Windows XP - faster graphics in ms dos mode


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Carl Dunn

Hi all,

I have a game that I love to play (a really early version of Civilization)
that runs only in MS-DOS. I got a new PC about a year ago that doesn't have
a floppy disk drive, so I can't use a MS DOS boot disk like I used to on my
old computer. Now, on the new PC, when I run the game in MS DOS mode within
Windows, it runs the graphics v e r y s l o w l y. So,

1) Is there a magic command that speeds up graphics in MS-DOS mode?
2) Is there a way to make Windows XP boot in MS-DOS?
3) Is there a way to create a boot CD ROM?

Thanks for any help or other information!

Carl Dunn
Rochester, NY
 
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Patrick Keenan

Carl Dunn said:
Hi all,

I have a game that I love to play (a really early version of Civilization)
that runs only in MS-DOS. I got a new PC about a year ago that doesn't
have a floppy disk drive, so I can't use a MS DOS boot disk like I used to
on my old computer. Now, on the new PC, when I run the game in MS DOS mode
within Windows, it runs the graphics v e r y s l o w l y. So,

1) Is there a magic command that speeds up graphics in MS-DOS mode?
2) Is there a way to make Windows XP boot in MS-DOS?
3) Is there a way to create a boot CD ROM?

Thanks for any help or other information!

Carl Dunn
Rochester, NY

It's worth noting that a USB floppy drive can be had for $20 or so, and can
be a useful tool. Just plug it into the system, put a boot floppy into it,
and restart the system. It will be detected as A.

HTH
-pk
 
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Ace

You may wish to attempt using DOSbox:

http://dosbox.sourceforge.net

Note that DOSbox is a command line program. Therefore I also suggest you
install D-Fend, which sadly seems to be discontinued.
I have a working set of DOSbox 0.7 and D-Fend 2.0 on my webserver:
http://firefox.kennemercollege.nl/archive/dosbox/DOSBox0.70-win32-
installer.exe
http://firefox.kennemercollege.nl/archive/dosbox/D-Fend-2.0.62.42.exe

Note that on August 26th, DOSBox was updated to version 0.72, D-Fend will
work with this version too.
Install DOSBox first, then D-Fend. D-Fend will serve as your graphical
interface to DOSBox, and it includes a wizard (see the little blue wizard
hat icon on the menu bar) to help you set up your game profiles.
Ofcourse the DOSbox website also lists some front-end programs similar to
D-Fend you can use; should you require help with DOSbox or D-Fend
configuration there is ofcourse plenty in Google (I don't have experience
with your particular game unfortunately) but I can always try to help too.

You might also like http://www.abandonia.com
There are games, setup tips and other information there as well.
 
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Ken Blake, MVP

Hi all,

I have a game that I love to play (a really early version of Civilization)
that runs only in MS-DOS. I got a new PC about a year ago that doesn't have
a floppy disk drive, so I can't use a MS DOS boot disk like I used to on my
old computer. Now, on the new PC, when I run the game in MS DOS mode within
Windows, it runs the graphics v e r y s l o w l y. So,

1) Is there a magic command that speeds up graphics in MS-DOS mode?
2) Is there a way to make Windows XP boot in MS-DOS?
3) Is there a way to create a boot CD ROM?

Thanks for any help or other information!


If I were in your shoes, I would simply buy and install a floppy
drive. They are inexpensive ($10-15 US), easy to install, and you may
find an occasional other need for it too.
 
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Ace

Thanks for the tip. :)
It's been too long since I checked these out.





(e-mail address removed) wrote in @r29g2000hsg.googlegroups.com:
 

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