SimEarth - The Living Planet Game Free Download & Install Guide

Author: Glenn Scrima

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First Download the Free Game SimEarth
:

Choose from one of the following sites.



Free game download availableAbandonia : Download Game : Download Instructions


Free game download availableXTC Abandonware : Download Game : Download Instructions


Free game download unavailableMr Old Games : Download Game : Download Instructions


Free game download unavailableThe House of Games : Download Game : Download Instructions



Next Download & Install the Emulator Dosbox on Windows XP or Windows Vista:

Go To: http://www.dosbox.com > Downloads Tab > Click the Windows version (Under the Dosbox category)

Dosbox homepage
Next: Run the downloaded installer file and install Dosbox on your hard drive in the directory C:\Games\SimEarth. Simply entering this will create these folders for you.

Installing Dosbox
SimEarth Windows Vista folder
Next: Open the Games folder then the SimEarth folder within it. Locate and then run Dosbox by double clicking on the Dosbox program icon.

Dosbox program
Next: At the the command prompt in Dosbox type "config -writeconf dosbox.conf" and then press the "Enter" key.

Creating SimEarth game config
Next: Type "exit" to exit Dosbox.

Exit DOS
Now: Locate and right click on the Dosbox config file. Click "open with" & select notepad.

Editing the config file
Finally: With the dosbox config file open scroll to the bottom. We are going to place some text below [autoexec]:

Abandonia: For those who downloaded the game SimEarth from Abandonia copy and paste the following text:

mount a c:\games\simearth
mount c c:\games\simearth
a:
install

XTC Abandonware: For those who downloaded the SimEarth game from XTC Abandonware copy and paste the following text:

mount a c:\games\simearth
mount c c:\games\simearth
a:
cd simear~1
install

Save and exit the config file when you are finished.


Now Lets Extract the SimEarth Free Game Download:

First: Right click on the SimEarth game file you downloaded to your hard drive and click on "Extract All".

Extracting the zip file
Then: Click the "Next" button when the extractor launches. You will be asked where you would like to extract the SimEarth game files, select "C:\Games\SimEarth" . When you're done click "Next" again and the SimEarth files will begin to extract.

Zip extraction program

Now Let's Install SimEarth:

First: Double click on the Dosbox program in the "C:\Games\SimEarth" folder and you will be automatically launched into the game's install program.

Dosbox program icon
Next: You will be asked to Install from drive A: or B:. Select drive A: as shown below and then press "Enter". Finally you will be asked the question "Install From Drive A:"?. Press "Y" from yes.

Drive A select
Drive A Select confirmation
Next: You will asked which drive to install the files from drive A: to. Select drive C: as shown below and then press "Enter". You will then be shown your "Destination directory ->" as "C:\SimEarth". Press "Enter" again to confirm this. Finally you will be asked the question "Install to C:\SimEarth". Press "Y" from yes.

Drive C Select
Drive C Select Destination directory
Drive C select confirmation
Now: You will enter a menu asking you to select your "Display" type. Each type is listed in descending order on the far left; VGA, EGA, MCGA, Tandy and Hercules with options underneath each type. You are going to want to choose from the three options under "VGA" as this type will provide the best graphics. Choose the option "640x480 16 color" and then press "Enter" (shown below). Although this option has less colors than the one at the bottom it offers twice the resolution.

VGA screen selection
Next: At the very bottom of the screen you will be asked "Install VGA 640x480 16 color display drivers"? Press Y for yes.

VGA screen selection confirmation
Now: You will be asked to select your "Sound" card type. Select "Sound Blaster" as shown below and then press "Enter".

Sound Blaster sound card selection
Then: You will be asked to confirm, "Install Sound Blaster Sound". Press Y for yes.

Sound Blaster sound card confirmation
Next: You will be asked to select your "Language" type. Select the language you speak, in my case it would be "English", and then press "Enter". You will then be asked to confirm your language type. Press Y for yes.

Language selection
Language selection confirmation
Then: You will be shown all the settings you have selected. Below this you will see the question, "Is this all correct"? Unless you see you made a mistake selecting one of the settings press Y for yes.

Summary of game config selections
Then: You will see the install program copying each file to it's location. When this is done you will see "Press [SPACEBAR] to continue". Press the spacebar button when this appears.

Copying game files from drive a to c
Finally: You should be brought back to the A:\ prompt in Dosbox. Type "exit" to exit Dosbox.

Exiting Dosbox

Editing the Config File Again:

Now: Go back and locate the Dosbox config file in the "C:\Games\SimEarth" directory. Right click on the Dosbox config file and click "open with" (Select Notepad to open the file if asked).

Editing the config file again
Next: With the config file open scroll to the [autoexec] section located at the bottom. We are going to replace the commands we entered earlier with the new commands below since the game is now installed.

Abandonia: For those who downloaded the game from Abandonia copy and paste the following commands over the ones we entered earlier:

mount a c:\games\simearth
mount c c:\games\simearth
c:
cd simearth
simearth

This chart shows the differences between what should appear in the [autoexec] section before and after you make this change.

Abandonia before and after config settings








XTC Abandonware: For those who downloaded the game from XTC Abandonware copy and paste the following commands over the ones we entered earlier:

mount a c:\games\simearth
mount c c:\games\simearth
c:
cd simearth
simearth

This chart shows the differences between what should appear in the [autoexec] section before and after you make this change.

Autoexec








Save and exit the config file when you are finished.


Time to Play SimEarth!:

Sim Earth PC game screenshot
Double click on the Dosbox program in the "C:\Games\SimEarth" folder and the SimEarth will launch, enjoy!

FAQ:
The config file is missing what do I do?
The game won't run on Windows Vista. What should I do?
The game runs sluggish. Is there a way to improve this?
How do I make the game launch in fullscreen mode?
How do I change the amount of RAM available?
How do I mount a hard drive or CD-ROM drive in Dosbox?
How do I change my machine type in Dosbox?
How do I capture a screenshot during gameplay?
I can't download from Abandonia. What should I do?
How do I close or exit Dosbox?

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

It says it doesn't find the disk from drive A and therefore can't start the installation...what do I do?

Anonymous said...

it says looking for A:simearth.dat
please insert simearth install disk in drive A and press enter
my comps. modern, is there any way of fixing this?

Glenn Scrima said...

Hi could you tell me the location of simearth.exe on your drive?

Best,
Glenn

Larethian said...

Everytime I try to run the game, I get following output (everything is mounted correctly and the game has been installed after the guide):

C:\SIMEARTH>simearth
FATAL ERROR: PROGRAMM ABORTED
FALLOC NOMEN 0:_fmalloc(0)

What does this exactly tell me (I can see that an error occured, but which error)?

Greetings, Larethian

Anonymous said...

Hello Glenn! I'm having a problem with one of your steps in this guide. After I edit the notepad to say

mount a d:\games\simearth
mount c d:\games\simearth
a:
install


And then click the DosBox to launch the game install, only the DosBox greets me. Not the install.

I've done only one thing differently from your guide; installing the game on d: instead of c: which I've corrected in the code. Hope you'll be able to respond. Thanks in advance! :)

telamoona23 said...

i get this output when i try running the game ">mount a C:\Games\sunearth
Drive A is mounted as local directory c:\games\simearth\
z:\mount c c:\Games\simearth
drive c is mounted as local directory c:\Games\simearth\
z:\c:
C:\>cd simearth
C:>SIMEARTH>simearth
ILLegal command: simearth
C:>SIMEEARTH>

telamoona23 said...

i get this output when i try running the game ">mount a C:\Games\sunearth
Drive A is mounted as local directory c:\games\simearth\
z:\mount c c:\Games\simearth
drive c is mounted as local directory c:\Games\simearth\
z:\c:
C:\>cd simearth
C:>SIMEARTH>simearth
ILLegal command: simearth
C:>SIMEEARTH>