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An Open Source DOS emulator to run old DOS games

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DOSBox emulates a full x86 pc with sound and DOS. Its main use is to run old DOS games on platforms which don't have DOS (Windows 7 / Windows Vista / Windows 2000 / Windows XP / Linux / FreeBSD / Mac OS X)

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  • petesteele
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    1.) Compatibility: It is excellent, it plays every DOS game that i have ever played without any problems, if any problems are discovered, they get fixed quickly. I own 300+ DOS games and some of them are DOS/Win9X hybrid games. 2.) Speed/Frame rate: The speed is way better than DOSBox v0.73, YKhwong Daum and even's with all games, for example: games like Duke3D, Blood, Shadow Warrior, Privateer - The Darkening, Terminator - FS, Skynet, and Dungeon Keeper, which are a few good examples of 3D games. No slowdowns. 3.) Size: It is such a small program. Very efficient. There are some alternative programs with way bigger software code / libraries, where the program files take up a lot of space for just the emulators themselves. VMWare and VirtualBox for example, emulating Win9X takes up way too many Gigabytes. 4.) One drawback... Win9x used to install, and run on a DOS underlying OS, so I wish DosBox will one day successfully emulate Win9x with proper Direct 3d Support for DOS games which can dual run in DOS and Win9X like Blood, Wing Commander IV and so on.. 5.) Suggestion: Please add a speed function, like a SLOMO function. NES/PCSXE/PCSX/MAME emulators all have it, it is ultra cool to blow something up at 50% of the original speed, but with a fluid framerate without sticking, Syndicate Wars had a built in frame rate limiter to slow down game speed when pressing the "-" minus sign when the combat gets heavy, it helps.... Maybe it can be implemented? 6.) Lastly there are dudes who badmouth this project, if you are a newbie, please try a frontend to assist with your shortcomings, and thank the people of this project for their sacrificial work and dedication.

    Posted 12/23/2015
  • mamb
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    Thanks very much

    Posted 12/21/2015
  • bobnorway
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    Many thanks for this program. I was able to pull code from a Basica application writen in 1995 which is used in hardware testing at an aviation repair facility.

    Posted 06/04/2015
  • anamon
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    Well, there isn't even any real competition to this project, and the compatibility is nothing short of amazing. If it's a PC game that was released between 1981 and the end of the DOS era, chances are you'll be able to play it on DOSBox. The software is nothing short of amazing. It's true that the learning curve is a bit difficult for newcomers, but it comes a bit with the complexity of what the software is doing. So a little setup will always be required to get games installed and running, especially considering the wide variety of software DOSBox supports. The documentation is not that bad though. If you're having trouble, I would recommend you have a look at some front-end projects that include helpers and easier workflows. I've heard good things about D-Fend Reloaded, which has preconfigured templates for many games, so in many cases you can just drag a game folder on the front-end and it will set DOSBox up accordingly. And shame on you, mad5cientist, for spouting these unfounded accusations and downvoting the project for this. These fake reviews are very obviously dumb spambots that didn't realise that their comments fail to link to their spam sites. Which Google would have told you within seconds (same comments posted to many other SF projects, and on thousands of other websites with comment posting functionality).

    Posted 03/08/2015
  • electromaggot
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    EXCELLENT! Even runs some of the older disk utilities that only worked under DOS. For instance on Win7, I was able to image a disk and copy its entire OS over to a new drive. Granted it wasn't terabytes-worth, but it worked. If you are a beginner and can't understand the instructions, don't use this free program. You probably shouldn't be using a computer either. Go find something else to do, like weaving.

    Posted 03/06/2015
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Additional Project Details

Intended Audience

Advanced End Users

User Interface

X Window System (X11), Win32 (MS Windows), Cocoa (MacOS X), Carbon (Mac OS X)

Programming Language

C++, C



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