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  • AVSIM Prepar3D Guide   By Rob Ainscough

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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.
  • AVSIM Basic FSX Configuration Guide   By Jim Young

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    The 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.
  • The 2014 Flight Simmer's Demographic Survey   By Tom Allensworth

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    This is the raw data from the 2014 Demographic Survey used to generate these charts, found here. Click on the link and you can also join the conversation about the survey.
  • AVSIM Crash to Desktop Guide   By Jim Young

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    The 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. This Version 4.0.1, released July 9, 2017, provides information on how to repair Windows without having to completely reinstall Windows (see page 24). The previous Version 4.0.0 released June 18, 2017 provided some minor changes as follows: Updated Internet and Bookmark links.  Provides clarification in "How to Fix Most Crashes/Freezes" section regarding investigative techniques.  Minor changes in the Probable Causes/Fixes Section This is a living document and updates will be made as new information or errors are found.