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  1. Hi, Thanks for your kind replies. To be honest, I'm not sure about the "eyepoint" I don't use any camera addons. Essentially, because I'm in VC mode, I need to be able to see the cockpit in wide screen so to speak - so when the aircraft loads, I go to the FMS and select COLD & DARK - then I set the cockpit view to its widest view by zooming out (using just the "+" key on the top row) and then I re-arrange the cockpit by moving it across to the left, so I can see the ALT window and the CMD buttons (I hold down the SHIFT and the CTRL keys and then use BACKSPACE or ENTER to "move" the cockpit to the left (in the Captains seat). I then use the A key to cycle through the various panel areas that I'll need to use (IRS NAV buttons, top panel, the OVERHEAD panel, the RADIo/PEDESTAL panel, etc,) which I then use the "+" or "-" keys to re-size so I can see them clearly. From this point on, I can then use the "A" key to get to whatever panel I need to use or watch during my pre-flight and startup. Add to this, I usually then resize the outside views as well - for good outside views. As to the "eyepoint" I do not know exactly where that point is, so I don't know if I'm behind or in front of it. I have tried using the SPACEBAR to reset the view. But I then loose the bottom of the flight deck. And this does not re-establish the click spots. So I need a little more help to identify this point so I can try your fix. cheers, Lee
  2. Hi, I recently moved up from FS2004 to FSX-SE on a brand new Flying Computer from Chill blast, a company specialising in high level PCs here in the UK. Running Windows 10, 64-bit, latest update on an i7-7700k 4.2GHz CPU with 16GB RAM, a GeForce 1080ti 11GB graphics card. OS is on a 500GB SSD with FSX-SE on a separate 2TB 7200 HDD. I have owned the FS2004 versions of the 737NG (all variants) and the 747-400/400F and am a long time customer. The 737NGX is installed correctly, licenced and the Operations Centre functions fine and is up to date. The 737NGX is a wonderful aircraft and it has taken me some time to move up from flying on a 2-D panel to flying in VC but now I have mastered it. Problem is that I seem to intermittently "lose" all my click-spots in the VC from time to time! I have researched this a little and it seems I'm not the only one experiencing this anomaly. Sometimes it's all fine, other times I just cannot click anything in VC at all. Sometimes it sorts itself out and comes back. Mostly when it happens, it does not come back. I tried changing the views and the zoom levels. Mostly it does not work. Switching views worked one time, but today, I was flying from Gold Coast in Australia to Coolangatta in Cairns and I had to use the 2-D panel to descend and complete the landing. Then, parking on the stand, guess what? I could not shutdown the engines! The 2-D panel did not help because there is no throttle quad in the 2-D panel!! I tried using CTRL+SHIFT+F1 and I managed to shut down No.1 engine - but I could not shut down No.2! For 10 minutes I tried everything I could think of to shut it down. Using the "E" key to switch from No.1 to No.2 did not work. Neither did CTRL+E, CTRL+SHIFT+E or anything else. Cycling the views did not work and I could not pull the shutoff lever at all. My last effort was to shutoff the fuel pumps. No luck there either. In the end I had to exit the sim. This only seems to be an issue with the 737NGX. I have the 777-200LR and the 747 QOTS II and so far this has not happened with them. Most people seem to reload the sim and sort out the problem. Not really something I want to do during an ACARs monitored flight! So before I go to PMDG Support, i wanted to ask here if anyone had any ideas about how to solve this? Thank you for your time. Merry Christmas to you all! Regards, Lee James West Sussex UK
  3. Hi, I installed a new Airbus model into FS9 - as I have done so many times now - and all works fine. Except - that when I turn on the APU and then start the engines, I get this ...... And this .... The model is fine and the only change I have made is to "alias" the Eurowings Pro panel to the model and also a different Sound set. Note that I have done this many times and I have a number of Project Airbus models in different liveries, all safely installed and working and using the Eurowings Pro panel and various sound sets. I suspected the Aircraft.cfg file and found the Wake and Spray options enabled under the EFFECTS section. Disabling these made no difference - and they are also enabled in other PA models already installed! To try to troubleshoot this problem, I loaded a similar model A320 into the same parking position, at the same airport and gate and the same time and did a start up with no issues. I then loaded the problem aircraft and did the same thing - resulting in the spray coming out from the wheel area as shown. I did, however, successfully fly the jet from SCEL to SBGR with no issue - but with this spray continuing to come out until I shut down the engines. I cannot access the MDL file without and editor and I would not know how to spot any problems, Anyone have any ideas? Cheers, Lee
  4. Hi, I have a custom built computer system for MSFS (customised by the late great Mike Greenblatt of FS-GS) running FS9.1 (FS2004) on a Windows XP Pro SP3 based OS. I do hope to move to FSX-SE in the near future but not just yet. And I want to keep this system to fly until I have the new rig set up as I want it. My NVidia GeForce 8800 GTS 2GB Video card seems to be on the way out now. Textures draws are slow now and the screen occasionally "flashes" (only happens in FS, not in normal Windows environment use) and so I want to replace the card. Naturally, this video card is no longer available. Searching the Internet for used or nearly new cards, reveals many available but only the 512MB variety and usually only for the Apple Mac! I really want to keep as much of my settings as possible while installing another card, so I am asking for recommendations as to what card to buy to replace this one. My system is an Intel Pentium Dual Core E5400 CPU running at 2.73Ghz with 2GB of dual channel RAM. The motherboard is an ASUS P5KPL-SE which supports PCI-E. I have Flight Environment Pro and GE Pro installed as well as the complete Ultimate Terrain series (Alaska, USA, Canada and Europe). I use ActiveSky Evolution (the last version available for FS9) for my weather. I'm not certain exactly how the video card is set up and I'm concious of possible losing all my settings when I get a new card so I really want to minimise this - if I can. I'm also wondering if there is a faster CPU available out there that would fit my motherboard and just give FS2004 as little "boost" as it were. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you Lee James West Sussex UK
  5. Hi, Not sure if anyone checks this forum or not anymore but here goes with a question.... I still use Squawkbox with FS9 (FS2004) online with VATSIM, although I will be moving to FSX-SE later in 2016 - and hopefully P3D if the licencing options change to allow me to use it. There are still aircraft (and liveries) that are not available in the Squawkbox VIP model set. For example, the new 787 and the 747-8 cannot be set up under the option to ADD AIRCRAFT in SB because these jets came along after work stopped on developing SB further. I would like to try and see if I could add a 787 and a livery for it such that when I add the aircraft into SB and connect online, the aircraft can be "seen" in MultiPlayer mode by others connected online with me at the time. I appreciate that perhaps any resulting new model that gets done will need to be available for download by others so they can add it to their model set and thereby "see" my new aircraft. I was wondering if there was a tutorial or a method for creating this? Or even perhaps a way to use and existing model (say the current 777) and then adapt it so that it appears as a new model, that looks like a twin jet but is labelled as a 787 - again, so it can be seen. And how do I set a livery for it? There seems to be no documentation around to help me with this idea - so can anyone here point me to some help? I appreciate any comments you chaps can make that might help me to see if this is a viable idea. Thank you, Kind regards, Lee
  6. Hi, Interesting to read this discussion, some of which I understand and some I don't! :smile: I am just now researching a new computer build based around the Intel i7-4790k CPU on a Windows 7 64-bit based system. The problem is the choice of monitor. I currently FS9 on a PC with Win XP Pro SP3 on a dual core cpu and my monitor is an IIyama 19" with FS9 running at a 4:3 screen ratio in 1280x1024x16 resolution. Graphics card is a NVidia GeForce 8800GTS. The new system will also have an NVidia card, possibly the Asus NVIDIA GTX 970 STRIX 4GB Graphics Card My intentionis to carry on with the FS9 system as it is while the new system is built and I work on learning a new way to fly. I'm going up to FSX Steam and also looking at XPlane. That being the case, I'm now going to have to learn to fly FS in a different way after many years of simming. I'm a 2D cockpit man and now I'm going to have to learn to fly using the predominently VC-type flight decks found in FSX. At the age of 59, my eyesight is not what it used to be and I'm not looking forward to trying to read the instruments while having to zoom in and out here and there to do so. So, my question as a first time moving into this new arena, is what type of monitor and what type of connection should I be looking at? The late Mike Greenblatt of FSGS, a wonderful chap from whom I learnt a lot, always said to go for an odd size monitor (27, 29, 31 inch etc.) and make sure you run FS at the same resolution as your Windows desktop. So is it worth going up to a large screen (34 to 40 inches - TV or LED type perhaps)? What effect will that have? I guess it could result in blocky pixels. I have looked at 27 inch monitors which seem to be in the good price range here in the UK but might be too small. There is also the 29 inch ultra-wide which most likely would not really help. And what connection? HDMI? DVI? I would value comments by someone here, taking into account what has been said, that might help me make the right choice. Thank you, Regards, Lee