Overclock.net › Forums › Video Games › PC Gaming › Gaming on 5-1/4 floppy.
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Gaming on 5-1/4 floppy.

post #1 of 5
Thread Starter 
I have an urge to do some retro gaming on my PC (Red Storm Rising). Since I have long sine lost my copy I must go to Ebay. I am only finding the game on 5 1/4 floppys. I believe this means adding a drive and a controller. My question is about the controller. Is it possible for me to find a floppy drive with a controller together with the drive or am I going to have to use up a PCI slot for the controller? Perhaps I just ask how others are dealing with their older games only being offered on 5-1/4 floppys? I do notice some of this 5-1/4 hardware being a bit expensive. Oh, how about operating systems. What OS besides XP will Red Storm Rising play nice with, Thanks.
WC Rig
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-930@4.05GHz ASUS P6X58D-Preminum XFX GeForce 275 896mb 6GB Corsair TR3X6G1600C8D 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
WD 150gb Raptor LightScan Win 7 64-bit Acer 22" 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
G15 Corsair HX620W Antec 1200 several various 
Mouse Pad
none 
  hide details  
Reply
WC Rig
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-930@4.05GHz ASUS P6X58D-Preminum XFX GeForce 275 896mb 6GB Corsair TR3X6G1600C8D 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
WD 150gb Raptor LightScan Win 7 64-bit Acer 22" 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
G15 Corsair HX620W Antec 1200 several various 
Mouse Pad
none 
  hide details  
Reply
post #2 of 5
Best bet is to get some old PC with a 5 1/4 drive for next to free, and use it to get the data off the floppy. Use dosbox to play the game.
SUPERPWN
(12 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i5 4670K Asus z87-Pro MSI GTX 1080 Aero 32GB DDR3 Gskill Ripjaws 
Hard DriveOSMonitorMonitor
4TB Seagate Windows 8 x64 Overlord x270 OC HP ZR27 
MonitorKeyboardPowerAudio
Asus PG279Q G-Tune Topre Realforce 800w Yulong D100 DAC with Denon D7000 headphones 
  hide details  
Reply
SUPERPWN
(12 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i5 4670K Asus z87-Pro MSI GTX 1080 Aero 32GB DDR3 Gskill Ripjaws 
Hard DriveOSMonitorMonitor
4TB Seagate Windows 8 x64 Overlord x270 OC HP ZR27 
MonitorKeyboardPowerAudio
Asus PG279Q G-Tune Topre Realforce 800w Yulong D100 DAC with Denon D7000 headphones 
  hide details  
Reply
post #3 of 5
If you want the authentic experience, I would go the simplest route and get a full commodore 64 system, they are under $100 ish on ebay. There are lots of controller options, including ones that are from other systems (like colecovision). I got a C64 at home and 2-3 boxes of 5 1/2's there were pirated smile.gif
Edited by starliner - 4/10/17 at 10:36am
post #4 of 5
Quote:
Originally Posted by starliner View Post

I would go the simplest route and get a full commodore 64 system, they are under $100 ish on ebay. There are lots of controller options, including ones that are from other systems (like colecovision).

Agree with c64 since the original version from Sid Meier was designed for the C64 and it will play perfectly right out of the box, though you may be wanting to play other DOS games later. If you're more confident you know what you're doing (getting proper ad-lib sound, etc) and must have the DOS version / are looking for a DOS retro build, hunt around goodwill/thrift stores in your area for a cheap old machine with a 5.25 floppy drive and frankenstein a PC together and hunt around ebay for other cheap parts.

It's very easy to find board + cpu + ram combos on ebay and decent graphics cards very cheap, but lately 5.25 drives always seem to be $40 or more which is a total ripoff, especially since you usually need to clean and lube them before they stop sounding like a plane crash
Quote:
What OS besides XP will Red Storm Rising play nice with, Thanks.

I really wouldn't go with XP if you were doing this. At that point you might as well just play it in DOSBox on your modern PC with some ad-lib emulation. That's certainly the easiest route. This game came out when the 386 was the fastest PC CPU around, and AFAIK needs to be patched to run on even later windows 95/98 rigs. Typical suggestion for a game that old would be a 486 + MS-DOS 6.22 or maybe socket 7 - slot 1 (with ISA slots) and windows 98, but I'm not sure that game will run on 98 (Windows versions after 98 no longer ran on top of MS-DOS)

edit: It works on Windows 98 (just tested here), but ad-lib sound not working on an Aztech Sound Blaster 16 clone, only the old PC speaker (beep beep beep) works. So this game will be very choosy about which ad-lib capable sound cards it will work with.
Edited by Serious_Don - 4/10/17 at 11:06am
Dream Machine
(19 items)
 
HAF Baked
(17 items)
 
The Don
(13 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
FX 4350 Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3 Rev 4.0 XFX 7950 DD 8GB (2X4) G Skill Ripjaws X DDR3 1866 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Corsair Forse LS SSD Samsung Spinpoint F3 Western Digital Black Asus 24x DVD-RW 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Xigmatek Dark Knight Win XP & Win7 64 Pro Asus VH236H Ancient Dell Mechanical 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
EVGA SuperNOVA 750 B2  Cooler Master HAF 922 Corsair MX65 Gigabyte Ghost Extreme Accuracy 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX 4100 GIGABYTE GA-78LMT-USB3 HD Radeon 5770 8 GB Kingston HyperX Blu 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Western Digital Caviar OCZ Vertex Hyper 212 Evo Ubuntu 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung 225BW Microsoft Sidewinder X6 EVGA 650 GQ Deepcool Dukase 
Mouse
Microsoft Intellimouse Optical 
  hide details  
Reply
Dream Machine
(19 items)
 
HAF Baked
(17 items)
 
The Don
(13 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
FX 4350 Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3 Rev 4.0 XFX 7950 DD 8GB (2X4) G Skill Ripjaws X DDR3 1866 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Corsair Forse LS SSD Samsung Spinpoint F3 Western Digital Black Asus 24x DVD-RW 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Xigmatek Dark Knight Win XP & Win7 64 Pro Asus VH236H Ancient Dell Mechanical 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
EVGA SuperNOVA 750 B2  Cooler Master HAF 922 Corsair MX65 Gigabyte Ghost Extreme Accuracy 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX 4100 GIGABYTE GA-78LMT-USB3 HD Radeon 5770 8 GB Kingston HyperX Blu 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Western Digital Caviar OCZ Vertex Hyper 212 Evo Ubuntu 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung 225BW Microsoft Sidewinder X6 EVGA 650 GQ Deepcool Dukase 
Mouse
Microsoft Intellimouse Optical 
  hide details  
Reply
post #5 of 5
Gosh...about 10 years ago I helped a friend of my father get data off a bunch 5.25 floppies...it was from when he did his master's degree. We were able to get a USB 5.25 floppy drive back then.

Holy cats...the place is still around from the looks of it. http://shop.deviceside.com/ (actually I am more surprised that I remembered the name of the place)

You might want to try contacting them and see if they are actually in business yet. This is where we got that floppy drive from, but...like I said that was a decade ago. Should be some around else where I assume as well.
My System
(16 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
2600K @ 4.7GHz Asus P8P67 B3 GTX 580 EVGA Hydro Copper 2 GTX 580 EVGA  
RAMHard DriveOptical DriveOS
4x4GB G.Skill Ripjaws bunch of 'em Blu-Ray For movies Windows 8.1 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
24.4" Hans G HH251 X2 Yamakasi DS270  Blah 1000watt Super Flower 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Built into Desk Microsoft SideWinder X8 Comfy one... Creative Extreme Gamer 
  hide details  
Reply
My System
(16 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
2600K @ 4.7GHz Asus P8P67 B3 GTX 580 EVGA Hydro Copper 2 GTX 580 EVGA  
RAMHard DriveOptical DriveOS
4x4GB G.Skill Ripjaws bunch of 'em Blu-Ray For movies Windows 8.1 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
24.4" Hans G HH251 X2 Yamakasi DS270  Blah 1000watt Super Flower 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Built into Desk Microsoft SideWinder X8 Comfy one... Creative Extreme Gamer 
  hide details  
Reply
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: PC Gaming
Overclock.net › Forums › Video Games › PC Gaming › Gaming on 5-1/4 floppy.