Welcome to DOS Days
DOS Days aims to be a comprehensive online resource for all things concerning the hey day of the Personal Computer (PC) and compatibles.
Perhaps you're building a vintage PC, or you simply want to know how to do something in FreeDOS or DOSBox, DOS Days is here to help!
I publish regular articles covering a variety of topics, such as how to setup MIDI on an old PC or how to partition large modern hard disks for use with your vintage computer, as well as relevant downloads that run in DOS. Look out for extensive game reviews as well!
DOS Days also has a large collection of over 1,200 hardware pages with useful knowledge and downloadable drivers for graphics cards, sound cards and motherboard chipsets, as well as a built-in search function - use it to help identify your old hardware! Don't forget the datasheets index too which has over 300 technical articles and data sheets from 50+ manufacturers related to DOS-era hardware.
So why not put on your DOS goggles and stay a while!
Latest Updates (2nd December 2023)
- Retro review of the MultiWave AudioWave 16 AISP (SCSI) sound card.
- Retro review of the Octek EVGA-16 graphics card.
- New game page added for Destruction Derby, with a full review.
- New feature page added for nVidia RIVA TNT2.
- Matrox downloads section added, with drivers and utilities for most operating systems.
- The search results now show a summary of the page's content - thought it would be a nice addition to help see the context of searched words.
- The best DOS driving games - Part 4 which covers 1996 to 1998 is finished, closing out my look at 38 golden-era driving games.
- In this month's retro review I take a look at the Faraday Micro PC single board computer.
- Updates to the Paradise, Tamarack and S3 hardware pages.
- Pics, downloads and user manual added to my Octek VC-001 Gemini (MicroEGA) retro review - thanks William!
- The best DOS driving games - Part 3 is complete, bringing us up to 1995.
- The best DOS driving games - Part 2 is out, which explores what we could get our hands on from 1990 to 1992.
- New game page added for 4D Sports - Driving / Stunts.
- The best DOS driving games - Part 1 is now ready! We start with games released from 1987 to 1989. Let me know how you rate them.
- New game pages added for Test Drive and Test Drive II: The Duel.
- Lots more content added to the A-Trend page, including graphics and sound cards.
- 15 kHz Monitors - I've done a little research into multisync monitors that support 15 kHz and digital/analogue inputs which can support all the old PC graphics standards.
- Using VGA on a Modern Display - A comparison of two converters/scalers for VGA to DVI/HDMI.
- Sound Blaster AWE Range and Alternatives - A brief look at the AWE32, AWE64 and Sound Blaster 32 cards, and why they're perhaps not the best choice for retro PC gamers. I offer some alternatives that achieve better results.
- Lemmings game page added
- Retro Review: Creative Labs Sound Blaster Pro 2 (CT1600)
- New feature page added for nVidia RIVA TNT
- Grand Prix Legends game page added (content still a work in progress)
- New feature page added for nVidia RIVA 128 series
- Compaq LTE range of laptops added, and IBM PC-XT Model 286
- New sound cards pending testing/review: Multiwave Audiowave 16 AISP (SCSI) and Orchid NuSound PnP 32
- Added more information to the Genoa Systems and Everex hardware pages
- Added Multiwave Innovation hardware page
- Main page added for Borland International and Ashton-Tate dBase
- Retro Review: PC Chips M590 Super Socket 7 motherboard
- Added Inmos/SGS-Thomson and Oak Technology sections to the Datasheets Index.
- Fixed an issue where some of the site's pages were not being indexed for search.
- Added game review for F-19 Stealth Fighter (MicroProse, 1988)
- Retro Review: Aztech Sound Galaxy Nova 16 Extra - Part 3
- Building an MDA/Hercules/CGA/EGA to VGA converter - Stage 1 complete!
- A pretty complete MT-32 box set, courtesy of Dusko Marincic.
- New Feature pages added for ATI 3D Rage II series, Matrox Millennium, and Video 7 VGA 1024i.
- Added more details to the Number Nine hardware page with driver downloads.
- Added more details to the ExpertColor and S3 hardware pages with driver downloads.
- Pages that are heavy on audio are now "mobile-aware" (won't preload audio if mobile device detected). Override option added to access Sync Play if viewing on a mobile.
- New retro review: the Yamaha Audician 32 Plus from 1998 - a three-part article with over 35 recordings.
- Added MicroProse history (three parts).
- Added a new 3-part article on Virtualising DOS which looks at the level of compatibility of DOSBox, vDosPlus and VirtualBox when running word processors, spreadsheets, finance apps, and databases.
- Added game pages for F-15 Strike Eagle (MicroProse, 1985) and Fleet Defender (MicroProse, 1994)
- Added game pages for Star Wars: Dark Forces (LucasArts Entertainment, 1995) and European Air War (MicroProse, 1998)
- Updated Typical PCs per Year, which gives you some insight in the hardware and software that was new, and their prices.
- Added game pages for Prince of Persia (Brøderbund, 1990) and Wolfenstein 3D (Apogee/ID Software, 1992).
- CompuAdd - the chronology from 1982-1994 in adverts added.