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now i know why the damn things always stutters

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nottobe Captain

looks like my ATI 9800 has stopped rendering the texture. so what is supposed to be done by the video card is now the burden of the CPU. in other words, the CPU is doing software rendering for the video card, thats why the CPU is overloaded and display is stuttering. I realized that I had a stuttering problem when I first got the card, but after I checked "hardware rendering" in FS2004, it all went smooth. Now I am having the same old trouble. So I did a test: turned off the hardware rendering in FS04, then tried flying around a big city. The stuttering is exactly the same as when the hardware rendering was enabled in the same enviroment, that means: the hardware rendering is not working at all. It is possible that the card is down, only a few months old.....damn it!!!

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RadarMan Chief Captain

Go to start/run and type in dxdiag/ press OK. Try out the video in there.

ATI should help with it since it's almost new.

Radar

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Nottobe,

I also have an ATI 9800 and have noticed stuttering when there is high graphic loads, specifically in external view with dense clouds or large cities. It seems to run fine when you don't put a lot of stress on the system, but once it starts it doesn't stop stuttering. Sounds like you and I may have the same problem. My ATI is just under 1 year old. Do you think it could be a setting in the ATI control panel that is causing this problem?? Let me know if you find a fix.

Thanks!!

Guest

Nottobe,

If I recall correctly, which chances are I'm not, there was a new set of ATI drivers that came out in Feb or about that time?? That seems to have been when my problems started, so I am wondering if there is some conflict with the new drivers? Could there be a conflict with the new drivers?? I don't know.

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nottobe Captain

i am going to call the ATI tech support today. but they require registration before they provide you the number. so i will open the box, take out the card, get the sn number (i believe the sn number is on the card, otherwise I would be in trouble, coz the packaging box is gone), i will give u update.

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Nottobe,

I also just created a support ticket at the ATI website describing the situation. If I hear anything from them I will be sure to let you know. While on their site I did notice they have a new set of drivers from 5/17/05, I plan on giving them a try later in the day. I'll let you know if I have any success with them.

Thanks!!

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nottobe Captain

Anonymous wrote:

Nottobe,

I also just created a support ticket at the ATI website describing the situation. If I hear anything from them I will be sure to let you know. While on their site I did notice they have a new set of drivers from 5/17/05, I plan on giving them a try later in the day. I'll let you know if I have any success with them.

Thanks!!

OK, I pretty much fixed the stuttering problem after I talked to the tech support. I updated mother board first. I dont know what MB in your system, I have Intel, so I updated the chipset software for AGP card slot. Then I updated ATI driver, see here https://support.ati.com/ics/support/default.asp?deptID=894&task=knowledge&folderID=27
choose what OS you have, assume you use XP, click on XP, then click on RADEON, then click this link and install CATALYST 5.5 Windows XP - Driver Download. I did the mother board first, reboot, then ATI and reboot, not sure it the sequence matter, it worked on my machine.
If you installed a lot addons, like UT, USA ROADS, F1 Water, etc, you may still get some stuttering around the airport, but I think this is normal. The 3 D cloud is a killer, move the 3D cloud bar all the way the the left (20%), this saves a lot your video card resource, but you hardly see the difference. Keep it at detailed clouds, SIMPLE is ugly.
If you have UT, set traffic at 50%, then you will get rid of the stuttering at a big airport. besides, 100% traffic makes you wait half an hour to get airbourne.....
hope this helps you, let me know, and good luck.

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RadarMan Chief Captain

nottobe,
Good work and thanks for giving us the information, it should help others.

Radar

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OK, I also think I have taken care of the stutter problem. However, in the past when I say that it returns immediatly, so I say it with caution.

I installed Windows XP service pack 2 and then installed the newest ATI drivers and it SEEMS to have taken away the problem.

Thanks for the help!!

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