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Losing Patience with FSX

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I have done everything I know of to get smooth performance with FSX and Vista, so I need some new/different perspectives. My system consists of an EVGA 680i mainboard, EVGA 8800GTX, 2gig Corsair memory, Core2 Duo 6600 @ 3.2Ghz and a 140gig ATA hard drive. I am also using the new digital Triplehead2go adapter with 3 Samsung LCD's. Resolution is 3840 X 1024. I am getting 25 - 60 fps (fluctuating)while flying, but I have small jerks/pauses that get worse while turning/banking. This does not seem to be a framerate problem. Is there a way to see if my hard drive or main memory is falling too far behind causing this? What do you think? Any help appreciated. Steve

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If you're only getting 25-60, try locking lower than the lowest you get....so lock at 21-24 and see if the micro stutters go away

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>If you're only getting 25-60, try locking lower than the>lowest you get....>Only?! :-lol

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>>If you're only getting 25-60, try locking lower than the>>lowest you get....>>>>Only?! :-lol I have tried all of that with no changes. Do you think my system is waiting on the hard drive?

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do the following:http://www.windowsnetworking.com/nt/registry/rtips71.shtml"Windows NT NTFS volumes store a last access timestamp for every file and directory. The NTFS driver automatically updates this timestamp every time a file is accessed, whether for reading or writing."The article contains the fix. Makes perfect sense to me, and I'm sure it can't hurt.My point, perhaps you can do the same in Vista?bt

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>do the following:>>http://www.windowsnetworking.com/nt/registry/rtips71.shtml>>"Windows NT NTFS volumes store a last access timestamp for>every file and directory. The NTFS driver automatically>updates this timestamp every time a file is accessed, whether>for reading or writing.">>The article contains the fix. Makes perfect sense to me, and>I'm sure it can't hurt.>>My point, perhaps you can do the same in Vista?>>btYeah, I remember doing this in XP. I could run FSX, VoxATC and GoFlight software in XP with very smooth results. I may go back.

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Disableing aa on my older 7950gt helped me when I was having the exact issue you descirbe. I know its not a great solution because aa is very important, but just try and see if that at least helps, then we can better isolate the cause of the stuttering.

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Steve,Go to your FSX Display Settings and under the Scenery Tab change Texture Resolution to 2m. That should solve the micro stutters when turning/banking.David

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I'm with Mike on this one. On all three computers that I have run FSX upon, AA has caused stutters while turning or panning, especially with lots of clouds around. Options are to either:- turn AA off (yuck!), - turn down AA if you are overiding FSX with high AA levels, - use the frame rate limiter (which lops about 33-50% off the FPS you would otherwise achieve, so no good IMO), or - just put up with it like I do and consider it a "feature" :-lolGaryPS. And no, it is very likely not your hard drive. FSX is fed fast enough in flight by even the slowest hard drive that I have used (5400RPM). Check your HDD light as you are turning and see if the stutters exactly correspond with the flashing light - some may but the majority won't.

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I have the same issue of micro-stutters with FSX. My fix has been to turn off autogen. This is not as bad as it sounds. With really good photo-realistic scenery (Horizon) I get almost perfect realism at altitudes of greater than 1500 feet. But there are still so many bugs in FSX, sometimes it is all too easy to become discouraged. Am I deranged, or is there no course selection knob in the 747 2D panel? And I'm still have problems with FSX suddenly not responding to keyboard inputs. Cheers,Noel.

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>Have you tried it minus the 3H2Go?Yes, that's the first thing to try. My bet would be on the GPU driver as well.I assume you run water on 2xLow and bloom/ground shadow off with this huge resolution ?Just a further test - disable all traffic.Heiko

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Ask yourself. DO I REALLY NEED VISTA?If the answer is No? Go back to 'XP' and realise that Vista just dosen't like games.

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>I have done everything I know of to get smooth performance>with FSX and Vista, so I need some new/different perspectives.>My system consists of an EVGA 680i mainboard, EVGA 8800GTX,>2gig Corsair memory, Core2 Duo 6600 @ 3.2Ghz and a 140gig ATA>hard drive. I am also using the new digital Triplehead2go>adapter with 3 Samsung LCD's. Resolution is 3840 X 1024. I am>getting 25 - 60 fps (fluctuating)while flying, but I have>small jerks/pauses that get worse while turning/banking. This>does not seem to be a framerate problem. Is there a way to see>if my hard drive or main memory is falling too far behind>causing this? What do you think? Any help appreciated. >>SteveIs your ATA drive running out of free space?Replace your FSX hard drive with a SATA drive!I have smooth performance with my humble setup and run unlimited.WXP(sp2)|Dx9.0c|AMD FX-62|Gigabyte 7950GX2 v158.27|OCZ 700W|Foxconn C51XEM2AA|Zalman CNPS9500|2 gig Corsair XMS2 6400|Gigabyte 3D Arura Case|Plextor 716AL|Audigy2|Maxtor 60 & Seagate 250 Sata|Viewsonic 19"|Thrustmaster Cougar, Elite Rudders

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Thanks for all the suggestions. I have tried all of them, but the stutters remain. I did reinstall my video drivers again and that seemed to help a little bit. Next step is to trash the ATA drive and install a WD Raptor. I did notice that the bigger pauses/stutters are happening during hard drive accesses, but the smaller ones are happening all the time.

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>Thanks for all the suggestions. I have tried all of them, but>the stutters remain. I did reinstall my video drivers again>and that seemed to help a little bit. Next step is to trash>the ATA drive and install a WD Raptor. I did notice that the>bigger pauses/stutters are happening during hard drive>accesses, but the smaller ones are happening all the time.2 more suggestions1. Defrag the drive if already not done.2. Try with any anti virus you have switched off.

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Hi,I am not sure if this will help much...I have a triplehead2go, Vista Ult, 6400@3ghz 4GB ram, 8800GTS 320MB running at 3840x1024. I am running scenery with max LOD, mesh 100, 7cm res. No water, no autogen. nHancer 4xS, Aniso x16. Traffic is 100%. Weather max detail but not using ActiveSky. I have set the frame lock to 25 which it achieves most of the time except at busy airports when it drops to 15 or so. I am using 1m photo scenery from Ymaps. Using the Bell at 100 knots. So this is a serious graphics load on the PC which is the limiting device.I was getting micro stutters but instead of trying for days to find out what it was...I reinstalled FSX and it disappeared. My guess is that an addon has changed something in the cfg file like TEXTURE_BANDWIDTH_MULT=400 (instead of 40) which one of my previous addons did without asking.I think the clue is that it is more noticeable when you turn which is the signal for FSX to start loading in new scenery tiles. In my experience, and from reading lots of threads, having more cores or a faster HD does not help. What really helps is a faster cpu. So...one thing you could try is renaming your FSX cfg temporarily and starting FSX thereby generating a new cfg file. See if that helps. Try turning down the framelock really low to see if the stutters disappear.Anyway those are a few things I would try...

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