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I am a newbie to Linux, been at it about 1 month. I downloaded dosbox, and it works great. So far I have downloaded 4 front ends for it and cannot get any of them to work. It seems that if i don't use synaptic for a download, it won't install correctly. So, do I have to expand my repositories to include one that has Dosbox, or do I need to learn a lot more about install downloads?
Also, while I have your attention, how do I change my desktop picture; more importantly where do I get new pictures from?
don't know about dosbox - something I've never played with.
As for your background image, well it depends on which desktop environment you use. Ubuntu tends to come with gnome as a default. I can't give you exact instructions for that - I hate it with a passion (OK, so i've tried gnome about 4 or 5 times and never got on with it).
Under KDE (hint - sudo apt-get install kubuntu desktop) you can just right click anywhere on the desktop and select "configure desktop" - with that dialogue open you can (provided you have a working net connection) just hit the "get new wallpapers" button and it queries the kde-look site for various subjects (newest, most popular, etc etc) and you can choose/download from there - you'd even get a preview with most of them.
I'd suggest that you google for "gnome wallpapers" and see what you get. If I look at the kde-look site directly, and then view any of the available ones theres usually instructions for downloading and installing - I'm presuming that you'd find the same - In fact, having just checked for you, I'd say that this is probably a good place to start (it looks the same as kde-look so ......).
I found out that I had no source files, so I dl'ed the source files for my kernel and installed them and "viola" I now have a dosbox frontend working, now to get the darn pharo GPS 360 working, but that is another thread . . .
Dosbox is a dos emulator for playing older dos based games. I enjoy this game called "Masters of Magic" by Microprose. Games is now freeware and so is dosbox. the game is like Civilization but with magic added. ( It also happens to be a Sid Meier creation)
p.s.: Thanksfor the link, John. I have changed my desktop 3x so far.
I have been using DosboxFE, with dosbox and have found that the CPU cycles only go up to 32000 in DosboxFE, and my old pc can run Dosbox at something like 180000 (with the cpu at about 85%). This makes the difference between being able to play Doom or not.
I think frontends do not always get updated as quickly as dosbox.
Might be worth looking at dosbox site for your game, you sometimes get tips on what config settings are needed posted there.
Also if it worked ok using dosboxer you could see if you can find the config file that dosboxer used and use that instead.
It could be that the cpu cycles are too high. To get it working I tend to open a command window and type 'top', and also run 'Dosbox' in a window playing the game. I can then see what percentage of cpu is being used, and then change it with alt-f12 and alt-f11 (might be ctrl-f12 and f11). Then change the config file when I am happy with the setting (I try to keep it below 90%).