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FS2004 and clouds problems

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Hello,Some of the clouds show a drawing line (hard edge) as the pic bellow:clouds.jpgIt takes some seconds to FS finish drawing the cloud. Can it be FSUIPC ? Or the clouds FIX ?Any idea ?Thanks,Ulisses

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I have neither FSUIPC or FIX, yet still have this show up in certain situtations. What kind of video card/driver are you running?Noel

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My video is ATI 9800pro, but I had this in FS2002 with a GF4ti4200.Chris, I thought this shouldn't happen in 3D clouds, since they are particles....z-drawing could be smoother....strange...Thanks for the info,Ulisses

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I had this "problem" with my GeForce FX 5900 Ultra when I reduced my 3D cloud setting under the Weather tab from 100% to 50% to experiment with various settings. Scared me! The clouds looked horrible with the edges emphasized. Moved the slider back up to 100% and the problem is gone.Jim

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It happens as the clouds move into your "visibility range. It seems to affect both 3d and "phony" clouds, though the phony clouds, it's much more evident because the "phony clouds" represent entire an entire "bank" of clouds and are usually much larger, Where as the 3d clouds are "made" of combining smaller cloud segments together to make a "larger" cloud. So in 3d Clouds you see less of it, because each section is "smaller".If you can, try moving your cloud visibility range out a bit. I have 60 mi vis and a 50 mile draw distance and see it very rarely. So if you have the horses, extend your draw distance.The "emphasized" clouds are a driver issue. I used older drivers with my MX420 and couldn't stand the "phony" clouds because they were so obvious. Now with updated drivers, I can run 30% 3d clouds and can only tell the difference between the phonies and the real ones during spot view, when I happen to just see one of the flat ones pass by. Out of the cockpit, I can't tell. Hope this helps.

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Maybe using the clouds at 100% and both vis and draw distance at 60 mi should help now that I know why this happens :)Thanks,ulisses

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It may. However you best have some strong horses under the hood. I have an Athlon 2400 with an MX420 video card (yes the video card could be better) and actually had to go down to 800x600 to help. While the weather themes aren't terrible as they only usually have one or two layers, the "McKinley Tour" adventure flight is horrendus with all those mountains, and no less than four distinct cloud layers. It's pretty but I'm sure it brings even the fastest system to it's keees.

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