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[Tutorial] How to Install Arena and Daggerfall


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I recently started playing Arena and Daggerfall again, to re-familiarize myself with the Elder Scrolls series. Because these games are very old, they require emulation - which can be fairly annoying if you don't know what you're doing.

This will be a quick how-to on installing these two games. This should also work for Battlespire and Redguard, though those might need a couple of easy edits.

First, you'll want to download the games. You can download them for free from the official Elder Scrolls website. Next, you'll need to download DOSBox. Select the appropriate one for your OS (likely Windows).
After downloading DOSBox, install it onto your system. After the installation is complete, open the file called DOSBOX 0.74 Options (the version number may differ if there has been an update).

Scroll down to the bottom and you'll see [autoexec]. If you can't find it, hit ctrl+f on your keyboard and search for it. Under this value, copy and paste the following:

Code:
@echo off
mount c "C:\Program Files (x86)\DOSBox\" -freesize 1000
mount d D:\ -t cdrom -ioctl
c:

Do note that the directory in which you installed DOSBox may differ from mine, so edit the above path accordingly (where it says Program Files (x86)).

Find [dosbox] and change the memsize=16 value to memsize=32
After you've done that, DOSBox should be properly configured, and we can move onto installing the two games.

Installing The Elder Scrolls: Arena
    Extract the Arena download that you got from Bethesda anywhere. Inside of this folder you'll find a .exe file (Arena106) to install the game. Double click and start the installation. It will ask you for an install path, so choose your DOSBox folder. Mine is:

    C:\Program Files (x86)\DOSBox

    Open up DOSBox and type the following two lines (hit enter after each one):

    cd\ arena
    install


    Select 'Configure Game' and then 'Select Music Card'. Choose the option 'General MIDI or MPU-401'. Hit 'Done'' and then 'Exit'. You're now done installing Arena.

    To play the game, type:

    cd\ arena
    arena

Installing The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall
    Extract the download from Bethesda directly into your DOSBox folder. Mine is:

    C:\Program Files (x86)\DOSBox

    Open DOSBox and type the following two lines (hit enter after each one):

    cd\ dagger
    install


    Go through the installation process until you get to the Sound Configuration. Select 'Digital' from the list, and to the right choose 'SoundBlaster 16/AWE32', port '220', DMA '1', and IRQ '7'.

    Select 'Select MIDI', and then 'MPU-401' and port '330'. Hit OK.

    In DOSBox, type:

    dag213.exe

    This will run the patch for the game. Answer yes to both questions. You're now done installing Daggerfall.

    To play the game, type:

    cd\ dagger
    fall z.cfg


And that should be it. If you have any questions about playing these games on DOSBox (such as screen size and game speed), feel free to ask here.


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How do you increase the frame rate and screen size?


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ctrl+f12 and alt+enter


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If the game is running slow, press ctrl + f12 until it starts playing smoothly (ctrl + f11 for the opposite). That will increase the cycles. For those with older PCs, you may want to use frameskip by pressing ctrl + f8. Frameskip will make the game slightly choppier though. Press ctrl + f7 to bring the value back down.

To increase the screen size, open the DOSBox Options file and find the windowresolution= value. Change that to the resolution you want to play at. For example, I set it to: windowresolution=1280x960

If the size doesn't change, find output= and set it to overlay.
This post was last modified: September 4th 2012 12:30 PM by Tecca


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Thanks a lot! I will try it out when I have time!


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Just going to say this, as it could potentially save many a lot of time. You can download Arena and Daggerfall for free from UESP and DOSBox already comes fully implemented without needing to individually download separate programs and change coding. You just install both games and then you can load it up and enjoy.

http://theelderscrolls.wiwiland.net/?tit...naSetup_EN
http://theelderscrolls.wiwiland.net/?tit...llSetup_EN
This post was last modified: September 9th 2012 10:58 PM by Redguard King
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mh.....thought the elder scrolls website had that version since I myself got my version with the dosbox implemented as soon as they announced it at one of their anniversaries(saved me since the older one with manual dosbox kept crashing when tried to exit the prison).


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Does it work on mac? My pc is unavailable atm, but I really wanna check this out.


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DOSBox, the DOS emulator needed to run old DOS games like Arena and Daggerfall, does indeed run on a MAC. See here for more info: http://www.dosbox.com/wiki/DOSBox_and_Mac_OSX


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(November 29th 2012 10:15 PM)Deveron Wrote:  DOSBox, the DOS emulator needed to run old DOS games like Arena and Daggerfall, does indeed run on a MAC. See here for more info: http://www.dosbox.com/wiki/DOSBox_and_Mac_OSX

Thanks alot!


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Just want to say I hope everyone is enjoying Arena and Daggerfall. Daggerfall especially is good to play if you are going to be a part of the Daggerfall Covenant - aquaints you with the general region and vibes of the peoples there and back stories.

The game Redguard would be great background of Yokuda and info for people choosing to play the Redguard race but I don't know if it too runs on DosBox or is even available for download.


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*cough* These are considered old games in Slovakia *cough*


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Why back in my day we used a command line OS and we did fine with only being able to have one program open at once. Also there was no internet and we liked it!

hehe, Thanks so much for posting this! The last time I tried to configure daggerfall it kept giving me an error saying my harddrive was too small. I'll have to try it again now that it comes with dosbox already configured.
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Every time I try to install Daggerfall, I type:

cd\dagger [enter]
install [enter]

And I get this back:

Illegal command: install.

A little help, please??


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I fixed the problem myself. Unlike you instructed, I replaced cd\dagger with cd\DFCD, which held the INSTALL program.


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