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  1. Hello guys, I replied to Pat's post asking the same question on our forums, and I'll add the info here too for the befit of anyone who is interested. Yes, if you've installed P3Dv5 but you don't have P3Dv4 on your system, the existing installer won't be able to detect a compatible version of the sim. Although the P-40 itself will—broadly-speaking—work in v5, there are a few issues which we'll need to address before we release a new P3Dv5 installer. In the meantime, if you're really keen to try the P3Dv4 version in v5, a simple Windows registry edit can be used to redirect the installer. To do this, add a registry key "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Lockheed Martin\Prepar3D v4" containing a string with name "SetupPath" and value "C:\Program Files\Lockheed Martin\Prepar3D v5" (or whatever your P3Dv5 installation path is). If you're using this default installation path you can use this registry script to make the edit instead. You can also edit the script in Notepad via its right click context menu if you wish to customise it for your own P3Dv5 install path, rather than editing the registry direct. In this case, it's the section highlighted in blue which you'll need to modify. To run the script, just double click it. Thanks, Nick
  2. Hello Guys, Since we made the Accu-Sim P-40 available as a free gift to the flight sim community a few days ago (see this topic), the traffic on our website has seen a huge surge. Although we expected a lot of demand and we've since brought in an additional file hosting service, we're still seeing intermittent SSL handshake issues on the site that we didn't anticipate. All joking about handshakes being an obvious source of trouble at this time of social distancing aside, the COVID-19 pandemic is actually frustrating attempts to fully resolve the issue. This is because the onsite support provided by our web hosting company (i.e techs able to access and reset servers) is under pressure too at this time. However, if you refresh your browser a few times as mentioned above, you should be able to load the site and it seems to be pretty fast at present once it loads. Similarly, it may take a few attempts to get the online updaters for our P3Dv4 products to connect. Apologies to anyone who is finding access tricky, but we hope you understand. 🙂 Thanks, Nick
  3. Hi All, We've brought in some external file hosting capacity on our website, so hopefully the timeouts and SSL handshake failures that many of you have been experiencing over the past two days should be less likely. Not surprisingly, traffic on the site over this period has dramatically exceeded anything we've seen before, but you should all be able to download the P-40 now. Thanks for bearing with us. 🙂 All the best,Nick
  4. Thanks for the kind words guys, and apologies to anyone who is struggling to load our site at the moment to download their free copy of the P-40. We'd hoped our web hosting company would be up to the extra demand, but looks like the surge was way bigger than expected. Anyway, please don't panic if you can get get into our store at present: the P-40 will be free for a while to come. 🙂 Best wishes, and hope you all stay healthy and cheerful! Nick
  5. Great stuff Stan. Thanks and look forward to seeing you there. Nick
  6. Okay, just manually activated you in that case Stan, so you should be able to post if you have any other issues or just fancy dropping by. The first post needs manual approval, but once that's done, you can post at will. Thanks, Nick
  7. Thanks Stan. There's an new member called 'stash' who isn't activated. Is this you? Nick
  8. Hi Stan, Good to hear you've resolved the issue with the autopilot. Yes, the directional gyro will need to be aligned for it to work correctly. In some NAV modes, it's also necessary to set the heading bug to the desired course. I don't see a pending post from you on our forums, but you should get an automated confirmation email when you register which is a common measure to try and keep the spambots at bay. If you haven't received it, please check your junk mail folder. If it's not there, drop me a line here and I should be able to sort things from our end. Thanks, Nick
  9. Thanks for the comments everyone. The PBR implementation in P3Dv4 does indeed have its limitations, although I suppose there's always the chance it will be tweaked with future updates from Lockheed Martin. However, it's not possible to control the colour appearance of reflected light that's rendered on PBR surfaces via changes to the materials, just how metallic the surface is. We'll keep an eye on feedback, but for now, if you wish to revert any or all of the original C172 liveries back to their old, non-PBR, models and textures this is easy to do as the original files are still present in the installation. Just open the aircraft.cfg file and find the "model=pbr" entries in the "[fltsim.0]", "[fltsim.1]" and "[fltsim.2]" sections, and change them to just "model=". Note that you can't do this for the new N346CP livery "[fltsim.3]" as it doesn't include the legacy textures. Best regards, Nick
  10. Thanks Tim - there are a few additional screenshots of the free PBR update in this post on our forums. Harry - I think I answered you on our forum, but for the benefit of anyone else who's wondering the same thing, all the great existing repaints for the 172 are still supported because we've kept the old non-PBR models and textures in place. However, the update replaces the aircraft.cfg so any installed repaints won't show once you've installed it. Upon updating, your existing aircraft.cfg file is backed-up in the same folder as "aircraft.cfg.bak" so you can copy and paste any repaint entries from this file into the new copy of the aircraft.cfg. Just bear in mind that you may have to adjust numbers for the "[fltsim.x]" entries as we added one extra livery. Best regards, Nick
  11. Hi Andreas, It sounds like you're using pretty-much the correct technique for our 172R. It's a fuel injected model, so is started with the mixture lever in the idle/cutoff position to prevent over priming. In fact, I'd say that over priming is the most common reason why customers sometimes have difficulty starting. Sometimes what is judged to be 3-5 seconds of priming with the fuel pump on and mixture pushed in, turns out to be at least 10 seconds once a video of unsuccessful starting attempts is shown! However, once the engine starts, you need to push the mixture lever in pretty smartly to prevent the engine from dying. There quite a bit to do in short time, so with mouse controls only, it can be a bit tricky until you become used to it. It's not just sim pilots who struggle with this though, and Cessna produced this video specifically to help operators of fuel injected 172s and 182s avoid over priming. If you have a watch and then apply the principals shown in the sim, you should be good. Finally, although we try to keep an eye on forums elsewhere, if you have any questions specific to A2A products, you're welcome to post on our forums too. Kind regards, Nick
  12. Hello Steve, The internal sound files for the Accu-Sim B-17 are stored in a separate directory to the main "sounds" folder that you mention. By default, this is "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\Microsoft Flight Simulator X\A2A\B17\Sounds". If you're having some difficulties with the product, I'd recommend that you drop us a line on our forums where we can help get you sorted out. If you can let us know as much info about your OS and installation as possible, it should make it quicker to troubleshoot the issue. Thanks, Nick
  13. Okay, thanks Eric - I've responded to your recent reply. Nick
  14. Hi Eric, We've tried to help, but you didn't respond in this thread on our forum that you opened at the weekend (I'm guessing you're the same Eric, anyway. 😊). I'm pretty sure the web server issues at our host have been resolved, but please let me know if you're having any difficulty logging on to our forum. Thanks, Nick
  15. Hi all, Yes, since yesterday afternoon, things seem to be running normally so–touch wood–the hosting company has fully resolved the issue this time. I know we've said that before, but unfortunately the communication and support from the company in question has left rather a lot to be desired. It's a nice idea, but these pesky web hosting companies have extensive 'limitation of liability' clauses in their user agreements Ron. To be honest, if they didn't, I suspect they wouldn't be able to run an affordable service for small businesses at all, what with the army of lawyers they'd need to employ. Anyway, sorry again to anyone who has been unable to access the A2A website over the past 10 days or so. Once we're happy the site is stable and generally seems to be behaving itself, the update on current projects will follow, along with the sale as mentioned above! 😉 All the best, Nick
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