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  • Ben Armstrong

    Head to head DOOM under Virtual PC

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    You may have been wondering why you would want to setup IPX under Virtual PC.  The simple answer is so that you can play old school DOS network games against your friends.  The not so obvious answer is so that you can play a game of DOOM against...
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    Setting up DOS IPX Networking under Virtual PC 2004

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    IPX (Internetwork Packet Exchange) is an older protocol - originally developed by Novell for Netware networks. A number of DOS games need to have an IPX peer-to-peer network configured in order to support head-to-head gaming. In order to setup a minimal...
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    X-COM: Interceptor under Virtual PC

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    The final stop in the X-COM series takes a distinct change of pace. X-COM: Interceptor maintained the base building strategy aspects of the previous games - however the turn based strategy sections have been replaced with real time space combat against...
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    OS/2 2.11 under Virtual PC

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    One of the skeletons that I keep in my closet is that a long time ago - I was an OS/2 zealot. Soon after using Windows 3.0 - I got to play with my first copy of OS/2. OS/2 2.11. I immediately fell in love with it. It was much more stable than Windows...
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    X-COM: Apocalypse under Virtual PC

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    X-COM: Apocalypse has been one of the trickiest games in the X-COM series to get running under Virtual PC. The run down of the issues that I encountered while setting this up were: 1) X-COM: Apocalypse seems to have a problem installing off of a .ISO...
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    Dedicated networking for Virtual Machines

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    One of the cool 'hidden' features of Virtual PC / Virtual Server is the ability to dedicate a physical network to be used only by virtual machines. This can be done simply by going to the 'Control Panel' on the host computer and then going to the 'Network...
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    X-COM: Terror from the deep under Virtual PC

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    The next game in the X-COM series is 'X-COM: Terror from the deep'. This game is the direct sequel to UFO - Enemy unknown - and uses the same game engine (with a few minor tweaks). The result is that it behaves largely like UFO - Enemy Unknown when run...
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    Hacking 'Repeatable Save State Restore' into Virtual PC

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    One feature that people regularly ask for in Virtual PC is the ability to have a virtual machine in a 'saved state' and to then be able to repeatedly restore the virtual machine from that saved state. This is particularly useful for training and demonstration...
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    UFO - Enemy Unknown under Virtual PC

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    I am going to move on from the Command and Conquer series. The reason for this is that I cannot get the remaining games to run under Virtual PC. Command and Conquer - Tiberian Sun - has a copy protected CD that does not seem to work inside of Virtual...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Windows Media Center 2005 under Virtual PC

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    Having heard nothing but good reviews about Windows Media Center 2005 - and being a nerd at heart - I decided to try and build my own Media Center PC this weekend. Once the install CD's were in my hands - I thought - 'I wonder if this would run under...
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    Best 'light wieght' OS for Virtual PC

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    From time to time people ask me to identify the best 'light weight' operating system to run under Virtual PC - with the basic requirements of TCP/IP connectivity. The answer is usually not what they expect. If you are solely interested in something that...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Microsoft BOB lives!

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    Microsoft BOB lives in infamy.  BOB was a graphical shell that ran on top of Windows 3.11 and Windows 95.  It attempted to replace the traditional desktop environment with a visual representation of a house; where all your programs were objects...
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    Win32s under Virtual PC

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    Win32s is an extension set for Windows 3.11 that enables you to run specific 32-bit applications under Windows 3.11. If you need to run an application that needs Win32s under Virtual PC - one of the first issues you will encounter is that Win32s v1.3...
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    Dune 2000 under Virtual PC

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    Next in the Command and Conquer series is Dune 2000. After the success of Command and Conquer, and Red Alert - Westwood decided to go and create a remake of the original Dune 2. This game did not do too well in the market - as at the time that it released...
  • Ben Armstrong

    We have a bug with Windows 98 Video

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    Well - it appears that there is a bug in the Virtual Machine Additions video driver for Windows 98 that was included with Virtual PC 2004 Service Pack 1. The bug manifests itself in the following ways: 1) GDI+ applications crash if they try to draw a...
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    Networking Windows 3.11 under Virtual PC

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    Well - now that we have Windows 3.11 up and running under Virtual PC with sound and SVGA video support - the next challenge is to get this sucker on to the Internet. First there are a bunch of updates you will need to download (many thanks to x-com...
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    Red Alert on Virtual PC

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    Well - moving on in the Command and Conquer series - the next game is Red Alert. Unfortunately - Red Alert uses exactly the same game engine as the original Command and Conquer. This means that it suffers from exactly the same type of problems - with...
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    Windows 3.11 on Virtual PC

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    The next operating system to look at under Virtual PC is the pinnacle of 16bit Windows - Windows 3.11. Windows 3.11 installs with no problems under Virtual PC - however to get the best experience under Windows 3.11 you should configure the following settings...
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    When is a bug not a bug?

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    The answer is - when it is not our bug :-) So continuing with the series on Command and Conquer - the next game to look at is the Windows 95 version of Command and Conquer. This is a *very* finicky game. It won't run under Windows XP - no matter how much...
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    Tuning DOS inside of Virtual PC

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    Well - I think it's time to go over how to tune DOS for running inside of Virtual PC. When it comes to DOS applications there is only one thing that counts - base memory. DOS starts with 640k of base memory - and every TSR* / Driver that you load uses...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Virtual PC and Command & Conquer

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    From time to time someone will contact me and complain about the fact that Command & Conquer does not run under Virtual PC. The reason for this is that Command & Conquer uses a CPU call that almost no one ever uses (There are only two other programs...
  • Ben Armstrong

    More Operating System Nostalgia

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    Moving forward with the screen shots I posted the other day of CPM and Windows 1.01 - here are a few more: Windows 2.03: This was the first version of Windows that actually displayed its UI in a 'window' (odd - isn't it?). Windows 2.03 runs just fine...
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    Ben is on the road this week...

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    I am currently sitting in a hotel in Nashville making this post. I will be in Minnieapolis and Cincinnati later this week - as I am presenting at three Virtual Server launch events. So posting and responding to feedback is going to be hit and miss this...
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    Virtualization versus Emulation...

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    There is a lot of confusion in this world about what the difference between a virtual machine and an emulated machine is. I personally blame this on two factors: 1) Most people don't really care 2) 'Virtual' is an overloaded word in the english language...
  • Ben Armstrong

    The other reason why I love Virtual PC

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    Would have to be because I love nothing more than to just tinker with old and esoteric operating systems - and find out what makes them tick.  On the virtual machine team I am known as the person who is most likely to know why obscure operating system...
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