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  1. When do pilots usually enter their flight plans etc into their GPS or FMC units? Before or after engine start?
  2. I like to control my aircraft switches (as I can) with hardware switches (party of a learning process towards home cockpit building). I would like to control this aircraft's No Smoking and Fasten Seatbelts switches, knowing they serve to real purpose in the simother that the visual switch position and chime, with the toggling of a couple switches on my Saitek Throttle Quadrant through FSUIPC. The commands are not in FSX by default, so are not availabvle as FS cointrol selections in FSUIPC. I tried logging the switch activity with FSUIPC but no information was gathered. (Maybe I was using this feature wrong). Has anyone managed to program hardware buttons to switch activity in the Carenado Grand Caravan EX (or other Caravan aircraft perhaps) through FSUIPC? If so, I would happily take anyone's adice on how to do it. EDIT: Notice also an inability to set the fuel selector switches on/off through FSUIPC using the Fuel Selector options in FSUIPC's FSX command list.
  3. Disregard question. Solution was simple. Parking brake was off. I figured they would have included engaging it as part of their cold and dark default condition.
  4. I have the Carenado C208B Grand Caravan EX package installed into FSX. From a cold and dark scenario on the ground, after selecting "Static elements" from the INFO panel (SHIFT-5), the image does not update accordingly. No chocks, no pitot covers. Is anyone able to suggest a possible cause and perhaps a solution?
  5. Thanks Steve for the very detailed explanation. Appreciated by me for sure, and I'm sure others now and in the future will benefit. I found it odd that after installation I am hoping that although the interface seems "normal" now, that it's functionality and end results are to be expected. Perhaps its time to purchase Cloud Shadows to take advantage of Version 5 of the fixer. Where can I purchase this?
  6. *EDIT - Disregard, I uninstalled the libraries, and and after a multitude of errors and a restart of a crashed application, I was able to reinstall the libraries and now everything is functioning normally. The only thing I have found, is that i am missing part of the DX10SF Initial Installation Dialogue. I have the three options for product features, however, I don't have the selection menu for the 5 addons.
  7. I am having uncertain difficulty with my installation of DX10 Fixer 3.4. I have never had an issue before, so I'm a bit freaked out. First, after installation, I had to initiate an Emergency Change of FSX Directory. After install, the libraries were installed and up to date, but there was nothing in the FSX path, nor was the Change button available. When I managed to direct the app to the FSX installation, switching to DX10 resulted in this error "Error Copying File DX10 envmap..(0) System error was 3" during the reenabling DX10 Effects and Reflections process. The process completes, but I fear that this error may manifest unexpected behaviour. Do I need to be concerned, or can I proceed business as usual?
  8. I am wondering if anyone would so graciously assist me in optimizing my FSX installation graphic settings with my new system taking into consideration the use of DX10 Fixer 3.4 and Nvidia inspector. I've followed the DX10 Fixer How To Guide, but am not comfortable with my understanding of it. My System: Summary Operating System Windows 10 Home 64-bit CPU Intel Core i7 @ 4.00GHz 30 °C Coffee Lake 14nm Technology RAM 16.0GB Dual-Channel Unknown @ 1069MHz (15-15-15-36) Motherboard ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. PRIME Z370-A (LGA1151) 31 °C Graphics NV Surround (5760x1080@60Hz) Acer X193W (1440x900@60Hz) 4095MB NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (EVGA) 55 °C Storage 2794GB Western Digital WDC WD30EZRZ-00GXCB0 (SATA ) 42 °C 3726GB Western Digital WDC WD40EZRZ-00GXCB0 (SATA ) 43 °C 2794GB Western Digital WD My Book 1230 USB Device (USB (SATA) ) 39 °C 931GB Western Digital WDC WD10 02FAEX-00Y9A0 USB Device (USB (SATA) ) 35 °C 931GB Western Digital WDC WD10 EALS-00Z8A0 USB Device (USB (SATA) ) 35 °C 931GB Western Digital WDC WD10 EZEX-00WN4A0 USB Device (USB (SATA) ) 33 °C 931GB Western Digital WD Ext HDD 1021 USB Device (USB (SATA) ) 34 °C 4657GB Seagate Expansion Desk SCSI Disk Device (USB (SATA) ) 3726GB Seagate Expansion Desk SCSI Disk Device (USB (SATA) ) 44 °C Optical Drives HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GP60NB50 USB Device Audio Realtek High Definition Audio I use Activer Sky Next, REX 4, and Ultimate Terrain Canada, USA, and Carribean.
  9. My apologies if this is an odd question, but I hope someone is able to help me. I'm not very knowledgeable of views , camera angles etc in basic FSX operation. I am struggling to find a decent Twin Otter cockpit panel layout that I can refer to take measurements from and scale as I work towards replicating the cockpit physically. I have been playing around with taking measurements from within FSX's Aersooft Twin Otter Extended aircraft using a software tool called "Meazure". For the most part, I felt OK with this less than accurate method. What I am finding, is that the default views and basic means of looking around the cockpit typically show panels in a somewhat perspective view, so a rectacular panel may show on the screen as trapezoidal. It is difficult to get acurate measurements when the view is askew. Is there a means, that I can set a standard zoom level (.89 seems best) and when choosing to look at a panel, view it staright on? I hope I've explained myself OK. If not, and you think you might know what I'm trying to ask but need more clarification, please ask!
  10. Is there a means in FSX to display the current zoom factor of the display? Control-Z gives me a wealth of information, but not the one piece I need.
  11. I am new to Linda, and using what resources I can find to self teach myself the intricacies of this application. Right now, I am at a point of simply assigning FSX default aircraft commands to my Saitek Yoke and Throttle controls (using the MS FSX Default aircrafts module that came with LINDA). I am trying to find how to assign a PTT button. On press it would be to initiate broadcast, and on release that same button would disconnect. Is anyone able to provide me some direction?
  12. Thank you Andrew. All is good now. It appears I had been using an outdated FSUIPC. So, for clarification of question #2, are you suggesting I get rid of the keyboard and mouse references in the standard.xml file in addition to the joystick references (explicitly advised in the manual)?
  13. I have discovered that LINDA can offer me great flexibility in controls for my aircraft when combined with FSUIPC. I've got all the prerequisites and have been following 'brian747's excellent beginner's manual as I plunge into this new adventure. I have come across a few questions in the initial aspects that I haven't esily found answers to ... 1) General question ... is LINDA meant to run along with FSX? ie when FSX is running so is LINDA (the .exe) 2) Installation preparation question ... in brian747's document it states "the Linda manual also suggests editing the standard .xml file to remove all exisiting assignments". To clarify. this is just joystick assignments ... not keyboard / mouse assignments that precede the hardware assignments in the standard.xml file. They should remain in the file and saved only after edits to the joystick section(s) as illustrated in the Linda manual? 3) Setup question - do I need to be running FSX while I install and configure LINDA? I am receiveing indication from LINDA that their is action required in my Flt Sim / FSUIPC configs. I am being advised that "Flt Sim or FSUIPC not running" and that I should "Check FSUIPC version". I have executed LINDA in both states, with FSX running and FSX not running. I get these messages in both cases. What must I do to overcome this? brian747's manual doesn't appear to mention whether FSX should or shouldn't be running (I'm assuming not) nor how to deal with Flt Sim / FSUIPC config deficiencies. Thank you all in advance!
  14. Thanks Steve ... I will assume the xml file is part of an older NVI and newer versions don't rely onit anymore. I will assume things are working without it!
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