Not sure how many of you have occasionally encountered a bizarre situation in which all functions, such as OBS and heading bug, that are controlled by the knobs on the Logitech/Saitek FIPs (Flight Instrument Panels) suddenly move faster in 10-degree (step) per turn than the default 1-degree (step) per turn.
The cause of the issue is unknown but generally it can be cured by warm-booting (or in some cases, cold-booting) the computer.
In the last six months, I encountered the issue once or twice. Instead of rebooting the computer, Continue reading
A friend, Sergey Dronyaev in Moscow, who reported an issue that he found the Autopilot Heading Bug on the A2A Cessna Shared HDG FIP gauge didn’t synchronize with the one in the virtual cockpit. I had my head scratched since it was the first time I heard about the issue regarding the gauge.
Sergey later submitted a solution he found from the A2A forum: Pressing the AP button once (Autopilot on/off) – both gauges will synchronize accordingly.
Just in case someone encounters the same issue, above tip should help.
Micro-stuttering is one of the most severe headaches to almost all flightsimmers and it is not easy to cure. If have a 4K monitor or a 4K TV, you may try cutting its refresh-rate from 60Hz to 30Hz.
I didn’t invent the trick. I was told by a friend, who found the trick on the Internet. Probably some of you knew it or even tried it already.
Is it a panacea or just another placebo? Continue reading
When I was reinstalling A2A aircraft for P3Dv4, I grumbled what the heck the developers are doing in altering the aircraft installation folder from “SimObjects” to “Prepar3D v4 Add-ons” under Documents. But after reviewing the file hierarchy further, I have to admit that it is in fact a nice user-friendly touch.
The move not only avoids the chance of messing up with original files in P3D, but it also can eliminate the need of reinstalling aircraft after P3D is forced to clean install again for whatever reasons or when update is available.
Under the new structure, the P3Dv4-ready A2A installer (in my case) added the aircraft location to the “add-ons.cfg” in the Prepar3D.cfg directory after
installation. Then created an XML file called “add-on.xml“, which contains all the sub-folder information, in the root directory of the aircraft folder as well.
Since these two files Continue reading
My new cockpit is still far from complete but it is operable now with the “new” VRInsight Flight Master Yoke-II (the Yoke) is in position.
Actually, I bought the Yoke nearly three years ago in October 2014, at which I had an intention to have it to replace my long-used Saitek Cessna Yoke and the Switch Panel altogether, because the VRInsight Yoke has already integrated most of the key switches found on the Switch Panel.
Unfortunately, the plan didn’t work out because I had mis-calculated (or more precisely confused by) the Yoke’s published dimensions. With 26 inches or 66 centimeters in depth (the company uses Width), the Yoke was far too deeper than my old work-bench could accommodate. So, it has been kept in the storage for the last three years until I finally get a bigger table to be able to use it now.
What a coincidence that VRInsight has just announced their Yoke-III. Therefore, a review for the older Yoke-II, I believe, should still shed some light for those who are interested in the new one. In particular their specifications are almost the same, except the new model has just further included a push-pull Throttle, a Trim Lever (not trim wheel), and a few pounds in weight. Continue reading
Received a number of inquiries recently from friends who asked for advises why their FIPs (Flight Instrument Panels) no longer work after upgrading to P3Dv4.
Causes are in general similar — the exe.xml and/or the DLL.XML are missing. Because these two files don’t come with the simulator nor created by the Saitek drivers by default. Moreover, the latest FSUIPC5 is also a prerequisite.
Fixes are simple: Continue reading
Windows 10’s Creator Update has been available for some time. If your system aren’t aware of it, you can download the Update Assistant from Microsoft here.
Again, before proceeding the update, you’d better unplug all attached USB devices (except the one for the mouse and keyboard) and CD/DVD drivers first. This helps minimizing the chance of many known errors.
Basically I found no errors or hits to my system or the flight simulator.
I sometimes receive questions asking me “Why the knobs on one of my FIPs don’t work? They used to be working fine.”
It is a bug in the Saitek driver. When the SaiFlightSimX.xml builds up to a certain number (most likely over 15 from my experience), the knob command assigned to the last gauge (or the last two gauges) becomes not functioning.
Suggested fixes are follows: Continue reading
Just purchased Alabeo’s R66 and C172RG Cutlass while they are on sale this week. I had no problem with the R66 but had my head scratched for a while regarding C172RG’s installation.
The major difference between the two installers is the C172RG one requires users to specify the version of P3D being used and the R66 doesn’t.
Under such circumstances, even though I am not using P3D version 2, I gave it a try on selecting the P3Dv2 option on the menu and browsed to direct the path to my current P3Dv3 folder on P:\ Drive. No surprise. I got errors of not finding files from the package and installation was aborted.
Then I tried putting the path of my P3Dv3 folder without checking the P3Dv2 option. The installation proceeded and reported a success. Continue reading