177: Move on to the12.8 Radeon Driver

After I downgrading to Radeon 11.x driver for nearly 5 months, AMD finally released a good enough 12.x driver for the FSX.   It is also the choice of Samy Fay who recommended the driver in a comment about his crossfire setup a week ago.

I wouldn’t say the new driver boosts the FSX’s performance obviously.   Also my observation is subjective.   However, my FSX running under this 12.8 version does give me an impression that it is above the overall level of the last 11.12.

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Wanting to See Your Cockpit

As suggested by many friends, a new photo section called Cockpits has been created, so that all subscribers can now share their “cockpit views” with others.   Whether you built a big jet in your house or just got a minimalist cockpit, we love to see them.

Should you be interested, Click here to Email Me Your Cockpit Photos

Format required :

  • JPEG
  • Your name
  • Your Location: Country and City
  • ICAO code of your location
  • A short description of your cockpit & your hardware

Note that your photos may be cropped or PS due to posting requirements.


175: Engine Hours Patch for RPM Gauge

I thought at least one of those who are using my Centurion T210 gauges would have noticed and asked me why the RPM gauge they are using doesn’t have the Engine Hours display as I showed in my Post 173.  Obviously, all of them have been busy flying instead.    Haha.

The Engine Hours update patch is now ready.   It will show the current numbers of hours an aircraft has flown and update constantly during a flight session.

Subscribers of FSX Times can write me a note to get the patch via the COMMENTS section below as usual for the download link.

Others who aren’t subscribers yet could enter their emails and press the [Click Me to Subscribe] button on the right hand column to become a subscriber first.   Otherwise, requests will be ignored.

As said, there will be no more new gauges coming out in at least a couple of months.   But the current five gauges should bring good enough fun.

An Update – The Company DOESN’T Care


Probably anyone could tell from all the flightsim gears I bought from Saitek and the many custom gauges I developed for its FIPs that I am really a big fan to the company’s Pro Flight products.   That’s no doubt about it, but that’s also the reason why I was so upset when I got the unreasoning answer from the company’s supporting team regarding my help request on the format for the masking bmp files.

Beyond expectation, the company then followed my grievance promptly and positively.   Despite the misunderstanding involved, I have to admit that I am impressed by the care the company pays onto a customer’s concern.

I never regard myself more special than other customers to the company.   So, there’s no reason why I cannot clear out all my discontent and look to the future.

Even though I’ve tried to put myself in the company’s perspective to look into the service the company promised to deliver, it turns out to be that the company only talks and talks.   I have no more fancy that company really cares about their customers — no matter how beautifully they present themselves.

After all, I am still a big fan to the company’s flightsim products.


174: Change the Aircraft’s Engine Hours

FSX keeps an up-to-date history of the number of hours an aircraft flew, although not all aircrafts display such information.

Centurion T210 and the default Cessna C172 are both equipped with this type of display.   Should someone wants to change it for any reasons:

  1. Open   C:\Users\<User Name>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\FSX\SimObjects  folder;
  2. Select the aircraft you want to change, then
  3. Edit the accumulated_time value in the aircraft’s state.CFG file will do.

Not recommended to push it too far; otherwise, you may soon need a new aircraft —- Just kidding.

173: Centurion T210 Gauges Wide Version

Up to now, I have created 5 gauges (AirSpeed, Altimeter, Attitude, RPM and Vertical Speed) for the Centurion T210.

As mentioned, the wide version (260 x 240) of the previously released Attitude, RPM and Vertical Speed gauges have been revised and ready for download.

Any subscriber of this blog could send me a request for the download links via the COMMENTS section below.   Edit: These Gauges are no more available.

For the next release, it will take a longer while as the creation of these gauges are quite exhausting.   Also, I would like to work on some other topics too.    But I will keep doing it for the Centurion T210 and then other aircrafts, such as C340.

172: Centurion T210 Altimeter Gauge

Here’s the Altimeter for the Centurion T210 I’ve been longing for.    I saw a similar one at a gauge discussion forum many years ago.   I desperately requested a copy of it but got no reply from the developer at all.

Now, here’s the one I created.

Anyone who is interested could send me a request via the COMMENTS section below.   I will definitely reply and share it with a download link.   Edit: This instrument is no more available.

But note, you have to become a Subscriber of this blog first.

You could enter their emails and press the [Click Me to Subscribe] button on the right hand column to become a subscriber.   Otherwise, requests will be ignored.