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FS2k4METAR freeware weather program uploaded to avsim!

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Hello all,I just uploaded my little weather program "FS2k4METAR". It should be available for download later today.FS2k4METAR is the first and only freeware weather program which use the new FS2004 weather interface (so far I know).It use all the nice features the FS2004 weather interface has (like several cloud-, wind-, temperature-layers and so on).The program download worldwide METAR data at once and safe it for later use.Please use this thread or the PM function of this board, for suggestions and bug reports.ByeMarkus

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Hi Markus,this sounds interresting! thank you for the effort in designing a program like this. A quick question to be sure I understand what is the purpose of the program: what are differences with the default "download weather" included in FS2004?

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Hi JeanLuc,the difference is that the weather has more clouds, real winds aloft and temperatures for the whole world. Esp. for countries other than the US.My experience with the build in weather is that it often is out of time, esp. for europe. Also I found some bugs in the Jeppesen weather, esp. the Siegerland airport in Germany shows a visibility of 10 miles the whole summer. A look in the METAR files show a visibilty of 50 kilometers which is much more. Also a 10 miles vis lock terrible esp. if all sourounding stations report unlimited view.Another great addition is that you can use the weather every time you whant. You could download the weather now and use it in Fs2004 next week.Also a must see feature is the fog emulation of the program, but you should test it. It's only 1 MByte (with included METAR demo files).ByeMarkus

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Hello Markus,This sounds to be an interesting facility. I look forward to downloading it when it appears on the list.One question..........What is the difference compared to FS Meteo (apart from being freeware of course?)RegardsRoger

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It seems to be available, however for me it crashes right away.Maybe you assumed FS is installed in Program FilesMicrosoft Games...?I have it on a diffrent folder.If not, not sure what to look for.I extracted the zip into FS folder, and launched the program before flight simulator.

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....same here. First I get some crazy harddrive action then the program quits with the following error message:AppName: fs2k4metar.exe AppVer: 1.0.0.1 ModName: ntdll.dllModVer: 5.1.2600.1217 Offset: 0000b2abCheers,Petehttp://members.aol.com/pzsoulman/myhomepage/logo.gifAthlonXP2000,AbitKX7-333(latest4in1),512MB/2700SDRAM,WinXP,DirectX8.1,Geforce3TI200(128MB)(Det.30.82),SBlive(WDM5.1.2601.0)

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Crashing here also as soon as the programme starts. Have tried starting it before FS2004 and when FS2004 is already running.Windows XP Pro, FSUIPC3.11 registered, and FS2004 on a separate partition. Hope this helps.

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Yeah, me too, I think its an XP problem, was it tested in XP?Dan.

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Hi MarkusLike the concept you are creating, but I too cannot get the program to fire up. Comes up with error message, writing to log (although I do not know where the log file is - it is not obviously listed for me to examine).I use Windows2000 for my OS. I have FS9 on my J: drive where I installed the FS2K4METAR.exe program, but it seems not to like that.CheersMike

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Hi, The program will only works with Windows XP if you have the folder fs2k4metar in your main fs2004 directory. But like Geofa said, there is some error when I update I get on the bottom of the program "error 2 at reading metar data".http://forums.avsim.net/user_files/48043.jpgThanksChris Willis[link:fsw.simflight.com/FSWMenuFsSim.html]Clouds And Addons For MsFs

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Thank you Chris for the pictures.I thought I made this one clear in the readme file, but my english sucks :-(Error 2 at reading metar data means -> no connection to the METAR server, so no data could be readI couldn't check this in the moment, but probably the server I use for downloading is down or something else. I made a last minute chancge in the METAR Server list, becaus I get only old METAR files from the official NOAA server the last couple of days. Maybe I should use both servers for downloading?I will check this later today.Did nobody use the included METAR files for testing?Sorry for the problems ByeMarkus

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But Chris showed the reason in his post.You must install the program in the FS9 main folder in a folder called "FS2k4METAR". Sorry for didn't show this clearly in the README file.The harddisk activity seen by other is the search in the registry for the FS2004 path and the reading of the waether stations.The "error 2 at reading metar data" means no connection to the METAR server. This could be youre internet connection or the server itself.I guess it is the server.The program was tested and developed on Windows XP home so it should work on Windows 2000 too.I also made some test on Windows98 but couldn't test the download function, because there was a firewall on the LAN runing. Maybe a firewall could make problems too. The program use the normal Windows http connections, so this port must be open for the program.ByeMarkus

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Hi all,I made a quick check of the METAR data server I use and got the connection.The server is http://meteora.ucsd.edu/weather/observations/airways/so check if you got connection to the server.If the problem still exist, please check if you have a firewall runing or youre internet connection need a Username/Password.If you have a firewall runing please check if the program could connect to the internet.If youre internet connection needs Username/Password you must run a browser window to establish a connection before you press the "get current weather" button.If the problems still occure I haven't a idea in the moment? I tested the program on several PC's and I only get the error 2 message if the internet connection wasn't established, a firewall runing or the server was down.If someone of you still have the problem, he/she should contact me and I will made a version of the program which try to connect to different METAR servers and use http and ftp connection. I will send this version for a greater BETA test with e-mail only. If we got the problem fixed I could make a new upload here.Sorry again for the problems, but the worsest tester of a programm is the programmer itself :-(ByeMarkus

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No joy here either I'm afraid. Installed as per instructions. Made separate folder within fs9. Made connection and started fs2k4.exe but immediately got creating error log message. Using latest FSUIPC and Windows2000 prof.

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Still cant connect to the server.The metars from the weather folder loads just fine.I downloaded some metars from noaa server and did some cut and paste and this also worked well.Trying to save the metars doesn't seem to work.I had to open one of the other metarfiles,delete all content,paste the content of the nooa file and save.So I just wonder what txt format the program reads?? Johnny"I'LL BE BACK"[div align=center]http://www.avsim.com/hangar/fly/josve/zone.jpg ][/div

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I stupid programer forgot the Registry settings :-(Here is the file:REGEDITHKEY_CLASSES_ROOTFSWMETAR.Application = FSWMETAR ApplicationHKEY_CLASSES_ROOTFSWMETAR.ApplicationCLSID = {386B66DC-4C38-45CC-889A-4500BDFCCE75}HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTCLSID{386B66DC-4C38-45CC-889A-4500BDFCCE75} = FSWMETAR ApplicationHKEY_CLASSES_ROOTCLSID{386B66DC-4C38-45CC-889A-4500BDFCCE75}ProgId = FSWMETAR.ApplicationHKEY_CLASSES_ROOTCLSID{386B66DC-4C38-45CC-889A-4500BDFCCE75}LocalServer32 = FSWMETAR.EXEIt contains a reg file, extract it anywhere and doubleclick. On the question if these settings should be included in youre registry, click OK.Hope that this is the fix, because I didn't have a clue what else could be wrong.ByeMarkus

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Don't be so hard on yourself :)But I am still getting the:Error 2 at reading metar data.Does it work for you?I was able to see the url you gave

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And is this really all for registry? From where takes the program information about the metar server it has to use? Is the server name (or IP address) really hardcoded. I guess not and so I guess that either some configuration file is missing or there should be something more in registry.regards

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Hey all,I need help, I can't find the Reg file. Where is it?

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