Working on "DOS" VGA.

Damjan Jovanovic damjan.jov at
Tue Apr 13 10:56:54 CDT 2010

On Thu, Apr 1, 2010 at 4:47 PM, Stefan Dösinger <stefandoesinger at> wrote:
> Am 01.04.2010 um 11:24 schrieb Roderick Colenbrander:
>> First of all welcome to Wine. Myself I'm a bit worried about whether
>> we should improve our DOS support even further. The problem is that
>> more and more people are moving over to 64-bit Linux. While you can
>> run 32-bit programs on a 64-bit system, there is no protected mode
>> support (vm86; there is emulation in some cases using a kernel
>> module).
> There's protected mode 32 bit, protected mode 16 bit, but no vm86 16 bit. So no real mode apps in Wine. We'd need to integrate a CPU emulator or JIT compiler into Wine to get this working.
> There are a surprising big number of Win95 area apps that have an installer that starts off in vm86 mode...

Actually we don't need a CPU emulator for 64 bit after all. There's a
project on Sourceforge that's gotten VM86 working in 64-bit Linux:

It claims to work with Wine.


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