Since I develop software for a living, I really cannot have enough vertical space, so I have started using my work monitors in portrait mode. I am very happy with the way this works out from a general usability perspective, but I have noticed a number of applications that seem to refresh their screens more frequently than they need to, or that do not refresh as quickly as they used to.
I am running a Dell Optiplex 755 with integrated Q35 graphics adapter, connected to dual 19" Dell monitors (1280x1024) that have been tilted into portrait mode.
Does anyone have any suggestions of what I might check / fix to get this to work better? Or is this an inherent problem in the chipset / Windows / the application?
The most prominent example appears to be PL/SQL Developer, which when I maximise a view of a table structure or query output does something in the order of 8-9 refreshes before the display actually comes up, but only when I maximise the view within the app. However, this is not the only app; Lotus Notes also seems to be more sluggish in its updates even if it does not redraw as often as PL/SQL Developer.
(If this were my own machine, I would consider just getting better behaved apps, if any, but this is my work machine, and I cannot replace these applications with my personal preferences)