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About brucek

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  1. Awesome Tony- I'm an ex-pat Kiwi (South Island = "mainland" ), thanks for doing this. I still get back every year to see my aging mother. Great country...
  2. Thanks Ian. Does your router set the ip address for the hub uplink? Thanks for the ideas.
  3. I am trying the networked view option for adding another monitor to my XP11. (I should add that I probably would have tried using two minors off the same GPU, if it wasn't for the fact that my main computer is a 2015 iMac and there is no separate graphics output to send to a second monitor). The "slave" machine has an fps of over 40, and it's a PC, and normally runs a second licensed copy of XP11 very well. But whenever I start up my iMac (master), the PC (correctly) changes location to where the master is. It's then that the slave machine is very jerky and erratic (although the fps is still showing 40+). Could this be a networking issue? Both machines are networked by WiFi through a router (Apple airport extreme), which also has 4 other computers, a printer attached wirelessly to it, plus an ethernet-connected Comcast internet modem. Would it make any sense to attach a stand-alone ethernet cable between the two computers- and if so (I do have one), would that require an ethernet hub? (goodness knows where I would find one of those these days ). Or maybe an ethernet router? Regarding the router, which I presume would lease an IP address to the computers, I assume I would need to disconnect the WiFi router fir at least the time that the ethernet router was connected? so many questions.... Thanks for any ideas / help. The networked view is working great other than the slave machine is almost unviewable due to the intense jerkiness. Note that the jerkiness only applies to movement, although with the master aircraft stationery, the networked view aircraft appears to randomly move around on the runway.
  4. I'm loving XP11, even with the fps issues that become extreme with clouds, etc. Two questions: 1. I have had two CTD's, and I clipped the contents of the log file to e-mail in both cases so I could look at what happened where I got the time to do so. The second was today, so I looked at the log fille to see what had caused this crash. I don't know the details of the log file at all, but I did see that everything is listed chronologically. The CTD is the last line- I've clipped the last 12 or so lines in the file below: 0:01:11.930 I/WIN: Opened window Settings 0:01:51.407 I/WIN: Opened window Settings 0:02:03.001 I/REN: Setting |HDR anti-aliasing set to 1. 0:02:17.285 I/WIN: Opened window Settings 0:02:25.358 I/REN: Setting |HDR anti-aliasing set to 2. 0:02:30.608 I/WIN: Opened window Settings 0:03:08.973 I/REN: Setting |HDR anti-aliasing set to 1. 0:03:48.971 D/ATC: p=2 (N02XP): Fly Heading: 196 --=={This application has crashed!}==-- I kind of expected some reference to why the XP11 had crashed. There were errors referenced earlier in the file, such as missing sounds, missing scenery areas, etc.which don't mean much to me. What I did note was that the two CTD's occurred at the same time in the flight, but at different airports (KSAN and KDCA). It's with the B737-800 as modifed by zibo at "the org", and both occurred as I set full thrust for take-off. I'm on an iMac, i7-2700K at 4GHz, 32GB RAM, GPU is R9 M295 with 4GB VRAM. Is there perhaps a guide to reading the log file so that I can disregard any errors that aren't fatal? Second question: 2. My iMac is theoretically capable of 5k. The default desktop resolution is 2560 X 1440. I'm running XP11 at full screen, and had initially set the res in the application to 2560 X 1440. I noticed that the next time I tried XP11 the monitor res said "Default monitor", which made sense. But since I've tried 1080p for better fps, which I set in the monitor res setting. Then, next time I open XP11, the monitor res in the application says again "default monitor". I know I'm in 1080p, as the monitor changes the res on the desktop now before launching XP11, and I know that the default res in the iMac is still 2560 X 1440. Maybe this a "Mac thing", but I thought I would bring it up- it's confusing. Thanks, Bruce.
  5. In the case where one instance of XP11 is on a Mac and the other on a PC, other than the .exe file (and wherever the activation key is stored), can I simply copy the rest of the files (aircraft, scenery, plugins, etc.) between the Mac and PC? (Much quicker than waiting for my Comcast internet download). Thanks, Bruce.
  6. I have seen this before and can confirm that deleting the preferences is a cure. You will need to re-set up XP though.
  7. Maybe we'll see the hasp key available after XP11 becomes fully released (beta phase over).
  8. It's interesting. Firstly, it's hard to compare with subjective terms such as "medium-high" settings. I have a 2014 iMac with a 4GHz i7 (2700K), with 32GB 1600 DDR3 RAM. So, no outstanding system, in fact very dated and somewhat historic by today's standards 😀 For a GPU I have an AMD R9-M295X with 4GB VRAM. Firstly it's AMD, secondly it's limited to 4GB VRAM, and thirdly it's an "M" chip (mobile version, considerably down-rated compared to it's fully-blown GPU card). And, fourthly, it gets throttled by high internal temps, which could occur often due to the useless cooling that Macs have. So, I'm surprised it runs XP11 at all. The system is advertised as 5k, although the highest I have run it is 4k. But in order to get good performance I run XP11 at 1080p. Reflections and clouds tank the fps, but I hear that from many others in this (pb3) uncompleted version of XP11. I run Visual FX on "High (HDR), Texture at "Maximum", AA at "2XSSAA+FXAA", Objects "High" and Reflections "Minimal". Time is noon, weather "clear" at KSAN with the stock B738. This is not wonderful performance, but when comparing to the OP's setting everything at the lowest level and still getting 20fps, something is going on here that defies logic? Comparing a geriatric iMac to a smoking CPU... I wish the OP the best of luck if we ever get a logical explanation to all of this. Bruce.
  9. Thanks guys- Murmur, what I am trying to do is to network another computer, so XP11 would be running on two seperate systems. I believe I need two licenses...
  10. I just wanted to check my assumption is correct in that networked views for XP11 require not only a separate computer, but also an separate copy (purchased separately) of XP11. My understanding of the digital download licensing is that it is for one computer only. I did correspond with LR regarding the "single computer" and the ability to migrate XP11 to another new-build computer in the future- this would work if done semi-permanently, but "switching back and forth between two computers would not work"- and I'm sure that the same licensed copy running concurrently- albeit from the same IP- would be a problem too. I have no problem purchasing another license if that's what is required. Thanks, Bruce.
  11. Hi Brian and _v_, I went and purchased the RedBird yoke and twin throttle, please see my very short review at AVSIM here: http://www.avsim.com/topic/500739-purchased-redbird-yoke-and-throttle-twin/?p=3538386 Just to add that I am one "happy camper".. Thanks, Bruce.
  12. I have had A CH Products yoke for 10+ years now, and a Saitek throttle quadrant for about 3 years. The yoke had become sloppy and increasingly hard to physically calibrate. The throttle produced different values for thrust / manifold pressure / prop speed and mixture for each of the two engines, even though the handles for each engine were physically centralized. Further, the controls were sloppy, with some having more tightness than others. So, I asked my "better half" for the Redbird yoke (YK1) and the twin throttle quadrant (TH2), for Christmas this year. Before requesting them I had established contact with the owner of the RedBird company, Todd Willinger, who offered excellent pre-sales advice. The product was advertised as being compatible with Windows and FSX- I use X-Plane 11 on a Mac. Todd felt confident that the product would work OK for me, but offered to talk to me should it not work- as good service as I could ever expect. I had noted that XP11 has a .txt file called "Known joysticks.txt" and "Known yokes.txt", and the Redbird products did not appear in either of these two files (the CH Products and Saitek devices did). So, it was with some trepidation that I installed both of these new devices (they are much larger, with large alloy boxes containing the mechanisms for both devices). I was pleasantly surprised when I plugged in the USB connections through a USB hub, started XP11 and found that the devices were correctly identified, and the available assignments for each were also correct. Calibration and assignment is easy in XP11, and everything worked. My biggest impressions are the following: 1. Excellent pre and after sales support. 2. Worked on a Mac and in XP11, and is correctly identified. 3. The physical movement of the yoke and the throttle quadrant levers feels just like the real Baron- the yoke and levers are even the correct sizes. Physical tension feels correct. 4. Amazingly, the throttle/ prop / mixture levers track perfectly- no more needing to compensate for the lack of control tracking. The yoke always seamlessly returns to the same exact position- no more needing to trim for the physical "floppiness" in the yoke mechanics. 5. The throttle quadrant comes with very realistic switches for flaps and gear, and well as a reocker switch for rudder trim. The yoke comes with a PTT switch plus auto-pilot disconnect/toggle, and a rocker switch for elevator trim. very nice! Feel free to reply here or PM me with any questions. Thanks, Bruce.
  13. Don't under-estimated the torque caused by P-factor in a single engine prop aircraft. My CFI many years ago showed me how significant this can be in a C172- he showed me stall entry and recovery, then had me do it without mentioning to me how to mitigate P-factor (right rudder). This was a "departure stall", so all amplifying the effect- slow speed, high angle of attack, high power. All done at altitude, of course. Because I didn't have right rudder applied, when we got to the stall we went into an incipient spin, which freaked me out big-time. My last recollection of just before the stall/spin was the sky moving in a circle in front of me. I will never forget this incident, and always watch right rudder. Sure, spin recovery is not required for the PPL, also not allowed, but this burned a memory into my brain like nothing else. We spun about one-half a turn before the CFI recovered.
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