Reply To: Dark Sun Problems


Hi, I have a problem with Dark Sun Shattered Lands, it too is GOG’s version, but a non CD version of the game. I have both Dark Sun games, but I could not find any other thread for Shattered Lands so I will post here if it’s okay.

The issues I have with Dark Sun Shattered Lands, is when I do the basic set up in Magic Box, when I launch the game, it flashes with white text quickly then exits.

So what I did was copy the text from the dosbox_darksun.conf file from GOG’s version into the expert mode and tried to launch the game again. This time it just brings me to c: prompt. I am able to cd command all the way to the game directory on my phone and launch the game that way. No matter what else I try to type for the mount function, it will not mount or tell me it can not mount etc. Only if I copy the GOG’s version of the ini file, launch it, then falls back to the c: prompt.

Here is a copy of the dosbox_darksun.conf settings I have in expert that I can navigate to get into the game. Maybe you could identify what I should be adding to the dosbox_darksun.conf settings to launch it from the external launcher as per usual.

Also first, here are the settings for Magic DosBox I have set to launch this game.

“Title – Dark Sun”
Checked Use SVN core, does not effect the game as far as I can tell.

Drive C:\
/storage/emulated/0/aGamesbacks/Dark Sun (I have my games folder for all my games “aGamesbacks” located in the internal storage.


PC speaker checked, doesn’t seem to effect the game,
Sound Blaster 16
Midi: Off

xms, ems, umb all are checked

CD-ROM is unchecked as GOGs version of Shatterelands is the non CD version

Network – nothing changed

Joystick – nothing changed

Main program


Expert – Checked settings below, again it brings me into c: and I can manually direct myself to the games folder and launch it that way.

# language: Select another language file.
# machine: The type of machine DOSBox tries to emulate.
# Possible values: hercules, cga, tandy, pcjr, ega, vgaonly, svga_s3, svga_et3000, svga_et4000, svga_paradise, vesa_nolfb, vesa_oldvbe.
# captures: Directory where things like wave, midi, screenshot get captured.
# memsize: Amount of memory DOSBox has in megabytes.
# This value is best left at its default to avoid problems with some games,
# though few games might require a higher value.
# There is generally no speed advantage when raising this value.


# frameskip: How many frames DOSBox skips before drawing one.
# aspect: Do aspect correction, if your output method doesn’t support scaling this can slow things down!
# scaler: Scaler used to enlarge/enhance low resolution modes. If ‘forced’ is appended,
# then the scaler will be used even if the result might not be desired.
# To fit a scaler in the resolution used at full screen may require a border or side bars,
# to fill the screen entirely, depending on your hardware, a different scaler/fullresolution might work.
# Possible values: none, normal2x, normal3x, advmame2x, advmame3x, advinterp2x, advinterp3x, hq2x, hq3x, 2xsai, super2xsai, supereagle, tv2x, tv3x, rgb2x, rgb3x, scan2x, scan3x.


# core: CPU Core used in emulation. auto will switch to dynamic if available and
# appropriate.
# Possible values: auto, dynamic, normal, simple.
# cputype: CPU Type used in emulation. auto is the fastest choice.
# Possible values: auto, 386, 386_slow, 486_slow, pentium_slow, 386_prefetch.
# cycles: Amount of instructions DOSBox tries to emulate each millisecond.
# Setting this value too high results in sound dropouts and lags.
# Cycles can be set in 3 ways:
# ‘auto’ tries to guess what a game needs.
# It usually works, but can fail for certain games.
# ‘fixed #number’ will set a fixed amount of cycles. This is what you usually
# need if ‘auto’ fails. (Example: fixed 4000).
# ‘max’ will allocate as much cycles as your computer is able to
# handle.
# Possible values: auto, fixed, max.
# cycleup: Amount of cycles to decrease/increase with keycombos.(CTRL-F11/CTRL-F12)
# cycledown: Setting it lower than 100 will be a percentage.

cycles=fixed 7000

# nosound: Enable silent mode, sound is still emulated though.
# rate: Mixer sample rate, setting any device’s rate higher than this will probably lower their sound quality.
# Possible values: 44100, 48000, 32000, 22050, 16000, 11025, 8000, 49716.
# blocksize: Mixer block size, larger blocks might help sound stuttering but sound will also be more lagged.
# Possible values: 1024, 2048, 4096, 8192, 512, 256.
# prebuffer: How many milliseconds of data to keep on top of the blocksize.


# mpu401: Type of MPU-401 to emulate.
# Possible values: intelligent, uart, none.
# mididevice: Device that will receive the MIDI data from MPU-401.
# Possible values: default, win32, alsa, oss, coreaudio, coremidi, none.
# midiconfig: Special configuration options for the device driver. This is usually the id of the device you want to use
# (find the id with mixer/listmidi).
# Or in the case of coreaudio, you can specify a soundfont here.
# See the README/Manual for more details.


# sbtype: Type of Soundblaster to emulate. gb is Gameblaster.
# Possible values: sb1, sb2, sbpro1, sbpro2, sb16, gb, none.
# sbbase: The IO address of the soundblaster.
# Possible values: 220, 240, 260, 280, 2a0, 2c0, 2e0, 300.
# irq: The IRQ number of the soundblaster.
# Possible values: 7, 5, 3, 9, 10, 11, 12.
# dma: The DMA number of the soundblaster.
# Possible values: 1, 5, 0, 3, 6, 7.
# hdma: The High DMA number of the soundblaster.
# Possible values: 1, 5, 0, 3, 6, 7.
# sbmixer: Allow the soundblaster mixer to modify the DOSBox mixer.
# oplmode: Type of OPL emulation. On ‘auto’ the mode is determined by sblaster type. All OPL modes are Adlib-compatible, except for ‘cms’.
# Possible values: auto, cms, opl2, dualopl2, opl3, none.
# oplemu: Provider for the OPL emulation. compat might provide better quality (see oplrate as well).
# Possible values: default, compat, fast.
# oplrate: Sample rate of OPL music emulation. Use 49716 for highest quality (set the mixer rate accordingly).
# Possible values: 44100, 49716, 48000, 32000, 22050, 16000, 11025, 8000.


# gus: Enable the Gravis Ultrasound emulation.
# gusrate: Sample rate of Ultrasound emulation.
# Possible values: 44100, 48000, 32000, 22050, 16000, 11025, 8000, 49716.
# gusbase: The IO base address of the Gravis Ultrasound.
# Possible values: 240, 220, 260, 280, 2a0, 2c0, 2e0, 300.
# gusirq: The IRQ number of the Gravis Ultrasound.
# Possible values: 5, 3, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12.
# gusdma: The DMA channel of the Gravis Ultrasound.
# Possible values: 3, 0, 1, 5, 6, 7.
# ultradir: Path to Ultrasound directory. In this directory
# there should be a MIDI directory that contains
# the patch files for GUS playback. Patch sets used
# with Timidity should work fine.


# pcspeaker: Enable PC-Speaker emulation.
# pcrate: Sample rate of the PC-Speaker sound generation.
# Possible values: 44100, 48000, 32000, 22050, 16000, 11025, 8000, 49716.
# tandy: Enable Tandy Sound System emulation. For ‘auto’, emulation is present only if machine is set to ‘tandy’.
# Possible values: auto, on, off.
# tandyrate: Sample rate of the Tandy 3-Voice generation.
# Possible values: 44100, 48000, 32000, 22050, 16000, 11025, 8000, 49716.
# disney: Enable Disney Sound Source emulation. (Covox Voice Master and Speech Thing compatible).


# joysticktype: Type of joystick to emulate: auto (default), none,
# 2axis (supports two joysticks),
# 4axis (supports one joystick, first joystick used),
# 4axis_2 (supports one joystick, second joystick used),
# fcs (Thrustmaster), ch (CH Flightstick).
# none disables joystick emulation.
# auto chooses emulation depending on real joystick(s).
# (Remember to reset dosbox’s mapperfile if you saved it earlier)
# Possible values: auto, 2axis, 4axis, 4axis_2, fcs, ch, none.
# timed: enable timed intervals for axis. Experiment with this option, if your joystick drifts (away).
# autofire: continuously fires as long as you keep the button pressed.
# swap34: swap the 3rd and the 4th axis. Can be useful for certain joysticks.
# buttonwrap: enable button wrapping at the number of emulated buttons.


# serial1: set type of device connected to com port.
# Can be disabled, dummy, modem, nullmodem, directserial.
# Additional parameters must be in the same line in the form of
# parameter:value. Parameter for all types is irq (optional).
# for directserial: realport (required), rxdelay (optional).
# (realport:COM1 realport:ttyS0).
# for modem: listenport (optional).
# for nullmodem: server, rxdelay, txdelay, telnet, usedtr,
# transparent, port, inhsocket (all optional).
# Example: serial1=modem listenport:5000
# Possible values: dummy, disabled, modem, nullmodem, directserial.
# serial2: see serial1
# Possible values: dummy, disabled, modem, nullmodem, directserial.
# serial3: see serial1
# Possible values: dummy, disabled, modem, nullmodem, directserial.
# serial4: see serial1
# Possible values: dummy, disabled, modem, nullmodem, directserial.


# xms: Enable XMS support.
# ems: Enable EMS support.
# umb: Enable UMB support.
# keyboardlayout: Language code of the keyboard layout (or none).


@Echo Off
mount c: /mnt/sdcard/


I am also trying to get Ravenloft Stone Prophet to work, but unable. This one I believe is the GOG CD version and I will try the suggestions above to see if I can not get it working or not.

Also, I found for some reason, and I am not sure if it’s a CD version or not, but also from GOG, is Ishar 3, 1 and 2 were fine to get setup and running.

So I am only having troubles getting Dark Sun Shattered Lands, Ravenlofts Stone Prophet and Ishar 3 from working. And according to the compatibility list, they should be able to.

I realize this is long, but I wanted to be thorough and hopefully you can help me. I have a large collection of GOG’s All Forgotten Realms SSI games, Ultima’s 6-8 Underground 1-2 3D Realms full collection,-(Non GOG), Realms of Arkania 1-3 Might and Magic 3-5, Heroes of Might and Magic 1,2 Warcraft 1,2 Ishar 1,2 Bloodstone, Conan the Cimmerian, Hexx, Wizardry 7, Anvil of Dawn, Albion, Betrayal at Krondor, Darklands, Deathbringer, Jazz Jackrabbit, Tyrian, The Chaos Engine, The Adventures of Willy Beamish, Larry Suit 7, Batman, Fievel Goes West, Beverly Hills, Black Sect, Burn Time, Curse of Enchantment, Martian Memorandum, Mean Streets, Once Upon a Forest all set up and working in Magic Dos Box.

I tried last night to get Daggerfall to work and followed the Youtube tutorial, but just could not get it to launch. I will play around with it again at a later date. I would like to solve the first 3 first.

Thank you kindly, and thank you for the great effort to make a really good app for Android.