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  1. DaveCT2003

    Our phases of simming

    A very nice and welcome post. Kyle has done an excellent job these many years!
  2. DaveCT2003

    Non realistic clouds in P3D V4.3

    Everyone has their own opinion when it comes to weather and sky textures. I have every texture (freeware and payware), PTA, etc.. The very best weather and sky textures I've ever seen were back with REX Essentials and in my opion nothing REX has released since is as good as they were. After experimenting rather heavily (including performance monitoring), I have settled on the combination of ASCA and Eventex/EvenShade, and I because of all the tech support I've had to do for numerous flight sim products on the development side I won't use PTA any more. Again, this is something that everyone and their brother is going to have an different opinion on. The bottom line is what YOU think looks best on your system. I wish you all the very best!
  3. I was once a computer hardware engineer before making my way into Program Management. From my perspective, one should always get as much Cache (L2/L3) as one can get! With the above in mind, I couldn't possibly agree more with Bob. In fact, I built a i7-4770K (I lucked out in the lottery with an incredible processor that beats most i7-4790Ks I've worked on), and I'm still using it today and have no need to upgrade as of yet. Well, I moved to an SSD and replaced my NVIDIA 900 Series with a 1080, but the same 5+ year old motherboard and processor. Watercooling has helped to keep the processor in great shape (just a simple Corsair H110, but it keeps my processor at excellent temps even though I've overclocked to 4.5GHz). I hope this helps, and I wish you the very best!
  4. DaveCT2003

    30Hz Options

    Interesting answers! I always wondered about HiSense and Vizio 4Ks, especially because the price is so much lower than LG or Samsung. Because I wasn't able to get the specs I needed to know if those brands would work, I went with Samsung who did publish them (all at the time of my purchase a few years ago). The Samsung 55" 4K I purchased run great at either 30Hz or 60Hz, though it will go to 120Hz which isn't really needed in flight sim. Regarding size, I'll be the first to say that the 55 inch is too large, and a 40 to 43 inch would have been much better choice. Best wishes my friends!
  5. DaveCT2003

    Active Sky for P3Dv4

    One thing about AS to remember is the briefing page. Once you load a flight plan, you can get the windspeed and temp at Cruise, which one enters into the FMS/FMGS. Hope you're doing well Gary... sounds like you've come a long way in our hobby my friend. Best wishes!
  6. DaveCT2003

    General Question About Computers and FSX

    Jetline systems are very good for flight sim. But if you're looking to build your own system (easy to do and will either save you a LOT of money, allow you to use better components, or both!) then the golden rule still applies: 1. Get as much CPU and GPU as you can afford. 2. Intel is the only way to go IMHO, and the CPU should be overclockable. Not that you have to do this, but eventually you'll probably do this. 3. The fastest RAM that you can afford, and minimum 16GB of RAM. 4. For a hard drive, really the only way to go is an SSD. I also like the hybrid drives, but I personally recommend an SSD. 5. Get the best motherboard you can afford. I like ASUS and Gigabyte motherboards, but there is nothing wrong with MSI. I'd stay away from other boards. Also, try to get a motherboard with as many USB ports as you can find (you may need them for multiple controllers down the road). Hope this helps my friend. Best wishes!
  7. DaveCT2003

    Task manager Prepar3D.exe

    Just some general background info. Though it's not very well publicized, sound works very strange in FSX and P3D, and it's tied directly to performance and as such it's often an early indication that hardware is being over taxed, although whether it's the sim doing it or not has to then be figured out. We've seen this raise it's ugly head during Windows 10 updates, which take up so many resources that it's not worth booting up the sim on Tuesdays! Best wishes.
  8. DaveCT2003

    cdt 4.3

    From the AVSIM CTD Guide: DINPUT | DINPUT8.dll – indicates a DirectX problem and/or video card issue. • If you have a video card overclocking program like Gigabyte OC Guru, remove or disable it. • Check for problem with video card overclock, if applicable. • Run DXDIAG. Click on your Windows Search and type in dxdiag, and then enter. Check each tab for errors. • Make sure you have WHQL drivers installed (this will show up in dxdiag). • Check keyboard/mouse/joystick connections to any USB port. Move connections to another USB port if available. Make sure drivers to USB ports and keyboards, joysticks, and mouse are up-to-date. Best wishes.
  9. DaveCT2003

    P3D ILS Tower approache procs missing

    I couldn't agree more. From that (and only that) perspective, i really wish simmers would learn VATSIM, IVAO or Pilot Edge and not use any AI based ATC. Not that ATC procedures are perfect online, but its far better and far more immersive.
  10. DaveCT2003

    P3D ILS Tower approache procs missing

    Since I use default airports EXTREMELY rarely and then not at very small airports, I have not noticed the ILS missing at some of the smaller airports that you reporting. Have you checked the AFCAD to see if they are there? If you'd like, send me a few of the airport ICAOs that are missing ILS approaches and I'd be happy to take a look. Best wishes.
  11. DaveCT2003


    You are very welcome.
  12. DaveCT2003


    Absolutely! Remember there are two primary types of departures for this type of flying.... SIDs with Radar Vectors (ATC will provide you with vectors to your first waypoint/departure gate (not talking about the gate at the terminat) and RNAV which provides waypoints from the start (so no need for vectors). As Kyle said, this information can be found on the Runway Chart(s). If you need charts, you can find them for free at: USA http://www.airnav.com/ https://skyvector.com/ Europe https://www.ead.eurocontrol.int/cms-eadbasic/opencms/en/login/ead-basic/ EADs requires you to create an account, but it's free.
  13. Always good to see any attempt to bring people in our community together. Best of luck!
  14. DaveCT2003

    What to answer to: "Resume navigation"

    I've always replied with "Own Nav, [Callsign]", though I don't know what the product in question is looking to hear. Now if we can just get people on VATSIM to stop saying "with you". My old flight instructor (God rest his soul) turns over in his grave every time someone on VATSIM or IVAO uses that term. He broke me of his habit in about 3 seconds by boxing my ear when I said it once... ONCE! 🙂 I'm sure Scott knows what I'm talking about! Best wishes everyone!
  15. DaveCT2003

    QW 787

    LOL... you beat me to it! My very best wishes for Happy Flights!