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Bruce (a.k.a. brian747)

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  1. Hi John! I've never seen that problem myself. The only thing that occurs to me at the moment is — if the message means (as it seems to) that it can't find EXE.XML, then presumably it can only be one of two things: a) It's looking in the wrong place. (Does P3D squirrel it away somewhere weird that EZCA a.k.a. EZDOK wouldn't know about??) or b) It's one of those dratted permissions things. (Have you tried TakeOwnership and so on?). Just a suggestion — sorry I can't be of more help (but it's P3D... aaargh!). Good luck,
  2. Hi Jim! Yup, it is a bit complicated, and of course the "layer cake" solution means that you will probably end up buying several of the underlying layers, at least, to get the full benefit — with the result that as time goes by you can thereby experience a certain degree of "lock in" to Orbx. (Good marketing strategy for them, but a simmer needs to know what they're getting into). In a way I'm lucky since most of the time I'm at 40,000 feet, and it's only on the occasions when I start pootling about in a Turbine Duke that I start lusting after some of the GA airports that Orbx do s
  3. Hi Jim! Ah, 'tis not a simple question that you ask, I fear. So this is going to be a rather long answer, but I'll try and provide as much information as I can. Many have struggled to comprehend what Orbx themselves refer to as the "layer cake" of terrain mesh, landclass data, texture layers, vector and data layers which together comprise the "scenery" that you see when you look out of the windshield of your chosen aircraft at an Orbx landscape. Here's a slightly simplified picture of the layers, although much more information is needed to fill in the details (see th
  4. A member of the Aerowinx PSX forum has posted an excellently-done 40 minute YouTube video about the 747-400, which covers a cold and dark startup, followed by a very brief flight from Tahiti back to Tahiti. Not supposed to be perfect, but it's extremely instructive for those who would like to understand the 744 operating procedures better. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=0F4ZZyvcapo Enjoy! Cheers, bruce a.k.a. brian747
  5. Not tried the CS777. Plenty of hours in the PMDG, and I wouldn't want to investigate any alternatives. Just my two cents.... Cheers, bruce a.k.a. brian747
  6. No easy answers, my friend! Good luck. Cheers, B.
  7. I've been using DX10 (with the Fixer) exclusively for a long time now without any problems. Which isn't much help, I know — other than to suggest that it might not be entirely fair to assume that DX10 is the cause of your errors? There is such a thing as coincidence.... Cheers, bruce a.k.a. brian747
  8. @wain It's a big step up from the in-built avionics, that's for sure. The ease of installation depends on whether your aircraft's config tool allows you to install it onto the panel automatically. (But if not, there are lots of suggestions around the 'net from people who have found a work-around). The workings heavily utilise Garmin's own PC trainer, so to see what the Flight1 product is like (but not in an aircraft), you can simply download and install the Trainer from the Garmin site here. (You have to have it installed for the Flight1 product to work anyway — but *beware*, the F
  9. Thanks for the heads-up, Joe. @JG I asked myself exactly the same question, John. So here's a minority report..... The Aerosoft page says this: "SIMstarter NG is based on the well-known SIMstarter ... the following changes have been made to create SIMstarter NG: General: New beautiful GUI General: Platform supports FSX, FSX-SE, P3Dv2.4, P3Dv2.5, P3Dv3 and P3Dv3.1 General: More flexibility because each configuration set can be used in one ore multiple profiles General: Added dialog if you want to close the simulator if its running General: All dialogs follow the s
  10. @Jim Glad you got it sorted! @Dean I always add all my FSX directories (on all drives) to the AVG list of exclusions, so they don't get scanned. I like to think it doesn't do any harm to performance, either (bear in mind that FSX scans a *lot* of files as you go along, not to mention at startup...). Just a thought.... Cheers, bruce a.k.a. brian747
  11. Hi Bryan! > "...i had to reinstall my flight Sim 4 times in the past 3 weeks" Ouch: it sounds as though perhaps you might need to try to stop working harder and start working smarter, to establish what's going on. TBH, I'm not sure that SE is necessarily a factor here (although Windoze 10 might be, but I wouldn't know about that, I'm afraid). It's just that these crashes certainly occur on other versions of the sim, too, so I'd suggest not limiting your search to SE issues. I assume that you have checked out obvious candidates such as UIAutomationcore.dll; and also loo
  12. I enjoyed the tour very much, Matt. Many thanks! Cheers, bruce a.k.a. brian747
  13. > "... the accelerated decrepitude is annoying" I find it so. Or.... were you talking about the aircraft? Cheers, B.
  14. Well done for overcoming that, Jim! I know I've said it before, but for me vlying without a realistic level of failures would feel unreal, and curiously empty, so I guess I'm fortunate in that PSX provides a huge range of both random and selectable failures in every one of the 744's systems. It certainly keeps you on your toes! Cheers, bruce a.k.a. brian747
  15. Hi, Matt! Yup, couldn't agree more! Although I guess it's a bit like the SODE thing. Each developer wants to push the boundaries, so they are tempted to exploit technologies which are fine for them, but may cause mayhem in sceneries from other sources. Whilst I'd love to see the functionality you describe, if I had to choose one or the other I'd prefer to have airports that don't require me to run some config tool (or worse still, have to move files around or edit configs) before landing or taking off from them. But who knows? For some time now FSX (especially in DX10) has been looking
  16. Great video, Jeroen! @Matt Not sure about the hangars specifically, but the claimed features include this item: "Animations bring the airport to life, including animated people". Other intriguing features which caught my eye included 3D snow (?!): "Special highlights are the seasonal variations, including 3D snow that in combination with the customized terrain mesh provide an impressive atmosphere especially in winter." @potential purchasers As a frequent Norway vlyer I should perhaps mention that Alta is a loooong way north, folks (think Hammerfest and Tromsø sort of north
  17. Hi, Richard, and a warm welcome to the forum! Wow, I suspect you're going to get a lot of different opinions on this question! Anyway, FWIW here's my 2ȼ, but bear in mind that I moved straight to FSX (from FS9) as soon as it was released, hence have been using it for getting on for ten years now.... I have admired P3D from afar, but TBH the only significant change that I notice onscreen is the presence of cloud shadows (and from 40,000 ft they are not too important to me, although if you mostly vly low 'n slow I can well imagine that they could be a factor). Much is mad
  18. Lovely shots, again. The warm colouration when the sun is low in the sky is especially attractive, IMO. And I defy any non-simmer to realise that those shots are taken in FSX! Hmm, dare I say — many simmers, too.... Cheers, bruce a.k.a. brian747
  19. A warm welcome to the Hangar, Frank! > "This means that it is almost ready for release." <grin> Traditionally. And no one could accuse them of rushing it, that's for sure! Cheers, bruce a.k.a. brian747
  20. Great flight, Micke! *And* you managed to get some sightseeing in, too. Just as well you had the old box Brownie camera with you. Cheers, bruce a.k.a. brian747
  21. Hi Fintan! And a warm welcome to the Hangar! I'm with Joe, having moved from UK2000 to the newer competition a little while ago — and I'd also echo his comments about the textures. Which is not to put UK2000's version down, since it is a tad easier on framerates. But (statement of the obvious coming up) — any decent version of Heathrow is going to be.... testing, for your computer. All the more so if you have a reasonable amount of AI going on (which will translate to a *lot* of movements at any of the world's largest airports, and, some would say, especially at Heathrow).
  22. <Tries to adopt New York Jewish accent> ... "This is livin'?" Many congratulations to all who took part in today's festivities (especially to those who were timezone-challenged) :-) , and condolences to Micke for the technical problem. 8-\ Cheers, bruce a.k.a. brian747
  23. <grin> Understood. I have to admit that I'm happiest vlying with no financial implications to lessen the "immersion" (or whatever you want to call it). Don't need screaming pax, either, but whatever floats some people's boat.... Cheers, B.
  24. If you like some additional pressure whilst you're flying, then this freebie might appeal to you. (It didn't come up in a forum search, so I assume that this isn't old news). The 'Maintenance and Income Tool' (MIT) seems to be (I <*cough*> haven't actually tried it yet) an option for adding additional.... interest (?) to your flights:- "Need a purpose for your flights? Tired of people stealing your airplane in FSEconomy? Tired of that annoying flight attendant in FSPassengersX? Tired of wussy passengers who panic during the slightest bit of turbulence? Tired of having t
  25. Hi Wayne! I don't know that particular aircraft (although inter alia I have flown the PMDG MD-11), however.... A sudden nose up at rotation does sound as though you may have the trim wrongly set (that one is very literally a killer, IRL). Also, unless you're setting take-off power manually (quaint, but possible, I suppose) I can't imagine any reason why you wouldn't have authothrottle on for take-off (most companies have a checklist item to turn it on once you're on the runway and ready to go). Without A/T, your throttles won't advance to take-off power when you press the TO/GA but
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