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Hi all, I have always ran FSX on full screen mode, but recently I have been running experiments and noticed that I get a major performance boost when using windowed mode, especially when the window is not touching the start menu at the bottom of the screen, which I found to be VERY strange. The problem is I absolutely hate to run FSX on windowed mode, as it takes some of the immersion away when you see the task bar and the borders. I am using Windows 7 64 bit, my screen resolution is the same as my desktop resolution. I have an i5-4.0Ghz, ATI HD5970 updated to drivers 11.6. What's causing this peculiar behaviour? What are my options? Thank you.

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That's been an issue in FSX since day one - if your screen is maximized, you will get a performance hit. Just make it a tad smaller at the top and you will be ok. As far as the task bar goes - just hide it. Right click the task bar - select properties - check auto hide task bar - apply. Task bar will disappear - if you need it - just move your mouse cursor near the bottom and it will pop up. Vic


 

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That I must try.. I've been using windowed mode all along so that I can get to my charts, etc.


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I must confess, I actually seem to get better FPS when in full screen mode... So I would suppose that it's not really FSX but perhaps depends on your config. Unless there is something that I'm missing!


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If you are using 2 monitors, move the task bar to the second monitor, then maximize the window, you will only have the small windows bar at the top and no borders.


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ATI HD5870 here, and I get better frame rates in FSX in full screen mode. However I use Bojote's optimised fsx.cfg (with the Vsinc fixes) and an external frame rate limiter. I can't help with a reason for your opposite experience I'm sorry.

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I also use the optimized fsx.cfg by Bojote with the vsync fix. I tried to remove the vsync fix to see if this was causing it and it was not. I get a 10FPS difference, this is insane. Does anyone know what the key combination is to get rid of the title bar in windowed mode? (not the tool bar / alt) Thanks.

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Use the autohotkey script to remove borders in mode making it fullscreen.This way I have maxed performance ánd windowed mode, allowing instant alt-tab etc


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Thanks all for the response. I found that when using autohotkey fullscreen abilities my FPS decreases to a level no different than if I just alt-enter full screen. The idea behind running FSX on windowed mode is to maintain the FPS boost I get in that mode. Any other ideas?

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Thanks all for the response. I found that when using autohotkey fullscreen abilities my FPS decreases to a level no different than if I just alt-enter full screen. The idea behind running FSX on windowed mode is to maintain the FPS boost I get in that mode. Any other ideas?
Does your startbar still appear? I definitely go back to max FPS once I hit windows+f11

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