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Re: Rescuing ancient laptops into emulation.

On Mon, 05 Sep 2011 16:31:17 +0000, Hendrik Boom wrote:

> The ancient laptop in question has about 24M main memory, a 2G hard
> drive, a plug-in floppy drive, a CD drive, and a 10Mhz coaxial ethernet
> PCMCIA card.  (Remember those?)
> The hard drive will probably fail one of these years.  I'm surprised it
> hasn't already.
> It runs an ancient Windows system, probably Windows 95.
> I can probably rig up enough hardware on another machine to talk to its
> ethernet.
> I can probably find a small enough Linux Live CD system to boot on it
> and use the sshfs or NFS o copy the entire hard drive over the ethernet
> connection.  But recommendations would be very welcome.
> Getting the bits is only the first problem, though.  Quite a few of
> those files are in file formats that can only be understood by the
> Windows software that also resides on that machine.
> Oh, the machine also contains one of my favourite legacy video games.
> I'd like to run all that in emulation (or otherwise (any suggestions?))
> on one of my new. shiny Debian boxes.
> Any suggestions as to what emulators are up to the challenge?  Or better
> ways of accomplishing the whole project?
> And would I have to rescue just the files or make an entire block-by-
> block hard drive image?  And would that image have to be in any
> (preferably documented?) form?


Once you have the files transferred, I'd suggest trying with DosBox as a 

apt-cache search dosbox
dosbox - A x86 emulator with Tandy/Herc/CGA/EGA/VGA/SVGA graphics, sound 
and DOS

I've tried DosBox - Doom and DoomII run fine in it.

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