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Does anybody use dual screens (monitors) in the NGX?

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I was just wondering if anybody out there uses 2 monitors for the NGX? I recently purchased a second monitor and would love to get it set up so both monitors display the VC (left monitor displays left side of cockpit and right monitor displays right side of cockpit). How does this affect performance? Any insight on the topic would be greatly appreciated!

 

Thanks,

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Hi Ben,

 

I'm currently using four monitors with the NGX: three for the virtual cockpit (using a TripleHead2Go in 5760x1080), and a fourth for my instruments (PFD, MFD, etc in 1280x1024).

I'm flying in fullscreen and noticed a drop of 3 to 5 FPS compared to when I used one monitor, so considering I tripled the horizontal resolution, this is very good.

 

And once you tried multi-monitors, you will not be able to use only one again :-).

 

Hope this will help.

Fabrice

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Hi Ben,

 

I'm currently using four monitors with the NGX: three for the virtual cockpit (using a TripleHead2Go in 5760x1080), and a fourth for my instruments (PFD, MFD, etc in 1280x1024).

I'm flying in fullscreen and noticed a drop of 3 to 5 FPS compared to when I used one monitor, so considering I tripled the horizontal resolution, this is very good.

 

And once you tried multi-monitors, you will not be able to use only one again :-).

 

Hope this will help.

Fabrice

HI Fabrice -

 

Thanks for the info! I am actually thinking of doing 3 monitors also. I have read about the TH2G but since I use Nvidia I am going to try the Nvidia Surround to set up the monitors. Have you heard any good or bad about that? Thanks!

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Ben,

 

I've read about some simmers using Nvidia Surround and it seems to behave the same as the TH2G, I did not read complaints.

 

One thing you have to know, is that using three monitors, no matter how, adds some distortion in on the edges (on monitor 1 and 3) and the angle of view is wide. You will have to play with the zoom in FSX to obtain something acceptable (zoom 1.0 is the best for me), but you will never get a perfect image. I learned this after buying and testing and was a bit disapointed because the view was not as wide as expected, but got finally used to it.

 

I encourage you to search the net about FSX and triple monitors. I remember a site where a guy explained why it happened (with some videos on youtube too) and how to find the best zoom factor, but cannot remember the name. You will not find screenshots showing this distortion, because strangely enough, when you do a screenshot, it does not show it...

 

My goal is just to inform, in no case I tell you you should not do it. As I said, I could not fly without my three monitors now. Read and make your decision.

 

Happy flying!

Fabrice

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Hello -

 

I was just wondering if anybody out there uses 2 monitors for the NGX? I recently purchased a second monitor and would love to get it set up so both monitors display the VC (left monitor displays left side of cockpit and right monitor displays right side of cockpit). How does this affect performance? Any insight on the topic would be greatly appreciated!

 

Thanks,

 

Ben since you have that second monitor already

why not just plug it in and see how it goes.

 

Activate it and set it's native resolution in Windows.

Then configure it again to the correct resolution in FSX settings.

With FSX started just create a new VC view and drag it to that second monitor.

Use panning and eye point controls to position it in the right seat.

 

gb.

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Ben since you have that second monitor already

why not just plug it in and see how it goes.

 

Activate it and set it's native resolution in Windows.

Then configure it again to the correct resolution in FSX settings.

With FSX started just create a new VC view and drag it to that second monitor.

Use panning and eye point controls to position it in the right seat.

 

gb.

gb -

 

I did try setting everything up with my 2 monitors but everything I tried just wasn't giving me the results that I wanted. So, I actually went out and got a 3rd identical monitor and used Nvidia Surround to setup my 5760x1080 resolution. In FSX all I had to do was change the resolution in the .cfg to 5760x1080 and it's working perfectly! I'm running in full screen mode and FSX is displayed on all 3 monitors. I love the new view! :-)

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gb -

 

I did try setting everything up with my 2 monitors but everything I tried just wasn't giving me the results that I wanted. So, I actually went out and got a 3rd identical monitor and used Nvidia Surround to setup my 5760x1080 resolution. In FSX all I had to do was change the resolution in the .cfg to 5760x1080 and it's working perfectly! I'm running in full screen mode and FSX is displayed on all 3 monitors. I love the new view! :-)

Great.

Quite impressive looking first up is'nt it?

Over time you might find the edge distortion more of a distraction,

as Fabrice says above.

 

gb.

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Great.

Quite impressive looking first up is'nt it?

Over time you might find the edge distortion more of a distraction,

as Fabrice says above.

 

gb.

Yes, it is quite impressive! I have the bezel (edge) distortion down to a minimum with Nvidia Surround. I just finished my first flight and it looked awesome! I was even surprised to find that my FPS didn't drop at all! In fact, it almost seemed better than before! I don't know how I have lived without multiple monitors :P

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[...]

I remember a site where a guy explained why it happened (with some videos on youtube too) and how to find the best zoom factor, but cannot remember the name.

[...]

 

WideViewAspect & Zoom: Part 1

WideViewAspect & Zoom: Part 2

 

Hope that helps,

 

     Adrian

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Adrian, these are the videos I was thinking of. Thanks!

 

Ben, welcome to the wonderfull world of triple monitors. Now, you will not be able to stop... FMC on an iPad, physical radio stack, MCP and EFIS... Checking your bank account and cry everytime you go on the Opencockpits website... :-)

 

Enjoy!!

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Ben, welcome to the wonderfull world of triple monitors. Now, you will not be able to stop... FMC on an iPad, physical radio stack, MCP and EFIS... Checking your bank account and cry everytime you go on the Opencockpits website... :-)



Enjoy!!

Lol I know what you mean! I already have the bug quite bad. Here is a short video of my setup that I recorded last night. (sorry for the quality, I recorded with my phone)

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I bought two monitors for that purpose but actually prefer to run on one and use the other one for my open program windows eg; Squwakbox, Opus, Teamspeak. Of course, I could get a third monitor, still do that. Will need a bigger desk. :huh:

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Will need a bigger desk. :huh:

I had the same problem Sean. That's why I use a 8ft folding table as a desk. It has plenty of space for everything and the yoke and throttle quadrants mount nicely to it. Also fairly cheap at about $80.

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Trust me, tried that. Was going to get an old kitchen table and set up two computers on it. Completely denied by the wife. We are already looking for a nice L shaped desk. I'll probably get yelled at eventually but I,m running three computers and four monitors right now for flying. The main with two monitors as stated above, one desktop for charts, planning, and fcoms. Then the laptop for Netflix. Dirty looks about electric bills and such.

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Lol I know what you mean! I already have the bug quite bad. Here is a short video of my setup that I recorded last night. (sorry for the quality, I recorded with my phone)

 

Ben are you happy with that Saitek radio panel?

What software do you use to program it?

 

Thanks,

gb.

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are you happy with that Saitek radio panel?

 

Hi gb,

 

I use a saitek radio panel too and I'm quite happy with it. Not perfect (the selectors are quite hard and the rotaries are not precise), but it does the job. I use the SPAD software with it (http://fstools.weebly.com/). It works better than the saitek software.

 

If I had the money to get something better, for example opencockpits hardware, I would go this way. For now, the saitek panel is ok, but the price is too high compared to quality.

 

Hope this helps.

Fabrice

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Hi gb,

 

I use a saitek radio panel too and I'm quite happy with it. Not perfect (the selectors are quite hard and the rotaries are not precise), but it does the job. I use the SPAD software with it (http://fstools.weebly.com/). It works better than the saitek software.

 

If I had the money to get something better, for example opencockpits hardware, I would go this way. For now, the saitek panel is ok, but the price is too high compared to quality.

 

Hope this helps.

Fabrice

 

Ok, thanks for that.

 

gb.

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Ben are you happy with that Saitek radio panel?

What software do you use to program it?

 

gb - I am extremely happy with the Saitek radio panel! It comes with it's own drivers that once installed, automatically configure in FSX. I didn't have to do anything extra to get the radio panel to work with all aircraft. One of the best accessories I have purchased!

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gb - I am extremely happy with the Saitek radio panel! It comes with it's own drivers that once installed, automatically configure in FSX. I didn't have to do anything extra to get the radio panel to work with all aircraft. One of the best accessories I have purchased!

 

Ben thanks,

 

gb.

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Ben, really easy fix, of what you are asking for. Go into your "fsx.cfg file". do a search for "wideviewaspect=false", change the word false to true. this will fix the problem.

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