console scroll speed on Win XP

Mike Marchywka
Mon Mar 2 14:20:00 GMT 2009

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> Subject: RE: console scroll speed on Win XP
> Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2009 11:34:08 +0000
>> Andy
>> Yep, the Windows console is slow alright, and I don't know of any way
> Huh?
> The windows console is fast, among the fastest
> I have ever used, BUT you must have the video
> driver for your specific card.

I'm on a laptop and don't have a card, a Compaq Evo N610c
with XP pro. I tried to update drivers from HP with no obvious
effect. In any case mintty was a lot faster with no obvious drawbacks
yet. I can appreciate there may be some issues but using the
whole CPU while it scrolled by a rate just fast enough for
reading seemed a bit odd. mintty is unreadably fast
and probably some of cpu time goes to disk IO in my benchmark
taskamanager test with cat :) IIRC, "dir" on a 4 Megahertz Z-80 computer was at least as fast. 

> If you just have the generic VGA driver, it is slow,
> and other things are noticably too.
> I haven't seen a faster graphical console, but text consoles are also fast.
> Also being in bash seems slower.
> I usually set PATH=c:\cygwin\bin;%PATH% but don't use bash interactively.
> You might try that.
> Being in cmd preserves the nice F8 command line completion against history feature
> that I haven't found elsewhere.
> - Jay
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