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    Any noticeable improvements with p3d hotfix

    I really dread updating P3D. The new hot fix claims improved performance. I rarely see this with any update. But if I’ll help my Padgett plane fly smoother then I’ll do it. Anyone notice anything worth the upgrade
    Paul Gugliotta
    United 257 heavy

    Perhaps this is simply because I'm so old...but why do people dread updating P3D? Compared to any other sim it's incredibly easy, and takes only a few minutes.
    Kyle Rodgers
    PMDG Simulations


      Updating has always been an issue with me. Either a simple hotfix and/or a version update where we are encouraged to just install the client and everything is roses. I'm not out to scare anyone and for most people it may work just fine, but I usually see forums posts shortly thereafter that the update causes the sim to act 'funny' or it 'borked' some addon. I've had my share of black screens at startup and/or scenery issue to framerates to blurry images (which in my opinion will never go away) whenever I do an update.

      I don't want to sound pessimistic (well, might be to late for that), but Kyle is right when he says its easy and only takes a short time. I might have a special combination of addon's or some sort of compatibility issue with the update but to date I've always ... always had to do a complete re-install every single time an update has come out.

      So now I wait for major revisions. I'm still on 4.2 and won't touch it until 5.0 comes out. Takes way to long to fix everything back the way I like it.
      Last edited by AAN1718A; 17May2019, 20:27. Reason: Signature Issue
      Michael 'Madsoft' Lagow


        Load time, for me, off my HDD from OK to flying appears to have significantly reduced. Can't quantify it, however I can no longer cook a roast and solve the worlds' problems while waiting.

        That alone is worth the fix for me. I probably won't notice the rest. Client only. Download, uninstall, restart, reinstall, cycle FTX Central, sort out HiFi update, fly. No issues. And I too was wary of updating at first.
        Mike Dryden


          No problem here, I did the same as Mike did above.. Easy,,up date
          Jerry Friz
          Jerry Friz,


            I did the whole thing even the scenery nothing much in there except the beacons but that’s just me and i see improvements in the performance but one mustn’t forget that every body’s setup is different.
            Danny Z.Cebis


              I am having one of those “that guy is full of crap” experiences since a fresh Windows / v4.5 installation. I’m getting a 30% increase in framerates. Never thought that would happen to me.
              Matt Sweet


              • Ausflight
                Ausflight commented
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                Who are you referring to?

              • MattSweet
                MattSweet commented
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                I should have prefaced that statement.
                Whenever a P3D update happens there are always a few people that report huge, incredible and unbelievable gains in framerates and overall performance. I would often think "that guy is full of crap" because I never experienced such. My updates never really resulted in noticeable changes. Now, with the 4.5 hotfix installed, it appears I am "that guy".
                I'm not actually referring to anyone in general, and I certainly wasn't referring to your comment.
                I hope that's a little clearer.
                Last edited by MattSweet; 21May2019, 19:48.

              OK - I updated P3D hotfix and now ActiveSky says it is not compatible with my P3D version.
              Paul Gugliotta
              United 257 heavy


                Originally posted by Paulyg123 View Post
                OK - I updated P3D hotfix and now ActiveSky says it is not compatible with my P3D version.
                You need to go to the HiFi website and get the update for ActiveSky. This has always been the case any time there was an update to P3D. Version 7070 is the version you want.
                Captain Kevin

                Kevin Yang


                  With the P3Dv4.5 Hotfix, On my system I’ve seen big numbers go up in frames and was well worth the update, with this update I was allowed to boost the in game settings even more then what I had before the update. I’m using a Ryzen 5 2600X overclocked @4.0ghz Evga RTX 2080.
                  Justin Evans


                    Thanks Kevn, That did the trick for ASN. I guess I am fully up to date on P3D, but I really did not notice any FPS gains. I am running pretty good anyway - but always hoping for 100 fps with my PMDG 747 at KJFK.
                    Paul Gugliotta
                    United 257 heavy


                      The only issue I had is the exterior lighting. In my opinion it’s not bright enough especially the landing and taxi lights. I saw no change in performance so I uninstalled the hotfix. 4.5. without the hotfix is fine for me.
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