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Congratulations, Rod! You and the team have created a wonderfully inviting rendition of the beautiful Halibut Cove. I love the atmosphere, and the attention to detail is very impressive. As Brian has already noted, HC would make a great base of operations in the area.

Very nice job on the video, too.

Thank you very much!

Ted

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Thanks guys for all the great responses. When I say that I have my FSX sliders "maxed out", I don't mean that every slider is jammed to the right. I mean reasonably maxed out, as in Orbx recommendations plus aircraft ground shadows and water 2xhigh (something like that).  The sim continues to run smoothly with frames locked at 30 and no studders. I flew from Chilliwack to Tipella (what a great little scenery!) again last night, and then from Felts to Bonners' Ferry to inspect the area prior to the new Orbx release of 65S, and everything was buttery smooth. Very happy. Now, I haven't loaded My Traffic X as yet and the skies seem nearly empty, even with Orbx AI NA traffic, so will probably install tonight. Anyway, the system seems to run FSX beautifully and the slightly lower FPS is just one of those little things that bugs me. Not worried about it, but will chase those few frames, nonetheless.

I know that FSX can only use about 4GB of memory due to its 32-bit limitations (wouldn't a 64-bit sim be nice?), but based upon Jeff's and Doug's recommendations, I want to try MemClean. "An ounce of prevention" you know.

Jeff: This processor is a beast, as you certainly know! I feel like I could run FSX, Photoshop, CAD, 30 Firefox tabs, and edit videos, all at the same time! I haven't tried anything like that, of course, but it can mult-task like nobody's business. It's a screamer! Love it!

Misty's again tonight!

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I've been rebuilding FSX/Orbx/RTMM for a couple weeks, and the last two nights have taken some lovely test flights. It takes time to get the small details and tweaks just right, especially when one doesn't have huge blocks of time in which to delve in and get it done. Anyway, the sim looks great and is very smooth and stable, but I'm noticing that my frame rates are a few FPS lower than I was enjoying previously. I'm not having 'slide shows' or stutters, as the sim is nice and smooth with max settings. But the lower FPS just bugs me. I know it's all in the details and tweaking. You know what I mean--'AffinityMask=84', 'Texture Max Load=4096", 'HIGHMEMFIX=1', 'ENB' or no 'ENB', weather settings, etc.

Even though I have 16GB RAM I want to try 'Memory Clear' (I think that's what it's called) that Doug has found useful in another thread, although I'm not having any crashing issues (knock on wood!)

It's all fun. I enjoy tweaking and fine tuning my system and FSX anyway. Meanwhile, it sure is good to be back in the air again, and enjoying the lovely Misty Moorings.

Beers on me tonight at Misty's Place!

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General Discussion / Re: ORBX CBB7 Tipella freeware released
« on: July 08, 2013, 08:38:08 AM »
Tipella is a stunning little piece of freeware from Orbx, with amazing detail and a wonderful atmosphere. Very RTMM-like. I hope the author, Gordon Madison, takes on some projects in SAK.

Very nice screens, Neptune. Thanks for sharing them.

BTW, mine installed without a hitch on the first go.

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We all know that flying in the bush isn't without its risks, no matter where it is. But, Alaska offers special challenges and rewards for bush aviators, including extreme terrain and weather, vast area, remoteness, and serious wind. Yesterday, a DHC-3 Otter went down in flames at Soldotna, on the Kenai Peninsula, with 10 souls on board. There were no survivors. Very sobering and cause for reflection, at least for me.

Link: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/07/07/alaska-plane-crash/2497593/

Of course, this is at the same time as the B-777 crash upon landing at SFO, with 2 fatalities.

While sitting in the comfort of my sim, I honor the bush aviators around the world who perform their important function of transporting people and supplies in and out of remote, and often dangerous, locations. "Here, here!" (Raises a pint in the air.)

Ted

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General Discussion / Re: ORBX Roadmap 2013 - Update PAJN, PAYA, PAEN
« on: June 25, 2013, 11:26:55 PM »
Is drooling allowed in the forums?    ;)   Can't wait

I've already ruined my keyboard!

All three AK airports will be great additions. And, if you haven't already looked at the previews of the freeware, Tipella, it's a beauty!

Ted

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Help and Troubleshooting / Re: FSX (RAM shutdown) -- fix?
« on: June 25, 2013, 11:19:52 PM »
Do a Google search for "Dataram Ramdisk download". . . It will now be working in the background, every time the "temp" directory is used.  Sweet.

Jeff, I've heard of Ramdisks before, but now that you've spelled it out so clearly and are enjoying the performance boost, I might have to give it a try. Thanks.

 I use my SSD's for cache or scratch disks for programs such as Photoshop, but Ramdisk sounds like a great option for overall temp/cache files.

Between Ramdisk and CleanMem, this thread has proven to be a treasure trove!

Ted

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Thanks for all the responses. I've been hammering away at "rebuilding FSX world", in between other responsibilities. What a daunting task, as FSX/Orbx/RTMM gets larger and larger. I would like for this to be the last time to do this for a couple more years.

One thing I would like to explore this time around is DX10 support, as I'm reading of real break throughs in this area. That should add more realism and stability to the experience.

When I get everything installed and operational, I'll take a flight out to Misty's Place. Beers will be on me!

Ted

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Also, Thank you for the AvSim links. Excellent!

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ualani,

Thank you for your detailed reply. This is pretty much what I have expected. I did save the (C:\Documents and Settings\your name\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\FSX folder that contains your FSX.cfg) and (C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\FSX folder which contains your scenery.cfg file). And I have already designated the FSX drive with the same drive letter as before.

I've done this a few times too, but I've always freshly installed FSX and all add-ons from scratch. But it is, as everyone knows, a lot of work. So this time, I thought I'd seek out a viable shortcut.

One thing I remember is that FSX SDK is tricky to install properly. I know there's a pretty good guide to SDK--I'll have to locate that.

Meanwhile, it would be very useful if there was a "Repair" option for FSX, like Windows has. Then it would repair or replace the files and registry entries necessary, but leave the rest of FSX and add-ons intact. But, alas, I don't know of any such feature.

Thanks again. I suppose I'll get to the task of loading FSX from scratch.  :(

Ted

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Help and Troubleshooting / Re: FSX (RAM shutdown) -- fix?
« on: June 24, 2013, 09:17:29 AM »
Doug, this looks like a great find. Thanks for sharing this. I look forward to trying it as soon as I get FSX up and running again (see my post on "Motherboard failure...")

Jeff, our systems are quite similar, except you have that MONSTER video card  ;D, so I like to pay attention to what is working for you to make FSX run at peak. Usng a RAMdrive is an interesting idea. Actually, FSX was running very well until my 6 month old mb failed recently. Oh my! I love this new CPU, btw.

Ted

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I'm coming here for advice on this matter, since I know there are some very savvy folks here at RTMM. Here's the deal--I upgraded my system about 6-7 months ago, but recently had all the chassis fan headers fail. Since the board was still under warranty I rma'd it and have basically started over again. The new board arrived and is now installed, everything is back together, and I've formatted the OS drive and reinstalled Win7-64. After updating BIOS, installing all the latest chipset and GPU drivers, and updating Win7 (what a job!), I'm ready to get FSX up and running. (I'm using the rebuilt system now.) Here's my dilemma--I'm lazy! I have all of FSX previously saved on a separate SSD, however, by formatting the OS drive and reinstalling Win7, I realize FSX is no longer operational, even though it has been saved on another drive.

My question (finally!)--is there a way to get the previously saved FSX up and running WITHOUT completely reinstalling FSX, SDK, Acceleration, Orbx, RTMM, etc? Or, is it necessary to start over with a totally fresh install of FSX, et all? Any and all suggestions are welcome.

Like I said, I'm lazy! And I'm dying to climb back into the cockpit as soon as possible.

Thanks in advance for your help.

Ted

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General Discussion / Re: Tipella CBB7
« on: May 23, 2013, 10:43:08 PM »
Hi Spud,

JV finally chimed in with regards to Gordon, Tipella's developer:

"Just like Vlad Maly (and others before him) cut his teeth on Orbx scenery design with his freeware airports, we're doing the same with Gordon's debut scenery as a freeware release and then he will apply this same attention to detail for a future payware offering."

And a little further down the thread, also by John Venema: "In most cases if their work is good enough (as was Gordon's) then I invite them to make some freeware for Orbx and see how things pan out."

(http://www.orbxsystems.com/forum/topic/59159-ftx-aa-cbb7-tipella-bc-canada-freeware-previews/page-3).

Looks like Gordon is Orbx' newest team member. From what I can see from the screenshots I'd say he'll make a fine addition. I'd say a win for Orbx and a win for us!  :)

Ted

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Thanks for your work on these important files. Will import your latest one today.

Ted

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General Discussion / Re: Tipella CBB7
« on: May 23, 2013, 10:29:33 AM »
I flew there last night just to check out the location. It's a short little hop out of Chilliwack. It's a bit of a challenge to land and had to make a few passes first. Great fun! The area is stunning, but CBB7 could definitely use sprucing up. The upcoming Orbx freeware looks incredible and will be very welcome here.

BTW, this new Orbx developer (Gordon) looks to be very talented and I'll look forward to his future projects.

Ted

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