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How to run DOS game without DOSBox?

#1eagles5769Posted 9/22/2013 3:40:38 PM
I have 7th Guest CD ROM I'm trying to run and am not familiar with DOSBox or Scummvm and cannot get this to run. I just want to install it. Anyway to bypass DOSBox or anything that requires me to enter code? I cannot get it to run regardless what I do. If I rebuy it off of GoG can I install it just like non-DOS games or do I still have to use DOSBox?
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#2YoungAdultLinkPosted 9/22/2013 3:43:22 PM
You could always create a partition and actually install DOS.
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#3TheFeshPincePosted 9/22/2013 3:44:51 PM
Just make sure you install it over windows.
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#4-CJF-Posted 9/22/2013 4:13:03 PM
I haven't played the GOG.com version of The 7th Guest, but I do know several GOG games use DOSBox or ScummVM behind the scenes. However, these games are set up in such a way that you don't have to interact with the application to run the game. In most cases, you just click on the shortcut to launch the game as you would with any PC game. You may still need to play with the settings to adjust graphics filters, save states, etc.

I'm curious as to what issues you're having getting your copy of The 7th Guest to run with DOSBox. In most cases, all you have to do is enter in a basic run command or path to the game folder. I'd say it's worth reading into and learning exactly how to use DOSBox if you play these sorts of older games often.
#5eagles5769(Topic Creator)Posted 9/22/2013 4:22:42 PM(edited)
I copied the directories of the both CDs onto a directory of C:\dosgames. I managed to install the game with mounting disc 2 and going through the sound/video checks, then it said to run disc 1 to play. That's where I'm getting stuck. What directory do I choose to run disc 1?

My error says, "MSCDEX not installed"
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#6kobalobasileusPosted 9/22/2013 4:36:25 PM
The GOG versions of games that require DOSbox already have a working DOSbox profile included with them. All of the annoying configuration nonsense has been taken care of, and DOS games from GOG will install and run just like any other Windows program.
#7-CJF-Posted 9/22/2013 4:43:01 PM
You most likely need to mount the directory using the cdrom parameter. Read this if you haven't yet: http://www.dosbox.com/wiki/Basic_Setup_and_Installation_of_DosBox
#8ElDudorinoPosted 9/22/2013 5:06:40 PM
Well, you can't expect to load a CD-ROM without MSCDEX loaded! Make sure you have a line in your autoexec to load up MSCDEX. You can just load it into upper memory (totally won't impact performance) and still probably keep a good 605K of conventional memory free as long as you don't have a lot of other bloaty TSRs going. You can just make that your T7G boot profile or something.

... honestly, I think kobalobasileus has the best solution if DOS isn't your flavor.