The first game of the Tomb Raider series is a DOS game from 1996 and therefore can only be played well with DOSBox on systems with Windows 7, Windows 8, XP or Vista, especially when those OS's are 64 bit.

Tomb Raider 1 on Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista, XP 32 and 64 bits, with DOSBoxIn this guide we'll explain how to get the game running in DOSBox, when you use the original installation CD. As the initial resolution of Tomb Raider is very low (320x240), we also have several options to upgrade the resolution of the game. Choose your way:

If you don't have Tomb Raider, download your copy from! It works great on Windows 7 and Windows 8! In addition, you can use nGlide to play Tomb Raider in ultra high resolution!

Install and play Tomb Raider or any other DOS game from CD in DOSBox

Install DOSBox

  • Download the Windows package (that's the Win32 installer).
  • Save it in a temporary folder on your hard disk.
  • Install DOSBox by double clicking the installer file in Windows explorer.

Install Tomb Raider from CD in DOSBox

  • In Windows explorer, create a folder where you want to install Tomb Raider and/or other DOS games, for example c:\games\dos
  • Install Tomb Raider 1 in DOSBox - mount drives.Start DOSBox from the desktop or the Windows start menu.
  • To make folders and drives accessible in DOSBox, you need to mount them.
  • To mount the folder in which you will install Tomb Raider, type in mount c c:\games\dos and press enter. This will create a virtual drive c: in DOSBox, which will use the c:\games\dos folder on your hard drive c:
  • When the name of your games folder contains spaces, you have to use quotes around the folder path and type in mount c "c:\games\dos games" and press enter
  • To mount your CD/DVD drive (in this example drive i:), type in mount d i:\ -t cdrom and press enter. This will create a virtual CD drive d: in DOSBox, which will use the CD/DVD drive i: in your system. Obviously, replace i: with the drive letter of your CD drive
  • As you always will need these virtual drives in DOSBox after installation to play Tomb Raider, it is recommended to put the mount commands in your DOSBox configuration file. This way the games folder and your CD/DVD drive will be mounted automatically when you start DOSBox.
    • Open the configuration file:
      • Windows 7: press CTRL and ESC (or click start button), type in dosbox and the options file should appear in the search results, click it
      • Windows 8: Press the Windows key and Q, type in dosbox and the options file should appear in the search results, click it
    • DOSBox configuration - automatic mounting.Scroll down to the autoexec section (at the bottom of the file)
    • Copy the mount commands below the comments (indicated by a hash). The lines below apply to this example:
      # Lines in this section will be run at startup.
      # You can put your MOUNT lines here.
      mount c c:\games\dos
      mount d i:\ -t cdrom
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    • Save the configuration file with CTRL+S, or click on File in the top menu and choose Save
  • In DOSBox, access your CD drive by typing d: and press enter.
  • To install a game from CD, you need to look for files like install.exe, install.bat, setup.exe or setup.bat
    • Type in dir .exe and press enter to show all executable files
    • Type in dir .bat and press enter to show all batch files
    • As you will see, the Tomb Raider CD contains an install.exe file
    • Start the Tomb Raider installation by typing install and press enter
  • In the Tomb Raider setup program, choose the install option, by pressing enter.
  • Default installation folder is c:\tombraid. This is ok, the game will be installed in the c:\games\dos\tombraid folder on your hard disk, since the c: drive in DOSBox points to the c:\games\dos folder on your hard disk. You can rename the folder with the back space key. The back slash key (\) might be under the slash key (/). When done, press enter.
  • At sound card setup choose auto detect and then continue.
  • At last, choose Save Settings to wrap things up and start the game!

Start Tomb Raider 1 from DOSBox

After installation, the Tomb Raider game automatically starts. But what to do when this doesn't happen, or when the game is already installed and you want to start it again?

  • You have followed all instructions as described above (install the game, edit the DOSBox config file)
  • Place the Tomb Raider CD (or the CD of any other DOS game you've installed) in your CD/DVD drive
  • Start DOSBox
  • In DOSBox, type in c: and press enter to access the virtual c drive
  • To check which folders exist on your virtual c: drive in DOSBox, type in dir and press enter
  • If you haven't installed other games, only the tombraid folder will be shown
  • To access the tombraid folder, type in cd tombraid and press enter (cd stands for Change Directory)
  • To start a game, you need to look for files that have a file name that resembles the name of the game. These files also need to have a .exe or .bat extension
    • Type in dir .exe and press enter to show all executable files
    • Type in dir .bat and press enter to show all batch files
    • As you will see, the tombraid folder contains a tomb.exe file
    • To start Tomb Raider, type in tomb and press enter

Graphics resolution of Tomb Raider 1

Tomb Raider 1 on Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista, XP with DOSBoxFirst, set graphics details to high. You can do that by selecting the pink sun glasses in the main menu. It won't improve graphics quality a lot though.

Once you're playing the game, the resolution is very, very low at first. To make it a little more acceptable, press the F1 key when you are in the game. This will change the resolution to (presumably) 640x480. Please note that the game is quite processor-intensive in this mode.

If you want to play Tomb Raider in a much higher resolution, read about 3Dfx and nGlide or GliDOS.

You also might want to have a look at our guide how to change the resolution of the program window of DOSBox.

Finished playing?

When you've finished playing and want to play another DOS game which you have installed on your virtual c: drive in DOSBox, you need to access the game folder of that game. This is how:

  • Type in cd \ and press enter to go back to the root of the virtual c: drive in DOSBox
  • You can also type in cd .. and press enter to access the parent folder of the active folder in DOSBox
  • Type in dir and press enter to see the contents of the active folder
  • Type in cd gamedir and press enter to go to the gamedir folder from the active folder

Play Tomb Raider 1 in high resolution - the easy way

After Tomb Raider was released, a "3Dfx patch" as well as a "Voodoo Rush patch" was created to support hardware accelerated 3D graphics with a 3Dfx graphics card (like the Monster 3D and Voodoo cards). Because DOSBox doesn't emulate 3Dfx hardware by default, the 3Dfx patch won't work. However, the and Steam releases of Tomb Raider have a special version of DOSBox on board that does emulate a 3Dfx card. Combined with the nGlide "3Dfx Voodoo Glide Wrapper" you will be able to play Tomb Raider 1 in ultra high resolution! Here's how:

Tomb Raider 1 in high resolution on Windows 7 and 8 with nGlide.
  • Download and install nGlide
  • Open the configuration utility of nGlide:
    • Windows 7: press CTRL+ESC (or the start button), type in nglide and click on nGlide configurator
    • Windows 8: press Windows key + Q, type in nglide and click on nGlide configurator
    • Set Screen resolution to By desktop
    • Set Aspect ratio to 4:3 for the original screen size
    • Click on Apply and then on Exit
  • Download and install Tomb Raider 1 from or Steam
  • Go to the Tomb Raider installation folder and search for the glide2x.dll file:
    • version default install folder: C:\Program Files (x86)\\Tomb Raider 1\DOSBOX
    • Please note that the version has 2 glide2x.dll files. You need to search for the one in the DOSBOX folder
    • Steam version default install folder: C:\Program Files\Steam\SteamApps\common\Tomb Raider (I)
    • Rename the glide2x.dll file to glide2x_original.dll. If you installed nGlide correctly, it should take over and use its own version of glide2x.dll
  • Start Tomb Raider and be amazed

Play Tomb Raider 1 from CD in high resolution - the less easy way

If you own a copy of Tomb Raider 1, you don't have to buy a new one through or Steam to play Tomb Raider in high resolution. You do need some additional software and perform some additional actions:

Tomb Raider 1 in high resolution on Windows 7 and 8 with 3Dfx patch.
  • Download and install nGlide if you haven't done so already
  • Open the configuration utility of nGlide:
    • Windows 7: press CTRL + ESC (or the start button), type in nglide and click on nGlide configurator
    • Windows 8: press Windows key + Q, type in nglide and click on nGlide configurator
    • Set Screen resolution to By desktop
    • Set Aspect ratio to 4:3 for the original screen size
    • Click on Apply and then on Exit
  • Download DOSBox (this the SVN Daum version that supports Glide and emulates 3Dfx/Voodoo graphics cards, it's preconfigured to work with nGlide) and copy the contents of the zip file to an empty folder of choice, for example c:\games\dosbox
  • Start DOSBox by navigating to the DOSBox folder (in this example c:\games\dosbox) and double click dosbox.exe for 32 bits systems and dosbox_x64.exe for 64 bits systems. When in doubt, just double click dosbox.exe
  • Install Tomb Raider 1 from CD in DOSBox as explained above. If you already succesfully installed the game, you still have to edit the DOSBox configuration file of the special DOSBox version to make sure all drives you need are mounted correctly
  • To edit the special DOSBox configuration file, right click dosbox.conf in the DOSBox folder (in this example c:\games\dosbox\dosbox.conf), choose Open with... and choose Notepad to open the file
  • Edit the file as explained above and save with CTRL+S, or click on File in the top menu and choose Save
  • Navigate to the Tomb Raider installation folder, in this example c:\games\dos\tombraid and rename the tomb.exe file to tomb_org.exe by right clicking on the file and choosing Rename
  • Download the Tomb Raider 1 Voodoo Rush patch and copy the content of the zip file into the Tomb Raider installation folder, in this example c:\games\dos\tombraid
  • Close and restart DOSBox
  • In DOSBox, navigate to the Tomb Raider folder with cd TOMBRAID and start the game by typing tomb and press enter
  • If all went well, the game starts and you'll see the 3Dfx logo

High quality graphics with Glidos

Tomb Raider 1 on Windows 7 with Glidos and high res textures.You can play Tomb Raider 1 with high quality graphics and OpenGL / Direct3D support with Glidos. It is well worth trying. Tomb Raider runs a lot better on modern computers with Glidos. We won't cover how to get Glidos running here; they have excellent documentation which can be found on the installation page of Glidos.

When you have Glidos running and you've reached the 3rd level, you'll see a rotating Glidos logo in the middle of your screen. If you want to get rid of that, you'll have to support the project with a humble fee, and your copy of Glidos will be unlocked.

In addition, high resolution textures are available to use with Glidos. Visit for more information and screenshots.

What about Tomb Raider II and other sequels?

We've managed to get Tomb Raider II running on a 64 bits version of Windows 7 by just installing it from the original CD and it worked quite well. Since Tomb Raider II also supports hardware acceleration (OpenGL) it doesn't seem to be necessary to search for additional software.

Comments from the retro community
Pedro · 22-12-2013 · 01:17 CET · [#]
DOSGamers · @DOSGamers · 22-12-2013 · 16:11 CET · [#]
Thanks for the hug! smile Keep it retro!
Jules · 06-02-2014 · 13:35 CET · [#]
Thanks!!! I'm so happy! wink
DOSGamers · @DOSGamers · 06-02-2014 · 14:36 CET · [#]
You're welcome! Keep it retro!
mohammad · 14-04-2014 · 16:55 CET · [#]
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DOSGamers · @DOSGamers · 15-04-2014 · 10:21 CET · [#]
Thanks for the kudos Mohammad!
Phillip · 22-04-2014 · 23:25 CET · [#]
I am not very computer litter-it and not to good at many instructions. The DOSBox instructions for setting up a file to down load a game is, unfortunately Geek to me. Is there a common person's translation for the set-up instruction? Please help.
DOSGamers · @DOSGamers · 23-04-2014 · 15:09 CET · [#]
You can't use DOSBox settings to download a game. You must either own the game or download the game separately. After that, editing and using the DOSBox configuration file is the preferred way to set up DOSBox; this way you have control over every configuration option. For common DOS games, just follow our DOSBox step by step guide here and you'll most likely be fine wink

However, there are DOSBox GUI's (graphical user interfaces) which can be used to start and manage your DOS games more easily. These GUI's may look and feel less Geek to you. The games do need to be already installed or copied to your hard drive though. We have a few examples of GUI's here.
ike_2112 · 27-12-2014 · 00:49 CET · [#]
Need some help please.

I am trying to play the Spanish league version of Championship Manager 2, off a CD-ROM.
I followed all instructions and it seemed to work - I got a virtual drive with CM2_SPA mapped to the GAMES/DOS folder. I even get the game intro running.
But then when it attempts to load the game itself, it returns to the DOS screen and gives error "stack fault".

Not sure what to do here. Since the intro etc is working it suggests I've mapped everything correctly. But the game/CD itself works on my mate's very old PC which still runs MS DOS, so there's nothing wrong with it either.
Any suggestions?
DOSGamers · @DOSGamers · 15-01-2015 · 16:51 CET · [#]

Hi ike_2112, sorry for the late reply. You probably already found a solution. If not, there are some suggestions in the DOSBox forum for running CM2 that could help you, specifically the patch...!

EDIT: apparently the patch link in that thread is dead, it's moved to this location.

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