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Please comment, Pete. I just posted this in the Active Sky forum in response to complaints about AS2004 not writing to FS9:

A revelation with FSUIPC 3.14:

Neither AS2004 nor wxRE 1.92 was updating at least airport weather as seen visibly and as reported by FS9 ATIS.

On one of the first FSUIPC 3.14 tabs, I unchecked Clearing Weather Stops Dynamics. I can now see overcast again (as in the same METAR used above) and while FS9 ATIS reported clear skies it did correctly report the reduced visibility. Before that I had scattered with unlimited (20 M) visibility reported by FS9. BTW, the FS9 Dynamics slider is set to 0.

This was just a quick test and I tried one other saved weather scenario in wxRE of freezing drizzle and it also worked after unchecking the FSUIPC setting above.

So to me it looks like with that setting checked, it stops writing when the clear weather call is received. It should be noted however, that AdvDisplay does show the correct METAR regardless of that setting.

So, maybe it is time to let FSUIPC.ini be rebuilt if that is what is causing the error. It does not appear to be a problem with either AS version.

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Neither AS2004 nor wxRE 1.92 was updating at least airport weather as seen visibly and as reported by FS9 ATIS.

1.92 suffers from trying to control the global weather, which becomes not so after a little while. See the comments about this near the top of this forum, and in the FSUIPC documentation.

AS2004 set weather at weather stations. The weather at those stations does get set and is reported in their ATIS.

On one of the first FSUIPC 3.14 tabs, I unchecked Clearing Weather Stops Dynamics. I can now see overcast again (as in the same METAR used above) and while FS9 ATIS reported clear skies it did correctly report the reduced visibility. Before that I had scattered with unlimited (20 M) visibility reported by FS9. BTW, the FS9 Dynamics slider is set to 0.

All that option does is set the dynamics slider to 0 when the Clear Weather command is used either by an outside program, or by using the FSUIPC button or hotkey. I know WxRe 1.92 uses Clear Weather, but I don't think AS2004 does.

So to me it looks like with that setting checked, it stops writing when the clear weather call is received.

The "clear weather call" from where? Where are you seeing such a call? And how does it stop writing? You have me rather bemused. Have you been analysing FSUIPC weather logs?

Regards,

Pete

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Firstly, I am aware of the differences between AS wxRE and 2004.

The problem appears with or without global writes on or off for 2004.

I expect 2004 does execute a call to clear weather on its refresh command and JSkorna of hifi support seemed to think so.

Neither version worked with that option checked with 3.14. Both worked OK without that checked.

Another user reported rolling back a version of FSUIPC and 2004 started working again. I did not have that problem either with earlier versions.

It could be a timing issue of AS starting to write before dynamics are finished clearing.

All this is in FS9 while sitting on the ground near an airport so it is probably a global issue only since it is described by AS personnel of only affecting the ground environment in FS9. I'll have more details soon looking at the logs with the option on and off.

Thanks for your reply and clarification.

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Neither version worked with that option checked with 3.14. Both worked OK without that checked.

Without any logs I cannot really comment on this. Can you discuss it with Damian, the ActiveSky author? I'm sure he will mention things to me if there's anything odd. Really the option will do nothing if the dynamics slider is already zero. And there are many other weather programs than ActiveSky I need to consider here.

Another user reported rolling back a version of FSUIPC and 2004 started working again. I did not have that problem either with earlier versions.

What "earlier" versions, please? I've not changed any of the weather handling for a LONG time. It would be helpful to know when you think this changed.

All this is in FS9 while sitting on the ground near an airport so it is probably a global issue only since it is described by AS personnel of only affecting the ground environment in FS9. I'll have more details soon looking at the logs with the option on and off.

Okay, thanks.

Pete

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