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#1 Wolfnave

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Posted 16 August 2006 - 02:42 PM

I have been using DOSBox .65 to run X-Com, but my Mac Powerbook (1.0Ghz, 768 Ram, OS 10.3.9) handles it sluggishly at times. I max out at 4500 CPU cycles and use a frameskip of 3.

On the Geoscape, any zooming is painfully slow, and when I intercept airborne UFO's I have to wait a good 10 seconds before the intercept box is brought up. The Battlescape works well enough, until lots of smoke appears OR (and this is odd) I reach the 2nd or 3rd floor of a UFO. On the same map, I can have tons of soldiers on the base floor with few slowdown problems, but as soon as I click up to the third level everything grinds to a halt. Takes forever to finish missions.

So, I downloaded the Q emulator and attempted to install FreeDOS. I have to admit that my DOS skillz are sorely lacking these days (took me forever to figure out it was TYPE and not EDIT that allowed me to look at a doc), but I finally got it booted up in safemode. And now, for the life of me, I cannot figure out how to get X-Com installed on it. Even if I do get it installed I'm not sure it will run any smoother than DOSBox.

Anyone else out there had any luck with this? Thanks.



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