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MD-11 FS9 Wide screen panel: awesome!

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Just wanted to share what I just found and what you might already know, this bird is awesome: in the loadmanager I just switched to the widescreen panel and it makes a whole lot of difference even in 1280x800! Many thanks for this awesome bird!fsscr057.jpg

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Agreed, they look awesome on my 24" :)
They do look great... I only wish there was a 16:9 version. Looks a little misshapen on 16:9 but all around much better than no wide screen version at all!

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Hi,I set widescreen from the load manager, fire up FSX and my view doesn't go to widescreen. I'm obviously doing something wrong! Can anyone give an idiot idiot-like instructions please?I'm running 1920x1200 by the way.Many ThanksEdd

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Same for me, I have it set in the Load Manager, and have also got "panel=WideScreen" in my .CFG, but I'm not getting the Widescreen panel.Many Thanks,Luke Harvest

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... I'm not getting the Widescreen panel.
Luke and Edd,Check the load manager again. You have to set widescreen separately for the cargo and pax versions. Setting just one won't make it for all.Bill

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Hi Bill,Thanks, but I still can't get it to work. My load manager never remembers the wide panel configuration and always defaults to normal. Could this be an issue?Anyway, here's what I'm doing:* I'm loading the load manager* Setting wide for every aircraft configuration (I've even set normal, then wide, then normal, then wide for every aircraft configuration)* Loaded the MD-11 in FSX and see the "d panel as far right as the FMS SPD buttonI'm not doing something obvious aren't I?Thanks very muchEdd

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Hiya Bill, all four layouts has got the Widescreen panel set; I've also gone into the Aircraft.cfg and manually changed the Panel on each Livery to "WideScreen", but it still doesn't load the Widescreen Panel. Luke Harvest

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Just thinking out loud here, are you by chance using Vista? Maybe there is some sort of permissions issue with the file and it's not being saved?I don't really know, just trying to come up with something to help. :(

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Bill,I'm on Vista 32.Please could you confirm the file you suggest I look at to check whether the change has been applied?Thanks for your continued help.Edd

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I'm on Vista 32. Please could you confirm the file you suggest I look at to check whether the change has been applied?
Edd,In your FS9 "Aircraft" directory are three folders for the MD-11: PMDG_MD11PMDG_MD11_FS9PMDG_MD11FIn the PMDG_MD11 and PMDG_MD11F folders is an "Aircraft.cfg" file which for each aircraft should have the following ...[fltsim.XX]title=PMDG MD-11 (whatever GE or PW variant)model=(GE or PW)panel=WideScreen...If "panel=" does not point to WideScreen, it's easily enabled just by adding "Widescreen" making it appear as above.NOTE: This has to entered for EACH of your aircraft, i.e. [fltsim.0], [fltsim.1], etc...Bill

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One other thing, check each of the folders ...PMDG_MD11PMDG_MD11_FS9PMDG_MD11F... to make sure that the subfolder...panel.WideScreen... is present and something is in it.Bill

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Thanks Bill. I'm now in glorious widescreen.I did have a permissions issue on the PMDG_MD11 folders so manually made changes to the aircraft.cfg files. Seems my load manager can't overwrite them then.Interestingly the FS9 view that Jamie has above is slightly different from the view I have on FSX. He can see all of the FCP whereas I see as far as the APPR/LAND button.Thanks for you help once again.Edd

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One other thing, check each of the folders ...PMDG_MD11PMDG_MD11_FS9PMDG_MD11F... to make sure that the subfolder...panel.WideScreen... is present and something is in it.Bill
Bill I don't have the PMDG_MD11_FS9 Folder in my Aircraft folder; just the other twoLuke

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That for sure is a real wide screen 2D panel... Not what Leonardo's MD2008 Pro has given to us... :(

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That sure is a nice widescreen panel, I wish more designers could do it.It's funny how most monitors sold today are widescreen but very few make WS panels, I guess they assume everybody uses 3D only. I am a real life pilot with 20 years of experience and I still prefer the 2D panel.Thanks PMDG, your MD-11 is everything I want from an add-on.Danny

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Bill I don't have the PMDG_MD11_FS9 Folder in my Aircraft folder; just the other two
Luke,Oops. The PMDG_MD11_FS9 folder is my personal folder. You should only have the other two.Bill

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Thanks Bill. I'm now in glorious widescreen.Interestingly the FS9 view that Jamie has above is slightly different from the view I have on FSX. He can see all of the FCP whereas I see as far as the APPR/LAND button.
Edd,That's because Jamie has right clicked on the subdued arrow on the FCP to left shift the entire glareshield just enough to make the entire FCP visible. He's switched from the view a real Captain sees to the "Schizophrenic" view, where the DU's stay in place but the glareshield perspective is from the pedestal. The advantage is that you don't have to constantly left click on the arrow to shift only the FCP just to see the altitude buttons/knobs.Bill

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Thanks Bill. I'm now in glorious widescreen.I did have a permissions issue on the PMDG_MD11 folders so manually made changes to the aircraft.cfg files. Seems my load manager can't overwrite them then.Interestingly the FS9 view that Jamie has above is slightly different from the view I have on FSX. He can see all of the FCP whereas I see as far as the APPR/LAND button.Thanks for you help once again.Edd
Edd,If you have a permission issue and the Load Manager cannot write to the aircraft.cfg the wide screen is just one of the problems you will have. The Load Manager will not be able to also set payload data and in case the {FSX}/PMDG folder has no write permission any options you set through the PMDG Menu will not be saved, flight plans and panel states will not be saved, probably keyboard command assignments will also not work as well, and maybe more... Go to the PMDG website at the Downloads->Miscellaneous section:http://www.precisionmanuals.com/priv/pages/down/misc.htmland download and run "MD-11X OSDetect/Fix". This small utility will fix all your problems.

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Edd,If you have a permission issue and the Load Manager cannot write to the aircraft.cfg the wide screen is just one of the problems you will have. The Load Manager will not be able to also set payload data and in case the {FSX}/PMDG folder has no write permission any options you set through the PMDG Menu will not be saved, flight plans and panel states will not be saved, probably keyboard command assignments will also not work as well, and maybe more... Go to the PMDG website at the Downloads->Miscellaneous section:http://www.precisionmanuals.com/priv/pages/down/misc.htmland download and run "MD-11X OSDetect/Fix". This small utility will fix all your problems.
Hi Bill,Thanks. I'll certainly follow up on your recommendations. I must confess I've hardly used the MD since downloading it months ago. I'm only now just finding the time to play!CheersEdd

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