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  1. Hello. I'm making a 2D game in C++ and OpenGL, and although it runs quite fine on my PC, it performs terribly on my Asus EEE netbook. I know it isn't very powerful, but it has no problems running some older 3D games and my project only consists of a hundred or so textured quads, most of which have the same 64x64 texture, and as i said, it is 2D. I know it's the graphics that's slow because the FPS changes according to window size. I'm also using SDL for multiplatform compatibility, but with an OpenGL context that i draw into. Could this have an impact on performance? Also, on my PC, although it mostly runs smoothly, sometimes, when i maximize the window to a full HD resolution, it starts using 100% of one CPU core for some reason, during which some frames are delayed, but this usually randomly stops after around a minute. Does anyone know why this could be happening? I admit i don't have much experience with OpenGL, but eventually, i'd like to make this into something serious, so i really want to do everything correctly. Could you please look at this code and point out anything that can cause the performance issues or anything else i've done wrong, even if only slightly? Any other tips are welcome as well. Thanks. Initialization - This is only called once at the beginning: [code]if (SDL_Init(SDL_INIT_VIDEO|SDL_INIT_AUDIO) < 0) return -1; SDL_GL_SetAttribute(SDL_GL_DEPTH_SIZE, colorDepth); // 24 SDL_GL_SetAttribute(SDL_GL_DOUBLEBUFFER, true); SDL_GL_SetAttribute(SDL_GL_MULTISAMPLEBUFFERS, multisample > 0); // true SDL_GL_SetAttribute(SDL_GL_MULTISAMPLESAMPLES, multisample); // 4 if (!(window = SDL_CreateWindow(windowCaption.c_str(), SDL_WINDOWPOS_UNDEFINED, SDL_WINDOWPOS_UNDEFINED, windowWidth, windowHeight, windowFlags))) return -1; if (!(glContext = SDL_GL_CreateContext(window))) return -1; if (glewInit() != GLEW_OK) return -1; glClearColor(0, 0, 0, 1); glEnable(GL_BLEND); glEnable(GL_ALPHA_TEST); glBlendFunc(GL_SRC_ALPHA, GL_ONE_MINUS_SRC_ALPHA); // This part is also called when the window is resized. glViewport(0, 0, windowWidth, windowHeight); glMatrixMode(GL_PROJECTION); glLoadIdentity(); glOrtho(0, windowWidth, windowHeight, 0, 1, 0); // This also flips the Y axis. glMatrixMode(GL_MODELVIEW); glLoadIdentity(); SDL_GL_SetSwapInterval(vsync);[/code] Drawing - This is called in a loop: [code]SDL_GL_SwapWindow(window); glClear(GL_COLOR_BUFFER_BIT); glPushMatrix(); // Transform the view so that x, y is in the center and s is the scale. glScaled(s, s, 1); double width = viewWidth/s/2; double height = viewHeight/s/2; glTranslated(width-x, height-y, 0); // DRAWING OBJECTS glPopMatrix();[/code] Loading a texture: [code]GLuint texture; glGenTextures(1, &texture); glBindTexture(GL_TEXTURE_2D, texture); glTexParameteri(GL_TEXTURE_2D, GL_TEXTURE_MIN_FILTER, GL_LINEAR_MIPMAP_LINEAR); glTexParameteri(GL_TEXTURE_2D, GL_TEXTURE_MAG_FILTER, GL_LINEAR); glTexParameteri(GL_TEXTURE_2D, GL_TEXTURE_WRAP_S, GL_CLAMP); glTexParameteri(GL_TEXTURE_2D, GL_TEXTURE_WRAP_T, GL_CLAMP); gluBuild2DMipmaps(GL_TEXTURE_2D, 3+alpha, width, height, alpha ? GL_RGBA : GL_RGB, GL_UNSIGNED_BYTE, data);[/code] Drawing an object with a texture: [code]// textureAnchors = { 0, 1, 1, 0, 0 } glPushAttrib(GL_ENABLE_BIT); glEnable(GL_TEXTURE_2D); glBindTexture(GL_TEXTURE_2D, texture); glBegin(GL_QUADS); glTexCoord2sv(textureAnchors+3); glVertex2d(x+xOffset, y+yOffset); glTexCoord2sv(textureAnchors+2); glVertex2d(x+xOffset+width, y+yOffset); glTexCoord2sv(textureAnchors+1); glVertex2d(x+xOffset+width, y+yOffset+height); glTexCoord2sv(textureAnchors); glVertex2d(x+xOffset, y+yOffset+height); glEnd(); glPopAttrib();[/code] Thanks for any help.