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Posted at 06:31 on May 25th, 2020 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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Good day!

I'm a new member from the Philippines. I am a programmer and an retro gamer in my spare time. I found this site while browsing www.oldgames.sk.

I am very much amazed with all the contents of your site and decided to register. I've been playing dos games since the early 90's and still use dos applications (i.e. GWBasic, TurboC++, XTreeGold etc.) here and there for nostalgia.

I am using VirtualBox right now to run dos and old software and do stuff that I wasn't able to do so before. I'm looking forward to interact, discuss and exchange knowledge to my fellow members. Thank you in advance for having me. ;)
Posted at 10:14 on May 25th, 2020 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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Welcome, XCoder8!

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I am using VirtualBox right now to run dos and old software and do stuff that I wasn't able to do so before.


Try DOSBox, PCem or 86box! They are a lot better suited for such purposes.
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Posted at 17:49 on May 25th, 2020 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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Hey everyone! I'd like to introduce myself as an oldschool retro gamer from Ghent, Belgium! Being part of the Commodore 64 generation I took my first steps in computing as a child learning to program BASIC on an Apple-II in the early '80s, finally got my very own C64 at the age of 12, was cruelly denied an Amiga in it's hayday so ended stepping over to PC when going to college. Decided to recover my "childhood denied" by getting together an Amiga 1200 with all the bells and whistles some 10 years back (before prices on these went nuts), and immediately got hooked back on the great games from the early nineties, when some of the very first high-production-value games started to appear (and when "game" actually implied some level of challenging involved gameplay not reduced to "first person shooter"). As the Amiga was in it's dying days during this period (and quite a few classics were released only in crippled version on that platform, or not at all), there's no escaping making the step to PC for games of this period as well. When looking for hard-to-find disk images I discovered this site which clearly is the walhalla for old retro farts like myself. I'm looking forward to discovering more of what's on offer here (and there's something about comics too ? Maybe there's some fun to be had there as well!).

So there you have it! I guess retro stuff I do on Amiga (running on actual hardware, system configuration, doing some WHDLoad slave coding) might not be of use here, but surely contributing a couple of game reviews sounds like a fun contribution to make. I'll have a go at adding my two cents to this place and we'll see where things end up :-) Thanks for adding me!
Posted at 19:22 on May 25th, 2020 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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Hello johanvc, I've been an intensive user of WHDLoad for decades now (registered user since the days it still cost money ;)), so what you do on that front is definitely of interest here. Enjoy your stay!
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Posted at 19:11 on May 27th, 2020 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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Hello all! New member from the UK enjoying some trips down memory lane with downtime caused by the virus. Recently came across some old floppy disks that got me tinkering with my old computer again. Nothing like a classic point and click adventure. Was reading up on on the current status of floppy disk preservation and the use of the KryoFlux and came across this site, which seems to be an excellent resource.
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Posted at 03:01 on May 29th, 2020 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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Hey everyone, my name is Chris and I'm from the United States. I've been collecting vintage PC games for the past 15 years as well as fixing vintage computers. Recently, some of my games on floppy have gone bad. I've been aware of the "bit rot" or "data rot" that plagues magnetic media but within the past month, I've had nearly 15 games go bad with the disks either not reading or developing bad sectors. This week alone, I've lost Wing Commander, Wing Commander II, Ultima IV and Wolfenstein 3D.
1)I found your website because I googled "Wing Commander Floppy images" and this site popped up. I found the images I needed but the site told me to create an account and post to this board in order to gain access.
2)From what I can see, your site has thousands of images in store. Hopefully, I can download backups and restore my collection.
3)For platforms, I would say PC, Xbox and N64. Games would include Minecraft, Wolfenstein: The Old Blood and The New Order, Black Mesa, COD: Black Ops II and Quake II.

I hope this is everything that is needed. I need to get access to these files or my collection is gone.
Posted at 09:01 on May 31st, 2020 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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Hi folks, I'm Andy and I'm a new member from the UK. I've recently recreated my dream PC from components I bought on eBay. It's a 486 DX2 66, which was the processor I always wanted as a kid.

I've installed a Gotek floppy drive and wanted to transfer my existing, very small, floppy disk collection to it. I have the original Day of the Tentacle disks, but unfortunately it seems disk 2 is damaged. After some searching I came across this incredible archive, so wanted to try and download disk 2 to complete the set.

Looking forward to trying to contribute where I can.
Posted at 12:07 on May 31st, 2020 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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Hello.

A new guy from the 400 types of cheese country in Europe :)

I'm 40 something, started playing computer games on long forgotten consoles. Knew handheld one called Game and Watch... It makes me feel old.

I love a lot of old games, because I can make run them easily in Dosbox, which helps a lot. What kind? Doom-like, adventure, tetris like and many more.

But don't tell me about platforms based game, they do not love me!

I'm happy I found your site.

Have a good day !
Posted at 03:31 on June 1st, 2020 | Quote | Edit | Delete | Delete Attachment
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Greetings users! I came across this site via preservegames.org while looking for original disk images for old DOS games. I recently built myself a retro 486DX2 system. Over the years I've bought a lot of DOS games on GOG. But after restoring my old Commodore 64 last year, I decided I wanted to get back to playing PC games on original hardware too. I had forgotten what a struggle getting these older systems set up and working out all of the compatibility issues could be. But I enjoyed the challenge, and am proud of my accomplishment. Here's my systems specs and a photo if anyone is interested:

Processor: Intel 486DX2 66Mhz
Motherboard: ASUS PVI-486SP3 with 512k of L2 cache
RAM: X2 32MB of FPM 60ns 72-Pin SIMMs
Video Card: PCI STB Lightspeed 128 Tseng Labs ET6000 2MB
Sound Card: Sound Blaster AWE64 ISA Card CT4380
MPU-401: HardMPU ISA Card with Roland MT-32 Module
Front Panel Display/Amplifier: Scythe SDAR-2100-BK Kama Bay AMP 2000 Rev.B
SCI Adapter: ASUS PCI-SC200
Hard Drive: SCSI2SD V6 Rev.F with SanDisk Extreme 32GB MicroSDHC UHS-3
Floppy Drives: Black Internal MITSUMI D359M30 & Gotek Floppy Emulator
Optical Drive: Plextor PX-716AL Slot Load Trayless IDE CD/DVD
Case: New old stock AT Case with custom paint job and wood grain vinyl wrap

A few of favorite games are Tie Fighter, Dune 1 & 2, Dark Sun, Star Trek 25th Anniversary and System Shock 2. Hoping I can pick up the disk images for Dune 2 here since my original floppies have gone bad. Thanks!
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Posted at 18:03 on August 26th, 2020 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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Hi there! :)

Pretty brand new here.

I am originally from the Middle East. Back in the day, when I was still a child, I used to dabble with locally assembled NEC 8-bit PCs, MSX's, and IBM PC clones.

However, I started recently trying to discover new old things. Like Atari 8-bit computers, and hopefully in the future BBC Micro, Sinclair Spectrum, Commodore 64, and many others.

Also, I am starting a grand project to document, archive, and preserve every piece of hardware and software made for the Arabic speaking countries.

One question I have is, I found this website through this article: https://www.preservegames.org/p/how-to-join-project.html
Which says:
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TDC is not recommended overall compared to TGOD for quality reasons.


Now, I am a bit familiar with TDC's work. What really irritates me is how secretive it is, unlike how I found TGOD. However, the article does explain how quality is different between the two projects. I hope people here would help to shed some light on this regard.

Thanks for having me, and looking forward to be talking with you about interesting topics!
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Posted at 14:04 on October 14th, 2020 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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Hi everyone, I just found this website and I though I would introduce myself as requested by the welcome message.

The first computer I had was an Apple IIe where the only game I remember playing was Pick-a-dilly pair. I was around 6 years old and it was around 1986. The first game console I had was the Intellivision and was around the same time period. I remember Pitfall, Beauty and the beast, and Sharky Sharky among others.

Those games, and the Apple IIe and Intellivision as well as all the future computers and game systems I was able to play games on until mostly up to the year 1997 and to even the year 2002, were all available to me because of my older brother who is the one who wanted all those games, game systems, and computers. I was exposed to everything because of him, and because of him I now have memories of the best times of my life. They were truly the "Good Old Days".

My favorite memories were of the PC DOS games, The Lost Vikings, Doom, Leisure Suit Larry, Monkey Island, Day of the Tentacle, The 7th Guest, and nothing beats Tex Murphy in Under a Killing moon. There were many others too, but those are all my favorite memories. I loved the 90's. In 1989 or 1990 I had a Macintosh computer, I can't remember which one it was, but it looked pretty much exactly like the Apple IIGS, the one that looks nice, and not the one that looks like the Apple IIe which I'm not sure, but I think was able to be upgraded to Apple IIGS. On that I played Loom, Space Ace and Dragon's Lair. The monitor was only in black and white though.

I won't go through all the game consoles I had, but the only thing I really still have from the past was my Sega Master System which was the only thing I ever bought myself. My brother wanted me to save my money for the Genesis which was about to come out, but I wanted the master system which my friend had. To this day I regret nothing about that purchase except for the fact that Altered beast was much better on Genesis. But I still play Phantasy star every couple of years and just played it from start to finish a couple of days ago. It took me 2 and a half days to complete. It's still so fun. Wonder boy in monster land was also my favorite on that system, but someone stole that as well as ALF. I would say they can have ALF, but it was a memory I would rather have.

I really stopped playing games for the second half of my life since I can't stop playing and it stops me from living my life, and really I don't have any time for it. Yet I am collecting as much as I can for one day when I have a lot of time on my hands and want to relive the past. The last game I played was Castlevania on the playstation 1 as well as spiderman and MediEvil which I remember being hillarious. Just before that was Legend of Zelda on N64 which has a huge place in my memories.

I do play a game here and there, and I have a Pentium I PC in the closet along with an old monitor, keyboard and mouse. I just need roland sound card for it and I guess I would need some sort of a video card I haven't researched yet, and I will have the best computer my brother had when I used to play those PC games I listed. I would love to get a 486 as well.

Oh yeah, and I play the Classical guitar and have learned how to play some music from some games. Even though people have made sheet music for game music, and you can just watch and repeat what people play on youtube, I find it usually never sounds as good as it should. So I decided it is best to take the time to get a midi file of the game or get a vgm file and convert it to midi, then open that midi file in guitar pro. Then start by copying the melody over to a new classical guitar track which is usually 2 or more tracks which I combine into one track. Then I transpose the bass track up one octave before I copy that over to another new classical guitar track (so I don't loose any of the lower notes). I then spend time aranging all the notes to be able to play everything together all at once which seems to be able to be done more often than not. Or maybe I have just been lucky with the game music I have chosen so far. That is how much I love all those games and my memories of them.

So finding this website is a blessing for me because I really wanted the disk images of the original disks my brother owned which I guess got thrown out during one of many times we moved to a new place to live. I want to be able to put the disk in my computer and install the game and have it work and look just as it originally did, cleaning the lint out of the mouse ball and all. Other websites seem to have only archived folders of what looks like the installation, or the archive already has DosBox included. That takes all the fun out of it. Getting it to work is fun especially when it is a challenge, and playing the game is more exciting after that.

My favorite thing about this website is not only the amount of different versions of disks, but is also the way it is organised by saying whether it is verified or not and the notes on the disks that whenever possible say whether they have been modified. That is so absolutely wonderful and amazing. I have OCD, and this makes me so increadibly delighted and thankful. Even when I find another website with some disk images, it leaves me wondering if they are truly unmodified. So thank you to the owner of this website and everyone who uploaded something. If there is something I can add as I very slowly go though this stuff, I will. So far I've only purchased a copy of some CD games which I don't know if you keep on this website such as The 7th Guest, and Under a Killing Moon. But if you do have CD ISO files, then I'm sure you have those already.

I would like to help verify anything you already have such as those CDs or any disks I purchase in the future, but I would not know how to submit any of my verifications or the procedure you would need me to follow to verify a disk in your database against a disk I own. Maybe someone could point me to that information.

Lastly I have a degree in Microcomputers and Networking, so I enjoy setting up hardware and getting it and the software working.
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Edited by JD514 at 14:18 on October 14th, 2020
Posted at 15:07 on October 14th, 2020 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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Well, that's what I call an introduction :D

Sorry to tell you, but the file collection part of our site (floppy images, CD images, document scans etc.) is currently frozen. It will remain for reference and enjoyment, but due to no volunteers remaining to keep it running, no further updates will be made.

Only the game reviews where we share memories, thoughts and retrospectives are still actively maintained.
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Posted at 06:09 on October 26th, 2020 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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Mr Creosote,

Ya I missed the brief part of "brief introduction" in the welcome message when I signed up.

I meant to come back a lot earlier to check for any replies to my inquiry about uploading, but time passes so fast.

It's a shame that a collection like this is frozen. I'm way too busy to volunteer to help right now. It would be many years before I could imagine having any time for that.

I think it would be good if uploads could still be taken and kept by someone until the day when someone will volunteer to sort them and update the links on the website to make the new uploads available to everyone.

Maybe that will inspire someone to volunteer. The welcome message which asked me to leave an introduction here when I signed up should have included something about needing a volunteer. If you were to take uploads, there should even be a message when a person uploads stating that a volunteer is needed and that there are new uploads to sort, so there is a chance a new uploader may volunteer.

I was also wondering, is there another part of this website for CD images?

I ask because you listed CD images along with floppy images as being part of the collection part of your site, but I didn't notice any CD images in the disk images or floppies section. I only checked if you had any of the CD images for tex murphy games and the talkie version of Day of the tentacle (I have them already). Using the search for the website didn't help either.

When theisozone still existed I was able to get some interesting CD images for some games that interested me, some of which I didn't know existed. I wonder if there is another website with such an incredible database of CD images like that for old games of the 1990s.
Posted at 09:26 on October 26th, 2020 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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Originally posted by JD514 at 06:09 on October 26th, 2020:
The welcome message which asked me to leave an introduction here when I signed up should have included something about needing a volunteer.

We're not actively looking for volunteers.

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I was also wondering, is there another part of this website for CD images?

There is a number of CD images available on the site. I do not consider it of much interest anymore to add to it, with the advent of large collections at archive.org etc., which can do this sort of thing much better.

If you really wish to discuss more about file preservation, which honestly has turned into a tiny side topic on this side in the last >10 years, please open a new topic.
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Posted at 12:38 on December 27th, 2020 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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Hi!

I'm from Argentina, 52 years old. Started with an Atari 2600, then Sinclair ZX Spectrum, then Commodore 128, the PC. Now an emulators enthusiast.

Glad to find this place, keep up the good work.
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