himmelhorse

FS2004 VC on startup Software available?

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Hello all,

First and foremost, can I take this opportunity to wish a merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all simmers, regardless of platforms.

And now to my problem.

After many years in this Sim and using multiple monitors (6) I am just wondering if there is a way around, or a better way of doing what I am doing.

Using IFly 737 BBJ3 as an example, when I create a flight, I select the aircraft, then, go into Views and set my main screen to VC. Then back into Views /instruments and select AFT Overhead panel which is then docked to a 40 inch 1080x1920 Portrait mode, TV screen and the size is adjusted accordingly. Repeating that procedure, I then select the FWD Overhead and undock to the same TV screen and again, the size is adjusted.  The next step is back into ViewsNew View/VC and undock that to a  32inch 1980 x 1080 TV screen, and adjust that to fit. (left hand side) The same procedure is used for a similar screen (right hands side) Once I set up the other 2 screens with Throttle/FMS panels on one screen and the AFT Electrical Pedestal on the other. I then set up Time and season, Go to airport and WX. this is then saved and is instantly recallable in that format. What I seek to avoid is the fact that every time I select that flight I have to reset my 3 VC cockpit views. This is sfnot really a deal breaker as it only takes a couple of minutes each time I fly. BUT ... Is there a way or a software programme available (freeware or Payware) that I can set up these views once and retain them in that view.  I was thinking of something like a camera application similar to EZIDOK or ChasePlane but I do not know what is available for FS2004 and, most importantly, if there is software available will those views be dockable/undockable and saveable on a permanent basis. 

Just for further information, I like to set up my mainscreen (60 inch TV) with a full width cockpit view as per my Avatar photo and the otyher two views are panned to a right or left had outside cockpit view and then I use look left or look right to get rid of the actual cockpit frame work and just leave the outside view. Again this is not really a dealbreaker as I have been using this method for many years now. However, if anyonce can suggest a way of avoiding the adjustments for each flight, I would be very greatfull.

One aother thing, is that I quite often swap from my IFly737 to my IFly 747 and this currently involves going into settings to set up my two throttle quadrants. With the 737, I configure the first quadrant to Speed brake/Mixture/throttle 1 the second quadrant is Throttle2/mixture/Flaps. For the 747, I configure quadrant 1 to Speedbrake/throttle1/throttle2 and the second to throttle3/throttle4/Flaps. Again, this procedure is done with each change of aircraft. Fortunately, I don't fly many single engine aircraft nor do I do so on any sort of a regular basis. Is there a way to save these individual set ups as a profile. I have done no research into Peter Dawsons FSUIPC but I do have a registered and paid for version of that programme. 

So Guys and Girls, if anyone can help me out here I would be transformed into an even happier little Vegemite.

Again, Seasons Greetings to all who celebrate this Festive Season.

Thanks and regards to all

Tony

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Sounds complicated. The art of multimonitoring is completely beyond me!

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For setting up the quadrants I would use FSUIPC. Set them up as aircraft specific..... you will wonder what you did before FSUIPC.   

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Which is even better than the suggestion I was going to make, of keeping two copies of fs9.cfg

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Edetroit,

I think that is probably the best way to go and shall make this attempt today. Please be prepared for more questions LOL. Thank you.

Dave Morgan,

Keeping a copy of  ALL my . configs has always been a policy of mine.  However, I am somewhat intrigued by the concept of separate .configs for each set of controls. Just as a matter of interest, would you keep both copies in the appdata/roaming/microsoft/FS9 folder or just copy and paste each individually as required? This is something I would never have given a thought to. Again, Thank you too.

Having sorted that out (I hope) has anyone a thought about keeping a set (or three) VC cockpit displays.

I thought that maybe getting a programme like active camera which is now defunct I believe, setting up a view, assigning it to a shortcut key and saving it would be the way to go. I do NOT know what I am talking about here as I have never used a camera programme, so all of what I am saying is assumption. If however, this is viable with a camera programme, can these saved screens be saved and undocked at any time.  So I guess I am reduced to buying a camera programme to "suck it and see" and this therefore leads to my nexxt question. What programmes, if any,  are available, either freeware or payware, and where do I buy or download?

Sascha,

Multi monitoring is actually incredibly easy. The biggest and largely insurmountable problem, is performance (for any platform other than FS9, and cost, of course. I believe that all you need is a mother board that will take three, or more, GPUs,  Minimum CPU i7 2600k, the requisite number of GPUs. (I connect a maximum of three screens to each GPU) External views require the big guns in this scenerio, whilst instrument panels which are largely static, can easily get by with a GPU with only 512mb memory. Obviously better GPUs will give you better performance. A thing to bear in mind though, is that currently, at least to my knowledge, this configuration is only viable with FS2004 due to performance parameters.

I do not know if this is factual or not, but I have found that 32GB of RAM is better than 16 however, I do not know why. It may well be imagination.

Then you need the Monitors. I think there is little perceivable difference between LED TVs and Monitors, particularly with FS2004. The biggest single difference is price. Import... I am speaking of 1080p displays and have no knowledge of the impact with 2,4 or more K displays. I can only imagine that they will have a bigger impact on performance.

If I can sort out these last two problems satisfactorily, the only thing which I can conceivably imagine, would  contribute further to "immersion" would be touch screens all round except for the two right and left views, or, something like the Jetmax cockpit full sized ie left and right pilot positions. Very, Very expensive and well out of my Aged Pensioner budget. I guess VR is an alternative and at this time, I have not even seen a VR headset, let alone gone through the experience.

Cheers everyone and have a great Christmas and New year.

Tony

 

 

 

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Hi Tony.

I keep them all in the ..\Roaming\..\FS9\ folder, naming them for example, 'fs9 4 engine turboprop saitek.cfg' or 'fs9 single prop with joystick.cfg' and rename them when I need one or the other. I do the same with FSUIPC.ini in the ..\Modules\ folder, though that's just because I'm too lazy to experiment with setting up different profiles... I have shortcuts to the two folders on my desktop, to the disgust of several friends who believe the desktop should be empty 😊.

 

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Dave,

I created a desktop folder and name it FS9 configs. In that folder I created two new ones called FS9.2 and one called fs9.4.the Quality Wings BAe-146 (my Chrissie present) and am having fun setting that up and learning the procedures.

Looks great so far but will be a while before I get her into the air.

Edetroit. 

I have not yet given up on FSUIPC. I think the FSUIPC route will be the way to go but I want to geet my 146 into the air before I do any work on that programme despite me saying I would do it yesterday. It is strange how Christmas presents get in the way of real work eh?

Merry Xmas everybody and thank you all so much for all the advice give throughout the year. 

Regards

Tony

 

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