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  1. FalconAF

    Newest Nvidia driver 398.82 issues

    Not sure if your comment is positive or negative as far as Windows and nVidia is concerned, but either way it reflects the lack of knowledge and understanding by people who criticize Windows and nVidia for the "problems" they cause themselves. 1. Windows 10 is/was Microsoft's move to making the OS an "App" platform. It's a direct response to the way Apple's OS's work for their users. It's an industry move that makes sense because of the CURRENT user base of home computer users. We are a dying breed. The current generation uses apps, apps, apps on platforms that allow that. Nobody with an iPhone or iPad needs to understand ANYTHING about installing a piece of software (or making it "run right") other than "Click here to install our App!" Give an average teenager a home computer running Windows now and tell them to install a flight simulator on it, and you'd get the deer in the headlights look with "Why? That's way too hard. Where's the app for it?" (It's also why somebody like LM doesn't make P3D compatible with an Apple computer. The "app" community would never buy it in sufficient quantity to make it worth while) 😂 2. Home computer PC user's for the MOST part do NOT have the background (experience) nor the technical expertise (education) to maintain their OWN computers at the same level of operation/maintenance/performance an IT or Network Operations department for a civilian or military department would provide for the end-users. Windows 10 was developed to work the way it does to try to provide the AVERAGE home computer user the same services as an IT department...update the user's drivers, software, "applications", etc...AS NEEDED. But the key words there are still AS NEEDED. Heck, while I was doing IT on some of the worlds most highly classified networks, we would NOT just arbitrarily update hardware drivers across the entire network on everybody's desktop they were using JUST BECAUSE a new driver came out from the driver manufacturer. New drivers are released FOR A REASON by the manufacturer, and they do not need to be updated UNLESS the end user has THAT REASON to do so. 3. So, why did Microsoft "force" automatic driver updates on it's Windows 10 users? Because MOST home computer users would NOT suffer from a driver update even if they DIDN'T need it. BUT THAT IS BECAUSE most HOME computer users using Windows 10 do NOT use graphics intensive software "apps" like our flight sims, let alone "professional level, high demand" CAD programs that are "commercial quality" that would be found in a commercial network environment overseen by a professional IT department. They use the computer for social networking, email, or the "apps" that come included with the OS. But when (if) they start loading up their computer with things like high intensity "games" or graphics programs, they then NEED TO KNOW how to maintain their OWN computer in ways OTHER than the way Microsoft intended Windows 10 to do it FOR them. That is where we all as flight sim users are. We should NEVER be just updating our computer drivers willy-nilly just because a new one comes out. It may work for SOME of us, but it will NEVER work for ALL of us at the same time. There are just too many different hardware/software home computer configurations out there. No one driver update would EVER work on ALL of those different configurations (like it would work on a Network controlled by an IT department where ALL the desktop computers on it were running (for the most part) the same hardware and software, with required user maintenance FORCED on the end user by the IT department...whether the end user liked it or not). 4. Now, here is the real BS about people complaining about Windows 10 "screwing up our flight sims". You CAN turn off the automatic driver updates in Windows 10. You ALWAYS COULD do that...from the very first day Windows 10 was released. Any IT department or professional Network Administrator knew that, and how to do it. So, why doesn't the "flight sim Windows 10 complainer" just do it too? Sorry, but it's because they DON"T know how to use their OS properly, and aren't willing (or capable? or just lazy?) of learning how to do it. So they post their opinions about Windows 10 being "crap" as a "fact", which is a reflection on THEIR lack of knowledge and understanding about their own computer use, and in no way is a FACTUAL representation of the operating system itself. Opinions are not facts. Never have been, and never will be. There is nothing inherently wrong with Windows 10 as an OS, nor nVidia drivers/updates. It is up to the end user to know how to use them properly, especially if the end user can't be "baby-sitted" by a professional IT department watching over their computers for them.
  2. FalconAF

    Newest Nvidia driver 398.82 issues

    Maybe. Maybe not. You see...I did most of my IT jobs in the military, working on lots of classified networks, while under a separate legal system called the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Which under many circumstances made the equivalent of a civilian misdemeanor a full blown felony in the Air Force. So...if I didn't do my job correctly (or "sluffed off" in learning how to do it correctly), I could get Courts-Martialed and become a convicted felon for the rest of my life. There's a big difference between a civilian telling their boss to "Go To H*ll" and a military member doing the same thing. At worst, the civilian gets fired. The military member can go to jail and be a convicted felon for the rest of their life. So yeah...I get "annoyed" when people present or substitute personal opinions as "facts". There's been a LOT of that taking place in the forums lately. And...in my OPINION...AVSIM needs to start calling people out on it. Letting it continue just reduces the credibility of the forum overall. If a flight sim user comes to a forum to get answers, the answers should be based on facts...not opinions from technically unqualified responders, or users who blame developers (or anyone else) for problems they are causing themselves on their own computers.
  3. FalconAF

    FlyTampa vs FSDT performance impact

    And it's also what separates opinions from facts. Bravo 2. 👍
  4. FalconAF

    Newest Nvidia driver 398.82 issues

    That's fine. Go right ahead. But LM also knows for a fact that most end user's problems with their product are caused by the INDIVIDUAL'S OWN COMPUTER, and when DEBUGGING THAT PROBLEM it WOULD (most likely) benefit IF the end user WAS using the most up-to-date drivers for ALL of the software and hardware on the END USER'S INDIVIDUAL COMPUTER. That is the IDEAL situation in an IDEAL world. When the INDIVIDUAL'S computer is not running P3D "right", it becomes an INDIVIDUAL DEBUGGING PROBLEM...not a trouble-shooting scenario designed to "fix" an entire community's problem (because not all end users are having the problem to begin with). So it makes sense THEN for LM to recommend the INDIVIDUAL end user update "all there drivers", including any OS updates they haven't done. But even LM says in their recommendation it is a DEBUGGING issue, which means it is NOT a recommendation "across the board" for EVERYONE to do it at the time. With all due respect, there is a very valid saying: "You are entitled to your own opinions, but not your own facts". Please understand the difference between the two.
  5. FalconAF

    Newest Nvidia driver 398.82 issues

    No, Bob. That is just so wrong and an injustice of misinformation. Just because you may update YOUR computer, then after the update YOUR flight sim now "stutters" or whatever, does NOT mean the new driver will screw up EVERYBODY'S flight sim if THEY update the driver. The only time it would be the driver's fault is if it screwed up EVERYBODY'S flight sim installations...and that is NOT what happens in these kind of threads. People who are experiencing problems with their flight sims after doing an nVidia driver update are NOT "beta testing" the driver to see if it works for the community at large. There are just too many other things involved....hardware configurations, software applications (used with and without their flight sims), etc that come into play. nVidia driver updates are USUALLY DONE by nVidia to provide support for SPECIFIC GAMES and OTHER software updates, like the release of a new Windows Update. If the end user does not have the "game", or is an "I refuse to do the Windows Update because (blah, blah, blah...)", then they should NOT be doing the nVidia driver update to begin with. NOBODY updating an nVidia driver in this forum is being a "beta tester" as far as determining if the driver will work with anybody ELSE'S FLIGHT SIMS. They are determining whether the new driver will cause problems on THEIR SPECIFIC COMPUTER ONLY. And that is ALL they can report about it that would be FACTUAL information.
  6. FalconAF

    Newest Nvidia driver 398.82 issues

    ^^^^^^^^^ What Greggy said. LM's recommendation is for DEBUGGING an EXISTING problem. It shouldn't be (and I hope isn't) a generic recommendation that EVERY computer user of their product should ALWAYS update to a new GPU driver "just because it was released". For some users, THAT is what will put them in a "debugging my computer that doesn't work now" scenario. Case in point: The LM recommendation ALSO says the user should install ALL Windows Updates along with updating the GPU driver. But we all know there are users here who still refuse to install Windows Updates for whatever "personal" reasons they may have. Well, in that case, updating to a new GPU driver that EXPECTS the user to have the latest Windows Updates installed MAY actually trash your graphics display. READ THE RELEASE NOTES for the driver. Sometimes they will tell you what version of the OS you need to have FIRST before trying to use the updated driver.
  7. FalconAF

    FlyTampa vs FSDT performance impact

    You are asking a question that no one can possibly give you a concrete answer to. Even though you say you only have a "middle of the road" computer, the REAL issue is do you know how to get your computer to perform at it's optimal level for what you are using it for AT THE TIME. There are flight sim users who buy top of the line hardware and still can't get it to run their flight sims without stutters, blurry textures, etc. And there are flight sim users who CAN make a "middle of the road" computer run their flight sims better than someone with a $5000 custom built state of the art computer. There is nothing INHERENTLY wrong with any of the addon developer's products you are asking about. They will all "run fine" on a "middle of the road" computer...DEPENDING on what you try to DO with them at the time. If you ask your computer...ANY computer...to do more than it is capable of doing "at the time", you will have problems. Do regular user maintenance on your computer, know what you can and CAN'T get away with doing at the time, and you should be fine with any of the products you are asking about. Just don't expect MIRACLES if you have your AI set to 50%, are using a PMDG aircraft, and adding in Ultra High 4096 resolution textures for skies, clouds, autogen, etc everywhere. There are hundreds (or more) of flight sim users who expect miracles with their flight simulator settings, then become disappointed and disillusioned when those settings don't work. Flight simming even on state-of-the-art computers is STILL about compromise in the selection and use of addons for our flight simulators.
  8. FalconAF

    Newest Nvidia driver 398.82 issues

    Scenario that has been taking place for over 30 years of home computer flight sim users: User 1 updates to the newest video drivers, then reports "a problem" with them. Other users reply that they updated same drivers and don't have the same "problem" on their computer(s). Other-Other users subsequently report they updated the drivers and do experience the same problem reported by User 1. Entire community begins a discussion thread about the new driver that will end up being 20+ pages long and not solve most of the end-users problems they are having. Real Solution: The driver ALWAYS comes with "Release Notes" which can even be reviewed by the user BEFORE downloading the new driver. In this case, the link is on the nVidia download page for the driver. It's called, "Game Ready Driver Release Notes (v398.82)" and is approximately 33 pages long. I just reviewed it for fun and found no references in the updates that would improve performance in FSX, P3D, or any other flight sim product. I also found at least SIX references to updates in the driver that MIGHT cause "stutters" or "frame rate" issues (and those words are used BY THE DRIVER MANUFACTURER). Bottom Line: The end user needs to read these Release Notes PRIOR to installing the updated drivers. The plethora of hardware configurations and Operating System updates on computers will NEVER allow a driver update to work on EVERY possible computer configuration out there. Some people will experience NO issues with the driver update, while others WILL have "problems" after installing it. The best TWO PRACTICES you can have are..... 1. NEVER do a driver update without having a way to GET BACK to the previous driver you were using that didn't cause problems for you. 2. DON'T do a driver update if the Release Notes don't indicate YOUR computer configuration actually NEEDS the update. This requires a level of knowledge by the end user about what works and won't work on their OWN computer. I did Network Ops on computer systems for over 3 decades. An IT department KNOWS what will work and won't work on it's end user computers connected to the network. We can update hundreds or thousands of computer drivers all at the same time and cause NO problems 'cos we control what is allowed (hardware and software) on EVERY end user's computer. Home computer users need to know themselves whether a driver update may or may not "hose" their own computer. So if you aren't sure, use the TWO PRACTICES above. You can TRY Number 2 if you want to, but ONLY if you are SURE you could do Number 1 if it craps out your computer. And regardless, expect the driver to work for SOME or even MOST users, but NEVER for ALL users because of the wide range of different computer configurations in home user computers.
  9. FalconAF

    REX Worldwide ARPTS HD TO BE released

    Yeah, but I had time to have a cup of coffee and a bowl of morning oatmeal during my download. At 50mbs, you didn't have time to even take a morning dump. So it's all relative. 😂😂 (PS - I just got back home from 3 hours in my dentist's chair. And the pain meds are still very active. And I have chipmunk cheeks and a numb nose. So don't take anything personally. I'm still seeing pretty colors.....)
  10. FalconAF

    REX Worldwide ARPTS HD TO BE released

    Stay awake in math class next time. ">" is the Greater Than symbol. "<" is Less Than. If either one has a horizontal line under it, then add "or equal to". 😧 And I'm with Bob. 5mb/second should be plenty fast download speed for anybody not engaged in life and death or business situations like running the stock market. If you can't get 5mb download speeds nowadays, you either live in a remote area that doesn't have access to it, or your ISP is throttling your Internet connection at high-peak times during the day (or just flat out lying to you about their service speeds), or you are refusing to pay for a higher speed service that is available. I got a steady 13.5mb/second when I downloaded the file from the REX forum this morning, and I live in a major metropolitan area. Took less than 10 minutes for me to get the 8.5gb file. So it isn't REX's fault. They will pump it to you fast enough if your end can handle it.
  11. FalconAF

    NVidia & HDR average 10% performance loss

    Ouch. Yeah, the way I worded that came out real bad. What I was trying to say was flight simming took it in the shorts when it came to nVidia getting dragged into the mining fiasco. Most flight simmers will use an nVidia GPU over an AMD one. There was no need for nVidia to try to improve HDR performance as long as they were selling out their GPU's because some coin miners were willing to buy them, even if they didn't mine "as well". As long as the current versions of nVidia cards were selling out, just keep making them and watch the stock price increase. Investors love that. And anyhow, as Sethos said in the second post, the P3D HDR settings are not the real kind of HDR the German website was talking about to begin with.
  12. Stop using which one? Imaginesim KATL, or your grandmother? If it wasn't a birthday present, you should be ashamed. Granny has other things she could spend HER money on. Just sayin'...…... 😁
  13. FalconAF

    NVidia & HDR average 10% performance loss

    As for the original post in this thread, it doesn't surprise me that nVidia may not have been concerned with making sure HDR didn't cause a 10% drop in FPS in their "high end cards" lately. nVidia...more than AMD...went on a selling spree for the past couple years with their "high end cards" for users who wanted them for BitCoin mining. They did very, very well with that marketing concept (do an Internet search about the stock price value increase during the time). You don't need HDR performance to mine BitCoins. The gaming community across the board...not just flight simming...probably took it somewhat in the shorts with that for a while. It's the main reason the card's prices were so inflated, and "Out of Stock" was the result of searches at most hardware sites.
  14. FalconAF

    NVidia & HDR average 10% performance loss

    Oh, I almost forgot. I'm still waiting for my own personal Flying Car that was promised me 50 years ago. I'm still holding my breath about that. Can you talk to someone of your younger generation and see if they can speed that up a bit before I drop dead from old age? Thanks! 😊
  15. FalconAF

    NVidia & HDR average 10% performance loss

    Ahh, yes. The advantage of youth. "Things will always be better tomorrow....." I remember the days of my TRS "Trash" 80 flight sim computer from Radio Shack. Flight simming by text-only commands on the keyboard. Computer display on monitor: "Target 80 miles, heading 225 degrees". Me typing on the keyboard: "Fly heading 225 degrees" (or something like that...it's been a while...). And it was the neatest thing since sliced bread at the time. BUT...then along came my Commodore 64...with SPRITES! OOOOOOHHHHH!!!! GRAPHICS!!!!! And later, computers with JOYSTICKS! And time marches on. So, make me a promise, eh? Before you become old and grey like me, promise me that you WILL make "younger" life decisions that WILL allow you to "buy up" financially to the "latest and greatest" computer hardware and software IF you are going to continue to be a "flight simmer". And stay educated about the hardware and software you use in those endeavors. Because time and technology DOES march on. And just because something comes pre-assembled in a box when purchased doesn't mean you don't have to still know the "how to use it correctly" part of the equation. A software application, Operating System, or hardware combination isn't "junk" just because someone doesn't know how to use it correctly. 😎 PS - Just so you know, I'm not knocking technology advancing, or anything like that. I mean...geez!. If it wasn't for technological progress, I'd STILL have to walk to school in hip deep snow...uphill...BOTH WAYS! 😂