Windows 2000 - Improving Compatibility/Performance guide

Lower Graphics card Hardware Acceleration Level

By default in Windows 2000 your graphics card is set to Full Hardware acceleration level. While this isnít a bad thing at all, this can mean your graphics card is performing tasks which could be better used for improving graphical performance, e.g. mouse acceleration is not entirely necessary. Take the following steps to Lower the Graphics card Hardware acceleration level.

  1. Right click on the desktop, select Properties. Now select the Settings tab, then the Advanced button.

  2. Now select the Troubleshooting button.

  1. Move the slider bar 1 notch to the Left of Full. This will Disable cursor & bitmap accelerations, which should improve performance in all games, although may make mouse movement a little less sensitive. However, this will not disable any Rendering features of your graphics cards.

Should you find this causes severe problems with mouse movement in Applications/Games try resetting this to Full.

Lower DirectX Debugging levels

For optimal performance with Application/Games that utilize DirectX API's (Not necessarily Direct3D) you should ensure that Debugging levels are all at a minimum level. Debugging can aid in detecting, locating & correcting errors in an application. This data however is of little use to most users so you should minimize it as a result for best performance. To check this you can use the DirectX Control Panel utility. Download this file & Extract the directx.cpl file to your %SystemRoot%\system32 directory, e.g. E:\WINNT\system32.

Now click on Start, Settings, Control Panel then select the DirectX applet.

Where possible (Some tabs will be greyed out) you should set the Debug Output Level slider to the far Left, which will minimize the Debug level.


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