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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. Old_As_Dirt

    X-Plane 11.30 Beta is out!

    Whenever a beta starts, I make a copy of my current stable version - currently 11.26 - and name it (in this case 11.30 beta A). Then I make a copy of that and name it beta B. Now, I still have my original and “leap frog” through the betas using A and B. Works great.
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    Mac vs PC

    Personally, I love Mac as long as it is the iPhone or iPad. For a computer, I have always used PCs. Part of the reason is that when you buy (another reason - buying is expensive) a Mac, you are pretty much stuck with what you buy - it is a "sealed" unit. No upgrades to the equipment except for a few limited things is my understanding. If you need a program, you have to go to an exclusive Mac store to buy it. Mac's trick is to provide their computers to schools and "sell" students that it is the best money can buy. I have no gripes with Mac. I have the utmost respect - but in their portable devices for reasons stated above. I have no problem updating PCs - never have. At age 75, I have built and maintained many computers and still troubleshoot/fix friend's computers (PCs). When they need parts, just go out and buy a part and stick it in and introduce it to the system. I do not service laptops for the same reason I don't do Macs - parts soldered to the motherboard. Yes, even with the ipod/pad/phone, the parts are soldered, but that's a different animal.
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    Visual Glideslopes

    One more thought. Are you using stock airports? John
  4. On my installation of 10.21r1, it came up for clicking that I understood... which I didn't, but checked anyway. Nothing since then. John
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    Removing haze in xplane 11

    That's the script I use and it works great. I don't think I have the space, but I'd have to check. You can easily reset the value to anything from .01 to 1.0, which is the default. I like the 0.5 setting as well. I had one aircraft that produced the "Fly_With_Lua has stopped working", or something like that, but can't remember which one. It was a free download and I just quit using it. I think it was something in the aircraft design as opposed to LUA. I also will say that that is about the only script I use, so there may be a script conflict if others are used. John EDIT - There IS a space in my script. Don't know if it's necessary or not.
  6. Old_As_Dirt

    Removing haze in xplane 11

    Go to the Developer's blog https://developer.x-plane.com/, look at the top of the page and find Scenery editors (I think - something close), download Data Ref Editor. Install as instructed and open the second line (Scenery) from the plug-ins drop down. Scroll down to fog_be_gone and set the number to whatever you want. Default is 1.00000. I find 0.20000 to 0.50000 to be about right. There is a fly with lua script that will hold your setting so you don't have to reset it at every start. John
  7. I bought the PMDG DC-6 for X-Plane 10 and have enjoyed (still do when I feel like starting up that format) it, but found it no better than some of the offerings by others in the XP-11 run. Having read PMDG's responses when queried about XP-11, it appears that they are pretty strongly against developing any future aircraft for our community, mostly due to the moving target and their unwillingness to follow. Having said that, things change and they ARE in business to make money and that will probably be the deciding factor for them. Personally, I am not locked into PMDG and got what I paid for, but do not see that they produce anything that others can't. Again, the market will decide who produces what. John
  8. There are many conflicts brewing as the younger crowd comes in demanding sceneries, mobile, VR, and who knows what might be next. I think (and, yes, I am old) that giving in to these demands takes away from the efforts to make the less obvious but important things better. As one who has done flight simulation since the days when it was no more than lines and imagination (DOS days), I see the younger crowd wanting what can only be achieved in "games' with extremely limited scenery areas. I find myself starting to pull away again as I did when FSX lost its appeal (many years ago) because the devs are losing interest because of trying to hit a moving target - Carenado and PMDG are examples. Changes are good, but what is being demanded today, is a whole new platform - as this old guy sees it. There - I said it! John
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    no joystick

    You could try removing your preferences folder (X-Plane/Output/Preferences) and it will rebuild when you restart. You might save the two lines about keyboard and joystick from within it before deleting and that will save all the functions (buttons and other assignments) that you had set up previously. You would then paste those two lines back into the folder after restarting and shutting down. That SHOULD get you going with minimal effort. John
  10. Just for kicks, try dropping your resolution to 1920 X 1080 and see what happens. My IXEG runs at about mid thirties with higher settings (except 1920 X 1080) and all I have is i7-4770 (3.2/3.8 Turbo), 16 GB DDRAM, GTX 1070 8GB. I know that higher resolutions are the thing nowadays, but smooth flying is what I look for and, if I can get it with my rig, you certainly should be able to with yours. Also, unless you are running VR, drop back to 11.11. Much more stable for us non-VR guys. John
  11. Yes, just run the installer with the beta box unchecked and it should revert to 11.11, which is stable. John
  12. The distance for night lighting has been discussed by the developers in the past. I seem to recall that they are aware, but it is a resource hog and they have concluded that the framerates are better spent on other things. Maybe, once Vulcan comes on the scene in the not too distant future, performance will pick up to the point that they can bring it onboard. As far as distant airports, I agree that they could dim some, but realize that a candle on a dark night can be seen from far away and there is probably nothing brighter at night than airport lighting. It's also helpful if you experiencing a failure and looking for a place to set it down! John
  13. Old_As_Dirt

    X-Plane Developer Q/A 01/2018

    Thanks for the "translation". Even though I am english speaking, it was awfully hard to understand parts of it (because of sound quality) and I think you highlighted it very well. John
  14. I tried this with no improvement. It seems that once loaded, it runs as well as it's going to... SSD, SSHD, or regular hard drive. I've tried all three. Loading times might improve but that's about it. John
  15. I assign a key for TOGA. I use "T" and apply as I start rolling - at 70% or more throttle. This is where I have to watch and see if the A/T stays "on". It works well maybe 50% of the time. If the A/T switches off, it's just a matter of switching it back on.... usually. I don't know what causes it to switch off. The only things I am doing is raising gear and flaps, but there may be a crossed software command that makes it not like those commands. John