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Hello, I am trying to use a bitmap as the background to a game I am making. I''ve got the bitmap to display as a background properly but it goes extremely slow. This is the code I am using to load the bitmap.

GetObject(HBMP,sizeof(BMP), &BMP);
And this is the code I have used to display it.
glDrawPixels(BMP.bmWidth, BMP.bmHeight,GL_BGR_EXT, GL_UNSIGNED_BYTE, BMP.bmBits);
I can''t see why it runs so slow and the only other way I can think of doing this is using textures but that would require resizing the picture to a power of 2 the sizing it back when I draw it but that would make a mess of my background picture. Any advice would be appreciated, thank, Brendon

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The texture option is not not as bad as you think.

You can create a dummy texture which is the nearest power of two larger than the background image, and use glTexSubImage to load the image in a part of the texture. Then draw a quad with proper texture coordinates so only the background part shows up.

Use NV_texture_rectangle if available, it accepts textures of any size.

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