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Disable Scenery When Not in Use?

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Hello!

 

I have quite a bit of addon scenery and I realize that this takes up memory and can lower framerate even when you're far from it. Is there some kind of program that I can use to disable the scenery before setting up a flight? I think I've found some programs that can do that, but I'm not so sure.

Any help is appreciated  :BigGrin:

 

 

Thanks,

Phil

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Hello Phil,

 

As posted above, this tool allows you select/de-select scenery you are not planning to use . What I have done is separate the world and my regions/airports into different geographical areas. Of course you can do this down to country-level as well but I found regions e.g Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Asia, North America, Canada/Alaska etc. a good compromise.

 

One note: This tool works well when adding new scenery however Orbx scenery tends to mess around with the scenery.cfg file so I always keep a back-up copy of this file.

 

Regards,

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I guess I'm rather simplistic, but I just go into the the scenery library in the FSX UI one time and unselect all my sceneries except for the few that I am going to use for that flight, then hit save and go back to the main menu and setup from there. Since everything was unchecked except for the last few sceneries, the next time I start FSX I just uncheck those that I won't need and check the ones I will need for that flight and go.

 

The way I look at it, whether you use and external program or use the FSX UI, you are still going to have to be selecting or unselecting sceneries for that flight. For me it just seems as easy to do it from within FSX without having to open another program prior to opening FSX to do it.

 

Either way it ends up working out the same. I do use a program to rearrange scenery layers though which should not be done from within FSX.

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I think how much you benefit from disabling scenery comes down to what type of scenery you have installed.

 

I don't use any photo scenery and when I did some testing in the past I saw very little improvement by disabling scenery.

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I was gonna use the program SierraDelta suggested, but the program wouldn't install properly. I'm thinking about doing what cmpbellsjc is doing, but what do you click in FSX? I assume it's "Delete Area."

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I like this program a lot. It allows you to set up different scenery areas to fly in and only load the scenery for those areas. It helps a lot in FSX because it reduces VAS by not loading tons of sceneries you are nowhere near. They have just updated it for P3D as well. Once you set it up it is very easy to use, just select the area, press the button and go.

 

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Lee

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I'm thinking about doing what cmpbellsjc is doing, but what do you click in FSX? I assume it's "Delete Area."

Don't delete it, just unclick the check mark in the box on the left.

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I don't bother with the Scenery Editor. I just tick and untick relevant areas in the Scenery Menu for each flight.

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I've got over 300 sceneries, that's a lot of sceneries to untick!

 

:lol:

 

Lee

 

300  :Shocked:

I thought I had a lot!

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Well, you know, I have to support ORBX and a few others! That Simstarter program comes in handy.

 

:P

 

Lee

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Just be careful not to use the SceneryConfigEditor to enable/disable FTX/Orbx scenery. Do that through their utility only. You can run into a lot of problems. Of course, that applies too if you enable/disable scenery through the Scenery Library.

 

Best regards,

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Or just leave everything alone because except for photoscenery none of this does anything really.

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I think some of the FTX/Orbx scenery has photoscenery. I know PNW Seattle is photoscenery anyway. I ran Process Monitor in a flight from Chicago to St Louis some time back and saw that Orbx scenery was being processed even though it was not loaded in the PNW. Turned out to be Orbx .bgl's in the Scenery/World/Scenery folder (Autogen). I never did enable the FTX utility to see if the PNW scenery would load even though I was located in Chicago.

 

Best regards,

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Using Simstarter I keep it simple, just  2 profiles, 1 No photo and normal settings and 2 Just photo and the best settings for it..easy

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I've got over 300 sceneries, that's a lot of sceneries to untick!

 

:lol:

 

Lee

Yeah, I know what you mean. I have 326 entries in mine and it was a lot to untick the first time. After I did it once it was done for good. Now I only have to tick and untick a few every time I fly.

 

I have my scenery library arranged strating from west to east, west starting on the west coast of the US and east ending in Australia/Asia. Since its arranged in this order it makes finding stuff easy to tick and untick.

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Jim is right, never touch the FTX sceneries manually. You can set simstarter to leave them alone and only manage them via their own control panel.

 

Lee

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What problems are caused if FTX scenery is manually enabled and disabled in the Scenery Menu? How would I disable some FTX airfields when FTX Central only seems to let me activate or deactivate regions?

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With FTX it is all-or-nothing. Disabling any airfields is going to even do less of nothing than disabling regions.. Hard to think that people believe that they are doing something good here, except in the case of photoscenery.

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I found after disabling some complex add on airports such as Flytampa, FSDT, and others I had to uninstall and reinstall the airports. After enabling I would have terminals missing and sometimes blacked out areas. I now only uncheck the photo areas I won't use and leave everything else alone. 

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