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Beginning DosBox Turbo for Newbies

DosBox Turbo is a DOS emulator that requires you to download and copy (to your android device) DOS games.  The following is a simple getting started guide to get the popular DOS game DOOM running.  This guide assumes you have already downloaded the latest version of DosBox Turbo from the Google Play Store:

Step 1:  Download the DOOM game to your computer
We first need to use a PC to download the DOS game of your choice.  In this case, we will download DOOM.  Most DOS games arrive in a zip archive. Click on the following link, to download shareware DOOM to your computer:

Step 2: Unzip the archive on your PC and copy the folder to your Android Device
Using WinZip or any other PC unarchiver application of your choice, unzip the DOOM game, it should unzip to a folder on your PC called "dooms".

Step 3: Copy the folder to your Android Device
Plug your Android device into your computer via USB.  We will create a directory on our Android device called "dos" where we will put all our DOS games. Copy the "dooms" folder into the newly created dos folder.
NOTE: In the example above, we copied the games to the "Internal Storage" of our Android Device.  You can also copy games to the "External Storage", but be aware if you are using Android 4.4+ (KitKat), Google has limited only certain directories to be writable on an External SD card.  I recommend copying games to the public 'Downloads' (/<path to external sdcard>/Download/ ) directory if you plan on using External Storage.  You can create a "dos" sub-directory as shown above.

Step 4: Install and Enable the free GamePad application on your Android Device to get cursor controls
Now you'll also want to download my "Gamepad" app (You do not need to download the virtual Gamepad, if you plan to use a hardware gamepad such as Xperia Play, Nvidia Shield, or an external USB gamepad such as Xbox360 or Logitech, but the instructions for mapping buttons are the same as in the following video).   Once you've installed the GamePad app, click the GamePad icon and follow the steps to enable it on your Android device.  Then follow this video to setup the controls for doom:

Step 5: Start DosBox Turbo and configure the game settings
On your Android device, start DosBox Turbo.  Now you will need to bring up the Keyboard and begin typing.  There are several ways of bringing up the keyboard:
  • In Portrait Orientation: At the top of the screen, you'll see a keyboard icon, click this to show/hide the keyboard.
  • In Landscape Orientation: There will be no icon bar at the top of the screen. You can swipe down (from top to bottom) to bring up the icon bar with the Keyboard icon.  Swipe Up to hide it again.
  • In ANY orientation: You always have the option of swiping (from LEFT to RIGHT) across your screen to bring up the "Quick Menu".  From the Quick Menu you can enable/disable the keyboard.

Finally, after you brought up the keyboard and see the dos prompt (c: \) type the following:

c:\> cd dos

c:\DOS> cd dooms

c:\DOS\DOOMS> doom

DOOM should then launch. If you are using my free GamePad keyboard, you can now switch from the keyboard to the gamepad by swiping from left to right across the keyboard itself.  You can also run the setup.exe if you want to change the DOOM settings. The procedure is basically the same for most DOS games.

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More help, and device specific questions can be found in the FAQ: