64: Adding Network Link in Google Earth

I have used jpeg images and Google Maps to plot geographical locations of my scenery add-ons in my posts.  However, the result is far from expectation, not to mention a lot of time and efforts were spent on converting the data into appropriate Google Maps format and jpegs.

Starting from the Scenery – Switzerland Airports and Scenery – Caribbean Airports posts, a url of the corresponding Google Earth file will be provided in all Scenery posts (older posts will be updated gradually).

By adding the url to Google Earth via Network Link, not only the map-display result is matching of what I am having, the scenery data can also be updated automatically once the master file is revised.

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63: Moving Map Fun on iPad

Recently added FSWidgets iGMapHD for iPad to my system.

It is far from being a perfect product and has the problems of:

  • slow reflesh rate of maps and tracks
  • incomplete airport and terrain data

However, it adds a lot of fun to my flightsim experience without a real multi-monitor system.  It is very easy to setup.  And it doesn’t like Air Display, it won’t impact FSX performance at all. Continue reading

59: My Best FSX Setup (2011-0716)

My Flightsim Gear with recently added iPad running iGMapHD

With following hardware, software, display card settings and fsx.CFG tweaks, I am generally getting :

  • 39-47 FPS (20-30 FPS in heavy urban areas; ALL with 3rd party scenery installed)
  • No Stutter (well, virtually)
  • Very Sharp Image
  • Very High Anti-Alias Quality

Hardware:
ASUS P6X58D-E  |  i7 930 @ 4.0G  |  12GB DDR3 1600
ASUS Matrix HD5870 @ 970MHz / 5000MHz  |  Dell 3007 @ 2560 x 1600
2 x Corsair Nova 128 GB SSD  —  One for Windows & One for FSX  |  1TB WD SATA3 HDD for Add-on Sceneries
iPad with iGMapHD

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58: Rebuild FSX Shader Cache

When FSX was run the first time, a cache was also created under the C:\Users\<user name>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\FSX folder.   It contains a sub-folder called Shaders (some systems may have an additional folder called Shader10) in which instructions and codes that are frequently accessed by FSX are stored.  Every time FSX is run, contents of the cache will be optimized further to improve overall system performance.

C:\Users\Tom\AppData\Local\Microsoft\FSX

However, this cache is prone to be messed up when settings of fsx.CFG are changed or system is toggled between DX9 and DX10, etc.

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57: Safest Approach to Install Addons

I normally pay extra attention when adding addons to my system because the performance of FSX sometimes is so allergic to tinny tiny stuff added to it.

No matter the addon is a scenery or an airplane, we mostly don’t have sufficient prior informantion about what will be added to, and in particular what will be overwritten from the system.

To  minimize the risk of uncertainty, I normally take the dummyproof approach described below to “quarantine” the content of the new addon in the first place.

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56: Remove Standard AI Traffic

My system has Just Flight’s Traffic X and a few other AI traffic addons installed.   They together brought a lot of AI aircrafts and traffics, which makes the default ones redundant.

Naughty Fleet of Airplanes

To reduce overlapping and enhance system performance, the TrafficAircraft.bgl under X:\Microsoft Flight Simulator X\Scenery\World\Scenery was moved to a backup folder so that no standard AI traffic is loaded.

To restore, just putting back the file to the original folder will do.