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Johnny Castaway not working on Windows 10

I can't install on Windows 10 64 bit because I can't find "all programs" in my start menu. I can find the dosbox folder, but I can't find "options".

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Margaret1 week agoWindows 10 x64, Firefox


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  • Hello Margaret,

    On Windows 10, as soon as you open the Start menu, you can also simply type "options" to search through your apps. Hopefully, "DOSBox 0.xx Options" will show up. If not, you can also scroll down the alphabetically sorted list of apps to find the DOSBox folder, and a shortcut to the Options file should be listed there as well.

    Another option would be to use the File explorer in Windows to navigate to the "Program Files (x86)" folder on your local disk (usually labeled C:). Once there, find and double-click the DOSBox folder, and you should find a file in there named "DOSBox 0.xx Options" (where the x stands for the version installed).

    Hope that helps! Let me know if you need further assistance.

    Rob (Screensavers Planet)1 week ago

  • Thank you for your fast reply. Unfortunately, there was no Options file. I'm wondering if I shouldn't remove it all and start over.. maybe I'll try that later.

    Margaret1 week ago

  • That's odd. The DOSBox folder is there, but no Options file?

    Here's roughly what my DOSBox folder looks like in the File Explorer:
    DOSBox folder in Program Files (x86)

    And in the Start menu it's listed like this:
    DOSBox folder in the Start menu

    Just to be sure we're using the same program, here's a direct link to the DOSBox installation file. I just re-installed it on Windows 10 and see the Options file.

    Hope re-installing solves it for you. If not, let me know and we'll go from there.

    Rob (Screensavers Planet)1 week ago

  • Yeah, it's odd. There's no Options listed. But I'm going to remove it all and start from the beginning tonight, when I have time. Thank you for taking the time to reply.

    Margaret1 week ago

  • It worked this time. But after I followed all the steps and tried to start Screen Launcher, it says "windows cannot find dosbox.exe". I extracted it as instructed so am not sure what I did wrong this time.

    Margaret1 week ago

  • Well.. I finally got it running, but when the screensaver comes on, it runs for just over a minute and shuts off. I made sure not to bump the mouse or my laptop while it was running. Any thoughts? Sorry.. I know I'm being a pest.

    Margaret1 week ago

  • Not a pest at all! Glad you got it working (sort of).

    Does the screensaver itself turn off after a minute, or does the screen go black? On laptops, the power management settings are often configured in such a way that, to preserve battery power, the screen is turned off pretty quickly with inactivity.

    You can find the power management configuration through the Control Panel, by clicking the cogwheel in the Start menu, or you can open the Screen Saver Settings panel and look below the list of screensavers. Once you're in the Power Management area, you can see the plan that's currently active and change its settings. Find the setting labeled "Turn off the display" and change it to your preference.

    If the screen doesn't turn black and the screensaver simply exits by itself, without any interaction, that would be a different issue. I haven't seen that before with this screensaver. Does that always happen after the exact same amount of time has passed, or perhaps at a particular point in the screensaver?

    Rob (Screensavers Planet)1 week ago

  • It happens at around 2 minutes, and it goes back to my log-in page. I have the display set to never turn off when it's plugged in.

    Margaret1 week ago

  • I figured out that, when I unplug my optical mouse, the screensaver stays on. Kind of weird, but it works! Thank you for all your help!

    Margaret1 week ago

  • I've been looking for possible explanations, but wasn't able to replicate the issue or find much information in relation to DOSBox, so I'm glad you were more successful troubleshooting this! And that makes perfect sense, although the mouse isn't supposed to do that, of course. If it's a nuisance to have to unplug the mouse, you might look into updating the device drivers, if indeed an update is available, or perhaps decreasing the mouse's sensitivity in the mouse settings panel.

    Glad you got it all sorted in the end. Enjoy the screensaver!

    Rob (Screensavers Planet)1 week ago

  • Thank you! I don't know how to adjust the mouse but will look into that. It's weird, though, because even though I don't touch the mouse or even the table it's sitting on, it still shuts off the screensaver. No big deal just unplugging it, though.

    Margaret1 week ago

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