CyberSolutions: How To Use DosBox

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

How To Use DosBox

DosBox


DOSBox is an emulator program that emulates an IBM PC compatible computer running a DOS operating system. Many IBM PC compatible graphics and sound cards are also emulated.


This means that original DOS programs (including PC game) are provided an environment in which they can run correctly, even though the modern computers have dropped support for that old environment. DOSBox is free software written primarily in C++ and distributed under the GNU General Public License. DOSBox has been downloaded over 25 million times since its release on SourceForge in 2002.



How To Use DosBox :

Mounting Directories

Once it’s installed, you can fire DOSBox up from your desktop or Start menu. You’ll get two windows — a status window and the main DOSBox window. You can ignore the status window.
(As readers have noted, you can also run a program by dragging and dropping its EXE file onto DOSBox’s application icon, so feel free to give that a try.)



Before you run a game, you’ll have to mount its directory. DOSBox’s environment is separate from your computer’s file system. In other words, the C: drive in DOSBox is completely separate from the C: drive on your computer.
Here’s an example mount command:
mount c c:\games\
This command mounts the C:\Games directory on your computer as the C: drive in DOSBox. Replace c:\games with the location of the games directory on your computer.
Add the -t cdrom switch if you’re mounting a CD-ROM. For example, the following command takes the CD-ROM drive at D: on your computer and mounts it as the C: drive in DOSBox:
mount c D:\ -t cdrom

Navigating Around and Running Applications

Once you’ve got your game files mounted, you can type C: and press Enter to switch to DOSBox’s C: drive.



Use the dir command to list the contents of the current directory and the cd command, followed by the name of a directory, to change to a directory. Use the cd .. command to go up a directory.



Type the name of an EXE file in the current folder to execute that program. You may have to run an install program before playing your game or running your application.



If you do, install the game like you would on a normal DOS system.



Once it’s installed, you can navigate to the game’s EXE file and run it by typing its name.



At this point, you’re ready to play. You’ll have to repeat the mount process each time you restart DOSBox, although you’ll only have to install and configure the game once.


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