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Setting up a laptop for old DOS and CD-ROM Gaming




Another day, another hare-brained project.

I've gotten the urge to play the multitude of old PC games from the 80's -> 00's.  Think Doom, Quake, King's Quest, etc.  I kept almost all of those games, especially if they were CD based.  What I've found is that they mostly don't work on a Windows 10 PC without some help from DOSBox or D-fend.  My idea was to set aside an old laptop exclusively for this purpose. 

A friend gave me an old Dell laptop.  It's a 2010 model and has Windows 7 installed.  Core 2 Duo.  Shockingly, the Dell support site has XP drivers for this thing.  Should I load XP?  I may, but for now, I'm going to give Win 7 a try.  As I recall, it has a "compatibility mode". 

First try was for DOOM and DOOM 2.  Those are DOS based.  I loaded DOSBox and it works!  Easy.  Sound and graphics are fine.  I'm happy!  I'll keep going and report progress with other games as I go.






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1 hour ago, Justin said:

Hey that's super cool @RickR! I've been thinking of doing a similar thing but with an ancient computer. I like what you did here! 🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥

I have something very special coming in this same vein.  More info to come....

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11 hours ago, RickR said:

I have something very special coming in this same vein.  More info to come....

Looking forward to it! It's funny you did this, a few weeks ago I found a copy of Lotus 1-2-3 for DOS that I've had since probably 1990 and I've been tempted to find a way to use it. Not much fun, but I've been working with spreadsheets quite frequently and it got me thinking about Lotus. You never forget your first.

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