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Old 07-17-2004, 01:35 AM   #1
Bluejester
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Default MAME on laptops

So I got my first laptop. I put MAME on it and found something odd. Whenevr I hit shoot/attack button a white circle flashes in the middle of the screen. It also has some slowdown. I'm guessing some program (don't know which one) is causing the slowdown, but any help on either problem would be appreciated. Thanks!

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Old 07-17-2004, 02:38 AM   #2
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Default Re: MAME on laptops

> So I got my first laptop. I put MAME on it and found
> something odd. Whenevr I hit shoot/attack button a white
> circle flashes in the middle of the screen.

You can turn off that option in the mouse settings for your OS - under the pointer options tab there should be an option - "Show location of pointer when I press the CTRL key" - uncheck it.

> It also has
> some slowdown. I'm guessing some program (don't know which
> one) is causing the slowdown, but any help on either problem
> would be appreciated.

If it's a modern laptop, the reason is probably the CPU being throttled back automatically due to heat - MAME is notorious for 100% CPU utilization regardless of the game - try fiddling with the nosleep option (if you're using the command-line version of MAME) or the "Use Less CPU Time When Possible" option (if you're using MAME32).

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Old 07-17-2004, 08:17 AM   #3
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The mouse thing worked, but all my emulators are running slowly. And it is a modern laptop. Shouldn't things get easier with modern technology?<img src=smilies/banghead.gif>

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