I somehow forgot to write about this in the shuffle. Â But the fantastic emulator PCem, Â has a new website, a new release, new forums, and public software versioning!
So what is new in 8.1?
- New machines – SiS496/497, 430VX
- WinChip emulation (including MMX emulation)
- New graphics cards – S3 Trio64, Trident TGUI9440AGi, ATI VGA Edge-16, ATI VGA Charger, OAK OTI-067, ATI Mach64
- New sound cards – Adlib Gold, Windows Sound System, SB AWE32
- Improved GUS emulation
- MPU-401 emulation (UART mode only) on SB16 and AWE32
- Fixed DMA bug, floppy drives work properly in Windows 3.x
- Fixed bug in FXAM – fixes Wolf 3D, Dogz, some other stuff as well
- Other FPU fixes
- Fixed serial bugs, mouse no longer disappears in Windows 9x hardware detection
- Major reorganisation of CPU emulation
- Direct3D output mode
- Fullscreen mode
And even better the latest versions allow NTVDM to run on Windows NT (for those who need it..) and a slew of other OS/2 & NT related fixes.
I really like PCem as I can run things like EMM386, and of course running the real BIOS makes it feel all the more real. Â The soundcard & video card choices in 8.1 are simply AMAZING. Â Just be aware some combinations of video cards & CPUs are incompatible. Â Â So if something isn’t working, it’s probably a CPU/video card combo. Â Also I really enjoy Return to Zork on this setup, it feels pretty good! Â And the AWE-32 setup for Doom rocks! Â I haven’t tried it’s Gravis Ultrasound support yet, but I would imagine it should be comparable to DOSBox at a minimum. Â All I find PCem lacking is networking.
You can download my latest binary snapshot here(megaco.nz). Â I’ll eventually figure out something better about this later.
Awesome work on compiling PCem with the latest revision! 😀
The only think that needs to get working somehow is SLiRP networking which is found in Qemu 0.9.0. 🙂
There also needs to be a icon for the latest revision of PCem. I had PCem 8.1 r91 which had the transparent icon featuring a IBM 5150 PC computer with keyboard and the latest revision replaced it. 🙁
I saw it run the resource compiler, but I didn’t look to far to see what it was doing. I’m just happy it still runs and I can use my DOOM.
I’m very happy with the latest revision of PCem too even though I haven’t tested Windows NT 3.51 or Windows NT 4.0 right now.
I managed to extract the PCem icon from the PCem v8.1 r91 binaries under the name PCem.ico and I have it stashed one of my hard drives right now.
Hopefully, NE2000 networking capabilities, Windows NT and OS/2 guest support will be implemented officially in PCem v9 soon. 🙂
Really? The icon was included?
I made it and sent it to the author but he neved answered. I never noticed it was added.
My bad, the icon is surely not mine. Mine didn’t have a keyboard.
pc.rc only contains the menu resources. sorry.
Do you know if there is a shortcut for sending CTRL-ALT-Delete to PCem ?
Also, have you seen that version of PCem that features shaders ?
No… and when compiling I change the &F accelerator in the rc file to F&ile so I can use alt+f to edit text file in dos edit… Otherwise it’s annoying.
I’ve heard of the filtered version, never looked at it though.
The Control-Alt-Delete shortcut is required to login to Windows NT 3.1 and up. Since I have the version that lacks this shortcut, it’s impossible to use Windows NT without having to press Control-Alt-Delete on the host machine. >_<
oh.. I guess you could look at the keyboard, and substitute another key for delete. you may just have to fire up a debugger. or look closer at the source.
I’ve been trying to use the source, while I can compile it easily since the author of the PCem-plus provided directions and mingw.zip I just couldn’t figure out how to debug it.
I’ve made a project in Visual Studio in hope to get it working but there are tons of errors, it doesn’t recognize most of the syntax the author has used in source … damn VC++.
A great feature PCem is missing is snapshots !