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  1. Ok Lee! I will check as soon as possible, tomorrow (Thu Jan 11) or Fri. These are my very first attempts at painting and, after having managed that, I am obviously struggling with the upload. I apologize. I'll try to fix it soon and advise here. thanks for letting me know. regards, Roberto
  2. Hello to all! Happy New Year! Avast, "out of the blue", started to block simserver from working. With Mark's assistance, I thought that I had resolved the issue, but unfortunately, it is now apparent that I haven't. I have read the previous thread on this issue and I have tried the suggestion to exclude simserver from "Behavior Shield" by pointing to the folder where simserver resides (C;\.......\Simserver\* ) without any luck. I have also tried to exclude simserver from the "global" exclusions (Settings->General->Exclusions of Avast) by pointing this folder, but again, without any luck. I am obviously doing something wrong, but I haven't been able to figure out what. I am able to use simserver without any problems, if I disable the Firewall of Avast. My system is Windows 7 Pro. My latest update of Avast (Version 17.9.2322 - Build 17.9.3761.0). Prepar3D v4.1 Before I get fully frustrated with Avast and look for something else to protect my computer, I thought I would get some advice from those who seem to have resolved a similar issue. Any advice will be greatly appreciated. With regards, Roberto
  3. Happy New Year to everybody. 2018 will certainly be another exciting year for those, like us, who like air simulation. And all of you at PMDG, keep the good work and surprises coming! It was so cold in Toronto last night (by our standards, -23C with wind chill factor of -30C is quite cold for this time of the year), that we decided to celebrate with Halifax, at midnight their time, 11PM our time ("It's New Year's Eve somewhere in the world") and we were neatly tucked in bed by our midnight. Roberto
  4. Hello to all: For those of you, who have had gray/white hair for as long as I have, here are two DC-6B's that used to connect Miami with South America in the late 50's, before they were replaced by their respective DC-7C's. I remember having to put on a shirt and tie, just to go to the airport to pick up somebody!! Happy New Year to all!! Roberto
  5. Thank you Dan! I'll check that link. I am just "brushing up" on the "creating a .ptp" part. Many regards, Roberto
  6. Hello to all: I was, unfortunately, unable to convince the excellent painters of liveries for PMDG airplanes, to paint one for a Lloyd Aereo Boliviano DC-6, that used to fly between the many high altitude airports in Bolivia and South America in the late 60's and early 70's. So, what's a guy to do? Obviously, ask for help from his good friends Google and Youtube for tutorials on painting liveries! After binging during 5-6 days of that, here are the final results, in my P3Dv4.1. Landing on RWY 10 of SLLP, 13,300 ft ASL. I also tried one that adds an extra window at the very end of the passenger cabin, as these airplanes had (they were bought from AA). Because I can't make that window transparent (apparently only PMDG can do that), the only way I could do it, is to close it permanenetly with a "curtain", as advised by Leen de Jager, moderator of the AVSIM Painters forum . I would love to post it on AVSIM, but, as this is my first (and likely last) paint, so I still have to refer to PMDG's instructions, Google and Youtube again, to learn how to do that. In the meantime, to all, a happy Christmas, great holidays and a wonderful New Year! Roberto
  7. Thank you for this great reply! Unfortunately, it is what "I was afraid of". Maybe I can convince PMDG to consider the different window pattern, as it was common with several airlines. Curtains closing the window!! Brilliant! I can do that! Thank you and, again, a very happy holiday and an even happier new year. Roberto
  8. Hello to all: I have painted (my very first one!) a new livery for the PMDG DC-6 in Lloyd Aereo Boliviano (LAB) colors. LAB's DC-6s, had an extra window at the very rear of the fuselage and I am trying to replicate that. I have copied (on a separate layer) one window from the "Window" layer of the original PMDG paint-kit, and placed it in its right location. It looks fantastic in Photoshop. However, when I start the sim (P3Dv4.1), the copied window is not transparent as all the original ones and remains a darker color. I am not versed in Photoshop (I spent a week watching and following you tube tutorials to manage this paint!), but I assume it has something to do with the Alpha channel? (The channel for the new window layer, looks the same as that for the original WINDOWS layer). Any advice on how to achieve the window transparency will be greatly appreciated!! In the meantime, I am thoroughly enjoying the "one-less-window" paint of the LAB DC-6B. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a very good New Year to all! Roberto
  9. And here I was simply going to post my thanks to Alan for the BIIS tip, as I had tried a flight in the DC-6 and had a lot of fun. But, here I find a trove of information on a C-47/DC-3 by Manfred Jahn that works in P3D v4.1!! Like many of you, I also enjoy a "low-and-slow-road-to-railway-vor-to-vor" flight every so often. This airplane will add to my piston fleet and its entertainment. Thank you all for the tips and, thank you Kyle and PMDG for allowing this post to continue. Roberto
  10. Finally! What a refreshing post, John. Thank you! Roberto
  11. Hello Andreas! Lloyd Aereo Boliviano (LAB) used to fly DC-6's regularly from La Paz, Bolivia (SLLP). The airport there (used to be called El Alto) is located at 13,300 ft (4000 m) ASL. Try that airport at some point. You have to be extremely careful with the take off weight, otherwise, it is impossible to start a climb. A good read of the turbo chargers section of the manuals is a good idea. You can fly to Cochabamba (SLCB) which was the technical base of LAB and is located at 8300 ft ASL, or to Sucre (SLSU) 9500 ft ASL, or Tarija (SLTJ) at 6100 ft. ASL (SLSU is now closed and Alcantari SLAL has replaced it, but still fun to try). Each flight is over or across the Andes mountains with great views along the way. Enjoy! Roberto
  12. Thank you Kevin, again. I just noticed the "Caution Lights won't extinguish" post, a few above, that seems to be the same issue. From that post's response by Chris Markis, it appears that PMDG is aware of this issue, and I therefore I know that in time, we will have a solution. Thank you for following up and setting me straight. Regards, Roberto
  13. Hello Kevin and Matt: Thank you for your responses. I did what every computer savvy person does. I turned everything off (simulator and the computer), counted to 120 and turned everything on again. This time, there were no messages in the EICAS, however, the CAUTION yellow warning annunciator on the glareshield, remains lit, and pressing it will not turn it off. RECALL does not bring anything up, all overhead lights are off, no yellow/amber lights lit, anywhere where I can possibly see. From the "left seat" perspective, it looks ready and happy to go flying. Interestingly enough, I have now noticed that this only happens in one livery of the 747 that I have. It is the one I fly regularly, so this is truly a cunundrum, as it never showed up until two days ago. I have re-started the comnputer/simulator and selected two other 747's, and this issue did not appear. Matt, I usually just select and load the 747 and then, immediately, select the "SHORT 744" (ready to start) option in the STATE LOAD. I'll keep reporting on any progress as I try to discover what is the issue. Many regards, Roberto
  14. Hello Juergen: yesterday I flew the 747 (P3Dv4.1) after a few weeks of playing with the DC-6, and I encountered the same problem. however, I had two immediate messages in the EICAS. One was the "NO LAND 3" you experienced, and the other one was "FMC MESSAGE" when there was no notification in the FMC. the warning yellow light was on and I wasn't able to cancel them either at any stage of the flight. i will wait for suggestions on what might be happening. Because it is quite a few weeks, I am not sure if there was an update since I last opened this airplane. regards, Roberto
  15. Hello Glen! Give the, for sure!, coming solution a bit of time. To give you some comfort, I want to tell you that my high school has already closed down (true story!) and I am kranky even when I am happy! You have overcome the most difficult part of our hobby, to convince your wife to spend all that money! And if she is as upset as you are at your frustration, then she is fully in your court! Well done! i have every airplane PMDG has developed. I moved from FSX to P3d (briefly also owned X-Plane for the DC-6) and lately to P3dv4.1. And all that on a system that is "poorer" than yours (i5, GeForce 780, etc) So, it is simply a small "watchamacallit computer gremlin" that is giving you grief. As many have said, keep posting all the possible details of your system here, open a ticket with PMDG and, I promise, the problem will be fixed. It will be worthwhile. Oh! And sign your name in every post. There is a moderator of this forum, who roams the forum hallways at night, with a strap in his hand, and your wrists hurt for a week when he catches you!! All the best and good luck! Roberto (in Canada)