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Old 11-02-2006, 04:03 PM   #1
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Question does display depth affect performance?


i have really low spec notebook, so i'm trying to squeeze every bit of performance out of it. so i was wondering does it make any difference if i set my desktop to 24 bit color or 16 bit color?

thanks for any info...
Old 11-02-2006, 04:23 PM   #2
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Yes the video performance is affected, as an experiment try running glxgears in both color modes. The lower color depth should be faster.
Old 11-02-2006, 04:26 PM   #3
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maybe a little. Depends on your video card and how it uses resources. Do you have any idea what is has? There are a lot of things I would turn off before worrying about my res depth.
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well it has an ati radeon 7000 igp mobility card with which i didn't experience much performance neither under win or linux.

so it was just an idea, if it would squeeze maybe a little bit of smoothness to my diablo 2 under wine if i change my screen color depth:-D

but if there are other things non relevant to ati-linux combination which i could turn off and gain some performarnce i'd like to hear them...

so far i usually shut down bitorrent, kmail, apache, mysql and boinc before i play. would you suggest anything else?

thanks for your time.
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I'm not sure what WM/Desktop you're using, but if you're running KDE or something, I would suggest use TWM when you're playing games!
Old 11-03-2006, 12:31 AM   #6
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You don't actually need a WM to run a specific app.
startx -- /usr/bin/wine "C:\Program Files\Diablo 2\Diablo 2.exe"
Should work, I'm guessing here but it's gotta be something close to that.

And in regards to graphic performance, yes colour depth makes a noticable difference.


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