 6 of 12, by DosFreak

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Put exit in the autoexec section of the conf.

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Reply 7 of 12, by strucker

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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

Thanks!

Reply 8 of 12, by David_OSU

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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).

Reply 11 of 12, by Beegle

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strucker wrote:

I found the way to "hide" the desktop!!

And what was it? How did you do it?

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Reply 12 of 12, by strucker

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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 🤣 .

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