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  1. Biggles2010

    Another Window Broken

    It looks rather like it was the inner panel of the window, with its surrounding trim, which detached. I suspect there may be an outer panel, still in place.
  2. I suspect the OP may have been referring to the usb driver issues when installing Win 7 on boards with the 170 or newer chipset, where a usb mouse or keyboard will not work for the install. If that is the case, it's not a great problem. If you are using an Asus board the necessary information is on the Asus website, but involves creating a new install disk incorporating the necessary drivers. If you do not yet have the board, then a much simpler installation is available with the mid to high end MSI boards. These have an entry available in the BIOS which allows the usb mouse and keyboard to be recognised. I can confirm that Win 7 installation is very straightforward on the MSI boards.
  3. I agree with that feeling about the LM forums.They never were great, and now feel very dated. The forum layout has never been very logical or user friendly. The search system has always been hopeless, and any information released by LM on workarounds or fixes has never been organised into any kind of indexed reference system that could be easily accessed. It feels like LM made the assumption that all P3D users would be computer and flight sim experts, requiring minimal information, support or guidance. If it were not for a number of very helpful expert users like 'Poppet' and Rob, more people would be struggling. And it's very noticeable that the interaction from LM has declined significantly compared to the early days. I didn't intend this to be a rant, but I have become increasingly disappointed.
  4. I don't use SLI but I certainly agree with the lack of involvement on the P3D forums. One thing that has struck me though, is that while many people seem to post here about issues with P3D, few of those post on the LM P3D forums. Reading through those forums seems to reflect a falsely low number of people having issues. Maybe why LM often seem less concerned than we would like them to be.
  5. There is actually no problem with saving any E-Jet situation, certainly in P3D up to 3.2.3. which I use. I currently have about 30 different E-195 startup situations saved. However you may need to do a simple edit of the saved config file for each flight situation that you save. The files are found in My Documents, P3D files. Ignore the WX weather files. I originally found out, back in P3Dv2 that when saving a situation, it would not load successfully. I could see the saved E-Jet config files were much bigger than equivalent default files. When opened in notepad it was obvious that the first half of the saved E-Jet file was correct, but then there were hundreds of unwanted lines relating, I think, to the E145. These were causing the problem. I just deleted these additional lines back to the entry <simbase document> and resaved the file. End of problem.
  6. Thanks Scott and Denco. Soon after posting about not being able to install these voices, I realised what the problem was. I had been using Internet Explorer 11 which I don't always use. I had forgotten that Microsoft, with their bizarre logic, had programmed IE 11 to delete file extensions from downloaded files. So I had the correct files, but they were missing the dot exe on the end. I Simply had to rename them to add dot exe and problem solved. Anyway, I mention this in case it applies to others.
  7. Following the tip off here I just purchased 4 of these voices, but there seems to be a problem. The keycodes are supplied by email and state they should be inserted during the installation process. But there is no installation process, and the file types are unrecognised. Looking at properties for each voice download shows them as 'cereproc executable for MSI bundles'. Strange. Can anyone explain how and where you installed these voices. There is no information on their website. I'm on Win7 64bit. I already use TextAloud for text to voice applications and the AT&T voices I use with that were very simple to install.
  8. Biggles2010

    Is X-Plane 11 Beta Throttled?

    Why the unnecessary sarcasm? This was a sensible discussion about users observations.
  9. Biggles2010

    Updated Feelthere Ejets V3? Show your support.

    I completely agree with you. I look at product quality first and then consider if the price is acceptable, with the expectation that higher quality will usually mean a higher price. Unfortunately, whenever a premium product is launched there seems to be a flood of complaints about the price, from people who have little appreciation of the work involved.
  10. Biggles2010

    P3D crashes when trying to save a scenario

    Can I make a suggestion which I had previously posted in response to a similar topic. If you find a saved flight causes problems when trying to reload it, the place to look for clues is the save config file. This will be in Documents / P3D files. Each saved flight will have 2 files. One is the weather WX file and the other is the save config file. Open the config file in Notepad and compare it with the config file for the P3D default flight. It should have a similar size and content. If it has any additional information then that is something to investigate. It should end with the line SIMBASE DOCUMENT. Any script after this should not be there and will probably cause a problem. If you find it, try deleting it. This solved the issue for me. In my case it was specific to a particular aircraft. As a guide, after deleting the unwanted entries, all my saved flight configs are around 47Kb, same as default.
  11. Biggles2010

    Autogen buildings - the elephant in the room?

    I totally agree. I have spent years playing with different sceneries and zoom levels, in FS2004, FSX and each version of P3D, and have always been disappointed with the results. I find that it is often impossible to judge altitude from the visual appearance of the ground with any kind of accuracy. From my background in both low level and high altitude air reconnaissance, I have a fair idea of what I expect to see at any particular altitude. There should be a marked difference between 200 ft and 1000 ft, or between 20000 ft and 45000 ft. In general I always feel that the rate of change of the scenery appearance with change of altitude is insufficient. But I would say that it needs something more sophisticated than a simple increase in the rate of change. When almost at the threshold the autogen buildings close by don't look to me to be as oversized as the buildings beneath the aircraft when at 3 miles and 900 ft. I think the reduction of size with altitude needs to be greater than it currently is at the lower altitudes. This would have the knock on effect of making the objects smaller at all altitudes. How this should be done I don't know, but it must be possible.
  12. Biggles2010

    OS Advice Sought?

    A few months ago LM answered a post on this topic. They said they were recommending Win 7 at that time because that was what they were developing on. They did not have experience with Win 10 so were not able to recommend it 'at that time'. Obviously in the meantime they have been able to gain experience with Win 10 and feel able to recommend it for P3D. They have not expressed any preference or given any indication that they no longer recommend Win 7. To the OP's question, in regard to using P3D you lose nothing by staying with Win 7 and appear to neither gain nor lose anything where P3D is concerned with Win 10. On the other hand Win 10 is the newer OS and some people believe newer is always better. Some claimed Vista was better than Win XP.
  13. The add on aircraft installation will almost certainly find the correct location in your FSX folder. If not then it will ask where to install it. If this happens just direct it to your dedicated FSX folder. It was first recommended many years ago, even before Win7 appeared, to create a new installation folder for FSX and never to install it in program files.
  14. Biggles2010

    Best virus Checker for P3D

    There are probably as many opinions about virus scanners as there are products available. Many seem to become more bloated with each new release. While running the sim you don't really want any virus scanner running. They can result in unpredictable behaviour. Software downloads from the usual reputable sources will not cause any problems and the common recommendation is to turn off any virus scanner while downloading, because they are known to cause corruption problems from time to time. You can run a scan after downloading, before installing. I run my sim on a dedicated pc with internet connection, but without a virus scanner operating. As far as possible I do downloads on my other pc where I run AVG free version. I also run Malwarebytes from time to time. Also as a general rule, with or without a virus scanner, it's a good idea to avoid any of the higher risk websites (nothing to do with flight simulation).
  15. Biggles2010

    P3D crashes when undocking to second monitor

    Well done. Good that you were able to recover things. Re the save files, when you look at one in notepad you'll see that you can easily change the time, season etc in the relevant section. Not so easy the location as you must enter the exact position in lat and long and the exact elevation, which you may not know in advance. Best to make a copy of a saved file and modify time, season etc and save with a dfifferent name. For location, I just load a location at the time or season I want, then move to the required airport and save that situation. I then have a collection of saved flights at different locations and different seasons as a base to select from.