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After buying the product a few weeks ago I had no problem activating on my sim PC via my Squid proxy running on a network connected PC as I simply added www.simtweaks.com to the whitelist. However with v2.5.2 that no longer works and I can see from the proxy log that PTA is not even attempting to connect, i.e. no entries indicating an internet access by PTA. I know you've changed the activation part of the code recently - could this be the cause? All I see in PTA is the "ERROR: activation failed: Server error" with no additional details.

Config:

SimPC running PTA -> Proxy PC running squid -> Network

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Hi there,

The old method (prior to 2.52) was actually a direct request to the persons server who I purchased PTA from, so having our website on a whitelist wouldn't have made any difference regarding activation.

Try adding activation.simtweaks.com to your whitelist and see if that works.

Thanks,

Matt.


Matt Davies

Founder/CEO - Mettar Simulations

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Prepar3D Tweak Assistant (PTA) available here: https://www.simtweaks.com
projectFLY - one of the most used virtual aviation platforms (now with GLOBAL schedules):  https://www.projectfly.co.uk

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Thanks for the suggestion Matt but it made no difference. As I said, I can tell PTA is not even attempting to connect to *any* server via the proxy (I presume it uses port 80 or 443?) as the log file shows no blocked attempts from it doing so.

However I've successfully used a workaround which meant I ran and activated PTA on my proxy PC and by creating a registry entry which points to a copied over version of the HLSL folder I apply the tweaks and then copy it back. A bit of a faff but I hardly ever change my tweaks.

 

Edit: I have successfully activated ORBX and TFDI 717 via the proxy in the past so I know the technique works.

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Well, at least you got it working :D

It's definitely an interesting way of having your network set up. Seems like a huge headache to me - I hope it's worth it :)

I'll try and replicate your scenario and see if I have any luck.


Matt Davies

Founder/CEO - Mettar Simulations

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Prepar3D Tweak Assistant (PTA) available here: https://www.simtweaks.com
projectFLY - one of the most used virtual aviation platforms (now with GLOBAL schedules):  https://www.projectfly.co.uk

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Thanks again Matt.

 

The fact I can control what applications (including MS's own apps) can or can't connect to the web from my flight sim PC gives me peace of mind :)

 

In fact until recently my flight sim PC had never been connected to the outside world as I run internet dependent apps on my internet connected PC, e.g. active sky. If a utility won't run via networked simconnect or fsuipc I don't use it. I view this PC as disposable and so any data loss due to malware would be negligible.

 

Sadly the main issues I have is with DRM protected aircraft which of course must be installed on the flight sim PC (TFDI design kindly modified thier installer for me) but hey i understand why you guys think it important to protect your IP while I think it's important to protect my home network :)

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