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    As the handle implies, I am Old As Dirt. 70 years at this writing and a non-pilot although I have had many hours in the left seat (helicopters) and right seat in fixed wing. Retired Virginia State Police but still working as Court Security with USMS in the Federal Courts.

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  1. You do realize that you can download a trial version of X-Plane I hope. I have never done it because you can only fly for 15 minutes as I understand it, but it will give you the opportunity to see how your system handles it. There is a Zibo version of the default 737-800, which, according to real life pilots, Is pretty close to the real thing... and it’s free. I have the IXEG, but it lacks the modern instrumentation and I am spoiled. I have tried PMDG over the years, but my mama told me, “if you can’t say anything nice......”. Give it a go and give it a chance - there is a learning curve. Welcome to realistic flying!
  2. Remember... You have to turn Vulkan on in the graphics settings page and restart before it is working. John
  3. On the Developer web site, there is a program offered by X-Plane called Data Ref Editor. Once installed as a plugin, you can adjust many parts of the graphics and one line, when you display the "Art" section, is Fog_Be_Gone. Here you can adjust the fog which is by default 1.00000. I keep mine on 0.10000 or 0.20000. Seems much more realistic to me. You can also set it for 0.00000 (Think Microsoft here), which eliminates all the fog. With 11.50 B, I find that the default clouds are much more tolerable when you take the "clouds_shadow" down a lot. You don't see the flickering shadows which are, in my opinion, distracting. You can set these to automatically activate on startup with these settings with a FlyWithLua script. John
  4. If you are using Windows 10, open your device manager and look down the list for "Universal Serial Bus Controllers". Open that section and there will be a list of said controllers. Click on each one and, on the ones with a "Power Management" tab, open that tab. You will find that many, if not all, have a check block titled, "Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power". Uncheck all these blocks and click OK. That SHOULD take care of it. John
  5. You guys might want to look at the latest post by the developers: https://developer.x-plane.com/ John
  6. Microsoft tried “Flight” a few years ago and it was pretty good - graphically - but they tried to make a game out of it instead of a simulator. Bad mistake. They shut it down and I lost it when I had a hard drive crash. MS would not let me retrieve it after having purchased several of the updates including Alaska. Done with MS!
  7. I've been using SkyMaxx Pro for years now and, although it's hard to find, they seem to have been working on the Vulkan transition for some time now, with the author (SkyDog, I believe) posting several days ago that he had just submitted version 4.9 to Cameron. I am hoping for this and since it is in the 4 series, they usually allow for a free upgrade.
  8. I use Track IR with a 32 inch TV using "computer" setting and find that 80 to 83 works great. I have to "freeze" the view when making small setting adjustments with the mouse, but have no problems with "jiggling" otherwise. John
  9. Yes, as you might have noticed - I said XP 11.40r1. 11.40 is in the beta mode. I understand that YOU don't subscribe to betas so it doesn't apply to YOU.
  10. R1 is out there and is doing well on my modest system. The Beta 10 never happened, but those features are included in R1. John
  11. Yeah... first time I have had a problem with the automatic updater. Just quit and ran the stand-alone updater. All is fine. John
  12. After flying MS since its inception, few years ago, Microsoft came out with a subscription simulator called "Fligiht". It had only part of Hawaii as it's scenery package and offered other scenery areas and aircraft that you could buy. Finally, it offered Alaska and shortly thereafter, when you bought a new aircraft, it was only the exterior - no cockpit view. It also turned into more of a game than a simulator. They soon dropped it completely and when I asked for a copy of what I had bought, I got a note which essentially said "tough". It was very limited, but offered great graphics and control and I really was disappointed with its demise. I am therefore leery of any new MS subscription program. X-Plane has brought back my simulator experience. John
  13. Be sure to check the "check for betas" option on the second or third page of the update program. John
  14. Tyler says this about that - Tyler Young says: June 9, 2019 at 8:21 pm As Abraham Lincoln said, “Don’t believe everything you read on the internet, Eric.”
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