Released: 1993
Published by: id Software
Developed by: id Software
Author(s): Michael Abrash, John Carmack, John Romero, Dave Taylor, Adrian Carmack, Kevin Cloud, Shawn C. Green, Robert Prince, Paul Radek

Doom was an extremely popular game when it launched. As the successor to the also popular Wolfenstein 3D, Doom brought a new level of realism with mouse look, and the ability to have multiple 'floors' (Wolf3D was played all on one level).

The game was distributed as Shareware, of which the first level, "Knee Deep in the Dead" was free to play. To receive the other episodes you had to pay Id Software.

Sound Blaster AWE32 (1MB)
Yamaha DB50XG (GM)  
Orchid SoundWave 32 (OPL4, 512 KB ROM)  
Orchid SoundWave 32 (OPL4, 2 MB ROM) 
Gravis UltraSound (1 MB)  
Sound Blaster 16   OGG, FLAC
Episode 1 Mission 1
Aztech SG WaveRider Pro 32 (GM) 
Guillemot MaxiSound 64 (GM)  
Roland SCC-1 (GM)  
Roland LAPC-I (with GM SysEx)  
Ensoniq SoundScape  
Ensoniq SoundScape Opus 
Ensoniq SoundScape Elite  

Episode 3 Mission 1
Sound Blaster AWE32 (1MB) 
Creative Wave Blaster 1 (GM) 
Yamaha DB50XG (GM) 
Roland SC-55 (GM)  
Roland MT-32 (with GM SysEx)  
Gravis UltraSound (1 MB) 
Sound Blaster 16 is recorded from a CT2770. For a complete review and comparison of some of these cards, visit my Sound Blaster 16 (CT2770) review page.
OPL3SAx is recorded from a Yamaha Audician 32 Plus. This card was suffering from periodic audio outages.

System Requirements 80386 CPU. 4 MB RAM required.
Graphics support for VGA only (320x200).
Audio support for PC Speaker, Ad Lib, Pro Audio Spectrum, PAS16 (from v1.2 onward), Gravis UltraSound/ACE, Sound Blaster, Sound Blaster 16/Pro, Roland Sound Canvas and General MIDI.
Original Media 3.5" floppy disks
Installed Size (MB) ? MB (shareware version), ? MB (full registered version)

From where can it be run?

The game must be installed to your hard disk.

Copy Protection

Doom has no copy protection.

How to Setup

To configure the game for your hardware, run the provided setup.exe utility. You have the following options:

1) Main menu:

2) Select Music Sound card:

3) Select port address:

4) Select Sound Effects device:

5) Select IRQ:

6) Select DMA channel:

7) Select Number of Sound FX to mix:

8) Select Controller type:

9) Keyboard/Mouse/Joystick configuration:



Symptom: I am getting no music or sound effects when running Doom from Windows NT or 2000.
Cause: The original game implements a POPF instruction that does not work under NT-based operating systems. They implemented a workaround in XP to allow it run with music and sound effects, but very poorly (the game runs slowly).
Resolution: Run the game with no sound or music, or get "Final DOOM", which works fine under XP.

Symptom: I get 'Insufficient Memory' but I'm running this on a machine with 4 MB of RAM!
Cause: Doom really does try to acquire all 4 MB, so if you have device drivers and other TSRs loaded, these are probably reducing the amount of available RAM for the game to use.
Resolution: Reboot your machine without device drivers loaded and retry. In MS-DOS 6.0 and above, you can press and hold F5 during boot to bypass CONFIG.SYS and AUTOEXEC.BAT files completely.

Symptom: Version 1.0 of the game crashes just after the DOS4GW line.
Cause: You have a motherboard with an OPTi chipset. These are known to cause issues with this game.
Resolution: Go into the AMI BIOS and switch off "Hidden Refresh" under the Advanced Chipset Setup menu, and try again.


To Quit the Game

Hit ESC to bring up the game menu. Then use the cursor keys to move the highlight down to 'Quit Game' and hit Enter.


Supporting Documents

Here are the original documents that came with the game:


Additional Files, Drivers and Utilities

This section includes any additional files, updated drivers (original and third-party) or utilities that help make the game a better experience.


Save Games



Versions of the game known to exist

Note that there were a number of 'pre-release' versions that exist, including v0.2 and v0.3 (both Feb 1993), v0.4 (Apr 1993), v0.5 (May 1993), and 'Beta' (Oct 1993).

Version Date Comments
Shareware Release 1.0 Dec 1993 First release.
Registered v1.1 Dec 1993  
Registered v1.2 Feb 1994  
Registered v1.666 Sep 1994  
Registered v1.8 Jan 1995  

Original Floppy Disk Contents

The floppy disks have no specific volume label.

Registered Version v1.66
Disk 1 of 4 (3.5" 1.44 MB DS/HD):

Directory of A:\     
DEICE    EXE        17,303 02-04-93   3:33p
DOOM166R DAT 197 09-01-94 12:26p
INSTALL BAT 188 09-01-94 6:11p
DOOM166R 1 1,439,232 09-01-94 12:27p
4 file(s) 1,456,920 bytes
0 bytes free


Registered Version v1.66
Disk 2 of 4 (3.5" 1.44 MB DS/HD):

Directory of A:\
DOOM166R 2       1,457,664 09-01-94  12:28p
1 file(s) 1,457,664 bytes
0 bytes free

Registered Version v1.66
Disk 3 of 4 (3.5" 1.44 MB DS/HD):

Directory of A:\
DOOM166R 3       1,457,664 09-01-94  12:30p
1 file(s) 1,457,664 bytes
0 bytes free

Registered Version v1.66
Disk 4 of 4 (3.5" 1.44 MB DS/HD):

Directory of A:\
DOOM166R 4       1,368,473 09-01-94  12:31p
1 file(s) 1,368,473 bytes
89,088 bytes free

Shareware Version
Disk 1 of 2 (3.5" 1.44 MB DS/HD):

Directory of A:\

Shareware Version
Disk 2 of 2 (3.5" 1.44 MB DS/HD):

Directory of A:\


Installed Directory Contents

Once installed, the following directory structure exists in the game directory.

Original full game only (no expansion packs or added levels).

Directory of C:\GAMES\DOOM
.            <DIR>         03/05/21   16:02
..           <DIR>         03/05/21   16:02
DM       DOC         6,397 25/05/95    6:09
DM       EXE        20,937 25/05/95    6:09
DMFAQ66A TXT       120,201 25/05/95    6:09
DMFAQ66B TXT       140,594 25/05/95    6:09
DMFAQ66C TXT        76,898 25/05/95    6:09
DMFAQ66D TXT        34,572 25/05/95    6:09
DOOM     EXE       715,493 25/05/95    6:09   <== Main game executable
DOOM     WAD    12,408,292 25/05/95    6:09   <== Maps/levels file
DWANGO   DOC        10,623 25/05/95    6:09
DWANGO   EXE        73,638 25/05/95    6:09
DWANGO   SRV           255 25/05/95    6:09
DWANGO   STR         2,536 25/05/95    6:09
HELPME   TXT         4,689 25/05/95    6:09
IPXSETUP EXE        18,051 25/05/95    6:09   <== IPX/SPX network play setup program
MODEM    CFG            67 25/05/95    6:09
MODEM    NUM            67 25/05/95    6:09
MODEM    STR         3,405 25/05/95    6:09
ORDER    FRM         4,617 25/05/95    6:09
README   TXT        21,989 25/05/95    6:09
SERSETUP EXE        20,257 25/05/95    6:09   <== Setup to configure serial comms
SETUP    EXE        46,665 25/05/95    6:09   <== Sound setup program
DEFAULT  CFG           816 30/08/21   15:21
25 file(s)     13,731,059 bytes