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Old December 16th, 2011, 08:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Does anyone know if there is a advantage / disadvantage by enabling this under settings?

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Old December 16th, 2011, 08:35 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Disadvantage is on it will glitch some older programs, for me I've noticed BatteryLife widget and Root explorer. Advantage Im guessing for games and such it should be faster
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Apparently it can make your menus and screen transitions faster too. Try checking out the link below for more details:

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What does it do to battery?
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Has the potential to make things smoother and has the potential to make apps more glitchy.
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What does it do to battery?
it actually improves it considering it takes most of the graphical work from the CPU.
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It forces hardware acceleration, I believe. All you need to do to enable hardware acceleration in apps is to add one line of code to your program, so I guess checking this forces older apps to be hardware accelerated.

I haven't really noticed many differences except...

1. Spotify transitions are MUCH smoother (swiping the album cover to go to the next song)

2. Fruit ninja is screwy and freezes with the option on

Apparently LauncherPro doesn't work well with it, either...
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Wow, you guys just saved me. I was going nuts. the twitter app i was using was awful...i checked this setting and now it is perfect. nice find.
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Force GPU rendering made a handful of my older apps become laggy. I think the lesson here is that the setting is under developer options for a reason.
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I've found that the reason my own app doesn't work with this enabled is that I'm using a function that isn't yet supported by the hardware accelerated rendering engine. It's simply drawing rectangles with rounded corners, but it's not yet supported. This is a debugging option, not an end-user option. Please do not turn it on unless you are a developer debugging an app.
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I tried enabling "Force GPU rendering" but it killed two of my favourite applications:

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This helped out with smoothing scrolling in some apps, but broke others too. One game it broke is Xconstruct.
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Wow, so I just tried out Pandora with this setting turned on and it is lightning fast. I think I will stick with the setting until I find an unstable app. Someone needs to come up with a widget to turn it on and off.
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I just checked it and I"m gonna see how it performs .
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In another thread people were complaining that PDAnet doesn't work... it does but forcing the gpu option does make pdanet (best app ever besides tasker) to not display properly and makes it unusable.

OPTIONS:
1. add a PDAnet widget - works fine
2. Switch off the 2D acceleration then run pda net .... chances are you are using a computer then anyway. When done - switch 2D gpu back on.

Personally, I am using nova launcher and the screen trans. are MUCH smoother with the 2D gpu checked on.
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Hi All,

I had this option enabled because I'd noticed that it smoothed animations in some apps. However I've just discovered that it's not compatible with the PocketCloud RDS client. The mouse pointer stops responding with this option on. Just in case this is helpful to anyone. I had been breaking my head over this one for a while. I couldn't figure out what was going wrong. I haven't noticed any other issues with having the option on.

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hey guys can anyone tell me that force gpu rendering makes games to ren faster or not??
when that option is unchecked does the gpu is still used in games??
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