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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

    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.
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Old_As_Dirt

    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
  6. 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
  7. Yes, just run the installer with the beta box unchecked and it should revert to 11.11, which is stable. John
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. No, you are not. I have learned to check the Autothrottle switch all the way until the CMD is activated and I have made the final check after takeoff. John
  13. Ryan, While I don't have a "monster" setup, I do have an i7-4770 CPU, a GTX 1070 8 GB video card, and 16 GB of RAM. All this on a very capable board. I can, with most everything on the left side of graphics settings at max (including anti-aliasing) and the right side at (as you move down the settings) one notch below max and reflections at one notch up from minimum, get mid 50s as an average. This is using the default C-172 at about 3900 feet over rural terrain. It will fly along smoothly at these settings until I either look around or, sometimes, when it is going into a turn as the GPS calls for. Then it will sometimes, not always, stumble (stutter) down into the teens and just jerk around through the turn (either as the plane turns or as my head turns - TrackIR). I have suggested that Laminar "dampen" the turn rate in the GPS settings, but don't know if that would really help. I say this because when flying FMS in large aircraft, I don't see this and really don't notice the head turning stutter. This may be because I am flying at a much higher altitude and the scenery is not as intense but that doesn't make sense because the aircraft interior is much more complicated. Yes, part of your problem is your equipment, but comparing it with mine, it is not all of it. I bought the 1070 as an upgrade from my 770 4 GB and, where the memory usage in the 770 was running at about 3600 (measured with Z-GPU), it now runs at about 5400 memory usage. The picture IS a little clearer and it is apparently giving me more stuff (running anti-aliasing at 8 does not draw down FRs at all) it still stutters. I therefore have to assume that it is in the programming and I am not a programmer, so just have to wait on VULCAN or whatever, but it just seems that if it runs at 50, it should stay at 50 or close to that - and it doesn't. John
  14. Old_As_Dirt

    video performance xplane 11

    I had a GTX 770 4GB Windforce with my i7-4770 and was easily getting 40+. Actually, I was getting into the high 50s with most things turned up, and with AA in the 2/4 range. I bought a GTX 1070 8GB and things look a little smoother/sharper and the AA likes the 8 setting and I get the same framerates. When looking at memory used, it goes up from about 3700 to 5400 or more, so it's doing something, but not all that noticable. I too see the 20s sometimes in the Zibo mod and some third party aircraft and may be somewhat CPU bound, but the data readings show CPU usage in the upper 100s (.0175) to mid 200s (.0250) and the GPU usage a little less than that, so I'm probably okay. Like most, I am still anxious to see what Vulcan will do, but when looking at comparisons of other software running side by side, it doesn't look like much difference. Stuttering is still a problem, especially in some hard turns while using GPS - which tends to suddenly jerk around to the path. I have sent this information to Jennifer - suggesting that maybe these turns could be "dampened", but I'm not a software engineer, so what do I know.
  15. Try this site. You can plug in two graphics cards at a time and compare them when X-Plane 11 is plugged in also. Doesn't cover everything, but close. http://www.game-debate.com/gpu/index.php?gid=3505&gid2=1792&compare=geforce-gtx-1070-vs-geforce-gtx-770-msi-twinfrozr-edition John