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Windows 3.1, Zeemote Controller Seen on Android

An Android enthusiast named "drraccoon" has discovered a way to install Microsoft Windows 3.1 on an Android device. Based on the installation images, he used a Motorola Droid and a port of DosBox. The details of the process are located here, and begin with the user obtaining the Windows 3.1 setup files and stashing them within the "winsetupfiles" folder on the smartphone's SD card.

But users will notice that the directions come to an abrupt halt when it's actually time to install the ancient (but classic) OS. Instead, drraccoon installed Windows 3.1 on his PC (via the original DosBox) and then copied the entire folder over to the SD card. When all was said and done, he found Windows 3.1 on the Android OS to be completely useless "but really damn cool."

On the gaming front, we've already seen Quake 3 Arena (Kwaak3) running on the Android operating system. Outside having to annoyingly insert the CD key after every launch, the game runs surprisingly well on the Motorola Droid (even though the controls are somewhat wonky). In fact, Quake and Quake 2 run extremely well on the device as well. Doom... runs not so great. Duke Nukem 3D performs even worse.

But for Android owners who despise the whole miniature QWERTY and virtual control setup, it's now possible to play these games using a Zeemote Bluetooth JS1 controller. One Android user managed to get the controller to work with the Q3A port, and posted a video as seen below. The drawback? There still seems to be an issue with mouselook. Still, this is a great step towards bringing the classic PC shooters into the mobile arena (no pun intended).

Kevin started taking PCs apart in the 90s when Quake was on the way and his PC lacked the required components. Since then, he’s loved all things PC-related and cool gadgets ranging from the New Nintendo 3DS to Android tablets. He is currently a contributor at Digital Trends, writing about everything from computers to how-to content on Windows and Macs to reviews of the latest laptops from HP, Dell, Lenovo, and more. 

  • kyeana
    open source ftw
  • dan117
    Android Smartphone > PSP/DS
    PSP2 needs touchscreen, a accelerometer (I really wanted to play Mercury Meltdown with a accelerometer), and to be smaller, to compete with those.
    Or they could just make a Android phone with better GPU/CPU/battery, make games for it that take advantage of the hardware and call it PSP2 or PSP(Playstation Phone).
    No one is gonna carry around 2 devices. I was thinking about selling my PSP after I had gotten the phone. By that time I got kind of bored of the games and used it for movies, but the phone can do the same thing and is smaller, more Portable, better hardware than PSP1.
    The only advantage a dedicated console would have would be the battery and CPU/GPU, the phone has portability, size, touchscreen, accelerometer, connectivity, and if they would make a hybrid device it would be a epic win.
  • Darkerson
    Amusing little things that the holier then thou Steve would deem inappropriate uses of his, not your, device! Granted, these aren't very useful things to do with the phone, but at least they aren't stopping you from trying. Go android!
  • Regulas
    OK, but why, I know because he can. Still a waste.
  • WR
    The iPad doing Win95 looked a tad more useful. :)
  • zachary k
    XP recommends 300 MHz or higher CPU to run, why can't the droid run it? it has a 550 MHz CPU.
  • Nakal
    Totally different CPU architectures. Not saying it cant, but there is more than just clock speed.
  • micky_lund
    WRThe iPad doing Win95 looked a tad more useful.definitely
  • captaincharisma
    buddy must have allot of time on his hands or no life to install a useless OS on his cellphone
  • gwwerner
    Somebody need to come up with a small comfortable Bluetooth game pad for smart phones. The first company to sell one that is portable but still works well will make a lot of money.