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Firstly, my apologies if this has been discussed in the past, I was not able to turn up any results doing a forum search.I built my first PC last year and chose an Intel Core 2 Quad Q6700 2.66 ghz as my processor. Now I understand FS9 does not utilize more than a single core and there is no viable way to make it run on several cores at once. However, I do run a multitude of other programs in the background including but not limited to Active Sky, Smooth AI, and other flight-sim related software. When I check the processor core usage, Core 1 runs at 100% while the three remaining cores are not loaded past 2%. Would it be possible for me to assign FS9 to run on one of these "empty" cores (2,3, and 4) and let the other software run on another core? Would doing such improve overall performance at all? Do I have any idea what I'm talking about?I would appreciate any input anyone can offer and thank you in advance,-Sean

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Firstly, my apologies if this has been discussed in the past, I was not able to turn up any results doing a forum search.I built my first PC last year and chose an Intel Core 2 Quad Q6700 2.66 ghz as my processor. Now I understand FS9 does not utilize more than a single core and there is no viable way to make it run on several cores at once. However, I do run a multitude of other programs in the background including but not limited to Active Sky, Smooth AI, and other flight-sim related software. When I check the processor core usage, Core 1 runs at 100% while the three remaining cores are not loaded past 2%. Would it be possible for me to assign FS9 to run on one of these "empty" cores (2,3, and 4) and let the other software run on another core? Would doing such improve overall performance at all? Do I have any idea what I'm talking about?I would appreciate any input anyone can offer and thank you in advance,-Sean
You can try to offload FS-9 on another core and see the results. In Vista 64 you go to task mgr, right click fs9.exe, and choose "Set Affinity". Select the core you want it on. I know this works in the sense that if I scan the core temps, the core I select with warm by a few degrees C. while the first core cools off. I haven't noticed any performance difference, mostly because FS-9 is running so well on my new rig that I haven't seen a need to change things. It can't get any better :)Hope this helps, Regards,John

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You can try to offload FS-9 on another core and see the results. In Vista 64 you go to task mgr, right click fs9.exe, and choose "Set Affinity". Select the core you want it on. I know this works in the sense that if I scan the core temps, the core I select with warm by a few degrees C. while the first core cools off. I haven't noticed any performance difference, mostly because FS-9 is running so well on my new rig that I haven't seen a need to change things. It can't get any better :)Hope this helps, Regards,John
Thanks for that information, I'll be sure and try that out next flight.-Sean

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There was a program that did the one core FS9 the other the rest of the programs. Maybe someone here knows where it is.RH

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There was a program that did the one core FS9 the other the rest of the programs. Maybe someone here knows where it is.RH
Ken Salter's Alacrity allows you to assign programs to specific cores. It replaced FSAutoStart. I'd recommend Alacrity to anyone, a fine piece of donation-ware software.http://alacritypc.kensalter.com/

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Ken Salter's Alacrity allows you to assign programs to specific cores. It replaced FSAutoStart. I'd recommend Alacrity to anyone, a fine piece of donation-ware software.http://alacritypc.kensalter.com/
RayHow do you do that with Alacrity? I've looked all over it and on the website 'How to use' section, but can find nothing about that. I agree that I've probably just been a bit stupid and missed something totally obvious, but if you'd be so good as to point me in the right direction, I'd be grateful.

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RayHow do you do that with Alacrity? I've looked all over it and on the website 'How to use' section, but can find nothing about that. I agree that I've probably just been a bit stupid and missed something totally obvious, but if you'd be so good as to point me in the right direction, I'd be grateful.
Gavin,Double-click your selected profile and click on the AutoStart tab. Double-click a program entry to bring up the options. You'll see two (or more on quad-core) icons for selecting the Affinity. Click the one you want to assign to the program (e.g. CPU0) and then click the other (CPU1) to disable it. When you close that window you should see the Affinity (CPU0) displayed against the selected program.

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RayHow do you do that with Alacrity? I've looked all over it and on the website 'How to use' section, but can find nothing about that. I agree that I've probably just been a bit stupid and missed something totally obvious, but if you'd be so good as to point me in the right direction, I'd be grateful.
Ray go here to get the manualhttp://kensalter.com/download/alacritypc/usermanual.pdfHope this helpregards

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Gavin, how has Alacrity worked out for you? I am thinking about using it. I have a dual core Intel. When you load FS9 on one core and all of the rest on another, does it smooth things up a lot? I am running my CPU and FS9 under whatever default conditions there is. I get pauses at times when my weather clicks in (Active Sky) and would like to get rid of that pause. I suppose my question is if Alacrity will get rid of such pauses. Anyone else can answer as well.Thanks in advance!RH

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Gavin, how has Alacrity worked out for you? I am thinking about using it. I have a dual core Intel. When you load FS9 on one core and all of the rest on another, does it smooth things up a lot? I am running my CPU and FS9 under whatever default conditions there is. I get pauses at times when my weather clicks in (Active Sky) and would like to get rid of that pause. I suppose my question is if Alacrity will get rid of such pauses. Anyone else can answer as well.Thanks in advance!RH
To be perfectly honest, I can't see any difference. But to be fair, things run pretty smoothly for me without using it.

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I know what I about to write is totally against the advice given here, but when I assign FS9 to either one of the cores on my X2 4800+, I get major stutters every couple of seconds. When I change FS9's affinity to both cores, I get nice smooth frame rates.

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