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  1. Someone from Orbx will help you with the technical details but don’t give up. Both XP11 and Orbx Central do work on a 27 inch 5K iMac - assuming you have sufficient disk space available. I’m running it on a 2014 model, albeit with 16 GB of RAM. Both softwares downloaded and installed without issue for me, as did all the Orbx packages I’ve purchased so it is possible.

     

    You say it crashes XP11. But are you able to open up Orbx Central on its own? And if so have you downloaded any scenery yet? 


  2. Here is the news item from the Mag.

     

    Looks like it's an end of year release, so your hopes for a yoke may be in vain, unless they really are going into the civil aircraft market and this is just the first in the range.

     

    Your picture might be showing the TM Flying Clamp or desk clamp.

     

     

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  3. That wouldn't by any chance be the Thrustmaster Airbus TCA controllers would it? My Jul/Aug copy of PC Pilot dropped through the door today and had an announcement about this new range with Thrustmaster Civil Aviation (TCA) sidestick Airbus edition plus TCA Quadrant. 

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  4. On 10/17/2019 at 9:52 AM, Dadtom65 said:

    Just remembered that I have an old 1999 Pooleys Flight guide that I can use. You used to be able to buy the old ones cheap but can not remember the site as it stopped doing Fltsim items awhile ago. Derek.

     

    That would probably have been from Flightstore.co.uk

     

    At least that’s where mine came from when they sold off the prior year edition, albeit many years ago.


  5. 35 minutes ago, Tornado16 said:

    The best I can do on a regular Mac is a Radeon Pro Vega 48 with 8GB ! Combine that with an 3.6GHz 8-core i9 32G of RA, a 2TB SSD and a 27" 5K screen and you're heading towards £4,000!

    I probably stand corrected. It's been some time since I last built a PC. It would appear that a PC with similar spec to the iMac from one on the UK's advertising Flight Sim PC builders, turned out only £300 cheaper than the Mac. The cost of the PC increases significantly with a 5k 27" screen comparable to the iMac, and the iMac price can be reduced by using Crucial RAM upgrade from 8 to 32 GB rather than Apple's exhorbitant prices. Either way, its still a large slice for any of us on a pension!


  6. On 9/30/2019 at 5:59 AM, John Heaton said:

    I'm sure that all 70000 members of this forum have already noted that on XPlane 11 - the combined disc space for TE UK - North - South and Central are around 350 gigs of disc space

    To you guys who have invested in the latter - how are you coping - if you only have a mid range computer - eg - I5/I7 - 1080 - 16 ram etc.?? -  i.e. something like J.V.'s spec.

     

     

    On 9/30/2019 at 5:59 AM, John Heaton said:

    It depends on that answer "TO EXISTING xp11 USERS"

     

    Jonn

     

    Well, as an existing XP11 user, with all 3 parts of TE UK running on a now quite ancient 2014 iMac at very reasonable frame rates, all I can say is - it's a joy to behold. And by quite reasonable I mean 30 to 40 fps over most of the UK, down to 25 fps over large cities, with the exception of London which is quite a killer. And that is with 'sensible' settings i.e. one or two notches down from Max.

     

    However, there is a caveat. This is ORBX TE on a) XP11 and b) on a Mac under the Mac OSX Operating System, which doesn't mean that it will be the same on P3D or even XP11 on a PC. I've had no issues with any of the TE UK regions, excepting minor frame rate reductions with the release of SP1 for TE South which was to be expected given the upgrade in autogen and PBR. But I'm well aware that others have had significant issues with TE South on P3D and to a lesser extent on XP11 on the PC and even some with XP11 on a Mac.

     

    Yes, they are processor and graphics intensive and I imagine the new TE Washington/Oregon HD versions would be virtually unplayable on my iMac which require a minimum GTX 1070 GPU or equivalent given that I'm running it on a mobile Radeon R9 M295X with 4 GB! And the Washington Enhancement Pack it recommends an eye watering Nvidia 1080 class GPU with at least 11GB OF VRAM to use the 1024 and 2048 textures with good FPS.But the same goes for DCS, which I see you also use, where the recommended spec for the F/A18-C & F-14 is a GeForce GTX 1070 / AMD Radeon RX VEGA 56 with 8GB VRAM or better.

     

    Of course this issue isn't new - for the last 20 years or so of flight sims have always required a higher spec than the average man in the street could afford. My Amstrad 1640 fared no better then than my iMac does today. But what I have to fly in and around today is light years away from Microsoft Flight Simulator Version 4 back in 1989.

     

    For native OSX Mac users XP11& ORBX TE really the only game in town, but believe me, it really is perfectly flyable and very enjoyable too on for me something that is by no stretch of the imagination a games machine! So it 'should' also be fine on your spec PC, providing you're happy not to turn the wick full up, oh, and to avoid London!

     

    As a PC user you will also have the benefit of needing a smaller disk space as highlighted by JV in a recent post - P3D seems to use smaller files than XP11. But to be fair, disk space really isn't the issue these days with a standard 4TB HDD coming in at £100 or even a 1TB external SSD (USB3) at £130.

     

    So, to answer your question, as an existing XP11 user (albeit not your typical XP11 user), I'm getting on fine with a mid to low range computer. 350 gigs of disk space? Not an issue, and disk space is relatively cheap. Processor - an i7 would be nice, but the i5 still copes OK. Graphics? Always the weak point on a Mac, but the R9 M295X does amazingly well considering. On a PC I'd ideally spend £500 on a 1080Ti with 11 GB of RAM, but that means going back to Windows. The best I can do on a regular Mac is a Radeon Pro Vega 48 with 8GB ! Combine that with an 3.6GHz 8-core i9 32G of RA, a 2TB SSD and a 27" 5K screen and you're heading towards £4,000! 

     

    Whatever the cost of a decent machine to run the latest ORBX eye candy, just bear a thought for us (idiots?) who wish to fly on a Mac - 4 grand would get you one stunningly awesome PC!

     

    Tony

     

     


  7. 1 hour ago, jetfighter76 said:

    Hi I`ve bought this scenery but I`cant downolad it by FTX Central because I have information "there are no downloads for this product", any help?

     

    You will need Orbx Central to downloadload & install and not FTX Central:

     

    Compatibility

    General

    You will need Orbx Central to download and install this product. Orbx Central runs on Windows 7+, macOS and Linux. An internet connection is also required.


  8. 22 minutes ago, rogjack said:

    I've download the TrueEarth packages for the UK and LOWI, both with FTX Central but now it has changed to Orbx Central. I would have thought that I would get a prompt from FTX to download the new version. Strange that the airport showed up in the FTX browser but no download button.:huh:

     

    You were OK with TrueEarth UK packages as Orbx Central wasn't out then. Us Mac uses then had the issue of doing manual downloads!

     

    Since TE Washington (I think) all downloads have been on Orbx Central. And in the 'small print' on the Leeds-Bradford page - see below - it does in fact say they you need Orbx Central to download it. Of course that's no use if you're not aware of Orbx central :-). At least you're now up and running - I hope!

     

    Compatibility

    General

    You will need Orbx Central to download and install this product. Orbx Central runs on Windows 7+, macOS and Linux. An internet connection is also required.

     


  9. 15 minutes ago, rogjack said:

    Yes, I am using XP11.

    It also slightly confused me as this was posted on the FSX Support Forum rather than the XP11 Support Forum, which my be why you didn't get the usual swift reply from Orbx. And there's just been a similar question on the XP11 forum so you're not alone in having download issues!


  10. 25 minutes ago, rogjack said:

    I have purchased EGNM Leeds Bradford and it appears in my FTX Central but there is no download button. I have downloaded it manually but there is no way to install the resulting file. Advice please.

     

    Order 5d88ba567aaa7

    FTX Central as in the old one? I would have thought that as a new product it would require downloading through the new Orbx Central.

     

    Tony


  11. 2 hours ago, Dust2Dust said:

    which credit cards don't charge foreign transaction fee? I have a mastercard and VISA

    Certainly in the UK Nationwide has them but it may require you to have an account, some of which have monthly fees but do include other ‘freebies’ such as travel insurance and car breakdown cover - their web site has a table with details for all cards. Both my credit and debit cards (both Visa) are free of FTF when making purchases and the debit card also free on cash withdrawal abroad.

     

    And their FEX rates aren’t bad either. 

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  12. 5 minutes ago, Nick Cooper said:

    Hello,

    as far as I am aware, Orbx Central works in the same way for all three operating systems.

     

    Thanks.

     

    Coincidentally I've just found the Central User guide and realised it has created a new libraries folder, which is where I must have told it to go on installation without realising what it was doing! Haven't installed any new scenery through Central and it's empty so hadn't spotted it.

     

    However, I did uninstall some scenery then re-installed it and that still in the Custom Scenery folder with all the other pre-central installations. Looks like time to buy something else and see what happens.


  13. On 8/8/2019 at 1:08 PM, Nick Cooper said:

    X Plane 11

     

    As with P3D v4, all products already installed will continue to work as before.

    If you do uninstall a product however, or you add a new product, then you must create a

    new library outside the X Plane 11 root folder and the product will be installed there.

     

     

    Nick

     

    Do I assume that this refers to a Windows installation of X Plane 11 rather than a Mac installation or does it apply to both?

     

     


  14. Mitchell

     

    It's obviously not happening on every install as I've had no trouble with central to date (touch wood) and my libraries updated OK at the weekend too. Just to test Central when I first installed it I deleted a couple of small airports and re-installed, then deleted libraries and re-installed them too, all without issue.

     

    Given that there are less permutations of Mac hardware/software versions out there these install issues are indeed strange.


  15. If you sign up to the Beta of Orbx Central that will do the equivalent of FTXCentral on the Mac.

     

    I've downloaded it and even in Beta form it works very well indeed. Certainly makes it a lot easier than manual installation using Cross platform downloads.

     

    I also seem to recall reading that South & Central downloads now include SP1, but someone from Orbx will be able to confirm.

     

    Tony


  16. Hi. 

     

    This may help as well.

     

    Because the SP1 isn’t a complete copy of the two folders, doing a copy and paste or even just dragging the SP1 folders will replace the originals with just the contents of SP1. You lose everything that’s not in SP1. 

     

    I found that doing a copy and paste of each SP1 folder into the main Custom Scenery folder gave me the merge or replace option. Choosing Merge a) added the new contents and b) replaced those with the same name. 

     

    i.e. Copy SP1 folder Orbx_B_GB__South_TrueEarth_Overlay to the main Custom Scenery folder (Not the overlay sub-folder). This should then give you the option to either Stop, Replace or Merge. 

     

    If you choose Merge, according to what I’ve read and seen it will: 

     

    ‘Merge: This option will combine the contents of both folders, keeping the newest version of files with matching names, and preserving all files with unique names. The end result will be a folder that contains the newest version of each file from the two folders.

     

    I’ve done it with both South and Central SPs and it appeared to work. At least it works perfectly for me. 

     

    The first time I did it I used Replace as I would have done with Windows then discovered my error and had to either undo or recover from Time Machine. 

     

    If if you have space, copy the original folders first just in case anything goes wrong. 

     

    Hope this helps. 

     
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  17. If you take a look in the Orbx_C_GB_South_TrueEarth_Orthos folder & textures sub folder you can see how far it has got in converting jpeg files to dds. As long as they are still converting then you're OK. 

     

    Mine took a couple of days for South, but they did convert faster than 15 to 30 seconds on my iMac. There are 11,876 files to do, but it will work eventually.

     

    And just be thankful you've not got North - it has nearly 14,000 files to convert!


  18. Because the SP1 isn’t a complete copy of the two folders, doing a copy and paste or even just dragging the SP1 folders will replace the originals with just the contents of SP1. You lose everything that’s not in SP1. 

     

    I found that doing a copy and paste of each SP1 folder into the main Custom Scenery folder gave me the merge or replace option. Choosing Merge a) added the new contents and b) replaced those with the same name. 

     

    i.e. Copy SP1 folder Orbx_B_GB__South_TrueEarth_Overlay to the main Custom Scenery folder. This should then give you the option to either Stop, Replace or Merge. 

     

    If you choose Merge, according to what I’ve read and seen it will: 

     

    ‘Merge: This option will combine the contents of both folders, keeping the newest version of files with matching names, and preserving all files with unique names. The end result will be a folder that contains the newest version of each file from the two folders.

     

    I’ve done it with both South and Central SPs and it appeared to work. At least it works perfectly for me. 

     

    The first time I did it I used Replace as I would have done with Windows then discovered my error and had to either undo or recover from Time Machine. 

     

    If if you have space, copy the original folders first just in case anything goes wrong. 

     

    Hope this helps. 

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