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resource tracking utilities

by vgbstudent / May 7, 2004 5:45 AM PDT

I am experiencing sub-par video performance, and I would like to figure out what is causing this. I don't have a lot of money to spend in doing random upgrades, so I would like a utility that would give me usage statistics on my processor, RAM, and video card so I know what to upgrade. If anybody knows of such a product or group of products, please let me know. Mucho appreciado.

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Re:resource tracking utilities. Don't neglect your best resource.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 7, 2004 6:02 AM PDT

This forum is full of people who can help you figure it out.

Tell about your machine.

Bob

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Re:Re:resource tracking utilities.

I've got a P4 1.8 GhZ. I've got an nVidia GeForce 3 with 64 MB of RAM. I've got 384 MB of system RAM. I'm not sure of the speed of my system RAM, but I know it's RDRAM. My OS is WinXP Home. Is there anything else you need to know?

BTW: This is kind of embarassing, but the program that's giving me the most headaches as far as giving poor video performance is the visualizations for Winamp 5.0. On fullscreen I can't get more than 3 FPS.

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Very similar here.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 8, 2004 9:33 PM PDT

But 2.0 GHz P4, 512MB DDR, GeForce 3 Ti 200 64 MB (driver is 40.41) on XP Pro with SP1, all the patches...

I'm sort of embarrassed too since its working so well that I haven't been shopping for faster CPU or video card.

I'd look at the video card driver and version of WinAmp.

Another noteworthy item is the color count setting. It's counterintuitive the 64,000 colors may be the slowest video setting. Try the highest color count.

Bob

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Re:Very similar here.
by vgbstudent / May 9, 2004 12:58 PM PDT
In reply to: Very similar here.

How do I adjust the color count setting?

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Just a link.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 9, 2004 10:29 PM PDT
In reply to: Re:Very similar here.
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