AVSIM Crash to Desktop Guide for FSX, FSX-SE and P3D V3.0.0


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The AVSIM Crash to Desktop Guide provides investigative techniques you can try when you get one of those dreaded crashes/freezes while loading your simulator to your setup screen, during the loading to the flight, or during the flight.  It also provides tips on preventing crashes, probable causes, and some actual fixes that might get you back up and enjoying your flight simulator again.

 

Version 3.0.0 released May 1, 2016.  Changes include:

 

1.  The major change to this version is the addition of a Table of Contents.  Now a member can simply look at the Table of Contents and see exactly what is contained in the guide.  The Table of Contents has been hyperlinked directly to the topic or the module that caused the crash so members can immediately go to the information they are looking for in the guide without having to go through the whole guide to find a solution.  Just click on a topic or solution and you are immediately taken to that item.

 

2.  Updated Internet links.

 

3.  Expanded discussions to make it easier for computer novices to understand.

 

4.  Inserted Bookmarks.  For instance, a solution to a crash may call for disabling the dll.xml.  A bookmark has been inserted where you can simply click on dll.xml and it will take you immediately to the section where a description of how to disable modules in the dll.xml is located.

 

5.  Many "How To" images have been added for completing certain actions as it has been found members like to see images rather than reading a description on how to do something.

 

6.  Added more possible solutions to some crashes/freezes.  Unfortunately, only 'possible solutions' could be added as most crashes have no solution that fits all.

 

This is a living document and updates will be made as new information or errors are found. 

 

 


What's New in Version V3.0.0   See changelog

Released

  • V3.0.0 released May 1, 2016. See changes made in description.

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Never actually looked at this file until recently. Outstanding source of troubleshooting data. Well done, sir.

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Jim,

Recommendation for whenever you publish the next updates - provide instructions on the path for where to find the "real" or operational FSX.cfg and scenery.cfg. Are all the other files like dll.xml and exe.xml in the FSX root? I have more than one of each config leftover from FS2004 and I have to do a search in Windows Explorer to find the right path. Just a suggestion. Thanks.

 

Dave

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Jim,

Recommendation for whenever you publish the next updates - provide instructions on the path for where to find the "real" or operational FSX.cfg and scenery.cfg. Are all the other files like dll.xml and exe.xml in the FSX root? I have more than one of each config leftover from FS2004 and I have to do a search in Windows Explorer to find the right path. Just a suggestion. Thanks.

 

Dave

This is shown on page 6 of the guide.

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Totally missed that in the CTD guide, sorry. I had expected it at the beginning of the Tweaks section on the first page of the Basic configuration guide (which was actually what I was thinking about when I made my recommendation) and then again in the CTD guide close to instructions relevant to them. I don't go to them often enough to remember, so I always have to search for it. Early onset alzheimers, I think... ;-)

 

Cheers

Dave

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Thank you for the post! I just found out (today) that my issue was a conflict between my Flight1 ATR and my PMDG. As soon as I set all of the PMDG modules in the dll.xml file to DISABLE = TRUE.. everything has worked fine!
I see it is referenced in the document, but not specifically this issue.

And for me, the game would load up fine, and I could fly for a long time before CTD, always with the F1 ATR.

I'm using FSX Steam (didn't have this problem with FSX original).

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Many thanks from a German FSX pilot for this excellent help! Great!

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