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Thread #65590 Message #2754272
Posted By: Joe Offer
28-Oct-09 - 02:38 PM
Thread Name: Tech:Running Digital Tradition in Linux/Vista/Win7
Subject: RE: Running the Digital Tradition in Linux/Vista/W
Garg, the problem with partitioning the disk and using multiple boots, is that it's difficult to use Windows programs when you're in a different operating system. Amergin's DOSBOX solution is far more "elegant," if you'll excuse the overused term.
Amergin's link to the Windows 7 Virtual PC and XP mode looked very promising, and I got all excited and fuzzy-feeling because it looked like this was going to end all my compatibility problems. I clicked the download link, and was told I first had to change my BIOS to allow virtual machines, so I did all that. Then I clicked the test link and was informed that my machine would work with virtual machines. THEN I clicked the download link for the actual XP emulator, and got a message that said, "Sorry, but you must have Windows 7 Professional or Ultimate to run the XP emulator, which may or may not solve your problem. Professional and Ultimate (which are already taking space on your computer but are locked up) can be unlocked for the bargain price of $7,869" (or something to that effect).
So, in other words, buying Windows 7 Home Premium is kind of like going to Starbucks and expecting to get something big when you order a "tall" or "grande" cup of coffee.
But anyhow, I now have the Digital Tradition running quite nicely in Dosbox, although it takes me two clicks to open it and I haven't figured out a two-keystroke way to open it. The trick is to alter the target under "properties" in a Windows shortcut, to read
"C:\Program Files (x86)\DOSBox-0.73\dosbox.exe" -conf "C:\Program Files\DOSBox-0.72\dosbox.conf" "C:\data\dt\folksong.bat" [be sure to include quotation marks].
My next goal is to get my wonderful little Canoscan LIDE scanner to work in 64-bit Windows 7, because I'm told there is no 64-bit driver for my scanner.....
P.S. In answer to the first question in the thread, posted in 2003, DOSBOX now runs in Linux and on Macs, so you can still run the Digital Tradition on just about any computer...