1. Post #1
    I once worked at a sperm bank, the food was terrible
    The Baconator's Avatar
    April 2011
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    Steam and GoG are not options as they do not have the games I want to run, all of which are childhood games.

    I tried Virtualbox but I can't change the screen resolution, and according to their site virtualbox is not optimized for Windows 9x OS's. The game also said I need 256 colors, but I can't change it for some reason

    I recall trying Microsoft Virtual PC in the past for other games, but I think it did not support hardware acceleration making majority of titles incompatible or something like that, not sure.

    Why is it easier to emulate console games that old PC games?

  2. Post #2
    I will huff and puff and FLIP YOUR FUCKING TABLES
    Lyokanthrope's Avatar
    October 2005
    7,190 Posts
    Could try Dosbox but that's hit-or-miss when it comes to Windows games it seems..
    Possibly VMWare?
    Could also try a Windows XP machine, as believe it or not I've had some pretty good compatibility with Windows XP and DOS and 98 games. (Except some flip the fuck out and run at 100x normal speed )
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  3. Post #3
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    Dennab
    May 2005
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    You are correct that VirtualBox doesn't officially support Windows 98, but it can be run with some tricks. Here's an installation guide for Windows 98 on VB:

    https://forums.virtualbox.org/viewtopic.php?t=9918

    Since many Windows 98 games were still DOS based, or used the WIN16 API instead of WIN32, they won't run properly on XP (especially DOS games that required direct hardware access.)

  4. Post #4
    I once worked at a sperm bank, the food was terrible
    The Baconator's Avatar
    April 2011
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    You are correct that VirtualBox doesn't officially support Windows 98, but it can be run with some tricks. Here's an installation guide for Windows 98 on VB:

    https://forums.virtualbox.org/viewtopic.php?t=9918

    Since many Windows 98 games were still DOS based, or used the WIN16 API instead of WIN32, they won't run properly on XP (especially DOS games that required direct hardware access.)
    could not do the audio steps, the results just did not match for me, nor did the drivers work

    Edited:

    I long for the day when emulating old PC games is possible, ironic how console emulation is so easy compared to this
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  5. Post #5
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    March 2010
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    Could try Dosbox but that's hit-or-miss when it comes to Windows games it seems..
    Possibly VMWare?
    Could also try a Windows XP machine, as believe it or not I've had some pretty good compatibility with Windows XP and DOS and 98 games. (Except some flip the fuck out and run at 100x normal speed )
    the "flip the fuck out and run at 100x normal speed" can be caused by a multicore CPU.

  6. Post #6
    alex-is-epic's Avatar
    August 2010
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    I long for the day when emulating old PC games is possible, ironic how console emulation is so easy compared to this
    You long for the day that emulation for old things is possible. What you really need to do is look to the past where these things took place. Like, get a retro pc and play your games there.

  7. Post #7
    I once worked at a sperm bank, the food was terrible
    The Baconator's Avatar
    April 2011
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    Well I got it to work in VMWare, much higher quality than VirtualBox
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