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This AVSIM Prepar3D Guide will cover the following topics to help users get the most of Lockheed Martin’s Prepar3D platform. Some of the information in this guide is applicable to prior versions of Prepar3D (V2.x and V1.x), however the primary focus of this guide will be for Prepar3D V3.x onward:
Installation and purchase Updating to a more recent Version Configuring Graphics Settings Working with Configuration Files Configuring 3rd Party Add-Ons SimConnect Troubleshooting Hardware, Overclocking, Performance Input Control Devices (TrackIR, Yokes, Throttles)
The basic flow of this guide will take you thru; basic purchase and installation process, how to update your Prepar3D installation when new versions are released, configuring your graphics settings, exposing what settings increase process loads, adjusting you 3rd party products configuration settings to improve performance, some Prepar3D configuration settings (often called “tweaks”), setup of SimConnect (used by many 3rd party products), working thru compatibility with older FSX products, a quick guide to basic overclocking, and finally setting up input control devices (controllers).
This document will assume limited computer experience, but it will cover both easy and advanced topics. Parts of this document will expect users to understand how to use a text editor (like Notepad) to edit/modify content in text files.
Hopefully there is some information to be gain in this document for the new user and the experienced user.
By Jim YoungThe AVSIM Crash to Desktop Guide provides investigative techniques you can try when you get one of those dreaded crashes/freezes while loading your simulator to your setup screen, during the loading to the flight, or during the flight. It also provides tips on preventing crashes, probable causes, and some actual fixes that might get you back up and enjoying your flight simulator again.
Version 3.0.0 released May 1, 2016. Changes include:
1. The major change to this version is the addition of a Table of Contents. Now a member can simply look at the Table of Contents and see exactly what is contained in the guide. The Table of Contents has been hyperlinked directly to the topic or the module that caused the crash so members can immediately go to the information they are looking for in the guide without having to go through the whole guide to find a solution. Just click on a topic or solution and you are immediately taken to that item.
2. Updated Internet links.
3. Expanded discussions to make it easier for computer novices to understand.
4. Inserted Bookmarks. For instance, a solution to a crash may call for disabling the dll.xml. A bookmark has been inserted where you can simply click on dll.xml and it will take you immediately to the section where a description of how to disable modules in the dll.xml is located.
5. Many "How To" images have been added for completing certain actions as it has been found members like to see images rather than reading a description on how to do something.
6. Added more possible solutions to some crashes/freezes. Unfortunately, only 'possible solutions' could be added as most crashes have no solution that fits all.
This is a living document and updates will be made as new information or errors are found.
By Jim YoungThe AVSIM Basic FSX Configuration Guide provides members with a one-stop guide for configuring FSX for optimum performance. Our goal at AVSIM is to make configuring FSX as simple as possible and to educate. There are many FSX Configuration Guides published around the Internet and a member only has to do an Internet search using the Google or Bing search engines to find them.
The Microsoft-owned Flight Simulator is possibly the game industry's longest-running continuous franchise. The first Microsoft-branded version was released in 1982 with the most recent version, FSX, released in 2006 and expanded in 2007 with the release of Acceleration/SP2. FSX is a 32 bit application that can reside in a 64 bit Windows operating environment. Acceleration and the freeware version SP2 included a preview to DX10 technology as the Microsoft team did not have sufficient time to completely program FSX for DX10. They had hoped to finalize development in a future update (as well as improve on the FSX engine) but the development team (AKA Aces Studio) was released by Microsoft before those upgrades could be published. Currently, an add-on developer has fixed many of the issues left behind by FSX. You can get more information about DX10 in our DX10 Forum.
By MarkWThis is a review of Pilot Global Ultimate NG.
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