[R] WinXP exhibits sluggish graphics window movement & mouse tracking (repainting?) over windows graphics devices

From: Richard Yeh <richard.c.yeh_at_gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 31 Mar 2008 01:52:50 -0400

I just noticed when using 2.6.1, 2.6.2 (2008-02-08), 2.6.2pat (2008-02-21 r44582), and 2.6.2pat (2008-03-24 r44975) on my poor old Celeron D330 (2.6 GHz; 3.5 years old) running Windows XP, that the mouse cursor appears to be redrawn more sluggishly when the pointer is over R windows graphics devices than over the R console window or other applications' windows. The slowdown seems to start only after I plotting something in the window (running "windows()" to open the device does not cause any slowdown), but the behavior starts after a "plot(rnorm(100))". The slowdown seems to depend on the area of the R graphics window that is visible. The slowdown also occurs when moving the plot window. For example, if the graphics window is frontmost, and I want to move it until it is mostly offscreen, then the movement is jerky. However, once the window is mostly offscreen, dragging it back onto the screen is smooth and fast. (When I drag windows, I only see the frame, not the contents.) This seems to affect SDI and MDI modes. The Windows task manager confirms that when the plot window is frontmost, Rgui.exe takes most of the CPU time.

My graphics card is based on an ATI Radeon 7000, with 32 MB of RAM.

I am surprised that I never noticed this before. Nobody else seems to have reported it to the r-help list. Is this problem restricted to my system? (My work machine is much newer, and I do not notice the problem there.)

607-351-4838 / Richard.C.Yeh_at_gmail.com

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