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DOS software

Postby marcusjambler » Thu Oct 19, 2017 5:29 pm

Hi All

I'm going through a huge pile of early DOS programs.
Sifting out anything that operates on the 286 PI copro in my Master.
So far I've come across two ROGUE games that are working, although I havn't gone deeper than level 3 yet.
The attachment is the image I used to create a 720k 3.5" DOS disk.
Created using Virtual Floppy Drive and the physical disk was formatted and imaged using OMNIFLOP.
Both games are on the disk.
ROGUE being the simpler one is just three files.
MAG constitutes the rest of the files and three subfolders.
I currently have them both on a DOS harddrive DataCentre CF HD partition.

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Re: DOS software

Postby pau1ie » Fri Oct 20, 2017 11:50 am

Thanks for this. I'm on the look out for programs to run on the 286 matchbox copro. Also I'm quite partial to roguelikes.
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Re: DOS software

Postby pau1ie » Tue Oct 31, 2017 8:12 pm

To move this to my master 512 hard drive was a palarver. It would be esiest if I had a PC with omniflop and a floppy drive, which I do in the garage, except I can't find the VGA cable...

So I downloaded the file, unzipped it, extracted the image files with 7-zip (Really handy this - it works for CD/DVD-ROM ISO images too). I copied these to a USB stick, then plugged it into the datacentre. I also copied J.G.Harston's USBFILER.

With the USB stick plugged into the datacentre, I ran the usbfiler (You can load and run a BASIC program from the datacentre USB disc). I changed the datacentre directory to the directory with the files in

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*]cd rogue
load "USBFILE"
*cdir rogue
*dir rogue
run

usbfile lets you do star commands, so I could have chained it. Then copied all the files

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copy usb:

Of course this changes all the dots in filenames to slashes.
Then I boot into dos, and use the move command to move the files across:

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mkdir rogue
cd rogue
move $.rogue.* -adfs . -dos

This changes the slashes into underscores and truncates the filenames. I had to rename them all back and repeat for each directory.

I noticed nosing around MDFS that there is a USBtoDISC. I wonder if this would let me write the image to a floppy on the BBC?
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Re: DOS software

Postby jgharston » Tue Oct 31, 2017 9:06 pm

pau1ie wrote:I noticed nosing around MDFS that there is a USBtoDISC. I wonder if this would let me write the image to a floppy on the BBC?

Yes, though only with DFS (and HADFS, AcornCPM, TorchCPN) and ADFS (and FileStore) disks, that is 256*10*trk FM via OSWORD &7F and 256*16*trk MFM via OSWORD &72. If your source DOS Disk is a "bootable" 640K Acorn DOS disk (an ADFS disk with a DOS filesystem) it will work, but not if it is a "large" 800K Acorn DOS disk as that is essentially a RISC OS ADFS D disk with a DOS filesystem.

Also, **WARNING**. Remember that when you have a hard drive active in ADFS, DRIVE ZERO IS THE HARD DRIVE. Always use drive 4 to ensure you are using the floppy drive when writing an image to a floppy. USBtoDisk doesn't give any "Hold on, destination disk is 600 times the size of the image file, are you sure?" type prompts.

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$ bbcbasic
PDP11 BBC BASIC IV Version 0.25
(C) Copyright J.G.Harston 1989,2005-2015
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Re: DOS software

Postby pau1ie » Tue Oct 31, 2017 9:37 pm

Thanks for that, good to know.
jgharston wrote:Also, **WARNING**

I think I discovered something like that shortly after I got the datacentre. Fortunately I hadn't written much to it before that!
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Re: DOS software

Postby marcusjambler » Wed Nov 01, 2017 5:31 pm

This one is an epic 7 player game of intrigue across 1900 Europe.
Originally a board game this version was written by Avalon Hill Game Co. in 1984
It looks to be operating and I've found a PDF of the manual which is included in the ZIP

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Re: DOS software

Postby pau1ie » Sat Nov 04, 2017 10:15 pm

Thanks. I assume that is the standard PC version. The rules seem to be from the board game so not much help with the UI. There is a video on youtube though, the game looks identical to that.
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Re: DOS software

Postby marcusjambler » Sun Nov 05, 2017 10:56 am

Today we have two text adventures.
007 GoldFinger by Mindscape in 1986 and Acheton written circa 1981 and published by Topologica 1987.
Theres cover art, a splash screen and game image in the zip.

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Re: DOS software

Postby marcusjambler » Fri Nov 10, 2017 5:06 pm

Hi There

As the sifting continues I've got what is widely seen as the ULTIMA 0 game - AKALABETH written by Richard Garriott in 1980.
I've played it for 20mins and gone down a dungeon or two..... :D Its working so far.
Game image and some documentation included.
AKALABETH.zip
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Next up is a Chess program attributed to PSION Software Ltd in 1985
I havn't found a manual as yet but the in game help and menus are pretty good.
Psionchess.zip
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I'm really enjoying this software mining.

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Re: DOS software

Postby marcusjambler » Fri Nov 10, 2017 5:38 pm

Hi Pau1ie
Sorry for the delay....
I think you're right with the DIPLOMACY youtube vid
I'm still trying to find the actual manual
There dont seem to be many included with the dos archived downloads

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Re: DOS software

Postby marcusjambler » Sat Nov 11, 2017 11:19 am

There are several versions of Basic that I've come across.
Not wishing to evoke the wrath of the corporations I'm just posting the names and issue numbers.

BasicA 2.10
GWBasic 2.02, 3.22, 3.23
MSBasic 3.0 Version 1.0
Basic86 V5.27
BASCOM 86 v2.0

The first 5 boot to a simple environment and pass the "hello world" test
The last 2 are older (8086) language and compiler. Which I havn't really tested.

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Re: DOS software

Postby marcusjambler » Thu Nov 23, 2017 6:20 pm

Today is Infocom Adventure day :D

7 working images and a PDF manual each to boot....

Need to run this one from within the folder at the minute.
A Mind Forever Voyaging.zip
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The rest work straight from the A: prompt
Ballyhoo.zip
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Cut Throats.zip
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Deadline.zip
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Enchanter.zip
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Hollywood Hijinx.zip
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Infidel.zip
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Enjoy......

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Re: DOS software

Postby marcusjambler » Thu Dec 07, 2017 9:16 pm

Today I'm posting 5 historic war games and a fantasy war game.
The historic ones are image only... I'm still looking for manuals although the games are pretty intuitive.
Defender of the Crown has a Manual but its the Apple GS one.

vulcan the tunisian campaign.zip
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Desert Rats.zip
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Conflict in Vietnam.zip
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arnhem.zip
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Action in the north atlantic.zip
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This one is slow until you switch off the sound in 'options'
Defender of the Crown.zip
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Re: DOS software

Postby marcusjambler » Tue Dec 12, 2017 8:45 pm

This one is only currently working in Demo mode.....

outrun.zip
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