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[Not PMDG related] Stuck on "Checking for updates..." - Anyone else??

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    [Not PMDG related] Stuck on "Checking for updates..." - Anyone else??

    Hello pilots!

    Sorry for this post which could be someway OT in a PMDG forum, but I'm very discouraged because of this problem. I can't fly the beloved 737 and I'm really curious to know if I'm the only one experiencing this!

    It's several days now that FS2020 gets totally stuck on the "Checking for updates..." screen. I've seen and tried a lot of checks and workarounds found around the internet. In the past days I could launch the game in the end. Sometimes trying to launch FS2020 from the XBox app, sometimes simply closing and launching again, other times rebooting the pc.
    Yesterday it got worse: couldn't open FS2020 for the whole evening. No way. Tried everything.

    It must be something linked to some Microsoft service connection issue 'cause, if I unplug the LAN cable once it's stuck, it goes past that updates check, but it get stuck again shortly after.
    Late in the night it got even worse 'cause I couldn't go past the first loading window (the smaller one, not yet full screen, where it says "Syncing data...").

    Anyone else has faced this? Any idea??

    Thank you all in advance for your support and understanding 😌

    Best regards,

    Gabriele Perica
    Gabriele Perica
    Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy

    Hi Gabriele,
    I only flew once yesterday and although the sim did take an unusually long time at the "checking for updates" screen (black screen with blue progress ribbon on bottom and only message "checking for updates") but after a minute or so it continued loading. I would give it at least 10 minutes before I do anything such as router or modem disconnection or even a re-start.

    I have noticed that the loading times often vary from about 2.5 minutes to over 4 minutes. I have my sim on a dedicated 1TB Nvme M.2 SSD drive so it is about as fast as it's going to get. I just assume the it's the servers that are causing the variation in load times but I don't know that for certain.

    I have also been experiencing a lot of stuttering during flights the past few days but not all flights so I'm assuming that is also due to server load but don't know for sure. The fact that it is so random makes me think it's server load related.
    Daniel Anziano


    • GabrielePe
      GabrielePe commented
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      Thank you sir!
      I agree that it's by all chances an issue where the sim needs to communicate with some Microsoft service (as very usual for FS2020).
      This doesn't make it less frustrating, as you can guess.

      I'll try again tonight and give it a lil' more time!

    GabrielePe Also make sure that you run OC as admin.
    Ryzen 9 5900X, RX 6900XT, 32GB DDR4 RAM @3600MHz, 4k
    Marc Eland
    GFO Beta


      Originally posted by GabrielePe View Post
      Hello pilots!

      Anyone else has faced this? Any idea??
      I'm having the same issue, tuesday msfs was stuck for an entire hour checking for updates and I partially resolved it by removing all the add-ons I'm using from the Community folder (using Add-on linker) and keeping only one-two essential.
      I think it is server related and maybe tomorrow, with SU11, will be fixed

      Marco Colonna


        You aren't using a VPN are you? The few times it's happened to me I just change my VPN server (or turn it off)



          Unfortunately you don’t say if you have a Game Pass or a Digital Licence version of MSFS 2020. However, in both cases I think it is well worth making sure your version of Windows is fully updated and the same applies to your graphics card driver. In addition, you should make sure all of your apps in the MS Store Library are updated too BEFORE you attempt to launch MSFS. If any one of these MS updates (or your graphics card’s drivers) are taking place in the background then this will inevitably slow down your whole PC’s operation and this could possibly be the cause of your MSFS startup issue.

          Most game assets are typically compressed when they are packaged for distribution and then decompressed when the game is played. The problem with this is that these compression techniques are designed for CPUs which aren’t great for modern games like MSFS 2020, or indeed highly sophisticated addon aircraft like PMDG’s, because they need the latest PC hardware in order to push for faster decompression rates. The good news is that Microsoft is releasing DirectStorage 1.1 as an alternative method sometime this week and it is apparently capable of offloading the decompression work to the graphics card’s GPU instead of the CPU. Hopefully when this method is fully adopted by the PC gaming industry we should all reap the benefits and eventually see a significant reduction to the decompression and therefore faster loading times of all Windows PC games, including MSFS 2020. I just hope the graphics card manufacturers don’t catch on to this benefit and increase the prices any further of their already very expensive top-of-the-range graphics cards!
          Michael Codd


            Thanks to all responders for your support!
            In the end the issue got solved autonomously; yesterday I could load and fly without problems. This is a good confirmation of the server-side\reacheability nature of the issue.
            Anyway, all indications about having everything up to date are precious.

            Thank you all again!
            Gabriele Perica
            Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy