I guess I can consider myself blessed, as I have 2 adult sons who are programming and hardware techs.
I spent a long time discussing with them my “gamer” frustration and we came up with a plan after all the online/forum suggestions, that I faithfully implemented, did not work “for me”.
Along the way I have discovered that there is not a single cause for CTD and that “my” cause may not be “your” cause. Which makes it more difficult for asobos and gamers alike.
I will skip to the end…after doing everything that I am about to type, last night I successfully, for the first time ever, flew a full flight, a perfect ILS approach, with no CTD.
I am well aware that one flight does not prove much, but for me it is a BIG step forward.
Here is what we did:
Added a new 1TB ssd drive, as my current C: drive did not have enough space left.
I installed a fresh copy of windows 10 on that drive. Added updates to the windows 10 install, but did NOT install the “latest updates”.
I installed all factory motherboard, video card and sound drivers, NOT the generic windows 10 drivers.
Installed steam, and steam vr installed on a faster drive.
4a. I have a second hard drive, a very tiny drive, that runs about 7 times faster than my standard C: drive ssd. This is where I installed steam and my msfs2020.
So to be clear:
a. I have a normal C ssd drive that boots into my much crowded windows 10 chock full of all types of apps and nearly full.
b. I have another D ssd drive added last night with a fresh install of windows 10 and nothing else. Both a and b are set up as a duel boot on my computer.
C for my normal day chaos, D for my flight sim needs only.
The I have a G drive, very very tiny, extremely fast. This is where I installed the steam, steam vr and msfs 2020.
NO anti-virus installed
NO additional programs installed
Turned “game mode” OFF in windows 10.
Set up Nvidia 2080Ti. This can only be done with a more advanced video card I am told…right click on windows desktop / select display / select graphics settings / hardware-accelerated GPU scheduling / turn ON
at this point I tried loading a sim brief flight plan into msfs 2020. Immediate lock up.
- Under the windows power management:
a. Tell windows NOT to put any hard drives to sleep - set minutes to “0”
b. Disable windows power management
At this point I tried a flight. CTD right after takeoff.
Started another flight, noticed my wireless USB headset was off, turned it on, immediate msfs 2020 lockup.
Installed manufacturer drivers.
No more lock up.
- Device manager / on ALL USB and human interface devices / UN-check the power management scheduling that allows windows to shut the device down or put it to sleep (i.e. so they will stay ON ALL THE TIME).
Following all this - I flew successfully, perfect ILS, no CTD
I will need about 1 month before I am truly convinced this is a permanent solution for my situation.
I post it only in hopes that it might help some.
Stay tuned…you never know what could happen LOL