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    My flight sim history: MS FlightSim 1.0 (Mac, 1995-1997) -> X-Plane (Mac, 1997-2008)) -> MSFS 2004 (2008-2010) -> FSX (2010 - present)

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  1. Can't speak to upgrading specifically from WIN8 but, like others here, I simply ran the Win10 upgrade from my Win7-pro installation and had zero issues. FSX and all other apps ran just fine. It was a huge relief because I was definitely not looking forward to reinstalling Windows and FSX. I also did the Win10 2004 update and, again, had no issues at all. My guess is that if your system is very stable you'll stand a good chance of having a smooth upgrade process.
  2. What he said. I'll wait for reports from early adopters before I spec a new DIY system. I know that I'm probably looking at a minimum of $1,500 for hardware upgrades alone (mobo, cpu, gpu, cooling, DRAM, etc). I agree with what's been said about FS2020 pricing in comparison to the current cost of hi-quality aircraft and scenery addons, i.e., an entire modern platform for $160 is completely reasonable. However, I won't be hopping on board the new sim until some of my favorite developers begin to release their reworked products (PMDG, AS, FSDT) and I can be sure to have weather capabilities in FS2020 (either native or 3rd party) that match or exceed what I now experience with the combination of Active Sky + REX. Comments I've read from developers that migrating existing products to the new platform will not be simple, and that documentation for the SDK is spotty at best lead me to believe that new products won't be flooding the market anytime soon. In short, excited as I am about FS2020, for me this is probably gonna be a long process. I doubt I'll even purchase the new sim before early 2021, and I don't expect to have both feet into it until sometime next summer.
  3. Rick: Maybe not today. Maybe not tomorrow, but soon and for the rest of your life. Ilsa: But what about X-Plane and DX9 and Windows 7? Rick: We'll always have Paris ... and FS9. 🙂
  4. Jim's memory will live on at AVSIM in the countless members that he's helped over the years. He was incredibly generous with his time and knowledge and was very often the first to jump in to help users with whatever they needed. If he couldn't help he was quick to point folks in the direction where they could find answers. He was always kind, never judgmental or critical no matter how basic or uninformed a member's question was. We can all actively remember him and show appreciation for his many and varied contributions to this community by treating others here with the same respect, caring and dignity that Jim modeled. I will miss him a lot.
  5. This bit is particularly encouraging and will probably increase interest in FS2020 from folks with large payware aircraft and other add-on collections. Hopefully the porting processes will be uncomplicated and financially feasible for developers.
  6. If your temps are that high at just 67% load and you didn't make any significant changes to your OS or flightsim, I doubt it's a software problem. I would troubleshoot your liquid cooling system. I'm running FSX with WIN-7 Pro on an overclocked i7-2600k @ 4.7 without hyper threading. When various cores (4) are running at 100% load my temps hover right around 55c. While I realize there are software and hardware differences between our systems, it's not really like apples-oranges. When I built my rig in 2013 I put in an Antec Kuhler 920 liquid system. I continue to be surprised that the darn thing still does such an excellent job cooling the cpu. At the same time it's the one part of my system that gives me the most anxiety. I worry that when it fails it's gonna totally destroy my entire box by spraying coolant like a geyser over every other component. So, I plan on replacing it in the fall when I upgrade my cpu, mobo and memory. Hope you figure out what's going on with your system.
  7. The PMDG MD-11 was my first payware aircraft. Like you I loved the cargo model and did more than a hundred trans-Atlantic and other long-haul flights in the UPS, FedEx and Lufthansa liveries. I also did an eight segment round the world trip. Even though I've totally enjoyed the NGX and 777, the MD-11 is still my favorite. I can't even fully explain why. There's just something magical about the look of that bird taking flight and the more hands-on job in the cockpit. And, given the state of software development tools and the capabilities of personal computers 10 years ago compared with the present, the MD-11 was incredibly well-done and a massive achievement by PMDG.
  8. Like Bill I can't remember ever having a CTD crossing the pond with ASN even with PMDG aircraft. It would be helpful if you could describe in more detail when the CTDs occur and your system specs: CTDs on every transoceanic flight? Only when flying transoceanic? What about on long flights (5+ hours) over land? Which aircraft? What are your ASN settings (cloud coverage distance, number of cloud layers)? What are your system specs (processor, speed, overclock?, RAM, GPU, VRAM)? Are your FSX settings in the High, Medium or Low range? Also, lots of CTDs are related to VAS. Do you monitor VAS usage during your flights? If not you can ask here for pointers to utilities that will enable you to do this so you can know when free VAS is reaching critically low levels.
  9. One of the best reviews ever here on AVSIM. You said that "performance remained smooth and consistent" on your "average at best" system. Can you please list the specs of the computer used to run the simulation for your review. Thanks!
  10. I complained about this so it falls on me to also say "thank you" to Brian for fixing it. Much appreciated.
  11. It's the same on my desktop browsers - Safari, Chrome and Firefox. 1 to 3 words doesn't give any clue of what the topic is about. Hope this gets fixed.
  12. FYI, the above action did not prove to be a permanent fix. After a few days the issues returned so I simply removed the nvidia drivers (344.65), cleaned the registry of all traces of nvidia software, rebooted and reinstalled the same version. Everthing has been perfect for a couple of weeks now. It was 3 years ago that I installed the drivers and lots can go sideways in that time with Windows 7 updates, FSX addons, etc. Fingers-crossed, this solved the problems.
  13. I was able to eliminate both issues by setting the nVidia Control Panel to manage all color values.
  14. I first noticed these oddities in FSX so thought I'd start searching for a solution here. There are two weird things happening on my Samsung PX2370 display which has a TN panel and is attached to a GTX580: 1. In FSX certain grey values in clouds display as cyan. This also occurs when, e.g., watching YouTube videos with lots of grey values, like aircraft taking off in heavy rain, fog. etc. See the video link below for an example of the latter, but it is identical to the kind of distortion that occurs at times in FSX. 2. Sometimes the backgrounds of windows (folders, browser) appear as a very light shade of cyan. Imagine in Windows a folder window or a Firefox or Chrome window with all of the overlaying objects removed. The background which should be white appears as cyan. These distortions happen intermittently, and I think are related to specific RGB grey values. When I attach my older Samsung monitor (also a TN panel) to my video card the problem does not occur. I have reset the PX2370 to factory values but the problem persists. Take a look at this vid which demonstrates what's happening a lot better than I can describe with words. There's a bunch of other distortion in the video due to differences in frame rate between my camera and the monitor, so focus only on the heavily cyan shaded areas. Appreciate any suggestions. Thanks a lot.
  15. Thanks Dan. This will come in handy. Appreciate the help.
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