DOSBox CPU hog?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by tut21, Jun 29, 2009.

  1. tut21 macrumors newbie

    Jun 29, 2009
    I have a general question about DOSBox.

    I'm a new Mac owner after ten years on the Windows side. When I run an ancient MS-DOS version of the game Empire with DOSBox on a WinXP desktop machine the process barely registers in the Windows Task Manager. When I run the same game with DOSBox on my new 13" MacBook Pro it uses about 30% of the processor and makes the laptop run noticably warm.

    Is the Mac OS X version of DOSBox a CPU hog or is this normal for laptops? I'm also wondering if I'm comparing apples and oranges with a Dell desktop vs. the MacBook Pro.

    I've tried reducing the CPU cycles DOSBox uses but that hasn't had much effect.
  2. LtRammstein macrumors 6502a


    Jun 20, 2006
    Denver, CO

    I recommend checking the developer's forums and figure it out. A lot of times it's because they did not do a proper job on writing good Carbon/Cocoa code.
  3. tut21 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 29, 2009
    Yeah, I plan to repost this on the DOSBox forums once I find the appropriate location and register an account.

    The game I'm playing is a text-mode strategy game with no graphics so that's why I was surprised by the CPU utilization. I figured I was just doing something wrong.

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