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  1. You can drag the window around in VR by holding the shift key and then left clicking and dragging. It is a little finicky because it doesn't always drag but keep clicking and dragging different spots of the white box and it should eventually move. Before I figured out the transparency thing, I actually moved it way up so it was out of the view unless I was looking up at the overhead panel.
  2. I was fortunate to know all four of my grandparents for 30 years of my life before they passed away. In that time we saw the adoption of computers into the household and it was interesting to see how they coped with new technology. My grandmothers did not touch the computer at all and I think that was more due to the era they grew up in where women didn't do science or technical things. My wife's grandmother even made a comment once that "women don't do such things." Both my grandfathers used a computer but one did a lot more than the other. One ended up taking computer classes and learned to use Photoshop to enhance his photography hobby. He did some great things in Photoshop before his eyesight started going and the colors in his edited photos were off. The other grandfather only really did email on the computer but if he got a pop up or something didn't work like he expected, he was completely at a loss as to what to do so he would often call my brother or I for help. My parents are in a similar boat. Both my mom and dad use a computer well as long as everything works as they expect and are used to. If they encounter a new situation or an error, they are often unable to troubleshoot for themselves and my brother or I get a call. The same goes with their cellphones. I hope as I age that I am more like my Photoshop grandfather who was not scared of technology and was able to figure a lot of things out on his own well into his late 80's before his eyesight problems and declining health made it difficult for him.
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    ORBX EU Netherlands TrueEarth released

    I did that but the problem is that ORBX still seems to initially download to the Windows temp folder before extracting it to the ORBX directory on the other hard drive with a symbolic link pointing to it. I left this to download over night and had 250GB free on my scenery drive and only 50GB free on my Windows/Prepar3D drive. When I looked at it this morning it said that the install failed because it ran out of disk space. I found that it had consumed space on the C drive instead of the D drive. I freed up some more space by moving stuff around and retried the download/install and it worked. Once the install completed, the temp files were cleaned up on the Windows drive and I now have 100GB free. So it seems that if you have your scenery on another drive you need 77GB on your scenery drive as well as your Windows drive until the download/install process completes.
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    Farewell FSW

    I have been a long time user of DTG's train sim franchises and have been unhappy with the path they have forged in that arena as well. At the end of the day, game companies are like any other business in that they need to pay all of their workers salaries with hopefully some profit left over. Releasing a simulation platform is a massive undertaking and the market is fairly limited. Once the big rush of income comes in, it will slow down to a trickle in the future. So, how do you continue to pay all of the salaries well into the future? The answer for most game companies is to develop another game. DTG sees the answer to the sustainable income problem as paid DLC. With their new Train Sim World, they released a buggy engine and were quick to hop over to releasing DLC packs for it which are also buggy. They do fix issues with the game engine here and there but every new DLC introduces new issues and there are plenty of long standing bugs still in the software from the initial release. When DTG first released their classic Train SIm (Railworks) many years ago, it was very open to anyone to develop and release add-ons for. There were tons of freeware and payware content for the simulation. Over the years they slowly locked this down so that they could control all DLC which gives them a path to charge license fees and collect royalties from any other developer that wants to create a product for the platform. With the new Train Sim World they said from the beginning that they would release an SDK and be open to developers but I was skeptical and that hasn't transpired. The only ones that release content for TSW is DTG. I saw FSW as the same exact model as TSW. They wanted to tightly control the DLC so that they could make money off of it and have sustainable income over the long term. The reason FSW failed and TSW has not yet failed is because of the existence of competition. In the Train market, there really isn't any competition and hasn't been for a while other than the very limited Run8. That means train simmers are either forced to put up with sub par content at high prices or skip train simming altogether. If there was ever a high quality, fully featured, third party friendly train simulator released from a competitor, I am sure new purchases on DTG's train simulators would die fairly quickly like FSW.
  5. I have also been waiting for the Honeycomb's but now I am intrigued by the PFC units. If you look at their throttle console, you can add on a 6 stick throttle quadrant for only $150. That brings the total for the console and the throttle quadrant to $645 USD and you get a landing gear lever, flap lever, and rudder trim with the console. Whereas with the TQ-6, you just get a 6 stick throttle quadrant for 542 Euros which is $666 USD. So the TQ-6 is more expensive for less controls.
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    Tips good vr in 4.2

    The cockpit "judders," as you call it, happens when the frame rates get too low. I have found that single pass rendering in the VR options helps with this. However, the downfall is you can get some strange pop-ins and artifacts with single pass rendering at the moment because it has some bugs in it. It is worse when you are on the ground at an airport with a lot of objects on it. You can also adjust your scenery settings. A lot of the high quality settings you don't need in VR because of the resolution limitation. I have the Oculus Tray Tool set to 1.5 Super Sampling with ASW turned off to improve the resolution. The caveat with super sampling is you need to turn some of your settings down a bit. I normally prepare the plane and taxi to the runway in stereo mode so I do not get all of the weird artifacts. Then I switch to single pass before takeoff so it is smoother. Enroute you can use either mode depending on whether you are experiencing any artifacts from single pass or not. I typically keep it in single pass as I approach another airport to land because I need it as smooth as possible in order to hand fly the landing. Once landed I switch back to stereo mode to get rid of the weird artifacts.
  7. ryebred2

    P3D Only Starts After Full System Reboot

    I have the same issue with it getting stuck on the splash screen. Have pretty much since the beginning. What I do to fix it is I have a shortcut to my scenery.cfg file on my desktop. Before I start P3D I edit the file and just add an extra line to the end of it, save and close. Then start up P3D. I think it is because of the popup for compiling scenery that allows it to get past the splash screen. Next time before I start it up I delete the extra line. Deleting the scenery indexes does the same thing. I had also deleted the Prepar3d.cfg file and let it rebuild it and that worked one time as well. But once I started it up the second time it got stuck on the splash screen again.
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    Landing Lights in VR

    I figured it out. You need to have Dynamic Lights turned on in order to see the Landing/Taxi lights. I had turned that option off as part of my settings optimizations for VR as I heard it eats up some frame rates. Now I see ground lighting in all of the aircraft I tested.
  9. I am using Prepar3D 4.1 with an Oculus Rift and did my first night flight with the PMDG 737 and noticed that I could not see the landing lights in VR. They did not illuminate the ground and I double checked that I had the display setting checked "landing lights illuminate the ground." I also tried other aircraft, the PMDG 777, the TFDi 717, and some GA planes and none of them showed the landing light on the ground. Do landing/taxi lights not show up in VR or is there something I am missing?
  10. ryebred2

    PMDG / FSLABS and VR

    I use the PMDG 737, Majestic Dash 8, and TFDI 717 in VR all the time. I have a pretty high end computer so I use the Oculus Tray tool to set the super sampling to 1.5. This makes things much easier to read in the cockpit and I have no trouble seeing airports from further away. I mostly kept the graphics options similar to what I had in 2d but I did turn all traffic off. With traffic on, for me, it gets a little stuttery when taxing at large airports. With native P3D VR, it is easy to switch from VR back to 2D so once I get comfortable in cruise I usually turn it back to 2D and take the Oculus RIft headset off. Then I do something else to occupy my time until I get close to the Top of Decent and turn VR back on. Programming the FMC in VR with the super sampling on is not too bad. I can read everything without having to lean too close. The only issue is that your mouse pointer is synced to both your mouse and your head. As long as you keep your head still, you can move your mouse around but if your head moves the mouse resets to follow your head. This does mean you have to keep your head unnaturally still sometimes while you are programming the FMC or dialing in altitudes or things like that. I am curious to try Leap Motion though as an add on to the rift to track my hands. https://www.leapmotion.com
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    Learjet Nav not capturing GTN 750 course

    Well my installer said I had version 2.04 and the current version listed on the website is 2.04. So unless they snuck some fixes into the release without updating the version number, It should have been the same as I had before. I re downloaded just to make sure there was no corruption in the download and also to test my upgraded internet connection. :)
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    Learjet Nav not capturing GTN 750 course

    Yay!!! Finally it works! I uninstalled the GTN completely and re downloaded it, reinstalled it, and deleted the .dat file. Fired up the Learjet and I now have Nav control. Its weird because in that Flight 1 thread, most people seemed to be having issues with Carenado planes but my GTN always worked with all of my Carenado and A2A planes, it was just the Flysimware Lear that had issues for me. Anyway, I am happy that it is now working and I can use the plane in Airhauler 2. Thanks guys for all of the suggestions. Ryan
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    Learjet Nav not capturing GTN 750 course

    Thanks for the suggestions Al. I found that thread earlier and tried deleting the F1GPSGeneral.dat file and was hopeful that it would work but it did not. My window specifications in the panel.cfg look like what you listed above. I did do a reinstall of the GTN but I didn't uninstall it first. Wanted to try the easy route first to see if that worked. I will do a full uninstall and reinstall of it later. Thanks, Ryan
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    Learjet Nav not capturing GTN 750 course

    The tool tip says "Active navigation source: GTN750 UNIT 1 (Right click to change)." I uninstalled and reinstalled the learjet but this time I selected the dual GTN cockpit. I right clicked to change the active nav source to the GTN750 Unit 2 and the autopilot Nav was still stuck in Arm. I also tried switching back and forth between nav and gps mode and also disabling heading hold and just enabling nav. Didn't work. I did try an ILS approach and that worked fine. Presumably because it was in VLOC/NAV mode and not GPS mode. I also tried flying the plane with the GNS 530 GPS and the Nav mode worked on that. Maybe I will try reinstalling the GNS750
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    Learjet Nav not capturing GTN 750 course

    I tried what you posted but it still didn't work. I am attaching a screenshot so you can see what it looks like. Just to verify that my GTN was not broken somehow, I loaded up my A2A and Carenado planes that use the GTN 750 also and was able to follow a flight plan and shoot an ILS approach with them.