Retro Zone
Thread Rating:
  • 0 Vote(s) - 0 Average
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
How to play Tomb Raider 1 on Windows 10
#1
Information 
The first game of the Tomb Raider series is a DOS game from 1996 and therefore can only be played well with DOSBox on systems with Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, XP or Vista, especially when those OS's are 64 bit.

In this guide I will try to explain how to get the game running in DOSBox, when you use the original installation CD. As the initial resolution of Tomb Raider is very low (320x240), we also have several options to upgrade the resolution of the game. 

Install and play Tomb Raider or any other DOS game from CD in DOSBox

Install DOSBox
  • Download the Windows package (that's the Win32 installer).

  • Save it in a temporary folder on your hard disk.

  • Install DOSBox by double clicking the installer file in Windows explorer.
Install Tomb Raider from CD in DOSBox
  • In Windows explorer, create a folder where you want to install Tomb Raider and/or other DOS games, for example c:\games\dos
    • Start DOSBox from the desktop or the Windows start menu.

    • To make folders and drives accessible in DOSBox, you need to mount them.

    • To mount the folder in which you will install Tomb Raider, type in mount c c:\games\dos and press enter. This will create a virtual drive c: in DOSBox, which will use the c:\games\dos folder on your hard drive c:

    • When the name of your games folder contains spaces, you have to use quotes around the folder path and type in mount c "c:\games\dos games" and press enter

    • To mount your CD/DVD drive (in this example drive i : ), type in mount d i:\ -t cdrom and press enter. This will create a virtual CD drive d: in DOSBox, which will use the CD/DVD drive i: in your system. Obviously, replace i: with the drive letter of your CD drive

    • As you always will need these virtual drives in DOSBox after installation to play Tomb Raider, it is recommended to put the mount commands in your DOSBox configuration file. This way the games folder and your CD/DVD drive will be mounted automatically when you start DOSBox.
Open the configuration file:
  • Windows 7: press CTRL and ESC (or click start button), type in dosbox and the options file should appear in the search results, click it

  • Windows 8 and 10: Press the Windows key and Q, type in dosbox and the options file should appear in the search results, click it.


    • Scroll down to the autoexec section (at the bottom of the file)

    • Copy the mount commands below the comments (indicated by a hash). The lines below apply to this example:
       
      [autoexec]
      # Lines in this section will be run at startup.
      # You can put your MOUNT lines here.
      mount c c:\games\dos
      mount d i:\ -t cdrom
      c:
    • Save the configuration file with CTRL+S, or click on File in the top menu and choose Save
       
  • In DOSBox, access your CD drive by typing d: and press enter.

  • To install a game from CD, you need to look for files like install.exe, install.bat, setup.exe or setup.bat
    • Type in dir .exe and press enter to show all executable files
    • Type in dir .bat and press enter to show all batch files
    • As you will see, the Tomb Raider CD contains an install.exe file
    • Start the Tomb Raider installation by typing install and press enter
  • In the Tomb Raider setup program, choose the install option, by pressing enter.

  • Default installation folder is c:\tombraid. This is ok, the game will be installed in the c:\games\dos\tombraid folder on your hard disk, since the c: drive in DOSBox points to the c:\games\dos folder on your hard disk. You can rename the folder with the back space key. The back slash key (\) might be under the slash key (/). When done, press enter.

  • At sound card setup choose auto detect and then continue.

  • At last, choose Save Settings to wrap things up and start the game!
Start Tomb Raider 1 from DOSBox
After installation, the Tomb Raider game automatically starts. But what to do when this doesn't happen, or when the game is already installed and you want to start it again?
  • You have followed all instructions as described above (install the game, edit the DOSBox config file)

  • Place the Tomb Raider CD (or the CD of any other DOS game you've installed) in your CD/DVD drive

  • Start DOSBox

  • In DOSBox, type in c: and press enter to access the virtual c drive

  • To check which folders exist on your virtual c: drive in DOSBox, type in dir and press enter

  • If you haven't installed other games, only the tombraid folder will be shown

  • To access the tombraid folder, type in cd tombraid and press enter (cd stands for Change Directory)

  • To start a game, you need to look for files that have a file name that resembles the name of the game. These files also need to have a .exe or .bat extension
    • Type in dir .exe and press enter to show all executable files
    • Type in dir .bat and press enter to show all batch files
    • As you will see, the tombraid folder contains a tomb.exe file
    • To start Tomb Raider, type in tomb and press enter

Graphics resolution of Tomb Raider 1

First, set graphics details to high. You can do that by selecting the pink sun glasses in the main menu. It won't improve graphics quality a lot though.

Once you're playing the game, the resolution is very, very low at first. To make it a little more acceptable, press the F1 key when you are in the game. This will change the resolution to (presumably) 640x480. Please note that the game is quite processor-intensive in this mode.


Finished playing?

When you've finished playing and want to play another DOS game which you have installed on your virtual c: drive in DOSBox, you need to access the game folder of that game. This is how:
  • Type in cd \ and press enter to go back to the root of the virtual c: drive in DOSBox

  • You can also type in cd .. and press enter to access the parent folder of the active folder in DOSBox

  • Type in dir and press enter to see the contents of the active folder

  • Type in cd gamedir and press enter to go to the gamedir folder from the active folder.




That's the quick and easy way to play Tombraider using dosbox.
#2
Smile Smile Smile SmileThanks!
(11-09-2018, 05:52 PM)HandySolo Wrote: The first game of the Tomb Raider series is a DOS game from 1996 and therefore can only be played well with DOSBox on systems with Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, XP or Vista, especially when those OS's are 64 bit.

In this guide I will try to explain how to get the game running in DOSBox, when you use the original installation CD. As the initial resolution of Tomb Raider is very low (320x240), we also have several options to upgrade the resolution of the game. 

Install and play Tomb Raider or any other DOS game from CD in DOSBox

Install DOSBox
  • Download the Windows package (that's the Win32 installer).

  • Save it in a temporary folder on your hard disk.

  • Install DOSBox by double clicking the installer file in Windows explorer.
Install Tomb Raider from CD in DOSBox
  • In Windows explorer, create a folder where you want to install Tomb Raider and/or other DOS games, for example c:\games\dos
    • Start DOSBox from the desktop or the Windows start menu.

    • To make folders and drives accessible in DOSBox, you need to mount them.

    • To mount the folder in which you will install Tomb Raider, type in mount c c:\games\dos and press enter. This will create a virtual drive c: in DOSBox, which will use the c:\games\dos folder on your hard drive c:

    • When the name of your games folder contains spaces, you have to use quotes around the folder path and type in mount c "c:\games\dos games" and press enter

    • To mount your CD/DVD drive (in this example drive i : ), type in mount d i:\ -t cdrom and press enter. This will create a virtual CD drive d: in DOSBox, which will use the CD/DVD drive i: in your system. Obviously, replace i: with the drive letter of your CD drive

    • As you always will need these virtual drives in DOSBox after installation to play Tomb Raider, it is recommended to put the mount commands in your DOSBox configuration file. This way the games folder and your CD/DVD drive will be mounted automatically when you start DOSBox.
Open the configuration file:
  • Windows 7: press CTRL and ESC (or click start button), type in dosbox and the options file should appear in the search results, click it

  • Windows 8 and 10: Press the Windows key and Q, type in dosbox and the options file should appear in the search results, click it.


    • Scroll down to the autoexec section (at the bottom of the file)

    • Copy the mount commands below the comments (indicated by a hash). The lines below apply to this example:
       
      [autoexec]
      # Lines in this section will be run at startup.
      # You can put your MOUNT lines here.
      mount c c:\games\dos
      mount d i:\ -t cdrom
      c:
    • Save the configuration file with CTRL+S, or click on File in the top menu and choose Save
       
  • In DOSBox, access your CD drive by typing d: and press enter.

  • To install a game from CD, you need to look for files like install.exe, install.bat, setup.exe or setup.bat
    • Type in dir .exe and press enter to show all executable files
    • Type in dir .bat and press enter to show all batch files
    • As you will see, the Tomb Raider CD contains an install.exe file
    • Start the Tomb Raider installation by typing install and press enter
  • In the Tomb Raider setup program, choose the install option, by pressing enter.

  • Default installation folder is c:\tombraid. This is ok, the game will be installed in the c:\games\dos\tombraid folder on your hard disk, since the c: drive in DOSBox points to the c:\games\dos folder on your hard disk. You can rename the folder with the back space key. The back slash key (\) might be under the slash key (/). When done, press enter.

  • At sound card setup choose auto detect and then continue.

  • At last, choose Save Settings to wrap things up and start the game!
Start Tomb Raider 1 from DOSBox
After installation, the Tomb Raider game automatically starts. But what to do when this doesn't happen, or when the game is already installed and you want to start it again?
  • You have followed all instructions as described above (install the game, edit the DOSBox config file)

  • Place the Tomb Raider CD (or the CD of any other DOS game you've installed) in your CD/DVD drive

  • Start DOSBox

  • In DOSBox, type in c: and press enter to access the virtual c drive

  • To check which folders exist on your virtual c: drive in DOSBox, type in dir and press enter

  • If you haven't installed other games, only the tombraid folder will be shown

  • To access the tombraid folder, type in cd tombraid and press enter (cd stands for Change Directory)

  • To start a game, you need to look for files that have a file name that resembles the name of the game. These files also need to have a .exe or .bat extension
    • Type in dir .exe and press enter to show all executable files
    • Type in dir .bat and press enter to show all batch files
    • As you will see, the tombraid folder contains a tomb.exe file
    • To start Tomb Raider, type in tomb and press enter

Graphics resolution of Tomb Raider 1

First, set graphics details to high. You can do that by selecting the pink sun glasses in the main menu. It won't improve graphics quality a lot though.

Once you're playing the game, the resolution is very, very low at first. To make it a little more acceptable, press the F1 key when you are in the game. This will change the resolution to (presumably) 640x480. Please note that the game is quite processor-intensive in this mode.


Finished playing?

When you've finished playing and want to play another DOS game which you have installed on your virtual c: drive in DOSBox, you need to access the game folder of that game. This is how:
  • Type in cd \ and press enter to go back to the root of the virtual c: drive in DOSBox

  • You can also type in cd .. and press enter to access the parent folder of the active folder in DOSBox

  • Type in dir and press enter to see the contents of the active folder

  • Type in cd gamedir and press enter to go to the gamedir folder from the active folder.




That's the quick and easy way to play Tombraider using dosbox.

Forum Jump:

Users browsing this thread: 1 Guest(s)