Free x86 emulators?

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  1. Mechcozmo macrumors 603

    Mechcozmo

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    I have a game that won't run correctly in Windows 2000 on my PC. I want to play it however. Are there any emulators for Windows that are free? I don't care if they are for the Mac or for Windows. Just needs to be able to run Win95 or 98.

    I used to have VPC 6 but that is broken in Tiger... not happy about that...
     
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    VPC 6 is working well for me in Tiger. It's only one of the advanced networking features that's broken form memory, nothing too much to worry about. :p
     
  3. rccola70 macrumors regular

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    There's QEMU if you can configure it right...
     
  4. Toe macrumors 65816

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    I'm not sure about their Tiger compatibility, but there is Bochs (which is open source and has to be compiled), and there is WinTel, which is a $25 packaged installer of Bochs so you don't have to compile it yourself.
     
  5. Mechcozmo thread starter macrumors 603

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    For both Bochs and QEMU, are there sites on how to set it up? I looked at them and they seemed fairly daunting... also, what video card do they emulate? I need something DirectX 6.0 compatible ( :rolleyes: ) for this game.

    Virtual PC seems to have an issue while starting up the game...

    For the record, it is LEGO Rock Raiders. A great game, if I do say so myself. :)
     
  6. alex_ant macrumors 68020

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    DirectX is not supported in Virtual PC. There is no way that game would run above 1 fps in any x86 emulator on the Mac, even if it emulated DirectX. For an emulator on the PC, I think it would be far better just to install Win98 on a separate disk/partition.
     
  7. Mechcozmo thread starter macrumors 603

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    Meh... I have Windows 2000 on C:\, D:\ is where all the data goes (C:\ is very small, 3 GB) E:\ is... empty, don't know how big, and F:\ is Ubuntu.

    I would have made more but then you get all the confusion with real and extended partitions... stupid PC-BIOS. This is on my Athlon XP 2500+ box BTW. The game didn't work in Windows 2000. The screen would go black but the overlays for controlling the game worked fine. :mad: I also ran it in Win95, Win98, and WinNT4SP5 compatibility modes. No worky.

    I can install Windows 98 I guess... just didn't really want to for the one game. ~sigh~
     
  8. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Hmmm.... wait.

    First: Google MacBochs -- it is available pre-compiled. And not too hard to run. But I just got VPC5 from Raven VII... and the difference in speed is astounding. I would be shocked if you would find MacBochs or QEMU from the Mac to be satisfactory.

    Second: You can use Bochs or some similar program to run Win95 or Win98 as a guest OS on your PC. That *should* work fine for you -- no x86 emulation, just a virtual machine. So it should be quite a lot faster.

    Here is a link to compiled Bochs for windows: http://www.psyon.org/bochs-win32/
     
  9. MisterMe macrumors G4

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