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Run DOS, Windows 3.11 on Your BlackBerry PlayBook

By - Source: Engadget | B 35 comments

The PlayBook hasn't exactly been successful. In fact, you might say it's been a bit of a flop. However, with the tablet officially on sale for $200, some of you might be trying to think of reasons to justify spending $200 on something that a week ago you didn't want. Well, how about the fact that you can run DOS or Windows 3.11 on it?

Engadget reports that the DOSbox x86 emulator has been ported to the QNX-based PlayBook, meaning that, with the help of a Bluetooth keyboard, you can now run DOS on your BlackBerry-branded PlayBook. Check out the video below for a short demonstration from the BlackBerry India Blog:

DOS Running On BlackBerry PlayBook

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    rb420 , November 22, 2011 12:50 PM
    It is not that stupid. Never underestimate the nostalgia effect of being able to play all the old DOS games.
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    Northwestern , November 22, 2011 12:08 PM
    DOS is dead, they once said.
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    mcd023 , November 22, 2011 1:13 PM
    masterasiaThis is stupid, who would want to do this?


    cause it's cool. duh! haha that's why we do half the nerdy stuff anyway.
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  • 13 Hide
    Northwestern , November 22, 2011 12:08 PM
    DOS is dead, they once said.
  • 20 Hide
    rb420 , November 22, 2011 12:50 PM
    It is not that stupid. Never underestimate the nostalgia effect of being able to play all the old DOS games.
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    KonstantinDK , November 22, 2011 12:58 PM
    I still play old Sid Myer's Colonization game from 1994. Have to install vurtual PC or XP mode ot run it though. Play it about every 1-2 yers so far.
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    Anonymous , November 22, 2011 1:00 PM
    Legacy software to operate older piece of manufacturing equipment still use these old OSs.
  • 8 Hide
    nikorr , November 22, 2011 1:01 PM
    NorthwesternDOS is dead, they once said.

    It never was : ) That is the truth!
  • 4 Hide
    jsc , November 22, 2011 1:10 PM
    I occasionally play the original Descent from Interplay. But I bet it is sort of difficult hooking up joystick and throttle controls to a Playbook.
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    mcd023 , November 22, 2011 1:13 PM
    masterasiaThis is stupid, who would want to do this?


    cause it's cool. duh! haha that's why we do half the nerdy stuff anyway.
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    jgiron , November 22, 2011 1:22 PM
    You can play all the GoldBox games and then there are a slew of others that are a lot of fun.
    I was hoping DOSbox would come to the tablet arena
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    dontknownotsure , November 22, 2011 1:23 PM
    come back when it runs win7
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    memadmax , November 22, 2011 1:40 PM
    WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYY??????
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    jacobdrj , November 22, 2011 1:54 PM
    Time to get my collection of Duke Nukem games, and play some hard core side-scrolling action...

    And TIE fighter... Although, TIE fighter always had issues with Stack Overflow errors and needing custom Autoexec.bat files... Don't know how it will react to this...

    Man, Rebel Assault 2: Funnest game ever...
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    WyomingKnott , November 22, 2011 2:04 PM
    Cool! I can't play Lemmings anymore; even though I can boot to DOS, the machines these days are just too fast.
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    tanjo , November 22, 2011 2:25 PM
    Cool! Prince of Persia :D  How about Warcraft 2 and CNC Gold?
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    seana45 , November 22, 2011 2:49 PM
    O M G D O S

    Test Drive 3, Stunts, BLAKE STONE!
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    captaincharisma , November 22, 2011 3:03 PM
    mcd023cause it's cool. duh! haha that's why we do half the nerdy stuff anyway.


    nah all it shows is just another guy with too much time on his hands
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    mrmotion , November 22, 2011 3:31 PM
    Anyone for some Commander Keen?
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    COLGeek , November 22, 2011 3:56 PM
    Beware the emulators!!! They rarely support the one thing folks really want (games) with any level of acceptable performance.
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    alfaalex101 , November 22, 2011 4:03 PM
    rb420It is not that stupid. Never underestimate the nostalgia effect of being able to play all the old DOS games.


    Better than most of the lame Android/iOS games out there
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    igot1forya , November 22, 2011 5:16 PM
    I completed "Return to Zork" about month ago using aDOSBOX on my Moto Xoom- I still have my original Installation Disks for it! :) 
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