Dave Morgan

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    Oh, probably a bunch of dull stuff. Wild flowers. Summer and winter climbing. Patrick O'Brian, Chris Wooding and Ben Aaronovitch. Chocolate cake and bacon. But not on the same plate. Joe Abercrombie, too. Oh yeah, and aeroplanes.

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  1. Dave Morgan

    FL 2004 not working on windows 10

    Hi. I'll give you some pointers: D
  2. Dave Morgan

    FS2004 miss some functions

    Hi. Eleven months without a problem, then consistent failure to run correctly after mid-November, suggests a Windows update, a driver update, new hardware or a new addon. Certainly something must have changed in November. Can you remember what it was? D
  3. Dave Morgan

    Conflict with AI

    Looking forward to that. It takes the hassle out of dealing with runway-hogs. On the other hand, the shotgun boom of FSUIPC's zapper is very satisfying.
  4. Hi. Without preamble, if setting radios & nav gauges or calling ground, clearance or FSS before startup drains your battery and you don't have a registered version of FSUIPC then read on. I've only just installed RC4 for P3D, having taken months to summon the courage to tackle what ended up being a very simple task as I already had RC installed for FS9. I may, if anyone thinks it would be useful, post a precis of what I did along with some screenshots. That's for later. I wanted to gripe about the almost immediate discharge of my plane's battery while I'm obtaining clearance from FSS at my local airport. I'd noticed some time ago that P3D drains batteries in a couple of seconds -- nowhere near long enough to complete the call when using RC4. If you don't have a registered version of FSUIPC, which gives an unlimited battery life option, there's an alternative available via the link below. It came from a prepared3d.com forum post https://www.douglassdawson.ca/ Down at the bottom of the list is a downloadable gauge, dsd_p3d_battery_charger_x64, v2.0, November 3 2018 which simulates an external supply recharging your battery. I'm still getting to grips with P3D but after dropping the DLL into the gauges folder, I replaced the Carenado PA-34 no 1 engine RPM gauge with this: [Window03] Background_color=0,0,0 size_mm=304,304 window_size_ratio=1.000 position=0 visible=0 ident=777 window_size= 0.150, 0.200 window_pos= 0.000, 0.810 zorder=0 //gauge00=PA34SEN!RPM Indicator_L, 0,0,304,304 gauge00=dsd_p3d_battery_charger_x64!charger, 0,0,100,48 gauge01=dsd_p3d_battery_charger_x64!meter, 0,49,100,100 ... and now my avionics don't discharge the battery so I have plenty of time for dealing with clearance. If I forget to switch the charger on, no matter. The gauge works like jump leads and will after a few minutes recharge a dead battery. Enjoy. D
  5. Dave Morgan

    Coordinates and altitude in Google Earth

    Hi. Can someone explain the lat & lon format in the original post? It's one I haven't seen before. I'm accustomed to degrees with a positive or negative sign, or a N, S, E or W prefix. I thought maybe the leading 5 in the latitude data indicated southern values but if that's the case, there's nothing in the longitude to distinguish E from W. Cheers, D
  6. Dave Morgan

    find route troubles

    I'll start the ball rolling and suggest that 'west of Africa' is 0 degrees north and 0 degrees west. If the displayed plan is just a dot then I guess all your waypoints are for some reason at 0N, 0W. (I'm curious now about where your starting point is: 6866 miles away from 0N 0W at 273°) D Oh dear, just noticed the date on the original post. Someone take me out to the pasture...
  7. Dave Morgan

    finding the complete kneeboard .

    I should have included this in the previous post but it refers to your original question so never mind... When you say all you have is the top left of the kneeboard, do you mean the whole panel is visible but only part of the black&white text shows? There are scroll-bars on the kneeboard surround, just like in any other window. The only way of getting all the text to show in one piece (or at least complete lines of text) is to rewrite the checklist and reference documents for each aircraft. It's time consuming but I once found it worth doing. On the other hand, changing to a higher res monitor means you'll probably have to rewrite everything a second time. Here's a kneeboard checklist for my PA-34 that was written for a 1440 px wide monitor. As you can see, it's no good on a 2560 px monitor, but really I can't be bothered redoing it. The scroll bars are visible on the bottom and right edges of the text. D
  8. Dave Morgan

    finding the complete kneeboard .

    Hi. I use pop-up panels for persistent stuff like V-speeds and mixture settings. I still use the kneeboard for maps, especially simplified approach plates, though on a high res monitor the kneeboard is so small as to be almost useless. At least it doesn't obscure the view... Pop-up panels in a nutshell: type up the info you want using notepad or whatever take a screenshot make a bitmap image of the screenshot and edit it as you wish save the bitmap declare it as a panel for your preferred aircraft Links below to pictures of a quick & dirty mixture settings panel I made for the RealAir SF-260. Have fun. D PA-34 with custom seneca_ref.htm. One old panel & my new panel. There is a typo at 5000 feet. The bitmap file in the correct folder. Declared in panel.cfg.
  9. Dave Morgan

    Jets or props? (FS2004 poll ONLY!!)

    Props... Props, props, props. Three favourites are Carenado's PA-34, RealAir's SF.260 and Cap'n Sim's C-130 though as that won't install in my current Win10 PC it's been supplanted by a hybridised Virtualcol Dash 8, test-flights ongoing. I bought P3Dv4 for the C-130 and spent a fortune trying to make the P3D world look half decent but it's become a bit of a black hole. I've returned to FS9. And on occasion, None Of The Above. Mostly the Riva Aquarama when I fancy seeing the world from sea level: puttering up the Congo, drifting down the Amazon or taking a holiday on the French Riviera. At those points where the water briefly runs out, portage is surprisingly easy with the slew command. I did try a dirigible once but in all but a flat calm they too go backwards. D
  10. Dave Morgan

    Add on scenery question

    I just tried one of my JF discs and had a similar message. I think in my case Win 10 is refusing to run anything on a DVD: 'Rempte Procedure Call failed' and event viewer lists a couple of system files blocked from running... I've sent you a PM. D
  11. Dave Morgan

    Add on scenery question

    Hi Brian, and welcome to Avsim. I have FS9 with UK photoscenery installed on an XP machine and again on a Win 10 machine. In both cases the installation is in a non-default location and I've not had any problems with it. Can you tell us more about the failure to install? In the meantime, here are some thoughts about VFR scenery for the UK in FS9: Yes, FS Genesis is only mesh -- elevation enhancement. I use FS Global 2008, which you can find on ebay. As landclass depends partly on the gradient of the terrain, a higher resolution of mesh will improve its appearance by adding detail to the mosaic. If you do opt for UT Europe, be aware that the textures are only landclass, which is to say not photoscenery. That means you won't necessarily have hedges, or even fields, and you definitely won't find your home. You may prefer its appearance if you replace the stock landclass textures with the FScene set: https://www.justflight.com/product/fscene-x-download I have UT Europe and FScene X installed and they make a big difference. I also have almost all of Italy and some of the Alps in photoscenery (search the library here for author Fulvio Mazzokan in the FS2004 Scenery section) and that makes a bigger difference... Why not search the same section for 'photoscenery' or 'photoreal'? Choose an Extended Search, type the keyword into the 'Name and/or Description' box, set the category and click Search. I originally used Just Flight's VFR photoscenery but in the distant past I changed to Horizon aka Playsims. I don't recall what prompted the change but I was pleasantly surprised to find the Playsims photoscenery discs also had a high res mesh, a bunch of (basic) airfields and the necessary coastline adjustments as well as the photoscenery itself. Playsims folded before finishing the series so the Central Scotland disc was never released but all the rest of the UK should be available. Probably ebay again... I did receive privately an unfinished Central Scotland set, for a donation to a charity of my choice, but I'm ashamed to admit I can't recall who offered it. It was a big bonus for me as I fly specific areas in FS9 when planning walking or climbing trips. It's more fun than Google's 3D maps. Gary Summons (UK2000) has recently made his legacy VFR airfields into freeware. They're just as good as Just Flight's British Airports series, though as they were made between 2001 & 2005 recent changes to airfields aren't incorporated. They look best with photoscenery but go well enough with landclass. You can get them here: http://www.uk2000scenery.com/newsite/My_Homepage_Files/Page22.html D
  12. Dave Morgan

    Offline weather engine

    Hi.. As I sim entirely offline, I have no useful access to real-time weather. In FS9 I use FSMetar by Ivan Alvarez, with a year's worth of downloaded metar text files from which I choose the most appropriate for the day & time. Since the particular metar is loaded manually I don't have dynamic weather changes, but the weather does vary from location to location when the engine detects that I'm now within range of another airfield. The setup works well enough for me and, combined with High Definition Environment v2 clouds and some home-modified sky textures, it's been all that I wanted for a number of years. Now that I'm using Prepar3D I spent the weekend tweaking cloud and sky textures (ended up converting my FS9 textures to 888-8 for use in P3D). While the appearance of clouds and sunsets has improved dramatically from the default, the clouds still have a rather cartoonish appearance: the cumulus still seem to have an odd scale, the stratus still looks rather like scale armour and the cirrus mosaic is still quite obvious. If I haven't misunderstood the blurb, it looks as though REX or ASCA are the favourites for cloud textures; I'll probably make my own decision based on screenshots. On the other hand, an offline weather engine into which I can load the day's weather is something I would really like as it would save me from having to create weather manually every time I launch P3D for another flight. Is there anything that fits the bill? D
  13. Dave Morgan

    P3D, C-130 and Air Hauler 2

    Thank you very much for your reply. Guess what I'm dong next pay-day! D
  14. Dave Morgan

    Volumic clouds in fs9

    Hi Eric. I came to FS9 from Flight Unlimited, which had a weather engine and volumetric cloud modelling years ahead of their time. The one thing that's always saddened me about FS9 is the billboard clouds. I have hundreds of hours (by now possibly thousands!) and who-knows-how-much money invested in mods to FS9. I'm strongly disinclined to shelve it and would download such a module as soon as I saw it. D
  15. Dave Morgan

    P3D, C-130 and Air Hauler 2

    Oh my word it's a long time since I posted at Avsim. The meat of the matter... does the current version of P3D really have the old Captain Sim C-130 in it? And while a quick search of this forum tells me Air Hauler 2 works with P3D, will I be able to port my old AH1/FS9 company in to AH2 in P3D? It was only recently that I heard that the C-130 is now an integral part of P3D. Other than the fact that it's such a lovely plane to fly, I'd been looking forward some years ago to adding one to my Air Hauler 1 company but my XP machine with FS9 died before the happy day. I've been mucking about for over a year looking for a suitable FS9+Win 10 compatible alternative to the C-130 but have drawn a blank. Just Flight's non-early access forum seems very close to dead and I've had no reply to my enquiry in their AH1 forum so could someone fill in these couple of gaps for me before I make a fool of myself splashing out on something I can't use. Thanks very much. D