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I will tweak no more.....

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I have driven myself nuts the last few days. I got back into MS2k2 after a few weeks away from it, and what do I do? I change video drivers about ten times, I fiddle with the Nvidia Tweaker program. I change FS2k2 settings about 100 times and then I change them again for good measure.Somehow, with all of this, I actually got the darn thing running pretty good. I took a flight over LAX, and held a steady 20fps (my maximum) with about 25 heavies sitting on the tarmac. I landed at Sea-Tac and put the front gear right smack dab on the runway centerline (a definate first for me), with the fps holding at 20 all the way down.Right now, I feel like a new parent who's finally got their baby happy. I don't want to do anything to upset it. No sudden movements. Speak in a soothing voice.So, I'm promising myself, as God is my witness, I will quit fiddling around with the damn program and actually enjoy it for once.Is there a support group I can join? I am not sure if I trust myself.I wonder if I can turn the autogen scenery up to Very Dense without loosing any fps? Hmmm ... have to try that out. ....Someone help me. Please.

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I find that the problem with tweaking FS2002 is that there is no such thing as the right system setting or the right fs2002 settings even for one system. As the demand the sim puts on the system has such a wide range. What is a good setting with a few clouds in a flat area becomes a slide show if you get into dense scenery with mountains and bad weather. So the question really is what kind of varaiables do I have to take into account for my next flight. Actually after I filed my flight plan I go back to some of the tweaking settings and maybe set aniso a step back, or cloud density e.g..It will never end before I get a 4Ghz machine and the GeForceFX 8 I guess :-).Alex

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After almost giving up on simming completely as I attempted to get better fps in FS2000 (I was becoming a framerate junky, as so many people are these days) I decided to stop fiddling with settings completely.I set them to what looked good and gave decent performance (without EVER looking at that counter again) and left it at that. I was one happy simmer after that.The lesson: if it looks good and feels good, the framerate counter should be left alone. If it doesn't look good and feel good you don't need a number to tell you that so there is no need to look at that counter either.Leave that thing alone, don't worry about the numbers and just have fun!

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Until ms comes with something complety new which runs best on a 6 gig rig (bumpmaps):-)

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BTW, my first flight was 1981 with a Sinclair Spectrum and a military flight simulator whose name I forgot. We did not care about blurry textures then as there weren't any textures. The upper half of the screen was blue (sky) and the lower part was green (ground). The buildings we threw our bombs on were a few lines that formed black boxes (which were transparent of course). When we hit the building the lines flew over the screen. But that was very framerate intense. Nevertheless the sim was praised as extremely realistic and was made with the help of specialised army personell :-) :-).Alex

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