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  1. I’m new to XP 11, having transitioned from FSX which I stuck with since the days of Bruce Artwick’s 1st version of Sublogic/Microsoft FS. Until a good payware 747-400 (PMDG quality) becomes available for XP 11, the default 747 will have to do but, (1) Is there a fix for the heading control knob which doesn’t work (i.e. it doesn’t change the digital read-out when the knob is turned) (2) The pitch trim green indicator along the left side of the center console also doesn’t move when you change the pitch trim, so I can’t tell where I have my pitch trimmed. Would appreciate anyone’s help with these. Thanks in advance!
  2. beta 5 is out

    I’ve had several intermittent crashes on selecting “new flight” or “resume previous flight” with version 11.20b. During the crash, a window comes up stating that the system had crashed and asked for my email to automatically forward a report to Laminar. Initially, the only way I can recover is to delete the “Preference” sub folder within the “Output” folder, but the only problem with this is that I have to re-do my joystick calibration and all my configurations. During the last crash, I did not delete the “Preference” folder. Instead, I started XP again and selected “Tutorial” on the opening screen . . . there was no crash. It took me to the tutorial which I stopped, and from there selected “new flight” without a problem. Hopefully, Laminar can find a fix for this in the release 11.2 version. Has anyone else experienced this?
  3. I did read about the Zibo Mod for the 737-800. Will definitely download it and not waste time figuring out the quirks in these default planes! It makes you wonder . . if someone can improve upon a default plane, why don’t these companies that create these flight sim programs, produce quality default planes to begin with? After all, the main feature/emphasis in a home flight sim program is in flying “flyable” planes as close to reality as possible that can be achieved with a home PC. Thanks! You just convinced me to go for the Zibo Mod!
  4. Just transitioned to XP11 a couple of weeks ago, from Microsoft FS since its very 1st edition by Bruce Artwick’s in 1977. Without any add-ones (yet, except for X Camera, which is another story), I find XP11 most definitely better than default FSX . . a 32 bit sim is no comparison to a 64 bit sim. But I’ll get to the point of this post. Regarding the default XP11 B-737 and 747, I noticed that on a cruise with or without autopilot on, the plane would suddenly but momentarily, pitch up on it’s own as if it were trimming itself up from level flight. If autopilot is on with Alt on hold, the plane would then “trim itself” to the set altitude after a few minutes. This uncommanded pitch upward happens intermittently. It does this with the weather set to clear and calm (unless XP has random weather/wind gust aloft that I’m not aware of). Has anyone else noticed this? Any update fix for these default planes? Thanks for any info you can share.
  5. Just curious what others think about this hypothetical question: If Microsoft did not abandon their flight sim project, how would Flight Simulation by Microsoft have evolved at the present time? Is Prepar3D v4, or XP11, a likely representation of what Microsoft could have been now, with 64 bit technology . . or could they have produced something even better? . . . payware quality default planes, weather generator, default sceneries, ATC, etc. all in one package? Hmm . .
  6. I actually asked about both, and sent the same post in the P3D forum, since I’ve decided to make the move to 64-bit simming. But now that you mentioned it, the next decision for me is P3Dv4 vs XP-11. There’s a whole world of difference in cost between the two; but first things first since I’ll need to upgrade my system first (or at least my video card) to run the full features for each with a fluid frame rate, based on the advice from both forums. Any thoughts between XP11 vs P3Dv4? Thanks!
  7. Thank you!! . . . to all of you for your advice re: my system and P3Dv4. I think it’s time to say goodbye to 32-bit Microsoft FS which I’ve used exclusively for over 30 yrs, starting with version 1 and all its incarnations through the current FSX. It was good while it lasted, but it’s time to move on to 64-bit flight simming!
  8. Right Computer for Prepar3D v4

    Thank you!! . . . to each of you for your advice re: my system and P3Dv4. I think it’s time to say goodbye to 32-bit Microsoft FS which I’ve used exclusively for over 30 yrs, starting with version 1 and all its incarnations through the current FSX. It was good while it lasted, but it’s time to move on to 64-bit flight simming!
  9. I’m seeking advice if my system is good enough for Prepar3D v4 to enjoy all its features and fluid frame rates. Here are my specs: Jetline Systems HellFire GT2 (2013): Operating System - Windows 7 Home Premium Edition (64-Bit) Chassis - CM Storm Enforcer w/ Side Window Mid-Tower ATX Motherboard - Asus P8Z77-V Pro (Intel Z77) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Processor - Intel 3rd Gen Core i7 3770K (4.5GHz Overclock) Quad Core CPU Cooling - Antec 920 Dual Stage CPU Liquid Cooling System Memory - 16GB Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM 1866MHz Graphics Processor - 4GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 680, GDDR5, PCIe System Power - 950 Watt PC Power & Cooling MK II Sound Card - Creative Recon3D PCIe, 5.1 Channel HD Audio Primary Hard Drive - 512GB High Performance Solid State (SSD) Secondary Hard Drive - 1TB WD Black Edition 7200 RPM, 6 GB/s, 64MB Cache Networking - Integrated High Speed Network Ready (10/100/1000) Networking - 802.11n Wireless Desktop Network Card LCD Display - 27 inch HP LED Monitor (1920 x 1080) HDMI, DVI Keyboard & Mouse - Wired USB Keyboard and Mouse Preinstalled Software - Microsoft Flight Simulator X Gold Edition Flight Controls - Saitek X52 Pro Flight Control System (USB) Thank you in advance!
  10. I’m seeking advice if my system is good enough for X-Plane 11 to enjoy all its features and fluid frame rates. Here are my specs: Jetline Systems HellFire GT2 (2013): Operating System - Windows 7 Home Premium Edition (64-Bit) Chassis - CM Storm Enforcer w/ Side Window Mid-Tower ATX Motherboard - Asus P8Z77-V Pro (Intel Z77) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Processor - Intel 3rd Gen Core i7 3770K (4.5GHz Overclock) Quad Core CPU Cooling - Antec 920 Dual Stage CPU Liquid Cooling System Memory - 16GB Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM 1866MHz Graphics Processor - 4GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 680, GDDR5, PCIe System Power - 950 Watt PC Power & Cooling MK II Sound Card - Creative Recon3D PCIe, 5.1 Channel HD Audio Primary Hard Drive - 512GB High Performance Solid State (SSD) Secondary Hard Drive - 1TB WD Black Edition 7200 RPM, 6 GB/s, 64MB Cache Networking - Integrated High Speed Network Ready (10/100/1000) Networking - 802.11n Wireless Desktop Network Card LCD Display - 27 inch HP LED Monitor (1920 x 1080) HDMI, DVI Keyboard & Mouse - Wired USB Keyboard and Mouse Preinstalled Software - Microsoft Flight Simulator X Gold Edition Flight Controls - Saitek X52 Pro Flight Control System (USB) Thank you in advance!
  11. 737-900ER NGX

    Anyway to convert the 737-900NGX to an ER (extended range)? Seems like the current model has max fuel load of ~46000 lbs. Would like to fly one from US east coast to Austria. Thanks E. Acio
  12. Uncommanded Autopilot Disengage

    It appears the problem is fixed (I hope). I deleted all the EZDOK key assignments for all the camera views I had for the triple 7, and created new ones. I guess something got corrupted with the old camera views, but I still can’t figure out how this could affect the autopilot. I appreciate everyone’s comments and suggestions! Thank you!
  13. Uncommanded Autopilot Disengage

    The “moving around the flight deck” is simply sliding from the captain’s seat to the 1st officer’s seat, just to get a different view during a long flight while on autopilot. Seems like as I slide closer to the side window, either to the 1st officer’s side or back to the captain’s position, that’s when the autopilot disengages. Very strange! This does not happen when I’m flying other planes (PMDG 737, Aerosoft 320s, PMDG DC6) . . just in the triple 7s. I’m at a lost to explain this . I’ll see if this happens when I disable the EZDOK as Kevin suggested. Thanks for the comments. era66
  14. I’ve been flying PMDG 777 (FSX platform) since release and have done all the updates, and have been using EZDOK, Active Sky Next without any problems even on long haul flights. Recently, I’ve had a problem with the autopilot suddenly disengaging while in cruise, and noticed that this is happening consistently while I’m moving about the flight deck (with EZDOK) using the arrows on the keyboard (not the ones in the numerical pad), although in one instance, it happened spontaneously. I don’t think it’s related to any spikes occurring in my joystick (Saitek X52 Pro). since I’ve recalibrated it and increased the null zones. I cannot figure why this is happening now. Would very much appreciate anyone’s help. Thanks in advance!
  15. I've been flying around Washington D.C. area with FSX. Because of the default season in FSX at this time of the year, there is snow on the ground. Active Sky Next weather generator, however, provides actual weather conditions in the area with temperatures of upper 60's to 70's the past week (yes! in Feb 2017 in the DC & Virginia areas). Question: Is there an app that will modify ground textures based on the weather generated by a weather generator like Active Sky Next? Elmo