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FS2004 Hiccup, Is It The Ram Or The Hard Drive?  
User currently offlineZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7073 posts, RR: 12
Posted (9 years 11 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 5479 times:

Hi all

I just installed FS2004 today, and it's a great sim.
But, I have realised that the computer takes quite a while to process things in the game. eg. the flight plan takes forever to load, the aircraft moves very slowly (freeze, move, freeze, move...) during Take off and landings. Also when I click the GPS or Radio board, it takes quite a while for it to show up.
Just wondering if anyone knows if it's the ram, hard drive, or anything else.

I have a comp with 256MB of ram, and loads of space on c drive, this is well past the minimum requirements. But for some reason it's still slow.

It would be great if anyone could help.

thanks
ZKSUJ

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User currently offlineJamotcx From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 1037 posts, RR: 25
Reply 1, posted (9 years 11 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 5426 times:

The symptoms you describe suggest a lack of RAM. As FS will need to keep reading and writing to and from the disk to get the info it needs. And I can tell you this disk swapping as its called takes one hell of a long time, compared to using whats in RAM.

This isn't the only reason it will run slow though. But until you give your system specs we cant diagnose the problem.

Eg, a graphics card with a lot of RAM would help as the textures can be kept in there. Also what type of CPU do you have? If its a Celeron or Duron then because these CPU's have reduced cache (memory on the chip) a huge bottleneck can occur going between the RAM and CPU.

Cant you tell I do Computer Engineering LOL


Jamo


User currently offlineZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7073 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (9 years 11 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 5425 times:

Thanks for the help
Computer specs:
-Intel Celeron 2.4GHz
-256MB DDR (333MHz ram)
-40GB 7200rpm Ultra ATA Hard Drive
-GEFORCE MX4000 128MB Graphics Card.

I don't much about computers, Copied the specs straight off the info sheet.

ZKSUJ


User currently offlineJamotcx From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 1037 posts, RR: 25
Reply 3, posted (9 years 11 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 5420 times:

From the spec I would initially say try upgrading to 512MB RAM. Especially as RAM is dirt cheap these days. You can never have too much of it  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


Jamo


User currently offlineJustplanecrazy From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2003, 536 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (9 years 11 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 5413 times:

I have a 3.4 amd athlon 1024 mb ram and a Radeon 2800 pro,and still have a problem,the aircraft textures and liveries sometimes dont show for several minutes,ive downloaded the latest drivers for the graphic card and the problem got worse.Anyone any ideas as to why?


your pilots today on this 747 flight are captain oliver hardy and assisting will be FO stan laurel.Have a safe flight
User currently offlineJamotcx From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 1037 posts, RR: 25
Reply 5, posted (9 years 11 months 5 days ago) and read 5412 times:

I did read reports of people with Radeons having performance issues. Cant remember how they were fixed though.

But I have an AMD 2800XP, 512Mb ram, GeForce 4 Ti4200, and have no problems with slow down etc.


Jamo


User currently offlineZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7073 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (9 years 11 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 5378 times:

Thanks guys.
The computer's in the shop as we speak being upgraded to a 512 Ram.

ZKSUJ


User currently offlineSickBird From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 35 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (9 years 11 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 5364 times:

I think it is the Celeron processor as well. They are to cheap to be runnning a game like FS 2004. I would upgrade to a Pentium 4 first, which I am sure most Intel boards accept both Celeron and P4 chips.

User currently offlineJamotcx From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 1037 posts, RR: 25
Reply 8, posted (9 years 11 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 5367 times:

I said above that the Celeron would be causing a major bottleneck because of its limited cache.

But however 256mb RAM i feel is only just enough for WinXP. And I know people have seen a huge increase in performance from just doubleing the RAM.

If the performance is still slow. The next thing to change is definately the CPU.


Jamo


User currently offlineJBirdAV8r From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 4482 posts, RR: 22
Reply 9, posted (9 years 11 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 5337 times:

Agreed...P4 with Hyper-Threading technology is great, runs FS extremely well. I just bought a HP Pavilion a few months ago with an Intel 3.0 HT (Prescott), 512mb RAM (upgraded to 1gb) and it does great. It's one (big) bottleneck is the GeForce FX 5200, which is making my graphics painfully slow. Any suggestions for a replacement video card, anyone?


I got my head checked--by a jumbo jet
User currently offlineJamotcx From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 1037 posts, RR: 25
Reply 10, posted (9 years 11 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 5327 times:

http://www.nvidia.com/page/geforce_6800.html

I wouldnt mind one of these GFX cards  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


Jamo


User currently offlineBritPilot777 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 1075 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (9 years 11 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 5313 times:

RAM RAM RAM, Get More RAM!!!  Smokin cool


Forever Flight
User currently offlineDC-10 Levo From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 3432 posts, RR: 5
Reply 12, posted (9 years 11 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 5305 times:

I have a P4 2.4Ghz processor with 256mb RAM and it's a bit jumpy so I might upgrade to 512MB. RAM is very cheap nowadays. Let us know how you get on with an extra 256MB ZKSUJ!

DC-10


User currently offlineZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7073 posts, RR: 12
Reply 13, posted (9 years 11 months 2 hours ago) and read 5282 times:

512RAM is great. No Hiccups, no stoppages, just a real smooth and fast flight

ZKSUJ


User currently offlineJamotcx From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 1037 posts, RR: 25
Reply 14, posted (9 years 11 months 1 hour ago) and read 5274 times:

ZKSUJ good to hear my advice worked Big grin

DC-10 I suggest you upgrade to 512mb RAM. It is very cheap these days considering what we had to pay for it 5 years ago!!!


Jamo


User currently offlineZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7073 posts, RR: 12
Reply 15, posted (9 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 5252 times:

Once again

Thanks every one!!!
 Smile

ZKSUJ


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