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Flight Sim discussions; mostly on the core platform ( graphics and terrain, platform team, sim engine, geo tools and geo data, international, internal tools, technical art ) plus news on releases and updates, and the occasional tweaks and tips.

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    Platform performance Update:early reports on Fall CPUs is that they rock!

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    It appears the promise of the Penryn/Wolfdale/Yorkfield Intel CPUs is being born out. See http://www.guru3d.com/news.html#5723 for an early performance report. This bodes well for the future, and is something I started mentioning months ago as a...
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    Windows update ( XP and Vista ) for Intel multi-core processors.

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    A microcode update from Intel that affects multi-core processors, here . This seems like a good update to take, even if I don't have much more data than you do.
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    Friday the 13th is here, and so is the 2nd FSX-DX10 progress report

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    With this blog post, I have likely run out of snarky dates to make a post on. Ides of August anyone? J . So on with the show First, this is not the FSX-DX10 feature discussion. Nor is this the “what will be in the DX10 release for DX9 users” discussion...
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    Vista Appcompat update for FSX

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    The KB located at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/932246/ contains an application compatibility update for Vista that include changes for FSX that enable us to fix the disabling of Aero when you launch FSX on Vista. This came out earlier this...
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    FSX SP1: The blog posts

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    We have collected the set of blog posts I created on release of SP1, and turned them into an article on FSInsider, here http://www.fsinsider.com/tips/Pages/SP1HowtoPrepareforSP1andWhatYouGetWhenYouInstallIt.aspx , that makes for a little easier reading...
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    FSX Performance benchmarks by Toms' Hardware

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    I wrote an article up for the fsinsider site, which references the recent Toms Hardware graphics benchmark. That benchmark uses a variety of games across just about all recent hardware. It is a very good resource for guiding purchasing decisions. You...
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    FSX Tip of the Week:Reporting those pesky content errors

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    Here is a set of tweaks for FSX.cfg that will enable a set of errors that can help pinpoint content loading errors. This is especially useful in dealing with content brought across from a previous version of Flight Sim, but can be useful even for new...
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    DX10 on XP: Round 2

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    Today on AVSim.com, in this thread http://forums.avsim.net/dcboard.php?az=show_mesg&forum=121&topic_id=406460&mesg_id=406460&page = the “DX10 on XP” issue came up again, with renewed discussion about what FallingLeafSystems is doing. ...
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    For those without broadband, PC Pilot has SP1 on CD

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    See this thread for ordering info http://forum.keypublishing.co.uk/showthread.php?t=71592 Yes, you have to subscribe to the magazine, but at least its available on disk now. Send your favorite flight sim magazine a link to my blog and they can...
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    Summer is here, and so is the start of info about FSX-DX10

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    So it’s the first day of summer! As part of the celebration, I wanted to talk about and show progress on FSX-DX10. First, though, let’s talk what I can show and when, as well as requirements for FSX-DX10. I am not here to talk features. Not yet...
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    FSX and Win32 Process Address Space

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    I see multiple threads on /3G enabling FSX to get around an “Out of Memory” error that some flyers see when they max out the settings. So let’s talk about what this all means. Normal Win32 processes have 2G of address space, out of the 4G available...
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    Focusing on the Blurries

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    I have done some investigation of the reports of the blurries. There is an article here that discusses in detail one of the four types of blurries we believe people are seeing. This article serves to present a vocabulary for the blurries ( Type...
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    FSX Tip of the Week:Water slider and FPS costs

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    So why does FSX not render as fast as your typical FPS game? The primary difference is the sheer amount of things we render, given a 120+km or greater viewing distance and trying to render the visible portion of the planet within that viewing distance...
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    SP1 Tip of the Week:AI at 80% max

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    AI at high is a big cost, at least as much because some of the default aircraft have high Draw call counts. We fixed this for the 3 AI aircraft ( MD-80, Dash8, Cherokee ) and they are 25% of the world wide traffic DB, but default aircraft like the 747...
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    FSX:Tweak of the Week ( or 2 )

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    Originally posted on fsinsider.com Now that I have burst peoples bubble on PerfBuckets and Procspeed on my blog ( http://blogs.msdn.com/ptaylor ), let’s talk some real tweaks, TEXTURE_BANDWIDTH_MULT and BUFFERPOOLS. These are tweaks in the...
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    SP1:Tweak of the Week ( or not )

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    Its come to my attention that various people and forums are suggesting tweaks to the ProcSpeed and Perfbucket values in the config file. Folks, I hate to tell you, but this is the placebo effect. We generate those numbers at startup and use them...
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    FSX Tower Controller Fix for non-English versions

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    I just wanted to note here that last week ( 5/21 ) we posted a fix for the ATC issue that was reported by non-English users, especially German. Edit:This affects French, Italian, German, Spanish, and Polish only. FSInsider has links to the updated...
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    SP1 Tips

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    Here are some general suggestions and a few tips I have gleaned from the forums. General Performance The goal of SP1 was: · to increase performance 20-40% · to enable FSX to take advantage of multi-core machines · fix some other bugs...
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    This blog is not Support!

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    This blog is not product support. I cannot take support questions on configs, bug reports, etc. I just cannot do it. Right now, I am publishing those comments and stating so. I am doing that because I know SP1 is still "hot off the presses" and...
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    Deleted the imminent post

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    It got in the way of the flow of the SP1 data. I hope no one minds. I saved it just in case, but it seems redundant anyways.
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    FSX SP1:New tweaks

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    In fsx.cfg --- There is a tweak to control scheduling of threads on cores. It is not recommended to change these settings unless you have a performance reduction and/or maxed out CPU loads in the PerfMonitor. The tweak is Edit:Fixed...
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    FSX SP1:Performance work

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    Finally, we have shipped! It’s been solid work since Nov from the Graphics and Terrain team on SP1 performance. Here is a work-list on performance so you can understand what we did: General Performance Work 1. performed more work...
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    FSX SP1:SDK, SimConnect, and 3rd party fixes

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    Z has a great article on what SP1contains for the SDK, SimConnect, and 3 rd party developers here . I’d like to point out a few of the key fixes that will affect flyers: Graphics: · Virtual Cockpit Lighting Re-enable the ability to define gauge...
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    FSX SP1:Missions, MultiPlayer, and Misc Fixes

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    Missions · MISSIONS: Monsoon Approach: Rain is missing · MISSIONS: Swedish Championship Soaring Course: Thermals are not showing in mission (schematic) · MISSIONS: Swedish Championship Soaring Course: When User gets the Club Record time they...
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    FSX SP1:Aircraft and Scenery Fixes

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    Scenery SCENERY: Night textures not appearing on Vancouver's Canada Place SCENERY: Drop-out of night textures occurring on many generic buildings SCENERY: Mission Paris Airshow at LFPB SCENERY: Nijubashi bridge is on the wrong place. SCENERY...
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