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  • Ben Armstrong

    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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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    A Very Merry Virtual Server, umm Christmas

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    Well - my kids are both finally asleep - and 'Santa' has been to put presents in their stockings - so I have a little time to relax before heading to bed early (as I know that my children will wake up *Very* early). So what better to do than to post to...
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    I'm number 1! :-)

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    Well my father just emailed me to let me know that if you Google for 'Ben Armstrong' this blog is the first on the list ( http://www.google.com/search?q=ben+armstrong ). Woo Hoo!
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    Please don't use /3GB - okay?

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    Every now and then someone will report that they are having problems launching more than 10 or so virtual machines under Virtual Server. Inevitably it turns out that they have enabled the /3GB boot option ( http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp...
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    What do you mean 'The binary is the source'?

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    Yesterday I mentioned a utility that we include in the Virtual Machine Additions for DOS - 'IDLE.COM'. When we came across to Microsoft (from Connectix) we found out that for various technical and legal reasons - Microsoft has strict policies about having...
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    Why does DOS use 100% CPU under Virtual PC?

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    From time to time someone notices that when they run DOS under Virtual PC it uses 100% of the host CPU to do absolutely nothing, and wonder why this is the case. The answer is relatively simple - and it is: 'DOS is never actually doing nothing'. Most...
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    Gaming Friday: 'Raptor: Call of the Shadows'

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    In case no one has noticed - when Friday comes around - my main interest in Virtual PC is just to kick back and play a couple of games. Today I felt like playing 'Raptor: Call of the Shadows' - this was a classic vertical scrolling fighter plane game...
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    Cool information about clustering on Virtual Server

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    With Virtual Server 2005 we added the ability to cluster two virtual machines over a shared SCSI bus. If you are like me - your response to this is 'Cool - I can setup a cluster and play around with it all on one computer... Shame I don't know how to...
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    Tips for migrating a physical computer to a virtual machine (part 4)

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    Well we are at the final post in my series on migrating a physical computer to a virtual machine. If all other steps have failed the last thing to check is the HAL that is being used by the operating system. The HAL is the 'Hardware Abstraction Layer...
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    Duke Nukem 3D under Virtual PC 2004

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    Duke Nukem 3D is one of the classic 3D shooter games - and is the game that most people think of when they hear 'Duke Nukem'. I can personally remember getting together with friends at LAN parties and playing Duke Nukem 3D marathons - where the first...
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    Installing OS/2 Warp 3 Connect under Virtual PC 2004

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    The other day I explained how to install OS/2 Warp 3 red and blue under Virtual PC 2004 ( http://blogs.msdn.com/virtual_pc_guy/archive/2004/12/07.aspx ). OS/2 Warp 3 connect is very similar to OS/2 Warp 3 Blue edition - however it also has support for...
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    Tips for migrating a physical computer to a virtual machine (part 3)

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    Returning to the series on how to migrate a physical computer to a virtual machine ( http://blogs.msdn.com/virtual_pc_guy/archive/2004/11/30.aspx ) the next step in our journey is - what to do when you can't even boot the virtual machine into safe mode...
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    The Microsoft Archives

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    One of the cool things about working at Microsoft is having access to the Microsoft Archives. It turns out that Microsoft has been quite fastidious about keep record of all product and press releases since the beginning of time. And all of this information...
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