Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020’s August update gives huge performance boost!

The game which has been out for over a year has been a pain to get a decent performance out off.   With random stutters and freezes and inconsistent framerates its been well a huge disappointment personally.  So much so that I had given up on ever playing it again due to state of the Graphic’s Card market (With Sky-high prices) and the only way to get it running anywhere decent would be a graphics card upgrade.

The August update/Xbox release Patch :
Ever since the august patch/Xbox Release (world update 5) there were reports that this latest patch would give a huge performance increase.  Some outlets reported a 50% increase in performance which I doubted most of these outlets have access to newer Graphics cards.

The august update give the game at least a 50% increase in performance amazing! The game which would never let me fly over high-populated areas like NewYork and London would finally and my god my first trip over New York was stunning.  Looking down below at streets and cars moving along while seeing buildings for miles was incredible.

Videos:

 

Dam dem node_modules!

If you’ve ever had to create a new project with the node package manager you’ll have seen it install a load of “dependencies” installed onto your simple project.  After a while you’ll end up with multiple projects and multiple folders of “node_modules”. No problem you say, but it will be when you start running out of space!

You can always reinstall them back with a;

npm install

Deletion:
Deleting one of these folders can take a few minutes so imagine having more than one project and “node_modules” for each project.  This can take up to many gigs of space depending on the project.

Solution npkill
this great util will allow you to delete multiple node_modules folders across different projects;

Source:
https://stackoverflow.com/questions/42950501/delete-node-modules-folder-recursively-from-a-specified-path-using-command-line

Simply running this command in the dir where you have many projects with node_modules will allow you to choose which projects you want to remove the installed dependancies from;

npx npkill

Oculus Rift-S setup nightmare

So a few months ago i seen Amazon had a sale on the VR headset ive followed for years the Oculus Rift. It was cheaper than i had ever seen before so i ordered one.

Excitement for Flying in PC VR with Flight Simulator 2020:
I cant begin to describe how excited i was to connect it to my PC in order to play Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020, my entire reason for buying it. I had a PC capable of VR and Graphics card well up for the task.

Problems:
When you connect the Oculus to your PC it does a check to see if everything is ok. You need to plug 1 cable into a USB 3.0 port (no problem I thought, I have loads!  Then you plug the other cable into your Graphics card. The software checks to see if all is good.

The Test:
I spent days searching for the problem and hoping there was a simple fix. I read post after post but nothing. i tried everything i read;

    • reinstall Oculus software
    • reinstall USB drivers
    • Motherboard driver
    • Update BIOS/settings
    • chipset drivers

USB 3 Ports:
The motherboard i have has 4 USB 3 ports some of them 3.2 gen and above, shouldn’t be any problems!

The Fucking Red-Green Headset Sensor Check nightmare:
Those two green checkmarks you get are great until they go red and you pull the cable out and reinsert and you get it green or red. This plug in and out bullshit fucking killed my interest in the headset.

All is good! Above is the all good signal your Headset is good to go!

 

Sensor cant track headset:Stuff of nightmares

Researching the problem:
I knew or thought i did that somebody must know the reason for this because Oculus didnt. All the help they give is to disconnect the headset for 10 seconds and reconnect it.  The number of times i did that.

The solution:
There’s no way id have ever figured this out without reading a reddit post saying to buy a USB 3 self powered hub from amazon.  it sounds so simple, I cant even remember how or why i found the post i did but if i remember right the person said they had the same problem i was mentioning.

The solution came from a comment on the reddit; https://www.reddit.com/r/oculus/comments/f75f3y/oculus_rift_s_turns_off_mid_play_along_with_all/

 

Last chance saloon:
So i thought nothing else has worked and chanced ordering this from amazon and it worked!

The USB 3 Hub i ordered:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B08ZKSK6MB?ref=em_1p_0_ti&ref_=pe_4028881_605832111

The Cursed Platoon – the story of Clint Lorance an unamerican hero

via wikipedia;

Clint Allen Lorance (born December 13, 1984) is a former United States Army officer who is known for having been convicted and pardoned for war crimes.[1]

While serving as an first lieutenant in the infantry in the War in Afghanistan with the 4th Brigade Combat Team of the 82nd Airborne Division in 2012, Lorance was charged with two counts of second-degree murder after he ordered his soldiers to open fire on three Afghan men who were on a motorcycle. He was found guilty by a court-martial in 2013 and sentenced to 20 years in prison (later reduced to 19 years by the reviewing commanding general).[2][3][4] He was confined in the United States Disciplinary Barracks at Fort LeavenworthKansas for six years.

In 2015, Lorance became a cause célèbre among conservative commentators and activists.[5][6] Fox News personalities, in particular Sean Hannity, advocated for Lorance to be pardoned.[7] Lorance was eventually pardoned by President Donald Trump on November 15, 2019.[8][1]

Windows 10 wont enter sleep mode – solved

Ever since i upgraded my PC last year, my Windows 10 pc will not go to sleep and neither will the monitor and that’s with a fresh Windows 10 installation. The first thing i did was to press the “Restore default settings for this plan”..didnt work.

I’m really finding it hard to figure out how this is a problem when with my old hardware it was never a problem. The only thing i cant think off is that its the motherboard and some setting in BIOS thats not quite right.

This problem has been happening since i installed the new hardware and for some reason i thought it was normal..but remembered how my old PC would behave it would just go to sleep when the windows 10 power settings told it too.

Hardware Specs:
MSI B 450-A PRO (latest BIOS)
AMD Ryzen 2600
Win 10 64 210h (latest)
32GB DDR 4 3000

Possible fixes:

  • Steam running
  • Nvidia Overlay
  • GeForce Experience
  • USB Controller/Joystick being plugged in.

Solution:
After reading about the same problem being caused by a controller being plugged in, I disconnected the Joystick from my PC and within one min the screen had gone off.

Logitech Extreme 3D pro is causing the the issue:

Logitech Extreme 3D pro
https://www.tenforums.com/performance-maintenance/27004-windows-10-will-not-auto-sleep.html

Sources:

Solution Found Here
https://www.techpowerup.com/forums/threads/monitors-wont-go-to-sleep-why.244167/page-3