Classic DOS Games On An Arduino?

It has been a whilst given that we have observed a 86Duino, but [TheRasteri] reminded us about it, with his movie exhibiting how to use just one to run classic MS-DOS game titles. To be fair, the pc isn’t actually an Arduino, it is fundamentally a small 486 Computer system on an Arduino-design PCB.

If it ended up just functioning DOS video games on a little Computer, that would not be pretty newsworthy. Nevertheless, the board by by itself has no movie card and, as [TheRasteri] points out, seem card compatibility is also a issue. A carrier board, having said that, has a very small VGA card on it, and many thanks to some work from a different consumer, it is feasible to include an ISA bus to the board if you want to plug in a legacy seem card.

The ISA hack was finished neatly, but it is a little bit of wiring. Rather of employing a usual ISA backplane, it is probable to use a Personal computer/104 backplane, if you have cards that will in shape that bus — electrically, they are the identical. The board was able to operate DOOM and Quake at practically 30 frames for each second. Not bad. He did have challenges getting a mouse to work, even though.

Received a bit nostalgic seeing him use QBasic to right create to registers on an ISA card. If you want an previous DOS device and don’t want to tie up a ton of space, this could be the ticket. Specifically if you want it to run some aged piece of components that won’t do the job with contemporary computer systems. We have to surprise if anyone would make a USB to ISA adapter out of a little something like this. The drivers would appear to be the really hard portion.

We saw the 86Duino nearly 10 decades back when there ended up a number of other x86 single-board computer systems all-around. Evidently, tons of men and women want to run classic game titles.