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I have a Toshiba Chromebook 2 and was wondering if it was possible to play my GOG games on it. I'm sure the hardware is more than enough for some old gaming goodness, but what about the compatibility? I'd be shocked if there wasn't a clever workaround to get DOS games working nicely on this machine.
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well you can get linux to run on a crhomebook
but i personally have never heard of a dosbox port to chrome OS

doesnt mean it doesnt excist though
If GOG sold nothing but DOS games and there was for certain a version of DOSBox for ChromeOS, sure, no problem. But since neither of those are true, nope, not currently possible.
The Toshiba Chromebook 2 seems to have a Celeron CPU (I've heard that some other Chromebooks are ARM-based, so those won't work as easily), so assuming Chrome OS has a terminal emulator and basic command line utilities like tar, you can download the Linux tar.gz file, expand that, and run start.sh to play the game. I'd guess pretty much any Linux game would run.
Post edited June 12, 2015 by Maighstir
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Maighstir: Assuming Chrome OS has a terminal emulator and basic command line utilities like tar, you can download the Linux tar.gz file, expand that, and run start.sh to play the game. I'd guess pretty much any Linux game would run.
Are you sure about that? I know ChromeOS uses a Linux kernel, but the library differences would likely lead to serious dependency errors if trying to straight run the game as if it is on a "true" Linux system.
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Maighstir: Assuming Chrome OS has a terminal emulator and basic command line utilities like tar, you can download the Linux tar.gz file, expand that, and run start.sh to play the game. I'd guess pretty much any Linux game would run.
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cogadh: Are you sure about that? I know ChromeOS uses a Linux kernel, but the library differences would likely lead to serious dependency errors if trying to straight run the game as if it is on a "true" Linux system.
Sure? Certainly not, but that's the first thing I would try if I had such a machine.

EDIT: Most GOG games do come with most of their dependencies though, basically all you need is X11 (or an X11 compatibility layer, like XWayland if you normally run Wayland), a compatible graphic driver, and LibC.
Post edited June 12, 2015 by Maighstir
What if you use crouton?
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mariic: What if you use crouton?
This works for many of the games. I've had decent success running games through Crouton. I had tried GalliumOS as well but had less luck with these older games.

Chrome also has an extension (for any device with Chrome, including Chromebooks) which lets you play DOS driven games. https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/dosbox-for-google-chrome/jhceknlmaggijlkkcemdaghpniimajhd?hl=en-US

I have heard (unconfirmed on my end) of people installing Windows 95 via DOSBox and then installing games into WIndows 95. Seems like a super hacky way to do it but people never fail to surprise me :)
possible with dosbox
dosbox for chrome:
https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/dosbox-for-google-chrome/jhceknlmaggijlkkcemdaghpniimajhd
how to:
http://klaig.blogspot.hu/2014/07/tutorial-how-to-play-old-dos-games-on.html
Enable developer mode and install Crouton to get a Linux desktop alongside your Chrome OS system.

You can then install Wine on the Linux desktop and use it to install Windows programs just as you’d install Wine and Windows programs on a typical Linux desktop.
OR Try installing GOG Linux game.

You can also install ChrUbuntu, But it will wipe all your data and then get installed.
Post edited August 06, 2016 by amrit9037