joi, 23 octombrie 2014

Dosbox/dosbox turbo/dosbox manager differences and similarities - Part 1

First, for you to know, i use dosbox 0.74 for windows 7 ultimate, dosbox turbo 2.1.17a and dosbox manager 2.1.15a, at this time of writing this blog. I will put the versions that i use, in the right, too.
Learning the differences between them, you will know what is in dosbox 0.74, wich i use in windows 7 ultimate and what is in dosbox turbo and dosbox manager. Dosbox manager is made by the same developer, as for dosbox turbo. See dosbox manager like the virtual shelf in GOG site. You made a .conf file for a game, in dosbox turbo, and run the game, without using dosbox turbo. But you want to use dosbox turbo, to understand things, too. The below letters are in bold and are from dosbox 0.74.conf file and dosbox turbo/dosbox manager. There, in 0.74.conf file, doxbox turbo and dosbox manager, are not in bold of course.
If below you will see a red @, you will know that, that lines are present in dosbox, and not in dosbox turbo and dosbox manager. 
So, because i don't want to bore you to death, below, for dosbox, are only a part of the .conf file.  For dosbox turbo and dosbox manager, i will show all info.
If the dosbox turbo and dosbox manager are using the same lines like in dosbox, you will see a blue @
The differences between dosbox turbo and dosbox manager are on the end of this post. Download my dosbox
0.74.conf file from me or get it from dosbox 0.74, by installing it, if you want to see all info. The next topic in the blog i will enter every line and show the other info it contains, using images and a video, info used from this topic and more.

Dosbox .cfg file

Dosbox :

fullscreen: Start dosbox directly in fullscreen.
fulldouble: Use double buffering in fullscreen. It can reduce screen flickering, but it can also result in a slow DOSBox. 
fullresolution: What resolution to use for fullscreen: original or fixed size
windowresolution: Scale the window to this size IF the output device supports hardware scaling.
output: What video system to use for output.
For example, surface, overlay, opengl, openglnb, ddraw.
autolock: Mouse will automatically lock, if you click on the screen.
sensitivity: Mouse sensitivity.
waitonerror: Wait before closing the console if dosbox has an error.

All the bellow are @
Beside "-" are info
  
Dosbox turbo : 
 
Dosbox Settings - Advanced Dosbox Config
Select Input Mode - Joystick, Mouse or Scroll input
Mouse Tracking - Absolute or Relative
Mouse Sensitivity - sensitivity for Relative Mouse Tracking
Input Latency - Latency of imput devices
Virtual Joystick - settings
Overlay Joystick - check in for "on", check out for off 
Overlay Buttons  - check in for "on", check out for off 
Button Location - select location of Virtual On-Screen Buttons
Button/Controller Maps - Mappings for Hardware Buttons/Controllers
Gesture Mapping - Customize gesture actions
Use physical ALT - check in for "on", check out for off 
Screen Scaling - check in for "on", check out for off 
Screen Scale Factor - for Landscape
Scaled Screen Location - if Screen Scaling is on, choose screen location
Scale Quality - Select Fast or HQ Scaling
GPU Rendering - check in for "on", check out for off  
Rotation Settings - auto/portrait/landscape rotation
Keep Aspect Ratio - check in for "on", check out for off 
QuickMenu Display - Change how the QuickMenu slides
Enable Sound - check in for "on", check out for off
Turbo Cycles - check in for "on", check out for off
Turbo VGA - check in for "on", check out for off 
Turbo Audio - check in for "on", check out for off 
Enable Debug - check in for "on", check out for off 
Optimizations - bugfix for some ASUS devices
Version 

 
Dosbox manager : 
 
Dosbox Settings - Advanced Dosbox Config
Select Input Mode - Joystick, Mouse or Scroll input
Mouse Tracking - Absolute or Relative
Mouse Sensitivity - sensitivity for Relative Mouse Tracking
Input Latency - Latency of imput devices
Virtual Joystick - settings
Overlay Joystick - check in for "on", check out for off
Overlay Buttons  - check in for "on", check out for off
Button Location - select location of Virtual On-Screen Buttons
Button/Controller Maps - Mappings for Hardware Buttons/Controllers
Gesture Mapping - Customize gesture actions
Use physical ALT - check in for "on", check out for off
Screen Scaling - check in for "on", check out for off
Screen Scale Factor - for Landscape
Scaled Screen Location - if Screen Scaling is on, choose screen location
Scale Quality - Select Fast or HQ Scaling
GPU Rendering - check in for "on", check out for off 
Rotation Settings - auto/portrait/landscape rotation
Keep Aspect Ratio - check in for "on", check out for off 
QuickMenu Display - Change how the QuickMenu slides
Enable Sound - check in for "on", check out for off
Turbo Cycles - check in for "on", check out for off
Turbo VGA - check in for "on", check out for off
Turbo Audio - check in for "on", check out for off
Enable Debug - check in for "on", check out for off
Optimizations - bugfix for some ASUS devices
Version 
 
The differences between dosbox turbo and dosbox manager :
In dosbox turbo the below lines exist, but not in dosbox manager.
 
Reset to Default 
Help 

luni, 20 octombrie 2014

Multiplayer dos games list

Here, before i will test, review any dos games on my smartphone with dosbox turbo, i will post any links found, of multiplayer dos games. The below list, for example shows, beside the games, the network communications protocol. They are a set of rules for the PC machines, that they can communicate wich each other, for multiplayer games.

==  Multiplayer Options : IPX   ==
Games marked with this attribute can network with 4 or more computers on an IPX network (presumably running Novell) to enable multiplayer gameplay.
IPX

==  Multiplayer Options : Null-modem cable  ==
A null-modem cable is a serial cable with pins 2 and 3 reversed at one end. Connecting this cable between two computers allows them to communicate easily. Games that support null-modem cables can obviously only network between two computers.
Null-modem cable

       ==  NetBIOS  ==

NetBIOS 

Multiplayer Options : PBeM (Play-by-E-mail)
Games marked as PBeM (Play by Email) allows to be played via Email. The game must support such an option directly; manually mailing hotseat save games does not count as PBeM.
 Play by email

Multiplayer Options : Same/Split-Screen Multiplayer
Support for multiple players to play on the same gaming screen to play a non-turn-based multi-player game. This only applies to "real-time" games, such as action or arcade games.
Same screen

Of course, in dosbox turbo, a player will see on its own screen, what the other player do. The same with the other.

Multiplayer Options : Internet
Games marked with this attribute can network with 2 or more systems running a TCP/IP stack to enable multiplayer gameplay over the Internet.
TCP/IP

duminică, 19 octombrie 2014

My specs and some info about it

Compare my specs with yours. I'm not claiming my specs are the best in the world. The most important thing i consider to be are : the RAM, resolution, frecvency, WLan (you need a wifi connection to play between two machines with android system) and operating system version (i will talk about the version later). I found them impotant for Dosbox turbo. Your specs may vary, but having for example 1000 of RAM and not 1024, is not a problem. I know 1024 is maybe 1000, but i give you just an example. So is for frecvency 1,2. You can have 1 (with dual core specs, wich almost all phones do). I have a romanian smarthphone with the following specs :

Serioux RM X401

Model                       RM
Dual Sim                   Yes
Sim type                    Mini-Sim
Dimensions                124.8 x 63.5 x 10.7 mm
Weight                       133.4 g
Screen                       WVGA LCD
Colors                       16 millions
Resolution                  480 x 800 pixels
Display size                4.0 inch
Touchscreen               Capacitive
Model                         Cortex A7
Frecvency                   1,2 GHzM
Microprocessors          Dual Core
Chipset                        MediaTek MT6572
Internal flash memory   4 GB
RAM                          1024 MB
Slot card                     microSD, up to 32GB
Oparating system         Android OS
Version                        v4.2 (Jelly Bean)
Network                      2G - 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
                                  3G - 900 / 2100
GPRS                          Yes
WLan                          Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth                      v4.0
GPS receiver                 Yes

vineri, 17 octombrie 2014

The reason behind this blog

Hi. My alias is Roarke, here, from Romania and we are two twin brothers. We are modding Quake 2 Dawn of Darkness mod and Kingpin: Life of Crime, from moddb (a modding site for pc games, android etc.) alias Roarkes and we are a translator on Abandonia forum, alias Roarke. On a road or if you prefer, in your vacancy, you can play your favorite ms-dos game with Dosbox Turbo, on android system.

moddb
Quake 2 Dawn of Darkness
Kingpin: Life of Crime

The reason behind writing this blog is that, besides the links below, i didn't find reviews on games running on DOSBox Turbo (DOSBox is an emulator for windows system) or any tutorials for that matter. I will begin with simpler things and than much more. Single player and multiplayer tutoials, reviews etc. I'm here to help all of you and i don't represent Dosbox, Dosbox turbo or i make advertising for them, even if they are all great programs. Now, with Dosbox Turbo, you can run your favorite dos game with your android system (tablet, smartphone etc.)

What is ms-dos :
MS-DOS (/ˌɛmɛsˈdɒs/ EM-es-DOSS; short for Microsoft Disk Operating System) is an operating system for x86-based personal computers mostly developed by Microsoft. It was the most commonly used member of the DOS family of operating systems, and was the main operating system for IBM PC compatible personal computers during the 1980s to the mid-1990s, until it was gradually superseded by operating systems offering a graphical user interface (GUI), in particular by various generations of the Microsoft Windows operating system.
MS-DOS

DOSBox on wikipedia :
DOSBox

DOSBox forum :
DOSBox forum

The site of the developer of DOSBox Turbo, GamePad and DosBox Manager, running on android system :
Dosbox Turbo
Beginning dosbox turbo for newbies
Dosbox Turbo by fishstix on google play
GamePad
Emulates a simple D-Dpad directional keys / Cursor Keyboard Keys, and four (or six) separate buttons.
 GamePad
DosBox manager
DosBox Manager serves as a Game/Profile Manager (similar to D-Fend Reloaded) add-on for DosBox Turbo (required). It makes managing multiple DOSBox configuration files easy by offering a clean interface, shortcuts and a graphical launcher. Once your DOS games are configured in DosBox Manager, its very easy to setup or start them, or alter their configuration.
DosBox Manager

GOG, from wich you can buy old games :
GOG is an online game retailer

How to play GOG games on android with DosBox Turbo : 
How to play gog games on android with DOSBox Turbo 

A great site with abandoned games and forum :
Abandonia 
Abandonia forum

And remember, it doesen't matter if you write DosBox or DOSBox. We all know what you meant.
If is something that i forget, i will edit here. Thank you all. The above links will be posted in the right, in the blog links.