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  1. Thanks for the comments. If I get MS Montana and use it with Orbx Central Rockies (which include most of Montana), will the Orbx autogen appear on top of the MS photoscenery (assuming I have the order right in the scenery library)? Or do people buy some other autogen pack? The videos on MegaScenery Earth's homepage seem to have a lot of autogen. I think it's fine to use Montana and CRM together because the CRM area is far bigger than just Montana, so I imagine Montana would exclude it within it's (Montana's) borders. I still don't quite see how the autogen side of it works, - maybe I should just buy one and tinker with it...
  2. MegaScenery Earth are offering 50% off everything until July 8th. https://www.megasceneryearth.com/ I don't have any of this yet but I have a few questions for those that do. Does it work with P3D5? Does it come with its own autogen? Does it mess with P3D autogen? Would it conflict with Orbx Central Rockies if I get MegaEarth Montana? Thanks, - any advice appreciated.
  3. I was worried about that initially too, then I discovered that everything had installed into the right place. I think they're really good installers but they should include a message that shows you that something has happened successfully.
  4. Thanks Peter, - I switched off engine damage and it works like a dream now. This'll be my plane of choice until some more complex aircraft become available 😁.
  5. I tried installing the S340 into P3D5 but could only start one engine and that quickly became smokey. It didn't respond to throttle input. Anyone having any luck with it? If so, I might try again, - loved this plane in P3D4.
  6. @FW Aviation, thanks for the push, - I bought it 😆.
  7. I've been put off it because of the following in a 2016 review by FSElite."Of course, no product is complete without ensuring that the terminal buildings are up to the high standards that we now expect in our community. The buildings are accurately modelled, and look detailed thanks to the HD nature of the texture work. In today’s standards, it falls short of the WOW factor. Admittedly we have been spoilt by other developers, but ‘pre-textured’ windows are an old technique, that soon needs to be eradicated. With as many years in development as Mega Airport Prague has been in, I expected some more interior development to have taken place. It probably comes back down to VAS and frame rates, but other developers out there are now taking advantage of the technology, and I expect Aerosoft to start doing the same soon." Those opaque window textures look awful to me, and this doesn't look up to the usual Aerosoft standard, - very dated. I'm still struggling with whether it's worth 5 euros in 2020.
  8. I have the same thing, hope someone can help.
  9. Wow, - thanks Dan and Bob, - two extremely helpful replies. Now I know far better what's happening, although I still don't quite see what VRAM 'usage' is, - i just assumed it was how much memory was occupied. Interesting to learn that I can only use 2.5GB of my 4GB of VRAM. I'll have a look at the AA settings, as you suggest Bob. My CPU is an Intel Core i5 4670K so I'll try overclocking it as you suggest, to the low-mid 4GHz range, and I'll certainly get a 1080 very soon. My monitor is 1920x1200, which I thought was pretty high, but I have been away from tech stuff for a while (as you might have guessed). When simming, I run a second monitor at 1280x1024, so that might partly account for the high GPU usage too. Thanks again, very helpful 😊.
  10. I've recently bought some very demanding scenery (OrbX Netherlands TrueEarth) and realised that my current setup (Windows 7) can't really handle it, so I'm thinking about buying a GTX1080 to replace my GTX970. I read that P3D4 is somewhat limited by your processor (I have an Intel I5), so I was a bit worried that spending NZ$900 on a new graphics card might achieve very little, but I checked my computer's performance yesterday and found that my GTX 970 seems to be the bottleneck. I do have two questions though, - I understand that GPU dedicated memory is system RAM that can be used for graphics. I have 16GB of system RAM, 4GB of GPU RAM, but my Process Explorer stats (see below) show only 2.5GB of GPU dedicated memory. I'm wondering if this is something I could increase to obtain better performance. Why do my W7 display stats (also below) show Dedicated Video Memory as 4GB? Presumably that's just the GPU RAM and not GPU dedicated memory. Also, what does GPU system memory do? I seem to be using a tiny fraction of the limit, - is this something that can be utilised better?
  11. Finally... I've done it! Here's what you have to do, and remember this is nothing to do with any route or arrival procedure that you have programmed into the FMC: I think I was getting mixed up with that. In the end I just set up the nav properly in the Primary Flight Display (PFD) and hit the right buttons in the autopilot controls. Jim's advice in the post above this clarified for me what the Preset does (the clue is in the name). First tune VOR1 in the TUN page of the CDU (flight computer) to whatever the ILS frequency is, then head towards a point on the extended runway centreline far enough away so that you can have a long final approach and intercept the glideslope (GS) from below at a higher height than normal (to give you lots of time to stabilise your speed during your approach). Use Heading Hold for this, (with the autopilot on). I tuned VOR2 to the same frequency but that step most probably isn't necessary. Make sure that VOR1 is selected in the PFD display below the attitude indicator/artificial horizon. Note, as Jim says, that while the "Preset" indication will say VOR2 at this point (or LOC2), the display shows VOR1 or LOC1, which is what you want. Adjust the course using the round knob on the grey vertical panel thing to the right of the PFD (the tooltip will confirm that you are selecting the course on NAV1) and aim to intercept at about a 30 degree angle on Heading Hold (e.g. if the runway is 27, intercept the localiser at about 240 or 300 degrees). Soon the horizontal and vertical deflection bars will appear on the PFD, showing that the ILS signal is being received. When the ILS deflection needle on the HSI starts to move towards the centre, hit the NAV button on the autopilot panel. this changes the mode from HDG to LOC1, the localiser. When the localiser is more or less centred, hit the VNAV button on the autopilot panel. At this point you can still be on ALTS (altitude hold) because the autopilot will override that when it intercepts the GS. Now hit APPR on the autopilot panel, which engages both flight computers. At this point, accross the top of the PFD you should see APPR LOC1 AP in green capital letters. As the glideslope bar starts to fall down the verical ILS deflection bar, you will also see GS above the PFD in green, - which means you've successfully captured the glideslope. Now you just need to control the speed with the levers and put the flaps and gear down (assuming you're a lazy pilot like me who doesn't bother too much with pre-landing checklists). Thanks to all who posted on this thread, and if you have any more advice, perhaps how to do it better, I'm sure it will be well received.
  12. Tried again tonight and managed a landing by using vertical speed mode to roughly stay on the glideslope before disengaging autopilot. This time I set the frequency in the small panel to the right of the MFD but that didn't seem to make any difference, - it showed up in the TUN page of the CDU anyway. I noticed a few more things: The preset (left of the PFD) is odd: selecting Loc 1 was impossible, - it did select with the rotary switch it but it continued to display 'Loc 2' (although the course it was showing was Loc 1). Loc 1, although programmed as to frequency and course, wouldn't engage despite being in the ILS zone of influence, but switching to Loc 2 called up the expected ILS deflection bar so I tuned the ILS course and went with that, which gave me the horizontal and vertical ILS bars. Again, no GS intercept so I did the vertical part using Vertical Speed mode. I might have forgotten to press VNAV along the way, - have to try that next time (I normally do it but it hasn't engaged GS so far). Next time I'll try it at a different airfield, - it's possible that East Midlands' glideslope just isn't working.
  13. "Forgive me for asking a really obvious question, but are you putting the ILS freq in the Nav radio? If you use the FMS to enter an approach, you'll track with LNAV, but it won't intercept the GS." I'm putting the ILS freq in the Tune part of the CDU. If that's wrong, I'll be delighted if you can tell me the right place to put it. Jim, you seem to have this down. Too bad Carenado couldn't be bothered to write a manual for how to use their complex product.
  14. Interesting. I just tried again with the same result, - no glideslope capture. At least we know the FAF altitude isn't the problem and is overridden if the ILS is set up properly. I'm doing very long finals and higher intercepts to give myself a chance to sort things out but it does take a while to get onto an approach, - particularly as this plane doesn't seem able to save flight plan data. Perhaps if/when you feel you've nailed it, you could put together a short dummy's guide, - which buttons to press and at what stage? I think a lot of people would appreciate it and you're certainly further along that track than me.
  15. Thanks Jim. I tried that just now, hitting VNAV before APPR and for the first time got a glideslope indication (vertical scale on the right of the PFD). I sailed over the airport again but I guess I need to change the ALT to zero instead of my intercept height so I'll try that later and report back.
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