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  1. Hello and here's my problem. Due to a series of errors on my Steam version I unfortunately validated the local files on the Steam version, lost the content, uninstalled and reinstalled the Steam MSFS. I was prompted to update with a 100 Gig download to my the in-game suggested appdata folder chain. After doing so, I restarted game and was presented with the same update instructions I had received previously. Can't proceed to the "world" start screen. Has anyone had this issue and solved it. If so, I'd appreciate the solution. Thanks Pete
  2. Maybe, but I lost all the Packages/Official content. I deleted the asobo specific airport only after trees appeared on the tarmac of my payware version this morning. I'll amend this post if the update corrects my problem (and trees at the payware airport).
  3. Thanks for the response, Vic. I started my Steam version and MSFS prompted me to download 98 gig of "recommended content". I hit the install button and am watching the download. Don't know how this all happened but, if it works out, it will be a long time before I open the Packages/Official folder again. Pete
  4. My MSFS Packages/Community has the mods and payware airports as expected. My Packages/Official folder is where it should be but all its content is gone. Earlier this morning I had deleted one asobo airport to accommodate a payware version, but it appears that in doing so I must have somehow caused the entire folder content to subsequently disappear. So, here is my question for the forum: Has anyone encountered this result and could they share their conclusions with me? By the way, I have the Steam deluxe/premium versions and have already tried the validation of local files. I'm reluctant to uninstall/reinstall the entire program, but would do so if there are no ready alternatives. Regards, Pete
  5. So far I'm very pleased with the sim. Just enjoyed a thrill ride in the A320 from EGLL to LIRF. Perfect? Nope. Never expected that. Beat my expectations? Yep. My thanks to all who put so much of their effort into the product. Where else could I have purchased the world for 120 bucks!
  6. Have you tried loading from left MCDU, DATA, 2nd page, pilots routes?
  7. Firstly, I'm an FSX:SE user on an FSX:SE forum. So I won't (and can't) comment on P3D. I've been thinking about the original post and can't come up with an easy solution. I run ORBX products including all the land classes and most of the regions. I also run with MyTraffic, Vector, ActivSky, Navigraph, and loads of payware airports. I've learned to confine my PMDG 747 to AustralAsia/SA and I keep my PMDG 737 out of USA regions. Most of my flying is in Europe between payware airports while monitoring VAS occasionally. I've learned that I can't fly out of payware EGLL to payware EDDF without doing a pause/save/reload at TOD. I've also learned that I shouldn't sit on wingtips or clouds unless I want to risk OOM. All my flying is in VC mode. Other than a mega-refresh going on the background I can't explain your OOM. But I think there's plenty of entertainment left in this old flightsim.
  8. Folder is in C/Program Files (x86)/Steam/Steamapps/common/FSX
  9. It appears we have similar setups. I too use SimBrief for my route planning, but found that in some instances Navigraph wouldn't recognize (allow the "save") for the upper airways suggested by SimBrief. All was good when I manually deleted the "U" prefix from the airway designator. I always manually input the SimBrief route into the Navigraph route planner, validate the route through the Save and then input the plan into fmc. Good luck.
  10. I use FSX:SE and have the Heathrow airport from Aerosoft. I'm not sure this is a fix for you, but on several occasions I've had success auto-installing to FSX when FSX:SE should have worked.
  11. Hello all, I'd appreciate any of your comments. I have followed the instructions for uninstalling and reinstalling the 400 and get the activation error mentioned earlier. I have already purchased the 800, but can't use it because of the 400 authentication issue. I have not yet installed the 800. After reading the PMDG response to some of these same questions, I'm more confident that you users can help me. I would much appreciate any help from one of you who may have already solved the authentication error message (the 50003, etc. error message). Pete Donaldson
  12. I hope that a real world airline pilot can answer this question for me. Here's some background. I'm retired now after a career in finance, including aircraft from the PSA Bae146 to the more recent BBJ1. The career included the finance of business jets and various other fixed/rotary wing aircraft. I began flight sim three years ago and have the FSX and x-plane platforms with some wonderful aircraft from PMDG and other excellent developers. I'm presently looking hard at the Flight Factor 320 as my birthday present (to myself, of course). While explaining my desired "gift" to my wife, I found myself saying that these aircraft are "study-level" and close to the real thing in behavior and avionics. Then I paused. Is that true? Would a real world airline pilot have a straight face while telling me "Yes, Pete, these virtual aircraft are as close to the real thing as you can get without sitting in a $3 million dollar simulator". And yep, I've financed those too. I know this is a long-winded question, but can some pilots tell me these study-level aircraft are the real deal? I truly apologize if this subject has been covered before. Any response would be much appreciated. Pete
  13. I have the PMDG 737 and Queen. Enjoy them both. But I admit to some annoyance. It's not with the announced product. I'm glad to see evidence of continuing development in the simulation community. It's the buildup to the Big Announcement. My expectations were high. I avidly followed the threads of those in the forum trying to guess the "product line". Rushed home from a party to startup my computer and discover the new product. 10 years and so hush-hush. Had to be big, right? As you can see, I usually don't comment on the forum, being somewhat new to the sim world. But, to me, this was a "nothingburgher". Sorry. Pete Donaldson
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    Farewell FSW

    Interesting. But if that was my only option, I'd be looking for another hobby. Speaking for myself, much of my flight sim enjoyment includes downloading addons, appreciating the richness and effort of both payware and freeware developers and optimizing my system/environment for best results (for me). And yes, I'd also miss drooling over that next aircraft while explaining to my wife why it's a "must have". Pete Donaldson
  15. I'm new to flight sim and owe my entry to the FSX:SE sale about two years ago. I moved to x-plane four months ago, but continue to use FSX from time to time as I can't walk away from a good chunk of cash spent for scenery and aircraft add-ons. As a retired finance guy, I'm very interested in the marketing side of the sim business and, by extension, the recent DTG announcement. It seems that the only platform players at the moment are P3D, xplane and FSX. The future seems to belong to the first two. Lockheed has limited its potential customer base while xplane's appears wide open - at the very time when many boomers are retiring, may have some leisure cash, and are in search of something other than shoot-em-up games. I don't like to see the FSW departure because I think competition is healthy for the sim community. I hope the staff all land on their feet. But the sim business opportunity appears wide open and prospects look exciting.
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