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Hello there

I have a small problem and wondered if anyone can help, well here goes:

I have just downloaded some older games using CuteFTP and found out that they run in dos. I can get to dos using the command prompt in XP but the mouse or keyboard do not work and cannot play the games.

They are Jimmy White's Snooker and Sensible soccer and a couple of others.


My system is:

Athalon XP 2000
256 Mb Ram
80 GB HD (70 Free)
GForce 4 Graphics card
Windows XP Pro

Cheers

Trekker
 

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No surprise there, many old DOS games don't work running under NT based operating systems.
 

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The Keyboard doesn't work in DOS mode?!?!? You should at least have keyboard. To use mouse in DOS you might have to get some special DOS drivers and such. I haven't done this in a LONG time.
 

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I suspect they're polling the keyboard hardware directly, and XP won't let them do that.
 

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I know I've ran DOS games under XP, but the sound acted funny for me. Otherwise, the games ran fine. Try something like Wolfenstein, Jazz Jackrabbit, or Terminal Velocity.
 

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From what I remember of XP "hoopla" it has some settings which let you emulate an old machine, including a DOS machine.

You may find this helpful:

Troubleshooting MS-DOS-Based Programs in Windows

The information in this article applies to:
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
Microsoft Windows XP Professional

This article was previously published under Q314106
For a Microsoft Windows 2000 version of this article, see 165214.

SUMMARY
This article describes how to troubleshoot MS-DOS-based programs in Windows.
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;314106

HTH
 
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