How to play your old DOS games

If like me you had a computer pre-windows era , more than likely you would have used MSDOS – Microsoft Disc Operating System. There was a great selection of games that could be played and if feel nostalgic or you just for a laugh you can download dosbox from here.

The other good news is that since these games are old and have been abandoned by their creators most of them can be downloaded for free. Dosbox is easy to setup and use , it can be used on Linux , Windows and Mac.

I thought I would write add a brief guide on getting everything setup. In dosbox there is a configuration file.
The file can be found in:
(Windows) “Start/WinLogo Menu”->”All Programs”->DOSBox-0.74->Options
(Linux) ~/.dosbox/dosbox-0.74.conf
(MAC OS X) “~/Library/Preferences/DOSBox 0.74 Preferences”

You will see at the end of that file
[autoexec]
# Lines in this section will be run at startup.
# You can put your MOUNT lines here.

You will can tell dosbox to mount the location of your dos games directory ie if all the games are on c:/Games then you can simply add to the bottom of that file mount c c:\Games so it would look like
[autoexec]
# Lines in this section will be run at startup.
# You can put your MOUNT lines here.
mount c c:\Games

If you using linux/mac and the dosbox location is ~/.Dosbox/Games then it would look like
[autoexec]
# Lines in this section will be run at startup.
# You can put your MOUNT lines here.
mount c /home/username/.Dosbox/Games

If you want to use more than one directory just add mount d path/to/other directory. Also if you want to go to a certain drive on boot add c: or d: there so an entry could look like this
Win
mount c c:\Games
mount d c:\MoreGames
c:
Linux/Mac
mount c /home/username/.Dosbox/Games
mount d /home/username/.Dosbox/MoreGames
c:
Now when you start Dosbox , you will be able to cd to the directory of the game and run it.

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