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DX8.1b... help confirm: flashing textures problem fixed

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DX8.1b install, no problems to report and no performance hit! :) as Performance isnt necassarily what DX8.1b is about anyway.As many of you know there has been a long standing Z-buffer problem That at last report was noticed by users of every make of video card in different but not all locations.I know I saw this problem in small increments around Chicago and its airports as well as many other locations.Well, I just did a quick 20 minute flight all around chicago, made all kinds of touch and goes both in a Cessna and a 737 and I am thrilled to report that I could not find one flashing texture! Runways? All stable in all display modes and in all views under hard and soft landings, small AutoGen objects also remained stable! :) Could this be the fix?Please post your results, I should also point out I am still testing the 29.42 drivers as well.And for the what its worth department 3dmark2001se score improved but only ever so slightly and only worth mentioning as its better than taking a hit. :)

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Good question. I guess he's beta testing it???Paul, When is your Rochestor scenery going to be completed? I and others are anxiously waiting. :)Julian

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I am going crazy here. I have a German version of WinXP and the English version of DX8.1b won't install. Next time I buy all the stuff in the U.S.. I am fed up with always being half a year behind.Alex

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Hi Paul,I'll have to agree with your observation. Flashing textures gone. Also using the 29.42 drivers on a GForce 2 pro.ED

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Flashing is gone also.Pentium 4 1.4GHZGeForce 3 Ti200512RAMSuperb textures. Been flying the Fouga Magister on touch and goes at Montreal Dorval this evening. Just lovely... Autogen is at maximum with Autogenius running the show. I am going flying again !!!

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still checking after I found dx 8.1b in the secret microsoft place--there is a post showing the way. I have noticed that if I use the Dassult Falcon (full version) with add-on clouds I still get a bunch of video artifacts in 3d mode. otherwise, nothing to ring my chime about improvement.Using athlon v77 (new) mb, ddr 256, geforce MMX 440 64mb, 1.4 bios(new bios flash), bilinear filtering, no AA, no T&L and 1000 x 700, 16 bit setting.

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I may be wrong but I thought I read this version is for win98/me users and that it's already on XP. yes/no?

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Ok!Goin for the install!I'll keep you posted!Ed (The other Ed):-beerchug

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I don't know if it is for xp or not. A lot of the files are dated 5/1/02.Ed

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This dont sound right??? I extracted to temp folder ran the .exe and it only took maybe 1 second to install a 24meg update?The last time i installed Dx it took a little longer than that. Was that that about the same with you other's?Ed (The other Ed):-hmmm

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Hi EdYes this one is screwy. When you first run the program, it unzips it to the windowstemp directory. Then winzip opens up and asks you to unzip it to windowstemp directory again. Next you have to open Windows Explorer and go to windowstempdx8.1b RedistRedist and run dxsetup.exe.Whew,Ed

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I found it but it was a developer redistributable. Although it mentions xp Im not sure if this is a good idea for xp users. Not much documentation at this time. I would wait.BobG

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Working fine at this point!FS2002 is running as smooth as always, so no difference at this point.Ed#2

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I agree with some other XP users. I'm completely lost on the install process. No readme, no help files, nothing. I think I did it right, but then again I think I've done lots of things right that turn out to be wrong. Anybody with XP understand 100% how this interested "patch" install works?Ryan-Flightpro08 :-coolTaxiwaysigns.com

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I just downloaded 8.1b and went to CVG (where I always get grassy ramps). The flashy stuff is pretty gone, but still the "creeping grass" as I approach the gates...try it...DaveKCOS

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Just a reminder to make sure you install the right version of DX8.1b for your operating system.For win98SE and winME users there is a painless 12mb install.exe that will update your previous version in less than a minute once you have down-loaded the file.Win98/winMe go here:http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/release...earch&ordinal=3If you use Win2k or winXP you will have to settle for the 25mb down-load for the end-user Redistributable version that developers can include in their product as yet the smaller upgrade version is not out and you may want to hold off untill then. But for the brave: Down-load, save the file and then Run the executable to unpack the download files. win2k and winXP users first may want to read this post concerning some great feedback from aparently MS on the subject go here:http://ftp.avsim.com/cgi-bin/dcforum/dcboa...orum=DCForumID8If you use XP you may want to wait for the official DX8.1b upgrade that may be a stand-alone update simular to the win98/winME version or it may find its way in to the service pack but plese don't quote me on that. ;)And then if you are sure you want to go ahead the Down-load can be found here:http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/release...earch&ordinal=3Thanks to all who are able to report results concerning the Z-buffer problem. :)

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I had the flashing concrete problem but I havent seen it forever. The only thing I can contribute it to was my upgrade from a G3 to a G4. Im just not sure when it went away. Im still using dx8.1. BobG

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>I had the flashing concrete problem but I havent seen it >forever. The only thing I can contribute it to was my >upgrade from a G3 to a G4. Im just not sure when it went >away. Im still using dx8.1. >>BobG Hi Bob,Thanks, How about the very small auto-gen objects? Some of them like the airport red and white checkerd equipment housings have a small concrete pad that would blink like crazy at many airports, if you see those please get back and report.Thanks again. :)

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I just want to confirm that there will be an easier method to installing the upgrade for XP soon?Ryan-Flightpro08 :-coolTaxiwaysigns.com

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I installed the XP installation yesterday which was part of the 24 meg distribution file, Looking at System info three files have been changed, ddraw.dll and d3d8.dll and qdvd.dll, both have got a date of Feb 2002 excecpt qdvd.dll which is dated April 2002, the rest are dated around august 2001.As this pic shows my flickers didnt go away :-( dont know why either.Ive got a geforce3 card btw and using 29.42 drivers.Craig Kiltie

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Further to my post I read on a MSDN news group that you have to wait until Windows Service Pack 1 is released before the installation will work properly.This was posted by a Microsoft employee on the newsgroupInstallation notes: On Windows XP, you will need to download the latest Service Pack, or install the corresponding hot fixes. Please see the following Knowledge Base Articles Q321178, Q307207, and Q318507, for more informationI tried looking up q321178 but couldnt find it, so I guess I will have to wait for Windows XP service pack1Craig

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