Solved Windows 98 in VMware

July 8, 2015 at 16:44:38
Specs: Windows7/ 98
Hi, I am a frequent reader of this site, but this is my first time asking a question here.

I am using Windows 98 on VMware player. I successfully installed VMware tools and the drivers all appear to be functioning, except for an unidentified PCI device that Windows 98 does not have a driver for.

Anyways, inside this Windows 98 environment, videos run smoothly, and newer (relatively) games seem to run smoothly. However, older games like DoomII and the original Wolfenstein run very, very slow. Is there a reason for this? The display and everything else seems to run fine, and Windows 98 is able to play videos without any problems. It just seems strange to me that Quake will run fine, but DoomII has serious lag. Thanks.

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July 9, 2015 at 00:36:14
By chance, are the slow ones MS Dos games you're running from command prompt while the others are windows compatible? Dos games ought to run OK in command prompt but maybe they're acting weird because windows 98 is sitting in VMware.

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July 9, 2015 at 05:27:54
That is exactly right. I didn´t really think of that. The windows ones run fine, the MS-DOS ones are very slow.

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July 9, 2015 at 07:34:29
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So you're running emulation within emulation?

The problems you describe sound a lot like how those games would work on a period accurate WIn98 machine.

The seamingly obvious choice would be to make a DOS VM, but an easier option would be to use a DOS emulator like DOSBox.

You explicitly mention DOOM, and the good news is iD released the source code for those games some time ago, leading to a number of modern ports compatible with WinXP and up. I haven't followed that scene since ZDoom was the hot new thing, but try a few out and see what works for you. There are also a few Wolf3D ports to try.

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July 9, 2015 at 08:47:13
Thanks! Dosbox works like a charm. I don´t know why I have never heard of this wonderful cration before lol.

I will try the ports too for the Windows98 on VMware.

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