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How to make digital photos appear quickly

Lose the pause before pictures appear

FORUM QUESTION I have a 10Mp camera. When viewing photos it takes a couple of seconds for each one to become sharp. Would a better graphics card than my six-year-old nVidia GeForce FX2500 speed up this process? questions4u

HELPROOM ANSWER The graphics card would have very little to do with this, to be honest. The processor handles the 'flat' image on your screen – photo display shouldn't be an issue. The graphics card performs 3D and video rendering more than anything.

If photos take ages to appear, you may need more RAM or a faster processor. Bear in mind that a 10Mp image results in a large file and, if you're viewing them while they're still on the camera, the image is being sent down a relatively slow USB connection. Transfer your photos to the PC first.

This question was first posted in the PC Advisor Helproom Forum. Read the full thread here.

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