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Old 04-27-2005, 02:18 AM   #1
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Dual Booting Questions

Can dual booting cause lag? I am playing older games in Windows on a fast machine and there is bad lag when my neighbor is playing me on a slower machine no lag at all. Can this be from dual booting?

Also...can dual booting kill battery life? In Windows I used to get 3.5-4.5 hours of battery life, now down to 1:20.

Old 04-27-2005, 02:30 AM   #2
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No, I don't think setting up a duel boot system would effect your game play in windows or your battery life. The computer really has no idea the other OS exists accept for the file systems if they are mounted.

I have heard that resizing (shrinking) your windows partition to make room for linux may cause windows to bawk a little but I have not seen any performance changes on my systems.

Or maybe if you did not leave enough free space on the windows partition for windows temp files it may slow it down, unlikely though now-days hard drives are large enough not to worry about a 100megs.

That's all I can possibly think of...

Old 04-27-2005, 05:26 AM   #3
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Agreed - when you are dual booting, whichever OS is loaded will have no awareness that another OS exists elsewhere on the disk. I suppose that if you had a really unusual partitioning scheme where (for example) your system files were installed on the inner-most cylinders of the disk, but your data files were installed on the outer-most cylinders (and thus causing excessive head movement) you could have a performance issue, but otherwise No. The only other factors that might cause a lag that I can come up with are that your system may be running a variety of other tasks in the background that chew up system resources, or that the lag time you're apparently seeing is actually due to your friend having a faster/better Internet connection. Lastly, if this is all in Windows, if may be that your system has some serious fragmentation issues. Just a guess. -- J.W.


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