need help with a timer

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    need help with a timer

    for a game im making, i need to impliment a timer so that it continously updates on screen, and terminates the program after its done. i am totally baffaled on how to start this.
    PLEASE HELP

    any FAQs or anything.

    also, i need the user to be able to use the computer while the timer is moving, obviously

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    can you use windows.h in a console program?

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    Originally posted by revelation437
    can you use windows.h in a console program?
    Yes.

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    ah, it does
    question 2 is
    1000 * 60
    exactly what do those numbers mean?

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    milliseconds * seconds

    1000 = milliseconds

    60 = seconds

    the GetTickCount() function returns miliseconds, so we multiply them by (regular) seconds.

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    one more question
    since this is a loop, it wont actually check the timer until it ends the loop
    the problem with tha is taht, if someone waits in game for input, the timer will never be checked, thus giving him unlimited time

    any way around this?

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    how about

    [code]
    #include <windows.h>
    int main()
    {
    .....code.....
    }
    int thing's to do...code...
    goto repeat;
    {
    .....code.....
    }
    int repeat
    {
    Sleep (60);
    return thing's to do
    }

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    sorry, i really have no idea what you're tryin to say

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    Originally posted by revelation437
    one more question
    since this is a loop, it wont actually check the timer until it ends the loop
    the problem with tha is taht, if someone waits in game for input, the timer will never be checked, thus giving him unlimited time

    any way around this?
    You'd have to write your own input function. This can be done using kbhit() and getch(), though you'll need conio.h which isn't a standard header.
    Code:
    DWORD StartTime = GetTickCount()
    DWORD TimeFrame = 1000 * 60;
    
    while((GetTickCount() - StartTime) < TimeFrame)
    {
       if(kbhit())
       {
          Key = getch();
          AddCharacterToInputBuffer(Key);
       }
    }
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    anything like that in microsoft
    borland's getch() doesnt work at all in windows 2k (i have 5.01 and cant get the upgrade)

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