GAMES:The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall

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The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall
Developer Bethesda Softworks
Publisher Bethesda Softworks
Released August 31, 1996
Tested on
Tested game version Unknown
Links Compatibility List
DOS Extender
DOS4GW.EXE Unknown
Works with DOS32A N/A

The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall is the second game in The Elder Scrolls series, developed by Bethesda Softworks and released in 1996. In 2009 the game was released as freeware to celebrate the 15th anniversary of The Elder Scrolls series.

Making it work

Before try to launch Daggerfall manually with DOSbox, you should use DaggerfallSetup which do all the work for you.

With the downloaded version from Elder scrolls website

This is with the 0.73 release

mount DFCD file

mount where you want to install to using the "-freesize 614400" command when you mount, setting the free-space to 600mb.

Run the install.exe from inside the DFCD folder.

mount D C:\DFCD
mount C C:\OLDGAMES -freesize 614400

You should have no problems installing.

To run the game if you followed the above code.

mount D C:\DFCD -t cdrom -label Daggerfa

that will get it running "Daggerfa" is not a typo. I'm not sure how to optimism the game but this will get you started.

With the CD Version

Get DOSBox going with your CD drive mounted as d:\ and a directory on your hard drive as c:\.

Place the Daggerfall CD in your CD drive.

Enter the commands:
...and run through the install wizard. Soundblaster 16 works for SFX and music.

Change directory to the install directory, usually:

And run Daggerfall with this command:

You may need to tweak your CPU cycles to get decent speed and sound. My old 2.4GHz P3 found its sweet spot at 10000 cycles.

If you experience problems with the game being unable to find the CD, try creating an ISO image from the CD and mounting the image using IMGMOUNT.

There was a bug in DOSBox that prevented this game to correctly detect its CD, the bug was fixed after the 0.72 release.