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Hey everyone, I got Halo and am in love with the game, but I notice sometimes the game gets a little jumpy, and I know it is because of my rig. But besides the point that my rig aint the best for games, can I run my games in MSDOS? and if so what would I put in for the command? The target address or "HALO"?
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That depends on which games you are running, 99.97% of all games (which still is getting updated) are MS-DOS compatible, so the chances are very low.

Why would you run it in MS-DOS anyway?
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Hey everyone, I got Halo and am in love with the game, but I notice sometimes the game gets a little jumpy, and I know it is because of my rig. But besides the point that my rig aint the best for games, can I run my games in MSDOS? and if so what would I put in for the command? The target address or "HALO"?
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You would have to use the whole target adress to get the the EXE, but why would you do that? You'll still have Window's backend's overhead to deal with.
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ohh alright guys. I figured that if I ran in msdos that windows operating system wouldn't be running along with the game therefore less stuff running while I play games.

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Are you talking about MSDOS 7.0? Or are you talking about the command line in windows 2000/xp?
Because 2000/xp and later do not run on top of "msdos" that way that Windows 95/98/me does.
As for running windows without running the gui, hmm, that is a good idea, but I'm not sure it will work.
It would be great, make self booting DVD's that just has the game on it.
I was even thinking of using BartPE to possibly make some gaming disks.

Your best best is to make your gaming machine, just a gaming machine. don't use it for email, don't use it to browse the web, turn off all the services that aren't being used, so on.

But just booting up Msdos 7.0 will not let you play any of the modern games, since they require windows componets, which only seem to get installed with the gui.

I guess it's a question of, can we replace windows gui?

oh, also, turn off your icons on the desktop, that is a big hog of resources & memory. My computers respond alot faster because of it.
    
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Are you talking about MSDOS 7.0? Or are you talking about the command line in windows 2000/xp?
Because 2000/xp and later do not run on top of "msdos" that way that Windows 95/98/me does.
As for running windows without running the gui, hmm, that is a good idea, but I'm not sure it will work.
It would be great, make self booting DVD's that just has the game on it.
I was even thinking of using BartPE to possibly make some gaming disks.

Your best best is to make your gaming machine, just a gaming machine. don't use it for email, don't use it to browse the web, turn off all the services that aren't being used, so on.

But just booting up Msdos 7.0 will not let you play any of the modern games, since they require windows componets, which only seem to get installed with the gui.


I guess it's a question of, can we replace windows gui?

oh, also, turn off your icons on the desktop, that is a big hog of resources & memory. My computers respond alot faster because of it.
Sounds like a good idea, but I don't game enough to justify for having a "gaming rig". Yes, I was thinking about the old MSdos, i'm not windows savvy to know that there was a 7.0 on xp. I'm not sure if I would make dvd's, but I might find another way to play my games, because I hate having my drives full up cd's/dvd's. Well hows a gaming specific hard drive that has 98 on it and I have a switch rigged to turn the drive on and off before booting. Then set the BIOS to boot off that drive first, and if I don't have the drive turned on then the xp loaded drive will boot the computer. Hows this idea sound to yall? If you need me to restate it I will, just a lot of thoughts in my head right now, because I just thought about this

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If you want to turn your n00b rig into a über pwnz0rz rig, check this site.

Set all your services to the "gaming" tab, disable all startup stuff, use Windows Firewall, and Avira antivirus (www.antivir.de) as the only background programs.

Xfire and PowerStrip are the only programs I'm having in the backgroun apart from that.
I managed to get down to 96MB of RAM usage when Windows was booted.
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I disable all I could to keep my computer good for what I use it for. I have visited many sites like that before so most were already disabled. I plan on ocing some more when I get my coolers listed in my sig. What do you guys think about the hard drive thing?

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it's easy, if you want MsDos, download DOSBOX and Install dos from there. You need to mount a drive so dosbox knows what's the current drive to install anything.

You can mount a folder has a current drive, say you have A game in C:\\Dos so you type this:

mount c c:\\Dos

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or you can mount c: has the current Drive in DosBox:

mount c c:\\

I installed 3.1 it works ok but nothing to really do on 3.1 so have fun
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Sounds like a good idea, but I don't game enough to justify for having a "gaming rig". Yes, I was thinking about the old MSdos, i'm not windows savvy to know that there was a 7.0 on xp.
There isn't. MS-DOS is a dead, dead, dead operating system. The last separately released version of MS-DOS was 6.2, back before Windows 95 came out. Windows 95 was layered on top of another "version" of DOS that reported itselt as MS-DOS 7, but you could never actually but it. And there are no MS-DOS ties to Windows at all anymore. XP is evolved from the NT code base, not the Win95 code base.

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Well hows a gaming specific hard drive that has 98 on it and I have a switch rigged to turn the drive on and off before booting.
That will work fine, as long as the games you want to play are at least five years old. Games made for modern PCs running XP are going to have a hard time running on Win98, if they run at all. Win98 has not been an officially supported OS for some time. So you may have driver issues, DirectX issues, and security issues to deal with. Not saying it won't work, just be ready for some potential headaches.

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it's easy, if you want MsDos, download DOSBOX and Install dos from there. You need to mount a drive so dosbox knows what's the current drive to install anything.
He's not wanting to play old games in MS-DOS, which is what DOSBOX is for. He wants to run modern games without the "Windows overhead".
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