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Is there a website to play DOS games w speed control?

 
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dbtothados
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 24, 2018 12:12 am     Post subject: Is there a website to play DOS games w speed control? Reply with quote

Looking for a site where I can play the games with some sort of speed control. classic reload has a nice dosbox emulator but I can't control the crazy fast speed, even with their key command. Any others out there?
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2018 7:00 am     Post subject: Re: Is there a website to play DOS games w speed control? Reply with quote

dbtothados wrote:
classic reload has a nice dosbox emulator but I can't control the crazy fast speed, even with their key command

This is probably because the cycles are set to max, which emulates way more CPU power than needed on modern host PCs.

You need to manually configure DOSBox to use less cycles. I have found the limit cycles option as described here very useful. Most VGA games run near perfectly with the following setting:
Code:
cycles=auto 70% limit 26800

According to DOSBox wiki (link above) this produces an approximate equivalent of a 486 PC.

Note that you might want to use a different setting,
Code:
cycles=max 70% limit 26800

if you're playing resource-intensive real mode games, as otherwise they will be stuck with the default 3000 cycles auto mode.
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