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  1. 1 hour ago, charliebravo said:

    it’s just a shame that the support team at captain sim have completely ignored my genuine request for help

    They have never been known to provide much but the other users on the CS forums have usually been very helpful. I remember this problem from years ago. Have you tried searching the CS forums for a thread on this? The 200 variant is an expansion pack to the base 100 pack. Have you tried uninstalling and reinstalling the 200 pack? Do this in administrator mode and reboot your computer before reinstalling.

    Ted


  2. I remember this being a common problem years ago but I do not remember the cause. The recollection from my failing memory is that it had something to do with the landing gear contact points in the aircraft config file. I suggest doing a search for this issue on the Avsim and Captain Sim forums as well as Google. Being that this only occurs to one variant of your 727 I'd compare the landing gear contact values of your 100 and 200 variants also.

    Good Luck,

    Ted


  3. On 3/27/2021 at 6:19 PM, sho69607 said:

    Is it possible that Gigabyte has a lot of these settings listed under a different name than the ones mentioned in the guide?

    Not just possible but most likely. I suggest performing internet searches for overclocking guides and forum threads specific to your motherboard. I was in the same position when I overclocked my system. I found that many of the functions existed with different names but some functioned differently and I had to do my own research and testing to determine the optimal settings for some functions. Getting a good stable overclock is not a quick process but you learn a lot about how your system works.

    Ted


  4. 26 minutes ago, Reader said:

    if it looks good and I can fly it, that's enough for me.

    There are a lot of simmers who feel the same way and probably the majority do now with all the new ones that MSFS has attracted. For you, the Captain Sim, Carenado, and default MSFS aircraft are good enough and that is fine. For the simmers that desire more system depth they are not fine. Captain Sim, however, has a history of promising system depth and fixes, updates,and patches that they have repeatedly failed to deliver. The purpose of my post is not to bad mouth Captain Sim but to point out this history to the newer simmers desiring system depth and to be aware of getting lured into a purchase with promises of updates by the Captain Sim marketing. Captain Sim makes great looking aircraft and if that is mostly what is important to you than I highly recommend them.

    Ted


  5. Bob Scott's description of Captain Sim's support mirrors my memory exactly. I was so excited about their development of the 707 and 727 years ago and then so frustrated over promised simple updates that never arrived. I never bought anything from them again except for a few things from their $9 Christmas sales as that was all their never finished products were worth to me. If they ever develop the 707 or 727 for P3D or MSFS and if, and this is the big if, the reviews are good and represent they are complete, then I may buy them. I have no interest in a Captain Sim glass panel airliner when I can get dependable quality and support of those aircraft from PMDG.

    Ted


  6. That is a question for the manufacturer of the pump and your own testing. Consult the manfuacturer and the AIO literature to make sure the pump motor is designed for variable speed. Once confirmed put a load on your machine either with stress test software or a high load situation with your flight sim. Reduce the pump speed 10% and watch the CPU temperatures. After the temperatures are stable record the temp and reduce the speed another 10%. Repeat until temperatures get uncomfortably high. Only your testing will be able to determine how much you can safely reduce your pump speed plus you will learn a lot about the cooling characteristics of your machine. The testing will also give you the knowledge and confidence to create a curve for the pump. You can do the same with the radiator fans also although you need to be careful in testing that only either the fan or pump speed is changing during each test.

    Ted


  7. I don't know how often you will need to return to windows 7 or whether you just want it as a backup. What I have done with some of the win 7 computers in my house is remove the working win 7 SSD and put in a new SSD for win10. That way I could always put the win 7 drive back in and be up and running if I needed to. After I had win 10, all my other software, and data installed and working on the new drive I still kept my win 7 drive as another backup. The last time I checked SSDs were still reasonably priced and available.

    Ted


  8. I have a 36" deep desk. I originally had a 55" Sony 4k TV on it. It at times seemed too big and at this size I could see the individual pixels. I only had a 43" 1080P Vizio TV in the living room so I replaced it with the 55" Sony 4k and got a 43" 4k LG monitor for the sim desk. The 43" at times seems too small but I can't see the individual pixels on it as the pixel density is higher. As the others have said, I also think a 49" would be perfect for the desk but would get the 55" or larger if you are going to put it on the wall.

    Ted

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  9. On 2/28/2021 at 3:00 PM, Matthew Kane said:

    This guy explains it well 

    I had more questions answered about this engine failure from the picture of the fan blades and the mechanics video that you posted than anywhere else on the internet or TV. Thanks for posting those Matthew. Just goes to prove, "If you want to know what really happened, read Avsim". :biggrin:

    Ted

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  10. On 2/26/2021 at 2:22 AM, martin-w said:

    Average cost of solar panels on your roof, in the UK, is £5,940. You guys in the US are being ripped off!

    I don't think that the systems are any less expensive in the UK, more likely a higher percentage of your taxes and/or utility rates is subsidizing people who purchase solar systems. I did a little more internet surfing and it appears that the average cost for a 5 kw system in Denver is $15,000 with tax credits bringing it down to $11,000. Still not worth the risk and hassle for me. I have plenty of solar salesmen ringing my door bell after they see my roof. I let 2 of them provide me a free estimate. Neither one got back to me after seeing what my electric costs are. I kept calling one to get an estimate as I was curious and I wanted some documentation for the next salesman that rang my door bell. He kept saying he was working on it and then finally said that in my case solar system didn't make sense. Perhaps if prices continue to drop I'll be tempted. Also we now have a liberal state governor and a liberal president. I expect that the "free" government subsidies to help purchase these will increase in the future.

    If I was 30 or 40 I might be interested. When you are younger you like to consume and collect the latest and greatest gizmos. Now that I am retired I find that I want to get rid of a lot of what I have acquired over the years and simplify my life. I spent all day yesterday repairing my refrigerator. At my age the last thing I want is another thing to maintain. :biggrin:

    Don't get me wrong. I'm not against rooftop solar, they just don't make much economic sense for me.

    Ted


  11. My situation is completely different. I do not have MSFS installed at all. All I did was access a P3Dv3 flightplan from the P3Dv3 flightplan folder in my documents. I did not remove the flightplan from being active before I shut down Little NavMap as I often did with earlier versions. The next day I could not start up Littlle Navmap. It would first give me a dialogue box saying there was not a start point, which my previous version of Little NavMap had always done, quickly followed by another windows dialogue box stating that Little NavMap has to close and it would close.

    This was with version 2.6.9. I would send the logs but I had to get ready for a multiplayer event today and tomorrow so I deleted the Little NavMap folder, the abarthel folder and the other folder in APPdata created by Little NavMAp that I can't remember the name of. I then reinstalled version 2.4 that I have used for months and it is working fine again. I can try version 2.6.9 again next week if you would like me to do some testing and send logs.

    Ted

     


  12. 2 minutes ago, HighBypass said:

    Keep the plant life!

    While inhospitable to humans there is actually a lot of plant and animal life in the american deserts. The large solar installations want to fence in there property for security but it is a problem for migrating desert tortoises and other animals. The desert is preferable to cutting down large amounts of forest but just not as logical as putting the generation where the load is. Another plus for the building and parking lot installations is that they do not offer a large target for terrorists and other loonies as do both the large generating plants and transmission lines. One thing I have never understood is why cities in the deserts like Phoenix don't have all their parking lots covered with solar panels. I know even in Denver I am always trying to find shade to park my car under in the summer. I guess the economics don't justify it yet. Perhaps when electric cars are more prevalent.

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  13. 2 hours ago, martin-w said:

    Not huge savings over 25 years but worth it if you intend to stay in the property long term. 

    How is it worth it? You want to take on that asset ownership risk just to break even in 25 years?

    The average cost in the US per a quick internet search is $16,000 including federal rebates. $16,000/$45/month=355 months=30 years just to break even for me. I'm better off investing the money elswhere and buying my power from Xcel Energy which claims to be all renewable by 2040. And that is assuming that I would save the entire $45 which is not true. If I am connected to the grid for net metering I will have to pay for the right to use the distribution system which is only fair. If I am not connected to the grid I am faced with purchasing a whole house battery backup system also. What does insurance cost to cover the potential failure of any component of that solar system? That is not a cost you have to consider buying electricity from the utility. The risk of purchasing from the utility is future price increases but that will be moderated by the fact that any one can buy solar panels now. That is how the improvement in solar panel technology benefits everyone even if you don't own a solar panel. So I hope the ownership costs keep coming down.

    1 hour ago, goates said:

    Or start by building them on mall roof tops and over top of the vast uncovered parking lots that exist all over cities (at least in North America).

    This makes the most sense to me. Locate the generation where the demand is. Constructing huge plants in the desert and building transmissions lines to get it where you need it is an injustice to that environment. That's what the large corporations prefer though because it is easier for them to purchase and permit the remote land and also to maintain large installations versus thousands of residential and parking lot installations. Utilities also want to build the large installations because they can own and control the generation that way and also earn a rate of return on that investment. They have to purchase the power from the smaller installations.

    Ted

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  14. 3 hours ago, martin-w said:

    I would love to answer yes to both of those questions

    Most people can't afford to build custom passive homes and are just struggling to get the most square footage they can for the funds they have.

    Maybe the cost/benefit ratio is better where you live but in Denver, which gets plenty of sun, it doesn't make economic sense to me to purchase solar panels. Maybe things will change in the future.

    My house is the envy of the young environmentalists moving into the neighborhood as it has a large south facing roof with no adjacent houses to block the sun. I'm always asked at the block parties why I haven't installed solar panels yet. I'll tell you what I tell them.

    My highest utility bill last year was $137.98 in September. Most of it, $88.41, was for electricity of which 50% fed my air conditioner with the rest of the bill being for natural gas heating. My average electric bill is $45/month when not running the air conditioner. I'll be in my grave before I paid off any investment in solar panels with that. My utility stopped building coal plants years ago and I think it currently has a 20-30% renewable energy portfolio from wind and solar. It make more sense for me to buy renewable energy from them.

    My next door neighbor has solar panels on her roof and initially was trying to talk me into getting them. She was sold based on the government rebates and the salesman's forecast of future utility rates. Well those exponentially rising rates did not materialize, they have remained nearly constant. In addition, she recently had to replace her roof due to hail damage and had to hire a solar contractor to remove the panels and reinstall them so the roof could work could be done. She doesn't talk about her solar panels any more.

    I agree that renewable energy and sustainability are the way we should go in the future. When it is truly cost effective it will happen.

    Ted

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