Thought I'd post these up while I'm still trying to fix my machine.
In games like Puerto Rico, you need a specific number of tokens that varies depending on the number of players. This means that you start the game by counting out 75 colonists and umpteen victory points which makes setup slow and boring. The solution is to keep a pool of tokens and have another way to record how many have been taken. Simply set these dials to the required amount, subtract the number of tokens taken each round and when they get to zero it's "game over man".