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  1. MarkDH

    P3D44 Screen Proportions

    Shouldn't you be using a resolution of 3840 x 2160? If you're displaying an image 4096 pixels wide on a screen with native width of 3840 pixels (which is what I understood UHD generally is) that would give you squashed gauges as you describe. You don't say how severe it is, so it's hard to know if that's the likely culprit. However, the proportions wouldn't change with the zoom setting. And the Wide View Aspect setting is irrelevant.
  2. My point is, if you have a poor video it doesn't matter how good your graphics card or your frame rate, it's still going to be a poor video. Video is a narrative form and if you don't have a narrative you will struggle to hold anyone's interest. In the context of a video, 'narrative' can be a story, a message, a joke, that kind of thing. For a proper review video, for example, the narrative is clear - it's a description and on some level an evaluation of something. Anyway, I think this video has some good air-to-air shots. This one too.
  3. The front switches work as switches, assuming you can get to them (see earlier comments). The lever detents don't work as switches, which means you need to do something else if you want to continue to use them. The only way I can see to use those will be to use FSUIPC's 'control sent when range entered' option and it's not clear how reliable this will be because you have no fine control over the range. Perhaps you can edit the range numerically in the FSUIPC config file.
  4. Well, you asked. Your video has nothing to say and having an nvidia RTX2080 won't help with that. When you have nothing to say it needs to be over in 30 seconds even if it's got other things going for it, such as cinematic camera shots or a good narrative (which it doesn't). The thumpy music makes it painful to watch for more than about 10 seconds. I don' t know what 'realistic' refers to, but it's full of tired old spot view, tower and flyby shots instead of proper air-to-air shots. It isn't a 'review' either, it's basically a bunch of animated screenshots joined together with far too many graphic effects.
  5. There are eight analogue inputs, each of which have three wires (+5V, GND and signal). These are connected to the ends of the potentiometers (+5/GND) and the centre-tap (Signal). The individual analogue inputs are labelled X, Y, Z, etc. but the labels are unimportant because you can assign any axis to any function. BTW, I don't think you will be able to use the buttons on the front of the quadrant either, as these are mounted on a circuit board inside the quad which adds some sort of logic. I tried first removing the individual switches from the circuit board, which proved impossible because they all need to be un-soldered simultaneously, and then and then I tried leaving them where they are and soldering onto the backs of the terminals. This proved too hard too :( Look here for what you can do with enough Bodnar boards :)
  6. I have two observations. First, I dismantled a Saitek quad and connected the potentiometers to a BU0836X board but I found the inputs interfered with each other. Maybe I did it wrong, but I don't think so. The pots have three wires each, which I assume should be +/- and centre-tap. I would suggest you open the quad and either trace the wires to the main controller end inside the yoke, or just cut the cable and run new wires out yourself. Either way you will need to do a bit of soldering. Second, you will likely not get the detent 'switch' functions, as I think these are actually simulated in firmware from detecting the tail end of the analogue range. (In other words there is no separate switch mechanism to be found when you dismantle it.)
  7. Yes, I'm pretty sure one is included with the product. Here it is again:
  8. Seconded... FWIW, I think it's relevant that he's sitting four feet away. That means he's got twice as many pixels per degree as a 32" 1080p monitor, although the apparent size is about the same. Or to put it another way, it will look about as sharp as a 32" UHD TV from two feet. But if you sit two feet away from the 65" one it's going to look like a 32" 1080p TV, or pretty fuzzy. Which is where we came in.
  9. If I understand what you are trying to say, SPAD is running but you can't see it. Check the system tray (in Windows 7 these are the little icons at the bottom right of your taskbar) and see if there is a SPAD icon. It looks like a little yellow WWI fighter plane sideways on. Double-click this (or maybe right-click it, I forget) and SPAD should open. It probably has an option for 'minimise to system tray', which is why you can't see it when you run it. Of course this doesn't explain why your controls aren't working, but it should be a start.
  10. I'd question "irrelevant", although it's a blunt instrument. I'd guess most simmers sit within a Goldilocks Zone with respect to their display, so as a metric the dpi has some merit.
  11. Saitek "Pro" pedals are cheap and cheerful but work well enough. They're not at all fragile, mine lasted for eight years or so before I retired them. There is a centre detent, for which you can google a modification if it bothers you. The tension adjustment has barely any detectable effect. The foot length adjustment is probably only useful if you have really big feet. MFG Crosswind pedals are of a similar design but much better, with many more adjustment options, higher resolution and longer life due to the magnetic sensors. But they cost a lot more :) Word is the Virtual Fly RUDDO pedals are the best of all, but the price will make your eyes water.
  12. Yes, it's the law where I live too.
  13. Sorry, but what is your reasoning here? That's 68 dpi, or about the same as a 32" 1080p monitor. In other words, it's going to look well fuzzy close up.
  14. No, the tuning knobs on the Saitek radios have traditionally been rubbish. That said, I bought one in summer 2017, not long after Logitech acquired the brand, and I found it unexpectedly worked better than the three or four I had purchased previously. I still don't know what to make of this, but perhaps they are better now. You can find a lot about my experiments with Saitek on my YT channel. For best result, buy the MotiveMods upgrade. This will double the price, but it does give you seven radios on one panel.