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Getting Old Software Running on Newer PCs

Note: This guide was written in 1998 and pertains to the computers and environments of that time. So, if you have a computer that is from 1998 or earlier, this guide will help you. If not, then translate whatever outdated material you come across to your current platform. When I finish moving all the old content into the new framework, I may update this guide, but don't hold your breath. In any case, here is the original introduction (and guide) as I wrote it from 1998 (which means, yes, some links are broken):

A much better solution is to run your game under DOSBox. DOSBox emulates "the oldwarez DOS gaming experience" with 8088 emulation all the way up to 80386, from CGA to Tandy to EGA to VGA, from PC speaker to Tandy to Adlib to Sound Blaster, all with variable speeds. And it runs under Windows, Linux, and many other systems.

Got the "my favorite old game crashes on my Athlon" blues? Getting "Divide by Zero" errors on the Pentium when it ran fine on the 8086? Screen display all screwed up? This guide can help, with pointers to slowdown utilities, graphics hardware tricks, and other tweaks that you probably don't know about. Here's the guide, broken down into convenient sections for you. (To return to this index, use your browser's BACK button.)

  1. Introduction
  2. Cripple Your PC
  3. Tweaking
  4. Floppy Drive Problems
  5. Sound
  6. Video
  7. Emulation
  8. Oldskool-Friendly Boxes
  9. Conclusion
  10. Resources
  11. Appendix A: Windows 9x Options

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