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  1. I was curious if anyone tried the flight at home ? The movie was great and indicated there was some question if the plane could have made the runways... just curious if anyone had duplicated the scenario.
  2. I assume this issue has been investigated on a 'clean' fsx ? ie. no add-ons or mods except the plane itself ? It sure looks to me like something else is the cause of this and the loss of click spots is a symptom of something else.
  3. Not to forget, RealAir has superb customer support... I made a purchase mistake and they made it good even though it was My Bad!!! Nothing but KUDOS all around for these guys..
  4. I found myself with a 60 Gig SSD drive unused so I searched for ' How to ' move FSX to different drive with many varied methods from: just copy FSX folder to new drive and change all registry keys to point to the new drive / folder .. to: FSX is like a virus when it installs... you are best to uninstall and reinstall to the new drive .... These are all in my humble opion nothing more than hogwash .... Here is how I did it with minimal effort... Firstly... you can muck up your FSX if you don't understand the basics of files and folders of your computer system... you have been warned.. I run my system with UAC turned off so if you have it turned on be prepared to click a bunch more permissions buttons and such. Now you can do this in a simplified safe manner if you are really scared .. so I will give you this method with notes for the non super safe method. 1 - Create a copy of your existing FSX install path on your new drive... Open explorer on your G: drive and select New Folder and name it Program Files (x86), select that folder and under it create another new folder and name it Microsoft Games .... Example: Current path for FSX : for x64 bit windows 7 C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games for x32 bit windows 7 ( I am guessing at this because I have a 64 bit OS ) C:\Program Files\Microsoft Games So at this time you should have something like this ( assume your new drive is g: ) where the g: is whatever your new drive letter is. (D, E, F...) C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games G:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games 2. Copy your FSX folder to your new location ( All files and folders in your FSX folder HAVE to be copied....) Open Explorer and select your FSX folder.. ( mine was Microsoft Flight Simulator X ) and copy it to your new drive.. ( mine was G:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games ) *** Non Super Safe Method **** Move your current FSX folder to your new drive .. Open Explorer , select your FSX folder and ' cut ' then go to your new drive and select Paste So at this time you should have something like this ( assume your new drive is g: ) where the g: is whatever your new drive letter is. (D, E, F...) C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\Microsoft Flight Simulator X G:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\Microsoft Flight Simulator X *** Non Super Safe Method**** C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games G:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\Microsoft Flight Simulator X 3. If you copied your FSX folder ... rename it to something else on your original drive: Change : C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\Microsoft Flight Simulator X to C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\OLD Microsoft Flight Simulator X C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\OLD Microsoft Flight Simulator X All we are doing here is to make sure the original Microsoft Flight Simulator X folder does not exist on your original drive. Now for the fun part : Open a cmd or command prompt as administrator.. select your start button and type cmd in the search bar... right-click on the cmd.exe and select run as administrator This will open a box with some text and something like C:\Windows\system32> and a blinking cursor in it.. Note ** substitute your paths for mine ** Are we clear so far ? good Enter the command mklink /d "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\Microsoft Flight Simulator X" "G:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\Microsoft Flight Simulator X" The switch /d indicates that we are linking folders (directories). If your folder name has spaces, you have to enclose the path name in quotes. If a link is successfully made, the command line will show a message “symbolic link created for ExistingName <<===>> G:\NewName”. You should now be able to run FSX just like before, except all your actual files will be located on your new drive. If you copied your FSX folder you no longer need your C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\OLD Microsoft Flight Simulator X folder.. but you can keep it if you want as a backup... it is your choice .. From now on anytime you reference c:\program files (x86)\Microsfot Games\Microsoft Flight Simulator X on your computer... you are actually pointing to your new drive install.... so always indicate when questioned ( for FSX install location ) your original C:\Program Files... path ..
  5. I have read the license agreements and am still confused.Can conversions of the c header files to other languages be posted or distributed?If so does anyone have any header files converted to PowerBasic ?
  6. Right click on you MyComputer icon and left click on manage.You should see an EventLog option.Read the system log and the application log if your disk is failing you should see disk errors.
  7. Drive Snapshot.. fast, doesn't have an install, just an executable. The only way to backup.
  8. Is there a magic number for planning a flight where your altitude is lowered vs the distance your destination is?If I select IFR and Jet Airways do I have to have a destination that is far enough away from the departure location to get an altitude of say 14K ?If I use Copilot Pro to plan a flight that is 80-90 miles from departure I always get an altitude of 4000 ft even if I select Jet Airways.
  9. Drive cloning or imageing is basically using a program to read only the sectors of a hard drive that contain data and copying this data into an file or series of files to any other device that the program can write to. It doesn't matter where you copy the data files, as long as you can get to them.The hardest part is being able to boot your system from a CD so your imageing program can get full access to the drive.I use Drive Snapshot because I like programs that just run and don't require an install.As long as your spare drive has enough space on it, you should not have any issues.
  10. Then run the simconnect.msi. Unless you have some squirrely protection system on your PC you shouldn't need much else.Does the AI TRAFFIC.exe work ?
  11. Is this on your main FSX computer ?I assume its on your networked PC..Take a close look at your SimConnect.xml files and for setting up for the first time I generally set the IP addresses instead of the PC name.Did you run the Simconnect.msi installer?For testing there is a aitraffic.exe in your SDK samples folder for testing.Take it 1 step at a time and be sure to make sure the configurations are correct.. I took a couple of hours of headache because one section of my config file had a FALSE in it..... so slow and steady..The only really important thing is that the versions are the same. I don't think there is any real rocket science about this.
  12. Thanks for the info... I was most concerned if the memory would be doubled.. I'll take a look.
  13. I have a 325 Mb 8800 GTS card.. if I add another one for SLI would that equate to having 640 MB of video memory.. since each card is only drawing 1/2 the screen?Can I run 2 monitors in SLI mode ?
  14. I only noticed this today, I haven't seen it before.. but most of my flying is a night where the issue might not occur.I have an 8800GTS but it only has 326MB of memory and I find the cost prohibitive in upgrading... but that isn't out of the question.
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