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I just got a screaming new computer, and I'm about to switch over from FSX to Prepar3d, and I don't want both versions mucking up my squeaky clean HDs!

 

So, I have ASN, REX4, The Majestic Q400, and FTX Global/Vectors. 

 

How happy/sad am I going to be?  I have a lot of money invested in all of those things. Will I be able to use them?

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Well.. seems I answered my own questions.

 

I'll see you guys in the air!  

 

 

Edit:  I do have one more question while it's downloading:  What are the 'must haves' for P3d? I've seen all about the migration tool, and I'll get that right away... but I've seen so much about the beauty of clouds in P3d.  Does something like Rex4 help or hinder that?

 

Please., any thoughts are incredibly appreciated! I'm so excited.

 

i7 4770 stock (for now!)

GTX EVGA 780 FTW edition

16 Gigs Corsair 1866

Coolermaster Seidon 250mm

Gigabyte Sniper Moba

8.1 

 

 

Thanks!

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Hello

 

I use Rex4 textures and the superb Opus FSX weather engine ..... A great combo .. you will not be disappointed!

 

Paul

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Hello

 

I use Rex4 textures and the superb Opus FSX weather engine ..... A great combo .. you will not be disappointed!

 

Paul

Holy Geez.

 

I can't believe what I just saw.      I've been flying FSX with an antiquated computer for a while, and now this?

 

I haven't plugged in Rex yet, but I went in with FTX Global. Now, I know that it's just the default plane with the default airport, and I can't expect to keep the 

settings jacked up the way I have them now when I actually get to 'real' flying.  BUT WOW!!!!!!!   I can't believe my eyes!

 

Can I bother you guys to help me out with some settings, or more likely, a link to some settings that I should use considering my setup and the plug-ins I listed in 

my OP?

 

I spent a long time getting FSX just right... I'd like a nice place to jump off from here.  I can figure out how to set Rex and ASN on my own, but these new Prepar3d interfaces

and options are all greek to me!   

 

 

Thanks a lot guys!    I'm so happy right now!

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I Would be happy to see a recommended tips and settings as well. I have been getting a good experience with fax

FSX but for some reason with prepared in getting sluggish performance specially with a Airbus Extended.

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If you are in to tweaking the p3d config file then I found the tweaks that Lockheed Martin has on it's p3d website to have been the most effective in getting my rig running nice.

 

Tom

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thanks very much, Tom.

 

Could you or anyone else link me to those tweaks?  I'm really not an idiot, but I can't seem to google them up or find them on their forums!

 

 

thanks

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Another question:

 

Do we all start at the F-22?  Is there a way to start at the config screen to load my flight/aircraft without going 

to that default airstrip and plane?

 

Love the F-22, but it would be nice to start on a config screen instead.

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Another question:

 

Do we all start at the F-22?  Is there a way to start at the config screen to load my flight/aircraft without going 

to that default airstrip and plane?

 

Love the F-22, but it would be nice to start on a config screen instead.

 

 

Good luck with new pc sounds nice - yes you can turn on startup screen - I think its in general settings but not sure next time you start P3D you will be able to change things to your liking 

 

I have posted a lot of tweaks in P3D forum here - search my name

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Set up a flight the way you want, then save it.  Mark the saved flight as the default flight.  That way you always start with your saved flight. 

 

I save my flight each time after I land, and that's the default flight for the next time.  All I have to do is reset the time to current on the config screen and click OK and I'm good to go.

 

Hook

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Thanks a lot to both of you.

 

It seems like I'm starting all over again! I just got FSX to not be a complete monster with my old dinosaur, now I'm having to learn a new computer and a new platform for flying!

 

Thanks, guys.  If anyone else has some tips to streamline my process, I'd really appreciate it!

 

(I'm searching you right now Richard!)

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Thanks a lot to both of you.

 

It seems like I'm starting all over again! I just got FSX to not be a complete monster with my old dinosaur, now I'm having to learn a new computer and a new platform for flying!

 

Thanks, guys.  If anyone else has some tips to streamline my process, I'd really appreciate it!

 

(I'm searching you right now Richard!)

This NI setting is awesome

 

http://forum.avsim.net/topic/429212-aa-workaround-for-nvidia-cards/

 

post 56 sort thru that a bit - I have changed my affinity mask to 244 now but yours will be different as your cpu is different on the number of cores - there is plenty of help in forums on that - use the ni settings shown above disregard the ones on post 56 - have fun - will take  some time to digest all of this but it will be worth it

 

http://forum.avsim.net/topic/442898-my-new-observations-in-p3d/page-3?hl=sennett

 

Toby has created a great way to figure out your affinity mask here

 

http://forum.avsim.net/topic/444793-one-tweak-to-rule-them-all-how-to-set-affinity-mask-correctly/

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Wow Rich.

 

That's an incredibly comprehensive list!  Thanks so much for that.

 

I'll give it a go. I don't have quite the power in my rig you do, but I'll bring it down a little to compensate.

 

Thanks again!

 

 

-Brian 

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In the settings you can set it to show the startup screen. It's off by default. This will allow you to setup the flight how you want before the full sim loads.

 

Also make sure you apply the hotfix on 2.2 otherwise you'll get crashes in the flight planner screen.

 

My biggest piece of advice is don't crank up all your settings to max because you've got a great pc and expect 99 fps and a stutter free performance. I know it sounds blindingly obvious, but the amount of folks I see writing, "I ran at max settings in FSX. P3D is a stuttering slideshow on my PC. It's garbage. I'm going back to FSX"

 

P3Dv2.3 is going to be even better :)

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In the settings you can set it to show the startup screen. It's off by default. This will allow you to setup the flight how you want before the full sim loads.

 

Also make sure you apply the hotfix on 2.2 otherwise you'll get crashes in the flight planner screen.

 

My biggest piece of advice is don't crank up all your settings to max because you've got a great pc and expect 99 fps and a stutter free performance. I know it sounds blindingly obvious, but the amount of folks I see writing, "I ran at max settings in FSX. P3D is a stuttering slideshow on my PC. It's garbage. I'm going back to FSX"

 

P3Dv2.3 is going to be even better :)

 

 

Hey Paul,

 

I will never fall prey to that bit of mis-guided logic!  I did crank up my settings, but I knew it wasn't reasonable. I had a terrible old creaky computer and was running FSX until two days ago. Yesterday, I got a new nice one, and d/ld this... and I'm already super excited!

 

Rich:

 

I know you said my affinity number would be different than 244, but it seems that the gentleman you linked me to and I have exactly the same cores running at pretty much exactly the same strength. 244 it is!

 

Now I'll use your settings, (lowered a touch,)  and the nvidia fix.. and see if I can't get some good stuff out of this!

 

Thanks again for everyone's help.  If anyone else wants to chime in, feel free! 

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EDIT: Nevermind!

 

 

 

I have a question about the .cfg changes though.

 

I'm seeing to .cfg files.  One is listed as text and it's the only one I can open and change.   Is that the one, or do I need to figure something else out?

 

I ask, because I've had a real tough time fixing permissions in this 8.1.  I'm not used to all this security!   Thanks guys. 

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Hi There.

If you right click on the one that's not listed as a text file and firstly make a copy of it and rename it .backup or whatever you want. When you have done that right click again and open with notepad. You can then make changes as described above.

 

Hope it helps.

 

Pete

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Hi There.

If you right click on the one that's not listed as a text file and firstly make a copy of it and rename it .backup or whatever you want. When you have done that right click again and open with notepad. You can then make changes as described above.

 

Hope it helps.

 

Pete

 

 

Ohhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

 

I get it!   Thanks Pete!

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Hi There.

If you right click on the one that's not listed as a text file and firstly make a copy of it and rename it .backup or whatever you want. When you have done that right click again and open with notepad. You can then make changes as described above.

 

Hope it helps.

 

Pete

 

Sorry, man... I guess I'm dense. 

 

There are two .cfg files, one that is listed as a CFG File, and one that's listed as a Text Document.

 

When I rename the one that's listed as a CFG file, it turns itself into a 'Text Document.'

 

If I replaced the 'CFG File' with that one, I'd have two Text Documents, no?   I'm sorry I sound confused, I am... ;)

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Its fine. No problem. Here;s a screen grab of my folder...

 

https://www.dropbox.com/s/c27cb24i42rvjb5/Capture.JPG

 

As you can see, the Prepar3D config file is still a cfg file, but i can open it with notepad and edit what i want then press save. That's it.

 

Don't rename the one marked .CFG. Just leave it as a .CFG file. You then right click on it and open with notepad. So it stays a config file but you can edit its contents.

 

I wanted you to make a backup first in case anything went wrong.

 

Is that any clearer?

 

Regards

Pete

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Its fine. No problem. Here;s a screen grab of my folder...

 

https://www.dropbox.com/s/c27cb24i42rvjb5/Capture.JPG

 

As you can see, the Prepar3D config file is still a cfg file, but i can open it with notepad and edit what i want then press save. That's it.

 

Don't rename the one marked .CFG. Just leave it as a .CFG file. You then right click on it and open with notepad. So it stays a config file but you can edit its contents.

 

I wanted you to make a backup first in case anything went wrong.

 

Is that any clearer?

 

Regards

Pete

 

 

Ha.. You're a saint, man. 

 

I feel like I have it now. It wasn't quite as easy as all that, but I got it done! (I'm having a lot of troubles talking to Windows 8,,, we're not friends yet,)

 

However, with your help and and folks like Richard et al, I think I've got a pretty good base going.  I just did everything that Richard listed with the NI, the affinity fix, and the suggested settings.  I got a quality 30-35 FPS over Portland, Oregon in relatively heavy clouds and a average rainfall.   There were some minor stutters, but nothing too bad at all.  

 

Considering I was using REX4. ASN, and FTX Global, things looking that good and smooth?  I'll take it!   

 

You guys are great.   I'm sure I'll have more dorky questions tomorrow, but I feel like I made a lot of progress with your help! 

 

Thanks a lot.

 

-Brian

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No Worries Brian. The stutters are hopefully being addressed by LM.  Prepar3d has rejuvenated my love of Flight Simulator and i feel that things will only get better. 

 

Always here to help

 

Pete

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Ha.. You're a saint, man. 

 

I feel like I have it now. It wasn't quite as easy as all that, but I got it done! (I'm having a lot of troubles talking to Windows 8,,, we're not friends yet,)

 

However, with your help and and folks like Richard et al, I think I've got a pretty good base going.  I just did everything that Richard listed with the NI, the affinity fix, and the suggested settings.  I got a quality 30-35 FPS over Portland, Oregon in relatively heavy clouds and a average rainfall.   There were some minor stutters, but nothing too bad at all.  

 

Considering I was using REX4. ASN, and FTX Global, things looking that good and smooth?  I'll take it!   

 

You guys are great.   I'm sure I'll have more dorky questions tomorrow, but I feel like I made a lot of progress with your help! 

 

Thanks a lot.

 

-Brian

 

 

Well done Brian - happy your up and running thats great news - good luck  :good: 

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