From a photograph by Solomon D. Butcher of four daughters of rancher Joseph M. Chrisman, at their sod house in Custer County, Nebraska. From left to right, Harriet, Elizabeth, Lucie, and Ruth. Photographed in 1886.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

DOS Games

Vintage computer games




Isaac was intrigued when he came across these early computer games at a local thrift shop. All are still in their original boxes with their instruction books. They run from diskettes.

These games pre-date Windows, so most people no longer have a computer with the operating system (DOS) to run them. Keely's boyfriend, Taurus, is taking Windows 95 off an old computer from our house and restoring it to its original DOS. It should run these games just fine, so Isaac bought the games at the bargain price of $1.00 each.

The old computer that Taurus is restoring has a 115 MB hard drive, as I recall. With Windows installed, it had around 93 MB free space.  Yes, I do mean MB.

4 comments:

ptg said...

I liked DOS. Sometimes the programs would crash, but DOS never really did. What version will you use?

Genevieve said...

I am not sure what version of DOS Taurus is putting on it. I think the computer had DOS 6.0 on it when we had Windows 3.11. I don't know if that was the original DOS on the machine or not. Isaac thinks the games look surprisingly sophisticated for their genre -- probably the pinnacle of complexity for DOS gaming -- so they probably require a later version of DOS.

dreadnought said...

It makes you realise how much we take todays computers for granted. The first computer I had ran one piece of software at a time which had to be loaded from a cassette tape so it took something like 15 minutes to load everytime you wanted to do something. At the time this was fine and acceptable because it was the best th world had to offer to an ordinary guy. Rob.

Genevieve said...

Yes, the good old days of 8-character names. When we got Win 3.11, I wondered why we had bothered because I could do everything in DOS that Windows did.

The little computer we're talking about here was the first PC we owned. It was a hand-me-down from my brother-in-law who surely had paid a pretty penny for it.

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