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    Default FSX CHOPPY...Help!!!!!!

    I am new to fsx. I bought a ASUS notebook G73jh series I7 intel core 1.6 , 6gb ram 64 operating system GRAPHIC CARD...ATI mobility radeon hd 5870 1gb . Fsx seems to be a little CHOPPY the frame rate is set at 15 but some times it drops to 14.3 for a split second. I thought this computer would suffice. I am running display 1600x900X32 landscape. Here is my settings in cfg..................do I need to change anything? Any help would be greatly appreciative.
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    [SOUND]
    AmbientUIMusicVolume=-6.000000
    SOUND=1
    SOUND_QUALITY=2
    SOUND_LOD=0
    UISound=1
    AmbientUI=0
    SOUND_FADER1=0.500000
    SOUND_FADER2=-0.500000
    SOUND_FADER3=0.500000
    SOUND_FADER4=0.500000
    AmbientUIMusic=FSX01
    [Display]
    ChangeTime=4.000000
    TransitionTime=4.000000
    ActiveWindowTitleTextColor=255,255,255
    ActiveWindowTitleBackGroundColor=0,28,140,64
    NonActiveWindowTitleTextColor=255,255,255
    NonActiveWindowTitleBackGroundColor=24,33,87,64
    InfoUpperRightTextColor=255,0,0
    InfoUpperRightBackGroundColor=0,0,0,0
    InfoLowerLeftTextColor=255,255,255
    InfoLowerLeftBackGroundColor=255,0,0,128
    InfoLowerRightTextColor=255,255,255
    InfoLowerRightBackGroundColor=255,0,0,128
    InfoBrakesEnable=True
    InfoParkingBrakesEnable=True
    InfoPauseEnable=True
    InfoSlewEnable=True
    InfoStallEnable=True
    InfoOverspeedEnable=True
    BLOOM_EFFECTS=0
    SKINNED_ANIMATIONS=0
    TEXTURE_BANDWIDTH_MULT=30
    UPPER_FRAMERATE_LIMIT=15
    WideViewAspect=False
    [Main]
    User Objects=Airplane, Helicopter
    SimObjectPaths.0=SimObjects\Airplanes
    SimObjectPaths.1=SimObjects\Rotorcraft
    SimObjectPaths.2=SimObjects\GroundVehicles
    SimObjectPaths.3=SimObjects\Boats
    SimObjectPaths.4=SimObjects\Animals
    SimObjectPaths.5=SimObjects\Misc
    Location=280,40,1320,818,\\.\DISPLAY1
    Maximized=1
    HideMenuNormal=0
    HideMenuFullscreen=1
    ProcSpeed=5259
    PerfBucket=7
    [PANELS]
    IMAGE_QUALITY=1
    DEFAULT_VIEW=1
    QUICKTIPS=1
    PANEL_OPACITY=100
    PANEL_MASKING=1
    PANEL_STRETCHING=1
    UNITS_OF_MEASURE=0
    [Weather]
    WindshieldPrecipitationEffects=1
    MinGustTime=10
    MaxGustTime=500
    MinGustRampSpeed=1
    MaxGustRampSpeed=200
    MinVarTime=5
    MaxVarTime=50
    MinVarRampSpeed=10
    MaxVarRampSpeed=75
    TurbulenceScale=1.000000
    WeatherServerAddress=fs2k.zone.com
    WeatherServerPort=80
    WeatherGraphDataInDialog=0
    AdjustForMagVarInDialog=1
    DynamicWeather=2
    DownloadWindsAloft=0
    DisableTurbulence=0
    CLOUD_DRAW_DISTANCE=3
    DETAILED_CLOUDS=1
    CLOUD_COVERAGE_DENSITY=6
    THERMAL_VISUALS=0
    [DISPLAY.Device.ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870.0]
    Mode=1600x900x32
    [CONTROLS]
    Controls_Default=Standard
    Controls_Current=Standard
    JOYSTICKS=1
    KBDAIL=64
    KBDELEV=64
    KBDRUD=64
    [TextInfo.1]
    Latitude=1,1
    Longitude=1,2
    Altitude=1,3
    Heading=1,4
    AirSpeed=1,5
    WindDirectionAndSpeed=1,6
    [TextInfo.2]
    FrameRate=1,1
    LockedFrameRate=1,2
    GForce=1,3
    FuelPercentage=1,4
    [TextInfo.3]
    Latitude=1,1
    Longitude=1,2
    Altitude=1,3
    Heading=1,4
    AirSpeed=1,5
    WindDirectionAndSpeed=1,6
    FrameRate=2,1
    LockedFrameRate=2,2
    GForce=2,3
    FuelPercentage=2,4
    [SlewTextInfo.1]
    Latitude=1,1
    Longitude=1,2
    Altitude=1,3
    Heading=1,4
    AirSpeed=1,5
    [SlewTextInfo.2]
    FrameRate=1,1
    LockedFrameRate=1,2
    [SlewTextInfo.3]
    Latitude=1,1
    Longitude=1,2
    Altitude=1,3
    Heading=1,4
    AirSpeed=1,5
    FrameRate=2,1
    LockedFrameRate=2,2
    [DynamicHeadMovement]
    LonAccelOnHeadLon=-0.020000
    LonAccelOnHeadPitch=-0.010000
    RollAccelOnHeadLat=0.010000
    YawAccelOnHeadLat=-0.100000
    RollAccelOnHeadRoll=0.100000
    MaxHeadAngle=5.000000
    MaxHeadOffset=0.300000
    HeadMoveTimeConstant=1.000000
    [VirtualCopilot]
    VirtualCopilotActive=1
    [GRAPHICS]
    SHADER_CACHE_PRIMED=1693428480
    TEXTURE_MAX_LOAD=256
    NUM_LIGHTS=8
    AIRCRAFT_SHADOWS=0
    AIRCRAFT_REFLECTIONS=1
    COCKPIT_HIGH_LOD=0
    LANDING_LIGHTS=0
    AC_SELF_SHADOW=0
    EFFECTS_QUALITY=0
    GROUND_SHADOWS=0
    TEXTURE_QUALITY=3
    IMAGE_QUALITY=0
    See_Self=1
    Text_Scroll=1
    [USERINTERFACE]
    ShowAllACPaintSchemes=0
    SelectAircraftManufacturer=All
    SelectAircraftPublisher=All
    SelectAircraftType=All
    PageID=1
    OpenATCOnCreate=0
    SHOW_MISSION_CAPTIONS=0
    PAUSE_ON_LOST_FOCUS=0
    PROMPT_ON_EXIT=1
    SITUATION=C:\Users\owner\Documents\Flight Simulator X Files\erich
    Map_Orientation=2
    [ATC]
    ShowATCText=1
    COMM_MSG_NONE_COLOR=FFFFFFFF
    COMM_MSG_ATC_USER_COLOR=FFB6FFB6
    COMM_MSG_USER_ATC_COLOR=FFFFD21B
    COMM_MSG_ATC_AI_COLOR=FF00FF00
    COMM_MSG_AI_ATC_COLOR=FFFF7840
    AutoOpenAirTrafficWindow=1
    UsePilotVoice=1
    PilotVoice=0
    [PointOfInterestSystem]
    CycleSetting=0
    [SCENERY]
    LENSFLARE=0
    DAWN_DUSK_SMOOTHING=1
    IMAGE_COMPLEXITY=4
    [TrafficManager]
    AirlineDensity=9
    GADensity=3
    FreewayDensity=26
    ShipsAndFerriesDensity=5
    LeisureBoatsDensity=15
    IFROnly=0
    AIRPORT_SCENERY_DENSITY=0
    [TERRAIN]
    LOD_RADIUS=3.500000
    MESH_COMPLEXITY=40
    MESH_RESOLUTION=18
    TEXTURE_RESOLUTION=22
    AUTOGEN_DENSITY=3
    DETAIL_TEXTURE=0
    WATER_EFFECTS=1
    [AContain]
    ShowLabels=1
    ShowUserLabel=0
    ShowLabelManufacturer=1
    ShowLabelModel=1
    ShowLabelTailNumber=0
    ShowLabelDistance=1
    ShowLabelAltitude=1
    ShowLabelAirline=0
    ShowLabelAirlineAndFlightNumber=0
    ShowLabelFlightPlan=0
    ShowLabelContainerId=0
    ShowLabelAirspeed=0
    ShowLabelHeading=0
    LabelDelay=1000
    LabelColor=FFFF0000
    [INTERNATIONAL]
    ASLAT=2
    ASLON=1
    MEASURE=0
    [REALISM]
    PFactor=0.000000
    Torque=0.000000
    GyroEffect=0.000000
    CrashTolerance=0.000000
    General=0.000000
    UnlimitedFuel=True
    TrueAirspeed=False
    AutoCoord=True
    RealMixture=False
    StressDamage=False
    GEffect=False
    ManualLights=False
    GyroDrift=False
    CrashWithDyn=False
    CrashDetection=False
    AutoTrim=False
    [SIM]
    SYSCLOCK=1
    [STARTUP]
    DEMO=0
    SHOW_OPENING_SCREEN=0
    STARTUP_DEMO=
    LoadWindow=1
    [FACILITIES]
    COUNTRY=
    STATE=
    CITY=
    GTL_BUTTON=1449
    [Misc]
    Com_Rate=7
    [MAPVIEW_MAP]
    SHOW_AIRPORTS=1
    SHOW_VORS=1
    SHOW_NDBS=1
    SHOW_APPROACHES=1
    SHOW_INTERSECTIONS=0
    SHOW_VICTOR=0
    SHOW_JET=0
    SHOW_AIRSPACE=1
    SHOW_FLIGHTPLAN=1
    SHOW_WEATHERSTATIONS=1
    SHOW_WEATHERSYSTEMS=1
    SHOW_DATATAGS=1
    SHOW_TERRAIN=1
    show_flight_history=1
    [MULTIPLAYER]
    condAccoutPassword=0

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    Could be anything. The PC is a quite underpowered, however you can tweak with the parameters. A steady 15 FPS is not so bad considering your system.

    Something you can try:

    1) switch to unlimited frame rate as opposed to fixed. There are different opinions about that, but you can try.
    2) reduce the CPU workload (reduce the traffic sliders) and see whether it goes better or not
    3) reduce the GPU workload (reduce autogen, LOD, ange) and see whether it goes better or not
    4) Try to understand where the stutter comes from: one way is to pause, switch to external view and pan around with the hat. If you perceive stuttering, then it is GPU overload issue

    Have a look at guides about optimizing FSX. Tons around, e.g. this one: http://www.simforums.com/forums/topic29041.html

    Paolo

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    Verify the i7 is in Turbo mode and not throttling down.
    The native resolution of the display is 1920x1080, try setting your display to 1920x1080x16bit color depth(if available in the drop down).
    Basic settings;
    Graphics to "Medium Low" then Frame rate slider Unlimited and Lens Flare unchecked.
    Aircraft to "Very Low"
    Scenery to "Medium High" and set Autogen to sparse.
    Traffic to "Low".
    Weather to "Medium Low".
    That should get you in the ballpark. Fly the sim in an area type you will be flying the most and tweak from there. The above underlind items are known FPS killers. Unless you fly low using the concrete compass, and just have to see occasional cars and trucks, maintain "Road Vehicles" at zero. If you fly high, autogen can also be minimized. Clouds are also FPS killers. Watch FPS(Shift+Z twice) now tweak the sliders, one at a time, under varying scenery conditions...Don

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    I used to have a i5 2.6 ghz with a ati mobility radeon and it seemed to run smooth...I thought going with the ASUS I7 1.6 ghz would increase the playability and smoothness....am i wrong assuming this?

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    The i7 should "Turbo" to 2.8GHz make sure it is doing that. I looked at your .cfg and the killers I noted previously are higher than what I can get without stutters/artifacts on a 3.15GHz PC. See my earlier post. Set it up and test it. Then give us particulars, so we can better help...Don

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