Where to go to get the free download of Arena

Where to go to get the free download of Arena

Postby Ygern » Thu Mar 28, 2013 10:23 pm

Bethesda has offered it for free here

Quick link to the zip file
(Right click and Save As)

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Re: Where to go to get the free download of Arena

Postby Ygern » Thu Mar 28, 2013 10:24 pm

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Re: Where to go to get the free download of Arena

Postby Toccatta » Fri Apr 12, 2013 7:23 pm

To play Arena, unless you have an ancient DOS (or Windows 3.1, 3.11, or Win95) computer dedicated to the game, you'll need to run a DOS emulator like DOSbox. The game will either fail to run at all or will run unreliably without an emulator on modern PCs. You can find helpful instructions on how to configure it for Arena here:

http://www.uesp.net/wiki/General:Playin ... der_DOSBox
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Re: Where to go to get the free download of Arena

Postby uncle fuzzy » Wed Apr 17, 2013 2:09 am

Win 98SE will also work for running without DOSBox. Here's the basic information from my thread on the other forum.
I'm running Arena full screen from a desktop icon.
Win 98SE
P II 400MHz
192MB RAM
Matrox G200, 8MB RAM

I installed Arena to the default location on C:\. I sent a shortcut to the desktop for ARENA.BAT. The game would not launch due to EMS issues until I wrote a config.sys file to load the DOS memory managers.

DEVICE=C:\Windows\HIMEM.SYS
DOS=HIGH,UMB
DEVICE=C:\Windows\EMM386.EXE RAM
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Re: Where to go to get the free download of Arena

Postby Toccatta » Wed Apr 17, 2013 10:30 am

I had so much trouble getting the character to swim or even walk backwards while running in DOS mode in Win98 that I didn't want to tell others it was fully compatible. The problem went away when I used DOSbox to emulate DOS instead of running in DOS mode.

Did you find a way to overcome that limitation or did you just never encounter it? I know some earlier DOS programs ran at the CPU limit instead of using the clock to limit speed. As CPUs became more powerful, many of them became too fast to play correctly. Is it possible that Arena and Daggerfall just run too fast on newer hardware without an emulator designed to slow them down to their original speeds (Even on my old Win98 machine)? I never had a problem on my old 80486 running Win95, but by the time I was upgrading to Win98, I was already using a pentium and the games ran unreliably.
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Re: Where to go to get the free download of Arena

Postby Gawain » Wed Apr 17, 2013 12:07 pm

I can't speak for Arena or Daggerfall, but as for hardware, Pentium was never an issue. CPU clocks usually started to speed up some DOS games from frequencies around 500-600MHz, which was already a Pentium III, some even at 1GHz+. I had a trouble running one helicopter simulator on LAN with my friend due to different CPU speeds.
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Re: Where to go to get the free download of Arena

Postby uncle fuzzy » Wed Apr 17, 2013 8:27 pm

I haven't noticed any problems. It might be more cpu speed than OS. The P II 400 is the slowest thing I could find- other than my original computer, 386SX-25 with W 3.11 and DOS 6.22.

I'll drop a warning here if I do have trouble later.
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Re: Where to go to get the free download of Arena

Postby Drakkmore » Thu Apr 18, 2013 12:33 am

I'm not quite sure but wasn't one of the patches for Arena meant to slow the game timer for faster processors? some time around Pentium II IIRC.
Any way I play it on P II machine with about 256 ram, and it runs just fine in win 98 no issues going backwards, or swimming.
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