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this topic pertains to both TrueEarth GB South and Central installations.


To install these products successfully, there are prerequisites.


1. There must be enough disk free space on both the installation disk and the destination disk.

The location used by the installer can be changed, on the FTX Central settings page.




The location of destination disk will be wherever X-Plane 11\Custom Scenery has been installed.

(The destination folder cannot at present be changed in FTX Central. There is however a simple work around which can be found here.)

  • The initial download of TEGB South is 26GB, the installation uses at least twice that and the installed product is 127GB
  • The initial download of TEGB Central is 16GB, the installation uses at least twice that and the installed product is 77.3GB

(If your internet connection is slow or unreliable, please use the Manual Download option and a download manager to minimise

the chance of file corruption)


Here is how to install the manual download



2. Visual C++ Redistributable Packages for Visual Studio 2013 must be installed before the installation has been started.

It is free of charge and can be downloaded here.


3. The installation process can take a long time.

The initial download time will depend upon the internet connection.

Once installed:




** IMPORTANT!! ***


THIS PRODUCT INSTALLATION HAS A DECOMPRESSION STAGE - The TrueEarth Great Britain South download size is a compact 26.0GB to save on download time, but we are using a new installation system where we decompress the ortho textures using FTX Central. This expands the total installation to around 125GB of drive space. The texture conversion process of 11,876 files can take between 1 to 2+ hours, depending on your CPU speed and the number of cores it has. It is normal during this process for the cooling fans to speed up on your PC.


After the download stage is complete,  you will see the STATUS change to  "Converting" and a countdown of the number of texture files remaining (the details will vary for South and Central):





DO NOT ABORT OR INTERRUPT THE INSTALLATION DURING ANY STAGE! Wait for the tick to appear and the text "Product Installed".





After the downloading of the files is complete, you will see this screen.

(Note that there is no downloading in progress)



and then this screen

(Again, please note that there is no downloading in progress)






1. If when you start X Plane 11, you see this message ,

ORBX GB South XPlane11.JPG


or the same white text on a blue background


then it may be that the file conversion is not complete.


This can be resolved by

a. running "Verify Files" which will restart the conversion process, OR

b. downloading this file, placing it into X-Plane 11\Custom Scenery\Orbx_C_GB_South_TrueEarth_Orthos\textures

and then running it as an Administrator.


For reference:


  • the fully installed TE GB South textures folder should contain 12098 .DDS files and there should be no .jpg files
  • the fully installed TE GB Central textures folder should contain 7333 .DDS files and there should be no .jpg files
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