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2019-03-07 04:21:43 PM  
Well, that explains why I was suddenly getting terrible frame rates in some parts of Dishonored 2 in the last few days.  I know what I'm doing when I get home...
 
2019-03-07 05:02:25 PM  
Do I miss Autoexec.bat and Config.sys?

Yes, nostalgically.

Would I like to return to those days?

Not on your tintype, sonny!
 
2019-03-07 05:03:16 PM  
No, I deleted it for a reason.
 
2019-03-07 05:05:14 PM  
I have no love for any part of a bad knockoff of CP/M. Vacate my forecourt.
 
2019-03-07 05:07:28 PM  
Oh yes those halcyon DOS gaming days when I needed to disable sound or lower graphics settings to 16 colors just so a fussy game would launch.
 
2019-03-07 05:12:25 PM  
Nope subby.  I don't miss freeing up eXtended and Expanded memory for games to run.  And besides, I still get to use autoexec.cfg for some old id Software games that think my videocard with 6 gigs of ram has -1024 megabytes of ram.
 
2019-03-07 05:16:35 PM  
They weren't that difficult once you sorted them out. I had one standard autoexec.bat, one with EMS and less base memory and a third specifically for Frontier:Elite II that disabled the CD-ROM driver in order to provide both an EMS page and enough base memory for the game to run.
 
2019-03-07 05:22:12 PM  
SET IRQ BLASTER
 
2019-03-07 05:23:32 PM  
Meh, I'm more upset that it takes five minutes or more for Win10 to calm down after a restart because it checks for updates to everything on my damn machine.
 
2019-03-07 05:27:39 PM  

Unscratchable_Itch: Meh, I'm more upset that it takes five minutes or more for Win10 to calm down after a restart because it checks for updates to everything on my damn machine.


Five minutes?  How did you get Windows 10 to install on an IDE hard disk?
 
2019-03-07 05:33:28 PM  
Bunch of farksticks.

And no, amazingly I do not miss the DOS days, it was a load of crap to deal with that 40 hours a week AND do it all again to have fun.
 
2019-03-07 05:39:03 PM  
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2019-03-07 06:05:42 PM  

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2019-03-07 06:09:10 PM  

Psychopusher: Well, that explains why I was suddenly getting terrible frame rates in some parts of Dishonored 2 in the last few days.  I know what I'm doing when I get home...


its true
windows really is the most exciting OS
 
2019-03-07 06:24:05 PM  
Between the Win10 update and the latest Nvidia driver update that cut my OpenGl fps speed in half (ok, so one or two "game ready" driver updates back, but this one still does it), I'm getting a kick out of this Windows gaming experience thing.
 
2019-03-07 06:26:11 PM  
(whistles while running Win7 in a Linux box)
:)
 
2019-03-07 06:41:33 PM  

Nicholas D. Wolfwood: Do I miss Autoexec.bat and Config.sys?
Yes, nostalgically.
Would I like to return to those days?
Not on your tintype, sonny!

^^^ That.

And you're missing your EMM386 line too.
 
2019-03-07 06:43:43 PM  
Wow Doom and Fallout 4 all running on max here.  Albeit on half my normal frame rates....
 
2019-03-07 06:49:08 PM  

BullBearMS: [img.fark.net image 425x282]


I must have seen that in 20 threads over the past few years, and it still triggers an explosive burst of hyena-laughing every time...
 
2019-03-07 07:27:36 PM  
About once per every ten times that I try to say autodiscover I say autoexec.
 
2019-03-07 07:37:35 PM  

Nicholas D. Wolfwood: Do I miss Autoexec.bat and Config.sys?

Yes, nostalgically.

Would I like to return to those days?

Not on your tintype, sonny!


But I have EMM386 loaded and put DOS in himem!  Why isn't this farking working?!

Yeah, Windows is a pain in the ass, but I do not miss futzing with the config.  That was even more annoying than trying to fix IRQ conflicts in Win95.
 
2019-03-07 07:55:30 PM  

OkieDookie: Unscratchable_Itch: Meh, I'm more upset that it takes five minutes or more for Win10 to calm down after a restart because it checks for updates to everything on my damn machine.

Five minutes?  How did you get Windows 10 to install on an IDE hard disk?


¯\_(ツ)_/¯
 
2019-03-07 08:06:06 PM  

brainlordmesomorph: (whistles while running Win7 in a Linux box)
:)


(whistles harmony from the serene mountaintop hermitage of a pristine Windows 7 install)
 
2019-03-07 08:36:56 PM  

PleaseHamletDon'tHurtEm: brainlordmesomorph: (whistles while running Win7 in a Linux box)
:)

(whistles harmony from the serene mountaintop hermitage of a pristine Windows 7 install)


Ditto  :)
 
2019-03-07 09:38:09 PM  

PleaseHamletDon'tHurtEm: brainlordmesomorph: (whistles while running Win7 in a Linux box)
:)

(whistles harmony from the serene mountaintop hermitage of a pristine Windows 7 install)


Also whistles, but from a pro version of Windows 10, where all the loser home users have debugged the updates before I get them.
 
2019-03-07 09:50:36 PM  

Psychopusher: Well, that explains why I was suddenly getting terrible frame rates in some parts of Dishonored 2 in the last few days.  I know what I'm doing when I get home...


I haven't played games much since the original Wolfenstein was hot, but I don't understand why people need ultra-high frame rates. Movies are 24 fps, so obviously that's the absolute most you need. Back in the day, before 3D accelerators, we'd put up with even lower and be grateful.
 
2019-03-07 10:06:09 PM  

Psychopusher: Nicholas D. Wolfwood: Do I miss Autoexec.bat and Config.sys?

Yes, nostalgically.

Would I like to return to those days?

Not on your tintype, sonny!

But I have EMM386 loaded and put DOS in himem!  Why isn't this farking working?!

Yeah, Windows is a pain in the ass, but I do not miss futzing with the config.  That was even more annoying than trying to fix IRQ conflicts in Win95.


God. USB and instantly downloading drivers is the greatest thing ever. The old days of having to shift all your shiat around every time you installed a new peripheral was a brutal chore, especially for stuff you didn't leave attached all the time and kludged into "working."
 
2019-03-07 10:11:36 PM  

itcamefromschenectady: Psychopusher: Well, that explains why I was suddenly getting terrible frame rates in some parts of Dishonored 2 in the last few days.  I know what I'm doing when I get home...

I haven't played games much since the original Wolfenstein was hot, but I don't understand why people need ultra-high frame rates. Movies are 24 fps, so obviously that's the absolute most you need. Back in the day, before 3D accelerators, we'd put up with even lower and be grateful.


If you haven't played games since 1981 then you've missed quite a lot. 3D has come to games and it can be disorienting if it isn't smooth.
 
2019-03-07 10:21:22 PM  

Gordon Bennett: itcamefromschenectady: Psychopusher: Well, that explains why I was suddenly getting terrible frame rates in some parts of Dishonored 2 in the last few days.  I know what I'm doing when I get home...

I haven't played games much since the original Wolfenstein was hot, but I don't understand why people need ultra-high frame rates. Movies are 24 fps, so obviously that's the absolute most you need. Back in the day, before 3D accelerators, we'd put up with even lower and be grateful.

If you haven't played games since 1981 then you've missed quite a lot. 3D has come to games and it can be disorienting if it isn't smooth.


I don't see why a 3D game even requires a framerate, TBH:
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2019-03-07 11:12:52 PM  

trialpha: PleaseHamletDon'tHurtEm: brainlordmesomorph: (whistles while running Win7 in a Linux box)
:)

(whistles harmony from the serene mountaintop hermitage of a pristine Windows 7 install)

Also whistles, but from a pro version of Windows 10, where all the loser home users have debugged the updates before I get them.


You can be in the hermitage club too, I guess.
 
2019-03-08 01:05:01 AM  

IrishBlunder: Nicholas D. Wolfwood: Do I miss Autoexec.bat and Config.sys?
Yes, nostalgically.
Would I like to return to those days?
Not on your tintype, sonny!
^^^ That.

And you're missing your EMM386 line too.


Fark THAT, Quarterdeck's was better!

QEMM386 FTW!
 
2019-03-08 03:39:39 AM  
I wonder if it's not just games. My company installed patches a couple days ago and Matlab and web browsers all seemed sluggish.
 
2019-03-08 08:18:09 AM  

KingRamze: Between the Win10 update and the latest Nvidia driver update that cut my OpenGl fps speed in half (ok, so one or two "game ready" driver updates back, but this one still does it), I'm getting a kick out of this Windows gaming experience thing.


I bought my first pre-made rig in 10 years last year, an HP gaming rig. 2 months later HP put out a bios update and bricked it.  I eagerly exclaimed to my wife that at least when my machines crashed I could fix them faster than HP did. I still miss Windows 7 terribly but I love this machine.
 
2019-03-08 09:01:57 AM  

itcamefromschenectady: Psychopusher: Well, that explains why I was suddenly getting terrible frame rates in some parts of Dishonored 2 in the last few days.  I know what I'm doing when I get home...

I haven't played games much since the original Wolfenstein was hot, but I don't understand why people need ultra-high frame rates. Movies are 24 fps, so obviously that's the absolute most you need. Back in the day, before 3D accelerators, we'd put up with even lower and be grateful.


Two reasons:

1) 3D first-person games can cause nausea and disorientation in people who are sensitive to such things if frame rates are not at least relatively smooth (at least 30FPS, preferably 50+ for most people, though some few who are extra-sensitive can't deal with it even with smooth rates).  I can deal with sub-20FPS but I don't like it.  I strongly prefer 30-60FPS at all times.

2) Precision.  Again, with first-person 3D games, smooth frame rates means faster and more precise aiming.  If your ability to aim accurately at a thing is faster than your system can keep up with, you have to mentally compensate for the slower response times.  Even then you end up either under- or over-correcting your movement and aim half the time.  Imagine being at a firing range and having to shoot at rapidly moving targets in a dark room illuminated only by a 5Hz strobe light, for example -- it's not quite the same thing but it's about the closest real-life scenario I can think of.

Sure, we put up with sub-20FPS back in the day, but we did it because we had to, because setups that could deliver smooth rates at max detail were insanely expensive.  We all still wished we had a better setup so we could get a faster frame rate though.  But I put up with playing Descent II at 640x480 in a somewhat reduced viewport and 10-20FPS because I loved the game, dammit!  :)
 
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