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Well, it finally happened to me. I got my own Mountain Monster! Whilst out testing the Dash8 I came across this giant, living mountain. It's gone now, probably slid back into the water or something. It certainly WAS spectacular though. Over 10,000ft high!http://ftp.avsim.com/dcforum/User_files/6482.jpgI went down for a closer look...http://ftp.avsim.com/dcforum/User_files/6483.jpgI tried flying through 'The Valley of certain uncertainness' but the clouds blocked my view - I assume the Mountain Monster doesn't want you to see which seaside suburb it just ate...http://ftp.avsim.com/dcforum/User_files/6484.jpgAs you fly in towards it, the top opens up and these spiky things shoot out and start dancing around :-eek http://ftp.avsim.com/dcforum/User_files/6485.jpgThe band of clouds around it added that mysterious look but it was the moving, shaking bit that got me - sort of like a sea urchin moving it's spines - scary stuff...http://ftp.avsim.com/dcforum/User_files/6486.jpgAnyway, at least we know it doesn't eat aircraft...Toooooooooooooooooo much fun :-lolJon Point*************************(effyouthree@hotmail.com)*************************

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Jon,The screenshots are not being displayed on my monitor. I only have five little boxes with red crosses in them. Is anyone else experiencing this ?Chris Low,ENGLAND.

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Chris Low.You are not alone. I see only 5 boxes with red crosses in them as well.Maybe a wrong path to the files or??See U around :)Chris

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Yep, boxes with red crosses.Thats all I get too.And I realy want to see what this is all about too.glidernut:-eek

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Same Here!!!USUALLY, those big "X's" represent abandoned runways... :-hah I guess I am going to have to tell the power Company to hold on to their bill so I can get some Euro flight time in! Fly First...Play Later...--Noel

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Han on, let me get this strate.Jon Point,s snaps were posted rong, so Allan puts em right, right?Well how can Allan do that when thay arent his snaps?Oh no dont explane, Its bound to be too complicated, Im sory I asked.Has Jon Point been feeding his CD-ROM with LSD tablets agen?Or is it the Dash8 fumes?Ither way its a pity we carnt do this to order, it would make a grate (Jack and the been-stork) chalange.As for Allans sergestyon that I should hav cum up with em,Well I would hav if I could hav but I couldent so I didnt.I bet you wish you could spoke proper good inglish like what I do?glidernut.

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Hi John,It's not complicated, All you have to do is right click on the Red X then left click on properties and read the picture address like thishttp://forums.avsim.com/user_files/6594.jpgThen you can change the address like I did in front of the Jpeg number and repost it. To do this I have a folder on my desk, You can see in the bottom left side, shortcut to pics. Inside of that I keep my picture adress from notepad, You just have to hold the left mouse down and wipe that to highlight like this. http://forums.avsim.com/user_files/6597.jpgThen just copy, paste into your messege body, After you upload, cut paste the jpeg file number from the box to the end of the address, Don't close the upload utility box, Minimize it so you can bring it open again. Repeat up to the 5 pictures, preview first, then post. I bet you wish you could spoke proper good inglish like what I do? :-lolI've always been able to understand what your saying, Your better at English then I could ever hope to be with your native languge.Have a good dayHave Fun :-newburnAllan and Puppyhttp://avsim.com/hangar/air/bfu/logo70.gif

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Howdy Allan!I haven't been doing any flightsimming for quite some time now, just put it on the back burner for awhile. But I'm not doing that much racing, either. Or any gaming, actually. What I spend most of my time doing is trying to fix this &%$#&*% computer!Some weeks ago Norton SystemWorks did a "Speed Disk" routine (their version of a defrag), and it messed up my system so bad that I had to reinstall Windows. That process upgraded me from versions 5.5 of MSIE and Outlook Express to versions 6.0. Now that worked out okay, BUT... OE occasionally eats my mail, after I smack ENTER twice to end a paragraph and skip a line. I try to CTRL-S save to DRAFTS before I touch ENTER, but the one time I forget to do that, WHAM!, it's gone. I get a "This program has performed an illegal error", etc. And there's other problems... the system likes to pause for about a half a minute once in awhile, no idea why. I'm coming to the conclusion that what this system needs is a complete reformat of C drive, and I really don't feel like doing that.I thought this was all supposed to be fun! :-)[table][tr][td valign=top]http://www.avsim.com/other/usaribbon.gif[/td][td valign=center]Bob "FlyBert" StilesAVSIM Moderator[/b][/td][/tr][/table]"Don't stall on me, I have to soar!"~Richard Harvey, 1/21/2003

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Hi Bob,Sounds like you have to reset these inner settings :-lolhttp://forums.avsim.com/user_files/6613.jpgActually I have some silly things going on with my computer also. For some reason it has lost it's direct x several times in the last few months, I have to reload the OS and then update the Direct x each time, After I do that my FS game doesn't reconize the direct x so I have to reload that to make it work again? Oh well I guess that's part of this computer fun.Take care of yourself Have Fun :-newburnAllan and Puppyhttp://avsim.com/hangar/air/bfu/logo70.gif

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Hi Jon,There is a bug in one of your elevation tile inthe geotiles.tag file. Had such mountains durin development of the elevation tools. :-) :-wave agtim

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Ah well, nothin' like a bit of education ;)Yes, I had the wrong script line. I DO have the right one but after being away for a week plumb forgot about it and used the old one :-grrJohn, it was certainly a surprise for me! I have only seen Henri's posted shots before. In over 3 years of using this sim (well, not much before I got a decent PC - and found Avsim) I'd never seen cloud faces either, still haven't!I flew around it for ages, trying to analyse the bugger. I knew I'd never see it again (once in 3 years...) so I explored it as much as possible. Here's what I found:- It's BIG - 10kft high!- It 'texture only' - you can fly right through it.- It has some relation to clouds!!?! When flying near it, the cloud cover expands to fill the whole sim. I didn't post any of those shots (because they're all white) but, no matter how far you pan away from the aircraft in F5 or F8 (or even F10), it's all white. Once you leave the other side, the clouds recede back to what you see here!- There was severe turbulence when close to it but in the middle it was calm.- It moves as you move - like the eyes in the painting on the wall, if you keep a constant distance from it whilst circling, every now and then it redraws itself, as though it's turning around to face you!- As you near it, the top opens up and (just before the clouds roll in), the spiky bits start thrashing back and forth.I know it's not much to go on but I think the true culprit is the weather system cutting up the graphics. Considering the winds and turbulence, it seemed a bit like a small, intense low pressure system. My weather settings at the time were for light winds, medium clouds with a cool, wet front approaching 50mi away.It crashed when I switched to cockpit view. I hit F3, the aircraft disappeared, so did the monster and I was left hanging at 4kft (banked 30 degrees to left) with the sound of wind rushing around me. I'm laying off the late night pizza snacks 'coz I don't want nightmares about this one :-lolBi th weigh Jon, yor ingleesh is fyne bi mee. Iy fynd et cwite intetayneng two rite lyke thes sumtymes. Et dryvs migh dorter crayzee to. Thanx fo dooeng yo bit two mayk ingleesh langwayj intristing - wee knead moor ev et :-beerchugJon Poynt*************************(effyouthree@hotmail.com)*************************

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Allan,Oh sure, I've messed with those settings quite a bit. ;-)Since you're having trouble too, keep an eye out for this one:http://forums.avsim.com/user_files/6629.jpgOr, if things get really bad, this one:http://forums.avsim.com/user_files/6632.jpgHaving fun, one way or another, :-)[table][tr][td valign=top]http://www.avsim.com/other/usaribbon.gif[/td][td valign=center]Bob "FlyBert" StilesAVSIM Moderator[/b][/td][/tr][/table]"Don't stall on me, I have to soar!"~Richard Harvey, 1/21/2003

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Bob,Since you reinstalled Window$ and still have the problem, it COULD be a bad HD but Norton should have told you that. Try running 'chkdsk.exe' and see if it runs OK and that it reports the correct data. A size that's too big or small is an instant indicator that your HD is flaky. Another thing which has always been a last resort but now I use it with a lot of 'rogue' systems is memory testing. No, Windows cannot do it at all (don't believe the hype) but I found a little prog that does it well. Using this prog I have found a total of 5 faulty SIMMs, one was in a new PC we had just bought. The distributor was so impressed (and embarassed) they started using it too and found 10-15% of their new stock had faults in it. This then exposed their supplier who had been buying reject stock!Please find attached one file :-)Jon Point*************************(effyouthree@hotmail.com)*************************

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Hi Jon,Cloud faces? I just set up some clouds and go for a flight, There usually there, High allitudes use the Beech jet for your flight, You should see themhttp://forums.avsim.com/user_files/6640.jpgI was told these are faces of some of the developers of FU3http://forums.avsim.com/user_files/6641.jpgIf you get to close they'll blow you away :-lolhttp://forums.avsim.com/user_files/6643.jpgHave a nice day and have Fun :-newburnAllan and Puppyhttp://avsim.com/hangar/air/bfu/logo70.gif

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Thanks for that file, Jon.It's not a 5-second test, is it? :-)CHKDSK tells me to run SCANDISK.After the disaster with Speed Disk, I'm afraid to run anything but Solitaire! :-lol[table][tr][td valign=top]http://www.avsim.com/other/usaribbon.gif[/td][td valign=center]Bob "FlyBert" StilesAVSIM Moderator[/b][/td][/tr][/table]"Don't stall on me, I have to soar!"~Richard Harvey, 1/21/2003

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I almost posted that one too, Allan! :-lol[table][tr][td valign=top]http://www.avsim.com/other/usaribbon.gif[/td][td valign=center]Bob "FlyBert" StilesAVSIM Moderator[/b][/td][/tr][/table]"Don't stall on me, I have to soar!"~Richard Harvey, 1/21/2003

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Bob,"CHKDSK tells me to run SCANDISK."Is that the 'You should run Scandisk because it can find and fix more etc...' or did chkdsk.exe fail to run? The reason I suggested it is simple. Chkdsk.exe doesn't alter anything on the disk and simply checks to make sure that directory and file structures are OK. If it doesn't run at all, you have a HD problem. Scandisk CAN fix the 'fixable' ones. Running 'Disk Doctor' (or whatever the current Norton equivalent is) to mark bad sectors and 'recover' lost space is kinda like using painter's tape over the rust holes in your RV - the problem isn't fixed and will get much worse. Unlike RVs, HDs can't be welded-up and repainted :-lolIgnoring viruses (and I've found it good not to be paranoid about this - many people have wasted perfectly good installations that could have been recovered easily), 99% of the time it's a crook HD. Norton is only ~slightly better at some things than the basic tools but face it - if the most basic tool you have (chkdsk.exe) falls over then it's probably safe to assume a drive problem. I suggested the memory checker because I have had what seemed like drive problems that were actually caused by bad memory - the hard way (bought a new HD then had the same problem). HDs are so cheap these days it may pay to buy a new one and, while you still can, migrate what you have over to it (but do a fresh Windows install on it first). Besides, you need heaps of space for all the new goodies ;) Jon Point*************************(effyouthree@hotmail.com)*************************

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Andre,Huh? Have I corrupted it or something? I've flown the same area a few times since without seeing anything. In fact, I've made a point of it.Too weird!Jon Point*************************(effyouthree@hotmail.com)*************************

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Fly it again tonight after 7:28 pm. I am sending soothing psi waves by ether and it will be OK by then.(that's what I tell students before exams too).

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Jon,Yes, it's the 'You should run Scandisk because it can find and fix more etc...' I'll try running CHKDSK and that memory test application here soon. I'd really like to find out what's up with this system.>Unlike RVs, HDs can't be welded-up and repainted :-lolNo? Aw rats. :-lol>HDs are so cheap these days it may pay to buy a new one and, while>you still can, migrate what you have over to it (but do a>fresh Windows install on it first). >>Besides, you need heaps of space for all the new goodies ;)What I have in mind (and will indeed create heaps of space) is buying a mobile rack or two (so I can easily swap hard drives with little more than a power cycling), along with a couple of spare drawers, and set up a new drive with (probably) Win2000, and maybe even another with WinXP. Use whatever OS is best for the given app or game, and eventually do a complete reformat on the existing drive (assuming it's good... it is only a year old)(which means nothing, I know) and reinstall stuff that wants an old OS, and even DOS games, if desired. Hard drives are affordable, and the racks aren't much at all... under $20USD, with extra drawers about $10. Heck, might as well have a variety of Operating Systems, each on its own drive, hm? :-)[table][tr][td valign=top]http://www.avsim.com/other/usaribbon.gif[/td][td valign=center]Bob "FlyBert" StilesAVSIM Moderator[/b][/td][/tr][/table]"Don't stall on me, I have to soar!"~Richard Harvey, 1/21/2003

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Rob,"Fly it again tonight after 7:28 pm. I am sending soothing psi waves by ether and it will be OK by then."OK? I flew to the same spot and the sim locked up. Wrong waves again, huh? I think you sent some student waves which were intended to stop me playing games and go back to studying :-lolWell, it didn't work - I played with the flight model till 10 - so there!Man, she's tight now. Just gotta get that cockpit into shape and we're away. I also spent some time last night doing new instrument surrounds - it's about time we stopped recycling the Beechjet/Baron ones :-hahHave a great weekend!Jon Point*************************(effyouthree@hotmail.com)*************************

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