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gdi / 2d acceleration
by wd850 on Mon 25th Oct 2010 15:58 UTC
wd850
Member since:
2009-05-20

I would prefer if they reintroduced 2d gdi acceleration using the windows classic theme rather than faster startup, I only restart once a fortnight.

XP had it, why cant Win 7/8???

The classic theme on Windows 7 performs like a dog on my PC, and I have a GTX260. God only knows what its like if you have integrated Intel gfx.

Edited 2010-10-25 16:03 UTC

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RE: gdi / 2d acceleration
by kaiwai on Mon 25th Oct 2010 18:38 in reply to "gdi / 2d acceleration"
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

Windows 7 already has hardware accelerated GDI, it is up to the driver vendor to provide a WWDM 1.1 compliant driver which supports GDI acceleration. Why do you want to use classic theme? the classic theme disables all forms of hardware acceleration so there is no benefit to using it over using aero.

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Flatland_Spider Member since:
2006-09-01

Classic is cleaner and thinner then Aero, and themes takes up a chunk of memory which could be better used. After a while, Aero is just too clownish. It looked good initially, but it's gotten annoying.

I'd like to get a hardware accelerated classic theme, and I was surprised when I found out that wasn't the case. Well, half surprised. The duality of MS makes itself know quite regularly.

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RE[2]: gdi / 2d acceleration
by MamiyaOtaru on Tue 26th Oct 2010 12:20 in reply to "RE: gdi / 2d acceleration"
MamiyaOtaru Member since:
2005-11-11

the classic theme disables all forms of hardware acceleration so there is no benefit to using it over using aero.

Other than it looks better. Personal preference obviously, but I am talking about why I use it. I prefer how it looks, so I use it, so it would be nice if it was accelerated, though I haven't noticed the sluggishness wd850 has. Works fine for me.

I know I'm in the minority. I can wish without expecting it to actually have a chance of happening ;)

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RE: gdi / 2d acceleration
by wd850 on Tue 26th Oct 2010 02:24 in reply to "gdi / 2d acceleration"
wd850 Member since:
2009-05-20

IMO Aero is worse that the XP fisher price look for real work.

I work on my PC and don't expect it to look like a toy, additionally Aero gives me eye strain (so does Cleartype), hence I turn them both off an go back to my classic desktop.

As for GDI is already accelerated if you have a WDDM 1.1 driver, it only accelerates a few functions out of about 100+ that were accelerated in XP.

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modmans2ndcoming Member since:
2005-11-09

stop using a CRT and you will be fine.

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RE: gdi / 2d acceleration
by malxau on Tue 26th Oct 2010 06:22 in reply to "gdi / 2d acceleration"
malxau Member since:
2005-12-04

I have a GTX260...God only knows what its like if you have integrated Intel gfx.


About the same, since it's not hardware accelerated.

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RE: gdi / 2d acceleration
by modmans2ndcoming on Tue 26th Oct 2010 21:16 in reply to "gdi / 2d acceleration"
modmans2ndcoming Member since:
2005-11-09

you are either doing something wrong or are a liar.

The UI acceleration works great on my wife's little netbook with an atom CPU and intel integrated graphics.... much better UI experience than XP.

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RE[2]: gdi / 2d acceleration
by abraxas on Wed 27th Oct 2010 23:39 in reply to "RE: gdi / 2d acceleration"
abraxas Member since:
2005-07-07

you are either doing something wrong or are a liar.

The UI acceleration works great on my wife's little netbook with an atom CPU and intel integrated graphics.... much better UI experience than XP.


You're wrong. Hardware acceleration is disabled with the classic theme.

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