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Are there any good, non-abandoned PC emulators?

As others have mentioned, PCem is still perfectly usable, even if it’s no longer maintained by its original author (who is, or at least was, open to handing over maintenance to someone else, should ...
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How can I extract the contents of a Windows 3.1 (16-bit) game EXE file?

Executable files for 16-bit Windows are usually laid out in the now-rather-inaccurately-named New Executable format. Most current Windows executable analysis tools do not support this format; they can ...
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How can I emulate MS-DOS on OS X?

The nicest DOS emulator for macOS is Boxer, which is a macOS-specific version of DOSBox. Not only is it free, it's free software (or open source if you prefer); its source code is available and freely ...
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Is there a simple way to display ANSI art and animation files in a modern terminal window?

There are various ANSI art viewers for modern platforms which satisfy all your feature requirements (command-line syntax excepted), for example: PabloDraw for Windows, macOS, and Linux ACiD Viewer 6 ...
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Is there a seamless, Wine-like AmigaOS emulator for Linux, specifically for text-based programs?

A solution like that already exists: it's called vamos (Virtual AMiga OS) and emulates a 68k CPU and a bunch of libraries - enough to get terminal only programs (like compilers and assemblers) running:...
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Linux 68k Macintosh emulator

Preface As Stephen rightly points out in his comment, SheepShaver only emulates PowerPC, and so it is not a valid suggestion for your 68K-based question. From SheepShaver's home page However, you ...
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Was there an autocomplete utility in MS-DOS?

Microsoft didn’t provide anything like this for MS-DOS, but there are a number of third-party tools which can add auto-completion to the shell (along with other command-line editing features). A ...
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Emulate a text-mode DOS program using a Unix terminal

As ecm wrote, DOSEMU supports this, using -t or -dumb. This works with the original DOSEMU and DOSEMU2. -dumb runs DOS programs in “dumb” terminal mode, where output goes to DOSEMU’s standard output ...
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What are my options for multitasking in MS-DOS 5.0 on an 80186 with EMS?

I think your best bet given the circumstances is DESQview; it works fine on pre-386 computers, especially if you have EMS. (There’s lots of confusion around the DESQview/386 terminology; that was ...
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How can I run COMIT code?

Old question, but: I've just shipped an interpreter for a large subset of COMIT. Here it is. http://www.catb.org/esr/comit/ Full documentation is included. There's a pretty good suite of ...
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Any tools (that actually work) for viewing PDF files in FreeDOS?

I discovered the answer on my own. Turns out PSVIEW requires GhostScript, PDFTOPS, and LXPIC to be installed on the hard drive in order to run. GhostScript must be placed in 'C:\gs'. PDFTOPS and ...
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Linux 68k Macintosh emulator

Basilisk II works well on Linux (it's even packaged for Debian) and provides most of the features you're looking for. I know I've used the following: 68040 emulation; host filesystem access inside ...
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Good Z80 disassembler/decompiler on modern equipment?

The old IDA freeware ver.3.7 supports Z80. It has a Turbo Vision style interface, which may be something that puts you off. It is also no longer distributed officially. However, it is very powerful, ...
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Testing RAM on an OmniBook 300?

The Omnibook has its own self-test which can be run by pressing Esc when powering it up. The best freely-available general-purpose memory checker is PCMemTest; older versions of its predecessor, ...
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What are my options for multitasking in MS-DOS 5.0 on an 80186 with EMS?

Suspending one program and switching to another is perfectly fine GEOS may be well suited to your purpose. It runs more famously on the Commodore 64, but it was ported to DOS also. It predates ...
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What are my options for multitasking in MS-DOS 5.0 on an 80186 with EMS?

Windows 2.x or 3.0. Real mode Windows is able to run DOS applications and switch between them, but not able to present them in a window or run them concurrently as the 386 version. Also, don't trust ...
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Is there a generic VBE driver available for Windows 3.x?

It seems unlikely that a fully-functional VBE driver for Windows 3.x exists. Microsoft started bundling a VBE driver with the operating system only as late as with Windows XP, by which time the ...
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How to transfer AT&T 6300 ".360" disk images onto physical floppies

These are headerless sector dumps of the 360KiB disks, and can be written directly to the appropriate floppies. Since you’re using Windows 98, I suspect the best tool to do is ImageDisk. You’ll need ...
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Is there a screen recording application for Windows 3.1?

There was Lotus ScreenCam, which was initially released for Windows 3. It used its own SCM format, which only recorded events and optional audio. Later versions (I’m not sure which, or whether this ...
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How to determine BIOS-provided (INT 13h) hard disk geometry, and how to fix the MBR partition table to agree with it?

If you can manage to boot the computer from a DOS floppy or some other device, you should be able to use the classic partitioning tool, Ranish Partition Manager. (I recommend version 2.40 or 2.44; ...
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Is there a simple way to display ANSI art and animation files in a modern terminal window?

I got bored over the weekend and created Ansi-Cat for a Windows command prompt. https://github.com/peteri/Ansi-Cat Does code page 437 -> Unicode conversion, tested it on Windows 8.1 & 10 but you ...
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Dump process memory of Windows 3.1 control panel applet

Among the Borland Pascal 7 example programs, there is an OWL application called HeapSpy, which can inspect the list of memory blocks allocated by any running Windows module. The demo is pretty ...
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Is there a simple way to display ANSI art and animation files in a modern terminal window?

This is a late answer to an old question, but there's a better way: iconv -f 437 file-here.ans | pv --quiet --rate-limit 7000 and if viewing an online file: curl www.ansi-art.com/ansi/ansi1.ans | ...
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Amiga File Manager with keyboard navigation

MCAmiga fits the bill, it’s pretty much Midnight Commander for the Amiga and uses the keyboard extensively.
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How can I run COMIT code?

Here's a quick, dirty and probably buggy implementation of COMIT in Haskell. The COMIT programmers' reference manual seems to be paywalled (I'm looking at you, ACM!), so I used the description in An ...
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Graphics Editor for 16-Bit Games

Depending on the platform we're talking about, you've got a few choices. As the best platform for editing images at the time was the Amiga with its 4096 color palette in HAM mode on OCS/ECS (Original ...
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Emulate a text-mode DOS program using a Unix terminal

There's also ecm's fork of 8086tiny, ecm-pushbx/8086tiny: ecm's repository for 8086tiny: a tiny PC emulator/virtual machine. Unlike dosemu, it runs on an emulated (not virtual) processor so will run ...
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Are there any public tools for the TMS34010?

I worked for a company that created a TMS34010 TIGA product in the before times. It was a pretty awful chip, all things considered. Very expensive, relative to competing products, made worse by ...
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Slideshow software for Apple II?

If you don't need ProDOS, Frame-Up by Beagle Brothers might suit your needs. The image there is a little hard to read, so here is the feature list: PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS: Frame-Up lets you ...
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