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How to prevent FSX from using two monitors?

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Hi, does anyone know if there's is a way to prevent FSX from using two monitors? I wanted to check the Aivla EFB, but whenever I run FSX, secondary monitor starts to display black screen.Thanks.

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Hi Grzegorz, There isn't any way to do this in full screen mode unfortunately. FS9 we could because of the way it used the DirectX window. With FSX, even with montiors hooked up to other video cards they are still being run from the same Operating system so therefore the DX window will still be drawn or take all complete and available real estate.A while back I was going to try creating a virtual machine just so I could get FSWidgets (EFB) to work in full screen but could not. I even exchanged emails with the developer for over a week with ideas that never worked.

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Hi Dan, thanks for info. I have avoided this "issue" by runnig it in windowed mode, changing "Active Title Bar" color to black and setting Taskbar to auto-hide, not very elegant but works wink.gif Now I wonder if there is any way to prevent FSX from muting the sound when it's window is not active?

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It's funny but I found a glitch with getting the sound back but doesn't work 100% of the time. I used to always run in windowed mode and be either using EFB or looking at charts but wanted to hear ATC or crew messages. With my browser or EFB selected (the focus of windows) I used the change view button on my controller and would sometimes get the audio back even though something else was selected. The focus remained off of FSX but I got my sound back. I haven't been able to replicate it since my last install but technically the reason the sound is locked to the focus on FSX is again because of the DirectX window and the use of Direct Sound I believe.I look forward to getting my laptop back from my friend so I can network it to once again use my EFB in full screen mode. I hope PMDG are still thinking of creating an EFB for NGX. Since it will be part of the actual sim it shouldn't have the issue of running in full screen (fingers crossed).

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OK, big thanks Dan, I see that I will have to live somehow with that sound and windowed mode, because if You try EFB once then You want it all time...Thanks!rolleyes.gif

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This is another reason why WideFS is awesome. I ran the EFB on my laptop using WideFS, along with RC4, Active Sky Evo., FSFlight Keeper, FSC. I used EFB for their demo try and just never got around to buying it and use it again after my demo month expired. I really did enjoy it, epsecially when flying those airports that charts are not so easily available.

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I have only used FSWidgets EFB and they have a network version but yes, WideFS is a great thing to have and anyone buying the registered FSUIPC should spare the extra couple bucks when buying it to get the package, even if you don't see yourself using it. Having a computer networked for addons is a great plus for lots of addons.I can't find a link for Aivla EFB to check it out. One thing I love about the EFB other than reading charts is the ability to modify the ini file for weather. I can just enter the picture properties from a web site like weather.com and since the picture will always have the same name will always see the latest weather.Example being this picture below is now listed in my EFB as "USA Extended Forecast". I have about 100 links I can check out anything from Airport conditions, Alerts, you name it. It adds so much to the sim I can't live without it.us_wxhi1_large_usen_600.jpgIf you check back periodically you'll notice this picture will stay updated from them automatically. There are thousands of these available for every region and when flying real world weather it is simply awesome to have on your EFB.I also like the GMAP, which gives me a google map satellite view including my route. It's a moving map unlike some programs that you need to manual refresh. They even have this now for cel phones and Ipods haha.*Another thing I love about EFB's is the Checklists. They basically read the checklists already in FSX and you select them. It's no different than having the default Kneeboard really but is nice to have it all in one spot.

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Here's link to AivlaSoft, there's 30 day trial demo so You can check it out if You wan't, I'll definitely check the FSWidgets demo.

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Cool, I'll check it out right now. Once you install it there will be a file "EFBFSX.ini" in your C:\Users\Dan(your name)\AppData\Roaming\FSWidgets\EFBFSX folder. This is where you can change all the weather links if your not happy with the defaults (unless they updated the demo from when I used it, there were a lot of broken links).One other thing is GMAP is a separate but free download if you want the moving map.*I don't know if the Demo was updated but there was a problem with it being able to read the .png extension that a lot of weather pictures are saved as. I got an update from the developer directly so let me know if you need it.

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Cool, I'll check it out right now. Once you install it there will be a file "EFBFSX.ini" in your C:\Users\Dan(your name)\AppData\Roaming\FSWidgets\EFBFSX folder. This is where you can change all the weather links if your not happy with the defaults (unless they updated the demo from when I used it, there were a lot of broken links).One other thing is GMAP is a separate but free download if you want the moving map.*I don't know if the Demo was updated but there was a problem with it being able to read the .png extension that a lot of weather pictures are saved as. I got an update from the developer directly so let me know if you need it.
Aviliasofts EFB is really cool, and it takes Navigraph updates, so you can keep it current. Also has a checklist feature.Has some limitations, but is really great for those airports that I dont have charts for. After all this talk, I may have to go over there and buy that full version already. But I am going to check out FSWIdgets demo first, see how all that works with the WX features.

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This is pretty cool, although the lack of weather is a killer for me. Being able to edit the ini with any picture on the net I think puts FSW on top for me still. Although I really do like the in game menu. I just started fiddling with it so still giving it a thorough test. Now time to see what freedom it has in manual tweaking/editing/hacking (not hacking in the crack sence, but as stated above :wink)OH, no moving map? That is a huge one for me.

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On as side note, Grzegorz, if you see a performance hit in windowed mode, try setting the windows theme to classic (if you don't mind to do without aero, that is). I read it somewhere in the past and works wonders for me

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Dan, today I had time only for quick look over FSW, and it looks really impressive, a lot of data in one place, but the build in charts and moving map of Aivla impress me either. I'll have to choose one and it will be hard choice.Dario, that's exactly what I did at the very beginning, but I did it to "hide" the app window by setting it's color to black, so I didn't have time to notice any performance hit wink.gifEDIT:Dario, do You know if Aivla is capable of showing additional, more detailed charts from Navigraph, or what I see in demo is it's limits?

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Sorry mate, no idea

Dario, do You know if Aivla is capable of showing additional, more detailed charts from Navigraph, or what I see in demo is it's limits?

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I think it has the ability to act as some sort of file manager, where you can look up manuals and charts stored on your computer, but since Navigraph's sad excuse for simulator charts can only be viewed using the nDAC, I am not sure that would be possible.The navigraph updates you get for the EFB are procedures like those for FMS', only it is decoded to present a visual view for you. That is why some of the limitations for it come to being, like initial vectors, and no minimum informations etc.

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I think I have about 50% of all of the charts available with Navigraph, and every single one needs updating (it's been a while). It would cost me about a hundred bucks to buy enough credits to update them haha. It actually takes longer to load now than it does to go to http://flightaware.com/ and look at the latest chart. I still use flightaware and have an insane collection of charts in pdf format from their site. The best part is it's free :)You can also use FSWidgets to do some web browsing. I just got back so am going to test Aviliasofts some more.

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I think I have about 50% of all of the charts available with Navigraph, and every single one needs updating (it's been a while). It would cost me about a hundred bucks to buy enough credits to update them haha. It actually takes longer to load now than it does to go to http://flightaware.com/ and look at the latest chart. I still use flightaware and have an insane collection of charts in pdf format from their site. The best part is it's free :)You can also use FSWidgets to do some web browsing. I just got back so am going to test Aviliasofts some more.
I never liked Navigraph's style of their charts, and the fact you have to keep paying to update your charts got old with me very quick. Flightaware is a fantastic resourse, and I also use SkyVector.com, both are free, and have NOAA (AeroNav) charts, which imho, are the best (for US flights of course)

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Nice, I too got sick of using Navigraph. I will remain a faithful customer for the fmc navdata but having to use their app to view the pdfs is what killed it for me (and of course the 10 minute load time). I like SkyVector but am use to the similar style of http://www.runwayfinder.com . They are pretty much the same if you look at them, but have a lot of differences if you use them. I like some options better on SkyVector but love RW's instant airport info style. Both are great and teamed up with flightaware is all I need (although I am looking at the link Mike posted too).I also like Flightaware since you can watch actual routes being flown on the map, buy must admit I hardly every have the time ;-)

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I see RunwayFinder is tied with AirNav for the charts. I used to use Airnav, and the official FAA link that was posted here. The main reason I switched to SkyVector for most of my domestic flying needs is the thumbnail previews of the charts. I find that and easy way to search for starts and sids when flying to/.from airports I am not familiar with.But I am with you on Navigraphs FMS data service. I will always be a customer for that.

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Wow, that's cool how Runwayfinder has the entire country as one chart - that's the one thing I don't like about skyvector where you have to load the individual enroute high charts etc. Skyvector's actual route editing functions are better I think though.

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I see RunwayFinder is tied with AirNav for the charts. I used to use Airnav, and the official FAA link that was posted here. The main reason I switched to SkyVector for most of my domestic flying needs is the thumbnail previews of the charts. I find that and easy way to search for starts and sids when flying to/.from airports I am not familiar with.But I am with you on Navigraphs FMS data service. I will always be a customer for that.
I never use the popup charts. I normally just click on the airport, get the code then type it into flightaware to finish my plan. One reason I do that is because I like to then save all the charts they have and file them into their own folder for my EFB. At least that's how I'm currently doing it. One thing I prefer on RWfinder is that they show the airports and I can just click them. Very similar with SV but a little different. I'm still in the learning stages of charting so am probably missing some key features SV has but keep going back to it the more that I learn to keep evaluating :)
Wow, that's cool how Runwayfinder has the entire country as one chart - that's the one thing I don't like about skyvector where you have to load the individual enroute high charts etc. Skyvector's actual route editing functions are better I think though.
I agree, I prefer skyvectors method of entry, so I can just type in the route how it reads without having to do tons of ;;;;; seperators like "KHUF;CLINN;JAZZY;STATE;DNV/V;RBS/V;SERCY;MEDAN;JOT/V;NUELG;JULOX;GRIFT;JVL/V;TAVNE;PASYO;GARTT;MSN/V;KMSN"One of the key points I prefer with Runwayfinder is like you said, one continuous chart. That and what I said in the above reply to Scott.

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I have just been looking around flightaware a bit more closely and just found out you can download all the IFR charts for an airport with just one link!! That is very nice indeed. I may have to jump on with your workflow Dan and start downloading the charts locally to my laptop/EFB. And as for the charts on SkyVector, it seems that they are straight up photocopies of the real charts you can buy from the NOAA, which I find very cool. And it isnt that much of a pain to switch the charts, because where ever your crosshair is placed, those appropriate charts are linked in the upper right hand corner of the screen.And I believe you can click on airports in Sky Vector as well. One thing I found initially confusing but easily figured out was the codes required on Runwayfinder. They both are very similar, but one thing Runway finder seems to have over SkyVecotor is weather, but I use Active Sky Evo for weather, so I just go by what that says and not get too surprised when the weather is nothing like what is reported :)

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Hello gents,I'll try to answer some of the questions which came up in this thread :( 1) two screens:there's a little freeware called simtimizer.unfortunatelly its in german, but you can start simtimizer and FSX (doesn't matter which one first), then you go to windowed mode and hit "ALT + Enter" when Simtimizer is running.You will have now FSX in fullscreen!works perfect!here's the link for a german/austrian forum: http://www.friendlyflusi.at/index.php?page=Thread&postID=127639#post1276392)AivlaSoft EFB

Dario, do You know if Aivla is capable of showing additional, more detailed charts from Navigraph, or what I see in demo is it's limits?
Don't know what you mean with "additional, more detailed charts"?But for AivlaSofts EFB is still an update pending. Will released soon (soon, means soon...maybe two or three weaks)Here in the AivlaSoft Forum is a little preview of upcoming functions:http://www.aivlasoft.com/support/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=200With version 1.2 you'll get - a vertical approach profile - All airport datas (MDA, DH, missed approach etc etc) - METAR is now included... works perfect with ActiveSky, FSX standard weather or NOAA - T/C, T/D calculation (beside Fuel flow, FOB, max flight time)Note, that AivlaSofts EFB is a very young program which will be developed more and more over the time.Version 1.2 is a huge step forward, version 2.0 is already pending which should have much bigger improvements(but I have no information about - I'm betatester, but have had AivlaSoft EFB before become a beta and would not fly one single flight without that)This program needs really more attention from the flightSim community!Only disadvantage is the price!But you have the 30 days free trial... Hope I could have helped a bit...

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Hello Guenter, thanks for the link (will check it soon) and for info about Aivla, I have one question more: do You know if version 2.0 will be free update to 1.2 or will I have to buy it again or pay for update?Thanks!biggrin.gifEDIT:Just checked the link, simtimizer works perfect!!

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