“It appears that you are up the proverbial estuary without a means of locomotion.” –Space Quest
How I use it, and what that means for all of us.
There is a configuration file in
Hobbies → DOSBox
. It goes in ~/.dosbox/
It contains an autoexec.bat.
It contains resolution settings so you get a bigger window.
These instructions were delivered by a robot.
You can make one of these configuration files per-game and list it as a command line parameter when you run DOSBox. (More Below in Advanced)
Above: A gameplay screen in Sea Rogue
Games and apps are located in ~/apps/DOSBox/
Some of the things in there are actually standalones that CONTAIN DOSBox, so no need to run those in DOSBox.
CTRL-F9: Kill DOSBox. (Think kill -9)
CTRL-F10: Capture / release the mouse cursor.
CTRL-F11/F12: Decrease / Increase cycles (slow / speed up emulation)
CTRL-F6: Start / Stop recording to .wav file in capture folder.
CTRL-F5: Save a screenshot.
Alt+Pause: Pause emulation.
In an editor like PEdit or in DN, you can use the Alt key for navigating to menu items. Like Alt-S to save, etc.
Listen to MIDI files!
Play Doom2...try cheat codes ;-)
Play PGA Tour Golf…
Directory Navigator: /shells/dn151/dn.com – Offers a command line and other midnight-commander-like stuff.
It is from 1999. If you hit F10 to go to the menu, and navigate to the hamburger menu at left, you can play Tetris under “Game”…
Add new games to XFCE launcher...
You can do this. Here is the method:
Copy DOSBox.conf to another file, like sea-rogue.conf
Add autoexec commands to the bottom of that file, like cd \games\rogue etc.
Then make a launcher on your desktop UI that launches DOSBox using the -conf switch to specify that new conf file.
Type imgmount e [path] -t iso [or cue or bin]
Then type e: and you’re on your CD-ROM
install iat (sudo apt install iat)
iat BINFILE.BIN BINFILE.iso
Free Software for DOS (FSFD)
I mean, some of these are on IA, too...which might make them easier to play...
Arcade: Alien Rampage; Realms of Chaos
Dungeon crawls: Rogue, etc.
Flight sims: MS, Jane’s USNF, Aces of the Pacific? Others? Helicopter flight sims? Gunship? Hind? Etc.? Space: X-Wing?
Other Space: Rebel Assault; Elite; Space Rogue; Starflight; MAX Mechanized Assault and… ;
Racing: Grand Prix II; Slipstream 5000; Screamer Rally; GT Racing; Fatal Racing; Network Q Race Rally
RPG: Curse of the Azure bonds? Rogue; Eye of the Beholder
Strategy: Armored Fist? Steel Panthers? Airborne Ranger? Caesar II, Imperium Galactica, Capitalism
Simulation: SimCity 1989?
Other: Skyroads; Erik Pohl’s Gateway; Links 386 Pro;
Admin: Cron jobs possible? Interesting? Cron runs QB which updates some information which…? FTP possible? Hmmm!
Music: Play some mod files? Create some? Compose MIDI?
Publishing: Try a website builder?
2018-08: Started. --Marc Carson