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delay when applying wallpaper

muzikool

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#1
When I apply a new wallpaper on my desktop, it always takes a good 15-20 seconds for the wallpaper to appear and for the Display Properties window to go away. This has always been the case, and I just now thought I'd ask about it. Anyone know why there is such a delay?
 

SPeedY_B

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#2
Strange.
What are your sys specs.. and what screen resolution are you running at?

also I'm guessing that its a jpeg or gif image that you are trying to put on the desktop, does the same delay occur when you use a bitmap image? (there's plenty in C:\Windows\ to try with :) )
 

muzikool

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#3
I've got an 800MHZ PIII with 384MB of RAM, running at a resolution of 1024x786. I am using jpeg images, mostly from sites such as DeviantArt and Digital Blasphemy. Strangely enough, when I apply bitmap images, they show up immediately with no delays. I suppose I could convert my wallpapers to bitmaps, but that would take up much more space.
 
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rettahc

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#4
I think the delay is normal if you set a JPG as your wallpaper.
If you wanna have some real fun set an animated gif as your wallpaper and tile it.:p
 
#5
Originally posted by rettahc
I think the delay is normal if you set a JPG as your wallpaper.
If you wanna have some real fun set an animated gif as your wallpaper and tile it.:p
last time i take advice from you! lol. :blink:
 

muzikool

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#7
Originally posted by rettahc
I think the delay is normal if you set a JPG as your wallpaper.
If you wanna have some real fun set an animated gif as your wallpaper and tile it.:p
Alright, I hope that's something they work on in Longhorn then! Like I said, I've been living with it for quite a while, I was just curious and looking for some info in case there was something I could do.
 

yoyo

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#10
If you use a jpg image, XP converts it to a bitmap first. This may explain the lag in applying the wallpaper. The converted bmp image is stored in
C:\Documents and Settings\username\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Wallpaper1.bmp
 

muzikool

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#11
Originally posted by yoyo
If you use a jpg image, XP converts it to a bitmap first. This may explain the lag in applying the wallpaper. The converted bmp image is stored in
C:\Documents and Settings\username\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Wallpaper1.bmp
Good point, I knew that the current wallpaper was stored there, I just never put two and two together to realize that the image had to be converted. I suppose if I get myself a fat hard drive someday then I'll just convert my wallpapers to bitmap, because the delay sucks.
 

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