General QuestionsWhat do the options do?
Selecting "Start Fraps minimized" will hide the Fraps dialog screen when you launch the program. Fraps can still be accessed through the icon in the system tray.
Selecting "Fraps window always on top" will ensure the program window remains visible even when switching to another application. This option has no effect if Fraps has been minimized to the system tray.
If you'd like Fraps to be automatically loaded when you turn on your machine enable the "Run Fraps when Windows starts" option. This option may not work under Windows Vista when UAC (User Account Control) is enabled. With UAC enabled you must start Fraps manually after Vista has loaded.
Fraps also supports separate LCD screens on some devices. If you have a Logitech G15 keyboard or Z-10 speakers you will see the option to "Display status on LCD". Enabling this option will allow you to see FPS graphs and other identifiers on the LCD display while playing your games. In order to see this option you may need to install the latest G15/Z10 drivers available from Logitech's website.
Does Fraps have a performance impact on the game?
There is a small overhead associated with drawing the framerate on screen. This may vary depending on your system configuration, but should remain relatively minimal. The best way to measure it on your own system is to find a game that allows you to benchmark it and compare the results obtained with and without Fraps loaded.
When you are benchmarking the overlay is automatically disabled to provide the most accurate results.
If you are recording a movie with Fraps there can be a noticable impact on the game. This is due to all the extra work involved in saving the screen data to disk.
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