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Suggestions for 2-D post-processor to generate G-Code for turret punch

Any links to download free DOS software for a post-processor to generate G-Code for our old cnc turret punch? [more inside]
posted by Mimidae on Jan 7, 2016 - 6 answers

I used to explore Egyptian tombs

but I can't remember what PC game circa 1990 I used to do it on. [more inside]
posted by Promethea on Mar 28, 2015 - 7 answers

Rollercoaster game (for Android) that's closest to Disney's Coaster?

Back in '93, Disney had a game for DOS called Coaster. You get a track editor, build and ride it in 3D, then it gets rated by some riders. Is there anything close to something like this in terms of game play for Android that's available now? Nicer graphics would be a plus.
posted by querty on Mar 17, 2015 - 3 answers

How can I extract this fancy VGA font?

I have access to an old Toshiba 386 PC (T2000Sx) with an extremely unusual VGA system font; which I would like to recover as a font file and document in a web site. How can I write a program which reads the font data from VGA memory and writes it to the floppy? [more inside]
posted by knz on May 15, 2014 - 7 answers

Old dos gold mining game

I'm trying to remember an old gold mining video game (probably mid to late 80s). I think it was dos. It was similar to Miner VGA, but after playing that a few times it was definitely not that game. [more inside]
posted by fimbulvetr on Feb 17, 2013 - 7 answers

games that feel like deus ex

Looking for video games with a certain sense of exploring the physical space in a detailed and realistic way. [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on Jul 29, 2012 - 27 answers

Playing Cosmology of Kyoto (DOS) on a Modern Mac

Help me play Cosmology of Kyoto (I have a DOS disk image of the CD) on my Mac using VirtualBox. [more inside]
posted by Quisp Lover on Jun 15, 2012 - 10 answers

What was this Gauntlet clone?

What was this early 90's Gauntlet clone I remember playing as a kid? [more inside]
posted by naju on Feb 22, 2012 - 6 answers

Well obviously it's equal to itself, but still.

One of the odder bits of MS-DOS trivia I picked up in my formative years (presumably from More DOS for Dummies) was that if you precede a command with an equals sign, it'll still work just fine (e.g. "dir" but typed as "=dir"). Why is this?
posted by DoctorFedora on Feb 8, 2012 - 3 answers

Need DOS Emulator

Need advice on a DOS emulator to run on a XP SP3 system that does not have, and never will have an internet connection.
posted by Raybun on Jan 14, 2012 - 7 answers

DOS games only runnable from the floppy drive?

I need suggestions for old DOS era games that only supported playing with the original floppy disk(s) in drive A: and offered no hard disk install option. [more inside]
posted by jklaiho on Oct 1, 2011 - 20 answers


I am looking for an old BASIC(?)-programmed DOS game. It is about defending North America from an invasion of killer bees. I believe the file was SWARM.EXE, and I'm pretty sure it was freeware. [more inside]
posted by curious nu on Sep 10, 2011 - 6 answers

Find an old DOS game

What DOS war game was I playing? [more inside]
posted by mhz on Aug 18, 2011 - 7 answers

Help me find this old game.

Help me find this old game! [more inside]
posted by _DB_ on Aug 4, 2011 - 4 answers

Who threatened to install DOS 1.0 to torture an android?

Where did I read a story that included someone threatening to install DOS 1.0 on a robot/android/uncooperative computer? [more inside]
posted by Tesseractive on Jul 27, 2011 - 3 answers

Who put the BWOMP in the BOP-boo-FZZZZT-eee-BWAAAWAWAW?

I'm trying to pull old Ensoniq SQ-80 sequencer files from ancient floppies, and I have a few questions. [more inside]
posted by mykescipark on Mar 7, 2011 - 6 answers

80s CGA Cat Breeding game?

There's this quasi-educatainment game that I had in the 80s. It was CGA graphics, on MS-DOS... The idea was breeding cats with dominant and recessive genes. The only cat game I can seem to find online is Alley Cat, but that's nothing like it. This game is a grid of something like 4 cats across, and 2 down. I don't remember what the exact point of the game was.
posted by symbioid on Feb 9, 2011 - 4 answers

computer game does not compute

Trying to remember the name of (and possibly get) an old DOS video game I used to play in the mid 1990s, and probably featured a woman as the lead character. [more inside]
posted by yonation on Feb 2, 2011 - 2 answers

What's the name of this DOS game from my childhood?

When I was a kid I played a DOS game that involved a man running through mazes and avoiding man-eating worms to collect pieces to build a knight. The game ends with the completed knight fighting a dragon. Does anyone have any idea what this game was called?
posted by jordanian2 on Sep 19, 2010 - 5 answers

I saw dinosaurs, for real! I swear!

Did I confabulate this, or did my very youthful self really play an early 90s DOS adventure game where you ran around with a group of dinosaurs trying to save the dinosaurs from extinction? [more inside]
posted by Keter on Sep 12, 2010 - 4 answers

Tacit golden rules for work

I am having a little trouble at work...with all the unspoken rules and expectations. I don't have anyone to teach me these things nor do I have enough/any work experience to learn..and I'd like to learn these things fast! [more inside]
posted by xm on Jul 7, 2010 - 30 answers

I've Got An Ogre-Slaying Knife! It's Got A +9 Against Ogres!

What's this RPG from the Windows 3 era I'm thinking of? [more inside]
posted by spamguy on Mar 5, 2010 - 15 answers

Recovering Data from Old DOS Floppy Disks

Floppy disk recovery service: I recently came across a cache of some very old 3.5" floppy disks of mine. Windows XP can't read these DOS disks. I would like to ship these off to a professional service which will safely export the data (onto a CD, say) and send it all back to me. Can you recommend a company which provides this sort of service? Thanks.
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell on Jan 31, 2010 - 12 answers

DOS Games

What are some of the best games for DOS that still have lasting appeal? [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim on Dec 7, 2009 - 62 answers

How to merge multiple text files keeping original filename and date

Hi AskMeFi. Can someone tell me how to combine 350 text files into one large text file so that the original filenames and dates are included above (or below) each entry? I'm using Vista Home Premium and they are all generic .txt files. I'm moving all of my notes into Evernote but want to save the names and dates of the individual txt files.
posted by chimrichalds on Sep 12, 2009 - 15 answers

How do I print an old dos-era postscript file (font encoding: codepage 850) containing german umlauts?

MS-DOS/Legacy file format filter: How do I convert an old postscript file (font encoding: codepage 850) containing german umlauts to pdf?/ How do I print such a file on modern printers? [more inside]
posted by pu9iad on May 16, 2009 - 13 answers

Anyone know of a comparative DOS speed tester software?

I'm looking for a DOS-based CPU speed tester that I remember seeing years ago. It told you how your machine compared to various pre-measured setups. I don't remember how it presented the speed (MIPS, maybe?), but there was a large table of CPU types (386SX/25MHz, 486DX/50MHZ etc.) that it compared the measured result against. Anyone know of such a program? [more inside]
posted by lifeless on Feb 22, 2009 - 3 answers

Game-name filter: DOS ninjas?

Idle nostalgic curiosity is driving me crazy - looking for at least the name (at best, a working version) of a late 80s/early 90s DOS (not arcade) 2-d ninja game - very simple, and the most notable characteristic is that the entire game was in uber-simple orange-red-green VGA palette colors against a black background. [more inside]
posted by ab3 on Jan 16, 2009 - 13 answers

Help me remember a mid-90s adventure game

I'm trying to remember a DOS game I used to play. It was an adventure type game where each level you had a task to complete in a dungeons-and-dragons type setting, so mages, archers, skeletons, that sort of thing. [more inside]
posted by fvw on Dec 17, 2008 - 21 answers

Give me a break!

How can I install/use the DOS batch scripting SLEEP command with Vista Ultimate? It does not exist by default. Back while scripting on XP, I used to install the free package "Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit Tools" which came with this command. [more inside]
posted by Slenny on May 17, 2008 - 5 answers

Help me find an obscure DOS application that had a variety of topics?

Help me find an obscure DOS application that had a variety of topics. [more inside]
posted by bertrandom on Mar 20, 2008 - 4 answers

recover deleted files on old DOS system

Help me recover some deleted files on an old DOS system. [more inside]
posted by imaswinger on Mar 12, 2008 - 9 answers

Half-remembered DOS game from the early '90s

Can you help my sister & me identify this half-remembered DOS game? [more inside]
posted by Johnny Assay on Jan 6, 2008 - 14 answers

Change printer port name in Windows XP

Making DOS program get along with new Windows XP machine and ancient printer: How to change the name of the printer port from USB001 to LPT1? [more inside]
posted by chitlin on Dec 20, 2007 - 3 answers

How to SSH/telnet into Windows command line?

How can I SSH (or telnet) into my Windows machine (2000 and XP) and get a command line?
posted by jkoby on Jun 18, 2007 - 16 answers

Integrating the output of 2+ programs?

I am trying to find a way to generate a CSV table based on output from two or more command line programs (DOS on Windows XP). [more inside]
posted by nasreddin on May 23, 2007 - 7 answers

Old Los Angeles based DOS game?

Old DOS game involving adventuring around Los Angeles... [more inside]
posted by the dief on May 8, 2007 - 5 answers

Colorizing Text Editor for DOS?

Does anyone know of a text editor for DOS that does syntax coloring? [more inside]
posted by iconjack on Dec 5, 2006 - 13 answers

How to find DoS attacker's contact data?

Some guy is DoS-attacking my mail server. Can I determine his name from his server's static IP? [more inside]
posted by Herr Fahrstuhl on Nov 28, 2006 - 10 answers


I used to play an old DOS game in which you had to manuever a paper airplane through a house, with each room being a different level, each of which got progressively harder through the addition of obstacles. The plane, if I recall correctly, had a fixed rate of descent and could only rise by moving over a fan/vent. If you touched anything you died. It was an awesome combination of puzzle/action. Bonus points if you tell me how I can play it on a modern WinXP box.
posted by phrontist on Nov 12, 2006 - 6 answers

Help me find a freeware font for printing 'tree.com" results?

Working in Win XP, I just ran TREE.COM against a dir structure and saved the results to a file; now I'd like to print it. [more inside]
posted by pax digita on Oct 2, 2006 - 3 answers

DOS, FTP & Incremental Backups

DOSFilter: I want to create regular backups of a certain file, but details may change as well as folders - how do I do this? [more inside]
posted by samstarling on Sep 29, 2006 - 11 answers

Did my site get a DoS attack?

How do I tell whether my site was hit by a denial of service attack? [Server logs inside.] [more inside]
posted by electric_counterpoint on Mar 21, 2006 - 2 answers

DoS investigation

My router logs show that I have been under what looks like a sustained low level DOS attack for quite a while now. An example entry is: 1 Blocked by DoS protection I assume the IP is spoofed because it is a reserved IP and I am on a 192.168.*.* local network. What can I find out or determine about the attack? What tools and resources are available?
posted by srboisvert on Feb 26, 2006 - 5 answers

Name that mid-eighties DOS game

What is this? Mid-late eighties DOS game. In space or underwater. Little submarine or spaceship guy, cruising around a platform/maze type environment. There are teleports with codes to move between some areas. x [more inside]
posted by slightlybewildered on Dec 31, 2005 - 10 answers


I need to boot to DOS in XP. How do I make a bootable CD? The command prompt will not do the trick as i need to be able to access the hardware.
posted by daveed66 on Nov 30, 2005 - 7 answers

screen capture of old dos graphics

I'm trying to get a of an old based program but i can't use printscreen (keyboard), snagit, and the window sizes to fullscreen. Any suggestions better then taking a photo of the (i'm sick of putting reflections of my head in reports). More inside... [more inside]
posted by NGnerd on Nov 17, 2005 - 7 answers

Find an old DOS Civil War Simulator

Help me find this old DOS computer game. The talk of SkiFree reminded me of a favorite DOS Civil War simulator that was called, get this, Civil War Simulator, CWS.exe. It was a turn-based game, with multiple armies (Jackson, McClellan, Grant, Lee, etc.) that started out in certain cities and the player (as either north or south) moved the troops around to various battles, which were won based on numbers of troops, supplies, skill, location, etc. You could split or fuse your armies to take on more opponent's armies or fight them better and more. [more inside]
posted by kenneth on Sep 30, 2005 - 7 answers

Microsoft Backticks

How do I get the ouput of a windows console program / script into a batch file variable? [more inside]
posted by Deepspace on Sep 22, 2005 - 6 answers

I should have backed up my files. Now I'm stuck in DOS.

How do I backup lots of files in DOS (Windows "recovery" mode)? [more inside]
posted by clgregor on Jul 31, 2005 - 15 answers

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