Doesn't really matter what type of system specs you have, Glass2K is still going to make your computer run slower. I tried it out on my 1600+ (1.4ghz) Athlon XP awhile back and it went pretty slow. Basically, if you are going to use it, it might be a good idea to apply transparent to a min. number of applications.
The main thing I want to make transparent are the menus that appear from start menu; All Programs, Favourites, etc.
Glass makes the start menu itself nicely transparent, and any other program/window you choose can do the same, but the programs menu is not transparent at all, & thus looks really outta place on my desktop.
Am I missing something, or isn't this very possible ??
You can use WindowFX and Glass2k, i have a Geforce 2 card and experience very minimal slow down for menu transparencies, ofcourse bigger menus make slower speeds, but for the most part my menus are small. Its not glass 2k thats slow, its windows. Glass2k just applys some internal window functions to window handles. 3d cards that support transparencies and such make it faster... like my geforce2, even a vanta tnt2 was better than a normal video card. i can run full screen IE windows fairly well really... a friend of mine with a gefoce 4 says he gets 5 concurent full screen IE windows goin in trans mode no slowdowns... so dont say the programs slow .
PS Be sure you turn off menu shadows. Appearence on Display Properties. Click Effects...i suggest turning off all menu effects when using transparencies...Mine pop up without a thought...i just notice that the shadows were on :X. That does slow it down.
Ep, glad to see you come back and tidy up...did want to ask a one day favor, I want to enhance my resume , was hoping you could make me administrator for a day, if so, take me right off since I won't be here to do anything, and don't know the slightest about the board, but it would be nice putting "served administrator osnn", if can do, THANKS