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Ubuntu: Video skipping and Display Performance

Posted on | January 10, 2010 | No Comments

At Home, my primary computer is a somewhat underpowered Dell Inspiron 530, running Ubuntu 9.10. Along with the low power processor and INTEL onboard video, rendering is often a bottleneck. Because of that, I’m always looking to improve my Display performance.

While searching through Lifehacker one day, I found a great article about setting the Compiz refresh rate, because it seems to have trouble detecting the correct rates on it’s own. This was pretty easy, only involving installing the COMPIZ configuration manager (apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager or with the apt-url here), researching the refresh rate of my monitor ( A samsung 21″ basic black that refreshs at 75 Hz), and then updating the property in my Settings manager (Compiz->Settings->General->General Options->Display Settings [tab]).

And that’s it, you’re done!

[1] Lifehacker: Make Compiz Run more Smoothly


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