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1 13th April 11:38
david wilson-okamura
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I'm sorry to duplicate something I've already posted here. However, as
Peter pointed out, there's no way to "bump" an old message so that
newcomers will see it. My excuse is: some people are going to have a
nicer, more pleasant week because they read this notice.

So far, the most widely reported problem with FSX is that autogen --
any autogen, even "Sparse" -- kills framerates dead. (If this isn't
your experience, great. If you read the forums, though, a lot of people
are having this problem.)

I wish Microsoft would address this problem directly, with a patch.
Until that happens, though, Matt Fox on the AVSIM forum has come up
with something that helps A LOT. Full details here:

http://tinyurl.com/q2pfr

The thread is very long and extends now over several pages. You don't
need to read the whole thing, though. Just grab the file on the initial
message and follow these directions:

1. If you're in the sim, get out.

2. In Windows Explorer, find the Flight Simulator X folder (probably
under Program Files and then under Microsoft Games). Open that and look
for the folder called Autogen.

3. Rename the file AutogenDescriptions.spb to
AutogenDescriptions.spb.original. (Yes, it's ok to change the file type
-- we're just putting this file out of the way.)

4. Copy the AutogenDescriptions.spb that you downloaded from Matt's
post into the Autogen folder.

5. You're done. Fire up the sim and test. Can you get SOME autogen now
without killing your framerates?

6. If you don't like the results, quit the sim again, go back to the
Autogen folder, delete AutogenDescriptions.spb (Matt's file) and rename
AutogenDescriptions.spb.original to AutogenDescriptions.spb. You're
back where you started.

I don't have FSX yet, so I'm a little fuzzy on what the FSX folder is
called. But I've tested this on the second demo ("trial version") and
it works.

I'm not proposing this as the panacea for everyone's FSX woes, and
certainly not trying to steal any credit from Matt Fox, who's already
done a lot for flightsim users. I'm just passing on something that will
make some people's week brighter. It may be small potatoes, but when
you've been looking forward to those potatoes for several months, it's
sometimes hard not to feel discouraged when one of them has a spot.

Some people are going to read this and say, "It just goes to show: FSX
is junk and I'm sticking with good old FS9." That's fine. But people
are going to buy FSX, and this will help them get more out of it until
something better comes along.

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2 13th April 17:52
simon robbins
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I just tried that. It helps a bit, but not much (about 3 fps.) It would
be better to reduce trees even further. With my dynamic scenery on
minimum (not none) I still get masses of trees but only a few buildings.
It'd be better if it reduced the trees further allowing me to up the
slider to get more buildings.

Si
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3 13th April 17:52
david wilson-okamura
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Someone's done a texture reduction too -- haven't tried it yet. This
seems to give the most bang for the littlest buck.

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4 14th April 00:06
roger anderson
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Si,

It's not altogether clear what fix is being talked about here and
I didn't see the original post, - I have two zip files which I downloaded
from the Avsim forum named 157998 and 158002,- is this what is meant or is
there something else? (These two are supposed to work on the autogen trees
and building roofs.).
I won't get my FSX till next week so haven't been able to try them yet.

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5 14th April 20:07
simon robbins
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157998 is the one I used. I installed it in the demo. I wont have the
full thing until Saturday.

Si
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6 28th April 09:24
chris g.
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There was a post by P-12C Pilot (Paul) that may help also, David.
Remember, YMMV. :-)

http://blogs.technet.com/p-12c_pilot/archive/2006/10/10/Autogen-tweak-that-might-help.aspx

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