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I've had it with FSX, I think it's time for P3D

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Hi guys,

 

I wasn't able to complete a single flight recently, OOM's all over the place with different types of aircraft, I've had it with FSX and I'm ready to move on. Never really cared for P3D so I am totally out of the loop on the steps I need to take to fully convert. Are there any essential tools or a conversion checklist that's available out there or do I have to spend hours of reading the message boards?

 

Any info would be greatly appreciated.

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I'm thinking of taking the plunge too, Especially with the PMDG 777 out for P3D now.

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You can still get OOM's in P3D as well so it is no "holey grail".  Just need to balance your settings and enjoy the ride.  I would suggest spending several hours going through the forums to catch up on P3D .  Lot's of good stuff out there to read and get you up to speed.

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Im thinking of the gains like cloud shadows,HDR, eventual 64bit .exe, ....Does SweetFX work in P3D.?? I mean my FSX is actually running better than ever but want to move to a sim thats being constantly updated, and with the 777 out, now seems to be the best time...is there like a conversion tool for all Addon sceneries?

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It is great that new folks are making the decision to move to Prepar3D. If I were you, I would wait just a few days til Version 2.5 is ready for download. This version will require a fresh install as their are many changes coming. Welcome to the Dark Side and enjoy.


Hi guys,

 

I wasn't able to complete a single flight recently, OOM's all over the place with different types of aircraft, I've had it with FSX and I'm ready to move on. Never really cared for P3D so I am totally out of the loop on the steps I need to take to fully convert. Are there any essential tools or a conversion checklist that's available out there or do I have to spend hours of reading the message boards?

 

Any info would be greatly appreciated.

Welcome to P3D. There is not really a conversion process. It just involves installing P3D. You will find that their is not a lot of tweaks and all that crap to deal with. As you read the forums pay attention to posts and advice by Rob A. He is a Mod here as well as Beta tester for P3D and a Mod on the official P3D site. He is a great asset to the community and has the ear of the developers of P3D. Personally, I only use addons for acft and scenery that are made for P3D and not use a lot of "conversion" tools. I seem to now have a lot of issues that are reported. I think a clean install with a clean computer is very important but YMMV.

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Welcome aboard for your flight today... Sorry couldn't resist. Basically what has been said above ^ to be fair, if your familiar with the FSX folder structure you'll be at home with P3D. You may need to re- download some new installers for some of your stuff like ORBX which give you the ability to select which version of the software you wish to install into which sim, so check with each developer first. Just like FSX you'll need to familiarise yourself with what works for your machine but their really is no reason to have to go digging Into the P3D.cfg file every 10 min. In fact, theirs really not much to tweak. If you get stuck on something then you always have these amazing forums to fall back on. So, my advice would be to simply follow your nose and you'll find its all quite familiar.

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You need Estonia migration tool - number 1 purchase after P3D unless you do not want to use all of your payware that does not have P3D installers - you will have to wait a little bit for a new Estonia version once P3D  2.5 is out but usually less than 5 days - a lot of payware will not install without it 

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yes the migrator is a must if you want to move out of FSX. As others said, you need to find the right balance of settings for your system to stay away from OOM. I just completed a 17hrs flight on the T7 with payware airports on each end, no OOM, (look @ Rob's setting for starter)

The only reason I still have FSX on my system is in anticipation to the FSLabs A320... if it works on P3D, FSX and I are done :)

John

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The grass isn't greener over here... just different.

 

I use all three sims.... FSX,  P3d, XP10....  

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The grass is definitely greener!

I agree with that. I rarely fly FSX because P3D performs and looks better.

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It doesn't for me. I hear people saying it does but I still get far more Fps in FSX with p3d comparable settings

It doesn't for me. I hear people saying it does but I still get far more Fps in FSX with p3d comparable settings

 

Just last night I had an OOM flying Orbx PNW

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People forget they spent years tweaking their FSX to the perfect balance. Do they really expect P3D to be better right out of the box without any tweak ?

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People forget they spent years tweaking their FSX to the perfect balance. Do they really expect P3D to be better right out of the box without any tweak ?

 

YES.... and not only expect... it is.

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Nah, I'm done and sick of tweaking this thing. Thanks for the heads up. Will the migration tool port over Radar Contact? I can't switch to P3D if RC isn't working in it.

 

I'm going to wait until 2.5 is out and until the migration tool is updated and then go ahead with the switch.

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 You might not ever need any migration tools depending on what addons you have. The only one I've ever used was my keyboard, most of it is pretty simple.

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Nah, I'm done and sick of tweaking this thing. Thanks for the heads up. Will the migration tool port over Radar Contact? I can't switch to P3D if RC isn't working in it.

 

I'm going to wait until 2.5 is out and until the migration tool is updated and then go ahead with the switch.

 

Personally I don't have RC installed since years..... and I'm not shure it will work.... EMT (Estonia Migration Tool) will work for most FSX scenery's..... however - the price you pay may be a penalty in performance, since they are not compiled with P3D's native compilers.... I stoped installing any non P3Dv2.x native stuff, as it might produce Memory leaks....

 

In regards to RC.... did you ever try VATSIM or IVAO ? If ATC is online there its waaaaaaaay better / more realistic then any ATC program, and without ATC online, at least I have a quiet flight.... without someone nagging me... :wink:

 

on the other hand - try to install RC with EMT - and see what happens..... (make a backup image before  :Whistle: )

 

regards

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Personally I don't have RC installed since years..... and I'm not shure it will work

 

Of course it'll work. It only needs FSUIPC installed and MakeRunways used to generate the data it needs.. The rest is identical It doesn't need migrating. It doesn't have anything specific to the version of FS.

 

Pete

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Of course it'll work. It only needs FSUIPC installed and MakeRunways used to generate the data it needs.. The rest is identical It doesn't need migrating. It doesn't have anything specific to the version of FS.

 

Pete

 

ah, thanks, good to know - I thought they had some dll's in there..... never mind - its collecting dust with me.....

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I wouldn't bother. I've got rid of P3D and gone back to FSX for flight simulation. Sick of having to reinstall P3D each time they "update" it. Life is too short etc.

 

Much smoother and less buggy now in FSX DX10 mode. 
 

P3D is just FSX with shadows. I can live without shadows. I want a flight simulator not a shadow simulator.

 

Good luck if you decide to try it!

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Thanks for the heads up. Will the migration tool port over Radar Contact?

 

Your Radar Contact install will work as it is,

 

No need to reinstall it, just point it to your P3D Flt/WX path, run Makerwys and then rebuild your RC Scenery DB pointing it to your P3D path.

As far as Radar Contact is concerned P3D is basically the same as FSX.

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Seeing PMDG's commitment to P3D was the trigger and I am now completely transitioned to P3D.  It took about a day to get everything I use converted over.  It's nice to be on an updated platform again.  Everything is working smoothly and I'm glad I made the switch.  If you're thinking about it, and dedicated this hobby I think now is the right time and this is the right application. It wasn't that complicated for me.  Lots of downloading.  I recommend using a download manager like Internet Download Manager.  Good Luck!

 

OrbX, ASN, Vpilot, Flightbeam, FSDT, Aivlasoft EFB, 777 all working great.

 

Doug 

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I agree with that. I rarely fly FSX because P3D performs and looks better.

 

 

The grass is definitely greener!

ahem,  

 

It depends!

 

I have been to this grass, and I will download 2.5 to try again, but depending on what you do with your sim, it's not greener.  64 bit conversion is a promise, it may never be materialize.  All my existing add-ons can install fine with P3Dv2 but there are quirks.  ORBX performance is worst in P3D than in FSX for my setup.  Even with just plain vanilla P3D and only FTX Global and Vector installed, I have stutters in steep turns.  Some may ignore the quirks, but for me it's driven me nuts.  So to the OP, I have no idea what was in your FSX that cause OOM, but try to download the developer 30 days license to play around first or try it for 60 days, you can always ask for a refund (but you can only do it once) then decide.  You will need to buy add-on again and since the platform is evolving, there will be breakage, so be warned.

 

Good luck.

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