SlowMo is a utility which can give you slow motion in another program at the touch of a button. It is especially suited to games and could be just the thing you need to get through the 'impossible' bits.
SlowMo is a pop-up utility (TSR) which is installed under Dos. Once installed, it sits around in the background waiting to be activated when you hit a special combination of keys on the keyboard (the 'hotkey' combination). When you give the correct key combination SlowMo is made 'active' and will respond to the action keys chosen (see Action Keys below). Using the same 'hotkey' combination again will make SlowMo 'inactive'. SlowMo can also be removed from memory altogether.
SlowMo is made ready in Dos (not via Windows) as follows.
eg. cd \SlowMo
Then load SlowMo by typing its name
A screen showing the default key assignments and allowing you to change the options will be displayed. Details of using this sceen are given in the section Options Screen below.
SlowMo can also be asked to load settings which have been saved to disk. If there is a file called 'SlowMo.cfg' in the directory you are currently in, SlowMo will take its initial settings from that file. If you wish to take settings from a file with a different name type the name of the file after SlowMo
eg. SlowMo zool.key
SlowMo may be removed so that it is no longer sitting in background waiting to be activated.
SlowMo is removed in Dos as follows.
If the directory where the SlowMo distribution files were installed is not in the path change directory to the directory where SlowMo is installed
Type SlowMo /r
Once SlowMo has been made ready it can be activated over another program at any time by using a special key combination as follows.
Hold down the left Shift key and at the same time hit the Caret (^) key (or 6 on the alpha keypad). Two rising bleeps will be heard to indicate that SlowMo is now 'active'. If no bleep is heard SlowMo is unable to activate. The reason for this will be one of the following.
Some games programs take control of the timer interrupt which SlowMo needs to be able to pop-up.
The recommended procedure for using SlowMo is to activate it from DOS immediately prior to running the game or other software which requires SlowMo (see Recommended Procedure below). If you wish to use a Caret (^) character while you have SlowMo waiting in the background you can still use the right shift key and caret.
If you have made SlowMo active and then decide you wish to deactivate it use the same hotkey combination i.e. Hold down the left Shift key and at the same time hit the Caret (^) key (or 6 on the alpha keypad). Two falling beeps will be heard to indicate that SlowMo has been deactivated.
One reason for deactivating SlowMo is when you have just returned to DOS from a game. While SlowMo is active it is occasionally possible for keystrokes not to be registered by DOS.
When SlowMo is first installed an options screen is displayed which allows you to configure SlowMo's operation to your requirements. Each feature is shown on a separate line and has a number of items which may be configured. Each feature is automatically assigned a default key and other items are assigned a default value. The following features can be configured:
Right Arrow Select the next configurable item for this feature Left Arrow Select the previous configurable item for this feature Up Arrow Select the previous feature Down Arrow Select the next feature Space Change the value of this item The procedure for assigning a custom key is: Highlight appropriate Custom Key field Hit space Hit key required + Increase slow motion speed - Decrease slow motion speed Shift + or - Change slow motion speed quickly The procedure for changing the slow motion speed is: Highlight the Speed field Hit space Hit + and - as necessary Hit space F10 Save current settings to file. By default SlowMo will save the current settings to a file called 'SlowMo.cfg' in the current directory. If you loaded SlowMo specifying a settings file then saving the current settings will overwrite that file. Enter Finish changing options and install SlowMo Escape Quit without installing SlowMo
Once activated the various features can be used by hitting the assigned Action Keys as described above. The default settings for these are as follows:
Right Shift Slow Motion Control Pause Alt Freeze Faster Numeric Keypad + Slower Numeric Keypad - Reset Speed Backspace Sound Tab Report F4
The following is the recommeded procedure for using SlowMo.
If you need to change the SlowMo keys for a particular game you might find it easier if you store the game in its own subdirectory. Save the settings for SlowMo by hitting F10 while on the menu. From now on, if you install SlowMo from the game's subdirectory the appropriate key settings will be loaded automatically.
Some games require a large amount of base memory to run and will not run once SlowMo has been installed. If this happens it may be possible to make additional base memory available by using a special boot configuration. To do this you would need to make special version of your config.sys and autoexec.bat files. Things you can do include loading DOS into upper memory (high) and removing drivers such as disk cacheing and ram disk. Your operating system manual should give details of how to boot the system leaving maximum base memory available to your programs.
You can also load SlowMo into high memory to leave extra base memory.
There is a conflict between SlowMo and the Trident 8900 display card using a 16-colour driver under Windows. This causes the screen to be largely shown in black & white. There is no conflict under DOS or with a 256-colour driver.