If it wasn’t for GoodOldGames.com, I would never, ever, have posted this bit of helpful information. Do you want to play Tyrian 2000 through DOSBox on your NetBSD-powered toaster oven? Do you want to run it from that USB port you just had installed in your arm? If so, please, follow me, I’ll enter the third door to the right.
Now, on my desktop, it runs swimmingly in DOSBox, and it does okay on my netbook, unless I play in hard, with this setup. It’s quite simple, without a frontend in Linux, using WINE for some initial setup, but allowing you to dispose of anything you don’t want.
The first thing you’ll have to do is download Tyrian 2000. I recommend getting it from GoodOldGames.com.
If you have Windows, just run the installer, and it’ll work. If you have Linux, install it via WINE, and copy the ~/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/GOG.com/Tyrian 2000 directory into a folder of your choosing, and remove all the DOSBox files from it.
The simple part here is acknowledging all of the .EXEs in the folder. There is a Graphic Mode.exe which is a Windows binary, for setting up DOSBox, that can be deleted (it changes a graphics setting in your .conf for graphics settings). What we need to pay attention to are “tyrian.exe” and “setup.exe”. tyrian.exe is the game’s executable, and setup.exe is the setup program to change the settings, and enable proper sound.
I have a conf whipped up here: http://www.truimagz.com/host/poguemahon/confs/t2kconf.zip
Only pay attention the [autoexec] section of it.
mount C “~/DOSBox/Tyrian2000″
I have a directory ~/DOSBox, where I store everything. I put my game’s folder in yet another to make an independent C drive for each, so that I don’t mess up any other games if I mess up one. So, change my directory to where Tyrian/Tyrian 2000 resides on your harddrive. The rest is simple. It cds into C:, and then the Tyrian 2000 directory (dosbox uses “~1″ in place of spaces and everything after). It then loads the .EXE, and then exits when Tyrian is closed.
To get the setup application, change “TYRIAN.EXE” to “SETUP.EXE” in a new .conf file (I named mine “t2k_setup.conf”). I recommend running the setup program first, so run “dosbox -conf /path/to/t2k_setup.conf” and change the MUSIC setting to FM SOUND. The music should start up. If it isn’t there already, also change the “Sound Effects” setting to “SoundBlaster,” then navigate to “Exit and Save.” Once done, launch Tyrian with “dosbox -conf /path/to/t2k.conf” and play with full music and sound!
If there is something I didn’t make clear enough, please, feel free to post any questions regarding this. The sound issue is merely a problem in Tyrian’s default settings.