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    i dont agree

    the first time you make changes to community, be it adding more gigabites in addons or deleting, the game will take longer reading the new indexes, much like Scenery Library in FSX, but from the second time onwards, the loading time is unchanged, be it Community full of addons or empty

    This fools many...they base themselves by the first measure of loading msfs after some change, read in Avsim an experienced user made a time test
    Each time he added more sceneries to community (gb) the loading time increased,
    of course!! he kept changing the scenery library (or other) incrementally

    but anyway, live and be happy with your theory,
    I have Community full of addons and virtually same loading time
    as the first day in July 2020
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    OK, your experience and mine differ. My report below was not based on a single observation (i.e. loading "for the first time"), but on many different tests. Moreover, I am an experienced flight simmer (30+ years) and have been using MSFS since it first appeared last September. I think this is a case where theory, however logical it may appear, must yield to experiment. And based what I have learned from earlier posts on this topic, my experience is typical. The fact is that having a lot of stuff in Community leads to long load times, whereas an empty Community folder is just the opposite. Have you actually tried this yourself?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cobalt View Post
    OK, your experience and mine differ. My report below was not based on a single observation (i.e. loading "for the first time"), but on many different tests. Moreover, I am an experienced flight simmer (30+ years) and have been using MSFS since it first appeared last September. I think this is a case where theory, however logical it may appear, must yield to experiment. And based what I have learned from earlier posts on this topic, my experience is typical. The fact is that having a lot of stuff in Community leads to long load times, whereas an empty Community folder is just the opposite. Have you actually tried this yourself?

    Yes, I did it now as I write, excluded everything from Community (20 GB) and double clicked the msfs icon at:

    18:31 local time (21:31zulu)
    18:35 it was checking for updates
    18:36 France and netherlands addon splash
    18:39 New Activities Splash screen, finally at
    18:40 it loaded, total time 9 minutes with empty Community

    Quit back to desktop, copied back the 20gig (took 14 minutes to copy back the 20gb into community) and fired up msfs at:

    18:55 fired msfs
    18:58 checking for updates
    18:59 second Paris Splash screen
    19:00 Netherlands screen
    19:00 New Activities
    19:02 Main menu opens, total time 7 minutes with Community 20gb

    I regret we didnt bet money on this with an international jury as mediators., would be rich by now

    case closed



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    the explanation as to why sometimes you feel takes longer has to do with Microsoft
    This is Windows...it runs dozens of programs in the background (despite priorities) when and how Bill pleases of which you dont have full control

    So sometimes a windows update or xbox live is going on that slows the sim to activate and carry on...so the blue bar goes slower because other apps in your pc are accessing microsoft server, this is just one reason, there are more, bandwith oscilations, etc, addons that use ip, multiple displays, ebags, hardware inputs, many many, who knows...only each user knows whats running in his machine
    Last edited by Kapitan; 05-03-2021 at 08:01 PM.
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    Thanks, but I actually know all that. I won't argue any more, but possibly some others will weigh in on this. Happy flying!

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    Quote Originally Posted by davidc2 View Post
    There are also programs made to turn off (without deleting) files in your Community folder. I use MSFS Addons Linker (https://www.flightsim.to/file/1572/msfs-addons-linker)

    it is free and allows me to turn off whichever files, such as scenery I don't want to load up. Great way to organize and keep the load times down.
    Thanks David for that link.
    I was not aware of this and had been using ModMan to place addons to the community folder.
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    I decided to do my own "test"

    I have Chrome running with 8 windows open, 3 spreadhseets going, XM radio in the background.

    It took from start to the selection screen 2 minutes 9 seconds.

    I use MSFS Add on to select what add on's I want loading. Does it help? Not sure, but I personally feel it does, and it makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside
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    Quote Originally Posted by davidc2 View Post
    I decided to do my own "test"

    I have Chrome running with 8 windows open, 3 spreadhseets going, XM radio in the background.

    It took from start to the selection screen 2 minutes 9 seconds.

    I use MSFS Add on to select what add on's I want loading. Does it help? Not sure, but I personally feel it does, and it makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside
    the absolute time depends on your rig
    Mine is i5 on a sata C
    Many people have fast load times
    The relevant issue is differential time, with empty Community and loaded with many addons
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    Interesting thread. I always thought that a big community folder would slow down loading times, but it seems I may have been wrong. I will do some experimentation.

    It would be nice if the sim could read a folder or two deep in the community folder really.
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    You are not wrong. This topic has been discussed at length in this and other forums, and until this thread came along there was general agreement that a heavily loaded Community folder slows loading time considerably. That has certainly been my own experience.

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