• dosbox

    From Netsurge@CRBBSNET to All on Thu Jul 11 23:57:54 2019
    Has anyone tried getting dosbox on a Pi working properly with bbs software
    such as Mystic or Synchronet?

    I know that dosemu is a no go, but maybe dosbox or qemu would work.

    I'm being a bit lazy and don't want to reinvent the wheel if others have already been down this path.

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  • From ryan@CRBBSNET to Netsurge on Thu Jul 11 21:46:55 2019
    Has anyone tried getting dosbox on a Pi working properly with bbs
    software such as Mystic or Synchronet?

    I haven't even had much luck using dosbox for BBS related stuff on an x86
    box. It just...isn't performant. And the way it thinks about networking
    sucks. I tried hosting a majorbbs gaming board through a telnet gateway from
    my main BBS. Dosbox just kept crashing.

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  • From Netsurge@CRBBSNET to ryan on Fri Jul 12 00:51:26 2019
    I haven't even had much luck using dosbox for BBS related stuff on an x86 box. It just...isn't performant. And the way it thinks about networking sucks. I tried hosting a majorbbs gaming board through a telnet gateway from my main BBS. Dosbox just kept crashing.

    Good to know.

    I am intrigued by qemu and the RPi. I'm going to install synchronet on a
    spare Pi I have here and will try to get qemu and dos doors working. Who
    knows. I've been able to muddle through getting dosemu humming along, just maybe I can get qemu and synchronet on a Pi humming too.

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  • From apam@CRBBSNET to Netsurge on Fri Jul 12 16:08:21 2019
    Has anyone tried getting dosbox on a Pi working properly with bbs
    software such as Mystic or Synchronet?

    I know that dosemu is a no go, but maybe dosbox or qemu would work.

    I'm being a bit lazy and don't want to reinvent the wheel if others
    have already been down this path.

    I've not had any luck with mystic (due to that bug with door32.sys I
    think - ie socket inheritence on linux is bugged in mystic), but dosbox
    works fine with magicka and synchronet. The trick is you need a specific revision from their svn server, later revisions they seem to have borked something and performance goes right down. The only downside to using
    dosbox for doors is you can't play the same door on different nodes at
    the same time, due to file locking issues. This never bothered me as I
    hardly ever have more than one node in use at a time, and it's easy
    enough to say sorry this door is busy right now try again later if
    someone else is playing.

    The revision is 3933

    Also make sure you set SDL_VIDEODRIVER="dummy" in your scripts else it
    will try and open a dosbox window when a player plays. (You will need X
    windows to configure your games though)

    Andrew

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  • From Netsurge@CRBBSNET to apam on Fri Jul 12 07:26:56 2019
    I've not had any luck with mystic (due to that bug with door32.sys I
    think - ie socket inheritence on linux is bugged in mystic), but dosbox works fine with magicka and synchronet. The trick is you need a specific revision from their svn server, later revisions they seem to have borked something and performance goes right down. The only downside to using dosbox for doors is you can't play the same door on different nodes at
    the same time, due to file locking issues. This never bothered me as I hardly ever have more than one node in use at a time, and it's easy
    enough to say sorry this door is busy right now try again later if
    someone else is playing.

    The revision is 3933

    See, I knew it was worth asking before wading into the muddy waters.

    This is awesome to know. I would like to push my new Pi 4 to it's limits and see if I can make is cry for mercy.

    I already have an Amiga games machine running on a Pi along with a bunch of other single use projects like Homebridge running.

    I would really like to build a cluster of Pi's and see if I can get a BBS and dosbox to go. Although I still want to see if I can get qemu running as well
    as it seems to get a bit of a performance boost over dosbox.

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  • From LockeDown@CRBBSNET to Netsurge on Fri Jul 12 09:43:49 2019
    On 12 Jul 2019, Netsurge said the following...

    This is awesome to know. I would like to push my new Pi 4 to it's limits and see if I can make is cry for mercy.

    So this may not even be useful but I came across this Reddit post on the top from 3 years ago and it mentioned something called 8086tiny and an rpix86.

    https://www.reddit.com/r/bbs/comments/3rcjo9/possible_dos_door_solution_for_rpi

    Figured I would pass it along just in case there was something useful there.

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  • From Netsurge@CRBBSNET to LockeDown on Fri Jul 12 13:08:20 2019
    So this may not even be useful but I came across this Reddit post on the top from 3 years ago and it mentioned something called 8086tiny and an rpix86.

    https://www.reddit.com/r/bbs/comments/3rcjo9/possible_dos_door_solution_fo

    Figured I would pass it along just in case there was something useful there.

    Thanks. I'm going to add it to my list.

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  • From deon@CRBBSNET to Netsurge on Sat Jul 20 10:29:03 2019
    On 12 Jul 2019, Netsurge said the following...
    BBS and dosbox to go. Although I still want to see if I can get qemu running as well as it seems to get a bit of a performance boost over dosbox.

    So I ran qemu on the pi for a while. I used it to get my 1995 BBS up and running "as-is" (Ezycom 1.10) and the BBS worked well (main plus was no
    RTE200 errors).

    (What didnt work was ZModem - because the network was way faster than the emulated serial port and it would time out.)

    ...deon

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  • From Netsurge@CRBBSNET to deon on Sun Jul 21 22:53:44 2019
    So I ran qemu on the pi for a while. I used it to get my 1995 BBS up and running "as-is" (Ezycom 1.10) and the BBS worked well (main plus was no RTE200 errors).

    I'm looking to use qemu solely to drive dos doors with multi node support.
    It's next on my list once I get this stupid Mega Slots issue sorted.

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  • From DevNull@CRBBSNET to Netsurge on Thu Aug 8 21:33:45 2019
    I'm looking to use qemu solely to drive dos doors with multi node
    support. It's next on my list once I get this stupid Mega Slots issue sorted.

    I'm using it with serial port as interface and image mount to extract files.

    If you want my launch scripts let me know xD

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  • From Netsurge@CRBBSNET to DevNull on Sat Aug 10 08:47:24 2019
    On Thursday August 08, 2019, Devnull said to Netsurge...

    I'm using it with serial port as interface and image mount to extract files.

    If you want my launch scripts let me know xD

    That would be awesome. Thanks.

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  • From DevNull@CRBBSNET to Netsurge on Sun Aug 18 22:26:37 2019
    Hi !

    That would be awesome. Thanks.

    Sent by mail !

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  • From Netsurge@CRBBSNET to All on Sun Aug 18 19:20:11 2019
    On 2019-08-18 20:40:01 +0000, DevNull said:

    Hi !

    That would be awesome. Thanks.

    Sent by mail !

    Got it. Thanks a lot.

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  • From DevNull@CRBBSNET to Netsurge on Wed Aug 21 22:03:08 2019
    Hi!

    Got it. Thanks a lot.

    You are welcome. I hope they are useful xD

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