Posted on August 20, 2021
Livestream 8/19/2021 – DOS Games on the MiSTer
The MiSTer has gotten a lot of attention from me as of late. I love the device since it has so many uses for me personally. Between exploring old consoles I never got a chance to own or computers I’ll unlikely ever get it fits me like a glove. One of the more intriguing cores on the MiSTer is the AO486 one which aims to reproduce in essence a mid-spec 486. Think 33-50 MHz or so and you are in the right ballpark.
It lacks things such as a math coprocessor and the more advanced features of the Pentium but for what it is I think it’s really cool. Target games from the early 90s on DOS and you can have a great time. The core offers Soundblaster emulation, proper OPL2 or 3 and a ton of other stuff.
For this stream I used an excellent precomplied pack containing 300 DOS games which makes playing a snap. It has some quirks for sure that need to be ironed out but the person responsible is releasing frequent updates. Find the pack here https://archive.org/details/MiSTer_AO486_Exo_Flynn_v17
Either way the stream was fun with some new people stopping by and hey it wouldn’t be a retro computing experience if we didn’t have some issues so there were some of those too. The audio while I spoke had some extra noise because the external spinning hard drive I was using was shaking my desk enough to affect the mic arm! Fun stuff!