What you need
Of course, you need DOSBox:
You also need some DOS games. If you don’t have any old ones, you can get some legally at:
Playing from the hard drive
- As an example, we already have our games preinstalled in E:\Games\.
- We run DOSBox at first, so this window will appear:
- After that, we type in the following command in order to get access to our games folder:
mount c e:\games\When it worked, it’s available in DOSBox as drive C:.
- Since we’re still on Z:, we have to switch to drive C:
c:\Then we list the content of the folder:
- In our example, we’d like to play Commander Keen 4. So we change to its folder:
cd keen4We list the content of this as well:
- Usually, DOS games will be executed by calling a .bat or .exe file. In our case, we run the game with this:
keen4e.exeUnless we made a typing error, it should work now 🙂
Playing from a CD-ROM
- As an example, there’s a Lollypop disc in drive D:.
- Now we have to let DOSBox know about it, so we can get access there:
mount d d:\ -t cdromUnless we missed something, it should be available in DOSBox as drive D: now.
- Now we switch to our CD-ROM disc on D:
d:\Let’s list the content:
- After that, we run the game with:
lolly.batThis game should work now, too 🙂
What else to know …
- Since not every game runs well with the default configuration, DOSBox can be widely configured. It’s described at the Configuration how to do that.
- In this chapter, we didn’t have a close look at the usage of DOSBox in order to keep it simple. The details are explained at the General Usage.
- If you have specific problems, you might find an answer at the Frequently Asked Questions.