2013. november 10.

Win95 @ VirtualBox

I'm trying to get After Dark screensaver work for me out of simple nostalgia.

Therefor I installed windows 95. And After Dark 4.0.
But still have a bunch of problems:

  1. File sharing:
    VB shared folders don't work, so I created an iso image on ubuntu and read it through the virtual drive in win95.
  2. there's no sound, but I need it.
    Here's how to get the sounds work: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sIfmB18ey4o
  3. colorspace is 16 color, and I need 256.
    By changing the Display Driver to standard Super VGA, I achieved 800x600 resolution, but no change in colorspace.
    Here's how to fix this: https://forums.virtualbox.org/viewtopic.php?t=9918
    1. Download and install SciTech Display Doctor
    2. On the main menu you see "disabled" to a couple of things, go to SciTech driver and enable it. Restart. Voila.
  4. Okay, so, now some After Dark screensaver freeze the system.... :-(
    Well, now the whole program is down :-(

Win95 is missing these files at every startup:



I couldn't get the IMA floppy images to work, and simply writing the extension to .img only caused VB to show it in the list, but not to open.

2013. november 8.

Video playback is lagging

Tips I've read some places:

What solved it:

using -vo gl2 option in mplayer
$mplayer myvideo.avi -vo gl2

Does not help:
  • changing the refresh rate of the laptop display and the vga monitor to the same amount (75 or 60 Hz)
  • installing mga_vid, or at least trying to install it.

2013. november 2.

Media file video stream showing nothing (black screen)

From one day to the other, video media files I could play fine earlier, stopped showing video output, and instead of that they put out a black screen, which held frozen any movement that was done in front of it (window openings, etc, like, when a software freezes...)

Solution came from this thread:
pietrino (pietrino) said :#13
Thanks Eliah and sorry for the confusion I generated.
I manged to view video correctly in totem by alt+F2, typing "gstreamer-properties" and in the video tab selecting X window system (no Xv). This looks like a pretty general hint that might serve different people. In the case of vlc, others hinted at setting the X11 display in the video properties of the program, though haven't tried that yet.
Sorry once more