Verify Integrity of Game Cache


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Strange behavior of your sim? What about verifying your Steam Game cache. What to do? Follow these steps:

  1. First of all close Flightsimulator Steam Edition (FSX-SE) or Flight School (FSc)
  2. Right mouse click your Steam icon in the system tray and select Library. This will bring you to the game overview. Then…
  3. Select the line Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition. (If it shows: Running…close the game)
  4. Right mouse click the game line and select Propertiessteam_2016-11-20_11-24-08
  5. In this pop-up select tab LOCAL FILES and there VERIFY INTEGRITY OF GAME CACHE.steam_2016-11-20_11-24-15
  6. You get a pop-up saying: Validating Steam files – …% complete and showing the name of the game selected.verify-3
  7. When completed it will show you IF and how many files are found to be renewed.ApplicationFrameHost_2016-11-20_11-51-01.png
  8. Press CLOSE, restart the game and follow the guidelines you receive.
  9. Done

 

FSX-SE Initial Setup


Met de inhoud op deze pagina gaan we FSX-SE initieel configureren met een aantal standaard waarden en instellingen. Eerst gaan we de fsx.cfg – het configuratie bestand van FSX-SE aanpassen met 3 instellingen die in dit “verse” config bestand nog niet aanwezig zijn.

  1. Ga naar C:/Users/yourname/AppData/Roaming/Microsoft/FSX en zoek het fsx.cfg bestand.
  2. Hernoem dit bestand naar fsx-org.cfg.
  3. Start nu FSX-SE in de default Free flight en sluit weer af.
  4. Bewerk het nieuwe bestand fsx.cfg in de [SECTION] met:
    1. [GRAPHICS]
      HIGHMEMFIX=1 << deze alleen voor FSX en NIET voor FSX-SE !
      TEXTURE_MAX_LOAD=1024 (is 4096 als standaard in FSX-SE)
    2. [DISPLAY]
      WideViewAspect=True (is False als standaard in FSX-SE)
    3. [Main]
      DisablePreload=1

START NU FSX-SE IN FREE FLIGHT MET DE ULTRALIGHT.

fsxse-01ZORG DAT JE DE MENUBALK VAN FSX-SE TE ZIEN KRIJGT. DRUK ANDERS OP ALT OF ALT+ENTER OM IN WINDOWED MODE TE KOMEN.

Kies Options > Settings > Display. We gaan nu successievelijk door alle tabs heen, beginnend bij GRAPHICS in het linker vak: Device-specific options.

GRAPHICS:
Global settings:

  • Device-specific options:
    • Zet de Target frame rate: 30. Dit komt overeen met de 1/2 refresh rate van je monitor. Flightsimulation gaat over het simuleren van het vliegen waarbij het niet de bedoeling is om de max. frame rate van je machine te presenteren, maar vloeiende beelden te zien. Wil je meer weten over frame rate, de zin en onzin over Unlimited frames, lees dan deze post.
    • Full screen resolution: stel dit in op de x32 resolutie van de door jou aangesloten monitor. Heb je een 1920 x 1080 monitor dan is de keuze 1920 x 1080 x 32. Let op dit geldt dus voor iedere Device.
    • Filtering: selecteer Trilinear
    • Anti-aliasing: niet aanvinken (gaan we straks instellen in de videokaart)
  • In Global Options:
    • Global texture resolution: Very high (=100%)
    • Preview DirectX 10: niet aanvinken. Eerst de sim opzetten in DX9. Wanneer de sim in DX9 stabiel draait, loopt deze straks in DX10 ook.
    • Lens flaire: aan of uit
    • Light bloom: niet aanvinken.
    • Advanced animations: aanvinken

AIRCRAFT:
Global settings: Medium High, verder als in de afbeelding hieronder.6754-4

6754-2SCENERY:
Global settings: Custom

  • In de sectie Terrain and water:
    • Level of detail radius: Large (100%)
    • Mesh complexity: 100%; langzame systemen (Dual Core) kan je beter op Medium zetten.
    • Mesh resolution: 10 m
    • Texture resolution: 7 cm
    • Water effects: Low 2.x
    • Land detail textures: aanvinken
  • In de sectie Scenery objects:
    • Scenery complexity: begin met Very dense, langzame systemen Normal – Sparse
    • Autogen density: begin op Very dense, langzame systemen Normal – Sparse
    • Ground scenery shadows: niet aanvinken
    • Special effects detail: High (100%)

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WEATHER:
Global settings: Ultra High

  • In de sectie Visual settings:
    • Zet voorlopig de Cloud draw distance op 60 mi / 96 km
    • Thermal visualization: Natural

TRAFFIC:
Global settings: Custom

  • In de sectie Aviation traffic: in deze sectie zitten een aantal “performance killers”. In deze initiële setup zetten we deze sliders op 0%. Nadat deze initiële opzet is gecontroleerd, kan je deze sliders verder openzetten en waarnemen welke invloed dat heeft op de performance.
  • Airline traffic density: 0 (0%); later tot max. 45 – 100%
  • General aviation traffic density: 0 (0%); later tot max. 35 – 100%
  • Airport vehicle density: Low

In de sectie Land and sea traffic: Road vehicles is een performance killer. Ships and Ferries en Leisure boats: niet meer dan 20%
Dat was het: sluit af met OK. (Maak een lijstje van je huidige instellingen…)

WYSIWYG: zou het er zo uit moeten zien met 30 van de ingestelde 30 fps. Denk er om dat het niet gaat om de hoogste fps-waarde te scoren, maar dat je een vloeiend beeld te zien krijgt. Vlieg nu een paar rondjes en probeer ook eens een goed plaatje te krijgen met een zware scenery, bijv. KSEA. De grootste aanslag op de performance van de PC is in Scenery objects: Autogen density en scenery complexity, AI traffic en Road vehicles.

Is het niet naar je zin, ga dan terug naar de Global Settings van de Scenery tab en stel deze in op bijv. Ultra High. Test opnieuw op dezelfde hoogte en positie, zelfde aircraft. Niet tevreden? Dan een tandje terug naar High. Zorg er bij alle standen voor dat Water effects altijd op Low 2.x staat.

Klik hierboven op de afbeelding van Meigs Field om te vergroten.

We need the speed….Dit was zo’n typisch geval waarbij de bios eerst zelf beslist wat de instellingen van de geheugenmodules moet zijn: (9-9-9-24)
Op de geheugenmodules staan de in te stellen waardes afgedrukt. (7-7-7-20); tevens krikken we de processor op van 2.4GHZ naar 3.6 GHz
[FSB van 12x naar 18x]tvngh9-5fsx-sefs

How to remove the old FSX before installing FSX-SE


Before you start with the installation of FSX-SE it is our recommendation to uninstall the previous FSX version. FSX is dead! Be happy with Steam! Read the easy way to remove your previous FSX installation.

  1. The easy way:
    1. Go to Start/Program and Features/ and select the previous FSX installation in Uninstall or change a program.
    2. Uninstall FSX and when you have FSX+SP2 installed, it will return with FSX-SP1. Check the version number.
    3. Now, uninstall again FSX; it will no longer be in the list of Programs and Features.
    4. Clean your registry with CCleaner or another registry cleaner and repeat the cleaning until there are  zero faults.
    5. The remaining folders in the still existing FSX installation folder contains important stuff that you added previously (FSUIPC Key, aircraft, add-on scenery, a.s.o.).
    6. Rename you rinstallation folder and move it to your backup location. You will need it later on.
    7. Reboot the system and ceck if all the previous registrations are gone in the registry; therefore use the TweakFSX Registry tool as mentioned HERE. Try to find the previous FSX path. If there’s nothing found, you’re clean and then install FSX-SE else you need to go into the registry manualy and delete the remaining registry entry as indicated in the tool. You will read the registry key as HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE_SOFTWAREMicrosoft…and the installation path of y0ur previous installation
    8. How to get into the registry? In Windows 8 just type regedit @Start and hit ENTER
    9. [tweakfs01]

Only delete the registry entries shown here, when uninstalling boxed version of FSX.
Once FSX:SE is then installed, this entry will be present again – so don’t delete it after the installation of FSX-SE! …
Only delete it just 
before you do a clean install of FSX-SE

How To Install FSX-Steam Edition


Hello Captains, in this and coming articles we will inform you with tips and tricks about FSE-SE. Many thanks to our crew member Piejo who shared his early experiences with FSX-SE. [tweakfs01]

  1. How To Install FSX-SE as
    1. a Single Sim Setup (FSX-SE only) or
    2. a Dual Sim Setup (FSX + FSX-SE on one machine)
  2. What you should know:
    1. about Installers
      1. If you are not familiar with the requirements for a succesful deployment of your simulator, please read the related articles in our FSX-SE pages. When you have already FSX on board, you have 2 choices: either remove FSX from your PC and install FSX-SE as a Single Sim Setup (1.A. ) or install FSX-SE next to the already existing FSX installation (1.B. Dual Sim Setup).
        Note: You cannot run both sims the same time on one machine !
        1. with Single Sim Setup: FSX-SE will install as a normal FSX installation, using the standard registry path, folder and file names. No issues.
        2. with Dual Sim Setup: FSX-SE is fully separated from FSX and after installation you can use both sims. FSX is not effected. But…
          FSX-SE has its own registry values which results at the same time in a disadvantage for 3rd party FSX-Add-on-installers since they natively refer to the registry location of FSX and not to FSX_SE
          A 3rd party add-on that needs to use the fsx.cfg must have another reference since in Dual Sim Setup this file is called fsx-se.cfg (!)
        3. Based on the fact that FSX-SE will further develop, manufacturers from aircraft, sceneries and other add-ons will phase out FSX development and focus on this new market. This brings us to the recommendation: create a Single Sim Setup.
    2. about Registry issues
      1. If you need to adapt your registry path for any reason, this article and this article  will show you how to manage.
      2. the registry paths for FSX are named as HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SOFTWARE/Microsoft/Microsoft Games/flight simulator/10.0
        HKEY_CURRENT_USER/SOFTWARE/Wow6432Node/Microsoft/Microsoft Games/flight simulator/10.0
      3. the registry path for FSX-SE is named as HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SOFTWARE/Dovetail/Games/FSX
    3. about Add-ons made for FSX
      1. FSX-Add-ons that use FSUIPC: you need an updated version of FSUIPC4 4.3939 or later which can be retrieved HERE.
      2. FSX-Add-ons like non stock aircraft and non-stock sceneries: will work without issues; beware of any installation registry issues (see 2.A.c.)
      3. FSX-Add-ons that use SimConnect:
        -with a Single Sim Setup: you should install the FSX SimConnect runtime libraries that can be found in the SDK folder in the FSX-SE installation. There you will read the legacy interface installers (.msi files).
        -with a Dual Sim Setup: without installing FSX SimConnect runtime libraries (that can be found in the SDK folder in the FSX-SE installation) none of the FSX Add-ons using the previous simconnect version of FSX-SP1-SP2-Acc_pack will work.
      4. FSX-Add-ons that use customized .DLL modules to access directly FSX memory locations: most of this type of existing .dll’s  don’t support FSX-SE and in that case will FSE-SE cause to crash.
      5. Add-ons that use customized .gau modules to access directly FSX memory locations: most of the existing .dll’s  don’t support FSX-SE and in that case will FSE-SE cause to crash.
      6. Our Recommendations:
        Remove the old FSX installation and start with FSX-SE.
        Read further @ 3.A.
  3.  Installation of a Single Sim Setup FSX-SE: (clean install)
    1. The advantage of this option is that FSX-SE, at installation, places a number of important files (fsx.cfg file,  DLL.XML, the Controls folder, the Shaders folders, the scenery.cfg file and other files which are being placed outside the FSX-SE root), in folders which have the same name as previously in FSX. Therefore FSX-Addons can more easily be installed in FSX-SE. These are the folder names:
      C:/Program Files (x86)/Steam/SteamApps/common/FSX) <- DEFAULT PATH C:/ProgramData/Microsoft/FSX
      C:/Users/<username>/AppData/Local/Microsoft/FSX
      C:/Users/<username>/AppData/Roaming/Microsoft/FSX
      C:/Users/<username>/Documents/Flight Simulator X Files
    2. Note for choosing a different installation path/disk
      1. Go to Steam – Settings – Downloads
      2. Below Content Libraries select Steam Library Folders which opens a window where you could create or select a (new) Library folder (even at a separate drive)
      3. Setup the appropriate folder  OR drive and folder where you want Steam to be installed.
    3. Install FSX-SE from STEAM
      1. Refer to par. 3.B. as to where you want it installed.
      2. Run the Sim once and reboot your PC. Continue with:
      3. Installing SimConnect library: Browse to  C:(Program Files (x86))Steam/SteamApps/common/FSX/SDK/Core Utilities Kit/SimConnect SDKlib and run the SimConnect.msi installer by double clicking.
      4. Installing SimConnect Legacy Interface: Browse to C:(Program Files (x86))Steam/SteamApps/common/FSX/SDK/Core Utilities Kit/SimConnect SDK/LegacyInterfaces/ and run the SimConnect.msi installer in each of the three sub-folders by right clicking omn the .msi file.
      5. Installing FSUIPC4: if your add-ons need it, download and install the latest version of FSUIPC4 4.939 or later.
      6. Done! Almost all installers for the FSX-Add-ons should revert to FSX-SE’s location, e.g. all add-on scenery should install into the (correct) scenery.cfg location. FSX addons that use both the new Steam Simconnect and the older Simconnect versions should work ok.
  4. Installation of a Dual Sim Setup FSX-SE (don’t do this!)
    If you did not follow our recommendation for the installation of a Single Sim Setup we will guide you through the installation steps to go.
    1. Install FSX:SE from STEAM then
      1. Refer to par. 3.B. as to where you want it to be installed.
      2. Run the Sim once and reboot your PC. Continue with:
      3. Installing SimConnect library: Browse to  C:(Program Files (x86))SteamSteamAppscommonFSXSDKCore Utilities KitSimConnect SDKlib and run the SimConnect.msi installer by double clicking.
      4. Installing SimConnect Legacy Interface: Browse to C:(Program Files (x86))SteamSteamAppscommonFSXSDKCore Utilities KitSimConnect SDKLegacyInterfaces, and run the SimConnect.msi installer in each of the three sub-folders by double clicking.
      5. Which folders result after installation of FSX-SE?
        After installation your PC will contain the following folders c.q. files:
        For FSX (those files already existed)
        C:Program Files (x86)Microsoft GamesMicrosoft Flight Simulator X C:ProgramDataMicrosoftFSX C:Users<yourname>AppDataLocalMicrosoftFSX C:Users<yourname>AppDataRoamingMicrosoftFSX C:Users<yourname>DocumentsFlight Simulator X Files
        Registry keys:
        – HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftMicrosoft Gamesflight simulator10.0
        – HKEY_CURRENT_USERSOFTWARE(Wow6432Node)MicrosoftMicrosoft Gamesflight simulator10.0
        For FSX-SE
        C:Program Files (x86)SteamSteamAppscommonFSX <- DEFAULT PATH
        C:ProgramDataMicrosoftFSX-SE   (scenery config file) C:Users<yourname>AppDataLocalMicrosoftFSX-SE   (shaders) C:Users<yourname>AppDataRoamingMicrosoftFSX-SE (FSX-SE.cfg, (fall-back)scenery.cfg, controls.cfg, DLL.XML).
        C:Users<yourname>DocumentsFlight Simulator X – Steam Edition Files
        Registry key (64bit o/s shown)
        – HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREDovetailGamesFSX
      6. Install Addons in FSX-SE
        In order to achieve that FSX addons will be installed correctly in FSX-SE, you have to do the following:
        – Download and install FSUIPC4 4.393 or later, if your addons need it.
        – Download TweakFS/FSRegUtil.
        Note: TweakFS Registry Utility has a small bug where the first time you use it and select the ‘Search Reg’ button, it will launch the Windows Registry Editor, but will not search for the FSX entry.   If this happens, simply close the Windows Reg Editor window (that has popped up) and go back to TweakFS Reg Utility and press the ‘Search Reg’ button again – it will work the second time, and will launch the registry and find your FSX entry

        -You will need this since a FSX-installer of an add-on needs to know where FSX-SE is installed.
        -Save this utility program in your download folder and run it as Administrator, right clicking the exe file.
        – Now -before you run the add-on installer- Get the FSX path. (Tab Get Path, then press Get FSX Path)
        . In the sample below you see that FSX is installed directly on the D: drive. Now, you are going to change that path to where FSX-Se is installed.
        .

        • Select “Set Path” tab and select your FSX-SE installation directory. Then select “Set FSX Path”. [tweakfs02]
        • After, check the “Add to Current User” checkbox and click “Set FSX Path” again.  In the sample below you see that FSX-SE is also installed on the D: drive.
          .
        • Through this action an installer of an addon made for FSX can see that the addon must be installed in the folder and sub-folders where FSX-SE is installed.
        • However, you are not ready yet, because, during the execution of the add-on installer, there are also FSX-SE files in the folders mentioned above, which by a number of addons have to be adapted during their installation. These (3) folder names are:
          ::C:ProgramDataMicrosoftFSX-SE
          (namely the FSX-Steam scenery config file)
          ::C:Users<yourname>AppDataLocalMicrosoftFSX-SE
          (namely the FSX-Steam shaders)
          ::C:Users<yourname>AppDataRoamingMicrosoftFSX-SE
          (namely the config file, the scenery config file, the Controls folders, and the XML config file for FSX-Steam).
        • In order to achieve that an installer of a FSX add-on can also correctly effect the necessary changes in the files in those folders, you need to temporarily change the names of the above mentioned  3 :: folders, otherwise the changes are not written (!)
        • So, if you also have a stock FSX installed too, this involves firstly to temporarily renaming the ‘FSX’ folder within the above file paths to something like ‘FSXbackup’.
        • Rename C:ProgramDataMicrosoftFSX into C:ProgramDataMicrosoftFSXtemp
        • Rename C:UsersyournameAppDataLocalMicrosoftFSX into
          C:UsersyournameAppDataLocalMicrosoftFSXtemp
        •  Rename C:UsersyournameAppDataRoamingMicrosoftFSX into
          C:UsersyournameAppDataRoamingMicrosoftFSXtemp
        • Then simply change the ‘FSX-SE’ folder within the above file paths, to ‘FSX’. Now when you run any addon installer for FSX, the FSX Steam folders will be properly adapted.
        • Rename C:ProgramDataMicrosoftFSX-SE into C:ProgramDataMicrosoftFSX
        • Rename C:UsersyournameAppDataLocalMicrosoftFSX-SE into
          C:UsersKLM149AppDataLocalMicrosoftFSX
        •  Rename C:UsersyournameAppDataRoamingMicrosoftFSX-SE into
          C:UsersyournameAppDataRoamingMicrosoftFSX
        • It is essential that you change the names of these folders back to their original ‘FSX’ and ‘FSX-SE’ names, once you’ve finished installing scenery and before launching either FSX or FSX-SE ! 
        • Moreover, if you later on want to install an FSX-addon in FSX (not FSX-SE), do not forget to change the path back to FSX again from FSX-SE with the help of the TWEAKFS FSX REGISTRY UTILITY!
        • Of course going forward, these steps should eventually become redundant; once native FSX-SE addons are released via Steam (or even 3rd parties). They will have then native abilities to point to the correct Scenery.cfg files, and similarly, eventually it’s hoped that DTG / Steam will update FSX-SE to remove all Registry confusions between the sims.  What we really need until that time is a ‘switch’ that automatically changes all file paths (sim installation, fsx.cfg, scenery.cfg) according to which sim we want to install an add-on in to.

FSX-SE Clean Install


  • logo-fsx-steam-editionHello Captains, in this and coming articles we will inform you with tips and tricks about FSE-SE.Many thanks to our crew member Piejo who shared his early experiences with FSX-SE.
    1. How To Install FSX-SE as
      1. a Single Sim Setup (FSX-SE only) or
      2. a Dual Sim Setup (FSX + FSX-SE on one machine)
    2. What you should know:
      1. about Installers
        1. If you are not familiar with the requirements for a succesful deployment of your simulator, please read the related articles in our FSX-SE pages. When you have already FSX on board, you have 2 choices: either remove FSX from your PC and install FSX-SE as a Single Sim Setup ( see point 3.) or install FSX-SE next to the already existing FSX installation (see 4. Dual Sim Setup).
          Note: You cannot run both sims the same time on one machine !

          1. with Single Sim Setup: FSX-SE will install as a normal FSX installation, using the standard registry path, folder and file names. No issues.
          2. with Dual Sim Setup: FSX-SE is fully separated from FSX and after installation you can use both sims. FSX is not effected. But…
            FSX-SE has its own registry values which results at the same time in a disadvantage for 3rd party FSX-Add-on-installers since they natively refer to the registry location of FSX and not to FSX_SE
            A 3rd party add-on that needs to use the fsx.cfg must have another reference since in Dual Sim Setup this file is called fsx-se.cfg (!)
          3. Based on the fact that FSX-SE will further develop, manufacturers from aircraft, sceneries and other add-ons will phase out FSX development and focus on this new market.
            This brings us to the recommendation: create a Single Sim Setup.
      2. about Registry issues
        1. If you need to adapt your registry path for any reason, this article and this article  will show you how to manage.
        2. the registry paths for FSX are named as HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SOFTWARE/Microsoft/Microsoft Games/flight simulator/10.0
          HKEY_CURRENT_USER/SOFTWARE/Wow6432Node/Microsoft/Microsoft Games/flight simulator/10.0
        3. the registry path for FSX-SE is named as HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SOFTWARE/Dovetail/Games/FSX
      3. about Add-ons made for FSX
        1. FSX-Add-ons that use FSUIPC: you need an updated version of FSUIPC4 4.939 or later which can be retrieved HERE.
        2. FSX-Add-ons like non stock aircraft and non-stock sceneries: will work without issues; beware of any installation registry issues (see 2.A.c.)
        3. FSX-Add-ons that use SimConnect:
          -with a Single Sim Setup: you should install the FSX SimConnect runtime libraries that can be found in the SDK folder in the FSX-SE installation. There you will read the legacy interface installers (.msi files).
          -with a Dual Sim Setup: without installing FSX SimConnect runtime libraries (that can be found in the SDK folder in the FSX-SE installation) none of the FSX Add-ons using the previous simconnect version of FSX-SP1-SP2-Acc_pack will work.
        4. FSX-Add-ons that use customized .DLL modules to access directly FSX memory locations: most of this type of existing .dll’s  don’t support FSX-SE and in that case will FSE-SE cause to crash.
        5. Add-ons that use customized .gau modules to access directly FSX memory locations: most of the existing .dll’s  don’t support FSX-SE and in that case will FSE-SE cause to crash.
        6. Our Recommendations:
          Remove the old FSX installation and start with FSX-SE.
          Read further @ 3.A.

    3.  Installation of a Single Sim Setup FSX-SE: (clean install)
      1. The advantage of this option is that FSX-SE at installation places a number of important files (fsx.cfg file,  DLL.XML, the Controls folder, the Shaders folders, the scenery.cfg file and other files which are being placed outside the FSX-SE root), in folders which have the same name as previously in FSX. Therefore FSX-Addons can more easily be installed in FSX-SE. These are the folder names:
        C:/Program Files (x86)/Steam/SteamApps/common/FSX) <- DEFAULT PATH
        C:/ProgramData/Microsoft/FSX
        C:/Users/<username>/AppData/Local/Microsoft/FSX
        C:/Users/<username>/AppData/Roaming/Microsoft/FSX
        C:/Users/<username>/Documents/Flight Simulator X Files
      2. Note for choosing a different installation path/disk
        1. Go to Steam – Settings – Downloads
        2. Below Content Libraries select Steam Library Folders which opens a window where you could create or select a (new) Library folder (even at a separate drive)
        3. Setup the appropriate folder  OR drive and folder where you want Steam to be installed. Choose to create c:/STEAM
          When you have chosen the directory C:\STEAM and installed FSX-SE there, the default path is changed from C:/Program Files (x86)/Steam/SteamApps/common/FSX to C:\STEAM….don’t forget!
      3. Install FSX-SE from STEAM
        1. Refer to par. 3.B. as to where you want it installed.
        2. Run the Sim once and reboot your PC. Continue with:
        3. Installing SimConnect library:
          Browse to  C:/Program Files (x86)/Steam/SteamApps/common/FSX/SDK/Core Utilities Kit/SimConnect SDK/lib and run the SimConnect.msi installer by double clicking.
        4. Installing SimConnect Legacy Interface:
          Browse to C:/Program Files (x86)/Steam/SteamApps/common/FSX/SDKCore Utilities Kit/SimConnect SDK/LegacyInterfaces/ and run the SimConnect.msi installer in each of the three sub-folders by right clicking the msi file to install.
        5. Installing FSUIPC4:
          if your add-ons need it, download and install the latest version of FSUIPC4 4.939 or later.
        6. Done! Almost all installers for the FSX-Add-ons should revert to FSX-SE’s location, e.g. all add-on scenery should install into the (correct) scenery.cfg location. FSX addons that use both the new Steam Simconnect and the older Simconnect versions should work ok.

    4. Installation of a Dual Sim Setup FSX-SE
      If you did not follow our recommendation for the installation of a Single Sim Setup we will guide you through the installation steps to go.

      1. Install FSX:SE from STEAM then
        1. Refer to par. 3.B. as to where you want it to be installed.
        2. Run the Sim once and reboot your PC. Continue with:
        3. Installing SimConnect library: Browse to  C:/(Program Files (x86)/Steam/SteamApps/common/FSX/SDK/Core Utilities Kit/SimConnect SDKlib and run the SimConnect.msi installer by double clicking.
        4. Installing SimConnect Legacy Interface: Browse to C:(Program Files (x86))SteamSteamAppscommonFSXSDKCore Utilities KitSimConnect SDKLegacyInterfaces, and run the SimConnect.msi installer in each of the three sub-folders by double clicking.
        5. Which folders result after installation of FSX-SE?
          After installation your PC will contain the following folders c.q. files:
          For FSX (those files already existed)
          C:Program Files (x86)Microsoft GamesMicrosoft Flight Simulator X C:ProgramDataMicrosoftFSX C:Users<yourname>AppDataLocalMicrosoftFSX C:Users<yourname>AppDataRoamingMicrosoftFSX C:Users<yourname>DocumentsFlight Simulator X Files
          Registry keys:
          – HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftMicrosoft Gamesflight simulator10.0
          – HKEY_CURRENT_USERSOFTWARE(Wow6432Node)MicrosoftMicrosoft Gamesflight simulator10.0
          For FSX-SE
          C:Program Files (x86)SteamSteamAppscommonFSX <- DEFAULT PATH
          C:ProgramDataMicrosoftFSX-SE   (scenery config file) C:Users<yourname>AppDataLocalMicrosoftFSX-SE   (shaders) C:Users<yourname>AppDataRoamingMicrosoftFSX-SE (FSX-SE.cfg, (fall-back)scenery.cfg, controls.cfg, DLL.XML).
          C:Users<yourname>DocumentsFlight Simulator X – Steam Edition Files
          Registry key (64bit o/s shown)
          – HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREDovetailGamesFSX
        6. Install Addons in FSX-SE
          In order to achieve that FSX addons will be installed correctly in FSX-SE, you have to do the following:
          – Download and install FSUIPC4 4.393 or later, if your addons need it.
          – Download TweakFS/FSRegUtil.
          Note: TweakFS Registry Utility has a small bug where the first time you use it and select the ‘Search Reg’ button, it will launch the Windows Registry Editor, but will not search for the FSX entry.   If this happens, simply close the Windows Reg Editor
        7. tweakfs01window (that has popped up) and go back to TweakFS Reg Utility and press the ‘Search Reg’ button again – it will work the second time, and will launch the registry and find your FSX entry.

          -You will need this since a FSX-installer of an add-on needs to know where FSX-SE is installed.
          -Save this utility program in your download folder and run it as Administrator, right clicking the exe file.
          – Now -before you run the add-on installer- Get the FSX path. (Tab Get Path, then press Get FSX Path)
          . In the sample below you see that FSX is installed directly on the D: drive. Now, you are going to change that path to where FSX-Se is installed.

          • tweakfs02Select “Set Path” tab and select your FSX-SE installation directory. Then select “Set FSX Path”.
          • After, check the “Add to Current User” checkbox and click “Set FSX Path” again.  In the sample below you see that FSX-SE is also installed on the D: drive.
            .
          • Through this action an installer of an addon made for FSX can see that the addon must be installed in the folder and sub-folders where FSX-SE is installed.
          • However, you are not ready yet, because, during the execution of the add-on installer, there are also FSX-SE files in the folders mentioned above, which by a number of addons have to be adapted during their installation. These (3) folder names are:
            ::C:ProgramDataMicrosoftFSX-SE
            (namely the FSX-Steam scenery config file)
            ::C:Users<yourname>AppDataLocalMicrosoftFSX-SE
            (namely the FSX-Steam shaders)
            ::C:Users<yourname>AppDataRoamingMicrosoftFSX-SE
            (namely the config file, the scenery config file, the Controls folders, and the XML config file for FSX-Steam).
          • In order to achieve that an installer of a FSX add-on can also correctly effect the necessary changes in the files in those folders, you need to temporarily change the names of the above mentioned  3 :: folders, otherwise the changes are not written (!)
          • So, if you also have a stock FSX installed too, this involves firstly to temporarily renaming the ‘FSX’ folder within the above file paths to something like ‘FSXbackup’.
          • Rename C:ProgramDataMicrosoftFSX into C:ProgramDataMicrosoftFSXtemp
          • Rename C:UsersyournameAppDataLocalMicrosoftFSX into
            C:UsersyournameAppDataLocalMicrosoftFSXtemp
          •  Rename C:UsersyournameAppDataRoamingMicrosoftFSX into
            C:UsersyournameAppDataRoamingMicrosoftFSXtemp
          • Then simply change the ‘FSX-SE’ folder within the above file paths, to ‘FSX’. Now when you run any addon installer for FSX, the FSX Steam folders will be properly adapted.
          • Rename C:ProgramDataMicrosoftFSX-SE into C:ProgramDataMicrosoftFSX
          • Rename C:UsersyournameAppDataLocalMicrosoftFSX-SE into
            C:UsersKLM149AppDataLocalMicrosoftFSX
          •  Rename C:UsersyournameAppDataRoamingMicrosoftFSX-SE into
            C:UsersyournameAppDataRoamingMicrosoftFSX
          • It is essential that you change the names of these folders back to their original ‘FSX’ and ‘FSX-SE’ names, once you’ve finished installing scenery and before launching either FSX or FSX-SE ! 
          • Moreover, if you later on want to install an FSX-addon in FSX (not FSX-SE), do not forget to change the path back to FSX again from FSX-SE with the help of the TWEAKFS FSX REGISTRY UTILITY!
          • Of course going forward, these steps should eventually become redundant; once native FSX-SE addons are released via Steam (or even 3rd parties). They will have then native abilities to point to the correct Scenery.cfg files, and similarly, eventually it’s hoped that DTG / Steam will update FSX-SE to remove all Registry confusions between the sims.  What we really need until that time is a ‘switch’ that automatically changes all file paths (sim installation, fsx.cfg, scenery.cfg) according to which sim we want to install an add-on in to.

P3Dxx Customizing Shift+Z Information


In P3D we have the ability to customize the information shown at the top of the screen when you press “shift+z

In the [CONTROLS] section of Prepar3D.cfg there are headings of [TextInfo.1] [TextInfo.2] [TextInfo.3] and [SlewTextInfo.1] [SlewTextInfo.2] [SlewTextInfo.3].

These sections define what will be seen each time you press shift+z when in normal or slew modes. You can create as many of these as you can stand to cycle through.

Under each of the sub-sections described above are variable names followed by =X,X where the X’s are numbers. These numbers define the line and placement on the line.
So ::

[TextInfo.1]
Latitude=1,1
Longitude=1,2
means that on the first press of shift+z the latitude will be displayed on line one in the first spot on the line and Longitude will be displayed on the same line just to the right of latitude.

For better readability you may want to add a line like this:

[TextInfo.1]
BackGroundColor.1=255,255,255,255
//added for better visisbility R,G,B,A where R,G,B represents the color and A equals a percentage  of transparency. 0%=255; 50% = 128; 100%=0

If you want to repeat this modification for all TextInfo sections, copy this line in each section.

In the example below, on the third press of shift+z, there are six different values on the first line and four values on the second line.

[TextInfo.3]
Latitude=1,1
Longitude=1,2
Altitude=1,3
Heading=1,4
AirSpeed=1,5
WindDirectionAndSpeed=1,6
FrameRate=2,1
LockedFrameRate=2,2
GForce=2,3
FuelPercentage=2,4
You can have as many lines of information as you want on any given press of shift+z, but you do need to be aware of how much horizontal space a given line will take up across the screen.

Below is the list of variables you can display using shift+z. Using the format described above, you can put them in any order you want. I personally am using “HeadingTrue” on my slew info because occasionally we want to aim with the aircraft to help define an appropriate heading for something in a mission and all the mission objects are based on true heading instead of magnetic heading (the variable of just “Heading” is actually magnetic heading and is displayed as MAG on-screen).
I also find TrueAirspeed and AltitudeAGL helpful on occasion as well.

List of variables:
Latitude, LatitudeDec, LatitudeHex, Longitude, LongitudeDec, LongitudeHex
Altitude, AltitudeAgl, Heading, HeadingHex, HeadingTrue
Airspeed, TrueAirspeed,
WindDirectionAndSpeed, WindSpeed, WindDirection
FrameRate, LockedFrameRate
GForce
FuelPercentage, FuelRemainingGallons, FuelRemainingPounds
VerticalSpeed
AngleOfAttack
VideoDevice
AverageFrameRate

Source used: http://blogs.technet.com/b/p-12c_pilot/

fsx.cfg with AMD Radeon HD7900 series


Hello Captains,
UPON REQUESTS: a short review how to manage fsx.cfg and get the most out of your video card… in this case the AMD Radeon 7970.
( i7-920 @ 3.6GHz OC 6GB SSD1-OS-W8.1  SSD2-FSX-P3D-FTXGLOBAL)

  1. Go to C:UsersyournameAppDataRoamingMicrosoftFSX and find the fsx.cfg file
  2. Rename your file into fsx_org.cfg in case you want to restore previous file.
  3. Start FSX
    1. Go to Options > Settings > Display >
      1. Graphics Tab:
        1. Target frame rate: 30
        2. Full screen resolution: 1920x1080x32 (or other resolution but always x32!)
        3. Filtering Trilinear (remember Device: all video devices: 0.0//0 .1)
        4. Global texture resolution: Very High
        5. Preview DirectX 10: unchecked
        6. Lens flare: checked or unchecked
        7. Light bloom: unchecked
        8. Advanced animations: checked or unchecked
      2. Aircraft Tab
        1. Global settings: Medium High
        2. Show cockpit Tooltips: unchecked
      3. Scenery Tab
        1. Global settings: High
        2. Water effects: Low 2.x
        3. Scenery complexity: Very dense
        4. Autogen density: Very dense
      4. Weather Tab
        1. Global setings: Ultra high
        2. Thermal visualization: Natural
      5. Traffic Tab
        1. All sliders to the left and all boxes unchecked for now.
      6. THEN close with OK and save the flight as “test” flight. Exit FSX
  4. Go to C:UsersyournameAppDataRoamingMicrosoftFSX and find the fsx.cfg file
  5. Edit the new created fsx.cfg in the [SECTION] with:
    1. [GRAPHICS]
      HIGHMEMFIX=1
      TEXTURE_MAX_LOAD=1024
    2. [DISPLAY]
      WideViewAspect=True
    3. [Main]
      DisablePreload=1

Now run FSX with the “test” flight once to see the result (C172 KSEA ALT=1000)
You should see a smooth picture with about 25+ fps.

OK? Close FSX.

Now, either you have an AMD or a Nvidia video card read more:

Open the AMD CCC and go to Gaming > 3D Application Settings, there select Add… and browse to your fsx.exe file. Install the app settings as in the image below.

If you want the same configuration in Nvidia follow the next images:

FSX-SE Problem solving W10


Windows 10 is een nieuw besturingssysteem en net als alle nieuwe besturingssystemen zijn enkele problemen niet onwaarschijnlijk. Ook vele grafische- en geluidskaartmakers verstrekken driver updates die compatibel zijn met Windows 10.
Hier is een opsomming van een aantal mogelijke fixes wanneer je problemen ondervindt met FSX-SE en Windows 10 als besturingssysteem. Loop het lijstje langs in de volgorde zoals aangegeven:

  1. Drivers: Zorg ervoor dat Windows 10 up-to-date is en de drivers van je videokaart (en audiokaart) zijn bijgewerkt. Bijna alle moderne drivers hebben een auto-update. et is altijd de moeite waard om even te kijken op de website van de fabrikant van jouw keuze.
  2. Windows 10 instellingen: gebruikelijk zijn de instellingen van een vorige versie van Windows overgenomen. Controleer in ieder geval de schermresolutie.
  3. Automatisch opgestarte programma’s: raadpleeg de Help van Windows om te bepalen welke programma’s er automatisch worden opgestart en die je waarschijnlijk voor FSX-SE niet nodig hebt. Hoe minder software er wordt geladen, des te meer is er geheugen beschikbaar voor flightsimulation.
  4. Verifieer de FSX-SE installatie: wees er zeker van dat alle bestanden van FSX-SE door Steam zijn geverifieerd. Met deze controleslag vergelijkt de server van Steam de aanwezige bestanden in jouw Steam installatie met de noodzakelijk aanwezige. Als er bestanden gemist worden, download Steam deze als een update naar jouw PC. Je moet uiteraard wel verbonden zijn met Internet. Zo doe je een verificatie van je bestanden:
    1. Open je Steam account en meld je aan. Rechtsonder in je systeemvak zie je het Steam Icon
    2. Klik rechts op het Steam Icon en kies  Library tab in het menu aan de bovenzijde van het scherm en zoek dan naar de geïnstalleerde software Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition
    3. Klik rechts op deze titel en kies dan Properties (Eigenschappen)
    4. Kies in het volgende pop-up scherm de tab LOCAL FILES en dan uit deze lijst:
    5. Kies je VERYFY INTEGRITY OF GAME CACHE
    6. Vervolgens wordt de inhoud van je bestanden op je PC vergeleken met wat er volgens Steam aanwezig moet zijn. Dit duurt even…
    7. Wanneer er bestanden missen, kunnen deze direct ge-upload worden vanaf Steam naar jouw PC
    8. Herstart Steam en dan FSX-SE
  5. Herinstallatie van Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable Packages. FSX: SE vereist de Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable Packages.
    1. Zorg er voor dat de je de Redistributables geïnstalleerd zijn op dezelfde harddrive als je FSX: SE geïnstalleerd hebt. Je hoeft daarvoor niet  dezelfde map te gebruiken.
    2. Zoek op je PC: [drive:]\Steam\steamapps\common\FSX\_CommonRedist\vcredist\2005
    3. In deze map moet je 2 bestanden vinden: vcredist_x64.exe en vcredist_x86.exe. Installeer deze bestanden een voor een en volg hierbij de instructies op het scherm.
    4. Herstart je PC en daarna ook FSX: SE.
    5. Wanneer FSX-SE niet wil starten, klik dan op de twee volgende links:
      1. http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=3387
      2. http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=21254
      3. Download beide Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable Packages vanaf de Microsoft website.
      4. Installeer daarna beide bestanden zoals bij punt 5 C. en volg de instructies op het scherm.
    6. Herstart je PC en daarna ook FSX: SE.
  6. Herinstallatie van DirectX 9: Wanneer er noodzaak is tot het opnieuw installeren van DirecX 9.0 kan je dit bestand hier downloaden:http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/download/details.aspx?id=34429
  7. Starten in Compatibility mode: Wanneer FSX-SE nog steeds niet wil draaien, probeer dan om de fsx.exe in Windows 8 compatibiliteitsmodus te starten. Om dit te doen, klik je met de rechter muis op de snelkoppeling op je bureaublad en selecteer je de Eigenschappen. Kijk vervolgens op het Compatibiliteits-tabblad en zet twee vinkjes : een bij Compatibiliteitsmodus geselecteerd met Windows 8 en onderaan bij Dit programma als Administrator uitvoeren. Deze laatste vink MOET altijd aanstaan.
  8. Herinstallatie van  FSX-SE: Wanneer niets helpt, moet je FSX-SE opnieuw installeren. Steam voorziet er in om FSX-SE op het default systeem (het systeem waarmee je bent aangemeld) opnieuw te installeren. Dit gaat met de volgende stappen:
    1. Log uit van Steam
    2. Maak een back-up van je bestaande FSX installatie.
    3. Verwijder “<drive:>\Program files (x86)\ Steam\SteamApps\Common\FSX\” en alle onderliggende mappen
    4. Meld je opnieuw aan bij Steam
    5. Kies “View Games Library” uit het “Games” menu
    6. Klik met de rechter muis op het Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition icon en selecteer “Eigenschappen”
    7. Kies de “Local Files” tab en klik op “Verify Integrity of Games Cache”
    8. Zie verder bij punt 4. hierboven
  9. Tot slot: Er is door Steam uitvoerig getest met alle Steam add-ons en er is bevestigd dat deze alle werken met Windows 10. Uiteraard is er geen garantie dat andere add-ons van andere leveranciers geen problemen kunnen geven. Het advies is dan ook om eerst de standaard FSX-SE simulator te installeren en te controleren op de werking. Daarna installeer je een voor een jouw add-ons , waarbij je telkens per add-on de controle op de werking uitvoert.
    Mocht je daarna nog problemen ondervinden dan kan je met Steam direct contact opnemen via een speciale website: http://dovetailgames.kayako.com/ en een ticket aanmaken.
  10. Source: http://steamcommunity.com/app/314160/discussions/7/541907675758504753/en
Heb je andere problemen met Steam en FSX-Se?
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