View Full Version : Combat Flight Simulator 3: Battle for Hard Drive Access

10-31-2002, 08:06 AM
While playing Combat Flight Simulator 3, I will occassionally get a huge stutter and/or frame drop. I've observed that this ONLY happens when the hard drive LED lights up. Any suggestions for a solution.

Some additional info:
P4 2.4 GHz Northwood
512 MB Corsair DDR3200 L2.5
PNY GeForce 4 Ti4400 - tried 30.82 and 40.72 drivers
SoundBlaster Live! 5.1
80 GB "special edition" Western Digital WD800JB hard drive
Windows XP SP1 w/ DirectX 8.2 (updated from 8.1 via game CD)

10-31-2002, 08:30 AM
It slows down when the HD LED lights up because your computer is thinking and accessing the HD, it would either be from loading/running background services/programs and/or loading parts of the game

10-31-2002, 09:03 AM
Thanks for the reply.

I don't have this problem when running Battlefield 1942, a notorious resource hog. So anyone know why I'm seeing it in CFS3?

10-31-2002, 09:35 AM
It's probably pre-loading/caching things like terain, it happens in a quite a few games, mainly where the map is tolarge to load all at once.