499: Shader Cleaner is now Free

FSX and P3D creates Shader Caches during operations to optimize overall performance via frequently accessed instructions and codes stored in the caches.   However, the Shader Caches are prone to be messed up by various reasons sometimes.   Rebuilding them is a common method to fix many issues suddenly coming up without a proper cause.

The Shader Cleaner FSX and Shader Cleaner P3D were developed to help clean Shader Caches quickly before the loading of FSX and P3D whenever needed — Personally I don’t recommend cleaning the Shader Caches if everything is okay.
 
DO NOTE that after the Shaders of P3D v3 and especially v4 are cleaned, the display will black out for some seconds when a new flight is loaded.   Just be patient and everything will come back to normal after the cache is built again.

The utilities were only given to Continue reading

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497: Gauge-Switcher for X-Plane Plugins

An X-Plane version of the GaugeSwitcher is also developed for those who are using the Logitech X-Plane Plugins for my FSX Times Gauges.

It works similarly and can handle up to 60 FIP gauge setups for X-Plane as well.

The utility has been sent to all users of my XP_Logitech gauges by emails.   Should anyone who hasn’t received the download link in their mailboxes by now could Continue reading

496: Gauge-Switcher v8 Released

GaugeSwitcher is a handy program I developed a couple of years ago to help Saitek FIP Driver users to quickly switch between multiple FSX Times Gauges (say from C172SP to B58 to Mooney Bravo to RAS Duke or vice versa) to match with the aircraft being used or to be used in FSX, FSX-SE and P3D.

The utility was given to users of my Gauges once but stopped for some reasons.

Now, the utility is available again with many optimizations, including compatibility with both Saitek and Logitech Drivers, and Continue reading

494: Abnormal FIP Knob Adjustment Fix

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

486: SL Migrator Lite Version

In response to some friends requests, a simplified version of the SL_Migrator is created to help other non-FSX Times Gauges users to convert their “exe.xml” files after the Logitech Drivers migration.    Similarly, it is good for FSX, FSX-SE, P3Dv3 and P3Dv4 and can handle more than one simulators simultaneously if exists.

The utility is called SL_Migrator_Lite and it can be downloaded from the Freeware section in my Store.

 

485: SL Migrator v1.1 Update

The SL_Migrator has just been updated to version 1.1, which helps further speeding up and simplying the Saitek-to-Logitech migration.

Besides the FIP Gauges copying process, the new utility can now automatically modify ALL the “exe.xml” files found in the computer’s simulator cfg folders for the necessary Logitech conversion, including FSX, FSX-SE, P3Dv3 and P3Dv4.

In other words, Continue reading

484: FIP Customizer Logitech Version

Alexey has added a new version of his FIP Customizer for the Logitech FIP drivers.   To refresh what the utility does, read my Post 264 here.

Note that this new version is good for the Logitech FIP drivers only.   Anyone interested could click on the image to download it.

Link for the FIP Customizer for the Saitek FIP version is still valid in Post 264.

 

 

483: SL Migrator & FIP Driver Toggler

In the last Post about migration from Saitek to Logitech FIP drivers, I put a divider right after Step 9 in the article.  It is because the succeeding process mainly is the copying of previous FIP gauges to the new locations.

Here’s the new utility SL_Migrator (Saitek-to-Logitech Migrator) I just wrote to help do the job efficiently.   Especially, it will copy and convert the original SaiFlightSimX.xml and SaiFlightFip.xml to the appropriate Logitech version if they are found, so that users can quickly restore the gauges they were running before the migration. Continue reading

465: CFG Spacer Utility

I always add an empty line between each section in the fsx.CFG and Prepar3D.cfg so that their contents can be easily read.  It is in particular helpful when doing a search.   Here’s the CFG_Spacer utility that I recently wrote to speed up the task.

The utility is good for FSX, FSX-SE and Prepar3D, and can be downloaded from Continue reading