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  • Ben Armstrong

    Battle Bugs under Virtual PC

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    Battle Bugs is a fun real time strategy game (with the twist of being able to pause the game to plan your next move) where you command a troupe of faithful bugs defending your territory against opposing forces. You will command ants, cockroaches, bees...
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    Installing FreeDOS on Virtual PC

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    A number of people find that when they want to reminisce about the old days - that they no longer have a working copy of DOS handy - and it is quite hard to buy a copy of DOS at this stage. Well - never fear - FreeDOS may be just what you need: http:...
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    Enabling host disk cache under Virtual PC

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    When you are running operating systems other than Windows NT / 2000 / XP / 2003 under Virtual PC you can gain a performance boost by enabling host side disk caching. This is not enabled by default as it is not architecturally correct behavior - but I...
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    Alien Carnage (Halloween Harry) under Virtual PC

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    Halloween Harry is a little known, but very classy, platform game release in the hay day of DOS gaming. Smooth graphics, wide variety of weapons and lame story line (save the world from Zombie aliens) are all present. In order to run Halloween Harry under...
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    Why we emulated the devices that we do?

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    Inside of Virtual PC we provide a number of 'emulated' devices - like the S3 Trio video card and the Intel 21140 network card. People regularly ask me why we emulate these specific devices - and there are a number of reasons. It is important to know that...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Capture the flag under Virtual PC

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    Released in '92 - Capture the Flag - is a surprisingly high quality and very focused shareware game. It provides a simple interface for a basic game of 'capture the flag'. You control your team members in a turn based strategy style to try and capture...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Programmatically detecting host information from inside the guest under Virtual PC and Virtual Server

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    At various times it is convenient to be able to identify the host computer from inside of a virtual machine in a programatic fashion (e.g. When you are deploying a virtual machine or running an automated process). To help in these scenarios both Virtual...
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    Conquests of Camelot under Virtual PC

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    Conquests of Camelot: Quest for the Holy Grail is a classic Sierra adventure game. You use the mouse or keyboard to move around - and type in actions for Arthur to perform. One thing that I always remember about Conquests of Camelot is that it is incredibly...
  • Ben Armstrong

    What I learned at the Windows Core All Hands meeting... (joke)

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    Well - today I went to the Windows Core All Hands meeting - where I got to listen to top executives talking about our plans for the coming year. And what did I learn? That if you make a Ham, Cheese and Lettuce sandwich - you can stop the bread from getting...
  • Ben Armstrong

    EGA-Trek under Virtual PC

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    EGA-Trek is an old classic space strategy game where you get to warp around the galaxy, blowing up bad guys with photon torpedoes and laser cannons. From the FILE_ID.DIZ: EGATrek v3.0: EGA space/strategy game. You are in command of a powerful starship...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Nero InCD is all better now

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    For a while now I have been convincing people that I have psychic capabilities. The usual conversation has been: Random person: I just put some extra memory in my physical system - so that I now have 2GB of RAM - and now Virtual PC can't use more than...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Virtual PC SP1 Networking problems (address "00:00:00:00:00:00" failed to initialize)

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    There have been a number of people reporting that when they start a virtual machine - they get the following error: The network adapter with address "00:00:00:00:00:00" of virtual machine "...." failed to initialize because the address is a null address...
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    Tomb Raider under Virtual PC

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    Every now an then there is a game that runs surprisingly well under Virtual PC. Tomb raider is one such game. There are no issues (that I know of) and it runs playably at low detail on most modern machines - and I can run it playably at high detail on...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Installing FixPack 15 and Virtual Machine Additions on OS/2 Warp 4

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    Once you have OS/2 up and running (as discuss here:...) the first thing that you should do is to get the latest FixPack installed - which happens to be FP15 for OS/2 Warp 4. To do this - boot the OS/2 virtual machine and open an OS/2 Command Prompt Window...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Solar Winds under Virtual PC

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    Solar Winds is a not-too-well-known game by Epic Mega. To be honest - it is not the greatest game in the world - but I enjoy playing it from time to time. It is an interesting space exploration game where you play a freelancing mercenary. However its...
  • Ben Armstrong

    OS/2 Warp 4 Addendum

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    An associate of mine pointed out a couple of points that I missed few points for OS/2 installation: You should be careful to specify that you want to use NetBios over TCP/IP during installation instead of plain NetBios. You need NetBios over TCP/IP to...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Installing OS/2 Warp 4 under Virtual PC

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    To install OS/2 Warp 4 under Virtual PC you will need to create a virtual machine with a 2GB virtual hard disk (if you use the new virtual machine wizard and tell it you are installing 'OS/2' it will create a 2GB virtual hard disk for you) Next - you...
  • Ben Armstrong

    What is up with selecting the 'Operating System'?

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    When you create a new virtual machine - you will be prompted to select which operating system you are going to install. Now - a number of people wonder why we ask for this information - and how we decide on what operating system to display by default...
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    Rogue (the original) under Virtual PC

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    For those who do not know - Rogue is quite possibly the greatest 'old school' game of all time - and the predecessor of most modern 'dungeon exploration' games. Indeed - when the infamous 'Diablo' was released it felt very much like Rogue with modern...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Using Shared Networking (NAT) with a Windows Server 2003 virtual machine

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    Virtual PC has a convenient feature called 'Shared Networking'. What this is is a small virtual NAT (network address translation) router - which is quite similar to the cheap hardware broadband routers that a lot of people use (myself included). The advantage...
  • Ben Armstrong

    How to get sound working under Windows Server 2003 in Virtual PC

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    Windows Server 2003 does not include drivers for the Sound Blaster 16 emulated by Virtual PC (nor is this card officially supported in Windows Server 2003). It is - however - possible to get sound working by loading the Windows XP drivers under Windows...
  • Ben Armstrong

    The Need For Speed - under Virtual PC

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    No, this is not a post about how to speed up performance under Virtual PC. Rather this is a post about how to enjoyably while away your Friday afternoon driving your race car in 'The Need For Speed' under Virtual PC. This is the original game which has...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Does it meet the bar?

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    When the team moved up to Microsoft from Connectix one thing that was quickly evident was that there were a number of 'cultural' differences between the two companies. This was highlighted by the fact that when we started the entire program management...
  • Ben Armstrong

    BeOS v5 under Virtual PC 2004

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    When I first started working at Connectix, one of my favorite past times was to tease the CTO, Eric Traut, about the fact that BeOS did not work under Virtual PC. Eric is a bit of a perfectionist, and liked BeOS, so it bothered him that it did not work...
  • Ben Armstrong

    http://vpc.visualwin.com rocks!

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    'What Works and What Doesn't in Microsoft Virtual PC 2004' ( http://vpc.visualwin.com/ ) is a great website that is maintained by Jonathan Maltz. It lists all reported operating systems that people have tried under Virtual PC. At this stage there are...
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