For those subscribers who signed up to request my coming FlyZone Switcher utility, following is the 1st step-by-step FSX system preparation guide. These steps are relatively simple to follow.
However, keep in mind that all system preparation procedures described here and in the future are mandatory in order to work properly with my utility. Do follow exactly of what I am instructing for now. You may be able to customize some of the contents later once you complete and master the concept of my FlyZone Switching approach.
Run FTX Central and switch to Default FSX Region.
After the region is switched, open the Autogen folder under your Microsoft Flight Simulator X directory. (You can either leave the FTX Central running or quit it after the region is switched.)
Inside the folder, you should see the content similar to the following. Although the number of files in your Autogen directory may be different from mine, the following eight files should still exist.
The three files highlighted above are the key autogen files associated with FSX in default regional setting. Make a copy of them and rename them to
- AutogenDescriptions-DEF.spb (name updated from -DFT.spb, see note below)
- default-DEF.xml (name updated from -DFT.spb)
- RoofDescriptions-DEF.spb (name updated from -DFT.spb)
as shown below. Ensure that the Date Modified and File Size of these duplicates are exactly the same as their originals as shown.
[ Update Note: Jun-19, 2012
[ Originally, I used “-DFT” in this post to name default autogen objects. I have changed them to “-DEF” for the
[ consistency with later preparations (scenery-DEF.CFG & fsx-DEF.CFG). These files are used for backup and
[ verification purposes in the final preparation state. No affect to the operation of FlyZone Switcher.
Now return to the FTX Central and switch to Oceania region. (You may have to run FTX Central again if you have quitted it in step 2.)
Return to the Autogen folder and you will find the three key autogen files are now different from those to the default region. Make a copy of them and rename them to
as shown below. Ensure the Date Modified and File Size of these duplicates are the same as their originals.
When duplications are done, return to FTX Central and switch to North America region.
Similarly, when you return to the Autogen folder, you will find the three key autogen files are different again. These three files are now associated with the North America region. Make a copy of them and rename them to
as shown below.
After the copyings are done, you now have created three sets of backups of the three key autogen files for the Default, Oceania and North America regions respectively.
Use the FTX Central to switch among the three FlyZone regions, and cross-check if the three files associated to the particular regions are the same as their respective backups.
If so, you have completed the FlyZone Switcher System Preparation #1 correctly.
If not, review and restart all procedures from step 1 again.
If all goes well, by the time you complete all system preparation steps, my FlyZone Switcher utility should be ready soon for download. Should you have any questions about the system preparation procedures, send me a post through the comment section below.