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Weird Letters (FSX)

Discussion in 'General chat' started by tan_hui_yang, 19/9/08.

  1. tan_hui_yang

    tan_hui_yang

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    Something has gone wrong with my copy of FSX. The words in FSX appears to be very faint as compared to before and looks very weird.

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    Does anybody know the cause? Is it a problem with FSX or my computer? Only FSX behaves like this; none of my other programs have this.

    Thanks
    Last edited: 19/9/08
  2. arno

    arno Administrator Staff Member FSDevConf team Resource contributor

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    Hi,

    Did you recently change anything on your system? For example update the driver of your graphics card. To me it sounds most like something related to your graphics card and its drivers.
  3. bobbyjack

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    I,too, have seen this type of thing with new video drivers. It is one of the reasons I had to go back to older drivers. That being said, my system is due for a reformat.

    Bob
  4. tan_hui_yang

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    Now that you guys mentioned it I remember me updating the driver of my graphics card but that is all I did to my system.

    What should I do? Should I go tweak the setting of the driver (which I do not know how to)? Why is this a FSX-only problem - none of my other programs have this?

    Thanks for your help, I really appreciate it.
  5. BASys

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    Hi Folks

    Tan -
    Whilst a driver update may have caused your problem,
    blurring/dithered fonts is one of the first symptoms of an overstressed PC.

    That's either thermal, or sliders set too high for available resources.
    Your blurry terrain confirms.

    Can be a number of additional contributary factors -
    - slewing around.
    - too many background processes.
    - too many open applications.
    - previously open programmes leaving memory fragmented.

    Try running FreeRAM XP Pro before launching FSX.
    Ensure you also "Execute Global Memory Compression".

    HTH
    ATB
    Paul
    Last edited: 20/9/08
  6. tan_hui_yang

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    Thank you BASys for your detailed analysis.

    I was in a hiatus last month before coming back to use FSX. However during that period I did update my graphics card driver.

    So when I go back to FSX now, I see this. My setting has not change before and after my hiatus. Everything was running fine before. I tried deleting the config files and let FSX reload a new one but to no avail.

    The blurry terrain may be the fact that I open up FSX and immediately slew up and move forward so that I can get the above picture without waiting for FSX to load the terrain properly because that night I could take this blurry words anymore.:)

    Regarding the issue of too many open applications and processes, I do not think this might be the problem. Because the plane I was flying to take this picture was the Ultralight and my only open program apart from FSX was Firefox. Before this problem I would open programs like Media Player, Google Earth with no issue at all.

    Anyway I am running on a Core 2 Duo E4400, 3GB DDR II RAM and an ATI X1550 graphics card. Will this be fine? I really feel like getting a NVIDIA card when I have the $ - which one will you recommend.

    Oh and can I use FreeRAM XP Pro for Vista?

    Once again thank you all for the help:)
    Last edited: 20/9/08
  7. Frankis

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    Wonky Text.


    Gday
    I had a similar thing Happen to me When a Memory chip Failed.
    Regards Frank
  8. tan_hui_yang

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    Oh man, how do I check if my memory chip has failed? Is there any software that can do the job?
  9. Frankis

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    I only found it was a Chip by Trial and Error swapping chips around.
    even though run a Memory Burning Tester That didn't show any probs.(Name escapes this old brain at the moment)
  10. bobbyjack

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    One simple way would be to take sticks out one at a time, fire it up and see what happens. I believe you could also use a free program called Memtest.

    Bob
  11. tan_hui_yang

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    Ok I have test my memory chip and do not think there is any problem.

    By the way if a memory chip has failed will it even show up in the computer that I have a total of 3GB of RAM?

    If it is the problem with my graphics card and the driver do you think I should give ATI an email?
  12. arno

    arno Administrator Staff Member FSDevConf team Resource contributor

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    I would first try if an older driver works better. The latest drivers do not always give the best results, especially if your card is not brand new.

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