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  1. The pop up screen behaved the same way, could not close it down. So I just ignored it, and after a few minutes it dissapeared by itself, haven't seen it since.
  2. Check that the master switch is on, it's off by default. It's located on the right overhead panel between (and a little below, big T-switch) BATT1 and BATT2 switches.
  3. I usually press the downward button to make sure the plane is sitting on the ground after slewing, otherwise, if there's elevation changes slewing from A to B you can bounce a bit because the plane is off the ground, even if only by a few feet.
  4. There's a slew plugin which I use, cant paste the link but it's in the .org library. Just do a google search.
  5. Well that's strange, one thing comes to mind. Btw: do you see any indication of the axis in the MCDU calibration page. You should see a green line when moving the throttle from idle to full throttle? I know, I know, I just have to ask anyway. Anyway, there could be some interference if you have assigned axis in both FS options and FSUIPC. You could try and remove the throttle axis within FS and assign the axis through FSUIPC instead, and obviously calibrate it as well (within FSUIPC). If all that is set and it still doesnt work, you can try and reverse the axis within the FSUIPC interface. See if that helps. Actually, I think I have the same joystick lying around somewhere, but it's very late night here now, so I wont be able to test it until tomorrow (if I can find it).
  6. FSGRW has a demo too, I think. For me it is the best because it no-B simple interface without fancy graphics and billions of buttons for everything (that probably has a performance impact). And it also creates weather on par with the rest, no doubt. I have it configured so that it loads in the background when I start the sim and it does everything automatically and I dont have to do a thing. Getting weather info from other airports is as simple as typing in the ICAO code. And to top it iff, once Xplane 10.40 is released, it will also work in x-plane, in addition to P3D, FSX and if my memory serves me, also FS9/fs2004. But it is purely a weather generator, so no new cloud textures or anything, in my case, I use REX for texture replacements and FSGRW for the weather part.
  7. FSGRW for my part, very happy with it. Saying that as a previous user of most of the other programs.
  8. Without knowing anything about what hardware you use or how you tried to calibrate, I can only run over the calibration process in general and under the assumption that your joystick is correctly configured and calibrated in both OS and in your FS. First off, there is no zone to calibrate the reverse axis, only the position from idle to TOGA. Meaning, you set your throttle lever at idle, then press the button on the left side of the MCDU/FMC next to where it reads idle/set. Then move your throttle to lightspeed (aka full throttle) and press the button on the right side of the MCDU/FMC next to where it says TOGA/set, and you should be done. If you have reverse thrust on your throttle hardware, it should automatically work now. If you don't have a reverse axis on your joystick/throttle console, you might be able to fake one. If the latter is the case, when calibrating the idle/set position, move your throttle to somewhere of your liking but above the physical idle (of your joystick) and press the left button on the MCDU/FMC in order to tell the airbus that this is the new idle position. I dont know if it'll actually work, but in theory it should
  9. Sorry man, that was my bad, didn't see that this was in the fs9 section until now. I just followed one of the links from the front page. My suggestion is for fsx. :Whistle:
  10. Look in the aircraft.cfg file, look for [CameraDefinition.***], find the camera definition you want to change and look for a the InitialZoom= line and put in the numbers you need, in your case it would be InitialZoom=0.6
  11. Yes, you can dial in the speed manually using the FMC/MCDU, go to the decent page and put in numbers there. There's supposed to be a update for the A320 package soon which addresses that, but for now, just type in the speed in the performance/decent page. Mind you, put in not only knots but also mach numbers. As far as I know, it doesnt have managed decent (vertical profile) yet, although it should hold altitude restrictions if there's any.
  12. No problem my friend, I'm glad you got it sorted out.
  13. First off, yeah, the PIT indicates that the pitch hold is engaged, and the green HDG should normaly indicate that it is activated. And when you hit the NAV it should correctly show a white LNAV which indicates that the LNAV is armed. Normaly it would turn green when you intercept the programed flightpath. Same goes if you were flying to intercept a VOR radial. But if nothing works, a reinstall could be the solution. Obviously something's missing if all indicators tell you that they are activated, but nothing happens. Just remember to run the installer as admin since win7 is notorious in the f-it-up department when it comes to it's build-in "safety measures". I have personally turned it all off and taken ownership of all folders + I run the whole shebang as admin lol. So my win7 runs more like the good ol XP in that regard. Never had a file secretly arrested by win7 since then.
  14. No problem. As far as the heading function goes, it should work regardless. In fact you can even arm the heading control on the AP before you turn on your AP, it will then automaticaly engage hdg mode once you activate the AP itself. So I must admit, it does sound kinda strange that it doesn't engage. You should pay notice to your left PFD because all AP functions you arm or engage will be displayed in green letters along the top edge of the display. First of all you should confirm that when you turn on the AP that the green light on the AP button itself is lit, then check you left PFD where it should be a green AP present. Same thing with i.e when engaging hdg mode, the light near the button should be lit green and the PDF should say AP and HDG with green letters.
  15. Hi there, I dont have the 777 but, I experienced the same issue recently. It didn't matter which addon or where in the world I was flying. After googling and searching forums, I was still stuck. So I found some German forum and tried to use google translate but the result was more greek than english. Btw, here's the link for those that do understand german: http://www.netzblogr.com/loesung-fuer-den-r6025-crash-in-prepar3d-und-fsx Anyhow, make a short story long, I did get that they were talking about some dll's in the windows\system32 folder, so I decided to check if the same ddl's were present in my system. And they were, so I made a backup folder within the sys32 folder and moved the dll's to the backup folder I just created. Lord and behold, now were back in business again and the sun is shining, birds are chirping and I can hear childrens laughter somewhere in the distance. The dll's to look for are: msvcr100_clr0400.dll, msvcr110_clr0400.dll and msvcr120_clr0400.dll So if you have this problem and tried everything else, then have a look inside your windows\system32 folder, the perp may be hiding there. NB! Never delete these kind of files, either rename them or move them to a backup folder, just in case if you should need them again. Disclaimer: So far I haven't noticed anything negative by removing them, but what ever you do to your own computer is your own responibility. I looked at it like this: if the only option left was something as drastic as to reinstall FS and maybe even the OS, there's no harm in trying....and so I did, and it worked, saved myself a whole lotta trouble.
  16. Thanks dheyer, hope it helps any frustrated ERJ pilots out there, this is truly a gem of an addon and she's still one of my favourite planes that I never get tired of flying. I mean, good visuals (even the VC despite it's age), pretty indept systems and a joy to fly by hand...what more can you ask for?
  17. Here you go.....also, since we're in public space I wrote this in general terms to hopefully be of benefit to most readers and I've skipped alot of smaller items and completly focused on the core essentials for a FMC flight. Btw: I noticed you said you loaded a flightplan in your attempts, I assume that it is a FS flightplan you loaded? If so I must admit I have never tried that function myself, I always enter/program my flightplans directly in the FMC, just as we are going to do now. It realy doesnt take much time anyway. If I remember correctly you can also save the flightplan in your FMC for later use. 1'st off, like in all aircraft equiped with a FMC, it is important that it's programmed correctly. So let's quicly run through it. I made a short flightplan between Denver (KDEN) and Aspen (KASE). This is the flightplan: KDEN ELORE V356 DBL KASE -------------FMC---------------------------------------------------------------------- So without further adue, let's open the FMC, hit the position initiation button and choose KDEN. Then hit the LSK where it says FLT PLAN. By now, your departure (KDEN) should be displaying where it says ORIGIN. Now enter the destination which in this case will be KASE. Next we'll add our route, which in this case is deliberatly short but also contains airways so I get to demonstrate how to enter them into the FMC. Where it say's VIA.TO, we enter our first waypoint which is ELORE. From ELORE we are going to follow the airway V356 to DBL, so for the next VIA.TO we enter V356.DBL. Now you'll notice that all waypoints between ELORE and DBL is automatically added by the computer, to our flightplan. In the last VIA.TO we enter our destination: KASE. Now let's check in with ground control and get the active RWY (or just choose whatever you like if you dont wanna mess around with FS ATC). I got RWY 34R, so let's hit the LSK where it say's DEPARTURE and select RWY 34R. If you dont see it on the first page use the PREV/NEXT buttons to switch pages until you find 34R listed. When you select RW34R, the next window that pops up will be the SID page. This is where you normally would select a SID but since I dont have any charts we will skip it for now and just head straight for our first waypoint after take off. So just hit ACTIVATE, and we should be back to our flightplan page. And this pretty much conclude our fligh planning. Now we need to tell the FMC about our plane, so hit PERF INIT, use the NEXT button to switch through the pages, in our case we are only concerned with pages 4 and 5. On page 4, since we are in US we dont need to change the TRANS ALT as it is set for FL180 by default. In Europe however, you'll have to change it according to your local regulations. Next I usually also enter my cruisealtitude where it says INIT CRZ ALT, and by looking at some freeware maps it looks like FL146 is the minimum altitude we should use, and also note that the approach to Aspen starts at FL130. So let's just make sure we have some distance between us and the rocks below and go for a cruise at FL180. So enter 180 into the scratchpad and press the LSK corresponding to the INIT CRZ ALT. Quick note: The performance pages are important in helping the FMC to better calculate flight performance and fuel. Next, switch to page 5 to enter aircraft weights. This one is rather self explanetory, so when you've entered all relevant data, CONFIRM INIT should be displayed in the lower right corner of the FMC. Confirm by hitting the LSK. General Tip: At this point, the FMC may give you warnings based on it's own calculations derived from the data you entered on the PERF pages. For example, if you set a cruise alt that is too high compared to your aircraft weight and performance data it will let you know. If you do get a warning, then just lower your cruise alt on page 4 in the PERF INIT pages until it stop's pestering you. Now hit the FPL button on the FMC to take us back to our flightplan, we should now see that both speed and altitude data has been added to all the waypoints along our route. Now since this is a crash course, we can just go ahead and add our arrival data as well. I usually enter it towards the end of the cruise leg when I can get the most relevant met data as well as approaches and active rwy's. But for this "tutorial" we'll assume to know that we'll be landng on RWY 15. So, hit the NAV button and choose ARRIVAL by hitting the LSK next to it. Press the LSK next to RUNWAY and select 15, and the APPROACH page should automatically pop up. Next we'll choose the LOC/DME-E for rwy 15 by pressing the LSK next to L15-E. Hit the LSK for ARRIVAL and we're back to the main ARRIVAL page and hit ACTIVATE. This should bring us back to the flightplan page, use the NEXT button to scroll to the end of the flightplan where we'll find a DISCONTINUITY. To close the flightplan we first press the LSK next to RW15, that will make RW15 pop up on the scratchpad, then hit the LSK where the open VIA.TO is. And that's it, we've done the FMC and now the plane knows where we want to go. -------------Cockpit------------------------------------------ While we're at the gate we'll just do some cockpit preperations too, first we tell the airplane to use the FMC for navigation by pressing the FMS button on the DCP panel*. That should change the color from green to magenta on your PFD's. Next we'll dial in our assigned altitude in the AP, in our case we'll just set our cruise alt straight away, but normally you'd enter whatever clearence you got. But that is not important for this lesson so just dial in 18000 and turn on the flight director by pressing the FD1 button on the AP. --------------Flight-------------------------------------- With the FMC and autopilot configured, fire up the engines and taxi to the rwy. *Line up, sync your AP HDG with the RWY and off we go. *When you've taken off, cleaned up the aircraft, engage the autopilot (AP) and then press HDG (note: if we had entered a SID, we would hit the NAV button instead of the HDG button). *Accelerate to 180 kts and hit the SPD button. I think, but dont quote me on this lol, but I think I remember that the best rate of climb was 180 kts for the ERJ, so that's what I'll use. It really doesn't matter for this tutorial anyway. You can use the FLCH function too, it will keep your speed below 250 under FL100 and accellerate to 270 above FL100 (or whatever numbers you've entered in the performance pages). But anyhow, now we should be climbing at 180 kts on the rwy heading (or following the SID if we had one), because we do what we want in this "tutorial", we get a imaginary clearence to turn left to a heading of 220 degrees to intercept our flighplan. *So turn your HDG indicators to 220 and the aircraft should be turning left to the new heading. While we are coming out of the turn, press the NAV button in order to arm it. Note: you should intercept a course at less than 30 degrees. *The aircraft should turn automatically from HDG mode to NAV just before we cross our intended flightpath and bring us on course with the flighplan. *Now we should be happily cruising along our airway at FL180. If you zoom out on the right PFD you should also see the calculated TOD somewhere between DOBEE and FIDLE waypoints. Anyhow, I'll end my mega-fantastic tutorial here since my sim decided to to have a virtual funtion call and CTD'd on me lol. But there isn't realy much too do from this point except watching your airspeed and initiate the decent whenever it's time. I would like to add, that this addon is rather well simulated in terms of systems and there's alot more under the hood than what I've barely touched upon. I just swung by the absolute minimum but essential steps to enable a LNAV flight with the FMC. If for some reason it doesn't work, you better call Huston and tell them you got a problem XD because I honestly wouldn't have any clue as to what could be wrong. It could be everything from the mundane "install as administrator" to maybe a defect or missing VB runtime installation etc. Because as I mentioned earlier, I have never had any issues with the plane(s). But I am crossing my fingers and I sure hope it works out for you. *DCP panel are the two identical small panels just right and left of the autopilot on the glareshield
  18. Sorry for the delay, work and sleep got in the way. I'll write a short tutorial, just give me a sec.
  19. I can truly tell you that I have never had any issues with neither v1 or v2 of the Embraer jets, it is a 'fiddely' little aircraft with a certain logic to it's systems. Just like Boeing and Airbus have their system logic set up differently. So that means you have to take the right steps in the right order, or else....... :o And I know from experience when it's been a long time between flights, I forget certain points in the flow, then things tend to get messed up and I have a D'OH moment when I remember that I forgot this or that. So yeah, she'll pretty much ignore you if you ignore her....and her needs I can write a tiny, highly unscientific, totally basic A to B "tutorial" of which butttons to press at which stage to enable a safe LNAV flight if you want.
  20. Yes, it's supposed to do that. If you did that, and activated the FD, the plane should now fly according to your FMS flightplan when you engage the AP + NAV button. I am asuming you have programmed a flightplan and that there's no errors in it, threw in a SID (if applicable) and that you can see the flightplan displayed on the right PFD.
  21. Very hard to say anything exactly based on the limited info you provided. To that end this suggestion is a stab in the dark: Did you press the FMS button on the DCP before hitting the NAV button on the AP? (DCP are the two identical small panels just right and left of the autopilot on the glareshield). Although the DCP is a 'display control panel' the 2 buttons in the upper right hand corner (NAV and FMS) are the actual buttons that tells the AP which source to use. So if you want the plane to follow the FMS you gotta hit the FMS button on the DCP before you engage the NAV function on the AP. And vice versa, if you want the AP to follow VOR's you hit the NAV button first, followed by the NAV button on the AP itself.
  22. That can happen if airways or intersections have been revised or changed. So if you are using an 'old' flightplan with a new (and changed) nav cycle this can happen. What I do when this occurs is to program it manually, depending on what has changed in the new cycle I just throw in a 'direct to' between the point's affected. If you have a flightplan where all nav data between waypoint -> airway -> waypoint is available/listed, you can manually insert all the nav points one by one (as direct to) and skip the airway all together. To avoid manual labour you'll need to create a flighplan using the same cycle as your MCDU (FMC). So it has nothing to do with a special aircraft but all to do with mismatching nav data. And just to add; the nav data is revised every month. Not that all nav points are altered monthly, but changes here and there do occur. Hope that it helps alleviating your frustrations.
  23. If you are looking for a turbo-commuter I'd spend my money on the Saab 340 instead, I was very disappointed with the ATR and parked it for good after 1 flight. None of the two has any sophisticated NAV equipment, on the other hand, the s340 doesn't pretend to have one either as the early s340A's only had basic VOR/NDB equipment unlike the later models which had a FMC. The ATR uses the default GPS instead of a proper FMC and there's no other system simulation of any depth. You jump in and fly (as advertised) and that's about it. Personally, I am not too impressed with the VC either, to put it this way, the s340 has everything the ATR doesn't. Also a higher price but it's worth it (compared to the ATR).
  24. I'm a BBS driver, not going into any arguments, but, the BBS 320 package contains all models from 318 to 320 with the 321 coming in the next update. They also contain all engine configurations so there's a whole bunch of models wrapped up in one package. And it works in FSX, P3Dv1 and v2 and you can have it installed in all the sim's. As far as systems go, this is the closest thing you get to airbus as of today. And updates have been coming on a regular pace up until one of the two developers lost his wife last summer. Considering that they are only two guys working on it, plus the unfortunate happening last summer, I think the guys are doing well as far as updating the project. Next update will contain not only a 321 but also a brand new VC plus further systems updates and implementations. As far as the "they should finish the 320 first" argument is a moot point in my opinion. What is time consuming in aircraft development is system programming and not necessarily 3D modeling (without detracting anything from that process, I'm a modeler myself). And consider that the airbus systems are much the same over for all aircrafts in a series, I'm certainly not crying my heart out because I got a bunch of different models in one neat package.
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