How to play DOOM like a modern shooter - FAQ
(MS-DOS/DOSBox)
Created by: PSXDRIVERPLAYER
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Table of contents:
1. Introduction
2. Wait, what?
3. Tell me how!
3.1. Installing the magnificient piece of software
3.2. Configuring that stuff
3.3. Getting around the mouse thing
4. All done!?
5. Thanks and stuff


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1. Introduction
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In this FAQ, I'm sharing a secret. You can play Doom on MS-DOS like a modern
shooter. I'm also telling you how to do that.


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2. Wait, what?
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You heard me. You can have a mouse and keyboard in use at the same time, like a
modern shooter, though with a quirk, but there's a way around that... Let's
advance to the thing here.


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3. Tell me how!
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I was getting into that. Now, want to know how? Read the next few sections.
If you don't use Doom on MS-DOS and instead use sourceports, you can look away.
If you have a "version" that doesn't need to be "installed" or you've done that
already, take a look at section 3.2. Otherwise start with 3.1.

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3.1. Installing the magnificient piece of software
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So. Navigate to your Doom install files -folder using the CD command.
(Usage: CD [FOLDER])

Then, type "install". Installing stuff should open.

The program asks you "Which drive to install to?" - type your drive letter.
(Probably "C".)

The program says "Enter directory name to copy into" - you can leave the folder
name as is or modify it and then press ENTER.

If the directory does not exist, you are asked to create it. Press "Y" to create
or "N" to return to folder naming.

Program copies the data and begins installing your software. Wait.

Eventually your software has done all that and you are directed to "setup".

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3.2. Configuring that stuff
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Now is the time to configure your software.

If you appear at the setup for the first time after installing, look at 3.2.1.
If you appear at the setup in general, look at 3.2.2.

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3.2.1. First install setup
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You are asked about "Controller Type". Select "Keyboard + Mouse", as that's what
you want.

Then you are asked about "Music Playback Device". Select the one you like and
configure it.

Then you are asked about "Sound FX Device", Select the one you like and
configure it.

Then you are put to the "Main Menu" and to the option "Save Settings & Run DOOM"
but don't press "ENTER", we're not done yet.

Navigate to the "Controller Config" and press "ENTER".

Select "Keyboard" from the choices and press "ENTER".

You can see the default keybindings, if you haven't changed these (you probably
haven't) and these can be, in fact, changed.
You can bind them how you like, but I recommend changing the following to the
following:
Forward W
Backward S
Use E
Speed on R
Strafe Left A
Strafe Right D
How to change: select your choice with ARROW KEYS, PRESS ENTER and then the key
you want to assign to selected action.

Once done, press "F10" to accept your changes.

Then at the "Controller Configuration" menu, select "Mouse".

You can see the default keybindings, if you haven't changed these (you probably
haven't) and these too can be, in fact, changed. But unless they're default,
there's no point doing so.

Check if "Fire" is bound to "LEFT BUTTON". If it is, you're good to go. Press
"F10" to accept your changes if necessary.

Go back to "Main Menu".

Select "Save Settings & Run DOOM" option.

You can notice that you can now play the game like a modern shooter, but you
probably also notice that your mouse acts oddly, a.k.a. moving it forward and
backward moves Doomguy forward and backward.

At this point you may want to see section 3.3. If for some reason you don't want
to, you're done here. Move to section 4.


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3.2.2. General setup
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Navigate to your Doom installed files -folder using the CD command.
(Usage: CD [FOLDER])

Then, type "SETUP". Setup should open.

You are at the "Main Menu".

Navigate to "Select Controller Type" and press "ENTER".

Select "Keyboard + Mouse", as that's what you want.

Navigate to the "Controller Config" and press "ENTER".

Select "Keyboard" from the choices and press "ENTER".

You can see the default keybindings, if you haven't changed these (you probably
haven't) and these can be, in fact, changed.
You can bind them how you like, but I recommend changing the following to the
following:
Forward W
Backward S
Use E
Speed on R
Strafe Left A
Strafe Right D
How to change: select your choice with ARROW KEYS, PRESS ENTER and then the key
you want to assign to selected action.

Once done, press "F10" to accept your changes.

Then at the "Controller Configuration" menu, select "Mouse".

You can see the default keybindings, if you haven't changed these (you probably
haven't) and these too can be, in fact, changed. But unless they're default,
there's no point doing so.

Check if "Fire" is bound to "LEFT BUTTON". If it is, you're good to go. Press
"F10" to accept your changes if necessary.

Go back to "Main Menu".

Select "Save Settings & Run DOOM" option.

You can notice that you can now play the game like a modern shooter, but you
probably also notice that your mouse acts oddly, a.k.a. moving it forward and
backward moves Doomguy forward and backward.

At this point you may want to see section 3.3. If for some reason you don't want
to, you're done here. Move to section 4.

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3.3. Getting around the mouse thing
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Here's how to get around the mouse thing where moving it forward and backward
moves also Doomguy forward and backward.

Get the NOVERT utility, if you don't have it already.
You can for example get it at:
"https://www.doomworld.com/idgames/utils/misc/novert"

Extract it to your "C:\" or to your Doom folder, whichever works.

Now, go to the folder the tool is in and type "NOVERT" and it installs.

To uninstall the utility, go to the folder the tool is in and type "NOVERT /U".

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NOTE:
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I recommend typing "edit autoexec.bat" and adding a line "[PATH]\NOVERT" on it
if all you do with it is stuff where you want to disable "up" and "down" with
the mouse and so you won't have to type "NOVERT" every time you use your DOS
machine.

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FOR DOSBox USERS:
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I recommend adding the line to DOSBox's autoexec part on the options if all you
do with that is stuff where you want to disable "up" and "down" with the mouse
and so that you won't have to type "NOVERT" every single time you use it.
I also recommend adding your mount lines to the autoexec part.


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4. All done!?
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You are now done "modernizing" your Doom on MS-DOS. Have fun with the game!


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5. Thanks and stuff
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iD Software for the original MS-DOS game.

Myself for making this here FAQ.

Deity for programming the NOVERT tool.

Ledmeister for hosting this FAQ on classicdoom.com.


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