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Don Whyte

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About Don Whyte

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    Edmonton Alberta Canada
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    Anything aircraft, restoration, simulators, someday getting my pilots license
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  1. DAK in the New Zealand Alps part two

    Excellent, thanks for the link...
  2. DAK in the New Zealand Alps part two

    Worthy pictures, very enigmatic! I`m always interested in a nice Dak, who's yours by? Don
  3. Er pardon me, you're in the air over England...
  4. Beauty! Wow nice DH Dragon Rapide! I didn't know they made it to OZ. Was ferried or shipped? How is flying with them?
  5. Just for interest I thought I'd post views of Yellowknife (CYZF) in Canada's North West Territories comparing Google Earth and a top-down view from Prepar3d with Global Base, Global Vector and OpenLC North America active. It's a tough area to render as the city sits on outcroppings of Canadian Shield rock and lots of small lakes within the city. If I recall correctly in FS9, FSX and I believe P3D also the airport was placed in a bowl that had to be flattened with adjusted scenery elevations. Buffalo Airways Virtual once offered such a correction for download to registered users. The similarities are remarkable. Way to go Orbx!! Google Earth: Prepar3d/Orbx:
  6. Thanks all for your comments. I will for sure get some of those regional upgrades. I've started with NA Northern Rockies since it's close to home, excellent. Andy I installed FTX Global Base and FTX Vector. They do indeed provide a wonderful improvement to the stock scenery. In the sim that is important for more than just "eyecandy" if you are flying by visual references. However I do notice there are areas where the Base and Vector upgrades display glaring anomalies such as buildings in the water and holes in runways. For instance at Hay River (CYHY) in Canada's Northwest territories and at the Hinton /Jasper-Hinton airport (CEC4) in Alberta. From what I read in the Vectors subforum these errors are usually due to faulty airport data and mesh errors in the default P3D/FSX scenery.
  7. Settings descriptors in FTX Global User Guide

    Ok sounds reasonable, thanks Nick
  8. In the FTX Global User Guide it says to set Global texture resolution to Max but I do not see such a control in P3D. Also it says to set Mesh complexity to 100 but the P3D settings are Low-Medium-High-Ultra. What value is 100? Thanks Don Whyte
  9. I'm about to dive into the Orbx products with a purchase of NA Northern Rockies. Will the Global packs provide any changes or improvements to the looks or performance of this regional area? Thanks Don Whyte
  10. Orbx performance on my 10 yr old computer

    Nice to hear that others are able to run successfully with older hardware. Yes that's been my experience too with upgrades. I should have bought bigger SSD's for the few extra dollars it would have cost. I had to replace the original very small (40 gig) SSD pair when one failed after the power supply popped. I'm at the point now where the next upgrade will be motherboard, CPU and memory to come into the modern era. The old system will be useful on a helicopter sim I'm contemplating. A correction my video card is a 2 gig GTX670.
  11. Orbx performance on my 10 yr old computer

    yes I do have frame rate problems when I load up some complex payware aircraft but overall this rig has proven itself. I think the efficiency of P3Dv3 is a big part of it. I bought X-Plane 10 and their version 11 beta and can only run in one monitor. Stretched out to 3 wide the fps turn into a slide show. Not that impressed with X-plane, Nice graphics but It needs a lot of horsepower and doing 2d monitors unbelievably requires a second computer. Unless I am mistaken about that. But then I am hijacking my own thread...
  12. First off I haven't bought any Orbx products but have downloaded some of the demos and freeware to see how they perform on my 10 year old computer. The short answer is they do very well! I run P3Dv3 at fairly conservative graphics and scenery settings. My system is Windows 7-64, Asus Maximus Formula I motherboard, Intel Core 2 Quad 3 Ghz Q9650 CPU, GTX 970 video card, 8 gigs of DDR2-800 memory, 2 x 120 gig SSD in RAID 0, 3 Acer 22" 1680x1050 monitors for 5040x1050 external view and two vga monitors on an ATI 5450 video card for 2D panel views. I can consistently get 30 fps and peaking at 45-55 fps with little stuttering in most areas of the Orbx Global Iceland demo and the Pacific Northwest demo. Overflying Seattle slows it down to about 25 fps. The areas I do have problems with are some of the airport add-ons such as the Nanaimo and Ganges Water Aerodromes where fps drop to 5-15 fps. So I'll have to upgrade before I get into those. But with very acceptable results in most areas I'm encouraged to purchase the products. Thank you Orbx!
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