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System Shock - Origin / Lookingglas (1992)
Tested By: Ceridan

runnable  -  playable  -  supported
100% (supported)
  DOSBox version: 0.72 (supported)

runnable  -  playable  -  supported
100% (supported)
  DOSBox version: 0.71 (supported)

runnable  -  playable  -  supported
100% (supported)
  DOSBox version: 0.65 (supported)

runnable  -  playable  -  supported
95% (supported)
  DOSBox version: 0.63 (supported)

runnable  -  playable  -  supported
80% (supported)
  DOSBox version: 0.61 (supported)

runnable  -  playable  -  supported
20% (runnable)
  DOSBox version: 0.60 (runnable)

runnable  -  playable  -  supported
0% supported
  DOSBox version: 0.58 (broken)

Configuration of the CYB.CFG file (2021-04-18 17:55) LateBlt
As apparently the only person in the world with the floppy version rather than the CD version of this game, I'd like to note that the game's configuration file CYB.CFG requires an "instdir" line, or the installer will refuse to change the game's audio configuration. You need a line like the following in the CYB.CFG file to indicate where the game is installed to:

instdir c:sshock

Once this line is there, the installer will be able to configure your sound devices and save your sound settings. Note that the CYB.CFG file uses decimal values for the sound card's I/O address, so you'll probably see the number 544 there instead of the usual 220, because the usual base I/O address 220 is a hexadecimal number, and 220 in hexadecimal is 544 in decimal.
Works in v0.74 (2012-03-08 02:55) prometh
Even in 640x480. I had to change scaler=none from scaler=hq3x for it to run without crashing, though.

I can't seem to figure out how to have the game start at 640x480 without having to manually set it every time.
Be Careful on choosing your install settings. (2010-08-09 20:54) AlienX99
it works just mount d x: -t cdrom mount c c:> but be careful on choosing what music and sound device you use because you can never reinstall the game unless you delete the profile, if that don't work i don't know what else you can do.
INSTALL.BAT fails with 0.73 under Win7 (2010-02-22 23:32) Therendil
When I try to install the game, the batch file fails with the message "Please run Install from the root directory of the CD-ROM." I copied the batch file to a writable location and changed it to echo the value of %0. Results were very interesting:

C:echo C:INSTALL.BAT <-- Expansion of echo command
C:if C:INSTALL.BATa==install.bata goto all_ok

Looks like the batch command expects just the program name, but %0 is delivering the full path. Not sure if this is an issue with 0.73 or with Win7.

-= Bill =-
install.bat don´t started on 0.73 (2009-12-25 23:16) ryan
My Sys:Phenom II 940,8GB RAM ,Win 7 64bit
On 0.73 the Installation start´s not. On 0.72 the game works . Sound ,music and speed are perfect
Crash!! (2009-07-15 18:09) wincrash32
Crash address (unrelocated) = 1:00067F6F
CDShock with 0.72 (2008-04-16 13:25) fatso
Original CD version, works perfectly, installer and everything, but the game requires an insanely powerful processor as it slows down occasionally even on my Opteron 165 when in SVGA fullscreen.
SS CD version with DOSBox 0.72 (2008-03-22 19:11) zephir
Before I played with 0.65 but without possibility to use 640x480. Now with 0.72 everything is absolutelly perfect and the game-speed is very close to original speed on 486DX as I remember. Sound + music perfect. I play on AMD Barton 2GHz, WinXP SP2 Home. I LOVE THIS GAME AND LOVE DOSBOX BECAUSE IT RETURNS THIS GAME TO LIFE! THANKS TO DOSBOX MAKERS!!!
DosBox 0.72 (2007-10-06 12:14) shrike
playing SS with 640x480 perfectly.

the game is very touchy about its dos extender. if you use the cdshock.bat, you can technically remove the DOS32GW app from the command line, and that seems to stop ~50% of the crashes. Honestly, i don't think DOSBox even needs that program, because it runs perfectly without it

How to get sound? (2007-09-28 03:32) Stoffel
I installed System SHock (floppy version) into dosbox but I can't get any sound, not even choosing the gravis card and loading the gravis patches. Could anyone tell me how to set the card settings for the game and what the config file for dosbox should say, thnx in advance.
SS1 crashes with DOSBox 0.72 + Dynamic CPU (2007-09-27 18:06) Kaminari
Solution: run the game with cpu=normal, then when the game has started, switch back to cpu=auto. System Shock will be playable even in SVGA.
System Shock vF1.5S floppy version [correction] (2007-09-17 10:28) Rasputin
Works perfectly with full GUS support. It was my mistake, I forgot to run SHOCKGUS.BAT (which loads Gravis UltraSound Patches for the music output) before the main game SSHOCK.EXE.
System Shock vF1.5S floppy version with DOSBox 0.72 (2007-09-12 04:14) Rasputin
DOSBox 0.72, System Shock vF1.5S (floppy version, 9 disks, only 320x200) works. Installation: copy all files from each disk to C:\SHOCK, and append .LZH files to existing files (in order of the disks), e.g. with cat (cat /mnt/floppy/base.lzh >> base.lzh). To finish the installation you need to unpack (and thereafter delete) all .LZH files, using LHA: lha x archive.lzh ; rm archive.lzh. Everything works fine with the default settings. Only thing that doesn't work for me is Audio: Voice works with GUS, but Music (MIDI) doesn't work with GUS. Music works with "new SB Pro/SB16", but Voice doesn't work with new SB. Maybe I figure it out later, because the sound does work with mixed settings...
Works great (2007-06-16 15:37) Droffats
I downloaded the version of System Shock from the underdogs ( ) and it works great in DOSBox .70. Every once in awhile I the frame rate gets a little sluggish. My only real problem is not being able to go full screen.
DOSBox 0.70 (2007-06-02 08:21) MegaBrutal
It's strange, but I can play it on DOSBox 0.63, although it's slow. I've just installed DOSBox 0.70 in the hope that it'll be better, but it always crashes, before I load a game. So for some reason, DOSBox 0.70 doesn't support System Shock, when 0.63 did.
At me it doesn't work on plain Windows XP, so I need DOSBox.
Enhanced CD version with dosbox 0.70 (2007-03-16 06:29) gord
Works great with 0.70, nice and smooth with the dynamic core + frameskip 1 and max cpu cycles, even the enhanced CD graphics runs nice and smooth on my 1.8ghz athlon-xp
SS CD version with DOSBox 0.65 (2006-12-22 14:39) zephir
I tried to use VDMSound, doing everything desribed here but it doesn't work on my machine (AMD Barton 2GHz, WinXP SP2). So I play now with DOSBox 0.65. Here are my comments:

- there is no way to play the game in higher resolution than 320x200 (min. details) otherwise the gameplay is very slow (not playable)

- afer a lot of tests the following seems to be the best confinguration (mentioned only changed parameters againts default):






- the game itself set for using Sound Blaster (220,IRQ 7,DMA 1)

SS1 vF1.6C runs fine with DOSBox 0.63 (2006-03-02 16:32) Cortex
DOSBox 0.63, SS1 vF1.6C (CD version).

Crashes for me after about two minutes with core=dynamic. Ran fine with core=full as grover suggested. A bit slow though, can't run it on higher resolutions (Pentium M 1.6 Ghz).
SS1 (2006-01-18 02:26) GDI
DOSBOX from CVS (17-01-2006)
OS Linux Debian Sarge

System Shock 1 working stable.
But slow, even in lowres.

DosBox - Great Thing!!!
Works fine with windows xp with the XP patch (2005-11-24 06:09) donut
You need the patch from ttlg forums to play it.
"Mok's Modified SS1 XP patch". It fixes
a memory allocation bug.

With that, it works fine with just vdmsound.
You might need also noflb vesa driver
and mouse2kv if your mouse is too slow in
higher resolutions.
0.63 works slow (2005-10-10 23:09) grover
Ok. I have p4 2.4c and WinXP sp2 + sb Audigy 2.
To run this game I use following DosBOX setup:
fullscreen, autolockmouse, use doublebuffering, aspect correction, scale: interp2x or advinterp2x + hardware scaling = 2.0
32mb, XMS, EMS, CPU core = FULL (important) and 15 000 - 20 000 cycles, sound 44 100 sb16, General MIDI.
Game works, sound works, mouse works, graphics look VERY well with interpolating, but speed is little slow. Maybe I need faster P4 processor ;-)
Doesn't work with sound FX in 0.63 (2005-05-17 11:43) Lemmus
This game (CD version) worked perfectly - though slowly - in 0.61, and I was able to get quite far in the game with no significant problems. Ran it with 18500 cycles, lowest detail and lowest resolution on an Athlon 2600+. VDMSound didn't seem to run it stably for me in Win2K.

But in 0.63, the game crashes on startup if I set it up with any digital sound at all. No sound or just MIDI works fine. Solution: Run the game in 0.61, as the sound effects are important.
Works with Windows XP (2004-04-17 16:22) Shodan77
CD-Version with speech and SVGA-resolution works perfectly under Windows XP with VDMSound - no need for a DOS-Box here.
Dosbox 0.61 (2004-02-08 01:06) Grahf
Running CD version. Everything seems to be running correctly, if a bit slow, but it's definately playable.
Dosbox 0.60 (2003-10-21 14:48) Xerxes
Runs, but crashes at the beginning (cd-ver)
Note: (2003-04-05 08:13) Ceridan
Crashes before load

Compatibility statistics (3928 games in database)
Version: Games broken: Games runnable: Games playable: Games supported:
DOSBox 0.74-3 (1252) 16 (1.28%) 34 (2.72%) 48 (3.83%) 1154 (92.17%)
DOSBox 0.73 (644) 16 (2.48%) 23 (3.57%) 17 (2.64%) 588 (91.30%)
DOSBox 0.72 (722) 45 (6.23%) 24 (3.32%) 31 (4.29%) 622 (86.15%)
DOSBox 0.71 (164) 29 (17.68%) 12 (7.32%) 8 (4.88%) 115 (70.12%)
DOSBox 0.70 (952) 23 (2.42%) 17 (1.79%) 29 (3.05%) 883 (92.75%)
DOSBox 0.65 (727) 39 (5.36%) 30 (4.13%) 41 (5.64%) 617 (84.87%)
DOSBox 0.63 (918) 76 (8.28%) 45 (4.90%) 46 (5.01%) 751 (81.81%)
DOSBox 0.62 (394) 56 (14.21%) 24 (6.09%) 27 (6.85%) 287 (72.84%)
DOSBox 0.61 (998) 87 (8.72%) 59 (5.91%) 68 (6.81%) 784 (78.56%)
DOSBox 0.60 (774) 108 (13.95%) 73 (9.43%) 72 (9.30%) 521 (67.31%)
DOSBox 0.58 (1149) 266 (23.15%) 15 (1.31%) 20 (1.74%) 848 (73.80%)

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