a better translator for DOS games?

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Warrior
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Finding DOSBox pretty annoying, and limited (even with VDMSound the sound is still messed up when it's not totally inaudible) . . . I was wondering if anybody here knew of any better software?
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DOSBox is about as good as you're going to get for free. You could just buy an old second-hand computer; they're not all that expensive.

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You could try FreeDOS on an emulator, but I think those are the only options. Sorry!
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Another option would be to run actual DOS (or Windows 9x) in a virtual environment, such as VMware.

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Warrior
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Yeah, FreeDOS looks even more troublesome.

Here's the thing: I grew up on a Mac. I've always hated DOS. (Even Windows drives me crazy with its limitations & bugs & general poor organization.) Ideally I'd like to be able to just double click on an icon and have the thing play. With sound.

And buying a separate DOS-based computer to take up space just so I can play old games doesn't seem too appealing.

Oh, well.

Wait... Isn't there an option on these new Dells where you can enter the DOS system at startup? I guess I could try that... except that the sound coding probably still won't be compatible.

[ Friday, April 18, 2008 18:21: Message edited by: Clavicle ]
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quote:
Originally written by Clavicle:

Here's the thing: I grew up on a Mac. I've always hated DOS. (Even Windows drives me crazy with its limitations & bugs & general poor organization.) Ideally I'd like to be able to just double click on an icon and have the thing play. With sound.
Ohhh, is that your only problem with DOSBox? What you want is a DOSBox frontend: it'll let you use DOSBox without actually fooling around in DOS.

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Warrior
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Thanks, Thuryl. I downloaded DOSShell and it works out pretty well; except that the sound's still messed up.

Maybe I should also be asking: Is there a better program out there than VDMSound, for fixing the sound problems? (Or maybe I'm just using VDMSound incorrectly... I thought all I had to do was run VDMSound and then run the game I want to play... . It doesn't seem to make any difference whatsoever.)
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Apprentice
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The fastest most reliable way other than dosbox would be to use a i386 emulator, personally irecommend qemu+kqemu, i think the port for mac is called cocoa or something.

this will probably fix your sound problems and if you have a good enough computer you can even install win 3.1 or 95 on it, or xp if you got a deskbeast.
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