Any interest on a DOS VM that runs Tyrian?
6 years ago
United States

I built one in VMWare Player (the free one) based on some IBM DOS 5.0 disks I had lying around. Then I used WinImage to add the GoG version to the image. I could post a guide or add a disk image of Free DOS to resources.

There's really not much point to the Virtual Machine. It actually seems like Tyrian runs a bit slower than in DOSBox. Granted I haven't touched the settings (or DOS in years for that matter) and there's certainly some better suited VM software out there that properly emulates Sound Blaster cards.

I might give vDOS and a few others a whirl as well. I don't like the DOSBox setup on my machine and I'm trying to find a replacement or tweak it to my liking.

Oklahoma, USA

Interesting. Without meaning to sound rude, but what's the point? Is there something that the gog dos box setup doesn't do well?

United States

Nah, not rude at all.

Actually, it could partly be my monitor, but there's occasionally some odd delays with keys and crackling in the sound. It's likely just an annoyance, not something that affects runs, but it's not how I remember Tyrian in the 90's.

Edited by the author 6 years ago
United States

Oh dear. I can't believe I'm doing this, but it's the only way I can prove to myself that I'm not crazy. I just saved a moderately old Core 2 duo from the trash.

I'm gonna put DOS on it and hook it to my CRT. And I'm gonna test out Tyrian. >_<

Shhh don't tell my wife!

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Oklahoma, USA

Hahaha love it

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United States

Well, it looks like I'm only partly crazy. There's no difference in how Tyrian runs on a real non-vm DOS machine that I've seen yet, but there does seem to be a difference in how it runs outputting to a CRT. No stuttering or tearing. The sound is a bit better as well for some reason. Maybe something to do with video sync? Still have a few more things to test, but it might all be CRT related.

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