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TileProxy now supporting FS 2004 - give it a shot.

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Hi there.I don't usually post here as I am an FSX fetishist - but those who have had an eye on TileProxy for a while might find it interesting that I just added compatibility with FS9 to that project. Tileproxy downloads satellite textures from the Internet "on the fly".Of course the ground textures are limited to 4.75m/pixel due to the FS9 phototerrain engine and are therefore about equivalent in resolution to most of the commercial offerings (minus the custom autogen, minus the water mask, minus the more coherent visual appearance of most commercial products).But the free TileProxy offers something that no CD or DVD can provide: Worldwide coverage (of variable quality however).You can find TileProxy Beta 4 on sourceforge. Search for "TileProxy" on the site www.sourceforge.net. Note that this is a beta release and there may be bugs, especially the FS 2004 support has had limited testing so far. I'd be glad to receive feedback - positive or negative.The installer does not modify your fs9.cfg but adds entries to scenery.cfg. An uninstaller is provided, but has not been thoroughly tested yet.There is a Tileproxy support forum on avsim. Use it for questions/feedback/comments/proposals/screenshots etc.Christian

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Great News!Congrats Christian on your project(s)and big thank you for all of your hard work and dedication. Regards, KendallDell 8400 3.2 GHZ H.T.800 FSB/2MB L22 GB 533 DDR2X800XT 256MB/Catalyst driver - 6.10's6x AA/16x HQ A/FDiamond Xtreme/Logitech X-530'sDual Monitor: Dell 2405/1905CH Yoke/Pedals

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Hi Christian! I've been seeing all those wonderful screens shots of TileProxy, and I must say you are definitely an asset to the flight sim community. Thank you for your contribution to FS9, and since I'm not yet able to try FSX, I'm anxious to try this in FS9.:-wave

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Christian:O M G! That's fantastic!Thanks very , very much for the headsup on this.

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Christian,Thank you very much! I could try Tile Proxy for a too short half an hour before going to work but something is wrong with the default directories where the system is installing in. When the installation asks for the directory of fs9, I responded with "e:/fs2004", the installation however creates subdirectory e:/fs2004/Flight Simulator 9/. Next FS9 doesn't find the Tile Proxy sceneries during start up. I moved the directories but I am not sureof the correctness. In any case the world seems to be gray now, something is working already ;)In any case, working hours are going to be very looong today!Thanks again,Hugo

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The installer is not smart about the FS9 installation directory. It can detect the FSX directory based on where FSX is actually installed. But the fallback mechanism is rather simple and always goes to C:Program FilesFlight Simulator 9. It's a shortcoming of the Nullsoft Install System and would require extra code to produce a smarter fallback solution.I am not sure why it would have generated a Flight Simulator 9 folder for you. Maybe it did not accept e:/fs2004 for whatever reason. It should really have installed itself into E:/fs2004/Tileproxy and the Tileproxy Photoreal World folder should end up in E:/ (one directory hierarchy higher as the Flight Sim folder)By default, Tileproxy monitors the drive letter that it was installed on. If your Tileproxy Photoreal World folder happens to be on a different drive, you may have to edit the load.bat script (which starts TileProxy) to use SET DRIVE=E: instead of using the same drive that TP itself has been installed on.Anyway, I had to post an updated Beta 4 installer on sourceforge because of a mistake I made during compilation (it would not find Simconnect.dll on startup when you asked the installer to provide TileProxy version for the FSX RTM version).I hope you can get this to work.

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Hi Christian,IT WORKS !!! I got my most exciting flight since years! THANK YOU! THANK YOU for the most exciting addon! You are a wizard!Hugo

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Hey Hugo,Any screenies? ;)Thanks for the great work and for thinking of FS9,-PaulPrimary RigLiquid CooledIntel C2D E6600 @3.2 gigsAsus P5N32SLI-Plus2 gigs Corsair XMS PC6400 4 4 4 12 @810Dual OC'd XFX 8800GTX @ 2 gigs24 inch Widescreen LCD 16XAA/16XAFDual 19 inch LCD'sRaid-0+1PCPower and Cooling 1k Quad SLIhttp://home.comcast.net/~psolk/3monitorsa.htmlBackup RigAMD 4000 San Diego @ 2.72 Gigs Kingston Corsair XMS CL2XFX 7900 GTX Raid-0psolk.jpg

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Hugo....OK...I downloaded, but met a dead end in how you configure a service. I mean a real service, lol.Do you have to download the service front-end onto your system?Can you possibly post your config file?Also, what service did you hook up with?Thanks in advance.Mitch

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No joy...I tried to get it to work with Virtual EarthHere is what I put into my config file:cache_folder=cache.service1network_module=libnettilemodule_config="server=http://a*.ortho.tiles.v**tualearth.net|path=/tiles/a%s.jpeg?g=52|quad=0123|balance=0123|useragent=Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0; Windows NT 6.0; SLCC1; .NET CLR 2.0.50727; .NET CLR 3.0.04506; .NET CLR 1.1.4322)"max_lod=13min_level=9max_level=17color_hack=yescolor_level=7bulk_extend=50Didn't work for me, Mitch R.

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Christian,This is excellent news. I have indeed looking at the wonderful screen shots from FSX made using TileProxy. However, apart from TileProxy I did not see too many reasons to start using FSX instead of FS9. And now we can also enjoy the wonders of TileProxy in FS9.Thanks so much for your hard work.Best regards,Henri

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Hi,Here is how I do it:source=G??gle E????# Resolution limiter: 15 = 1.1m/pixel, 14 = 2.3m/pixel, 13 = 4.75m/pixel# Lower resolutions load faster, but are visually less appealing.max_lod=14[Google Earth]cache_folder=cache.tilesnetwork_module=libnettilemodule_config="conn=20|rate=2.0|verbose=1|server=http://kh*.g??gle.com|path=/kh?t=t%s&n=404&v=17|quad=qrts|balance=0123|useragent=Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; The TileProxy Project)"First change the Proxyuser.ini like above (I am using Mozilla Firefox as browser). Next start FS2004 and select an airfield in the mountains (the horizon isn't far in the mountains so less tiles have to be loaded. Once FS2004 is running all textures, except buildings etc. are gray. Now run load.bat (double click) in the TileProxy subdirectory of Fs2004. You can watch now the coloring of the tiles. On my machine a 3 year old 3Ghz machine it is slow process, but if you reset or reload the flight, the progress bar is going slower as before but the tiles are loading faster.Some "screenies", I am not a photographer however. Sion and environment in Switserland:Regards,Hugo

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You would normally start TileProxy BEFORE the flight simulator. ;)So you don't start out in a gray goo.You can't go above max_lod=13 with FS9. It just doesn't support anything better than 4.75m/pixel - you'd have to use FSX for that.Anyway, I am glad it works fine for you.

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Consider getting FSX, your flights might get even more exciting.Due to 10m mesh support and 1m/pixel. GRAND CANYON. Woohaa!

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Does it say virtualearth.net or v**tualearth.net in your module_config string?Is the entire module_config string in a single line (no word wrap)? Confirm by disabling word wrap in your text editor.

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It's really simple, all it takes is to replace the figurethisoutyourself parts, then both example configurations work as provided. I won't say more.

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Hi Christian,First off - thanks for your hard work. I tried TileProxy in FSX and it worked great. Unfortunately my low-end system gives me too many problems in FSX, so FS9 is the only way to go for me, and I'm thrilled you're porting TileProxy over to FS9 as well.Unfortunately, it's not working for me in FS9. I've had to load in the TP World folders manually, which I think I've done correctly. The load.bat window is giving much different info now than it did in FSX. In FSX, I could see TP was contact the server, followed by the OK! message. Now, I'm seldom seeing this in FS9. Please see the attached screenshot for what I'm getting now.When the scenery finishes loading up, I'm getting a mix of what appears to be default water textures and black tiles.Any clue from the screenshot where I can start looking for a solution?Thanks Christian,Charlie

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Thanks Hugo.When I get a chance, I'll check it out once more.Mitch

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It seems to have accessed/created about 30000 individual tiles which is good. That means the filesystem filter driver is doing some work.I believe you don't have FDSConnection.dll in your FS9 Modules folder. It is required to send aircraft coordinates to TileProxy. The black tiles could be a result of unknown aircraft coordinates. This results in extremely low res (4x4 pixel) tiles being generated (and very few network accesses).Can you check if TileProxy says "Connected to Flight Simulator 9" when you start FS9? If not, copy FDSConnection.dll from TileProxy's folder to the Modules folder of FS9.My installer should have done that (and in fact I verified that on my machine it does so).Christian

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Well I installed TileProxy but after reading the readme it seems my 1.5 mbit DSL and a lowly AMD 3700+ is below the minimum specs so I uninstalled. An interesting idea that is quite likely the future for scenery in FS but not for me until our local telco gets its act together with faster internet access and I upgrade my PC.Bruceb

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Not "minimum", but recommended. I've had it running on a Dell with Pentium IV 2.8 GHz with 512MB RAM and a 256MB graphics card. It ran, but with so-so performance.

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Christian,Thanks a million! It's working great now! FDSConnection.dll had been installed in the TileProxy folder. I moved it and everything's working great!In addition for coming up with TileProxy in the first place, thanks for the many hours of technical support you've given to the community.My wife and I are flying to Germany for our anniversary this August. I owe you a beer.All the best from above Niagara Falls,Charlie>It seems to have accessed/created about 30000 individual>tiles which is good. That means the filesystem filter driver>is doing some work.>>I believe you don't have FDSConnection.dll in your FS9 Modules>folder. It is required to send aircraft coordinates to>TileProxy. The black tiles could be a result of unknown>aircraft coordinates. This results in extremely low res (4x4>pixel) tiles being generated (and very few network accesses).>>Can you check if TileProxy says "Connected to Flight Simulator>9" when you start FS9? If not, copy FDSConnection.dll from>TileProxy's folder to the Modules folder of FS9.>>My installer should have done that (and in fact I verified>that on my machine it does so).>>Christian>>http://forums.avsim.net/user_files/172824.jpg

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Excellent! I see you got this working fine.Would you be able to find a registry key of the following nameHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftMicrosoft GamesFlight Simulator9.0containing the string argument "EXE Path"? Do you know how to use RegEdit to look this up? ;)If you don't have this key (it can get deleted during FSX installation/deinstallation) this is the reason why the TileProxy installer has let you down.Christian

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