Environment Xtreme with OverDrive
This may be
the best single upgrade for FS9 without replacing any hardware
or buying new equipment.
Hers a brief
description taken directly from the site.
top of the already 14,000+ textures included within REX
Essential Plus, enjoy an additional 256 cirrus and 192 3D
cumulus and stratus cloud formations, 2 sets of asphalt runways,
1 set concrete runways, 9 sets asphalt taxiways, 9 sets of
concrete taxiways, 1 set of a snowy runway, 6 sets of dawn sky
colors, 19 sets of day sky colors, 8 sets of dusk sky colors, 2
sets of tropical water and reef textures, and 11 sets of wave
Apparently that's just the beginning
as they have a revamped weather system with Weather Engine 3.0
and Sound Effects v1.0. There's also an integrated Flight
planning system called Flight Center 3.0 both of these are
integrated with real world environments.
The price for all this is approx. $40.00 or so it would seem to
be a good return on the dollar since it deals with something
you'll physically and enjoy each time you fire up your
information on this product go to:
Buy it here
FScene4X Total Pack for FSX and FS2004
another great package for replacing the default scenery and
textures for FS9 and also FSX. Here is a quick bit from the site.
captivating and subtle makeover for the default scenery of
Flight Simulator. Once it's installed you'll wonder how you ever
flew without it! The latest version now incorporates replacement
textures for Flight Simulator X and 2004. The software covers a
huge swathe of the planet's surface and will transform your
simulated flying in all visual seasons: Spring, Summer, Autumn,
Winter (and a beautiful snowy 'Strong Winter' season)."
The cost of this
package is $19.95 for the holiday season. For more information
Buy it Here
items are an easy way to improve the looks of FS9. The next
thing you can do is improve the performance of FS9. This can be
done by getting a faster CPU, faster hard drive upgrade video
card but that all costs money. If anything I would suggest you
purchase memory if your system doesn't have at least 2MB of
memory, 4MB would be even better.
But I'm looking at
Free, what can we do for free. I would suggest you download the
latest video card drivers and defrag your hard drive as standard
procedure to begin with.
Then the next
and biggest thing you can do for free is tweak your FS9 cfg
file. This is the configuration file that tells FS9 what it's
settings should be during the game. it covers everything from
aircraft, scenery, and graphics display. The cfg is a file that
by default loads general settings for most situations. But
theses settings can be tweaked for better performance by
changing some of the parameters in the file.
intimidated by doing this because you'll back up your .cfg file
first and name it something like config.bak and if anything goes
wrong or you don't like the changes just delete your modified
.cfg file and replace it with the original. This is a license to
have unlimited fun and get to know the inner workings of FS9.
First you have
to locate the file which has become little trickier with
Windows 7. If FS( is installed on C: drive it will be
C:\Users\" Your ID"\AppData\Microsoft\FS9
or something close to that affect, do a little searching you'll
find it. In XP its C:\Documents and
Settings\YOURNAME\Application Data\Microsoft\FS9. In
both cases you need to set file view to show hidden folders.
you're gong to do is back the file up then open it to make your
changes. Be sure and use Notepad and not WORD. As you will see
most of the changes are sort of self explanatory.
have been gathered from the internet. Here's a basic tweak to
get you started.
You just find these lines in the .cfg
and make the changes. These teaks deal with terrain adjustments.
Give it a try.
You should turn up Anisotropic filtering on your graphics card
to x4, x8, or x16 depending on what your system will handle.
Also set Anti-Aliasing
In the sim, set Mip-Map to 4 and don't check the AA box
These procedures should bring some
improvements in performance or maybe not you'll have to see for
Now that you've had a
taste of this here is the link to a more complete set of tweaks
You're a Pro now give it a try. Although I
don't know his name we must give the author credit for a great
set of FS9 tweaks.
A Fan's KwikPit
Here's a custom plans
built KwikPit from one of our KwikPit fans.
This was built by
Jeffrey Stoermer utilizing a laptop
setup. A very clean and efficient build.
Jeffrey said he hopes it
inspires others to get a KwikPit Kit, or buy the plans and build
their own to suit their needs. What more can we say except that
we agree 100%. Great Job!
A TrakIR Fix
Finally, I ran across an article
that will fix a problem that you may be having with your
TrackIR. If you're getting to much background lighting such as a
light or window behind you it makes it difficult for the
receiver to distinguish the tracking dots. Well this may be the
solution I thought I'd pass it along.
The Cockpit You Can Build From Plans or Kit
for a compact cockpit project?
The answer to your
Available in plans and kit form.
Compact, inexpensive and easy to build
Build from plans or from the kit.
Great project for the first time builder
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