Well, guys this is why I'm not super happy with FSX yet.
The pictures really look great, don't they?
I should be overjoyed, right?
But I not... I'm very frustrated, which is often an FSX symptom I've been told.
Well... the truth is I don't know exactly what has happened since last week, but suddenly my FSX is crawling @ a mere 7.8 FPS when visiting one of the beautiful Orbx FTX NA airports such as Diamond Point, shown in the pictures above. Plus, you will notice I am reduced to using the default FSX weather theme titled "Fair Weather" to even use any clouds. REX and ASE now suddenly bring the simulator to a screeching halt, with weird videocard anomalies such as vertically striped skies, etc.
I haven't flown FSX in over a week.
I have been downloading all 13 of the FTX_NA airports I purchased on April 1st, 2012 this year. It was a whopping 22.0 GB of scenery packages, including all of the needed patches too!!! It took most of a week to download them all as I could find extra time, and then it took almost 2 days to install all of it between my everyday activities caring for my family. Then I defragged everything with Disktrix's newest version of Ultimate Defrag. I figured that should give me some pretty amazing visual results and performance. I still have about 75% of free hard drive space.
But it hasn't. Suddenly I am crawling. What did I do wrong? Any ideas? I followed the manual instructions on the settings needed for the scenery. Everything was working incredibly well prior to downloading/installing the entire line of incredible PNW NA scenery packages. (sigh)
Oh well. Such is FSX. It happens. Which is why I am going back to fly my FS2004 now, because I know it performs just beautifully and gives me exceptional frame rates.
Have a great day! ~Glenn
Microsoft FSX Deluxe Gold-Edition
Carenado Piper PA-180 Cherokee
Orbx FTX PNW North America
Orbx FTX Diamond Point Airport
FSScreen + EZ-Thumbails v3.0
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