[jhb_airlines] Re: FSX Crispyness

  • From: Gerry Winskill <gwinsk@xxxxxxx>
  • To: jhb_airlines@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2008 13:51:16 +0000

Peter, is this using a mod to the FSX.cfg file? If so, what line have you entered and have you avoided the crashes that some users mention? I understand that's caused by insufficient memory being reserved for XP.

Gerry Winskill

Peter Dodds wrote:
XP can access about 3.5Gb of memory apparently.  I have 4Gb installed.
Coupled with a Q4 processor and 768Mb Graphics card, my new PC runs FSX
like s*** off a shovel! Also, it loads in about a minute. I haven't seen
performance like it in years.  Some Cix members are speccing up a machine
which would eat mine for breakfast, but it costs £1,500.  Not sure I see
the point in that (for now).

On Sunday, after 3 months parallel running, it moved into No.1 slot in
the Network. The big bonus is that everything else runs lightning fast
too, including crucially Word to pdf conversion, which i do a lot of.


*From:* "Frank Turley" <frank.turley1@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
*To:* <jhb_airlines@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
*Date:* Mon, 10 Nov 2008 17:04:17 -0000


I'm using 4G of memory with Vista 32.

Frank T.

----- Original Message ----- From: "Gerry Winskill" <gwinsk@xxxxxxx>
To: <jhb_airlines@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Monday, November 10, 2008 10:33 AM
Subject: [jhb_airlines] FSX Crispyness

Three things seem to dominate forum discussions, as the factors most affecting FSX performance; Core numbers, Graphics Card Memory and system RAM. Of thes, I've already got a decent processor and graphics card bot increasing the RAM would involve a change to Viata 64 and that's a step
too far!

Since I can't access more RAM I decided to minimise the load on my
existing 2Gb. I've mentioned this before.

So, why repeat it today? I've just been taxiing out for takeoff, at TM's current project, Greenham Common. I couldn't help noticing that some of the new buildigs' textures weren't as sharp as I'd expected. Then I spotted that the normally realistic nearby AutoGen trees were a bit
fuzzy. I tried the effect of reducing AG, switching off AI etc. My
texture quality sliders are already at max. None of the changes made any difference. In this sort of situation the next approach is to think what
else may have changed, since it was all sharp.

Over the weekend I've been playing about with a mix and match version of Heathrow. I've been doing the same thing at London City. Because I'm intending to try a flight to Canada, I've also put in third party fields at Keflavik and Toronto City Centre. Last week I started a flight from Leeds...... So, I did what I have been supposedly doing for some time; I exited FSX and went to the library option. There I worked my way down the list, unticking the fields I mentioned, plus a couple of others. It doesn't seem logical that Toronto should influence anything in the UK
but FSX is said to have an illogical liking for loading far away
sceneries. That leaves me with UK VFR and four of Tony Meredith's plus Ted Andrews Kirkbride enabled. Also ticked are all my farm strips, plus
all the non airfield stuff like UK ANO and refineries.

Back to the Saved situation at Greenham and everything was now razor
sharp! It works and it's a zero cost improvement.

Al I do next time I want to make a routine flight is alter my
Scenery.cfg file, to change from False to True the relevant lines on my intended start and finish airfieds; if they aren't Default fields. I'll
also change Greenham from True to False.

The way in which FSX hides the Scenery.cfg file is convoluted, so I have
a shortcut to it on my Desktop. Open this and it can be edited and
saved, ready to be effective in its revised form, when next FSX is
booted up.

So, if you suffer the blurries and have already used the known tweaks,
this route is well worth trying.

Gerry Winskill


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