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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.


What's New in Version 1.01   See changelog

Released

  • Made a change to fix an error in the original publication. Made minor administrative changes to the document.

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This is one of the most complete guides I have reviewed.  This will be a great addition to the AVSIM community and a valued source for information about using Prepar3D.  Thanks Rob for such a complete guide!!

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Yeah New Feature - Thanks Rob (gonna play with it MaintainSystemCopyOfDeviceTextures)

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Wow. Totally awesome! Thanks, Rob! Found some interesting things to play with which I didn't know yet and also like the very complete list of AS16 preferences! Much appreciated! 

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thank you so much for this guide

with out people like you i think a lot of us simmers would be totally lost

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Than's for your dedication to the community, this guide will help also people outside of AVSIM.

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Appreciate all of the hard work you put into your guide. The guide as Jim mentioned is very complete.  Explanations are very informative and easy to follow.

 

Thank You

Larry

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Wow what a great effort.

 

Question: I thought that P3D v3 was 64bit?  I see in the section on OOM that it references currently 32bit, so is this outdated or am I wrong.

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Thanks for the kind words, hopefully the doc is of some help.  There is more I wanted to add, but at 150 pages or so I figured I'd save that for another day.  It's a living document so will be updated every so often with corrections, adjustments, and/or new info (keeping a feedback list).

 

Yes, P3D is currently 32bit.

 

Cheers, Rob.

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Brilliant, thanks Rob, looks great at first glance, looking forward to gettng stuck into this.

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Wow what a great effort.

 

Question: I thought that P3D v3 was 64bit?  I see in the section on OOM that it references currently 32bit, so is this outdated or am I wrong.

I'm afraid you're wrong, it's 32 bit. There are a lot of rumours that version 4 will be 64 bit. Maybe that's what you heard?

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