I was reading an article about managing processes within WinXP when I came across a method of changing the Priority of a program.
After starting FS2002 I set the Priority higher and the game became smoother, and I noticed a small increase in FPS. I also noticed that when viewing in the Spot Plane mode, the 1/2 second “tick” I was noticing once in a while was gone.
XP assigns every program and process running on your PC a priority that determines the relative amount of CPU power that it gets compared to other programs. The priorities that XP assigns are: Low, BelowNormal, Normal, AboveNormal, High and Realtime.
Most programs are assigned the Normal priority, but using the Task Manager, you can change the priorities assigned to any process or program. If you've got a lot of applications running, but want one – like FS-2002 -- to get most of the processor's attention, this can really speed it up.
To change the priority of a running program or process:
1. Run the Task Manager by pressing Ctrl-Alt-Delete.
2. Click on the Processes tab.
3. Right-click on FS2002 and highlight Set the Priority to Realtime.
When you assign a new priority to a process or program, that new priority sticks only as long as the program or process is running. Once the program or process ends, and you restart it, it defaults to the priority assigned to it by XP, and you will have to assign the Priority again.
See if you notice any difference.
Rick - KPDX - Private Pilot
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