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  1. Hallo,. I would probably be considered a lapsed member as I have not had the time to spare to indulge myself in this fascinating pastime due to health matters for over a year.. Some time has passed since I used any flight sims and found that now with windows 10 upgrades I (and many others according to posts I have read on other sites ) seem to be in trouble running almost all Microsoft Simulators on 10. I do not seek an answer here it's more of a beef about the difficulty in sorting out the complexities of the systems. i include a letter which I sent to a computer magazine which pretty well sums it up, but any suggestions providing they are simple from other members wold be greatly appreciated . I say simple because at 84 the grey matter does not always function in top gear ! extract Windows 10 and Flight Simulators I have used Flight simulators for many years and with many operating systems. We all slowly had to change as Windows bribed, coerced or even blackmailed us into changing as the years went by ( 95, 98, ME, XP, Vista , 7 and 8 ) before 10 came along. All had issues when it came to simulators, admittedly some were never designed for systems that weren’t around when the product was released but patches were soon available to keep your favorites going, and pretty well under control up to window XP. And so we came to Windows 10, hailed as the ultimate, version (don’t miss the opportunity to change while it’s free) and it is to be here forever, we soon found that just like some of it’s luckless predecessors it did have faults. The very latest and I believe the last Microsoft Fight Simulator was FS x also named 10 and it was the most expensive which required a large amount of disk space and needed a more powerful computer so I changed going up quite a lot in specification. The simulator did need a lot of tweaking but did run. However after the last few update or upgrades it will not work at all, uninstall and start again results in the start up wizard failing before it even gets to actually installing the program, and a similar fate has befallen most of the other simulators I have when trying to run in Widows 10. Combat Flight simulator Europe WW2 a very old one loads and opens but you can’t control the plane with the joystick, Combat 3 a later version installs but won’t open at all , FS 2004 installs and won’t open, but FS 2002 which incorporates 2000 and is quite ancient works perfectly ! My query is with the Windows policy, do they intend planned obsolescence of Microsoft products because it so they are doing a good job, but does anyone designing any Windows operating systems actually try to run older programs to see if they work or do they just wait until the complaints and cries for help arrive and then try and fudge something together. I have tried compatibility settings when available and running as administrator, also painstakingly following cures posted on the net which frequently become very involved but mostly refer to files either to change or delete which I do not have in my computer so I can’t complete the task. Some of MS support was tried which in the case of getting FS x to load involves changing the file name, that did not work, or installing a windows package only to be told I did not have enough storage space when I tried, ( 1 TB 80% unused, how much do they want ? ). Close certain files which I could not locate even after following the detailed instructions on how to find them, but I did stop at the suggestion of creating a new account as I could see real trouble ahead in that direction and finally decided not to download .NET FRAMEWORK because I had no idea what it was designed to do. So a bit of a moan I am afraid but there must be hundreds if not thousands of us in the same situation. My own solution. ? Drag out my old computer which runs XP and re load all the simulators into it, don’t plug into the WWW and disable the AV and firewall if it still works that way at least I shall be able to get some results
  2. Hi guys, Just joined here at AVSIM, i'm Ivar from the Netherlands~ How are you guys? The reason why i joined avsim is that i always googled my simulation questions and saw avsim mostly at the top of my results. So i thought i should probably join them Love the PMDG products so far. Like to fly the 737NGX and just bought their 777-200/F (Great plane!) Regards~ Ivar
  3. Hey all Another newbie here. I've been simming on and off since the days of MSFS 98. I now use FSX:SE and I have a bought some nice add ons. Thinking of making the switch to P3D but I'm not really sure if I would have to re purchase my addons so I'll need to do a bit more research. Anyway, I received countless help from reading these forums and I could never say thanks as I wasn't registered. So now that I'm registered, thanks to anyone who has helped me out in the past. I just hope I can return the favour some day. Neal.
  4. Guess I should make an introduction... Hi, my name is Choppergirl, and I am a former video game modder and coder... who modded a game called Battlefield 2142 into a total war futuristic aerial combat game called AIRWAR... by reprogramming the game extensively to be air combat focused, and focusing on the interaction of air ground interaction and battle, turning the skies into a poetry of debris. The original game was stodgy, slow, spartan, buggy and infantry / land warfare centrific, with few aircraft. I spent about 5 years playing the game, with about 3 years of that being development to fix the game and make it as hard core as possible, clean up a lot of bugs, and write a lot of automated code to marginalize the impact of douchy little players (of which there was an ocean) and make the game actually rip roaring fun to play. I have since retired from coding video games, as I see no future in it for me, as its just too competitive and without a degree nobody will even look at my resume. So anyway... The planes we flew were futuristic VTOL type aircraft such as these: Anyway, I recently bought a 1980 Volmer VJ-24 ultralight project off of ebay for $38, which I am working on restoring. You can read about my restoration progress here. So my question for everybody is, what is a good flight sim that has a couple of Ultralight models available for it, that I could practice flying in. I wanted to use the built in Flight Sim mode in Google Earth, because my main interest was in becoming accustom to how the land around my home area looked from above, so that I could fly from air port to air port around my house and recognize major land marks on the ground and not get lost. But the slowest built in plane in Google Earth goes 160mph cruise... which is much too fast... by the time I get to close to finding my house below, I have pasted it, and gotten lost, and have to circle around again and fly west until I find a major road on the ground as my land mark... So if anybody can help me change a planes specs in Google Earth that would cruise at about 45mph, that would be awesome. If not, I am also open to just practicing in other flight sims what have some ultralight models (like a Phantom or Quicksilver, for example) available to import into them... so let me know, of all the flight sims that have some good ultralights some homebrew users have created for them, and where... to find the install packages for them ... :-) TIA CHOPPERGIRL http://air-war.org
  5. Hi all good to be ther my name is Einir and from Iceland hat some hobby as devlop, bin for meny years arund the Dreambox hobby. I hat start to look on FXS Planes devlop Yours Einir
  6. Greetings from the Caribbean to ALL. Thanks for the welcome. I have not been very active on Flight sims for a long time and recently jumped back in with the release of the Steam Edition of FSX. I also bought the PMDG 777 last week and have been learning the aircraft ever since. I will say, it was a bit overwhelming at first but with a lot of reading starting to understand a lot of the systems. I don't think I can ever fly a default plane again. Anyways, very nice community you guys have going here. Tons of useful info on here.
  7. Good Morning all, I have been a long time user of avsim's amazing file library and un-registered lurker of great library of knowledge in the avsim forums. The question that brought me to registering is quite simple, why isn't there a 'Un-official Eaglesoft Support Forum'? Just about every other dev house or provider is covered. I am well aware that Eaglesoft has their own official support forum and at one point in time I had access to it, but my account is pending approval and the email to their support address has been unanswered for weeks. I had honestly assumed the worse, that they had gone out of business. I was relieved to find that Ron and Ed frequently post here on avsim. I'm not expecting that the Eaglesoft team provide the same level of support in the un-official board here, there are plenty of Eaglesoft enthusiasts who will help each other. Anyways, I look forward to buying the Citation X for a 4th time! (v1 FS9, v2 FS9 and FSX, and hopefully v3) Thanks,
  8. Hey, my name is Paul and I'm from the Galway, on the West Coast of Ireland. I'm a relative newbie to this wonderful hobby ( I tried to play it more like an arcade game many years ago). Now at the ripe old age of forty I've decided to engage fully with it. And boy does it turn from a hobby into an obsession real quick! I don't think this is the place to post hardware questions, so I'll just say hello to everyone and hope to chat and get to know some of you
  9. Hi All, I'm Marcus from the UK. I used to Fly FS years ago, but as I wasn't very good I stopped after a short time. I wanted to get back into it about a year ago as I spent a lot of time watching Youtube and found ILS landing which seem to fix my main issue with FS (I.e I could not land a plane if my life depended on it). Problem was I could not find a copy of FS for sale anywhere apart from Ebay and for the age of the game the price seemed a bit steep. Then I spotted that FSX had come to Steam, so I bought it (a week before it went on 80% off special offer LOL). I spent the first 2 months just flying the default planes and learning how to take off and land VFR, IFR and ILS approaches, didn't really fly the big boys mainly the caravan. I did move onto the 737 with an upgraded VC, but felt it was too big for my little flights across Europe. Decided I wanted a Biz Jet so downloaded a free on (Citation X), which I loved. After deciding I really Liked Biz Jets I wanted to upgrade the experience so decided to look for a paware biz jet, which is how I found this site as I was trying to find out which ones were best and which ones would run on my windows 8.1 FS-SE Set up. I had 3 planes on my shortlist, Eaglesoft Citation X, Flight 1 Mustang and Caranedo Pheenom 100. Ended up with the Pheenom as its the only one of the 3 that's seems to work fine with 8.1 and SE as far as I can see. Its a great plane, though I have been having issues with my ILS as so far 50% of the time it does not pick up the glidescope, so I need to work out what I am doing wrong as I could land ILS 100% on non payware planes. I might have cracked it last night, but I need to retest to see if it was luck or something I actually did.
  10. Hello hello everyone, I make a big hello from Naples Happy to be part of this forum
  11. Hello friends! I'm Diego, and a special greeting to all of you from Sardinia (Italy).
  12. Hello all! I've been a long time lurker on avsim and decided it was finally time for me to check in with the community. I've been simming for a few years now. Always enjoy it. Started out with just default FSX aircraft... then discovered the great world of payware add-on aircraft. That has been quite unhealthy for my wallet For the past while, I had been swimming using my laptop -- a MacBook Pro 2015 with the dual core i5 and iris graphics. I thought it was doing OK, till i finally pulled the trigger on building a custom rig with a quad core i5 at 5 Ghz and a GTX 1070. The difference was incredible... night and day doesn't do it justice. Now I know what 35fps looks like Looking forward to now getting to participate in all the discussions instead of just being a bystander!
  13. Hi all, I am completely new to the world of flight sims, and was wondering where the best place to start was. I know everyone has their own personal favorite, but that favorite may be partially influenced by a large existing investment in addons. So I was wondering, if you were starting today, with no previous investment, what do you think the best route would be? FSX boxed, FSX Steam, P3D, xPlane, or something else? I am mainly interested in general aviation planes, with some day trying out airliners. I am completely content with a program that takes a more structured approach to learning. My only interest in combat planes would be in the form of classic warbirds flown for recreation, not in combat. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. ---- thanks --- Jim
  14. My name is Jonathan R, and I come from Venezuela. I have used FlightGear for a long time now -- perhaps since April 2014? I am very glad to be here with y'all
  15. Hello My fellow simmers, i'm new to flying, i learned the basics on a cessna, I'm trying to fly larger planes. can someone please help me find a check list and how to start a plane with picures if possibles! thank you
  16. Hallo guys, here Claudio from Germany, nice to land in this awesome forum! I run X-Plane 10 over a Linux platform and planning to use an Arduino UNO board to circle about what to do! Tschüß!
  17. Hello everyone. Although my user name is Harold Finch, my real name is Bill North, My user name was already taken by a previous member, so I thought - heck why not Harold Finch as my handle. Well enough of that. My love of aviation started as a child, my dad had a PPL and I flew frequently with him during my youth. I couldn't wait to be old enough to get my license. When I graduated high school my dad offered to buy me a car, but I asked for flight school instead and bought myself an old jalopy to get around in, LOL. When I was in college I joined the USAF under the deferred entrance plan and started active duty a month after graduation. I was hoping to be a fighter pilot but they convinced me to volunteer for the Medical Evacuation service where I flew C118's first and then C-130's for two tours in Vietnam. When I completed 8 years of active duty I returned to school where I received my Masters in Electrical Engineering and flew a desk for a large Medical imaging manufacturer until I retired. Flying was still in my blood so I continued to fly GA until my eyesight got poor. I have been flying sims on and off since the Sub Logic days, but my gear and software had been put in storage since 2004 or so. One of my other hobbies is playing guitar and I started selling off some of my excess gear and when I was looking for an accessory for a potential sale I came across my box of flight sim gear. Well, since I retired I have plenty of time on my hands so I thought, heck, why not. Which led me back here. I was a member back in the day, but have long forgotten my user name and old email account, so Harold Finch came to be. So Hello again, fellow virtual aviators of all types and stripes. Talk with you all soon.
  18. hi I accidently deleted both my iae and cfm airbus a320 extended default config files, could anybody send me the default config files for both the cfm and iae (aerosoft a320) thousand thank you's in advance
  19. :hi:New member here, thank you for letting me join. Bradagan67
  20. I guess that's the thread where newbies can cay hello to the world So hello! I am a polish person that got the passion for flying since the early age which was unavoidable as someone with aviation people in the close family. I work as a flight attendant in charter flights (mostly to Dubai, but all over the world) in B737 but occasionally flying in other beautiful machines. I am also in progress of obtaining my PPL which will take me quite a while, but I like to think about myself as a pilot in making. As for simmulators, I am very new to the scene. I just recently picked up FSX and X-Plane and some basic gear to enjoy and learn the art of flying in a stress-free environment. Looking foward to share passion and learn from all of you guys! Cheers!
  21. Hey guys. I wonder, is the flight sim community expanding? shrinking? or is it stable? I spoke about this topic with a friend, who has been simming for way longer than I have. He says that the number of people simming around the world is in the "hundreds of thousands" area, out of an approximate (and seriously this is just an estimate) of 2 billion people (out of 7 billion) in the world who play games. This topic came up as a result of prices of add-ons. The prices, in my opinion, are in the medium range, with many add-on airports costing somewhere between $20 and $40, add-on aircraft between $50 and $150, and large scale ground scenery $40 - $100. Obviously the higher end of these ranges being the higher quality products. What does that say about supply and demand of such products? In any case, I do understand that these require tons of work and resources, so I would say most of the costs of products are.....reasonable. How would you assess the status of the flight simming community? I am looking for both facts and opinions.
  22. Hello All. My name is Richard Dunn. I'm from the U.S. This is actually the third time I've been with Varona. I believe I attained 3 stripes as of the last time but I can't be sure. Does one still download Varona livery? I'll need help remembering how to do that. Looking forward to flying again!! RAD
  23. Hi, everyone! I've been lurking around AVSIM for the past two years, since just after the start of my enthusiasm for flight simulation. I've been an aviation enthusiast since I was young, but I grew up without any knowledge that flight simulators such as FS2002 even existed. Nowadays, though, I fly on VATSIM and/or IVAO with FSX-SE at least once a week, mostly for my three VAs - BAVirtual, vRYR, and vEZY. Hope to see you in the virtual skies soon!
  24. Hello, I am Jaap from the Netherlands. When I was busy with my pilot license (PPL) I bought a computer, saitek Yoke, Rudder and some goflight stuff. I imagined that practicing some flying at home, behind my computer, should be useful in reducing my needed flying lessons. In the end it took some time to get started, and I finished my PPL before everything was running properly. The computer that I had bought (i7-2600K with 32gb and GTX580) gave me a BSOD once in a while. At one moment in time I couldn't stand it anymore and bought another one. On this new computer I had to install everything again. Since I have to spend a lot of time at work (and having a family too) I do not have alot of time to tweak everyting. Now with the spring is coming. I like to go flying in the real world to some airports I have never bin before. FSX or P3D (I have both installed) seems a good platform to be prepared for these trips. So it is time to spend some time to get everything working, and get some sim hours in my virtual logbook! I am located near EHMZ, and want to go to Shoreham, The Isles of Scilly and Helgoland in the near future. My first objective is to get my two computers connected (if necessary, the BSOD problem has been fixed yet), with Skydemon on my Ipad. May blue skies and happy landings! Jaap....
  25. Hello to all. Brand new to this. Lots to learn, lots to read.
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