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John Dow

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  1. Because people who know, live in or visit an area or an airport are often keen to see extra realism and detail.
  2. Yes, different strokes for different folks. Priorities. Yours are as stated, whereas my focus has been on the most immersive and realistic experience possible. And in every way MSFS wins hands down, from flight modelling, to scenery, to weather, to graphics overall, there's no comparison. In fact, most of the MSFS world is so well modelled that many airports that required add on scenery in P3D and XP are quite acceptable as default in MSFS, so in many ways the need to augment the experience with add-ons from Orbx and others is actually reduced. I'm required to return to P3D occasionally to test scenery, updates etc, and I no longer look forward to it! The compulsory updates that interfere with flying the sim are 1-2 a month and are well advertised in advance, so it's not the impost you might imagine.
  3. Probably outside the control of Orbx if the connection is being blocked by your ISP or an upriver server.
  4. Well, for a start, the difficulties start with: a dev has to be interested in tackling the project, commercially available ground imagery has to be available, access to the airport for imagery has to be granted, the airport has to fit into the scheduling of a busy team of support devs, and no other devs have already put dibs on the airport. Apart from those minor issues I think it could easily be finished by the end of next week, if the team at Orbx wasn't sitting around twiddling thumbs all day.
  5. I use the track clip pro, and I think it has proven to be worth it. Because it uses LEDs, it's better if there is natural light in the room that used to confuse my older version. And wearing headphones to clip it on to actually feels good, they're not aviation ones but the pretence is there.
  6. Hi Graham There's an adequate freeware version here: https://flightsim.to/file/30367/ymmb-moorabbin-airport-vic I seem to remember I uninstalled it quite a while back because at that time the Melbourne area was having problems and I didn't know if it was affecting other sceneries. I think most of the underlying problems with the Melbourne area have been resolved now so it's probably the best you'll get until a good payware YMMB is developed. You could put your refund towards YMEN if you don't have it, it's an outstandingly detailed release from the boys at Orbx HQ.
  7. Haven't run into this. A couple of recent flights I had some rudder issues. Which didn't seem to save, but in general it's pretty stable. I haven't created a profile in a while, I'll revisit this topic if I find anything has changed recently.
  8. FSUIPC 7 does all you need. Different aircraft, different bindings, different sensitivities, all automatic once set up. You just need to tick 'profile specific' when saving an aircraft you don't want to have default settings. Even the 747, requiring 4 throttles on my quadrant, is automatically set when I select it.
  9. Actually there is a way to still enjoy the March sale. All you need is a time machine like Dr Who's TARDIS. Once you have obtained your working time machine, simply head over to the point in the galaxy where the electromagnetic waves generated by the computers back in March have reached at the speed of light. Then log on and the discounts will still be there. Only one small problem, you'll need to also find a wormhole that lets your transaction burrow back in time and emerge back in March, however, unlike time machines that occasionally surface on eBay, it might be more difficult to find. A third and perhaps easier option is to pretend the sale finishes the day before the announced date and buy before that day is done.
  10. As the immortal words in The Castle say: "tell him he's dreaming!"
  11. Thank y'all, it was a nice quiet day, saw some friends, and yay! people are learning, no one gave me a present, so no need to find a home for something I don't need!
  12. Orbx is a reseller for AUScene who developed the scenery. This is from the Orbx Direct page : This product has been produced by AUscene. For AUscene product support, please to go https://auscenes.com/pages/about-us
  13. Purchase V2 it will be priced at $0. 00 then you can download and install.
  14. At Orbx Direct if you purchase V2 it should cost $0.00 and you can then download and install.
  15. I'm running both at around half available LOD sliders, performance is good, and unless I fixate on the distant views, I don't notice any real difference in the sim immersion
  16. Might be worth deleting the Content.xml and the Scenery Indexes and any cache you have, because V2 should be a better performer than V1. However, I had to reduce my LODs to 240 and 120 to avoid a slideshow in VR, and depending on your setup you might also have to reduce those sliders while in the KBUR/LAX basin.
  17. In Orbx Central there are two KBUR Hollywood Burbanks listed. Make sure you select V2, which you have to download.
  18. The scenery has been developed to work with photogrammetry ON. With the PG off, the bridge ends are above the roads, but also, most of the roads in the area are distorted , and look terrible. The developer tried to get both options for PG available but it was impossible, and the decision was made to make the bridge compatible with PG ON.
  19. Isn't posting a real photo not in the spirit of the competition?
  20. Haven't made many video clips lately, coz VR is such fun but hard to share, so I went back into 2D to make this little effort. Enjoy!
  21. Have a read of the various topics on this subject in the old support threads. They explain it is almost always your ISP and other parts of the internet that throttle the speeds, and Orbx has no control over that.
  22. The dev tried hard to get both PG on and off to work but PG just won't let that happen, so a decision had to go one way or the other. PG won, because MSFS has developed places like Canberra where PG is pretty well mandatory. With PG off, there are many more problems that just the ends of the harbour bridge, many of the roads in the CBD are malformed and look worse than even the melted PG buildings.
  23. Is it not the case though, that in order to be informed of updates, all you need to do is go to Orbx Direct and any and all updates will be listed and immediately downloadable. This current system seems to me to be far more efficient than loading up everyone's email boxes, not to mention the difficulties in managing emails targeted to every user's specific list of products.
  24. Just turn off the unrealistic crash detection and accept the premise that things will be thrown at you in the sim that require a suspension of disbelief, and that's about it. The other day I was landing at an airport I know and there were trees right on the boundary blocking the glide path. I just continued the approach and pretended the trees weren't there and landed normally after having flown straight through them. Sure, it reduced the realism but once past them I forgot about that and concentrated on the flare etc.
  25. Sounds like you might have a bad RAM stick? Firstly, use the Windows Memory Diagnostic tool, and if it doesn't show any errors, download a RAM test program like Memtest86. See this page for more detail: https://www.tomshardware.com/how-to/how-to-test-ram
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