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Guest Pappyhep

In years of flight simming, the best frame rate improvement I ever found was to increase the cpu priority level of the program one step.Only...(sob)...I had to reinstall everything and lost the directions on how to accomplish this feat.Frame rate now only 15+/- where it used to be locked at 29.If you will tell me how to change program priority I will give you my fistborn (he is now thirty) or my eternal gratitude.

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Guest panda234

You can minimize FS9 and then right click the icon and set its priority but you need to do this every time you start it. I seem to recall that there's a way to add a line into the properties and it's done automatically. Anyone have any ideas?billg

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Are you saying that your framerates dropped from 29 to approx. 15 after you reinstalled "everything", where everything means your operating system? If so, ensure that you reinstalled all of your drivers, especially your motherboard chipset drivers. A failure to reinstall your chipset drivers (e.g., for enabling AGP 8x) is consistent with a framerate loss of that magnitude.

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Guest Pappyhep

Thanks for all the suggestions, Guys. Guess sometyhing else is screwed up here because none of them worked...even Autostart had priority change option grayed out. When I finally get it figured out I'll post the solution.Guess nobody wanted my firstborn.Pappyhep

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Pappyhep,You can change the Target field in your FS9 shortcut toC:WINDOWSsystem32cmd.exe /c start "FS9" /High "C:Program FilesMicrosoft GamesFlight Simulator 9fs9.exe"That's assuming of course that you used the default installation. If you instlled to a different folder you will have to modify the above. Also, I use this on Windows XP Pro. I'm not sure if it works on other OSs.Mike

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It simply gives FS9 processing priority over most other running applications. It probably won't do much, if anything at all, to improve framerates. And the downside is that if you also have anything running such as RC3, FSMeteo, ActiveSky, FSNav, ActiveCamera, etc, etc, those processes may have a difficult time doing their job under their "normal" priority. My advice? Leave the priorities alone - changing them isn't going to fix a framerate problem and it could well degrade everything else.Doug

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Guest Pappyhep

Thanks Mike -I'll give it a shot and report back with the results

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Guest bobsk8

> It simply gives FS9 processing priority over most other>running applications. It probably won't do much, if anything>at all, to improve framerates. And the downside is that if you>also have anything running such as RC3, FSMeteo, ActiveSky,>FSNav, ActiveCamera, etc, etc, those processes may have a>difficult time doing their job under their "normal" priority.>My advice? Leave the priorities alone - changing them isn't>going to fix a framerate problem and it could well degrade>everything else.>>DougIf every claim for improved frame rates that I have read and tried in the last 5 years or so actually worked, my FS9 would be visually better than looking out the windshield of a real airplane. :)

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Guest mgerner

>If every claim for improved frame rates that I have read and>tried in the last 5 years or so actually worked, my FS9 would>be visually better than looking out the windshield of a real>airplane. :)Yeah...but since I've installed the new XP 8600 CPU, my frame rates are REALLY good...(with some sliders set to their middle positions, though)...:D

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Guest pez_man

"If every claim for improved frame rates that I have read and tried in the last 5 years or so actually worked, my FS9 would be visually better than looking out the windshield of a real airplane. :)"LOL! :-lol rgrds fredrik

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Absolutely. I'd think something on the order of 11,345.2 FPS at a minimum :-) .Doug

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So do you put priority to high or realtime? The ERJ by far is the worst aircraft I have as far as frame rates go, it was choppy the whole way from LAX to SFO. I hope one day I will be able to use the plane and have a smooth ecperience with it. I have a P4 2.8 1 gig 3200 ddr ram, 160 gig ide HD, and an X800 Pro (256 megs).**EDIT** Actually nevermind, I would have to agree with Doug, he sounds like he knows what hes talking about, and since changing it to high didn't do anything noticable, I think I'll leave it alone. And to add to that... That is the best tip of the year.Jeff

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Guys,Keep in mind that I never said it would work. All I did was answer the question about how to increase the default priority.That said, I tested it on my own system before I posted my initial reply. I got about a 15% increase in frame rate with a PMDG 737. Nothing earth shattering, but an improvement nontheless. For those of you who think more is better and are considering changing the priority to Realtime, don't.Mike

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Guest BAW843

Dear All,Just remember the old phrase 'if it aint broken don't try to fix it'its happened to us all where we continually strive for better performance only to mess somthing else up!!Always be careful when tweaking with FS in any way ...CheersPHIL

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