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Speed up iTunes 4 visuals on older Macs Apps
On my old iBook (G3/ 10.1.5/ 500MHz), I found that the visual effects very slow after upgrading to iTunes 4. Unselecting the option "Use OpenGL" brought back the speeds I was accustomed to.

[robg adds: I've heard this before, but I'm not sure why it would work like this...]
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Speed up iTines 4 visuals on older Macs
Authored by: fortrandragon on Oct 14, '03 11:17:06AM

I'm wondering if the amount of the video RAM on that older iBook is the problem. This would be similar to not being able to use Quartz Extreme on anything less than 16 meg of *video* RAM.



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Speed up iTines 4 visuals on older Macs
Authored by: dcclark on Oct 14, '03 12:15:25PM

I've looked through the preferences and menus and I can't find this option -- where is it?



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Speed up iTines 4 visuals on older Macs
Authored by: Garin on Oct 14, '03 12:32:16PM

Go to

Visualizer->Turn Visualizer On

Then you'll have a button on the top right called "Options". Click that.



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Speed up iTunes 4 visuals on older Macs
Authored by: rogerwilco on Oct 14, '03 01:20:03PM

That's fine for iTunes's own visualizer. Too bad it's not available for G-Force though. I wonder if there's a way...



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Speed up iTines 4 visuals on older Macs
Authored by: danielmaui on Oct 14, '03 01:21:56PM

You have to be in any other mode but "full screen" to be able to see the Options button.



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Speed up iTines 4 visuals on older Macs
Authored by: gdsimms on Oct 14, '03 01:49:26PM
"iTines?" Maybe it's slow because of all the forks.

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heh ... and sorry!
Authored by: robg on Oct 14, '03 02:11:18PM

Early morning and I find myself easily distracted such that I make typos due to lost ... was I saying something? :)

Typo fixed now...

-rob.



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Speed up iTunes 4 visuals on older Macs
Authored by: davidcrickett on Oct 14, '03 03:05:08PM

Ah thanks! Finally I can use Visualizer again on my iMac 233! :-)

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davidcrickett



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Speed up iTunes 4 visuals on older Macs
Authored by: twalther on Oct 16, '03 03:35:47AM

Even more interestingly, this option has different effects depending on use in Fullscreen/Window mode. My machine is a Dual-2.0 G5 with Radeon9800 and a 20 inch Cinema Display, and here is my experience:

--With OpenGL enabled on the visualizer, the visualizer seems to max-out around 65 fps in either fullscreen or windowed mode (performance is nearly constant full-screen, while may vary in window)

--With OpenGL DISABLED, fullscreen visuals SLOW DOWN--to around 35-40 fps. I suspect this is due to the large screen area.

--With OpenGL DISABLED, and using a moderate-sized (likely fullscreen to many) iTunes window, framerate INCREASES in window mode, to 85-90 fps.

Why is this? I am not sure--but I suspect it has something to do with the fact that the CPU doesn't like driving that many pixels on its own in fullscreen mode.



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Your machine...
Authored by: watson on Oct 17, '03 07:17:59PM

You are one lucky b****rd! :)

Congratulations on your system!

/Henrik



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