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I just installed the new update for the MD11 and have noticed the dome light does not work in VC but works in 2D cockpit. The lighting effect is not very good compared to before the update??Andrew

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I just installed the new update for the MD11 and have noticed the dome light does not work in VC but works in 2D cockpit. The lighting effect is not very good compared to before the update??Andrew
Hi Andrew,I don't know about the lighting effect of the dome light before vs. after the update as I've only tried the night lighting out now (after the update), but the dome light works both in 2D and VC fully as advertised. I should elaborate and specify that ALL lighting works as advertised in the 2D and VC both for me, as far as I've seen so far. I'm running the MD-11 for FS9 with the update on WinXP SP2.Tim

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Andrew - please sign your FULL NAME, thank you.Is this FSX or FS9 you're seeing this in?

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Is this FSX or FS9 you're seeing this in?
Ryan,I am also having the problem with the dome light not working in the VC. I am flying the FSX version w/Acceleration.However, I think the panel flood lighting effect looks much better...Dave Webster

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Andrew - please sign your FULL NAME, thank you.Is this FSX or FS9 you're seeing this in?
Ryan , the lighting effect with the dome light on while using the VC is terrible. As one person put it in another post "it looks like someone has tipped milk all over the console". Before the update, the dome lighting effect was fantastic now it is shocking. I love the MD11 and it is a shame that after the update the graphics with the lighting are worse. When you look up in the VC to the overhead panel the switches and buttons seemed to be masked in a glare that makes them indistiguishable. I run XP and Vista on the one computer(different hard drives both with FSX installed) both of which have the MD 11 installed. To check just to see I wasn't just imagining this, I fired up the XP. No I'm not imagining anything the night ligting is far superior before the update is applied. The MD 11 is a superb product with no other simulation company coming close to the realism that you guys produce. I know you guys have been working extremely hard on the update but I am little disappointed that the update is a backwards step in regards to this specific issue.Andrew Dixon

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I have the same issue with the lights in the VC after the update. I think it was detter before. BTW the best modeled aircraft in FSX.Windows XP sp3, FSX AccelKaramitros Ioannis

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Ryan , the lighting effect with the dome light on while using the VC is terrible. As one person put it in another post "it looks like someone has tipped milk all over the console". Before the update, the dome lighting effect was fantastic now it is shocking. I love the MD11 and it is a shame that after the update the graphics with the lighting are worse. When you look up in the VC to the overhead panel the switches and buttons seemed to be masked in a glare that makes them indistiguishable. I run XP and Vista on the one computer(different hard drives both with FSX installed) both of which have the MD 11 installed. To check just to see I wasn't just imagining this, I fired up the XP. No I'm not imagining anything the night ligting is far superior before the update is applied. The MD 11 is a superb product with no other simulation company coming close to the realism that you guys produce. I know you guys have been working extremely hard on the update but I am little disappointed that the update is a backwards step in regards to this specific issue.Andrew Dixon
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Anyone having a problem with dome lights can you please post here the [LIGHTS] and [sMOKESYSTEM] section of your aircraft.cfg file?

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the lights and smoke section of the cfg file as you requested[LIGHTS]//Types: 1=beacon, 2=strobes, 3=Navigation, 4=Cockpit, 5=landing, 6=taxi, 7=recognition, 8=wing, 9=Logolight.0 = 8, -85.231, 23.611, -1.000, fx_PMDG_MD11_winglight,light.1 = 7, -85.231, -23.611, -1.000, fx_PMDG_MD11_winglight,light.2 = 2, -14.500, 0.00, -10.750, fx_PMDG_MD11_LL_Light,light.3 = 9, -7.025, 0.00, 4.263, fx_PMDG_MD11_emerlights,[sMOKESYSTEM]smoke.0 = -7.025, 0.00, 4.263, fx_PMDG_MD11_cockpit,karamitros ioannis

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HelloI have the same problems with dome light in FSX.My lights-section of aircraft.cfg is the same as the one of karjo, the header in aircraft.cfg says vers. 1.10.0051.If I change the lights-section from the aircraft.cfg before the patch it doesn't go better.Bernhard

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09JAN09VERSION 1.10.0051PMDG MD-11F (cargo) for FSX[LIGHTS]//Types: 1=beacon, 2=strobes, 3=Navigation, 4=Cockpit, 5=landing, 6=taxi, 7=recognition, 8=wing, 9=Logolight.0 = 8, -85.231, 23.611, -1.000, fx_PMDG_MD11_winglight,light.1 = 7, -85.231, -23.611, -1.000, fx_PMDG_MD11_winglight,light.2 = 2, -14.500, 0.00, -10.750, fx_PMDG_MD11_LL_Light,light.3 = 9, -7.025, 0.00, 4.263, fx_PMDG_MD11_emerlights,[sMOKESYSTEM]smoke.0 = -7.025, 0.00, 4.263, fx_PMDG_MD11_cockpit,Using Nvidia 8800GT 512M w/180.48Dave Webster

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Same problem. No dome lights in FSX after MD-11 update. Also textures on overhead panel at night with lighting are awful and at day the labels in the overhead panels are ugly. The buttons have very crisp clear textures why the overhead panels other text are so bad?????This is my only problem with this simulation every other aspects are perfect.Matyas Majzik

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It seems we are looking at two different problems here. First let's make clear that this is about the PMDG MD-11 FSX version after the update. Issue #1: No VC Dome lights at all:Check your aircraft.cfg files. If it looks like this:[LIGHTS]//Types: 1=beacon, 2=strobes, 3=Navigation, 4=Cockpit, 5=landing, 6=taxi, 7=recognition, 8=wing, 9=Logolight.0 = 8, -85.231, 23.611, -1.000, fx_PMDG_MD11_winglight,light.1 = 7, -85.231, -23.611, -1.000, fx_PMDG_MD11_winglight,light.2 = 2, -14.500, 0.00, -10.750, fx_PMDG_MD11_LL_Light,light.3 = 9, -7.025, 0.00, 4.263, fx_PMDG_MD11_emerlights,smoke.0 = -7.025, 0.00, 4.263, fx_PMDG_MD11_cockpit,then the [sMOKESYSTEM] section header is missing and must be added just before the smoke.0 = ... line.This will fix the problem.If anyone has seen this, please report back and tell us if the PMDG MD-11 FSX was installed as a full installation (new users), or the update patch was applied on top of an existing installation. Issue #2: VC Dome lights, and/or flood lights look awful (compared to the version before the update). We have to wait for Vin to shed some light on that.

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I have the [sMOKESYSTEM] section header but don't have dome lights.Matyas Majzik

It seems we are looking at two different problems here. First let's make clear that this is about the PMDG MD-11 FSX version after the update. Issue #1: No VC Dome lights at all:Check your aircraft.cfg files. If it looks like this:[LIGHTS]//Types: 1=beacon, 2=strobes, 3=Navigation, 4=Cockpit, 5=landing, 6=taxi, 7=recognition, 8=wing, 9=Logolight.0 = 8, -85.231, 23.611, -1.000, fx_PMDG_MD11_winglight,light.1 = 7, -85.231, -23.611, -1.000, fx_PMDG_MD11_winglight,light.2 = 2, -14.500, 0.00, -10.750, fx_PMDG_MD11_LL_Light,light.3 = 9, -7.025, 0.00, 4.263, fx_PMDG_MD11_emerlights,smoke.0 = -7.025, 0.00, 4.263, fx_PMDG_MD11_cockpit,then the [sMOKESYSTEM] section header is missing and must be added just before the smoke.0 = ... line.This will fix the problem.If anyone has seen this, please report back and tell us if the PMDG MD-11 FSX was installed as a full installation (new users), or the update patch was applied on top of an existing installation. Issue #2: VC Dome lights, and/or flood lights look awful (compared to the version before the update). We have to wait for Vin to shed some light on that.

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Hallo, I have also the smoke-header but no function on Dome-switch.Only functions are with Thunderstorm-on and with EmerLT-on.Bernhard

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Hallo, I have also the smoke-header but no function on Dome-switch.Only functions are with Thunderstorm-on and with EmerLT-on.Bernhard
Bernhard,Can you check in the {FSX}/Effects folder that fx_PMDG_MD11_cockpit.fx exists? When the Thunderstorm switch is turned on, normally both Domes and Flood lights turn on. Can you tell if both are on in is it only the floods that you see?

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Michael,the fx_PMDG_MD11_cockpit.fx exists. It's from 14.05.2008.But I cannot say, if Dome-lights turns on if I switch on the Thunderstormlight.All I can say is, that Domelight-switch shoes absolute no function.I reinstalled MD-11 in FSX without patch and all switches are working ok: with Dome it gets brighter, with EmerLT more brighter and finally with Thunderstorm still more brigher.After the patch with Dome no reaction, with EmerLT brighter, finally with Thunderstorm still more brighter.But honestly I cannot say if with all 3 switches turned on before / after the patch it is the same brightness or not ?? If have no direct comparison.Bernhard

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I am using the MD11 for FSX with the update over the orginal install. I have the Smoke System header.Dome light:Small flicker but no light.Thunderstorm:Milky look to the overhead and center pedestal.Emergency Light: Works almost as good as the old dome light but a little dimmer.John Swanson

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I am using the MD11 for FSX with the update over the orginal install. I have the Smoke System header.Dome light:Small flicker but no light.Thunderstorm:Milky look to the overhead and center pedestal.Emergency Light: Works almost as good as the old dome light but a little dimmer.John Swanson
John,Trying to understand what is going on here:Turn on the overhead and center pedestal flood lights turning on full (double right-click) the two inner blacks switches on the overhead lights panel labeled "OVH FLOOD" and INSTR & PED FLOOD". Is what you see on the overhead and center pedestal any different from what you see with Thunderstorm switch on? The Emergency Light is working as it is supposed to be (same as "old" dome but a bit dimmer).

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Michael,the fx_PMDG_MD11_cockpit.fx exists. It's from 14.05.2008.But I cannot say, if Dome-lights turns on if I switch on the Thunderstormlight.All I can say is, that Domelight-switch shoes absolute no function.I reinstalled MD-11 in FSX without patch and all switches are working ok: with Dome it gets brighter, with EmerLT more brighter and finally with Thunderstorm still more brigher.After the patch with Dome no reaction, with EmerLT brighter, finally with Thunderstorm still more brighter.But honestly I cannot say if with all 3 switches turned on before / after the patch it is the same brightness or not ?? If have no direct comparison.Bernhard and John you are both spot on !!!!Andrew Dixon

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It seems we are looking at two different problems here. First let's make clear that this is about the PMDG MD-11 FSX version after the update. Issue #1: No VC Dome lights at all:Check your aircraft.cfg files. If it looks like this:[LIGHTS]//Types: 1=beacon, 2=strobes, 3=Navigation, 4=Cockpit, 5=landing, 6=taxi, 7=recognition, 8=wing, 9=Logolight.0 = 8, -85.231, 23.611, -1.000, fx_PMDG_MD11_winglight,light.1 = 7, -85.231, -23.611, -1.000, fx_PMDG_MD11_winglight,light.2 = 2, -14.500, 0.00, -10.750, fx_PMDG_MD11_LL_Light,light.3 = 9, -7.025, 0.00, 4.263, fx_PMDG_MD11_emerlights,smoke.0 = -7.025, 0.00, 4.263, fx_PMDG_MD11_cockpit,then the [sMOKESYSTEM] section header is missing and must be added just before the smoke.0 = ... line.This will fix the problem.If anyone has seen this, please report back and tell us if the PMDG MD-11 FSX was installed as a full installation (new users), or the update patch was applied on top of an existing installation. Issue #2: VC Dome lights, and/or flood lights look awful (compared to the version before the update). We have to wait for Vin to shed some light on that.
Just checking in on this one too:I also have lost the VC Dome lighting after the patch. I have also noted that while the labels on the VC are now more readible, the back lighting to the labels (which is brilliantly done with the graduated luminance) is now more of a 'cold" silver light, whereas before this was a "warmer" (and more realistic to me, although I have never been an an MD11 front office) more yellow lighting. I much prefer the light before the patch.My LIGHTS and SMOKESYSYEM are as this quoted post says they should be, in the aircraft.cfg file.Answering another question further down this thread:By double-clicking (rught) the Overhead black knob, I do see illumination, which then disappears as I move that black knob counter-clockwise, as it should. Still no go though with the Dome button.Thanks- what an awesome a/c this is, I'm totally hooked!!Bruce.

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John,Trying to understand what is going on here:Turn on the overhead and center pedestal flood lights turning on full (double right-click) the two inner blacks switches on the overhead lights panel labeled "OVH FLOOD" and INSTR & PED FLOOD". Is what you see on the overhead and center pedestal any different from what you see with Thunderstorm switch on? The Emergency Light is working as it is supposed to be (same as "old" dome but a bit dimmer).
Here is what happens to me starting with all lights off (VC)1. dome lights on: not workingall lights off again2. flood loghts on: working but they are bad especialy the overhead and in the pedestal. The FGS panel flood lights are ok i think and so are the lights in the instrument panel areaall lights off again 3. thunderstorm lights on: working only in the flood lights area (overhead, instrument panel,pedestal no in the FGS). They are badall lights off again 4. emergency lights on: they work, cannot say if they look dimmer, and they look okall lights off againThis time all flood lights on (max)1. dome lights on: there is an enhanced effect only in the floog light area and it is bad (it was described as milky)flood lights on (max)2. thunderstorm lights on: enhanced effect only in the flood light area3. the emergency lights in this case work as beforeall lights off againThis time all flood lights on and dome lights on1. Thunderstorm lights on: no effectHope this helps to find the solution to the problem!Karamitros Ioannis

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John,Trying to understand what is going on here:Turn on the overhead and center pedestal flood lights turning on full (double right-click) the two inner blacks switches on the overhead lights panel labeled "OVH FLOOD" and INSTR & PED FLOOD". Is what you see on the overhead and center pedestal any different from what you see with Thunderstorm switch on? The Emergency Light is working as it is supposed to be (same as "old" dome but a bit dimmer).
Michael, With the overhead and center pedestal lights on I am getting the same milky look. Almost no difference,maybe just slightly brighter with thunderstorm. Seems like the honey comb has changed to this milky look after the update. Still some slight honey comb on the instrument panel to the left of the airspeed, but much less than before. The instrument panel flood has improved. John Swanson

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Michael, With the overhead and center pedestal lights on I am getting the same milky look. Almost no difference,maybe just slightly brighter with thunderstorm. Seems like the honey comb has changed to this milky look after the update. Still some slight honey comb on the instrument panel to the left of the airspeed, but much less than before. The instrument panel flood has improved. John Swanson
Are people having this problem, as I am, encountered it after the full updated version download as well as the update?Andrew

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I hardly come back to the forums anymore, but when I do, it's always because there's a problem.After the latest MD-11 FSX update, I'm reporting precisely what people are saying: absolutely inop dome light switch, and the milky white overheard when using the Emergency light.I'm not a very technical person, so I really do hope there is an update for this that doesn't involve opening and editing CFG files. That's for people who aren't tech savvy, and do we really need to after purchasing an expensive software such as the MD11?Please, get it fixed.Thank you,Tom

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