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  1. Trusteft

    Trusteft HH's Asteroids' Dominator

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    Anyone has experience of running freeDOS natively on a modern system?
    I have a windows 8.1/linux laptop (N3something cpu) I would love to use as a dedicated DOS machine for DOS games. (yes I am aware of virtual machines and emulation, I don't care).
     
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    OK, it took me a while to make the USB "live" to work. The instructions were a bit off to say the least.
    Anyway.

    Negatives:
    1. No built in support for sound, mouse. I need to find DOS drivers for my hardware (unlikely for a 2015 laptop), or at least drivers for emulated hardware. I know they exist, I just never used them.
    2. No EMS. I wonder if QEMM runs under freeDOS. Or I have to go another way.

    Positives:
    1) I have DOS running natively on a 2015 laptop lol.
    2) I tried two games, one didn't run cause of lack of EMS, but the second one did. Dune 2. Yes it was with PC Speaker (no idea modern laptops had them) and just keyboard (I never played Dune2 with just a keyboard, even 25 years ago), but it runs, and I have to say, ti was quite a sight. :)
     
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    I've been working on getting dune 2 functionality working in windows me/98se... apparently things broke and there is a patch to fix that issue (it would cause instant lockups.)

    Overall though i'm having VERY good luck with dos and windows 9x games up into the 2001-2003 era of games working very well without any kind of lag.
     
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    Takaharu Unus offa, unus iuguolo

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    Although I've had success in the past with installing FreeDOS on a machine I've only used it for the CLI.

    Any reason as to why you couldn't use DOSBox on Windows, rather than an dedicated OS? I've never had a problem with that, including sound, performance, etc.
     
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    Trusteft HH's Asteroids' Dominator

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    Because it's there. Also, I like the idea of using original hardware. And, the sound emulation is not accurate.
     
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    Calliers HH's MC Staff Member

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    You're a true traditionalist lol.
     
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    Trusteft HH's Asteroids' Dominator

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    I am?
     
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    Calliers HH's MC Staff Member

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    Yes you are, or rather nostalgic. You like holding on to old ways, and old things. Maybe you're just old. :p
     
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    Trusteft HH's Asteroids' Dominator

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    no, no. no, no. no.
     
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    Calliers HH's MC Staff Member

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    I see you are in denial.
     
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    I wouldn't see trusteft as traditionalist.... you might want to venture into it's true definition....
     

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