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  1. I did purchase this from Aerosoft. Did they write their own installer? Regarding location, I was on the tarmack at KSJC and KSEA with about four planes lined up for takeoff, with frame rates going under 5 fps.
  2. My first experience with My Traffic X 5.0a did not go well. First, performance on the system is destroyed. I'm running FSX on the airport tarmac at between 10 and 20 fps, and in flight between 15 and 30 fps. I have a 3.8 GHz system and an nVidia 7950 card. I've carefully tweaked the system to get those performance numbers. As soon as I install My Traffic X, my performance numbers go to between 1.5 fps and 8 fps, never better than 10 fps. Second, I don't like the menu structure at all. When I look at my FSX menu, I have all kinds of AI traffic aircraft names being used as the main menu structure to the right of the standard menu. It's just all clutter and doesn't show any signs of organization. I went to uninstall the product, and now my biggest complaint of all: there is no uninstaller!!! When I go online to read about a manual procedure, the only advice I see is "it isn't a good idea to uninstall." What the heck? This is unheard of for a commercial software product. Sometimes things just don't work out for whatever reason. Never tell us we should not or cannot uininstall?! I was able to use the Windows XP System Restore to get back to an earlier system configuration, and thankfully that at least took My Traffic X out of the FSX menu system. Can someone give me any guidance on what directories to delete, and what changes if any to make to FSX configuration files? Are there registry changes that should be reversed? I'm willing to try this product again in a year or so, but right now I feel like I was made an unwilling beta tester for something that was not widely enough tested to shake out the kinds of performance and usability issues I saw.
  3. I'm seeing a strange behavior when using GPSOut that I cannot quite explain. I have GPSOut set to update COM2 every one second. What I see instead is while FS2004 is running every one second there is a NetBIOS broadcast on port 138 of my network. I can't be sure if this is GPSOut, FSUIPC, or FS2004 itself, and I will of course test that in more detail this weekend. The activity instantly starts when FS2004 loads and instantly stops when FS2004 exits. The timing of every one second however does seem suspicious given what GPSOut is set to do. Can you think of any reason that GPSOut would need to learn all of the machine names on the network, or why the host OS (Windows XP) might try to do this as a side effect to something else GPSOut does? I couldn't detect any serial output (yes I used crossover cable), but I have a slightly more complex setup as well that will need to be debugged over time. For now, I'm quite anxious to just better understand this strange NetBIOS behavior.
  4. Can GPSOut with the COM port set to WideFS work with multiple listeners? I want more than one moving map program on different computers to use the GPSOut signal. Can WideFS act as a server to two different ethernet segments on the same server computer?
  5. I never could get the Twin Piston quadrant to behave like a turbine quadrant, even when I selected Turbine Quadrant. So I went out and purchased the PFC Turbine Quadrant (ouch, not cheap). Can you explain what the middle settings for the calibration mean? I did read the documentation. The documentation for calibration of a quadrant simply refers you back to the calibration of the yoke section. The behavior I see with the Turbine Quadrant installed and the Turbine Quadrant selected in software, is that the power behaves properly, but I cannot get the props to feather when I move them to the red feather section of the quadrant. I realize I must recalibrate but don't understand specifically how calibration of feather works. No amount of recalibration so far has succeeded in getting the feather control to work.
  6. I want to feed a single NMEA stream from the computer running FS2004 to multiple devices that provide moving maps. Doing this with hardwired serial cables doesn't scale well. I thought that your GPSOut working together with the WideFS / MixW programs allowed remote devices to use virtual serial ports to acquire the NMEA signal. You have 90% of the solution done, and someone just needs to adapt the code you already have to the Mobile 5.0 environment. I don't understand why anyone should need to write clients and servers that are proprietary between Mobile 5.0 and the FSUIPC computer. Obviously the PDA application guys are never going to do that because their target has always been general aviation and not flight simulation.
  7. Is there any chance we could convince you to support GPSOut and WideFS and MixW on PDAs running Windows Mobile 5.0? Because GPSOut can now provide NMEA standard GPS on the local serial port of the PDA, supporting these interraces would now allow all of the commercial PDA software that exists for general aviation to be used for FS2004! Doing this over a wireless TCP network without any clumsy serial cabling would greatly improve the utility and ease of setup of such devices.
  8. This may be another "go read the manual" question, but how do I get the lower range of the throttle to go into the negative part of the throttle area, as would be appropriate for a turbine prop or jet engine in reverse?
  9. Is there any trick I can use to make the PFC Twin Piston Quadrant behave like the Twin Turbine Quadrant, specifically to make reverse thrust enabled at the low end of the throttle scale?
  10. Let's put some numbers behind my statements to help clarify things. Words like "jumping" and "fluctating" or "jittery" don't get at things precisely. I measure from the faceplate of the Cirrus console up the silver metal column to the start of the back of the Mooney style yoke at 2 1/4 inches. A pull of the yoke to its full extension gives a measurement of 3 3/4 inches. So the maximum I can deflect it in that direction is a mere 1 1/2 inches. On a typical descent, I am pulling the yoke maybe 1/4 of one inch. So if one wants to speak about things in linear terms, I am using about 1/6 th of the total possible movement of the yoke. That relatively minor 1/4 inch deflection will in some cases give me 1000 feet / minute of climb (during a descent that I want to stabilize at around (-700) feet / minute). In other cases the 1/4 inch deflection gives a 500 feet / minute climb. So, first, there is no consistency in the result I get, which makes it very very hard to stabilize my approaches, and second the absolute response to very small deflections seems in some cases absurdly too high. I will try 1.998, but could you point me to where I set these things: 1) Linear response 2) S curves
  11. I finally have Peter's PFC drivers more or less working with a PFC Cirrus II Console. The most serious remaining problem is that when I am pulling up on the yoke or releasing it, the sensitivity is ridiculously too high. On an approach in a King Air to Telluride a very slight tug on the PFC yoke gave an altitude gain of 1000 feet and gently releasing this would bounce between descents of 100 and 2000 feet. It was very very difficult to control and did not behave as you would expect a yoke to behave. I saw a substantial improvement when I checked the "Filter" checkbox, but sensitivity was still set way too high. With a USB-based device, I could adjust sensitivity in FS2004 directly. Since this is a serial console, I don't see a way to control sensitivity in either FS2004 or in the PFC drivers. Is there a trick to adjusting this?
  12. I went through this sequence, and now the quadrant works automatically on startup: 1) I deleted PFC.INI 2) I started FS2004. The quadrant was not utilized. I configured in PFC UI the one quadrant that I have available. No "Assign to Aircraft" button appeared on the quadrant tab. Quadrant would not activate in FS2004 even after hitting OK in PFC UI. Just a side note: as soon as I deleted PFC.INI and restarted FS2004, immediately FSUIPC reports it is not registered! Sure enough, FSUIPC is not registered and I re-registered it and registration was accepted. 3) I restarted FS2004. Still no quadrant is utilized. I opened PFC UI and went to quadrant tab. Now "Assign to Aircraft" appears. I selected this. Quadrant now works. 4) I restarted FS2004. Now the quadrant is auto selected and works right away, and I didn't have to start PFC UI. 5) What is interesting, at this point when I go to the "Test" tab in the PFC UI, I don't see any activity at all when I move the yoke or any part of quadrant. However all of those controls do work inside FS2004. I don't understand why I am the only person out of thousands with the good luck to see all this odd behavior. In any case, it now works, and I'll enjoy that while it lasts. I appreciate your ideas as they did get me to a working state I can live with.
  13. What's a "throttle type"? Do you mean quadrant? Are you using automatic quadrant assignment (front page)? Have you made sure you have only enabled those quadrants you are actually using? Each quadrant calibration page has an enabling checkbox (top left). Only those you enable can be used. If you want specific quadrants with specific aircraft you can enable them and click the "Assign to Aircraft". By throttle I meant quadrant, sorry for sloppy terminology. I did read all parts of the manual related to quadrant selection and quadrant calibration. I finally got the quadrant to work, but it was quite buggy and required a number of repetitions through the PFC user interface. Miscellaneous observations: 1) When I start up with Cessna 182, no quadrant is active. I must always enter the PFC UI and do an "Assign to Aircraft" operation before I can get it to work. After exiting FS2004 9.1, here is the relevant line I find for quadrant assignments in PFC.INI for the 182: Cessna_Skylane_182S_Paint2=P2 Which throttle should that be assigning? 2) The PFC UI kept insisting on activating the Single Throttle Carburated quadrant (the first one on the list of quadrants). I kept disabling it on the quadrants page and then re-entering the PFC UI only to see it re-enabled and selected again. After much back and forth I got it permanently disabled and now my preferred throttle is the only one that is Active, and I am at least able to manually assign it to the aircraft each time I restart FS2004. I still am not able to get the quadrant to just assign and work automatically when I start FS2004. It always takes at least one trip to the UI. Regarding PFC.LOG, as I said in my post I could not attach it, and instead I made it available at the URL I posted. The ZIP file is large because it contains both the tiny PFC.INI and the large PFC.LOG. The PFC.LOG is large because I left logging running during a long flight. Should I be concerned about the buffer overflow messages in that log?
  14. Okay, I am using the Interim release PFC 1.997 and 3.536, and I just duplicated the same problem I am having getting PFC Cirrus II throttle and yoke to operate correctly. In the PFC user interface, I am able to see the yoke and throttle movement reflected in the appropriate tabs, and both kinds of controls generate data on the test tab. You say that "automatic calibration" works well, but is there something explicit I must do to enable this mode? The bottom line is that I see the control movements reflected in the PFC UI, but as soon as I exit neither yoke nor throttles work inside the default Microsoft Cessna 182 or 172 implementations. On other occasions, I have gotten the throttle to operate, but not the prop control. No matter how many times I enter into the PFC UI and set the throttle type, it always seems to overrid my selection the next time I enter the PFC UI. There is something really basic here I'm just not getting. I am attaching PFC.INI and PFC.LOG per your request, but they were too large to make attachments here so I put them here: http://pages.uschw.com/misc/pfc/ I do note a lot of messages in there about buffer overflows. Maybe that is related to this problem?
  15. After a long struggle, I have the Cirrus II console sending its yoke data to your PFC 1.92 module. It is badly out of calibration, but putting that aside now how do I get aircraft to actually use this? The PFC module sees movement of the yoke but when I load Carenado's T206, the controls on the Cirrus are not registering to the aircraft. Is there some magic switch that passes all of this data through PFC onto the aircraft?
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