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01-30-2008, 07:12 AM
Recently I was given some boxes of old books and games that a co-worker was going to throw out. Long story short, I now am in possession of a "like new" copy of the original Silent Hunter with manual. (My wife must have thought we won the lottery by the way I was carrying on!)

Here is my dilemma. I need suggestions on how best to set up a true DOS environment to run it in. If I recall correctly, the DOS "shell" from windows 98 and onward does not do the trick.


01-30-2008, 07:20 AM
What a great find!

You can get Dos games running using XP's compatability mode setting I think, but how to escapes me at the moment but I am sure someone will be along shortly who will get you up and running http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

01-30-2008, 07:22 AM
Use Dosbox http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Its is a full DOS and hardware emulator. (It also emulates old grapics cards and sound blasters)

LINK (http://www.dosbox.com/)

Check their forum for instruction on how to use it.

01-30-2008, 09:10 AM
Another great tool for emulation is Microsoft's "Virtual PC." I mentioned that here a while back, and while it is not the right tool for this job [getting SH1 to run in a DOS environment] it is a neat tool for those who have XP and want to run Win98. Note that you must have at least XP Professional or Vista in order to run it. XP Home users are out of luck. It's a free download from Microsoft's download page: Virtual PC 2007 (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=04d26402-3199-48a3-afa2-2dc0b40a73b6&DisplayLang=en)

I run Virtual PC on my XP Professional notebook. I have a virtual Windows 98 PC setup, on which I play some older Win98 games. It's a neat tool, as it allows me to retain my XP desktop, but still have a Win98 machine without having to use a dedicated older machine. Still, since I am a bit of a hardware afficionado, I still have in my possession machines which can run DOS, Windows 3.1, Windows 9x and up. It's like a hardware museum in my house.

I'm also aware of, but have had no personal experience with a product from VMWare, which allows you to use virtual machines going back before Windows XP, although it is not a free program.

01-30-2008, 11:44 AM
Thanks for the ideas guys! I am running Vista on my main box, but I have a couple of older machines that I might just re-format and run windows'95 on. If I can find my old '95 disk that is. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/53.gif Being pressed for time, I will probably try out DOSbox first. The site says they are now Vista compatible.

I will let everyone know how it goes. I might be setting myself up for disappointment, but I expect my "early '00s" boxes would run an old '90s game like noone's business. I always get a chuckle when I discuss modern RAM and recall having hard drives with smaller storage than my current RAM sticks.


01-31-2008, 02:36 PM
wAIT! You mean I can play STEEL PANTHERS on my XP laptop!!!! what a find! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

time to tinker... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

01-31-2008, 06:43 PM
Yes, I got my Silent Hunter I to run using Celeon's suggestion. But I also use another program with it called DOShell. it is a 'Frontend' that just makes it easier to deal with for people who don't speak DOS.

Any yes, Silent Hunter I and the emulators all fit onto my flash drive even! so I can play SH anywhere I like, when I'm on any Computer!

02-11-2008, 11:38 AM
Well, it took me awhile to get around to it, but I got SH-I up and running using DOSbox this weekend past. I was not mistaken in my memory. That old S-class would not even top 5 knots surfaced!! I left Manila, and just before I finally reached an area of Japanese operations...they told me the war was over!!! JK :P Sank a couple of light cruisers and decided to keep the productive/fun streak going. So I logged off and DLed GWX 2.0. Works fine on my computer. All I can say is WOW. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif


02-11-2008, 12:10 PM
Originally posted by The_Silent_O:
wAIT! You mean I can play STEEL PANTHERS on my XP laptop!!!! what a find! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

time to tinker... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

I'm guessing you mean the first release of Steel Panthers? I had [have] that version in my library, but more importantly, there is a way updated version of Steel Panthers available for free on the internet, called "Steel Panthers: World at War." It is to the original SP what GWX2 is to stock SH3. They've made numerous mods and improvements to the game and it runs perfectly under XP. I have it installed on my Athlon XP notebook, well, my daughter has it now at university; doubt she is chewing up Rokkosovsky like I would with it. Drop me a PM if you need me to burn you a copy. I know you live in a "pre-socialist" worker's paradise residence. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif