I don't know if this is always the case but the first time I launched this game, it defaulted the game resolution to 4k. I have a 1080 monitor. The framerate was absolutely terrible. I wonder if that's what's happening in your case and your monitor just can't support that.
Have you tried to launch our trainer with admin rights directly and not through the TM?
Do you have created the suggested scan exclusions in your security software? Does your Windows installation meet the trainer's requirements regarding .NET Framework and VC++ 2015 libraries? -> Please read the instructions about these.
When making a Automaton there are three buttons on the UI, +, -, and a Infinite symbol which I believe uses all the cores you have. Be sure to just use the + icon on the UI to select the number you want.
I have the same bug there. When I activate the instant research option, I'm grinding stuff (like coal or wood) instant. Instantly absorbed. 🤔