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The default 3000 cycles seems a bit sluggish. Why is it the default?
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klappis: The default 3000 cycles seems a bit sluggish. Why is it the default?
A very good question. It is the default in DOSBox 0.74 and ten years ago I am sure there were quite many who wanted to play it on computers incapable of doing 5000 cycles, which is what I suggest you change it to in the settings but 4500ish feels alright too. You can always raise the cycles with CTRL+F12 and lower with CTRL+F11 but that way you have to do it every time you open the game.
Post edited April 13, 2019 by Themken
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Themken: A very good question. It is the default in DOSBox 0.74 and ten years ago I am sure there were quite many who wanted to play it on computers incapable of doing 5000 cycles, which is what I suggest you change it to in the settings but 4500ish feels alright too. You can always raise the cycles with CTRL+F12 and lower with CTRL+F11 but that way you have to do it every time you open the game.
Depends on your CPU. I used 9000 and I was happy with it. I would edit the .conf first to up the cycleup= & cycledown= to higher amounts. Otherwise you will be hitting them quite a few times.
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Themken: A very good question. It is the default in DOSBox 0.74 and ten years ago I am sure there were quite many who wanted to play it on computers incapable of doing 5000 cycles, which is what I suggest you change it to in the settings but 4500ish feels alright too. You can always raise the cycles with CTRL+F12 and lower with CTRL+F11 but that way you have to do it every time you open the game.
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Gydion: Depends on your CPU. I used 9000 and I was happy with it. I would edit the .conf first to up the cycleup= & cycledown= to higher amounts. Otherwise you will be hitting them quite a few times.
Thanks! But i've read that too much cycles will break the game, well not litterally but the game mechanics will get screwed up. I could be wrong on that matter though.
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klappis: But i've read that too much cycles will break the game, well not litterally but the game mechanics will get screwed up. I could be wrong on that matter though.
You are.
Too many just puts a bit more load on the processor for no reason. I can see no difference between 5000 and 8000. We are not talking about a lot if you have a modern processor but why produce more heat and waste more electricity for nothing?
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klappis: The default 3000 cycles seems a bit sluggish. Why is it the default?
In my experience setting cycles to an integer consumes more of the computer's resources than setting it to "max." I do not know if there is a difference in how the emulation runs on max, but it's very smooth and efficient compared to forcing the cycles. A good generic dosbox .74 cpu config is this:

[cpu]
core=auto
cputype=auto
cycles=max
cycleup=10
cycledown=20
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klappis: The default 3000 cycles seems a bit sluggish. Why is it the default?
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tristanlist: In my experience setting cycles to an integer consumes more of the computer's resources than setting it to "max." I do not know if there is a difference in how the emulation runs on max, but it's very smooth and efficient compared to forcing the cycles. A good generic dosbox .74 cpu config is this:

[cpu]
core=auto
cputype=auto
cycles=max
cycleup=10
cycledown=20
Thanks for input! There are dosbox files. Which one them should i edit?
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klappis: Thanks for input! There are dosbox files. Which one them should i edit?
From here I can just offer some blind support. It should be the biggest, basic .conf file in the game's installation directory that will have the [cpu] values dosbox uses (plus many other emulation settings, so search the line in notepad if you want).