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  1. An old geezer became very bored in retirement and decided to open a medical clinic. He put a sign up outside that said: "Dr. Geezer's clinic. Get your treatment for $500, if not cured, get back $1,000." Doctor "Young," who was positive that this old geezer didn't know beans about medicine, thought this would be a great opportunity to get $1,000. So he went to Dr. Geezer's clinic. Dr. Young: "Dr. Geezer, I have lost all taste in my mouth. Can you please help me?" Dr. Geezer: "Nurse, please bring medicine from box 22 and put 3 drops in Dr. Young's mouth." Dr. Young: Aaagh !! -- "This is Gasoline!" Dr. Geezer: "Congratulations! You've got your taste back. That will be $500. Dr. Young gets annoyed and goes back after a couple of days figuring to recover his money. Dr. Young: "I have lost my memory, I cannot remember anything." Dr. Geezer: "Nurse, please bring medicine from box 22 and put 3 drops in the patient's mouth." Dr. Young: "Oh, no you don't, -- that is Gasoline!" Dr. Geezer: "Congratulations! You've got your memory back . That will be $500." Dr. Young (after having lost $1000) leaves angrily and comes back after several more days. Dr. Young: "My eyesight has become weak --- I can hardly see anything!!!!" Dr. Geezer: "Well, I don't have any medicine for that so, here's your $1000 back." (giving him a $10 bill) Dr. Young: "But this is only $10!" Dr. Geezer: "Congratulations! You got your vision back! That will be $500." Moral of story -- Just because you're "Young" doesn't mean that you can outsmart an "old Geezer"
  2. Actually saw a real one in KeriKeri. Circa 2012.
  3. Who knows, Wayne? There could be better drivers around now. It's easy to go to the manufacturer's website and download a new set. There's a mess of stuff that needs to be addressed to get the joysticks working in FSX. By memory (because I'm not at home) there are issues like the various .XML files that interfere with one another. I sympathise because I went through the same routine a while back. The solution to the .XML file dilemma is to erase the file. It will regenerate the next time you run FSX' Here's where you'll find the Controls 'Standard.XML': C:\Users\[Your Handle]\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\FSX\Controls. While we're testing my memory (or lack thereof) we shold talk about another feature included when you look into the 'properties' tab in your Device Manager. That is: Power Management. Make sure the box is not ticked for 'Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power' What I wound up doing was trashing the entire FSX keymapping and joystick files, including all of the drivers. There's a tick box near the top of something like the 'Controls settings' menu that says 'turn off joystick mapping' - or something like that. I went that route and used FSUIPC to map my entire joystick, rudder pedals, throttle, mixture, propeller, trim wheel, etc. End of problems and all for the cost of a paid version of FSUIPC (which, as I recall, was not much). It is also absolutely necessary to plug everything in to the same USB ports on the computer over and over. Don't ever mix them up. I've got two USB2 ports that the controls plug in to. The various components all plug in to the back of the Yoke assembly and the yoke plugs in to one of the USB ports. The pedals get a dedicated USB port on the back panel of the computer because I ran out of ports on the yoke. I'm sorry I can't be a bit more specific - hard to do when you're away from your FSX rig.
  4. Go to: Control Panel\System\Device Manager and look for a heading that says HID or Human Interface Devices. Right click on the one of them and click on the Properties. I'm on a laptop that doesn't have any joysticks or the like, so it's hard to tell what you're going to see. Generically, it will say something like USB Input Device or HID-Compliant Device. I cannot recall if the Saitek drivers actually said 'Saitek'. Whatever you do find, make sure it's the right thing because the next step is to Uninstall the driver. Hope this helps
  5. Thanks Wayne, I was just hoping it would connect with ATC to get the IFR flight plans in the system before firing up the sim. I'm new to the P3D version of ATC but the few flights I've done have all resulted in problems getting hooked up to the ATC system. Mostly this consists of not starting with an IFR clearance. I just get instructions from ground to the hold line and a VFR clearance. One flight refused to let me launch because the wx was below VFR minimums, so no way to air file. I've not found a way to get the thing out of the VFR loop, short of shutting down the sim completely and starting from scratch. Going to take a bit of experimenting.
  6. OK. We can put this to bed for now. I installed the SP3 file with all the warnings on it. Installed fine and now my version matches what it is supposed to be. Fired it all up and most of it works as advertised. The flight plan function still needs to be studied. I can make one and (supposedly - I can find several written this morning, but ATC can't find them) save it and use it. The 'Fly Now' button injects the weather, P3D loads, but I still have to create the flight plan within P3D to have it recognised by ATC and acted upon. More time needs to be spent on this one. The good news is that I'm getting some decent real-time weather for a change. I think I'll fire up the Lear and head across the mountains to CYCC and see what happens. edit: Oops - that's CYYC
  7. There is definitely a place in the second tab under 'Weather Engine' where you have to tick a few boxes. Those boxes are: - Enable Rex Weather Engine - Ticked - Enable Auto-Start the Rex Weather Engine - Ticked - Enable Auto-Launch the Flight Simulator - Ticked - Enable Vatsim - (Not ticked in my case) - Enable green message bar within the simulator - Ticked - Enable weather data download - Ticked Thanks for the thought, I think I have that covered.
  8. Thanks Joe, Seems there have been a lot of changes over at Rex. I'm betting that what you're thinking of is what they now call the 'Download Centre'. Updates are not there, they seem to reside in the 'Support Forum' page. I'm going to bite the bullet and install the SP3 despite the semantics issue on the upload page. I think the proof is in the statement that 1126 becomes 1211 after the hotfix.
  9. I'm back - 4 hours! That's how long it took to backup and remove both P3D and Rex Essentials. I did have dinner in the midst of all that and did a few short flights in P3D to make sure that my recovered scenery (see another post on the CYYJ RW27 ILS Fix in this forum) and added aircraft files all went back in with no problems. All appears to be sweetness and light on the P3D front. Rex - now that's another thing altogether. I re-downloaded all the files for Rex Ess & O'Drive - it's supposed to be the latest and this is where I run into an issue: The 'About Rex' tab on the RHS of the GUI reports that I have version build 3.8.2014.1126. The Rex website has a Service Pack shown as a 'Hotfix'. This hotfix, when I click on the file in their download centre comes up with a great big warning - Before I go any further the lot of you are probably asking why I'm not researching this on the REX website. Trust me, I have tried. Maybe I'm just stupid, but I sure can't find anything that comes close to a question like mine You MUST have version 3.8.2014.1126 installed PRIOR to installing this service pack! Check your version FIRST!! OK - that's good, see the line above: I have that version (3.8.2014.1126) Then it goes on to say this: In addition, this only applies to early adopters of SP3 (those who installed the SP3 before December 12). If you installed SP3 AFTER December 12 you do NOT need to install this hotfix and it will fail to install. I cannot find any Service Pack on their website other than the one that downloads with this warning (above) embedded. Huh??? During the installation process, the installation wizard will ask you to identify a location where to install the upgrade. Be sure to click the "BROWSE" button and select the main REX ESSENTIAL PLUS OVERDRIVE folder where you originally have it installed. If you do not select the correct location the upgrade will not work properly and you will have to start over. OK - That's clear - - - Let's look a little further down the page - we have this: SERVICE PACK 3 HOTFIX INSTALLATION PROCEDURE FROM: REX ESSENTIAL PLUS OVERDRIVE BUILD 3.8.2014.1126 - YEP! That's my version. But, WHAT'S THIS?????: TO: REX ESSENTIAL PLUS OVERDRIVE BUILD 3.8.2014.1211 ---Here's another version number, higher than mine, I take this to mean that I will have version 1211 IF I do the update . However, the instructions clearly state that I shouldn't do this if I installed (what??) SP3 after December 12th. I guess I did because I didn't even buy the thing until January the 5th. So what would you do, dear reader? - Install the thing only to have to go through the whole rigamarole all over again - Ignore the whole works and ASSUME you already have SP3 installed (obviously not because the version number hasn't incremented). I've one more day before I have to leave. I'm going to sit on this overnight and have another look at it tomorrow. If anyone can offer up a bit of wisdom, please go ahead.
  10. I'm going to start this thread while I'm waiting for P3D to Uninstall - takes forever. I've already restored my scenery/texture files using the Rex procedure and then backed everything up in P3D. The reason for all this activity is that Rex Essentials didn't work in my P3D sim. I started this with the intention of going to the PMDG 777 and got keen on seeing some better upper air textures. After an initial glitch where Rex would not recognize my account for P3D, which was solved by the boys at Rex, I found that a lot of the advertised functionality within Rex just didn't work. Principally, the flight planning and then the "Fly Now" buttons. I'm assuming the textures worked out OK as there were clouds about in the test flight that I did. Problem with that was that I was using real world weather and it was a beautiful day here about so there wasn't much cloud activity. The flight planner in Rex just didn't work - period. I tried several times loading up short flights. They showed up in the box but that was the end. When I hit the "fly Now" button which is supposed to launch P3D and load up all the weather, etc., nothing happened. No P3D, just a button that did nothing. So I gave up on that and went to the page where there was another big "Fly Now" button. Pushed it - nothing! P3D has uninstalled so I'm going to disappear for a while to re-install it. I originally had P3D in the default Win7 location C:\Program Files (X86)\Prepar3d 3D v3\ etc. Rex insists that it should be installed outside that default path, so that's where I'm headed. Incidentally, FSX has always been mounted at C:\FSX. I don't know why I installed P3D in the default location - silly of me, no? See you later.
  11. Thanks Brett, I might be better off with an entirely new post as this one is deviating substantially from the original (mostly my fault - lazy). I'm going to try a bit more today before making any other posts. Basically: I can see no evidence that Rex Essentials is even working. In fact, there's evidence that it is not - "Fly Now" does absolutely nothing, the flight planning stuff is not working at all. Unfortunately, I have to go out o town on Tuesday and won't be able to get back to this for most of the rest of the month. I'm going to shuffle over to the P3D section of Mutley's and start a new thread.
  12. Issue resolved. The dev got back this morning with the fix. Now I've got to delve into the setup side. Should be fun.
  13. I'm in the process of converting (some of) my vlying, Brian's term, to P3D. This process is reminiscent of setting up FSX over the years to suit my brand of simming. One of the things I do is spend a lot of time in the IFR environment. I choose to vly using real-world wx in most cases. This means that I'm using electronic approach methods on a pretty regular basis. Now, my home base in most things I do (including AH and AH2) is CYYJ - about 15 miles from my house. CYYJ has suffered under FSX from a programming glitch that dates back to the final days of FSX development. The devs got the RWY 27 ILS offset a few hundred feet to the right of the runway. No probs in a light aircraft, just crank it over to the left and plant it. However, it's a major upset if you're not aware of it in the big iron. You break out at minimums and the runway is well over to your left - choice #1 is TOGA and your alternate, choice #2 is TOGA and your alternate, choice #3 is TOGA and a side-step that isn't published. So there's cyyj_ils_fix.zip. It works in both FSX and P3D v3. If you vly into CYYJ, go get it from the AVSIM Library and extract it to somewhere convenient. I just copied and loaded the CYYJ_ILS_fix.BGL file to [drive]:\[your P3D location]\Lockheed Martin\Prepar3D v3\Scenery\Global\scenery. As soon as you run P3D it will find the file and load it. That's it - you never have to do it again. But keep the zip file in case you ever need to reload FSX or P3D. Helps to keep the shiny side 'up'.
  14. Sort of - got a reply from REX. Don't anyone get me started on a rant about using 'forums' to solve issues with software (I'll do that on my own). Where did that business model come from? Appears my problem is a "Tier 2" problem for them, requiring much patience on my part. Strange thing is that from where I'm sitting it's a Tier 1 problem 'cause they got my money, their gadget doesn't work, and I wanna go flying in the clouds. Don't take me seriously - all in fun - 'ya know. It's cold here in sunny, downtown Victoria and I have nothing better to do. I think I'll see if I can fix the wonky RWY 27 ILS at CYYJ in P3D. That'll keep me out of trouble for a while.
  15. I'm having fits with the Rex install. Too bad, but Joe's advice came a bit too late - I'd already purchased and (as described below) tried to install Rex Essentials with overdrive. Also, just when I need advice, Rex is doing an upgrade or something to their forum site and it is down. What's happened is that I downloaded and installed reams of .cab files (took a while) and an installer for the Rex GUI. Because I was doing this for P3D I purchased the P3D license and received an email confirmation of payment - also an email confirmation for the RE+O with appropriate registration numbers and license stuff. Anyway, long story short, the turkey doesn't work and I can't figure out why until their forum site is back online (no guarantees then, either - we'll see how it goes). When I click on the 'I just want to fly' button the GUI tells me I can't install textures to P3D until I have a valid license. Strange! I get the notification that the P3D license is activated in the 'Configuration Manager'. I must be missing something.