423: Cockpit Rebuilding #01

Just received  the new computer solely for flight simulation today with some revisions to the spec listed in my last post originally.    The full spec now is:

  • CPU: Intel i7-6850K
  • Motherboard: Asus X99 Deluxe-II
  • RAM: Corsair 32GB Dominator 3200MHz DDR4
  • SSD: Samsung 960 EVO M.2 256GB for Windows System
  • CPU Cooler: Corsair Hydro Series H115i
  • Power Supply: Corsair AX1200i
  • Case: Corsair Graphite 760T
  • OS: Windows 10 Home

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422: Time to get Moving

I’ve been talking about rebuilding my home cockpit and a computer dedicated to flight simulation…er… for quite a long time.   I really get moving now.

Followings are some of the gears I already purchased for the new cockpit. And in
general, it will be somewhat resemblance to what the guy ON THE GLIDESLOPE (OTG) does — a 3-monitor setup, one in the front and two on both sides.

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416: Find the Pits in Your System

Are you sure you have your system set up properly?   I thought I did until two days ago I found out that my 2133 MHz memory actually had been running at standard 1333 MHz for over a year.
Obviously I somehow missed the configuration the last time when I upgraded the system BIOS.  And too bad I didn’t aware of it at all.

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410: Should I … X-Plane?

by Michael Basler (http://michael-basler.net)

Michael is a veteran flightsimmer, who started playing Flight Simulator 4 back in 1991.   About 2 weeks ago, while we were discussing various issues regarding compatibility of my FIP gauges in X-Plane, an idea of inviting him to write a guess piece for his impressions and thoughts on the new X-Plane 11 came to my mind suddenly.   Thanks Michael and here’s the piece.

xp11_logoAt first: No, I am not one more X-Plane evangelist trying to persuade you to “convert”.  But I don’t think it hurts to look what’s going on elsewhere.

At second: Do you think this is misplaced at FSX Times?  It’s not – as you’ll find below. Continue reading

392: Putting GPS on the iPAD

A few days ago, Kim in Switzerland emailed me that he had built a touch-screen GPS using an iPad (see photo).
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Frankly, even though I never thought about the idea of putting the GPS onto an iPad before, I have to admit that my immediate response to Kim’s approach was not excited because there are many apps available to turn the iPad into a second display for Mac or Windows computers.

From the many similar apps I tried before, none of them, in my opinion, was smooth enough to handle the data flow demand to and from FSX or P3D.   Some of them even caused serious dragging to the simulator in return.

But after checking the information Kim provided, I found his iPad was wired to his computer, rather than wirelessly connected over the network.

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390: AffinityMask Revisited

There are lots of comments on the Internet saying that the AffinityMask is no longer required in Prepar3D for a smooth flight.   Is it true?

The answer is both a YES and a NO, mainly depending on whether additional hardware are included.affinitymask-cpum

During the recent clean re-installation of the just released Prepar3D version 3.4, I must say that I was very impressed with its overall performance under the factory settings in the beginning.   But the thrill only lasted UNTIL my Saitek’s Flight Instrument Panels (a notorious performance hitter) were added to the system, no matter running under the Saitek or the SPAD.neXt driver.

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372: A Precaution to Avoid Burnt

As I replied to some friends, my Post 369: Aerofly is Good but Be Careful was by no mean to scare anybody who is interested in the new simulator.   The post simply states a fact that my card was burnt during the game and gives my personal comment to others who are using or are intending to use the software.

To play safe, I have installed Real Temp to monitor the CPU and GPU status of my computer.   The utility can be configured to stay on top of all displays.
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370: Activate Saitek Driver in FSX-SE

I purchased FSX-SE a year ago but abandoned it after briefly playing it for awhile fSX-SEbecause many setup procedures “seemed” to be different and I’d rather spend more time on my grandson at that time.

Last week, I picked it up again due to the recent Summer sales on Steam, where I finally got the long waited Flight School app.

This time, I seriously compared it to the box edition and found that the differences in structure between the two versions actually aren’t much.  I quickly copied Continue reading

369: Aerofly is Good but Be Careful

Recently purchased the Aerofly FS 2 on Steam.   It is amazing in graphic rendition and outstanding in aero-dynamic and physic performance.

AeroflyFS2On the good side, it proves itself to be one of the directions where the future flight simulator should be heading.  On the bad side, unfortunately, there is still a big room for improvements before it can turn itself from a niche product to a real competitor to FSX, Prepar3D or X-Plane.

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