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Your Windows laptop or PC is likely to have a couple (or more) of different graphics modes in which an application can be run.

Some of these modes are designed to optimize the battery life (or at least minimize power consumption). They favor energy efficiency over graphics quality and performance. These are more than adequate for text and static-image oriented applications like word processors, spreadsheets, even most web-browsing.

Other modes are intended for use with graphics-intensive applications like games and high-definition videos. These take advantage of specialized, high-performance but power-hungry hardware to "offload" some processing from the general purpose CPU and dramatically improve rendering quality and performance.

FATpick definitely fits in the second category. While the benefit may be less pronounced for certain features (tools like the metronome and chromatic tuner for example) the interactive tablature player that defines the core game play experience can be quite demanding of the graphics processing, audio processing and general processing capabilities of your computer. If you have the option we encourage you to run FATpick under a high-performance, hardware accelerated graphics mode.

FATpick should automatically take advantage of hardware acceleration if some form of GPU is available. But many modern PCs have two or more GPUs, reserving the most powerful (and the most power-hungry) option for applications that have been explicitly assigned the high-performance graphics mode.

Follow the instructions below to tell Windows you'd like FATpick to make full use of your computer's capabilities.

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Using High-Performance Graphics for a Single FATpick Session

If you want to test the impact of the high-performance graphics mode without committing to it, it is possible to select the graphics processor for a single session with the application. I.e., you can launch the app using a specific graphics mode without changing the default that will be used the next time that application is run.

To do this, first find the FATpick application icon in the Start Menu or desktop shortcut. Right-click on the icon to open the context menu.

The Run with Graphics Processor context menu

In the context menu, select the option labelled "Run with graphics processor". This will open a sub-menu listing the different graphics drivers available. Find the high-performance option - for the NVIDIA GPU the item is labelled "High-performance NVIDIA processor" - and tap it.

This will launch the FATpick application as it normally would (as if you double-clicked the icon), but using the graphics mode you have selected. Use the app as you normally would. Hopefully you will notice smoother and more consistent animation.

This mode is not "sticky" however. The program will revert to the default graphics setting the next time the app is launched.

Read on to learn how to permanently enable the high-performance graphics processor for FATpick (or any other application).

Permanently Enabling the High-Performance Graphics Mode

via Windows Graphics Settings

  1. Open "Graphics settings" in your Windows "System settings". One quick way to do this is to click the magnifying glass icon on the task bar and enter "gpu" in the search field. This should pull up a match for "Graphics settings", which you can then navigate to by clicking the "Open" link.

Open Graphics settings

  1. Within Graphics Settings, under the heading "Graphics performance preference" select "Classic app" (the default) and click the "Browse" button.

Browse for classic app

  1. Use the file-chooser dialog to find the FATpick application. The desktop shortcut is the easiest place to find it, but if you've removed that already you can probably find FATpick.exe within C:\Users\YOUR_USERNAME\AppData\Local\Program\fatpick. Select the FATpick app and click "Add".

Add FATpick.exe

  1. You will now see a "card" for the FATpick app in the Graphics Settings window. Click the "Options" button to configure the graphics mode for the application.

Open Application Graphics Performance Preference Options

  1. Select "High performance" from the "Graphics specifications" popup and tap the "Save" button.

Choose High Performance

  1. The second line on the card will now read "High performance", indicating that you've successfully set the correct graphics mode. You can now close the Graphics settings window, we're done.

High Performance Selected

Now Windows will launch FATpick using the high-performance graphics mode by default.

via NVIDIA Control Panel

  1. Open the NVIDIA Control Panel. One quick way to do this is to click the magnifying glass icon on the task bar and enter "nvidia" in the search field. This should pull up a match for "NVIDIA Control Panel", which you can then navigate to by clicking the "Open" link.

Open the NVIDIA Control Panel

  1. In the NVIDIA Control Panel, select "Manage 3D Settings" (under "3D Settings") in the tree-view on the left side of the control panel and then select the "Program Settings" tab so we can change the configuration for a single application.

Select the Program to Customize

  1. Click the "Add" button on the "Program Settings" and choose the FATpick application. If you don't see it in the default "Recently used" view you can use the "Browse" button to find FATpick via the desktop shortcut or the installed location at C:\Users\YOUR_USERNAME\AppData\Local\Program\fatpick. Once FATpick is selected click "Add Selected Program".

Select and Add the FATpick App

  1. Once you've selected FATpick as the program you want to customize, set the preferred graphics processor by selecting "High-performance NVIDIA processor" from the second drop down. (You don't need to customize the detailed settings found in the third section of this form. The default settings are fine.)

Choose the High-Performance Processor

  1. Click the "Apply" button at the bottom of the window to save your changes. (Note this can take a moment, wait for the Apply/Cancel buttons to disappear).

Apply Your Changes

Once your changes have been applied you can close the NVIDIA Control Panel.

Your computer will now run FATpick using the "High-performance NVIDIA processor" by default.

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