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Hi Volker

Many of my friends in our flying club (we have over 950 members) are gradually changing to FSX Steam

claiming it to be more FPS friendly & much more Stable than FSX.

I therefore politely ask if you have any plans to allow FSC to work with it in the

future?

Many thanks

Regards

Howard

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Hi Howard,

the real effort (time and manpower capacity) must be in proportion to the result.
The actual need is not currently known.
I will certainly think about it.
However, no quick solution is developed.

 

Regards,

Volker

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Hi Volker

Thank you for your response. Reading this months PC Pilot magazine indicates a big future for the FSX Steam edition.

I just don't want you to miss out that is all

Regards

Howard

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Hi Howard,

as I wrote it before, I'll think about it.

Unfortunately I do not have a ghost writer for writing the program code. :razz:

 

Regards,

Volker

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Hi, Volker,

 

I have FSC 9.6 working with FSX Steam version.  I have a dual install of FSX:MS (Microsoft boxed version) and FSX:SE (Steam version).  This causes Steam to install using different names for some folders, including the all-important C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\FSX .  Steam names it ....FSX-SE. 

 

However there are some workarounds that make FSC work. 

 

1) rename/backup the scenery.cfg file in C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\FSX and then copy the scenery.cfg file from C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\FSX-SE to C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\FSX.  After runing FSCDBManager, remove the scenery.cfg file copied from C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\FSX-SE, and then reinstall the FSX:MS scenery.cfg file that you have backed up.

 

2) rename C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\FSX to something else.  This will cause FSCDBManager to ask where to find the scenery.cfg file instead of automatically finding the original C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\FSX location.  Point it to C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\FSX-SE.

 

3) For a network install, instead of using FSCFSXCFG.exe to copy the scenery.cfg file to the top level of FSX:SE, do it manually.  Go to C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\FSX-SE, copy the scenery.cfg file to the top level of FSX:SE.  (It will probably ask if you want to overwrite the scenery.cfg file already there.  Choose an option that keeps both files).  Then rename the newly copied scenery.cfg to scenerycfg.fsc so that the networked FSCDBManager can read it.  Run FSCDBManager. 

 

Volker, two points:

 

A)  I believe none of these problems exist for someone with a clean install of FSX:SE, and no trace of FSX:MS.  This is because with a FSX:SE only install, I believe, the installer keeps the same file names as FSX:MS and FSCDBManager will find them as it normally does.  I believe FSC is already working fine w/ a clean install of FSX:SE, but I'm not sure since I have a dual install.

 

B)  You could made a small change to FSCDBManager, so that when it automatically locates C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\FSX, the user would still have the option of changing it.  Right now it can't be changed if it finds C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\FSX.  All the user would have to do is point it to C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\FSX-SE instead.  This would make it easy for the user to point the FSCDBManager to the correct folder.  This would eliminate the more complicated procedure I described in 2) above.

 

Mike

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Hi Mike,

thanks for the information and your instructions regarding the use of the FlightSim Commander with FSX-Steam Edition.

Please contact me by e-mail. My e-mail address you can find here: www.fscommander.com

 

Kind regards,

Volker

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Hi Mike,

thanks for the information and your instructions regarding the use of the FlightSim Commander with FSX-Steam Edition.

Please contact me by e-mail. My e-mail address you can find here: www.fscommander.com

 

Kind regards,

Volker

Hi Volker,

Did you ever sort out if you are going to proceed with a steam version of FSC. I have FSC 9.6 working great with FSX on my flight sim win 7 64 bit machine and just downloaded FSC 9.6 on my win 8.1 64 bit machine (C:\FSC) which has FSX-SE installed only. I had a look around, but I have no idea where FSX-SE is stashed in my system, so have no chance of setting up the database.

 

Regards

 

Geoff

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Hi Geoff,

 

Currently No!
I formulate it very carefully.
Unfortunately, there are no normal, rational, forward-looking conditions for the installation of the FlightSim Commander for the FSX-SE.

 

Regards,

Volker

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No worries Volker. I still only have FSX-SE as a wait and see exercise to see what happens with it and use the normal FSX with 9.6 FSC. 

 

Regards

Geoff

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For me FSX-SE and FSC 9.6 work together without any issues. FSX-SE is the only version of FSX on my Windows 7 64 System. Since I never had any problems with the installation, I wonder what issues other users face?

Regards

Horst

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Hi Volker,

Did you ever sort out if you are going to proceed with a steam version of FSC. I have FSC 9.6 working great with FSX on my flight sim win 7 64 bit machine and just downloaded FSC 9.6 on my win 8.1 64 bit machine (C:\FSC) which has FSX-SE installed only. I had a look around, but I have no idea where FSX-SE is stashed in my system, so have no chance of setting up the database.

 

Regards

 

Geoff

 

Hi Geoff and everyone,

 

FSC should work on  a Windows 8 machine w FSX:SE if that is the only version of FSX on the computer (and there is nothing left in the registry from an install of FSX:MS-Box version).  In that case FSX:SE uses the same folder and file names as FSX:MS (and AFAIK all the folders are same in Windows 8 as in Windows 7). 

 

It is only with a dual FSX:MS and FSX:SE on the same computer that FS Commander won't find all the correct folders and files.

 

Mike

 

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Hi Geoff and everyone,

 

FSC should work on  a Windows 8 machine w FSX:SE if that is the only version of FSX on the computer (and there is nothing left in the registry from an install of FSX:MS-Box version).  In that case FSX:SE uses the same folder and file names as FSX:MS (and AFAIK all the folders are same in Windows 8 as in Windows 7). 

 

It is only with a dual FSX:MS and FSX:SE on the same computer that FS Commander won't find all the correct folders and files.

 

Mike

Horst/Mike, on this machine, there has never been a FSX:MS, only FSX:SE. To get FSC working you have to point the database manager at FSX. I have no idea where the exe file is lurking despite several searches.

 

Regards

Geoff

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Hi Geoff,

 

not sure which exe file you are missing.Could you clarify?

 

I just directed the FSC database manager to my FSX-SE installation (d:\games\Steam\steamapps\common\FSX\), and it was happy.

 

Regards

 

Horst

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Hi Geoff,

 

not sure which exe file you are missing.Could you clarify?

 

I just directed the FSC database manager to my FSX-SE installation (d:\games\Steam\steamapps\common\FSX\), and it was happy.

 

Regards

 

Horst

 

Hi Horst,

Thanks for this. Although folders in my Win 8.1 are a tad different, but you put me on the right track and I found the steam version of FSX(very well hidden). My 8.1 does not have a games folder....Anyway, once I found where FSX steam lived, and I set up the database, and flight plan files, FSC 9.6 works great.

 

Thanks for the help. Love these types of forums where every one offers suggestions.

 

Regards

Geoff

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Hi Geoff and everyone,

 

FSC should work on  a Windows 8 machine w FSX:SE if that is the only version of FSX on the computer (and there is nothing left in the registry from an install of FSX:MS-Box version).  In that case FSX:SE uses the same folder and file names as FSX:MS (and AFAIK all the folders are same in Windows 8 as in Windows 7). 

 

It is only with a dual FSX:MS and FSX:SE on the same computer that FS Commander won't find all the correct folders and files.

 

Mike

 

ah ok, well that makes sense then.

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I have a single FSX-SE installation on a Win 7/64 machine, and FSC works fine except it does not read add-on airports, i.e. if an add-on airports has different gates/parking slots than FSX, FSC reads the default FSX gates/parking slots instead of the add-on ones.

 

Gaétan

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I have no additional airports in Steam, but in real FSX, additional airport parking bays are indicated in FSC. I just looked at my ORBX YBBN in my real FSX machine with FSC, it indicates the bays different to the steam version of FSX with the standard YBBN parking bays. Maybe I need to get one of my sceneries into the steam version to check.

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I have a single FSX-SE installation on a Win 7/64 machine, and FSC works fine except it does not read add-on airports, i.e. if an add-on airports has different gates/parking slots than FSX, FSC reads the default FSX gates/parking slots instead of the add-on ones.

 

Gaétan

Hi, Gaétan,

 

I am assuming that you are running FSC on the same machine as FSX:SE. 

 

When you look at the FSC Database Manager window, after you select your FSX:SE path in the window on the left, is the correct scenery.cfg path showing in the window on the right?  The path should be something like

C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\FSX.  You can check by navigating to that folder and finding the scenery.cfg file there.  Make sure that it has the correct scenery.cfg file. (Note that there are several scenery.cfg files in various places in FSX, but only one is used.  The correct location is explained in the FSC manual).  You can do this by opening it with notepad.  Scroll through it and see if it has entries for all your addon scenery. 

 

Also, check if you have a separate FSX:SE entry at path C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\FSX-SE .  If so, that could be the problem.  I discussed how to deal with this earlier in this thread, in post #7, option 1) or option 2).

 

 

I have no additional airports in Steam, but in real FSX, additional airport parking bays are indicated in FSC. I just looked at my ORBX YBBN in my real FSX machine with FSC, it indicates the bays different to the steam version of FSX with the standard YBBN parking bays. Maybe I need to get one of my sceneries into the steam version to check.

 

Hi, Por930,

 

You need to have your addon scenery installed in your FSX:SE (Steam version) for it to show up there and for FSC to read it.  In your situation, you  need to install ORBX YBBN in the Steam version, not just in the "real" (boxed) version.   Since you apparently have both versions of FSX installed, you will need to follow one of the workarounds I gave in post #7 above to get FSC to find your scenery. 

 

Mike

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I am no computer expert and I am addicted to FSCommanderl\!

 

I also use Airport Development Editor (ADE 1.67) mostly to add ILS to existing FSX-SE airports.

 

Have fought with the issue that some of the added ILS will not show on the FSC map, even though when the mouse arrow is on it it will read out the frequencies and that FSX-SE map will show that the added ILS is there.

 

Have excluded (I believe) probable errors on my part as a good 40% of the additions work alright.

 

Having noted more of this situation after upgrading to Windows 10 and FSX-SE and after reading these posts I guess I will just stop trying to resolve it and sit on it for the time being.

 

Must state that I cannot visualize flight simulation without the use of this fantastic FSCommander.

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