I use DOSBox for Windows so infrequently that I keep forgetting how to use it. So here's a list of all the things I often need to remember.
Installing a game from CD
You need to mount a directory on your hard drive to pretend to be your C: drive, then mount your CD drive and run the game's installation file.
- Run DOSBox.
- Mount the directory (in this case I'm putting all my old games in c:\games\oldgames): mount c c:\games\oldgames
- Mount your CD drive (assuming your CD drive is drive E): mount d e:\ -t cdrom -ioctl
- Change to your CD drive: d:
- Install your game: install.exe (or whatever the installer is called)
Running a game
Mount your games directory as C: and then run the game.
- Mount the directory: mount c c:\games\oldgames
- Change to the right drive: c:
- Go to the right place: cd quake\
- Run the game: quake.exe (or whatever the executable for the game is called)
Auto mount your games drive
Configure DOXBox to do the drive mounting from the previous section automatically on startup.
- Open the DOSBox configuration file (either Start -> All applications -> DOSBox -> DOSBox Options or edit dosbox.conf directly).
- Add these lines to the end of that file.
- mount c c:\games\oldgames
- Now you can just go to the right directory and run your game.
Create a shortcut to run a game
Apparently this won't work if you've applied the instructions in the 'Auto mount your games drive' section.
- Create a shortcut to DOXBox, or copy an existing one.
- Open the properties and in 'target' append the full path to the executable for the game you want, e.g. if I have DOSBox installed in C:\games\DOSBox-0.7 and Quake installed in c:\games\oldgames\quake the full line would be:
- C:\games\DOSBox-0.74\DOSBox.exe -userconf "C:\games\oldgames\quake\quake.exe"
Note: I don't think this mounts the CD drive, so if your game relies upon that, or just plays music from it, it might not work.
- Full screen mode: ALT + ENTER
- Take a screenshot: CTRL + F5, stored in the capture folder (configurable), defaults to something like C:\Users\(you)\AppData\Local\DOSBox\capture\
All of the information here is already online, I'm just bringing it together for ease of reference. If you want more in depth information, try some of the following links.
- DOSBox setup and installation
- Creating Windows shortcuts to games
- Setting fullscreen mode by default
- Keyboard shortcuts (including recording video)
- DOSBox FAQ