Softpedia Editor's Review for DOSBox
A simple DOS emulator application
Written by Bogdan Popa on March 14th, 2012
If you still have some really old applications that previously worked only in DOS on your machine and you still want to use them on your Windows system, you have to have an emulation utility. Among the tools available for that specific purpose, DOSBox might be exactly what you need.
This DOS emulator enables you to run the classic applications you used to play with thanks to the SDL library. This particular component is designed to provide you with an interface for accessing graphics, sound as well as input devices.
DOSBox is able to successfully emulate 286 and 386 processors in both realmode and protected modes, as well as Directory FileSystem, eXtended Memory Specification (XMS) or Expanded memory specification (EMS). The supported graphics range from Hercules, Tandy and VESA to CGA, EGA and, of course, the familiar VGA.
As one would expect, DOSBox is not too demanding when it comes to system resources but it is not one of the lightest tools either. It works pretty smoothly, however, in case an error is encountered, it will simply stop and exit without warning.
Simply put, DOXBox is more like a gift, rather than an application supposed to help you in a complicated task. It enables you to relive the fun of playing old-school games that date back to the beginnings of computer coding.
What's New in This Release: [ read full changelog ]
· Several small game specific fixes/hacks/support. (Offensive,
· Roadhog, GTA installer, Kingdom O' Magic soundcard detection, Pirate booter, Armored Fist installer)
· Add the S3-specific 640x480 256 color mode. (fixes regression in "Wooden
· Ships and Iron Men" and "I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream")
· Fix a stack overflow that could crash DOSBox.
· Add fake microphone input. (fixes Talking Parrot)
· Modify adlib turn off code, so that it doesn't turn off in cases where the same sound is repeated over and over again.
· Several small fixes to the CDROM audio code. (HOMM2, Redneck Rampage and others)
· Several improvements to the CDROM emulation code. (fixes Alpha Storm and GT Racing 97)
· Some small CPU fixes that might fix something.
· Handle opcode 0xff subcode 7 as invalid instruction. (fixes dif-2 & others)
· Some hercules fixes. (Testdrive)
· Improve support for blanked parts that wrap around to the start of the screen. (fixes Magic Circle demo and Sid&Al)
· Remove old OPL cores as the new ones seem to...