Sign in to follow this  
Gregg_Seipp

Why long splash screen time?

Recommended Posts

Been wondering about this for a while so I thought I'd ask.  I have about 30 or so sceneries in P3D.  Most of them stay disabled (via SimStarter) since I only load them in smaller regional profiles....Eastern US, Central US, Western US, Europe, Pacific, Caribbean or New York City (yes, the city is in it's own little world)...wherever I'm flying, that's what's enabled.  But, I'm noticing that the more scenery I have the longer the splash screen stays up.  The load time is pretty descent once I select my aircraft and click OK.  I'm just wondering...is it scanning all that disabled scenery during the splash screen time?

Share this post


Link to post
Help AVSIM continue to serve you!
Please donate today!

I noticed this too and am wondering if PTA has something to do with it. Keep telling myself to try loading times with the default shader files but haven't yet. Maybe some setting(s) are out of range which causes P3D to have to rebuild the questionable file.

 

Might also be P3D phoning home for a license check on each load.

 

Speculation on my part.

Share this post


Link to post

 The amount of AI traffic you have often plays a larger role in this. The larger the number of aircraft.cfg's (as well as how many entries they have in them) that the sim has go through, the longer the time it will take to load on the initial launch. Scenery on the other hand doesn't have much effect unless it's the first time loading.

Share this post


Link to post

Using Procmon.exe (after disabling the GTN750 .dlls) I have a complete, line by line load of P3d....and you can too...no more guessing what is loaded when...set up different active and inactive scenery.cfg files thru SimStarter or the like....do the same with AI or any add-ones and answer your own question...

 

...just sayin...

 

Regards,

 

Chas

Share this post


Link to post

This tends to be due to aircraft numbers. Mine takes ages since I started using loads of ai with my traffic installed. Scenery doesn't seem to make much difference.

Chris

Share this post


Link to post

Maybe it is the AI traffic.  I mean it's not a huge load time.  I was just thinking I didn't want it to get longer and longer.

Share this post


Link to post

I was always under the assumption that P3D was clearing shader cache while the splash screen was present.  The reason why I say this is that after the splashscreen disappears, and the scenario screen pops up, the default aircraft (f-35) appears slowly, rebuilding itself, as if P3D is starting "fresh", since the shader cache is now empty.  I could be wrong that it isn't the shader cache specifically, but something has been rebuilt prior to getting to the scenario screen.  Whatever is going on, i don't mind waiting if my sim isn't keeping latent things around from flight to flight that may cause the sim to get slow or crash later.

Share this post


Link to post

I got rid of MyTraffic 6 and splash loading times were cut in half, at least.

Share this post


Link to post

I was always under the assumption that P3D was clearing shader cache while the splash screen was present.  The reason why I say this is that after the splashscreen disappears, and the scenario screen pops up, the default aircraft (f-35) appears slowly, rebuilding itself, as if P3D is starting "fresh", since the shader cache is now empty.  I could be wrong that it isn't the shader cache specifically, but something has been rebuilt prior to getting to the scenario screen.  Whatever is going on, i don't mind waiting if my sim isn't keeping latent things around from flight to flight that may cause the sim to get slow or crash later.

 

I find that rebooting my computer, which I don't do often, before starting P3D slows the splash screen loading time. 

Share this post


Link to post

I find that rebooting my computer, which I don't do often, before starting P3D slows the splash screen loading time. 

I would concur, but whether I do a reboot beforehand or not, my sim loads the same way.  I really don't pay any mind with it now, since it allows me to collect all my data and setup before my flight.

Share this post


Link to post

I find that rebooting my computer, which I don't do often, before starting P3D slows the splash screen loading time. 

 

Yes, fresh first load is way longer. After you close the P3D and start it again, it will load much faster. I know this from FSX also.

Share this post


Link to post

I only notice it when I load up photoreal scenery, but I expect it.

Share this post


Link to post

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this