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SweetFX makes FSX disappear!

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Hi,

 

I recently reinstalled FSX, adding SweetFX early in the process.  Results were great.

 

Due to a serious problem with a backup program, Windows gave up the ghost, so another reinstall has been necessary.

 

FSX is now running perfectly (FSX deluxe, Acceleration, 3 FS Global Ultimates, all my previous DX10 stuff in place).

 

I've installed my previous SweetFX files, (V 1.37), double-clicked the FSX shortcut, opening screen appears momentarly, then nothing.  A check in Task Manager shows no sign of an FSX application or process.

 

I've tried the standard Sweet 1.4 files, same result.  Take them away, and FSX behaves perfectly again.

 

Last time, and with Paul's settings, I was happy as can be.

 

Anyone with a good idea?

 

Thanks, Jim

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Jim, I was getting this similar failure, but I think it was a d3d11.dll, was a CTD, and I was suspicious of either Nvidia or SweetFX, as they both have dx11 capability loaded when running - but it turned out to be a particular Windows update download, and the number to look for being KB2670838. I thought this one to be of sufficient importance that I included it in the "How-To" doc.

 

I hope this is the problem, as it would be an easy fix..

 

All the Best,

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I also had FSX crashing with SweetFX, but that happend while flying (sometimes after 5 mins, sometimes after 45 mins). The update Paul mentioned was the problemmaker for me, you can safely uninstall it via Windows Update.

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Event Log/Custom Views/Admin Events:

Nothing related to FSX, but lots related to network, printer sharing, etc.  In my previous installation of Win7 I didn't have such errors, and I'm not knowledgeable enough to engage in advanced settings.

 

I don't seem to have KB2670838.

 

I'm on 314.22 drivers.

 

Despite the above errors, all seems to be smooth so far.  Only visible problem at the moment is the SweetFX one.

 

Regards, Jim

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Are you running SweetFX through an outside program such as Flight FX? I had a similar problem when I did not start FlightFX before FSX. FSX would disappear almost immediately as if I never started it. There is a problem in pointing to the exe location in some of these programs.   Skip

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Since we got chucked out of the DX10 forum, I've checked that the problem is just the same in DX9, so we are ok in here!  :unsure:

 

I start FSX from a desktop shortcut. 

 

My present reinstall follows a previous order exactly, so I'm at a loss.  I'll set SweetFX aside, and carry on in DX10 without.

 

Thanks, jim

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If SweetFX is causing the CTD it's more than likely related to a SweetFX configuration error. Could be several things.

- Check that all files associated with SweetFX are in your FSX folder
- Make sure the "SweetFX_preset.txt" file (Where the settings file name is defined) points to a "SweetFX_settings.txt" file

Example SweetFX_preset.txt file:
#include "SweetFX_fsxDAY_settings.txt"

Then I have a settings file named appropriately.
 

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I have the files which worked before:

d3d9.dll

d3d9.fx

dxgi.dll

dxgi.fx

Injector.ini

SweetFX readme.txt

SweetFX_preset_txt

SweetFX_settings.txt

SweetFX_settings_P.txt (pointed to by Preset)

 

I don't have a CTD.  The FSX initial screen appears briefly, then nothing.

There is no sign of FSX in Task Manager, and there is nothing in Event Viewer when this happens.

 

Remove these files and FSX works as normal, in both DX9, and DX10.  I'm not blaming Sweet.  it must be something in my system.

 

I do have another annoying problem with my system.  Sometimes, when I fire up the computer, Win7 appears to start, but freezes at the Windows "Flag" symbol.  I then switch off at the mains, wait about 20 seconds, switch on again, and all is ok.  I'm far from an expert, but I don't believe these problems are related at all.

 

Thanks for your interest, Jim

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I have the files which worked before:

d3d9.dll

d3d9.fx

dxgi.dll

dxgi.fx

Injector.ini

SweetFX readme.txt

SweetFX_preset_txt

SweetFX_settings.txt

SweetFX_settings_P.txt (pointed to by Preset)

 

Don't reuse your old files. Delete all old and install 1.40 fresh.

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Subscribing in case someone figures these "disappearing crashes" out.  I haven't tried SFX since moving to DX10 mode, but in DX9 it crashed all the time like this.  Usually when coming back out of a menu item like maps or flight planner or whatever.  The sim would sit there for a second and then just poof it was gone with no message.  I tried everything I could think of, yanking that KB update (installed automatically and you can't get rid of btw if you move to IE10), and disabling the OSD for Precision X while FSX is running.  The only thing I didn't try was totally shutting off Precision X (fan profiles for my video card).  

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flyinion I was experiencing the same thing I use only dx9 due to payware airport problems anyway sweetfx was working fine all of a sudden weeks later fsx was disappearing after choosing anything in the menu - I have removed it and all is fine now - would be nice to get it back do like it.

 

Precision X - I am using this have you heard of problems with it ?

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Jim

 

Out of interest have you recently installed ORBX Australia?

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flyinion I was experiencing the same thing I use only dx9 due to payware airport problems anyway sweetfx was working fine all of a sudden weeks later fsx was disappearing after choosing anything in the menu - I have removed it and all is fine now - would be nice to get it back do like it.

 

Precision X - I am using this have you heard of problems with it ?

Hey isn't Precision X the software that is said to fix the ENB  & SweetFX CTD ? I was reading about it some where but i can't remember.

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No Australia products installed - Precision tool as far as I know does nothing but overclock and raise fans speeds nothing to do with fixing sweetfx as far as I know if anything it would be the other way around may try the ati utility instead see what happens but 97 degrees here no AC thinking it might not be a good idea to push it  :(

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Hi,

I posted earlier, but it seems to have disappeared.

 

I updated DX - no difference.

 

I inserted the1.40 files - no difference.

 

It's a new install, so at first I had only FSX Deluxe and Acceleration, now I have added the three FS Global Ultimates only.

 

Like Richard, I really liked the difference SFX made to the scenery, but at the moment it's a no go on my system.

 

If someone hits on a solution, please let me know!!

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Yes makes no sense to work for a bit and then not - something is not getting along with it - hmmmmm

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Precision X - I am using this have you heard of problems with it ?

 

Precision X and other similar tools like MSI Afterburner offer an onscreen display that can display things like fps, GPU usage, fan speed, etc. in your games.  It's a known compatibility thing with things like SweetFX and EnB.  You can supposedly fix it by adding fsx.exe to the profiles list in the OSD "server" and checking a box for something called "3rd party .dll compatibility".  Unfortunately it didn't help in my case.  I even went as far as telling Precision to disable the OSD totally while FSX was running and still no go.  So I'm pretty sure precision was not actually the cause of my problems.  

 

Probably just some combo of drivers/software/etc.  Heck it could even be that it just didn't like my 310.90 video drivers or maybe my NI settings.  Now that I've moved on to DX10 mode, I will probably sit down one weekend to replicate my DX9 effects look and then see if I'm still getting crashes.  For one, I run slightly different NI settings now so if that was responsible then maybe it will behave now.

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Hi,

I posted earlier, but it seems to have disappeared.

 

I updated DX - no difference.

 

I inserted the1.40 files - no difference.

 

It's a new install, so at first I had only FSX Deluxe and Acceleration, now I have added the three FS Global Ultimates only.

 

Like Richard, I really liked the difference SFX made to the scenery, but at the moment it's a no go on my system.

 

If someone hits on a solution, please let me know!!

Are you using FXAA or SMAA SweetFX dll's?

 

Make sure you have the correct dll's.

 

If you're using SMAA try switching to FXAA.

 

Bummer it's not working for you.

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No Australia products installed - Precision tool as far as I know does nothing but overclock and raise fans speeds nothing to do with fixing sweetfx as far as I know if anything it would be the other way around may try the ati utility instead see what happens but 97 degrees here no AC thinking it might not be a good idea to push it  :(

This is what i found out about Precision X http://enbseries.enbdev.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=433

 

To me Precision X is just like afterburner.

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