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By br6205 ยท 37 replies
Mar 15, 2008
  1. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    No, didn't go to the darkside. But I'm using a really low cost computer here at work and for some crazy reason the graphics in Opera are all screwed up. Scrolling produces artifacts on the page, jumping produces big corruption, and it stays on the page, as if it was rendered that way, really weird. Anyway I don't have graphics corruption in any other program except Opera, and I tried 9.24, 9.26, 9.5b2 all have the same problem, so I had to use FF :( I still use Opera on my Vista box, Ubuntu/XP machine, my G4 450 Mac, Powerbook, Mac Mini, and my other XP machine. So I'm still a big Opera user :)

    Edit: I actually do have the problem in Sketchup, but only if I'm using groundcover textures or water, if I stick with solid colors its ok.

    I've tried updating the graphics drivers, but this is that crap S3, and I can't even find drivers outside of the MSI website. Its an MSI P4M900 board with onboard video. :(
  2. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,334   +36

    Oh my! We have really gotten to the silly point in this discussion!

    "What i was trying to say was that they are not entirely different, the are programs built for the same purpose. "

    I'm waiting for someone to say they are the same because they are both in Windows!

    Just kidding of course!
  3. That's pretty strange i must say. I know at school Opera runs like absolute hell. But FF and IE run fine, nothing compared to what happens to you though. Just performance issues, can barely have more than 1 tab at a time and takes about a minute to open.
  4. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    That may be if you guys have a domain login and have your own drive letter to store stuff. On a campus computer here if I have admin privs and install Opera my roaming profile information is all on the "S" drive. Opera likes to put its temp files in your roaming profile, you have to change that by going to about:config and setting everything you can find to a local directory. Once that is done, Opera runs like it should.
  5. Eddie_42

    Eddie_42 TS Rookie Posts: 173

  6. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    Just as a follow up for jtickner1. I had a 3 hour fight with Opensuse and the onboard video card. After I failed to get that working I tried with a Radeon 7000 (mobo has no pcie or agp and it was the only pci card I had around) which also failed. I figured I'd leave the 7000 in, at least maybe it would fix those corruption problems in Opera and Sketchup.

    Turns out the 7000 refused to drive the monitor above 60hz (and since I'm on a crt that is a big problem). So I removed all of that again, and am back on the Via Chrome9 onboard card and drivers. Oddly enough, my display corruption in Opera is fixed. Hooray, no more firefox! (haven't tried sketchup yet though).
  7. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,334   +36

    "Hooray, no more firefox!" Meaning?
  8. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    SNGX1275 prefers Opera
  9. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    I was just happy I didn't need to use FF for browsing anymore. I was finally gave in and used it after tolerating the screen corruption (it really wasn't even screen corruption, I wish I would have saved a screenshot) in Opera. In the past I've had many disputes with FF, but I'll admit this last time I used it it was almost good enough. There are some FF vs Opera threads around here that I've expressed some of my concern with FF in, so we should probably go there if we wanted to discuss this.

    I really only continued to take this thread off course because it was pretty clear early on on what the Original Poster should give a try, and jtickner1 and I's conversation wasn't enough to warrant me moving it to its own thread.
  10. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    Oh but if it was meee... :)

    (You can safely delete my post !)
  11. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,334   +36

    I guess some of our experiences are different. I've been using Firefox since it's release to the public three years ago. I've customized it to what I like, want and need. I had one major problem in the three years, otherwise it's been smooth sailing.

    But I am always glad to hear of users trying different browsers. It;s always a good thing when we have choices!
  12. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    Absolutely. Its not that I'm anti FF, as evidenced I used it over IE, its just that I really enjoy the expierence Opera gives me, something that I can only imitate in FF with extensions, which never replicate the feel completely. I have many friends that are well immersed in technology, and very few of them use Opera over FF. So FF is doing something right, just apparently not right enough for me.
  13. Just a reply to all your posts above SNGX. I'll have to give that a try at school and see if that works, thanks. And good to hear about Opera and all that are working again. Odd problems I've never seen with Opera before, or any program really.
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