put games on an old dos computer

November 21, 2011 at 15:58:53
Specs: ms dos 3.30
i have a toshiba t3200 with dos 3.30 on it i was just wondering how to be able to download games from the internet then load them onto a floppy disk via different computer then use the t3200 to run them if so where and how, thanks.

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November 21, 2011 at 16:15:12
If memory (and link below) serves, the T3200 had a plasma CGA/EGA-type adapter, so you'd need to make sure the games will support those older-type resolutions:


Dosgamesarchive.com should provide you with a wealth of games that would work, whether demos, freeware or shareware. If you have another machine with an internet connection and a floppy-drive, it should be just a matter of unzipping the games to the floppy or the hard-drive on the Toshiba (assuming it has one) and playing from there. Just note that some newer games may require a newer (386 or above) CPU to work and any VGA games also would be out of the machines capabilities. You'd also likely need to use 720K floppies if the drive hasn't been updated to a 1.44MB.

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."

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November 21, 2011 at 18:35:28
ya i tried that with the game drug wars which in my mind is like the simplest game and i put it on a floppy put it in the toshiba and it said..
"general failure error reading drive a"
abort, retry, fail?
i no its not broken because it reads other disks what do you think i can do?

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November 21, 2011 at 19:58:31
The toshiba has a 720 K drive and the other computer probably a 1.44 drive. Either use 720 K disks or cover the sensor hole in 1.44 disks with tape and format them as 720 K in the other computer. Then you should be able to copy the files and use them in the toshiba.

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November 22, 2011 at 03:20:09
Given the message:

""general failure error reading drive a"
abort, retry, fail?"

If the floppy drive is reading other disks, and (as mentioned above) if the drive is 720K, either the disk is bad or you've tried to read a 1.44MB disk.

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November 22, 2011 at 14:23:44
k so i covered the hole but there was no option for formatting it in 720k so i tried the command "FORMAT A: /T:80 /N:9" and it started to but it said parameters not supported by drive

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November 22, 2011 at 18:25:55
If you format the disks in the toshiba 720 drive then you'd just use format a:. On an XP computer I guess 720 K formatting isn't supported even in command prompt:


I'm not sure if XP will recognize an already-formatted 720 K disk. You'll just have to try it and see.

The 720 drive in the toshiba doesn't have a size sensor. It only has a read/write sensor. So you don't need to use the tape on a disk in the 720 drive. But when you put a 1.44 disk formatted as 720 K in a 1.44 drive the sensor hole needs to be covered otherwise the drive will 'sense' it's a 1.44 and won't recognize the disk.

Formatting a 1.44 as 720 isn't a problem with 9X or ME. Just use format /f:720 a:

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November 23, 2011 at 03:35:54
Hi Mustang,

when using HD floppies as DD, it can be best to cover the 'other' square hole with black insulating tape, as sometimes light is used to detect it.

It may be worth considering upgrading to dos 6.2?, which is better than 3.30. But
take copies of old system including system files 'just in case'

If using very old dos games, the Toshiba may be too fast. There is probably an easy method to slow it down to the standard 'original' pc speed.
Some interestng reading:-

Good Luck - Keep us posted.

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