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Reply 81 of 92, by carlostex

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My 2 cents:

I've been using Jack Ellis's excellent XDVD2 driver. It takes only 144 bytes of upper memory and the rest i let it load on HMA. I recommend you RTFM. For CDROM extensions i use a couple: i use Helix Software licensed MSCDEX extensions with cloaking. It allows me to just spend 2.5kb upper memory for MSCDEX and 1kb for the Cloaking API. The bulk of MSCDEX is loaded into XMS. For Mouse driver i also use a licensed Logitech driver that just takes 1kb of upper memory while the cloaking API takes the rest to XMS. All these 3 drivers take a "whopping" less than 5kb from upper memory.

The i also use SHSUCDHD and SHSUCDX to mount ISO files as a CD drive. That allows me to play a lot of DOS games without original CD's. The latest SHSUCDX seems to have improved. At least games with audio tracks i tried (Loom, Alone in the Dark) worked great. Need for Speed now works with SHSUCDX. Good times.

Reply 83 of 92, by eightbit

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red_avatar wrote on 2021-12-31, 13:13:
I've done a LOT of testing on many different systems over the past two years using a mix of original & replacement drivers and I […]
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I've done a LOT of testing on many different systems over the past two years using a mix of original & replacement drivers and I found the following:

- CTMOUSE is not worth it - way too many games have issues with it:
* games not detecting the mouse
* game speed being wrong or X/Y axis having different speeds
* weird jittery movement in some games
* weird acceleration in some games
* some games straight out go bonkers where the mouse flies to the edge of the screen (Delphine games mostly - Cruise for a Corpse, Stealth Affair, etc.)
* games straight up crashing on start

AGREED. I had recently (well, over the past month or two) built a really nice 486 DX-4 100MHz machine and everything was working fine EXCEPT every once in a while in various games (DOOM, ROTT, Wolf3D) my game controller would go nuts. It was like it would just become uncalibrated randomly. Sometimes in game....sometimes when launching the game. Stuff like down or right would not work or would work very slowly out of nowhere....all sorts of strange things.

I though it was the game controller. Tried others, nope. Thought it was the soundcard game port, so I switched to (enabled) the game port on my controller card and disabled the sound card port. Nope...same.

Then I thought, could cutemouse be causing these issues? The answer is YES. I moved to a different mouse driver and all issues are gone. Damn you CTmouse....not "cute" at all!

I know cutemouse is popular, but I can't recommend it. It caused me a few days of frustration and it is now forever deleted!

Reply 84 of 92, by dr_st

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eightbit wrote on 2022-04-09, 04:39:

I though it was the game controller. Tried others, nope. Thought it was the soundcard game port, so I switched to (enabled) the game port on my controller card and disabled the sound card port. Nope...same.

Then I thought, could cutemouse be causing these issues? The answer is YES. I moved to a different mouse driver and all issues are gone. Damn you CTmouse....not "cute" at all!

I know cutemouse is popular, but I can't recommend it. It caused me a few days of frustration and it is now forever deleted!

This is hilarious. I briefly tried a game controller many years ago, and had issues with it. Don't remember exactly what. Didn't care much, because to me a keyboard is best anyways, but now I have to wonder if/how many of those problems were due to CuteMouse... 😜

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Reply 87 of 92, by maxtherabbit

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I've literally never had a problem with cute mouse been using it for like 10 years almost

Are those of you having troubles with it using serial or ps/2?

Reply 88 of 92, by Gmlb256

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maxtherabbit wrote on 2022-04-09, 14:19:

I've literally never had a problem with cute mouse been using it for like 10 years almost

Are those of you having troubles with it using serial or ps/2?

I stopped using it due to having a problem at least with one game called Shattered Steel where in most cases it stays on a black screen doing nothing at all, plus I didn't like how the mouse sensitivity was handled with that driver.

The black screen problem as on a PS/2 mouse, I don't know if that happens with a serial mouse.

Reply 89 of 92, by eightbit

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maxtherabbit wrote on 2022-04-09, 14:19:

I've literally never had a problem with cute mouse been using it for like 10 years almost

Are those of you having troubles with it using serial or ps/2?

Mine is using serial.

Reply 90 of 92, by DataPro

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carlostex wrote on 2022-01-24, 21:47:

The i also use SHSUCDHD and SHSUCDX to mount ISO files as a CD drive. That allows me to play a lot of DOS games without original CD's. The latest SHSUCDX seems to have improved. At least games with audio tracks i tried (Loom, Alone in the Dark) worked great. Need for Speed now works with SHSUCDX. Good times.

Hello,

What kind of PC Computer do you have ?
I was told that SHSUCDHD and SHSUCDX are slow with ISO files as CD drive. I try to play Loom CD as my computer is too slow with scummVM Win98.

Do you really play audio tracks from ISO with SHSUCDX ? I thought it was not possible. If it is, it's great news for me. I was looking for such a CD less play for a long time.

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Reply 91 of 92, by carlostex

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DataPro wrote on 2022-04-11, 12:13:
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carlostex wrote on 2022-01-24, 21:47:

The i also use SHSUCDHD and SHSUCDX to mount ISO files as a CD drive. That allows me to play a lot of DOS games without original CD's. The latest SHSUCDX seems to have improved. At least games with audio tracks i tried (Loom, Alone in the Dark) worked great. Need for Speed now works with SHSUCDX. Good times.

Hello,

What kind of PC Computer do you have ?
I was told that SHSUCDHD and SHSUCDX are slow with ISO files as CD drive. I try to play Loom CD as my computer is too slow with scummVM Win98.

Do you really play audio tracks from ISO with SHSUCDX ? I thought it was not possible. If it is, it's great news for me. I was looking for such a CD less play for a long time.

My system is a Pentium MMX 233, which is most of the time downclocked to 100.

Never had any slowdown issues whatsoever with these drivers.

CD Audio tracks are not supported. Keep in mind i said i can play a lot of DOS games without the CD, but i didn't say i could play them all.

With regards to audio tracks working well, i was referring to SHSUCDX driver only which in the past had issues with games with CD audio tracks. Mounting ISO's with SHSUCDHD will not play Audio CD tracks for obvious reasons, whether you are using SHSUCDX or MSCDEX.

Reply 92 of 92, by matze79

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Well if you care for CPU Utilisation go for SCSI CD-ROM and Controller with DMA Support ?
There was a Reason, why SCSI was more expensive 😉

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