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    Retired USN CAPT, former F-14 pilot, commercial instrument rated, now flying Pipers & Cessnas.

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  1. Thanks @Bob Scott especially for that great reply. I fully followed your explanation and logic. I may take this 1000VA back tomorrow and go to at least a 1200 VA unit. Thanks agai!
  2. I have a Masters in EE, a long time ago but I don’t think volts and amps have changed much… I can not figure out how to properly size a backup battery / UPS. My PC with an Nvidia 4080 and a 850 watt PSU is plugged into my CyberPower 1000VA UPS. The only other things plugged into that UPS are a printer which is mostly hibernating, and a network external drive that is almost never accessed especially when flying. I would think 1000VA would be sufficient (although the battery also says 530 watts which doesn’t compute to 1000VA), but I keep getting a warning tone. How do you size a Backup battery / UPS or do you just not use one. Thanks!
  3. No apparently it was just the exaggerated gusty winds that day. It's been good since.
  4. Thanks all. Some combination of the above seems to make it better. I’m using SPAD with HC Alpha / Bravo. I have the mag switch starter set to LVAR:STARTERKNOBRETURNTIME = 3sec delay.
  5. All of a sudden in the last two days I can't start the turbo Bonanza. I haven't changed any of my controller settings (HC Alpha & Bravo mapped in SPAD.neXt). It's been fine until now. I have used the Reset all Failures key on the wx radar but no luck. Is anyone else having the issue? Any suggestions? The Baron is a bit better but still harder to start than before. Is this a cummulative engine issue with the BKSQ aircraft? Thanks, Bruce
  6. I use the FSUIPC7 .bat that can be created when installed. Then I use the FSUIPC7.ini [Programs] section to start the additional add on I want (SPAD, NavigraphSimLink etc). Works great!
  7. tl;dr -- No you don't NEED it. BUT, I've used FSUIPC for as long as I can remember. In my FSX/P3D days it was ESSENTIAL. I implemented auto profiles, and many advanced capabilities enabled by FSUIPC's very capable assignments, and things like LUA files. I now fly MSFS exclusively and use SPAD.neXt mostly but still have some buttons programmed in FSUIPC. I bought SPAD back when I had Saitek panels and that was the best way to program them. If I didn't already have it I'd probably still be happily doing all my control profiles in FSUIPC. IMHO the flightsim community owe Pete & John Dowson much more than the relatively small cost of the paid version for all that thay have done to advance our hobby.
  8. Probably need a bit more info. Are you only using the MSFS Controls to map? What are you seeing? Are you using the HC Configuration app? My HC Alpha and Bravo were easy to get working in MSFS Controls but for much more flexibility and automatic profile switching I use SPAD.neXt.
  9. Same experience. Thanks for the fix! Bruce
  10. Just to close this out: I kept at it after all and finally got everything working. The key was that the windows 11 upgrade files had some corruption. I had done an sfc /scannow from an admin cmd prompt but since that checks files against cached files they both were corrupt and matched. The critical step I missed before was first restoring the image. So here's the complete procedure: Windows 11 Windows 10 System File Checker is a utility in Windows that checks for problems with files on your computer. To run it, follow these steps: Make sure you've installed the latest updates for Windows, and then restart your machine. To find out more, read Update Windows. In the search box on the taskbar, type command prompt, and right-click or press and hold Command Prompt (Desktop app) from the list of results. Select Run as administrator, and then selectYes. Type DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth (note the space before each "/"), and then press Enter. (Note: This step may take a few minutes to start and complete.) After you see a message that says "The operation completed successfully," type sfc /scannow (note the space between "sfc" and "/") and press Enter. After you see a message that says, "Verification 100% complete," type exit and press Enter. Finally i had to go to Installed Apps and select Gaming Services and go to Advanced Options Repair. After that all was good.
  11. There's a lot of users having the same issue. It seems to be a Microsoft Store issue. I can open the Xbox app and it immediately comes up with a dialog to download and install the Gaming Services app but it just sits there saying it's downloading and installing, but it isn't. Users have finally fixed it through some combination of updating windows, rebooting, signing out then in to the store, magic and witchcraft, but none of that worked for me. It's not worth the nuclear option of starting from scratch. Going to stay with Win10. On the bright side, the Go Back feature worked great.
  12. yes but even that wasn't straightforward. I finally got it installed and tried installing MSFS from there but got the same gaming services issue. I'll try some suggestions above after I digest it all. Thanks. Maybe not 6 & 7 above yet...
  13. Yep that was one I tried but when the 2nd cmd takes me to the store and I try to install the gaming services it always fails with a msg of “something went wrong on our end”… it’s a never ending do loop. Thanks for trying to help though! Appreciate it.
  14. I tried “upgrading” to Win11 and everything went great until I tried to start MSFS and got the Gaming Services not running issue. I searched and tried every fix anyone else offered up but no luck. I’ve now reverted back to Win10 and have everything back in working order but does anyone have a solution for this? My MSFS is from the Microsoft Store and it uses the Xbox app. I’d like to go to Win11 since my Flightsim pc is on Win10 and my laptop is on Win11 and I use a lot of other apps on both.
  15. Not to take away from your point, which is a good one, I think you mean Megabits per second not BYTES.
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