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DOS games in Windows ME... hopeless?

 
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 19, 2002 4:05 pm     Post subject: DOS games in Windows ME... hopeless? Reply with quote

I promise I've tried to look for this topic already having been posted to keep from creating a new topic, but I haven't seen any topic with general information about Windows ME... with that said, can someone direct me to some detailed instructions somewhere on the internet concerning running general DOS games in Windows ME? All I've found with search engines is some random articles that pretty much just say "tough luck". I have read that there is a way to run some games in a DOS shell (?) program or something (though I could be confusing different computer jargon in my head), but is there any way I can tell if a specific game will work before actually going through with downloading it?
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 19, 2002 4:08 pm     Post subject: Reply with quote

START> PROGRAMS > MS-DOS Prompt.

or START > SHUT DOWN > Restart in dos mode > OK

or BOOTDISK

or FIND A DOS EMULATOR

or JUST RUN THE GAME IN WINDOWS, IT SOMETIMES RUN IT ITSELF

sorry about the caps, i have no idea why i did it all that way...
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 20, 2002 11:02 am     Post subject: DOS Games on ME Reply with quote

Whilst there are ways to persuade Windows ME to restart in DOS (just as Windows 95 and 98 do), since it is actually just a pretty GUI balanced on top of DOS, we'll leave that aside for the moment.

Install your DOS game.
Go to directory you installed it to and find the .exe or .bat file that runs the game.
Double-click it.
It may all just work then.
If it doesn't then right-click the .exe or .bat file and select "Create Shortcut".
Drag the shortcut to somewhere more useful like the desktop or Start Menu (if you want to).
Right-click the shortcut and select "Properties".
Select the "Memory" tab and experiment with the values here. You're trying to give the game the environment it wants so read the documentation. Does it require expanded memory (EMS)? Or does it require extended memory (XMS)? What conventional memory does it require? And so on.

Post again with the problem with any particular game if you still don't have any luck.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 22, 2002 12:08 pm     Post subject: Reply with quote

I run Me.

There are just some games it dosn't run.

Like. Death Rally. (error your computer doen't support real-mode).

I tend to use MS-DOS Virtual machine. It somtimes works.

Somtime this year I'm going to reformat, to 98 Second edtion....
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 22, 2002 12:20 pm     Post subject: Full DOS mode on ME Reply with quote

As I say, Bobo, there are ways to get ME to restart in proper DOS. After all, just like Windows 95/98/SE, it is actually running on DOS. Look here-
http://www.mvps.org/dts/WinME_DOS/Win-ME.htm

Be careful, if you try this. Make sure you've got a Windows StartUp disk and keep copies of anything you're replacing so that you can always go back to how it was.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 06, 2003 2:43 am     Post subject: Re: DOS Games on ME Reply with quote

Install your DOS game.
Go to directory you installed it to and find the .exe or .bat file that runs the game.
Double-click it.
It may all just work then.
If it doesn't then right-click the .exe or .bat file and select "Create Shortcut".
Drag the shortcut to somewhere more useful like the desktop or Start Menu (if you want to).
Right-click the shortcut and select "Properties".
Select the "Memory" tab and experiment with the values here. You're trying to give the game the environment it wants so read the documentation. Does it require expanded memory (EMS)? Or does it require extended memory (XMS)? What conventional memory does it require? And so on.

Post again with the problem with any particular game if you still don't have any luck.[/quote]


I bought a Are You Afraid of the Dark disk that says DOS and Windows and it still will not run in Windows ME which really torks me off. I searched and searched on Ebay until I found it, and it still won't work Sad Any ideas to help me would PROFOUNDLY appreciated Shit-Eating Grin
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 08, 2003 12:04 am     Post subject: Reply with quote

Most of the people I know who jumped on WinME when it was first released, concluded that it sucked so unbelievably badly (even for Windows) that they went back to Win98SE and waited until WinXP was released to upgrade...

Some of the people I'm talking about were businesses.

WinME is a dog-and-a-half. My advice to you, is go back to Win98 or get WinXP.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 08, 2003 12:17 am     Post subject: Reply with quote

There is a fix somewhere on the internet that you can get to run DOS from ME (I think I saw a site on Geocities). Don't get XP if you want to play Doom or Heretic/Hexen in Windows (unless you're happy with either PC-Speaker or no sound) unless you dual-boot with 9x/DOS. XP DOS is based on ME DOS but can't even play Duke Nukem! Avoid XP DOS for games.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 01, 2003 12:10 pm     Post subject: Reply with quote

win ME is so unbelievably awful, downgrade or upgrade or whatever, but just kill it and half your problems are solved...the other half are just stupid bugs present in any windows
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 01, 2003 12:39 pm     Post subject: Reply with quote

I like ME. I ran it without ANY problem.
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