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In article <002601c1cc7f$3d30b640$09335142@created>, Rick Cambra <email@example.com> writes >I want to buy a video card for my 6 month old Intel mother board with 256meg >of ram. Currently it has on-board video with an additional 4meg ram stick, >but only shows 24 bit color. > < And you want it to show more than that - why? One good reason would be because the video memory accesses are much faster! 4 byte accesses on a 32 bit system require just a single read or write operation to access any given pixel. For a 3-byte access, where all the bytes are 'packed', you may have to access 2 consecutive 32-bit aligned addresses to get all the bytes you need, and will always have to do shift and mask operations on the data. D. - Turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use accurate subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions.