ReneB

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  1. ReneB

    Missing dll file.

    Hello Greg, Thank you very much! Sorry for the late reaction. Kind regards, René
  2. ReneB

    Missing dll file.

    Hello, When trying to open some applications (either or not FS related), I get an error pop-up, telling me 'd3d11.dll' is not present on my system. Does anyone have an idea how to resolve this? Thanks in advance! René
  3. Hello, It occurs frequently that the initial communication from the cockpit (‘Ground, we are ready for pushback’), is not being answered. In most cases releasing the parking brake makes the process running again, but occasionally that doesn’t help. In such a situation pressing Shift-P has no effect. Slewing is the only option to get the aircraft moving out of its parking position. As far as I can see there is nothing wrong with the script. I’m curious whether anyone else has encountered this, and possibly has found a solution or work around. Thanks. René
  4. Hello, Allow me to do a bit of ‘brain picking’ among the more computer literate in the community. Since a few weeks I’m experiencing computer shut-downs at random intervals. The shut-down looks like a sudden power failure. Black screen, no restart, no BSOD. It can happen during a flight, but also without FS running, After some exploration, I discovered that the phenomenon is not uncommon, however the causes can be various, according to the messages in all sorts of forums. Hence I checked possible causes and took a number of measures: Checked temperatures of CPU and GPU; nothing out of the ordinary. Cleaned out the case. Performed a disk check (chkdsk/f); nothing wrong. The disk monitor (Acronis) reports no problems. Checked capacitors for leakages or damage; no problems detected. Ran anti-malware software; nothing detected. McAfee anti-virus scans did not detect anything wrong. Updated all drivers (chipset, graphics card, etc. etc., total of 19 drivers). A few data about the computer: Built in 2011 (yes, I know it's aging), i7-2600 CPU @ 3.40 Ghz, Nvidia Geforce GTX 560 Ti, 8GB RAM. Hard disk (1 TB) replaced about eight months ago. Any suggestions as to what more can be done would be very much appreciated. Thank you in advance! Kind regards, René
  5. ReneB

    AFCAD files can ruin your FPS.

    Thank you all for your kind reactions. I'm glad Mickey, that I could help to make at least one airport flyable for you. For those who have time (and patience) I would recommend to dig a bit deeper with ADE, using the fault finder. You will probably find orphan nodes, overlapping nodes, orphan links and open links, all of them superfluous and degrading performance. But, to be fair, I also looked into airports at which I couldn't find any faults at all. Kind regards, and Merry Christmas! René
  6. Hello all, For years I have been annoyed by sudden, serious FPS-drops when taxying or landing/taking off at a number of payware airports. A healthy 30 FPS can go down as far as 9. At long last I recently found the culprit: the AFCAD file. Designers tend to use a lot of ‘dots’ when drawing junctions or crossings of taxiways, presumably aimed at making the movement of AI aircraft as elegant as possible. However, all those dots consume calculating power when you pass such a spot with your own aircraft, resulting in an irritating loss of FPS. After I began to suspect the AFCAD files, I opened one of an airport that is notorious for this phenomenon with Jon Masterson’s ADE (Airport Design Editor), and simplified crossings, runway exits etc., reducing the number of dots by, in some cases, more than 50 percent. The FPS drop was finally gone! ADE is a freeware tool, that can be found at www.scruffyduckscenery.co.uk . You need to have the FSX SDK installed to make it work. The SDK can be found on one of the FSX installation discs, if my memory serves me well the last one. Happy flying! René
  7. Thank you all very much for your for your helpful messages! @Craig: I also came to that conclusion. Have put the default numbers in (i.e. for the cut-off and the start detents). Although not perfect yet, it's at least a lot better. But with your other suggestions I think I can consider the issue solved. Thanks again. @Andy: Very helpful! Hadn't realized that the aircraft would behave so 'close to reality'. @bjratchf: OK, good to know. The power levers have been calibrated the way you explain, so no defaults there. But I understand that I can do with a little less power. Happy flying! René
  8. Hi Craig, Your assumption is correct; I use the mouse. My initial calibration for the off position also results in -16384, but I'm now experimenting with my old (Pilots version) numbers, i.e. -16084 for off, and 21716 for start. Might try those default values too. I'm also struggling with the 'FSX-bypass' for the joystick (Logitech extreme 3D). The procedure (adaption of the ini-file) is clear, but having done exactly what I should do, the aircraft pulls to the left during taxi and take off. So for the time being I'm using the conventional FSX settings. Thanks for your message. Regards, René
  9. Thanks for the reply Craig! For the first issue I'll try to revert to my previous settings in the control panel. Regards, René
  10. Hello all, During my first flights with the Pro version I encountered a few weird things that in my humble opinion ought to be corrected: - Moving the condition levers from the fuel cut-off position to the engine start position requires a lot of attempts. Often it's only possible to get them there by moving them separately to max, and then back. - After expanding the screen of the radio control panel for the TCAS test, the screen cannot be returned to the normal state with the 'exp' button. Only switching the panel off and on again helps. - The 'tune app' feature on the FMS does not work. the ILS frequency has to be tuned manually. I'm curious as to whether someone else has encountered these things. Or am I doing something wrong? BTW: For the remainder it is a fantastic aircraft, even more than the Pilot version already was. Kind regards, René
  11. ReneB

    Why is TextureMaxLoad frowned upon now?

    Hello PhugoidEffect, I'm afraid I cannot give you a more precise description, other than that some tiles turned black for a split second. I run DX9 (tried DX10 a few times, but apparently my rig doesn't like it or cannot cope with it; framerate considerably lower under DX10). Can't say anything sensible about flashes under DX10 without the fix(es). Kind regards, René
  12. ReneB

    Why is TextureMaxLoad frowned upon now?

    With all due respect, I've seen the difference the TextureMaxLoad entry can make. Recently I let FSX produce a new cfg file. Put in the essential extra entries like HIGHMEMFIX, but left TextureMaxLoad out, along with other 'doubtful' tweaks. Then - in flight - I was plagued with flashing groundtexture tiles, oddly enough allways on the left side of the aircraft. Did a search on this formun and found that a member had cured this exaxt problem with entering under [DISPLAY] in the cfg: TextureMaxLoad=9. I followed this example et voila: The flashing disappeared. Other settings that may be relevant in my case were TBM at 80, FPS locked at 30, BP=0. Kind regards, René
  13. A (minor) side effect of modifying the Sim1 dll seems to be, at least in my case, that when shutting down FSX, Windows reports a damaged fsx exe and advises to execute a 'chkdsk'. This looks like a false alarm; both Windows Maintenance Center and my own maintenance program (Advanced System Care) do not report any problems. Only the Windows Event Manager confirms this 'fault'. I tried Pete's solution as well as Johan's replacement file (with the NGX 737-600) and they both improve the taxi and rolling behaviour a lot. So yes, a bravo for both of them! For the time being I'm having a preference for Johan's file though, as with the FSUIPC approach I'm experiencing a slight hesitation, sort of micro stutter, just before rotation and at the end of the rollout after landing. Don't know whether this is linked to the NGX: When taxying with idle throttle, the taxi speed slowely but surely increases, so regular braking is necessary. But then this might be the case in the real world as well, can't judge that. Regards, Rene
  14. ReneB

    Shockwave 3D Redux worth it?

    For popular airliner a/c like the iFly 737, the PMDG NGX and the QW 757, one can easily find the Redux (Shockwave) light settings for the a/c cfg file at their support forums. It takes less than a minute to install them. Although I wasn't much of a night flyer in the past, the Redux lights were one of the reasons I've become one (together with the fantastic VC lights of e.g. the NGX). As Fatback said, it makes a huge difference. Regards, René
  15. Hello, As one of the simmers who fly the current version of the AS A320 with much pleasure, I feel I should try and help you. First of all, since the arrival of Rob Prest (called FLEX1976, I believe) at the AS support forum, this has become a very customer friendly place for all kinds of problems. Great support and fast answers. If you have downloaded the Flight1 wrapper, you shouldn't have to update anything, since by pushing the reinstall button, you get the latest version of the bus, which is 1.3. I had the same problem when trying to install a version which I had stored on CD a few years ago. After uninstalling and reinstalling with my account at Flight1 there wasn't any problem with activation. By the way, the latest version is still being worked on, but the forum posts of the last few months give a lot of info as to tweaks and workarounds for the problems you may have in operating this aircraft. Hope this helps. Kind regards,René