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Do I really need HIGHMEMFIX?

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Hi, just trying the ENB series and I have to say I'm hooked. Days look great...awesome. Nights darker like it should be. I cant fly without it now. The only downside is the black screens I get when switching menus. Its annoying starting a flight, firing up Fs passengers and then the black screen where you can hear the sound but no video is rendered.

 

I have kostas tweaks applied and they give me very good simming experience, but doing some reading I found that the Enb is not compatible with the HIGHMEMFIX=1 line I added to the graphics section of my fsx.cfg so I disabled it and voila!! Black screens are gone and I dont see any performance change. So Im wondering if I really need this fix in my cfg or I can just live without it.

 

 

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This isn't an issue with HIGHMEMFIX or even ENB (although it doesn't help). 

 

The black screen issue is a problem with running FSX in full-screen mode and tabbing in and out of it, inevitably it happens. It's why pretty much everyone I know flies in maximised windowed mode.

 

If you use any complex aircraft like the NGX, then you will need HIGHMEMFIX.

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Yes, you definitely need [HIGHMEMFIX].

 

It was a self-confessed ommision from FSX SP2, by Microsoft.

 

........... and hence it is natively there in P3D :wink:

 

As Noble above said, you may be ok for now, but in more complex or texture rich add-ons, you'll run out memory.

 

It's not a performance tweak; it doesn't improve frame rates - but it stops your PC running out of available memory, very early.

 

 

PS........ Maximized Window mode?? ...........Never!....... black screens or not, it's been Full Screen for me for the last 10 years. :smile:

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This isn't an issue with HIGHMEMFIX or even ENB (although it doesn't help). 

 

The black screen issue is a problem with running FSX in full-screen mode and tabbing in and out of it, inevitably it happens. It's why pretty much everyone I know flies in maximised windowed mode.

 

If you use any complex aircraft like the NGX, then you will need HIGHMEMFIX.

Well I run my FSX in full screen mode and I did a lot of tests. In all of them I recovered the virtual cockpit view with no issues. 

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You will end up with graphic abnormalities as stated above with complex aircraft, so I would advise to put it back in.

 

As to crashes in full screen, as Luke posted, I have never had a CTD switching full screen. I always use the menu/view/fullscreen and has never been an issue. I can switch just as quick using the menu as using keyboard shorcut. Try it.

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You will end up with graphic abnormalities as stated above with complex aircraft, so I would advise to put it back in.

 

As to crashes in full screen, as Luke posted, I have never had a CTD switching full screen. I always use the menu/view/fullscreen and has never been an issue. I can switch just as quick using the menu as using keyboard shorcut. Try it.

 

Well I run my FSX in full screen mode and I did a lot of tests. In all of them I recovered the virtual cockpit view with no issues. 

 

Interesting. Whenever I run full-screen mode and am doing a proper flight with something like the NGX/Concorde, tabbing out of FSX for more than five minutes gives a pretty good chance of a complete black-screen when I go back into it. This is also over multiple computers I've had in the last 4-5 years (and happens to quite a few friends) so I assumed this was an issue with FSX. Perhaps it's an issue with SB4/FSInn? Do either of you use VATSIM?

PS........ Maximized Window mode?? ...........Never!....... black screens or not, it's been Full Screen for me for the last 10 years. :smile:

 

I used to use full-screen before FSX, it isn't to too much of a change (since it's just the thin application bar at the top). I also get better FPS using windowed as opposed to full-screen as well (for some odd reason).

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Any fix to make the 2 work together? I dont want to give up on enb. Also I doubt the cause of the black screen is something else since when I disabled the line in the cfg the issue stopped.

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I think there is an issue too trying to run two or more monitors with FSX at full screen.

 

If anyone knows a way to run multiple monitors off the one card with full screen let me know.

 

I've got a GTX660 2GB if that helps.

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I think there is an issue too trying to run two or more monitors with FSX at full screen.

 

If anyone knows a way to run multiple monitors off the one card with full screen let me know.

 

I've got a GTX660 2GB if that helps.

I run 3 screens on an AMD XFX 7770 at full screen. One to fly and the other 2 for gauges and outside view. When I do long flights I run in window mode so I can watch youtube or browse avsim on the other monitors. What kind of problem are you having

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I'm probably not having as issue as such.

 

I use the second monitor for flight planning, charts, internet browsing etc.

 

If that's what I want then I can't run only my main FSX monitor in fullscreen.  Would be good to have one full screen and the other windowed for web browsing etc.

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Any fix to make the 2 work together? I dont want to give up on enb. Also I doubt the cause of the black screen is something else since when I disabled the line in the cfg the issue stopped.

All I do is hit the Enter key and she goes out of black screen back to FSX.

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SweetFX looks much better overall and works perfect here. It was kinda relief to switch from ENB to SweetFX in many regards.  The only issue I've found is that I have to run pmdg737ngx in windowed mode, otherwise the screen flickers when I switch views in the cockpit. To some reason in windowed mode I have the same FPS with pmg737ngx.

 

In my case ENB always cost me 4-6 fps, whereas SweetFX is like 1-2 maximum.

 

If you haven't try SweetFX I strongly recommend to spend some time understanding it and picking the right config for your system. 

 

Dirk.

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I don't use it. when I tried it out for a bit then deleted that I didn't find any negative, or positive effects.

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SweetFX looks much better overall and works perfect here. It was kinda relief to switch from ENB to SweetFX in many regards.  The only issue I've found is that I have to run pmdg737ngx in windowed mode, otherwise the screen flickers when I switch views in the cockpit. To some reason in windowed mode I have the same FPS with pmg737ngx.

 

In my case ENB always cost me 4-6 fps, whereas SweetFX is like 1-2 maximum.

 

If you haven't try SweetFX I strongly recommend to spend some time understanding it and picking the right config for your system. 

 

Dirk.

Definitely I have to try it. Any particular settings that I have to configurate?

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If anyone knows a way to run multiple monitors off the one card with full screen let me know

 

I may be misunderstanding the question, so apologies if so, but I had nothing but freezes using two monitors. Eventually I noticed that my fsx.cfg was missing info for my second monitor (I think it was the line: Mode=1680x1050x32) which when reinstated stopped the sim hanging when switching between windowed and full screen. As I say, may be of no help to you whatsoever but it sure as hell helped me!

 

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I also get better FPS using windowed as opposed to full-screen as well (for some odd reason).

 

Interesting. My fps srop by nearly half when in windowed mode.  I use ALT ENTER to go windowed and then do what ever I need to do outside FSX then ALT ENTER again to return full screen when I'm done. 

 

If I do happen to accidently leave FSX while in fullscreen I have to go to task manager and select "switch to" on FSX to not have a black screen. I do not run ENB or similar. 

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shade is a good, bugg-free alternative to ENB and SweetFX with no FPS impact http://secure.simmarket.com/mogwaisoft-shade.phtml

 

The only problem is that Shade is nothing like ENB or SweetFX... ^_^ I don't really understand why people keep on posting about Shade when there is talk about ENB or SweetFX! ENB and SweetFS change things that are related to the GPU/hardware: bloom, contrast, gamma, saturation and those kind of things. Both addons have NOTHING to do with FSX itself. Shade on the other hand changes the way the shadows work within FSX. ENB and SweetFX cannot do what Shade does and Shade certainly can not do what ENB and SweetFX can do. Calling Shade an alternative for ENB and SweetFX is the same as calling REX an alternative for nVidia Inspector. :P

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The only problem is that Shade is nothing like ENB or SweetFX... ^_^ I don't really understand why people keep on posting about Shade when there is talk about ENB or SweetFX!

 

That's true  :lol:

 

I mentioned shade becouse i thought that is ther same category, and is trouble - free. 

 

ENB and SweetFX are simpler to use and both looks better, but seems to have some fps impact and may induce some instability with FSX.

 

But you have right, i just asked google and shade is about colors, not rendering, AA, gamma etc...  :wacko:

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The only problem is that Shade is nothing like ENB or SweetFX... ^_^ I don't really understand why people keep on posting about Shade when there is talk about ENB or SweetFX! ENB and SweetFS change things that are related to the GPU/hardware: bloom, contrast, gamma, saturation and those kind of things. Both addons have NOTHING to do with FSX itself. Shade on the other hand changes the way the shadows work within FSX. ENB and SweetFX cannot do what Shade does and Shade certainly can not do what ENB and SweetFX can do. Calling Shade an alternative for ENB and SweetFX is the same as calling REX an alternative for nVidia Inspector. :P

+1

 

Dirk

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For those using windowed mode you may want to try using pseudo full screen available in the Avsim library (pseudo_full_screen.zip by Maarten Boelens). Gives a full screen look with the windowed performance.

 

Works great for me!

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For those using windowed mode you may want to try using pseudo full screen available in the Avsim library (pseudo_full_screen.zip by Maarten Boelens). Gives a full screen look with the windowed performance.

 

Works great for me!

 

Thanks for the heads-up. Trying now, it works very well!

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Does anyone have an idea that when I have graphical anomalies (fsdreamteam airports appear vertically on approach, other planes with jumbled parts, etc.) why going into windowed mode fixes things? I never had these issues with xp and my gtx570 but do now with w7 and a gtx660. I can't stand windowed mode, I've got a 27" monitor and love it

when things look right, but something is causing these annoying issues...

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Does anyone have an idea that when I have graphical anomalies (fsdreamteam airports appear vertically on approach, other planes with jumbled parts, etc.) why going into windowed mode fixes things? I never had these issues with xp and my gtx570 but do now with w7 and a gtx660. I can't stand windowed mode, I've got a 27" monitor and love it

when things look right, but something is causing these annoying issues...

 

If you use windowed mode, with the above script from the file library, it looks exactly like full-screen.

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