klm672 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 2404 posts, RR: 3 Posted (11 months 21 hours ago) and read 9062 times:
I have had this problem for a while now. It seems that FSX crashes randomly. I have uninstalled fsx and reinstalled it.. It doesn't seem to matter the type of aircraft or where i am.
Here is a poor video of what happens: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWYhwhrzAeI
Here are my specs:
Time of this report: 1/23/2013, 19:59:56
Machine name: ANDREPARADIS-PC
Operating System: Windows Vista™ Home Premium (6.0, Build 6002) Service Pack 2 (6002.vistasp2_gdr.120824-0336)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: Gateway
System Model: FX6800-01e
BIOS: Default System BIOS
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU 920 @ 2.67GHz (8 CPUs), ~2.7GHz
Memory: 3062MB RAM
Page File: 2535MB used, 3805MB available
Windows Dir: C:Windows
DirectX Version: DirectX 11
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
DxDiag Version: 7.00.6002.18107 32bit Unicode
Display Tab 1: No problems found.
Sound Tab 1: No problems found.
Sound Tab 2: No problems found.
Input Tab: No problems found.
csturdiv From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 1391 posts, RR: 3 Reply 3, posted (11 months 9 hours ago) and read 9025 times:
Do these crashes happen everywhere or just in certain areas? If it is in certain areas, then you can start crossing off some ai aircraft of the list as possible causes. Possibly there is a corrupt texture file causing the crash when FSX is attempting to load it.
baileyncreme From United States of America, joined Nov 2009, 35 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (11 months 9 hours ago) and read 9022 times:
Howdy!. I agree with csturdiv. Wipe FS off your computer, then reload it with no additions. Fire up FS "stock" with the default supplied aircraft. Play around flying the Mooney, Lear and 737. Don't add in anything though!
Let us know how it works then before you begin adding in more goodies.
I had a add on texture of a 727-200 that loaded up fine, then crashed the application every time about 3 minutes into my departure. Drove me nuts absolutely!
Peace be with you and have a blessed, happy flying day..!!
csturdiv From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 1391 posts, RR: 3 Reply 5, posted (11 months 6 hours ago) and read 9017 times:
I have some tools that I use on FS9 (I am at work now, so I forget the names) but they scan the FS9 folder and detect any problems with images (missing Alpha Channels and so on) that can lead to issues like this. Not sure if they work with FSX as I do not have any AI installed in FSX yet. When I get home, I'll look up the program names and post them here to see if they help with crashes you are having. One is called Alpha Searcher 2, but the other is escaping me, I'll find it later tonight.
klm672 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 2404 posts, RR: 3 Reply 6, posted (11 months 5 hours ago) and read 9006 times:
That's the odd thing, its random. It doesn't matter what aircraft, where I am flying. I do tend to use the simulation acceleration so I can fly across the pond faster. It tends to happen the most right on decent or final, which sucks because I've down most of the journey. It makes me not want to even go on my flight sim anymore.
baileyncreme From United States of America, joined Nov 2009, 35 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (10 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 8982 times:
Don't give up KLM! It's just a wacky computer gremlin. We have an amazing computer application that can quickly transplace us anywhere in the world in some pretty cool aircraft. You're just being temporarily being "tested"..
csturdiv From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 1391 posts, RR: 3 Reply 9, posted (10 months 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 8971 times:
Ok, the programs I am thinking of are AlphaSearcher2 and DXT3Fixer. They were mentioned on the Alpha India forums and people have said it has helped with blurry textures, slow loading of images and crashes. If you are a member of the forums, I would check them out for the links and discussion on these programs. I am also on the forums using the same forum name as I use here. http://www.alpha-india.net/forums/index.php
AlphaSearcher2 will check your FS folders (scenery and aircraft) for textures that are missing the Alpha Channels.
DXT3Fixer will check image files in DXT3 format (used by some repaints in FS9 and FSX) for missng Alpha Channels.
Before you blow up your sim, I would start here. These are usually the big source of crash to desktop issues.
klm672 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 2404 posts, RR: 3 Reply 10, posted (9 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 7943 times:
Ok, I will give that a try! Thank you for your help. I'll report back. It tends to happen on approach or on final, which is obviously makes me very sad, because I might fly a transatlantic flight only for this to happen mins from completing a wonderful flight!
csturdiv From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 1391 posts, RR: 3 Reply 12, posted (9 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 7706 times:
Well you would need to use a program like DXT2BMP to create an alpha channel and save the image. Did the scan turn up any results?
Alternatively you can try this program on www.avsim.com - dxtfixerx_310125.zip
From the readme it states:
"This tool fixes the stutters in FS9/FSX caused by dxt3 and dxt5 textures without an active alpha channel.
The default state is to just scan for errors WITHOUT making any changes to any files.
When the scan is complete, a Notepad window will open displaying the results."
I use this program and it is very easy to use. Just point it to your flight sim folder and let it run. By default it will only show you the files that need the alpha channel. There is a checkmark to remove to let it modify these files to have the alpha channel.
Also it may be worth registering at the Alpha India forums if you are not already in there and read this thread:
The thread is about another program that was created by the guy behind the new FAIB Boeing models and the upcoming new A318/A319/A320 models. He states that his program "should help an AI enthusiast with tracking down those pesky repaints who show up as grey models or even crash the simulator.
Basically what the tool does is to iterate over your aircraft folder and check each model for its texture file names then it checks if the texture folder that uses that model have the necessary texture files in it.
NEW in Version 1.4 the tool now actually checks the internal structure of the BMP files and tries to detect common texture faults which may lead to shutters or even outright crashes."