Basically you can just run the command "dosbox c:\" and now you are at a virtual prompt with full access to your C: drive. Just cd to where you've got columns unzipped, and go for it!
It even works with sound! The new version 0.60 emulates a Soundblaster Pro card for you, with "A220 I7 D1 T4" settings by default.
In other news, if you get yourself an OpenDOS boot floppy Columns will work just fine (again, without sound). It also works just fine under Linux with "dosemu".
What this means is that you can now play the full version of Columns, including the disabled high-score saving feature, for free.
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A patch (9Kb) for older versions of columns is now available. It seems there was a bug in the Pascal compiler, something to do with a timing loop that overflows if your processor is faster than 233MHz.
Just download the patch and unzip it into your Columns directory. Then at a DOS prompt type:
tppatch columns.exeThe new version of Columns is pre-patched.