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 Readme for:  Emulation » Computer » bochs.lha


Description: PC emulator
Download: bochs.lha       (TIPS: Use the right click menu if your browser takes you back here all the time)
Size: 971kb
Version: 2.5.1
Date: 28 Jul 2012
Author: Bochs team
Submitter: Mathias 'Corto' Parnaudeau
Homepage: http://bochs.sourceforge.net
Requirements: diskimage.device
Category: emulation/computer
Replaces: emulation/computer/bochs.lha
License: LGPL
Distribute: yes
Min OS Version: 4.0
FileID: 7264
Comments: 10
Snapshots: 3
Videos: 0
Downloads: 788  (Current version)
112  (Accumulated)
Votes: 1 (0/0)  (30 days/7 days)

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* Bochs 2.5.1

Bochs is a portable x86 PC emulation software package that emulates enough of
the x86 CPU, related AT hardware, and BIOS to run Windows, Linux, *BSD, Minix,
and other OS's, all on your workstation.

About this first port I made:
- It uses the SDL module for the GUI, the Amiga module would be to rewrite.
- Audio doesn't work, as there is neither SDL or AHI supported, only Linux
  (with ALSA) and Windows modules are implemented.
- The CDROM has been activated but doesn't seem to work. I suppose that would
  be useful only for installing Windows ... that our machines wouldn't be able
  to run at a decent speed.
- I had problems with the keymap on my Sam440, it was not possible to use ':' !
  But it works on my MicroAOne with a PS/2 keyboard.
- The provided SDL keymap is used by default but maybe you will want to modify
- I tried several games and I noticed that some of them have a display problem
  but they were usable though.
- Instead of waiting more before this release, I prefered to make it available
  even if no optimization has been done yet.

* Use DOS and play DOS games

Get a floppy disk image of DOS, for example DOS 6.22.
I found an image at http://www.allbootdisks.com/download/dos.html

I tried to use FreeDOS and create a hard drive image but that was a mess.

Create a hard drive image (here 250 MB):
bximage -hd -size=250 -mode=flat -q hda

Update the config file bochsrc with the last line of the output if

Boot on the DOS floppy disk :
bochs -q

Run fdisk.

Reset the emulated computer and format the hard drive :
format c:

Reset again. The environment is ready

** On Amiga

Install diskimage, available on os4depot. If it was not previously installed,
reboot your Amiga.

My advice is to run bochs inside the directory where this archive was unpacked.

Run DiskImageGUI and double-click on IPC0, then copy or unzip all the
abandonware games that you want.
My other advice : Limit the game directories to 7 characters because I was
to use auto-completion under DOS.

Now that you've populated your hard drive image, double-click on IPC0 again to

Run bochs again:

bochs -q

Type "C:" and "dir". Now do what you want, in one word: enjoy!

** On Linux

sudo mkdir /mnt/loop
sudo /sbin/losetup /dev/loop0 hda -o 32256
sudo mount -o loop /dev/loop0 /mnt/loop

Unzip all the abandonware games that you want in /mnt/loop !
My advice : Limit the game directories to 8 characters because I was
unable to use auto-completion under DOS and to find the ~ character.

sudo umount /mnt/loop

That's great, you populated your hard drice successfully, run bochs again:

BXSHARE=../bios ../bochs -q

Type "C:" and "dir". Now do what you want.

* Install Windows 98

About 1 hour on a quad-core station.
That's not possible to install Windows 98 with the Amiga version yet (lack
of working CDROM support).

File Version Size Date OS Dls Readme
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