I'd liketo share a couple of things I learned while running the DOS version of TFTD, since I never managed to play the windows one. The mouse scroll (and almost everything else) was lightning speed and never found a solution around it.
Anyway, at first I ran "terror.exe" and decreased CPU cycles by a percentage manually. Cntrl+F11 or F12. I had to bring it down to 5% to be able to play but still, the feeling was slugish and the speed wasn't smooth. After reading quite a few DOSbox threads I found out that if you set the CPU cycles manually things change.. for the best!
I now run TFTD on a 2.6(3.7) duo core with 3g and 9800gtx as smooth as possible.
Open DOSbox.conf and scroll down untill you find "Core" and "Cycles". Then set:
The range of the cycles differs on machines. I started from 15000 till I ended up to 40000. Don't even bother with trying and slowing your machine with ctrlF11+F12. It apparently works differently from setting the cycles manually.
But there is another thing that really made me enjoy the game even more (besides the bloody scroll and geoscape not being hyper speed...).
DOSbox includes several "scaler" options to increase resolution. There are several settings for this, I guess you need to try and find out which one fits your PC best.
Scroll down to the "render" section of DOSbox.conf. Tweak "Scaler until you find what it best". I run with "scaler=advmame3x". The resolution is as good as ET's Xcom1 patch that you get from tweaking the registry, really sweet
Those are really simple stuff and probably most of you already knew this. But there are many new people who use DOSbox and try play fantastic old games everyday, I hope someone finds this thread useful.
Now if anyone knows why ET's patch is giving me a blank screen when I run the game please help!
*Edit*: Typos and typos :E
Edited by kasumimi, 01 April 2009 - 06:37 AM.