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I have recently re-installed FSX and most of my add-ons but for some reason the scenery library has started to reject any more scenery that I manually add. Scenery that is automatically added is fine but not the case with manually added scenery. I have never had this before. I am following the correct method posted in 100's of threads but it still wont stay in the library. First I will drag or copy the folders into the add-on scenery folder, then fire up MS-FSX (installed onto my D drive not C) and go into the scenery  library and, click the add scenery tab and locate the scenery, click on the scenery then click on the white part of the box and click ok. I can then see it in the library but when I come out and return to the menu I go back into the scenery library and its disappeared. Please can anyone provided a solution to this.

Many thanks!

 

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Hi,

I would check your scenery priority and make sure they have sequential numbers. If there's gap and a missing number potentially other scenery may not show up.

Are there any errors associated with the library when you start FSX?

Last try, moving your add-on files for the problematic airport/region to a folder other than FSX Add-on scenery folder and then add the add it in using the FSX Library and point the FSX Library to this new folder location. See if it appears in the FSX Library.

Regards

Mark

 

 

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Not sure what the problem is, however Scenery Config Editor may be of some help. I use it whenever I install new scenery. Link in the description.

 

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Is your scenery still visible in FSX even though it doesn't seem to be present in the scenery library?

Bill

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Hi Mark and thanks for the reply. I checked and there are no missing numbers and they all run in sequence too. There are no errors associated with the library when I start FSX either. I have already tried adding from a new library too and that doesn't seem to work either. :dry:

Bill thanks for your reply also. The scenery is not loading in the game either. I am clueless as to what's going on. Never had this before.

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I know there is a limit to the scenery library, you might be able to get around it by moving the bgl's and textures to a folder that is recognized by the sim, as long as they have commonality with the other files there.  I keep my add-on scenery on a separate partition, below is a typical entry for photoreal, AFCAD and airport scenery:

[Area.132]
Title=Southwest Arizona Megascenery
Local=D:\MegasceneryEarth\Southwest\Arizona
Layer=132
Active=TRUE
Required=FALSE

Probably the same as yours, but maybe you'll spot a difference that could help.  In the example above below the Arizona folder, the scenery folder contains the photoreal scenery and AFCAD's, the texture folder is empty or in my case, removed since it isn't needed.

John

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I'm watching this as it is one of those 17 year mysteries and I don't recall seeing this problem before.  I do know that if you do not install the scenery properly in your Addon Scenery folder, you could link it up successfully but the scenery will not appear because it was not installed properly.  I never use the Addon Scenery Folder anymore and always set up a folder with the scenery name (i.e., KDCA), then under that I will set up Scenery/Texture folders.  Some sceneries do not work properly if there's a texture folder with nothing in it.  They like just the name of the Scenery - KDCA and then Scenery under that where the .bgl's go.  I can install this scenery on any Drive and then link it up with the SceneryConfigEditor or go inside of FSX and add it to the Library as the OP had done.

In the Addon Scenery folder you really do not need a name of the scenery and just put the scenery (.bgl's) in the Addon Scenery/Scenery folder.  In this case I do not have to add the scenery to the Library as the Addon Scenery folder is already in the Library.  I just go fly.  But, if you throw several different sceneries into the Addon Scenery/Scenery folder, you'll run the risk as to what scenery file belongs to what scenery.  But you can do that and Microsoft made it super easy for one to just throw all of their scenery into the Addon Scenery/Scenery/Texture folders and go fly.  But, if you want to layer the scenery properly in the Scenery Library that would not be possible.

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56 minutes ago, Jim Young said:

I'm watching

Wow Jim, you are on fire today - continued push to help and support all of us - you're the best!

 

We can reduce the number of entries in the scenery.cfg if we can easily convert several sceneries collected under one folder to become just one section of the cfg reducing the number of entries required.

 

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Since day one of FSX, the Scenery Library has a bug where it will not add folders to the scenery.cfg. I think the workaround is selecting the folder containing "scenery" and "texture" and then right clicking the window to add it to the .cfg.

Moot point though, since SceneryConfigEditor is infinitely more flexible then the library editor in FSX. Been using it for ages and can't live without it (even though it requires Java to run).

https://sourceforge.net/projects/fs-sceditor/

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I always manually update my scenery.cfg since I like the scenery to be ready before I start the sim.  I have a shortcut to it in my sims folder for easy access.  When I add a new entry, I just copy and paste from the previous one, update the scenery number, and update the path to the new scenery.  When FS starts, it rebuilds the scenery indexes straight away, a sure sign that it has seen the new scenery and recognized the entry in the scenery.cfg.   I used this method to add the MSE entries, since the MSE installer did not update the .cfg file.

John

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Sometimes problems can emerge due to relative paths used in those sections for added scenery, changing to full paths can prove more reliable in odd cases.

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21 hours ago, Cactus521 said:

I know there is a limit to the scenery library,

I am curious if anyone knows what that limit is? I am asking because I already have 1168 entries in my scenery library and, to date, I have not had any problems adding more. Clearly if there is a limit then at some stage I should stop buying scenery at some stage!

Bill

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Just now, scianoir said:

I am curious if anyone know what that limit is? I am asking because I already have 1168 entries in my scenery library and, to date, I have not had any problems adding more. Clearly if there is a limit then at some stage I should stop buying more scenery!

Bill

Your number of entries certainly exceeds my guess, which would have been 255 entries.  You certainly have a lot of scenery, LOL!  I have only a handful of additions, just photoreal scenery and some AFCADS.  I don't think I've ever gone above 140 in all my years of simming.  I don't add airports, mainly because you only see them when you taxi.  But I certainly have seen some wonderful airport add-ons posted in the screenshots forum.

John

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Well I'm fairly sure FS9 would allow almost 1000 scenery library entries before things started going weird and I assumed FSX might allow more but there is absolutely no basis for that assumption!

By the way if you hear of any treatment for FSX addon addiction John, please  let me know LOL!

Bill

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37 minutes ago, scianoir said:

Well I'm fairly sure FS9 would allow almost 1000 scenery library entries before things started going weird and I assumed FSX might allow more but there is absolutely no basis for that assumption!

By the way if you hear of any treatment for FSX addon addiction John, please  let me know LOL!

Bill

When it comes to aircraft, I am in trouble LOL.  Without Add-ons the sim world would be completely different.  Kudos to these third party developers that slave away on what they do.  It took me an eternity to write my add-ons for FSX, like Landclass Assistant or my Ultralight Trike.  CAD design is tough and I used FSDS2 which had its quirks, it took me months to refine my trike, and I hand coded the xml gauges by reading how-tos in forum posts.  It was also a process rendering my Colorado scenery, can't recall how many hours it took to download, but it was close to 48.  I think it was great that the sim makers opened up their products for third party add-ons, and what we see today is just amazing, almost incomprehensible the hours of work that have gone into such aircraft and scenery.

I hope the payware developers can continue to profit from our interest in the hobby, I don't know if their work is their main income, but I am happy to support their efforts when they bring wanted products onboard.  Before Carenado made the Mirage I emailed them, asking them if they would make it.  I don't know if that email made a difference, but lo and behold they came out with the Mirage.  The developers do listen, and as long as you text politely about their products, they will do what they can.  Just Flight is another add-on maker that listened.  When I pointed out to them that they had the trim tabs reversed on their Duchess, they immediately came up with a global patch and simultaneously responded to my email.  Sadly I don't have the Duchess for P3d, but I enjoyed it in FS9 and FSX.

Back to the scenery library issue, hopefully the OP will find a solution here.  I believe it's a pathing issue or possibly a scenery order issue.  Scenery issues are almost always resolved by back tracking and manual tweaking of the .cfg file.

John

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Yes it would be nice to get some feedback on this issue from the OP. We don't know how many scenery addons he has or if he has hit some sort of scenery library limit but, I agree, it is more likely to be an issue with pathways in the scenery cfg.

I use SimStarterNG to manipulate my active scenery areas in FSX and, like my FSX scenery cfg the SimStarter Scenery Configurator has 1,168 entries. Curiously if I open the drop down scenery library within FSX it has just 1,099 entries, although as far as I can see no scenery areas are missing! Another one of those FSX mysteries I guess!

On the subject of aircraft addons, I am somewhat addicted to those too (!) but really should restrain myself now that I am retired and on a more restricted budget! Now if someone could only produce a Helio Courier......perhaps I should drop an email to one of the developers too!

Bill

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What's unusual about this problem is the automatic scenery installers are apparently working according to the OP but the manual process to add scenery is not.

 

Another suggestion:Post your scenery.cfg file here and maybe we can look at it. indicate the scenery that is problematic. Make sure you select the right one as there are backup copies of this file in other folders. The correct one can be found in the path below.

Possibly (outside chance), it could be a corrupt scenery.dat file in which case deleting all the FileList.dat files in C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\FSX\SceneryIndexes\. They will be rebuilt next time you run FSX or alternatively if you made a back up of your cfg files use an older scenery.cfg file.

Note: Others have complained about their scenery.cfg entries are suddenly missing all titles and no other solution has been given apart from re-install FSX. In this case though it appears only manual adding of scenery is not taking place. Weird!

This sounds like permissions issues when manually adding scenery. What happens if you run FSX as an Administrator and edit the FSX Scenery Library?

 

Regards

Mark

 

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I just somehow added scenery manually for first time, and only because it was necessary to run the new add-on mission. It literally took me 3 days of messing with the area on FSX settings where its to be done, and it was pure luck that I did it, not even sure which entry file it took.

There seems to be some good advice by some folks here regarding .cfg editors, although I'm hesitant to try them because I don't know enough about computer yet. Hope you got everything working on your end, best of luck.  

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