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TonyRad
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posted June 10, 2002 13:57     Click Here to See the Profile for TonyRad   Click Here to Email TonyRad     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As the subject says, I am a NES geek. and because I am a NES geek I downloaded a NES Emu and some roms (which i will place on cd so i will always have) the emu is a dos emu, however, (nesticle if you wanted to know) and all i have installed on the comp is dos. and my mouse is not installed. is there an easy way to install a mouse (i dont have any software that came with it)? because i really dont want to install windows, the comp i'll be using isnt very good and it likes to crash with windows a lot.. if you could help please do.
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uilleann
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posted June 10, 2002 18:20     Click Here to See the Profile for uilleann   Click Here to Email uilleann     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
While there may be software out there than can use the mouse without a driver (in the same way that there are DOS games than can play sound with no sound card driver installed), most software will need a mouse driver installed and running.

I could give you a copy of mine, but in the interests of pretending to be legal here, I Googled for "freeware DOS mouse driver", and interestingly, found this page:
MS-DOS Resource Download Page
as part of a big site about all things DOS, containing a link to Microsoft Mouse Driver 8.3 (listed as MOUSE82.EXE half-way down that resources page). Allegedly, the person who runs it has been collecting all the files listed from Microsoft's FTP, who at the time of writing was ceasing its support for DOS and Windows 3.1, to preserve them. Thus, it seems to be legal to download it.

Otherwise, continue Googling away.

As for using that app, either run it before Nesticle each session, or place an entry to it in AUTOEXEC.BAT. The download itself, though, is a WinZip self-extracting archive (so HexEdit on my Mac lets me see) so you'll still need a Windows PC with which to decompress the driver :)

- Uilleann

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Steen
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posted June 10, 2002 20:13     Click Here to See the Profile for Steen   Click Here to Email Steen     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The MS mouse driver is abandonware, which isn't exactly free, but you aren't likely to actually get nailed for it either.

You can find some true freeware (and open source) ms-dos based mouse drivers on this page.

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TonyRad
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posted June 11, 2002 07:40     Click Here to See the Profile for TonyRad   Click Here to Email TonyRad     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks guys, I'll look at those sites and see if I can find it. I really don't want windows on it though because I had it on before and it would just lock up after about 1/2 hour of not being used.. I was gonna try Linux, but the hd cant handle anything very big and I don't understand how to work pkzip.. so i gave up on linux.. for now..
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