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    narf1899's Avatar
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    Feb 05, 2007
    iMac 20" C2D 2.4 ghz 2gb iMac 20" C2D 2GB 256MB Graphics Macbook C2D 2GB Powermac G4 Dual 450
    slower fps when another window is on top
    has anybody else noticed that when playing an online game or watchin a video the fps get slower when its not ur current window? like im playin a game, then somebody IM's me, i click onto the IM box and the game's fps drop waayyyy down until i click back onto this a normal thing? it happens on my imac too btw, which has a 256mb graphics card...
    iMac Aluminum 20" 2.4 ghz 2gb RAM 300gb HD
    iMac 20" Core2duo 2gb 250gb
    Macbook White Core2duo 2gb 80gb
    Powermac G4 dual 450

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    cazabam's Avatar
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    Jun 06, 2006
    MacBook 2.0GHz White, 512MB RAM, 60GB HDD
    Many programs detect when they are not the primary focus and reduce their speed accordingly. This is to allow the foreground process (the thing that you're ostensibly most interested in) to have as many system resources as possible. There is a very interesting article about how Safari manages such things here

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