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FSX Installation and Tweaking Log

Gaiiden

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Given that I'm about to install FSX on a clean computer for like the 4th time and still don't entirely remember all the stuff I've done with it over the years I decided to create a log here to chronicle all the additions and tweaks I make so that next time a clean build is required I can just follow the steps rather than trying to remember what to install/tweak next. It's also a way for others to get ideas for tweaking their system and FSX products as well.

 

Things to Back Up on Main Drive

  • Ultimate Traffic 2 databases - primarily ones I've created
  • Standards.XML
  • FSX.cfg
  • Flight Simulator X Files folder
  • ENB mods
  • Saitek device profiles
  • FSWC profiles

Initial install procedures and additional tweaking taken from NickN's all-encompassing guide

Additional information used for tweaking gotten from the AVSIM FSX Hardware & Software Guide

 

Uninstall Note: FSX Acceleration is installed on top of the default FSX install and only one at a time will show in the Programs and Features window. So after uninstalling Acceleration go back and then you can uninstall FSX

 

4/10/14 - FSX Deluxe Edition installed

  • Program run after install to create folders

4/10/14 - FSX Acceleration Pack installed

  • Program run after install to activate, update settings, create new folders
  • My Documents/Flight Simulator X Files replaced with backup
  • Standard.XML control file replaced with backup
  • ai_player.dll modified for AI timeout extension - do not replace with backup from previous install
  • fsx.cfg replaced with backup
  • ENB series replaced from backup (using John Venema's settings - set EnableBloom=0 under [Effect])
  • Use these settings for good image quality/performance

4/10/14 - ORBX BOB installed

  • Required for my default scenery design flight scenario

4/10/14 - FSUIPC installed

  • Make sure to register at end of install - license key in email

4/10/14 - Confirmed the Windows Aero framerate tweak still works

4/10/14 - Converted system to DX10 preview mode

4/10/14 - Real Environment Extreme Essentials+ Overdrive installed

  • Installed REX Auto Updater, updated to latest version
  • Restored settings
  • Initial texture install

4/10/14 – Installed REX4 Texture Direct HD

4/12/14 - Shade installed

 

4/12/14 - Soundstream installed

 

4/12/14 - A2A Accu-Feel installed

  • Upgraded to 2.0
  • Disabled turbulence modeling

4/12/14 - Ultimate Traffic 2 (SP2) installed

4/12/14 - A2A ShockWave Lights installed

  • Updated to 1.2
  • Default C172 modified to add taxi light and remove beacon flash from cockpit view:
    light.4 = 1, -20.51, 0.00, 6.20, fx_shockwave_beaconh_lowl
    light.7 = 6, -1.45, -9.1, 2.6, fx_shockwave_landing_light_narrow_down_22
  • Add shockwave strobes to UT2

4/12/14 - Tweaked Maule and Cub turn radii

  • For tighter turns in Maule AI aircraft overwrite in aircraft.cfg [contact_points] with this:
    point.0 = 1, -8.0, 0.00, -3.5, 1500, 0, 0.36, 350.0, 0.3, 2.5, 0.7, 0.0, 0.0, 0
  • For tighter turns in Piper Cub AI aircraft overwrite in aircraft.cfg [contact_points] with this:
    point.0=1, -6.00, 0.0, -3.6, 1800, 0, 0.238, 350.0, 0.300, 2.5, 0.40, 0.0, 0.0, 0.0, 0.0, 0.0

4/12/14 - Installed FS Global Ultimate The Americas

 

4/16/14 - Re-implemented some stuff from Install #3

  • Flusifix tweaks
  • HD Moon
  • Edit Voicepack
  • Touchdown effects
  • Environmental Reflection X

4/16/14 - Installed Carenado Cessna SkyMaster 337H

  • Service pack installed
  • aircraft.cfg modified to allow ATC to callout aircraft type/model - "atc_type=Cessna" and "atc_model=C337" (under [General] section)
  • Need to add atc_id to any fltsim profiles used
  • Shockwave light settings

Previous Install #3

 

 

11/6/13 - Ultimate Terrain X USA (v1.2b) installed

11/6/13 - Super Traffic Board installed

  • Update to SP1A to allow connection with latest UT2 database (Summer/Fall 2013)

11/20/13 - EditVoicePack X installed

11/20/13 - various FSX effect, environment and aircraft tweaks

11/20/13 - FS Water Configurator installed

  • HD Wave animation (set 2) installed and activated
  • Moon Specular 30%
  • Moon Glow Reflection 10%

11/20/13 - FTX Global Base v1 installed

11/20/13 - FlusiFix-2006 V5.0 installed

  • Increased AI taxi speed
  • Weakened snow taxi effect
  • Edited power line masts

11/20/13 - Installed LatinVFR Key West

11/20/13 - Installed Miami City X 2012

 

11/20/13 - Installed AI Ship Traffic for the world

 

11/21/13 - Installed Ultimate Terrain X Tropical American and Carribean

11/22/13 - Installed Instant Scenery 3

 

11/23/13 - Dodosim Bell 206 installed

11/25/13 - Installed TropicalSim 15 Caribbean Airports Pack

  • See email for alternate Addon Scenery/Scenery TCNM file

11/25/13 - Installed Bahamas Airfield Package

  • Edited out tower freq for MYBS

1/16/14 – Installed FTXVector (will replace UTX on future installs)

  • Ensure FTXGlobal is at least v1.2

 

 

 

Previous Install #2

 

 

8/21/13 - Airport Design Editor installed

  • Copy over Thumbs and Generic Buildings folders from backup
  • Copy over dat/ini files from /FSX folder from backup
  • Pro Key reg in email
  • Big Thumbnail Pack for default scenery objects

8/21/13 - Whisplacer installed

  • Really just have to re-export objects as long as original folder is intact

8/21/13 - Wally-Bob's NJ 5m Mesh installed

8/23/13 - SunSkyJet KPHL installed

 

8/23/13 - Carenado V35B installed

  • aircraft.cfg files backed up
  • Optional patch applied - aircraft.cfg [lights] and [fltsim.x] sections restored from original files
  • Shockwave lights settings applied
  • aircraft.cfg modified to allow ATC to callout aircraft type/model - "atc_type=Beech" and "atc_model=BE35" (under [General] section)

8/23/13 - Drzewiecki Design New York City X installed

 

8/24/13 - RemoteFlight server installed

  • For use with HD radio stack on iPad

8/24/13 - Plan-G installed

 

8/24/13 - US Cities X Buffalo/Niagara installed

  • Moved outside of FSX folder after install

8/24/13 - FlyTampa KBUF installed

  • Moved outside of FSX folder after install

9/8/13 - Installed CeraSim Bell 222

9/8/13 - Installed Helicopter Total Realism 1.5

10/2/13 - Installed KGFL

 

10/14/13 - Installed Nemeth AS355

  • Repaint FedEx (add fallback to Texture.2 in texture.cfg)

10/19/13 - Installed NorthEast Fall scenery to retain foliage colors through October

 

10/26/13 - Installed US Cities X Cleveland

  • moved outside of main FSX folder
  • need to compile out Tower frequency from 3W2 & 3T7
  • works well with OhioX for Cedar Point scenery (need to disable 3W2 that comes with it)

10/28/13 - Installed Alabeo D17 Staggerwing

  • aircraft.cfg modified to allow ATC to callout aircraft type/model - "atc_type=Beech" and "atc_model=BE17" (under [General] section)

 

 

 

Previous Install #1

 

 

FSX SDK installed

  • Note: install creates an "SDK" folder inside the folder assigned for install
  • Installed using this guide from FSDeveloper
  • Needed to transfer files off disc for setup

MegaScenery Earth New Jersey and New York installed

  • Make sure to layer UT water above MSE scenery so that all lakes are properly exposed to FSX water

Confirmed the Windows Aero framerate tweak works

Aerosoft Manhattan X installed

  • Moved outside of FSX folder after install

Installed Nemeth AS350 from Hovercontrol

  • Primarily for use with Heli Traffic

Installed Bell 206 Longranger from Hovercontrol

  • Primarily for use with Heli Traffic

Installed GMax Agusta 109 from Hovercontrol

  • Primarily for use with Heli Traffic

Installed Agusta 109 from AVSIM

  • Primarily for use with Heli Traffic

Installed Bell 407 from Hovercontrol

  • Primarily for use with Heli Traffic

Installed Bell 430 from Hovercontrol

Installed Schweizer2 300C (1 & 2) from Hovercontrol

  • Primarily for use with Heli Traffic

 

 


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