How to install CM97/98

Hopefully reading this blog has whetted your appetite to re-live this great game. As it is, computers have come quite a long way since 1997 which can make playing the game on a modern laptop/computer a bit tricky. But there is a way. Of course, please download with discretion and I take no responsibility for the downloads hosted on external websites.

DosBox is the key to getting this game to work – basically this emulates MS-Dos on your computer to allow you to run old Dos Games. Download it from their website here by picking the correct operating system from the list. Get that installed and that’s the easy bit done.

If you’re on a mac, you’ll need Dosbox for Mac which can be found on this page. Download DosBox & save to your applications folder. Go to your home folder (the folder that has the same name as your username)

Incidentally, we’ve had somebody get it working on an Android. There’s a guide for that here

Next, you’ll need the game installed. If you’re fortunate enough to own the CD still, install it as normal into the C drive and you’re ahead of the game. If not, you’ll have to acquire the game, and by that I mean buying it on ebay and not searching Google for a download…

Mac users: You should be able to download/buy the game as normal, you don’t have to do anything different to if you were running it on a Windows machine.

Once you’ve downloaded, er I mean bought the game, you can try and run it by double clicking cm2.exe from the folder but it will most likely either not load at all or will load with colours all over the shop. You can try playing about with the compatability settings, but they tend not to work.

This is where dosbox comes in. Open up Dosbox by double clicking the exe file you installed earlier. At this point, I encourage you to review this article:

**NEW** It has come to light that if you drag the .exe file (e.g. Cm2e16.exe) from the CM9798 folder onto the Dosbox icon, that will run the game and save you doing all the below. On the off chance it doesn’t work, read on… (Credit: @FPLHints)

I’m not a technical expert by any means but if the above makes no sense to you, I will try and explain it. If you can, move the CM9798 folder somewhere simple, such as C: (without putting it in any other folder). Mac users, create a folder inside your home folder called dosgames. Place the CM9798 files in there.This will give you a folder in your home folder called dosgames & within that a folder called CM9798 & all the game files in that.

From here, I’m going to split the guide into Windows and Mac, though it’s fairly similar.


In dosbox, it will say Z:\> and after this you should type mount c C:\cm9798

So the whole line should read: Z:\> mount c c:\cm9798       Then press enter

Of course if you have cm9798 folder saved elsewhere, change the file path to that. If successful, dosbox will add a line that says Drive C is mounted as the local directory C:\cm9798

Now type C: and press enter. This should change the Z to a C, and you’ll be left with this:


Type in the program you want to run, here are your options:

cm2.exe – Will run the whole game, then you decide if you want to run 8 bit (1 league) or 16 bit (3 leagues), or the database editor

Cm2e16.exe – Runs the full game, with 3 playable leagues

Cm2e18.exe – Runs the one league version

Cme2ed – Runs the database editor

Press enter after you’ve typed in one of the above and it will run.


If you’ve followed the earlier steps, you should have a folder in your home folder called dosgames & within that a folder called CM9798 & all the game files in that

launch DosBox and type the following:

mount c ~/dosgames

Press return and the enter:

C: (press enter)

cd cm9798

press enter again and then finally type:


Press enter and the game will launch.

Extra – This next bit isn’t required but more of a tip.

Now, obviously you won’t want to go through this whole process each time, so if you’re only going to run the one Dos game you can tell dosbox to do this every time. Rather than re-write what has already been written elsewhere, please refer to the below extract from

dosbox quick start

I hope you find this article useful, I didn’t invent this process and there may be other ways of running the game, but this works well for me.

Please tweet any queries to @cm9798 and I’ll try and help

With thanks to my life long friend _markreynolds for the mac instructions – visit his website for some tech insight and fantastic photography

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37 thoughts on “How to install CM97/98

  1. Hello, I want to play cm97/98 on my ipad. Is it possible? I tried to play by using teamviewer and so take my pc over with my ipad but the screen stays black while cm starts


    • Yes, I pressed space like in the “old days” to little avail. The default seems to be at 15000 cycles, which makes everything equally slow and not just the matches. I upped it to 600 000 cycles to consume 50% of the computer’s memory. Otherwise the rest of the game would be unbereable… How slow are your matches, then?


  2. Do you know the configuration settings I need to play cm9798 on Android (Sony Xperia z3)? I can get to the new game/load game/delete game etc screen when you first open cm9798 but you can’t read anything or select because the colour is all screwed up…

    Any ideas?


  3. Hey! Great instructions, works like a dream! Just wondering if you’ve found a way to display the stadium pictures in the background? I’m pretty sure this was a feature in the game?




  4. e’ possibile sapere se c’e’ un modo per estendere il gioco? Arrivati alla stagione n29 dice di creare una nuova partita e’ un peccato non continuare e inziare ogni volta dall’inizio.grazie


    • I know it’s been a while since your post, but my boyfriend and I just finished troubleshooting this issue and found that all files/exe/pictures related to the game download need to be in the CM9798 folder without any subdirectories.

      He hasn’t played through a full season yet, but so far it is working nicely.


      • Hi Jess. I have had this issue too. So do you just move all pictures into the folder with the ‘Cm2e8’ or ‘Cm2e16’ game? Then it will pick these up?


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  6. hi there, when i try to run the editor i get a load picture 1 error, and it won’t load the editor… any solutions? please and thank you – Bill


  7. Hi.

    I have just finished my first season and the game is updating. But when the game gets to 80% of “updating – pre season” it terminates and the “thank you for playing” screen appears. When I restart the game its the same thing all over.

    Does anyone know how to work around this??



  8. The game goes well with my laptop. The only problem i can only play one season. After auto update the seasons, automaticaly exit and not continue to thr second season. What should i do?


  9. On a mac i get a note saying ‘unable to change to cm9798’ after i type cd cm9798 into Dosbox commands – any idea where i might have gone wrong along the way?


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  11. Hope I can get a response to this, I know the page is an old one! I’ve setup dosbox and used it to run CM9798, it runs fine and fast but when it comes to matchday I’ve got a problem. When I click to kickoff, it seems to act as a double click and brings me straight back to the “pause” menu as if I wanted to check stats or make changes. Has anyone else encountered this before?


      • Dave,

        Wow, that was a quick response and it’s worked, many thanks!
        Well, that gets rid of my free time for the forseeable future! 😀

        – RD


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