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tacodrake95Almost able to continue working
I almost have a computer that is capable of running dos applications up and running. I was wondering if i could get some suggestions for apps for Cyclops that I should make.
2011-09-295:29 PM

HorvatMRe:Almost able to continue working
Write some design documents about what you want it to be, then put in new functionality as you write the apps.
2011-09-308:07 AM

RetroMRe:Almost able to continue working
To tacodrake Did you try DOSbox like we suggested? To his holiness (Brandon) why does this site never keep me logged in?
2011-09-308:37 AM

tacodrake95Re:Almost able to continue working
@RetroM: I did try dosbox, but unfortunately it causes unwanted results when i am running it at a high enough processing speed to function normally.
2011-09-303:13 PM

pharoahRe:Almost able to continue working
I'm excited about a new GUI release. I wish I could see a project through for once. With regard to the blog not keeping you signed in, that's my responsibility. I made some changes a while back to overhaul the blog's authentication mechanism, because what we'd been doing was very insecure. I thought I'd fixed the problem with sessions expiring, but it seems that it's recurred somehow. If you look at the cookies theguiblog is storing, the PHPSESSID cookie expires after 6 months, as I intended. But on my machine, it's also storing some cookies with names like __utma, __utmb, &c. Some of these expire earlier, and I'm not sure what they're for. I'll have to poke around and try to resolve this when I get a chance.
2011-09-304:02 PM

JasonRe:Almost able to biscuit working
@tacodrake95, "C:\>CYCLES=MAX" tried it?
There are other programs to use. DOSBox is my favourite, VirtualBox is alright but don't plan on using it for sound emulation.
2011-10-012:53 AM

HorvatMRe:Almost able to continue working
I did try dosbox, but unfortunately it causes unwanted results when i am running it at a high enough processing speed to function normally. Then fix your code. Or send it to me and I can try to do it for you (hopefully you'll learn something). Or, if it's really your computer to blame, try Virtual PC instead of DOSBox. On a PowerMac G4 I have, DOSBox runs very slowly (you can see QB draw its UI), but Virtual PC is fast enough to play games.
2011-10-011:59 PM

DickRe:Almost able to continue working
dosbox is made specifically to emulate dos so I'd assume that it is optimized for dos and will run dos better/faster than any other emulator. it's interesting you say virtual pc runs better on the powerpc. why did apple abandon the powerpc anyway?
2011-10-018:13 PM

RetroMRe:Almost able to continue working
I think it was because G5 CPUs couldn't be made for laptops or something like that. I don't like the Intel Macs. PPC Macs were more unique and helped set them apart from PCs. Intel Macs are just expensive PCs in a pretty box :-p
2011-10-024:02 AM

tacodrake95Re:Almost able to continue working
@HorvatM: When i get the cycles too high on dosbox, it completely wigs out and crashes, but if they're too low, it is really slow at drawing the screen.
2011-10-031:05 AM

pharoahRe:Almost able to continue working
I'm surprised nobody's mentioned dosemu. It runs much faster than dosbox, because it allows the actual processor to run the instructions directly (iirc), similar to NTVDM. It does have inferior hardware emulation at times, though.
2011-10-031:11 AM

tacodrake95Re:Almost able to continue working
Well, i just downgraded to XP home, so i should be able to run dos applications
2011-10-031:12 AM

DickRe:Almost able to continue working
Dosemu is only for linux i believe. Dosemu and ntvdm use the virtual 8086 mode for running 16bit dos apps which has them run pretty fast. virtual 8086 mode is not available when in 64bit long mode, and my linux is 64bit so dosemu has to emulate 16 bit code and it becomes slower than dosbox. but dosemu will natively run 32bit code so stuff like freebasic dos apps will run very fast compared to dosbox.
2011-10-032:47 AM

HorvatMRe:Almost able to continue working
How about turning out sound emulation? Will that make a difference? And how about frame skipping?
2011-10-039:39 AM

tacodrake95Re:Almost able to continue working
Well, it turns out that i still can't run dos applications on my computer without an emulator. I am ppositive that this is because of my processor type. I have a dual AMD processor system. Each processor is 2 GHz. This seems to be the only plausible explanation as to why they don't run, because they ran fine on the same operating system with a single AMD processor of equal processing speed.
2011-10-032:50 PM

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