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Started by blueskydriver, January 14, 2018, 04:01:20 AM

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fsaviator

December 05, 2018, 12:10:04 PM #475 Last Edit: December 05, 2018, 12:11:42 PM by fsaviator
Quote from: Trevor Hale on December 05, 2018, 09:55:59 AM
Food for thought..  One thing to mention is a clean install makes everything beautiful..  Just don't mess with the typical tweaks or NI changes..  Only adjust the Sliders in 4.3
Remember (Cloud draw distance, traffic, and LOD) are your biggest framerate killers followed closely by the AA Settings.
Good Luck!
Oh... And I almost forgot..  Unless your going to be flying underwater, leave the Bathymetry off LOL

Thanks Trevor.  so what you're saying is don't worry about all the tweaks and Nvidia Inspector settings from FSX...  just use the p3d4 sliders?

Any recommendations on AI Traffic?  WOAI?

Warren
Warren "FSAviator"
http://www.B737NG-Sim.com  |  https://www.facebook.com/fsaviator/
P3D45/ Prosim737 2/ ACE Dual-linked Yokes/ RevSim Proline TQ and Dual-linked Rudders/ CPFlight MCP PRO3 and EFIS'; MIP737ICS_FULL and SIDE737; Forward and Aft Overheads; Pedestal/ FDS MIP

jackpilot

WOAI used to be fantastic with FS9
Apparently some aircrafts do not work with P3D (Missing parts etc)
My sim is not hooked to the net, accordingly I'd like a good AI program working as a stand alone as WOAI did.

Also asking for recommandations
Jack


Jack

FredK

December 05, 2018, 02:32:10 PM #477 Last Edit: December 05, 2018, 02:34:21 PM by FredK
Ultimate Traffic Live is the only AI option specifically compatible with P3Dv4.

It works OK but is missing cargo aircraft (FedEx and UPS etc.) which has been promised but does not appear to be anywhere near materializing.  There is a workaround to add cargo scheduling and third party P3Dv4 compatible cargo aircraft but it is really a bit cumbersome to do.

Fred K
Boeing 737NG-800, Prepar3D v4.5, Sim-Avionics 1.964, SimSync multi-channel (curved screen), Optoma 1080GTDarbee projectors (3), Fly Elise warping, FSGRW weather, FDS OH panels and CDUs, SimParts MIP, FDS SysBoards (OH), CPFlight MCPPro and pedestal panels, FI Gauges, PFC controls, converted motorized TQ (SIOC), Weber seats

Trevor Hale

Quote from: fsaviator on December 05, 2018, 12:10:04 PM
Quote from: Trevor Hale on December 05, 2018, 09:55:59 AM
Food for thought..  One thing to mention is a clean install makes everything beautiful..  Just don't mess with the typical tweaks or NI changes..  Only adjust the Sliders in 4.3
Remember (Cloud draw distance, traffic, and LOD) are your biggest framerate killers followed closely by the AA Settings.
Good Luck!
Oh... And I almost forgot..  Unless your going to be flying underwater, leave the Bathymetry off LOL

Thanks Trevor.  so what you're saying is don't worry about all the tweaks and Nvidia Inspector settings from FSX...  just use the p3d4 sliders?

Any recommendations on AI Traffic?  WOAI?

Warren
That's Right...  Any changes in Nvidia Inspector based on my research (And Others) will work against you in Prepar3D V4.X However test as you may, but make a backup of your configs before you do.
As Fred Said...  LM Explicitly states not to port P3DV3.0/V2.X/V1.x/FSX Addons into V4.X or you can expect some very bad things...  Not only should the developers Addons meet the SDK Requirements put forth by LM, you must ensure the product is recompiled for V4.X
Some developers just repackage the software to point to the new V4.0 Directory.  This will cause you Pain and suffering down the road.
Trev

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jackpilot



Jack

blueskydriver

Hey Everyone,

Thank you for keeping this thread alive! Even though I mentioned this before, it really helps me a great deal each and every day. Much like the Cockpit Builders website does for me every time I check it, this one thread just keeps me going with my project, so please keep posting...

Speaking of my project, or what I've done for my simulator today? Well, not really anything, but I've started looking into a new computer build, since mine is still a I7 2600K. After reading some of your guys postings on the subject, I might go for a new 4 PC setup; although, it might not be until 2019.

Still, the biggest question is, what is the best 4 PC setup to use? Or, what are you using now for a 4 PC setup, assuming you have one. If so, what is your opinion of the setup, as well as are you looking to replace your current setup for an entirely new 4 PC setup?

Last question; what is largest known multi PC setup known and being used now? What would a 6 PC setup be like, with one for each monitor (or projector) and one for the server? I'm just wondering what the PC specs need too be in this scenario?

John  :idiot:
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FredK

December 08, 2018, 06:19:18 AM #482 Last Edit: December 08, 2018, 06:27:24 AM by FredK
QuoteHey Everyone,

Thank you for keeping this thread alive! Even though I mentioned this before, it really helps me a great deal each and every day. Much like the Cockpit Builders website does for me every time I check it, this one thread just keeps me going with my project, so please keep posting...

Speaking of my project, or what I've done for my simulator today? Well, not really anything, but I've started looking into a new computer build, since mine is still a I7 2600K. After reading some of your guys postings on the subject, I might go for a new 4 PC setup; although, it might not be until 2019.

Still, the biggest question is, what is the best 4 PC setup to use? Or, what are you using now for a 4 PC setup, assuming you have one. If so, what is your opinion of the setup, as well as are you looking to replace your current setup for an entirely new 4 PC setup?

Last question; what is largest known multi PC setup known and being used now? What would a 6 PC setup be like, with one for each monitor (or projector) and one for the server? I'm just wondering what the PC specs need too be in this scenario?

Hi John

I am currently running a 6 computer setup using WideView for my multi-channel P3D displays:

P3D WV Server (I7-7700K / GTX 980)*
P3D WV Client / Left Visual (I7-8700K / GTX 1080Ti)
P3D WV Client / Center Visual (I7-8700K / GTX 1080Ti)
P3D WV Client / Right Visual (I7-8700K / GTX 1080Ti)
SimA Server (I7-4790K / GTX 1080)
SimA Client (I7-4790K/ (2)GTX 980s)

*Not used for a visual display

I am using Optoma GT1080 Darbees for projection.

This beast is running very well right now.  I really do not think you will get better P3D display performance doing it any other way.

Obviously there is a cost factor for all the hardware, but that is not as bad as it may seem once you have made the initial investment.  For example, I typically upgrade my P3D Client display computers every 3 years, "handing down" the older computers for SimA etc. which requires less performance power.  So the ongoing investment averages one new "high end" computer per year.  Considering all else I have invested in my cockpit this really is not the outrageous part.

That said, it is a beast to setup since you have to build 4 separate P3D computers.  It is all the add-on sceneries that kills you (I have over 60 airport upgrades).  Needless to say I have it all backup cloned if there is a disaster, and thankfully there have been minimal issues in the past recent years on that front.

It all boots up mostly automatically except setting up weather etc.  I am up and running with a "cold and dark" cockpit in about 6-7 minutes from the time I press the "ON" buttons on the computers.

Oh...and one other thing....all that hardware generates a lot of heat.  So that is something to consider if you are operating in a confined space.  I have a modular cooling unit to deal with that.  The interesting thing is that the heat issue is less of an issue now than it was back in the Pentium chip days.  The micro electronics  architecture has steadily become more heat efficient even though performance power has increased significantly.

Fred K





Boeing 737NG-800, Prepar3D v4.5, Sim-Avionics 1.964, SimSync multi-channel (curved screen), Optoma 1080GTDarbee projectors (3), Fly Elise warping, FSGRW weather, FDS OH panels and CDUs, SimParts MIP, FDS SysBoards (OH), CPFlight MCPPro and pedestal panels, FI Gauges, PFC controls, converted motorized TQ (SIOC), Weber seats

bernard S

briefing area  floor yet to done and little ad hoc stuff

kurt-olsson


Flying_Fox

Christmas present for myself: just installed Zotac 1080Ti AMP! edition instead of MSI 980Ti. 
:2cw:

Trevor Hale

What are you going to do with your 980 Nic?  Maybe my 970 could get an upgrade LOL
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Flying_Fox

Quote from: Trevor Hale on December 10, 2018, 10:59:53 AM
What are you going to do with your 980 Nic?  Maybe my 970 could get an upgrade LOL

Well, I am thinking of upgrading my sim PC later next year, then 980ti could go back in "old" PC and 1080ti to the new...


_alioth_

December 10, 2018, 12:58:41 PM #488 Last Edit: December 10, 2018, 01:04:30 PM by _alioth_
This weekend I have made the hardware and electronics of the Stec-30 autopilot V2.0 (the release candidate 🙃) for my A2A comanche home cockpit. The main switch has a buzzer (for "beep" "beep" changing mode). The push buttons will be in the yoke (AP desconnect and ALT hold). Now de led indicators are all dimmable, to fly night or day.
It was very dificult to find a potentiometer with a push button for mode change (I only find two in the world, I bought them, and the feeling was really bad). So I have made one that works perfect! with a pot and a push button, with the help of my dear 3d printer.








Now I have to fix some programming, but it will work more or less the same like v1.0 version. Here is a vid of it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?

I will post a video with this second version showing all the functions.

Arturo.




iwik

Arturo,
A very nice job. Do you do the housing and guts all yourself because it really looks like an
OEM one.
Les

_alioth_

Quote from: iwik on December 10, 2018, 02:24:28 PM
Arturo,
A very nice job. Do you do the housing and guts all yourself because it really looks like an
OEM one.
Les

Thanks.
The original gauge is a turn coordinator from an old AST300 simulator. It was only a turn coordinator instrument, that was made with a real turn coordinator gauge replacing the ball system with a big galvanometer. The turn rate and ball are galvanometers, which I already interfaced with prepar3d.
So, I drilled the plate and put the led indicators,  made the new text in the upper side, electronics, arduino, etc,.  to emulate a real Stec30, like this one:



It is not perfect, but I am quite happy with the result. I should try to find a better knob..
My whole cockpit is being made with real gauges with some mods.

Arturo.




bernard S

floor im data centre done ..next mount FRA to.wall panels

RayS

December 14, 2018, 10:58:35 AM #492 Last Edit: December 14, 2018, 11:02:30 AM by RayS
Drum roll please~!

Back in May I started converting the garage to be the new Sim hangar.

Eight looong months later, the "Beech House", and the Beech 1900D sim are ready for their maiden flight.

She's already been on a few test flights, still with a few control systems inop. Come this weekend, everything will FiNaLlY be fully operational.

After this, I'll be doing some work for a new Twitch stream.

Ray Sotkiewicz

Trevor Hale

December 14, 2018, 02:34:57 PM #493 Last Edit: December 14, 2018, 02:35:38 PM by Trevor Hale
LOL  Hopefully it flies better than James' 737 Does that you flew the other day :)
Destroyed animals have been protected from the making of that video.
Trevor Hale

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RayS

...that 737 flight was... interesting.

I pulled the fuel lever for #2... and things went south from there. I have a feeling that failures aren't modeled correctly in that particular flight model in James' sim. We lost absolutely everything on the right side of the aircraft and none of the cross-feeds worked.

However, we did have slats, but only on the left wing. That was a wild ride. 
Ray Sotkiewicz

RayS

The maiden flight was a success. A few technical glitches, but overall everyone made it to their destination alive and in one piece!

The glitch was the OBS indicator was stuck on "Centered" making it impossible to fly towards a VOR.  Had to reload the AC for some reason and everything worked out.

"One does not simply 'move' a flight simulator"!

All systems go!
Ray Sotkiewicz

bernard S

this is how you move one 😉 don't forget police escorts etc

_alioth_

I have made a piece to add buttons to my actual yoke.
It only had elevator trim push buttons.
Now It has autopilot (alt hold and ap disconnect buttons), and push to talk.





And a video showing the results:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FajuGfmf_Yg

Step by step..
Arturo.

fsaviator

Warren "FSAviator"
http://www.B737NG-Sim.com  |  https://www.facebook.com/fsaviator/
P3D45/ Prosim737 2/ ACE Dual-linked Yokes/ RevSim Proline TQ and Dual-linked Rudders/ CPFlight MCP PRO3 and EFIS'; MIP737ICS_FULL and SIDE737; Forward and Aft Overheads; Pedestal/ FDS MIP

bernard S

still working   CnC  area 

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