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written by Silvercoon on Nov 28, 2010 23:14
The difference is phenomenal. This is beyond amazing. Thank you
written by Eggofawesome on May 08, 2016 21:42
I'm new.

I've installed DOSbox and noctis but everytime I load it up it's either really laggy or just blackscreen. Any ideas on how to fix this?

EDIT: Nevermind, I got it working it just seems to be the things like memory and resolution that cause blackscreen.
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written by Pokecat on Aug 16, 2016 00:33
I got the game to run on windows 10 with D-Fend Reloaded, but it won't save.
going nowhere fast...
written by Skinnymon on Aug 16, 2016 01:59
O.K.

Let's go slowly here. D-Fend Reloaded, while it is a nice piece of work for running DOS games (I have it on one of my computers for the few that I play with once in a while) is basically a GUI shell for DOSBox, I believe, 0.74. Which, upon review it appears they don't apply it to DOSBox SVN Daum, which appears to have a better interaction with 64 bit- at least it works faster and less jerky. (Maybe it can be applied? After all it's just a GUI shell.)

So what I say here applied to the SVN version. But try it anyway. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

You will have to change where you run the Noctis.exe file (copy or move from "Modules" folder first) to the main ("Noctis") folder. Adjust your D-Fend launch file accordingly so it finds Noctis.exe in the main folder.

DOSBox has a problem finding executables in the subfolders. I had the problem that it wouldn't save my new position (or save snapshots) until I moved the Noctis.exe file. It most likely will require that you also move/copy the executables from the "Modules" folder to the "Noctis" folder for the same reason.

At least that's how it works for me.

i haz title: speed-g-dof
written by Speeder on Aug 16, 2016 19:25
Never had heard of DOSEmu before somehow, did a quick search and found out why DOSEmu runs Noctis so much faster.

DosBox emulates a entire computer, DOSEmu just sort of runs DOS on the computer.

DOSBox thus has the advantage that it works in all platforms (like ARM, SPARC, whatever).

DOSEmu is faster (and in many cases more accurate), because code designed to be close to the metal, using x86 features, work using the actual features.

Noctis, was made by Alex mad genius in x86 innards, and although a Core i7 is in many ways way different than a 8086, much of what Noctis used still exist there, and thus when you use DOSEmu it achieves almost maximum performance, like if you were running an actual DOS on a Core i7.

Awesome stuff! Sadly, DOSEmu is seemly really Linux-only (I found some random expensive software that requires DOSEmu, and for Windows they instead recommend VMWare + actual DOS)
written by Pokecat on Aug 21, 2016 22:26
Skinnymon said:
O.K.

Let's go slowly here. D-Fend Reloaded, while it is a nice piece of work for running DOS games (I have it on one of my computers for the few that I play with once in a while) is basically a GUI shell for DOSBox, I believe, 0.74. Which, upon review it appears they don't apply it to DOSBox SVN Daum, which appears to have a better interaction with 64 bit- at least it works faster and less jerky. (Maybe it can be applied? After all it's just a GUI shell.)

So what I say here applied to the SVN version. But try it anyway. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

You will have to change where you run the Noctis.exe file (copy or move from "Modules" folder first) to the main ("Noctis") folder. Adjust your D-Fend launch file accordingly so it finds Noctis.exe in the main folder.

DOSBox has a problem finding executables in the subfolders. I had the problem that it wouldn't save my new position (or save snapshots) until I moved the Noctis.exe file. It most likely will require that you also move/copy the executables from the "Modules" folder to the "Noctis" folder for the same reason.

At least that's how it works for me.

Ok, did all that, it runs, it remembers my place, remembers the star names, but the menu blinks and the console is blank, and also the walls change color. If it worn't for the menu, it would look like a party. XD
going nowhere fast...
written by Skinnymon on Aug 22, 2016 01:49
Sounds like a severe case of Lithium Depletion to me.

The cure is to call for help, The command is r97
(Even more neat flashing lights here! Particularly on the roof. And even better, if you're patient and look around carefully, you'll get to see another Stardrifter who refills your tank with 3 grams of lithium!)

written by Pokecat on Aug 22, 2016 19:39
Skinnymon said:
Sounds like a severe case of Lithium Depletion to me.

The cure is to call for help, The command is r97
(Even more neat flashing lights here! Particularly on the roof. And even better, if you're patient and look around carefully, you'll get to see another Stardrifter who refills your tank with 3 grams of lithium!)

Thanks, that is what I needed. now I shall continue my exploration!
written by Kolaskolas on Jun 23, 2018 16:59
It looks like the original DOSEmu isn't maintained anymore, but I've found this fork that works well on my Debian laptop: https://github.com/stsp/dosemu2

Noctis works really well in dosemu2. In dosbox it would get too slow on planet surfaces, even with the config changes recommended in this thread.
written by Logicalerror on Jun 25, 2018 17:09
DOSemu is only faster if you have a 32 bit x86 kernel. If you're running in 64 bit mode or on a different architecture it falls back to CPU emulation which is in my experience about as slow as DOSbox.
written by Kolaskolas on Jun 27, 2018 03:16
I'm actually running in 64bit mode, and DOSemu is noticeably faster than DOSBox o.O so idk.. maybe this new DOSemu2 works better with 64bit systems since you've tried it.
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