On Wed, Mar 01, 2000 at 11:55:38PM +0000, Niall mentioned:
> Backing store doesn't necessarily have anything to do with videoram.
> Having backing store available does mean what's said here i.e. that an
> obscured window doesn't have to be redrawn by its application when it's no
> longer obscured.
Hmm. /me wants an XFree86 developer to give a talk at an ILUG meeting.
> > Uses video ram like there is no tomorrow, but you gotta use it for
> > something, no ;)
> Well, presuming that the driver uses video ram for backing store. I've
> never attempted to turn it on, and on this box running SuSE 6.3 with Xfree
> 3.3.5 it's turned on. I've just checked my cruddy old Toshiba T4900
> notebook which has a 640x480 screen and all of 1M of video ram running
> Mandrake 5.3 with XFree 3.3.3 - it too has backing store. I just had a
> quick look at the man page for XF86_SVGA and +bs is not a mentioned
> option. I'm just wondering - didn't you mention, Kate, that you're using
> XFree 3.9.xx - perhaps +bs is a new switch which means to use videoram for
> backing store ? Can anyone shed some more light on this ?
Just checked. If you do X --help, there is a -bs option on 3.3.5 - to
disable it. Must mean that it's enabled by default on 3.3.x. Wierd. Must
mean the ram saving & speedup is just from the new version of X. Cool.
Wonder is the fact that it's disabled by default mean that it's buggy or
"not good" for some reason.
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