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Is there any easy way to use the FS2004 planes and scenery in FSX? Can they be aliased somehow? What about the gauges? Can we just copy the whole FS2004 Gauges folder into the FSX Gauges folder? Thanks, regards, BobF.

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Im getting some small airport scenery to work fine in FSX.CYQM CYFC and testing more (CYSJ CYHZ)UT Canada works a bit but having unsightly elevation variation problems around some rivers, and double beach lines BUT not having any good luck with aircraft.allen

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Hi. Thanks. The A/C are a little tricky with the panel gauges, effects, etc. So far the one that I imported works OK (Carendo T-34). I don't know whether to just copy all of the FS9 gauges and effects into FSX or not. Regards, BobF.

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>Hi. Thanks. The A/C are a little tricky with the panel>gauges, effects, etc. So far the one that I imported works OK>(Carendo T-34). I don't know whether to just copy all of the>FS9 gauges and effects into FSX or not. Regards, BobF.Bob, that would be a "Very Bad Idea", since there are quite likely many "FS98" style gauges in your current FS9 gauges folder that simply won't work to begin with, and will simply clog up your new FSX gauges folder with useless garbage... ;)The best approach is slow and cautioUs, testing each aircraft after import...

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The easiest way to check an FS9 aircraft in FSX is to create a temporary folder, copy the aircraft to this folder then copy all it's gauges to its panel folder. Add a new entry in the FSX.CFG [Main] section something like:SimObjectPaths.6=N:FS9Aircraftwhere the number after the dot is the next one in sequence.George

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Hi George. I assume the folder has to be in the FSX SimObjects folder and that the "N" represents the name of the folder. Is this correct? Can the one folder contain helos and aircraft? Thanks and best regards, Bob.

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No Bob, the folder can be anywhere, in my case it is on another drive: Directory of N:FS9Aircraft07/10/2006 15:31

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I read microsoft realease and it is stated in there that fsx is backward compatible to fs9. If that is true how come there is a problem with fs9 gauges? I have installed about 3 planes but I get either no gauges or 50 percent. It appears that fsx can't read the gauge files. That, to me is not backward compatible.

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The aircraft you're trying to import probably uses some gauges that were originally programmed for FS98. Since they worked up til and including FS9, no one saw the need to upgrade them. An excellent resource for FSX would be a list of aircraft/panels that used only guages that are compatible with FSX.

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Hi George. Does this slow down FSX when the aircraft and gauges are somewhere else, even possibly on another drive? Is this faster or better than just copying all the A/C and gauges from FS9 into FSX? I have lots of planes and gauges I'd like in FSX. Doing this one at a time will take forever, especially figuring out which gauges I need to transfer. Any thoughts? Thanks and best regards, Bob.

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Hi Jon. Thanks for the reply. That's an excellent idea. I wish there was a list. Maybe Avsim will setup such a topic thread. Regards, BobF.

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Oops again, that is 3 times I've tried to post.George

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Hi Bob,I'm currently writing a program to identify FS9 aircraft which use FS98 type gauges. Unfortunately, no one can tell me how to identify such gauges by inspecting the gau files so it uses the panel.cfg to find any entries which have/don't have a '!' in the gauge'nn' lines (this isn't always sufficient).I can't see how anyone can produce a list of compatible/incompatible aircraft since each user will have a subset of all of the available aircraft.Having aircraft on a separate drive could increase the efficiency of FSX depending on whether other files on the drive are being accessed. I have always considered FS9 to be too restrictive in requiring that all aircraft should be in a fixed folder.George

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Hi. George. I'd like the program when it's done, and I'm sure others would too. It would help a lot to find the gauges easier than having to go through all the panel.cfg's. Best regards, BobF.

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Then you are saying that the gauges can't be made usable, right? If you look in the gauge file fs9 most of the gauges are fs98. They are called gauge files. The ones that are called cabinet files ARE compatible (at least the ones I tried were). Seems like there should be a way to convert the others to cabinet files. But, I am not computer savvy enought to know.

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>> If you look in the gauge file fs9 most of the gauges>> are fs98. They are called gauge files.Sorry Don, that isn't correct. All .gau files are not FS98 type, see for example A340.gau.George

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H George. I made a folder on one of my other drives with all of the FS9 planes.I added the change in the fsx.cfg to point to it. Now all I have to do is to figure out how to rename all of the titles that are similar! I have numerous planes with the same titles, per FSX, and get a lot of error statements. If you are good at programming how about a program that will easily rename all of the similar titles? I have yet to add all of the gauges. This will be a slow process. Thanks, best regards, BobF.

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>Then you are saying that the gauges can't be made usable,>right? If you look in the gauge file fs9 most of the gauges>are fs98. They are called gauge files. The ones that are>called cabinet files ARE compatible. As George pointed out, that is incorrect.FS98 style gauges are first of all "single gauges." FS2k & beyond are all "multi-gauges," (or at least are compiled with the multi-gauge header!) meaning that one .gau file will contain ALL of the individual gauges used on a panel. Not only are they easier to program, they are simply a lot more efficient because they can all "talk to each other" without comsuming memory resources to set up 100's of "shared variables..." ;)If a person wanted to write a program to determine whether a gauge is FS98, it's "simply" a matter of parsing the "Properties" section of the .gau file for the words "Flight Simulator 98 Module..." ;)

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I have been able to move scenery over to FSX all seems to be working except it appears we will need flatten or exclude bgl's to remove the default scenery.I have imported SimFlyers Las Vegas, and Phoenix airports everything is showing up plus the default FSX airports. I tried to add the exclude line from FS9 but no go.I also added Shing's Las Vegas 2006 scenery again all it working but the default Las Vegas strip scenery is showing up. Again I think an exclude bgl file will be needed.I have trid planes (IFDG Airbus A319 & 320's) work, I will be trying my AI this week.John

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Thanks Bill, that's exactly what I was looking for:F i l e D e s c r i p t i o n F l i g h t S i m u l a t o r 9 8 G a u g eGeorge

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many designers side stepped the fs9 fds shoe horning older gauges into fs9 (remember it was backward compatible too) the problem is the future! fs9 fds predicated this and advised against using these gauges. fsx will not allow these gauges and will give as many error messages as there are gauges at the very least back your orignal gauge file if you don't follow the opines in this thread gregg d

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I found out that AITM V2.0 is great for identifying similar names. You can use the aircraft editor to rename the titles. Now if there was some easy way to find all of the gauges it would be GREAT! Regards, BobF.

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I actually didn't think I was correct. It was just a shot in the dark. I appreciate all the input about this. I DID find one plane that works without doing anything except copy and paste. That is the piper j3 cub. All the gauges come with it.

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