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    Flight Sims since the C64 to PDMG and everything inbetween. RC Aircraft Flyer. Flown a KC-10 Singer-Lync simulator twice at Barksdale AFB in Bossier City, Louisiana. B.S. in Computer Science in 1988 - Software Engineer for Fortune 100 firms ever since. Flown a Cessna a few times briefly.

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  1. Those that have seen the night sky with young eyes from the deep country will never forget it. Mark
  2. Huh....what are the odds...was browsing the hifisimtech site and the main page went offline for about a min....refreshed and now they have AS16 for Prepar3D V4. Fantastic timing for me as I was going to the site to see where things stood with V4! Enjoy! Mark
  3. "Future Proofing" is the way I roll when building new PCs. Just because today's software isn't as good as it should be with high core counts, it will rapidly get better in the next couple of years and having extra cores is going to mean a lot. The OS should also improve over the next 2 years and start doing a better job of managing multiple cores as the specific application forks new threads. Use Prime95 for finding out the stable/unstable point of an overclocked CPU- it pushes a core HARD. If you can get through 24 hours of Prime95 iterations on a warm day, you're good. Mark
  4. Some day, probably after I'm long dead, there will be a flight simulator for the home user that will be, first and foremost, an EARTH SIMULATOR with an aircraft moving about in it. Realistic traffic, people, weather, air traffic control, physics, you name would look so good visually you wouldn't be able to tell the difference between the simulation and real film. The passenger load would always be different and the people in the cabin would have real personalities you could interact with. Maybe even a "disruption" slider you could adjust so you could have the privilege of occasionally returning to the base airport as some drunktard gets duck taped to his seat....the possibilities are endless. We'll know we're there when the toilets in the plane swirl in the opposite direction South of the Equator. The order of things that get modeled as we try to get what we're really talking about. For now, I'd say keeping frame rates high during landings is one of the most important aspects to me personally. Mark Trainer (Started on the Commodore 64 SubLogic II Simulator ~ 2 Frames Per Second)
  5. I like that paint job! Mark Trainer
  6. This is what I would do - go ahead and let it install like it wants to - who knows what version you'll get but it should fix the messed up installation you're currently dealing with. Once done, come back and try to right click in add/remove and see if you have an uninstall option. While it might not fix your issue, it can't hurt. Good luck. Mark Trainer
  7. You'll notice on the PMDG forum everyone signs their full name at the bottom of each post, as per the PMDG forum rules. There is a sticky on the subject on the general thread. I suspect the reasoning behind it is so that they don't spend time supporting folks who have illegally obtained copies of the software. Mark Trainer
  8. Go into add/remove programs like you did but this time RIGHT CLICK on that entry, and select "UNINSTALL". Mark Trainer
  9. I am planning to build an all new rig next spring, so I'm just going to keep this one limping along until then, updates or not. Don't let me discourage you, use google all you can to see if you can find a personalized solution that works for you. For me, I had such a wide range of issues that I couldn't even start a DOS prompt or read the font on many windows bars, and control panel wasn't displaying all of the normal options. Mark
  10. Did you list your specs properly? A 100 watt power supply and 128 GB of RAM? Neither one of those makes sense.... Mark Trainer
  11. If the saved flights came from a Prepar3D V3 version of a PDMG product, PMDG have stated they simply won't work in Prepar3D V4. They did indicate they may include a fix in a future patch. Mark Trainer
  12. It is confusing since most folks are used to separate installers for different product versions, they went a slightly different route but here you go: Go to PMDG's website, home page. Upper right hand corner, click "Register | Login". Log in using your email account and password that you used for your initial purchase and download. Click CONTINUUE. Click "View Previous Orders" On the Order # link, choose your product you'd like to download. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and you'll have your own personal download link Click on that "Download URL" Save it some where on your hard drive Once done, navigate to that folder, right click on the file to unzip it to the same folder Once done double click on the .exe that now exists. It will ask if you want to install the product for V3 or V4, with the option of installing to both. Good Luck! Mark Trainer
  13. Last time I looked (yesterday I believe) EZDOC and AS16 were in open beta. It may work, but I'm willing to wait for the final debugged versions. Also AS16 isn't going to do a whole lot for me until REX4 w/ Soft Clouds gets their product out for V4. Mark
  14. Now that PMDG has the 737 NGX out for Prepar3D V4, I'm pretty much converted over, but until I see a final version of REX4 w/ soft clouds, AS16, EZDOK, ORBX Vectors and ORBX Airports, Prepar3D V4 won't feel complete. It would be a real blessing if the original authors of the Turbine Duke would return and make it V4 compatible. I'd even buy it again. Mark
  15. The Windows Creators Update fried my system in all sorts of ways that seemed totally unrelated....after some research I found out that this update doesn't play nicely with motherboards over about 6 years old. Some hhave had luck flashing their motherboards with the latest BIOS. At any rate, I used the system restore to roll back the update. Thankfully this update creates a system restore point before trashing your computer. Good Luck, Mark