creepingnet wrote on 2021-05-07, 16:57:
For DOS Stuff, if I use emulation, it's usually going to be DOSBox.
For Windows or anything else, I use Oracle Virtualbox. Sometimes I even do DOS on that using FreeDOS 2.1.
Still love DOSBox, too. It's more like a slick runtime, than a traditional emulator IMHO.
Many DOS programs run better in DOSBox than they used to run on real MS-DOS 6.x in the 90s.
For OS/2 and Windows 3.1x, I used to use Virtual PC 2007 for a long time.
- Unfortunatelly, Windows 8.x and 10 refuse to run VPC 2007 for whatever reason..
VPC 2007 with older VPC 3/VPC 2004 virtual additions was nice, because it could run them with GUI acceleration, networking and hardware virtualization.
And with Intel-VT or AMD-V enabled, the hacky Win32s worked fast and stable. Win 9x .., not so much. That one worked better without them.
By comparison, even PCem still has some trouble here. Because, the official x86 documents are not always honest.
The real silicon does things different sometimes, than documented. So a hardware-based x86 virtualization comes in handy in tricky situaitions. 😉
Also, VirtualBox sadly doesn't emulate a Trio 32/64, only a synthetic VGA/VBE device.
On the other hand, VPC does support 2D graphics only. Not even an S3 ViRGE emulation. PCem is best here. Edit: That includes 86Box, too.
Edit: That's what I was thinking of: https://www.os2museum.com/wp/sgdtsidt-fiction-and-reality/
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