desktop backgrounds

Discussion in 'General Computer Chat' started by pcdude, Jun 18, 2006.

  1. pcdude

    pcdude New Member

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    I was told that puttin pictures of your choice up as your backgound will really slow up your pc. Is it true?
     
  2. apj101

    apj101 VIP Member

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    it can slow down the refresh rate when minimising windows, noticable on older machines. Not so much these days
     
  3. computerhakk

    computerhakk VIP Member

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    It can and it can't.

    All other hardwares like your video card. The resolution of the picture and screen size. The size of the picture, etc.. also comes in to play also.

    Just try it. It's not permanent and you can change it if it indeed slows down your pc.
     
  4. norcodh

    norcodh New Member

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    if your computer is bad enough to notice a decrease in proformance when you have a nice pic as your desktop..... I think its tiem to look into a new one not going to lie
     
  5. Ku-sama

    Ku-sama banned

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    ditto
     
  6. Raditz

    Raditz New Member

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    lol. Really I never noticed that. It works fine on my computer when I put X men III on my background.
     
  7. dragon2309

    dragon2309 P.I Dragon

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    it only affects older PC's where hardware is stretched when simply minimizing windows etc... the extra processing power needed to then render the desktop background aswell is too much and it lags behind a bit..... but this is obviously on very old machines, VERY OLD..... anything made within the last 5-10 years will have no problems

    dragon
     
  8. 4W4K3

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    Depends on the image and hardware as stated above. If you have a 3-4MB high quality/resolution image and you're running on an integrated 4MB Matrox gfx card then yes, you will notice it lags your PC quite alot.

    most semi-new video cards however can handle a decent sized background (even some animated ones) without stuttering.
     
  9. norcodh

    norcodh New Member

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    do you think my 256mg ati x850xt will have a problem with the lagging???!!!
     
  10. SFR

    SFR Truth fears no questions

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    It is interesting to note that when I remote desktop to many customers' servers at I actually notice a difference in the refresh rate when I enable the desktop background.... It is even worse with PCAnywhere...
     
  11. fruscai

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    just my luck then, my computer was made six years ago, : ( i have an older version dell dimension 4100, i desperately need to get some cash to buy an AM2 build ive been planning as im only in the states for three weeks in july!
     

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