Hardware Acceleration and Background Apps.


  1. Posts : 166
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    Hardware Acceleration and Background Apps.


    I was going through some of the settings on my new laptop and I was clicking through Google Chrome.

    Under settings, Advanced Settings, System.........

    It has two boxes.

    Continue running background apps

    and

    Use hardware acceleration.



    What is the benefit of running background apps if I am not using them........I guess it would be easier to start them if they were running in the background but I wonder what others do ?


    I explored hardware acceleration online and the two sites I found suggested unclicking it and not using it.


    What do you do ?

    I don't have a problem with storage capacity or anything technical. I just use it for surfing the net and email.

    I have a 2015 HP laptop with 4GB Ram and 500 GB HD with W10.


    Thanks.

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    anyone ?
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    Hardware acceleration should be left enabled if you aren't having any problems with it. It uses the power of your GPU to improve browser performance. You might have problems with older GPUs if it is enabled which is why there is an option to disable it, but you usually do not have to touch this option.

    The background apps option basically allows Google Chrome extensions to run in the background, as the name suggests. This isn't necessary if the extensions you have are only functional when the browser is running, for example Adblock which blocks advertisements. If the browser isn't running, there are no ads to block and therefore this feature would be useless in that case.

    However, if you have an extension that alerts you about new emails or Facebook messages and want to be alerted by it even if the browser is closed, you can enable that option. It eliminates the need to download a separate program onto your computer in order for you to receive alerts and whatnot.
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    Thanks, I guess I'll leave it the way it is.

    It seems like every time I try searching around my computer I find a new link to hit and discover something new or something I never paid attention to before.

    I appreciate the time it took for you to reply !
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    RaymondWindoz10 said:
    Thanks, I guess I'll leave it the way it is.

    It seems like every time I try searching around my computer I find a new link to hit and discover something new or something I never paid attention to before.

    I appreciate the time it took for you to reply !
    You are welcome!
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    RaymondWindoz10 said:
    It seems like every time I try searching around my computer I find a new link to hit and discover something new or something I never paid attention to before.
    I've been using and building PCs for 25 years and still run into new settings. And occasionally old ones I'd forgotten. [emoji6]
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