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Of course, now that they are about 40 states into the series, ha! :lol:   Better late than never.

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Yeah, it's certainly a welcome addition.  I have one state I haven't even installed yet, simply because I'd gotten a bit burned out on the tedium of the whole process.  It's not too bad if you use the default folder but, as I expect many do, I keep my photo scenery on a separate drive.

 

Thanks to the MSE guys for stepping up with a solution.

 

Scott

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Yeah, it's certainly a welcome addition.  I have one state I haven't even installed yet, simply because I'd gotten a bit burned out on the tedium of the whole process.  It's not too bad if you use the default folder but, as I expect many do, I keep my photo scenery on a separate drive.

 

Thanks to the MSE guys for stepping up with a solution.

 

Scott

 

 

I hear you buddy.  I have several that I haven't installed yet also.  

Can these sceneries be run from an external drive?  I hadn't thought of that before.

That would keep them completely off of the computer harddrive.

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Can these sceneries be run from an external drive? I hadn't thought of that before.

 

Sure, though I'd be concerned about performance depending on the drive and connection type. In my case on my aging system I have three internal drives, the third one specifically added when my photo scenery collection started to grow. The two "data" drives are both WD Caviar Black edition SATA drives.

 

Scott

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The pain for me as I realized when I just installed Illionis on Sunday was that it creates as many entries in the 'Uninstall or Change Program' dialog as there are individual files.  So 17 for Illinois..

 

Ernie

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I use WD drive got 1tb and realized was not engough space and bought 2tb. Got all states except Northeast region. Made WD backup for photoscenery so I don't to spends months reuploading

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Like several above, I've got my sceneries on a separate (3rd) hard drive-- Wd 2Tb Black.  I'm going off topic I know, but can I also store my downloads there??  My external drive is full and I'm wondering...

 

A one click state wide installer sure is a long overdue improvement. 

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Like several above, I've got my sceneries on a separate (3rd) hard drive-- Wd 2Tb Black. I'm going off topic I know, but can I also store my downloads there?? My external drive is full and I'm wondering...

 

A one click state wide installer sure is a long overdue improvement.

Sure is, just could not get it working for the state of Montana still got 20 files to download out of 60 of them.

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but can I also store my downloads there??

 

Of course.  The downloads are in zipped format and will not affect your installations in a separate folder.  I have all of my 35 States backed up on a 2TB MyBook USB device.

 

Best regards,

Jim

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Thanks Firehawk44.  Thought I could but not totally sure.

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35 States!  Wonder how long that would take if you boot all those up together! :lol:

 

Howz Montana by the way?  

 

Have to say with the entire state of Nevada being offered for the first time,  I am really enjoying flying around the West and Southwest. 

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Just to add, for all:  I too have all of my Megascenery on a WD My Book external, 2TB hard drive.  Use of the external (separate) drive actually boosts the frames in fsx - Just in case someone wasn't aware.  I bought mine solely for this purpose.  It works fine.

 

Ken

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35 States!  Wonder how long that would take if you boot all those up together! :lol:

 

Howz Montana by the way?  

 

Have to say with the entire state of Nevada being offered for the first time,  I am really enjoying flying around the West and Southwest. 

 

Remember, that is one of the biggest things that was causing OOMs for me.  I had all of my MSEv.2 turned on in the library at once.  When Ryan from PMDG, shut them off, I gained 1GB of VAS within FSX.

Ryan said that FSX will work on processing photoscenery, even if you are not over the area.  That is why it pulls down your VAS.

Just to add, for all:  I too have all of my Megascenery on a WD My Book external, 2TB hard drive.  Use of the external (separate) drive actually boosts the frames in fsx - Just in case someone wasn't aware.  I bought mine solely for this purpose.  It works fine.

 

Ken

 

I purchased a 2TB "My Passport" external harddrive and haven't used it yet.  Maybe I will try it for MSEv.2 scenery.

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Why is it that on their download map, onlt California is showing as a map?  I asume it's NOT done in v2?

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35 States! Wonder how long that would take if you boot all those up together! :lol:

 

Howz Montana by the way?

Big Sky country lololol. Quality around billings pretty good. Huge state to download, but at least its smaller than Texas

 

Have to say with the entire state of Nevada being offered for the first time, I am really enjoying flying around the West and Southwest.

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Yeah, it's just a holdover from the way the old stuff was displayed.  California, in particular, was an odd mix of MegasceneryX and Megascenery Earth v1.

 

I wonder how they're going to do California.  I'd love to be able to fill in the missing gaps in the SE part of CA where it borders the tip of Nevada and Arizona, as I fly over those gaps fairly often out of SoCal airports - but I'm really not anxious to replace my MegasceneryX SoCal.

 

Scott

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...but I'm really not anxious to replace my MegasceneryX SoCal.

 

Scott

 

Rendering of photo scenery *should* be able to be controlled through the Scenery Library, if and it's a BIG IF, the resolution is of the same level. Otherwise, the highest level will display, regardless of SL settings. So I've heard...

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Would it be possible to use MegaScenery So Cal and MegaEarth V1's Autogen with MEarth V2 when it comes out?

 

I have done this with France VFR sceneries and they work great. For. e.g I use their new HD French alps and used their old French alp's autogens. And they work great. So now their HD photoscenerie s have autogens. I think this is possible with VFR Frances since their AGN files are separated out from the texture files...

 

I'd like to do that with MS CA if the new Textures of higher resolution. But if the resolution is nothing to crow about or if I cannot use the autogens, then there is no point in getting V2 for CA.

 

As of now I love to fly So clan during dawn and dusk and even at night... Why would I want to lose all that?

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35 States! Wonder how long that would take if you boot all those up together

 

I think I have mentioned this a couple of times but, with all my 35 MSE States enabled, it takes me about 5 minutes to get to the startup screen.  Then, when I select the PMDG737NGX, there is so much thrashing of the HDD that it takes about 20 minutes for the PMDG737 aircraft to show up on the screen.  If I get impatient and try to select where my flight plan will begin, I'll get a FSX is not responding, uh, would you like to hold on for a while or would you like to close FSX.  I select I want to hold on.  After about 20 minutes, the aircraft shows and I can select my starting point, the date and time and the weather.  I then get to click Fly Now but the loading process takes another 10-20 minutes.  Finally I'm at the starting point and I can begin programming the flight, etc.!  However, in the background, FSX is still loading the scenery.... all of it.  This takes up a lot of resources so you have to wait until all the loading is done.  So, to resolve this issue, I have installed Scenery Config Editor.  I can then disable all of the States and addon that won't be needed for a flight.  I save the configuration and it is saved to the scenery.cfg.  When I start up FSX, getting to the startup screen is almost instantaneous.  Once the setup is completed and I hit the Fly Now button, it loads in less than 3 minutes.  FPS seem to be much higher too at the starting point.  So, you should not have all States enabled in the Scenery Library or you will be asking for trouble.  You can also start up FSX and go to the Scenery Library and disable any scenery that will not be used during your planned flight but I like the Scenery Config Editor.

 

Best regards,

Jim

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I like the Scenery Config Editor.

 

Best regards,

Jim

 

Jim, where can you download this?

 

Thanks!

 

Rod

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I'm finding some of this a little confusing and could do with a spot of help I think...?  I have a LOT of scenery installed, including much photo scenery.

 

I also have Scenery Config Editor installed and use it often.

 

However.... If I deselect all my addon scenery and save the resulting config file, the 'virtual size' as shown using 'Process Explorer' is almost identical.  Surely there should be a BIG difference?  Or am I getting this completely wrong (nothin new there of course) ??

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That certainly is interesting.  Do you own a LOT of MSE V2 photoscenery?  That's what this topic is about.

 

Best regards,

Jim

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