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Wow. I finally found a way to make Snowie run using less resources
so that my entire machine isn't clogged. Ok, I used a manual way of
doing this before but this is way better. Works on 2000/XP (at least).
If you want to analyze matches so that Snowie doesn't use up all CPU
slowing your machine to a grinding halt do the following.
1) Right click on the Snowie icon
2) Choose Properties
3) In the first field it will say something like this:
Copy this somewhere in case you mess up and want to go back to the
4) Change the string to:
CMD.EXE /C "start /low
If you like the effect you can always say hi to me here...
[Some tech info most people should not need]
If you look at properties again it will say something like:
C:\WINNT\system32\CMD.EXE /C "start /low C:\Progra~1\SnowieGroup
CMD.EXE fills itself to the correct path automatically. The reason we
use "progra~1" instead of "program files" is that quotes fail to work
and only open up the snowie directory in a command window.
Obviously this works for any program. Use "start /c for more options".
[end of tech]
Gregg Cattanach writes:
This is a very good tip that I've used for a long time. Snowie doesn't
'play fair' with the CPU at normal priority and often just grabs too many
cycles to let anything else work worth a dang. I've done the same but
use /belownormal instead of /low, but it probably gives similar results.
Unfortunately, it doesn't work with GnuBG, because something happens right
when it starts, it begins with belownormal priority, but then it seems to
spawn a new gnubg.exe process with Normal priority. I have to use the
task manager to ratchet it down back to belownormal.
My exact Snowie 'target' string looks like this:
C:\WINDOWS\system32\CMD.EXE /C Start "Snowie" /BELOWNORMAL /d"C:\Program
(the /d is the starting directory definition. Program Files works OK if
you use the quotes as listed. Change WINDOWS to WINNT if running
Windows2000 instead of WindowsXP.)
- Announcement (Olivier Egger, Apr 1998)
- Checker-play-according-to-score bug (Peter Schneider+, June 2001)
- Error rates (Gregg Cattanach, Oct 2000)
- Hints and questions (Achim Müller+, Aug 1998)
- Luck calculation (Gregg Cattanach+, Dec 1999)
- Questions and answers (David Montgomery, Dec 1998)
- Running in low priority (lmfback+, Oct 2004)
- Snowie 4.0 (SnowieGroup Info, Oct 2002)
- Snowie 4.3 update (Gregg Cattanach, July 2005)
- Snowie cube evaluation (Kit Woolsey, Sept 2007)
- Snowie vs GNU (Stanley E. Richards+, Oct 2005)
- Snowie vs. Jellyfish (Mark Driver, Apr 2001)
- Snowie vs. Jellyfish (Daniel Murphy, Oct 2000)
- Snowie vs. Jellyfish (Gregg Cattanach+, Sept 2000)
- Snowie vs. Jellyfish (Wayne Crookes, Jan 1999)
- Snowie vs. Jellyfish (Kenneth M. Arnold+, May 1998)
- Terminology (Alexander Nitschke, Sept 1998)
- Using rollouts (Michael J. Zehr+, Oct 1998)