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Hi,

 

I run PanelBuilder and P3Dv2 on the same pc.

When I start PanelBuilder  it wil cause a lot of stuttering and a significant drop in fps, Guages run out of sync.

 

I de installed Panelbuilder and installed the demo for x-Plane10.25.  Ran it with x-Plane10.25 and no issues at all,

 

Did the same with the FSX demo and had the same issues as with P3D.

 

Any suggestions?

 

Regards,

 

Peter

 

My specs:

 

I5 2500k @4.7 Ghz

8GB Ram

NVIDIA GTX780 3Gb ( 3 x 24" 1900 x 1600 for the sims)

NVIDIA GTX450 1Gb ( 1 x 1650 x 1080 for the instruments)

P3D installed on Samsung 840 256Gb SSD

Win 7 64 Prof on Crucial 128GB SSD

 

 

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The X-Plane plugin architecture is much more powerful and allows for faster processing.

FSX and P3D use simConnect which is not as fast as the X-Plane Interface.

 

Also I think your computer might be slightly under-powered to run everything on one PC (with FSX and P3D anyway). We have many users running on a single PC (I7, with 16GB RAM) and X-Plane. 

 

There are a few thing you can do to improve the speed on FSX and P3D:

 

1. Reduce the update rate. Go to simPluginsFSX (or simPluginsP3D), then Network Configuration and change the Update Interval to maybe 300 or 350 milliseconds.

2. Disable instruments in the config file you are not planning to use. The config file is located in C:\Users\[YOUR USERNAME]\AppData\Roaming\simplugins\PanelManagerPRO. Edit the file simPluginsFSX.ini (or simPluginsPrepar3D.ini). Find the following section:

 

[instruments]

Airspeed=41001
HeadingIndicator=41002
VerticalSpeed=41003
Altimeter=41004
ArtificialHorizon=41005
TurnIndicator=41006
RadioAltimeter=41007
AOA=41008
GForce=41009
GPS=41010
RPM=42001
EngOilTempPress=42002
BatteryVoltsAmps=42003
FuelTank=42004
EngEGTMAP=42005
TurbITT=42006
TurbN1=42007
FuelFlow=42008
EngTRQ=42009
CyldHdTemp=42010
CarbTemp=42011
EngEGT=42012
EngMAP=42013
EngRAD=42014
FuelPressure=42015
TurbN2=42016
BusLoad=42017
BusVolts=42018
PropSync=42019
EngEGTFF=42020
Nav1=43001
Nav2=43002
HSI=43003
ADF=43004
Compass=43005
AutoPilot=43006
DME=43007
Annunciator=44001
AirTempDisp=44002
OMI=44003
Clock=44004
AnalogClock=44005
HobbsMeter=44006
AnnHelo10=44007
AnnHelo6=44008
StallWarning=44009
TrimIndicator=44010
GearIndicator=44011
FlapsIndicator=44012
Suction=44013
StatusLight10=44014
StatusLight5=44015
SpoilerIndicator=44016
AircraftReg=44017
FuelTankSelector=44019
HydrPress=44021
Wind=44022
StatusLight8=44023
;HeliTurbRotorRPM=46001
;HeliTRQ=46002
;HeliTurbTemp=46003
;HeliLoadFuelPress=46004
;HeliGasGen=46005
;HeliEngOilTempPress=46006
;HeliTransOilTempPress=46007
;HeliFuelTank=46008
;HeliEngRotorRPM=46009
;HeliManifoldPress=46010
;HeliEngRobinson=46011
Radios=47000
Global=99999

 

Place a semicolon (;) in front of any instruments that you are not using, as shown above for the instruments starting with Heli... . This will disable the data from being pulled from FSX (or P3D). The smaller the number of instruments, the quicker the it will be. The entry after = is the port number. So you could build your panel and check all the port numbers of instruments in Panel Builder and then disable everything else you do not need. This is if you have mainly one or two panels you are using. If you need any other instruments, you then need to re-enable them in the config file.

 

If you make changes to the config file, you need to restart the interface (simpluginsFSX or simPluginsPrepar3D).

 

Hope that helps

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Thanks for the quick reply.

I will test your suggestions.

Though I disagree on the fact that my machine is underpowered for FSX and P3D. Without Panel builder everything runs smooth  with frame rates well above 60 fps.

 

Regards,

 

Peter

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