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  1. Aha got it. You are correct - it was indeed ignoring my aircraft. (I added a standard OBJ700 before the ACF, and it loaded, but the ACF itself didnt); which then led me down the road of the version number not matching the bounds-check. I was using a version of "AIRCRAFT 0 9999 __TestCSL/testing123/myaircraft.acf" and it still wasn't loading. I changed the MAX_VERSION to "99999" on the string and it loaded, which leads me to a sneaky suspicion that the internal $VERSION is actually "10025" and not "1025" as we thought. (I'll figure out how to dump the dataref to see what the actual value is
  2. On Another Note, I read the XSB Developers docomeentation, and know how to load Aircraft now as part of the xsb_aircraft.txt directives file. The unfortunate part, is that XSB seems to die if I specify any .ACF (Any 'HASGEAR YES|NO' directive seems to crash it on initialization, and if I omit that statement, it loads the ACF but crashes upon pattern matching) .... More tinkering is needed =) - CK.
  3. Negligible. ...However, I'm using Morten's "XPFW-AI" Planes, which are optimized for "looking pretty on the outside" only. (no internals, no 3D-pit, etc...i.e. designed to be non-hugely FPS impacting) To be honest, I didn't do an "OBJ7" vs "ACF" back-to-back frame-rate test under the same condition to be able to measure it in any way (I was just more amazed that it worked at all). If there is any FPS impact, I didn't notice it. - CK.
  4. Hi All, Ive found a quick-and-dirty way to use a built-in X-Plane ACF instead of the "OBJ 700" CSL If you remove everything in the "plugins/Xsquawkbox/CSL" folder, X-Plane will default to using your "Aircraft and Situations" aircraft loaded in Slot #2. Basically, I was tired of seeing ye olde "bright-lights and no night textures" Object 700 CSL Items, so I was "tinkering" around with forcing XSB to load OBJ850 or .ACF files instead via the config files. Turns out XSB doesn't support loading the newer 850 objects nor the ACF objects at all (or I'm unaware of how to make it do this!)
  5. There's no voice on UNICOM. (122.80) You'll need to go to a controlled area (where there is an actual human controller/ATC online) to tune into their channel, then test. - CK.
  6. I understand your issue completely. (Same thing happens on a Saitek X52 stick -it also has one of those 'mode selector' switches, which always is pushing down button 70, 71, 72, depending on the position). The long and the short of it: The mode switch on the yoke is "constantly depressed" to some value. Meaning, when trying to setup XSB to [Mod - Happy Thoughts]ign PTT to a button, it always sees this button pushed immediately, and hence, selects it. You'll need to manually edit the XSB's preferences file and hack in your preferred button. (X-Plane/Resources/plugins/Xsquawkbox Resource
  7. I heard ScreenFlow is pretty good for this sort of thing: http://www.telestream.net/screen-flow/ - CK.
  8. Do you have a push-to-talk button setup for your joystick? (or, do you have some software which interprets a "mode" selector on your joystick to map to the default tilde (~) key?) - CK.
  9. Pic of my PiperArcher III Panel (slightly downsized to put up on the web). Perfectly readable. Aircraft is here: http://forums.x-plane.org/index.php?app=downloads&showfile=8870 - CK.
  10. Agreed. Smells like a heat problem, not necessarily buggy software issue. I use Xplane9+XSquawkbox for hours and hours continuously. Yes there's heat buildup on the GPU which I can feel .... and it's a MacBookPro 15", but seems to cope with it no issues. Which iMac Model? - CK.
  11. Here's a quick FAQ I put together on another forum. Hope it helps you out! Common XSquawkbox problems: Floating planes: Ensure you have the right Altimeter settings for the current weather. do a ".metar KLAX" in the chat window, and ensure you've set your local altimeter properly. Most likely, everyone else is at the right height, and they see you sunken below the pavement; as your altimeter settings aren't the same as what everyone else is set to... hence the "reported altitude" of your aircraft (and other aircraft) is wrong. Also ensure you have "Runways follow Terrain Conto
  12. Sounds like it's not installed in the right place.... Should be installed: /X-Plane/Resources/plugins/XSquawkBox Resources/CSL/ in there, put the "WestJetCSL" directory. full path: /X-Plane/Resources/plugins/XSquawkBox Resources/CSL/WestJetCSL - CK.
  13. If you do add more FIXes - Pls send your updates to Robin Peel (http://data.x-plane.com/contact.html) so that they can be included in the next release of the NAV database for all of us to enjoy. I noticed the same thing around Calgary (CYYC) and Victoria (CYYJ), i.e. FIXes that were on all my STAR arrival plates, but not in X-Plane. I simply added them by hand (using the "local map" and adding new ones in there). Once you're all done, load a text editor, and find the following file: /X-Plane/Resources/default data/earth_fix.dat Look at the end of the file - you'll notice a
  14. Also: Ensure you have the right Altimeter settings for the current weather. do a ".metar KLAX" (for Los Angeles, for example) in the chat window, and ensure you've set your local altimeter properly. Most likely, everyone else is at the right height, and they see you sunken below the pavement; as your altimeter settings aren't the same as what everyone else is set to... hence the "reported altitude" of your aircraft (and other aircraft) is wrong. Sometimes, there's simply an inconsistency with the way FSinn, Squawkbox, Xsquawkbox etc (and other VATSIM clients) report their altitude and mode
  15. Bingo. do a .metar about 150 nmi out; you usually just need to tack on the appropriate STAR into your already existing FMC route. For eample, Vancouver -> Calgary, I have: ADSIX KESTA KETTL J504 HOWZR OPALE HANDA Once i'm around HOWZR, I check CYYC's weather, and then tack on the appropriate STAR to get me to the correct runway. I also have previously saved many of the STARs I regularily fly into the FMC saved files (i.e. a file called "CYYC - HANDA5 - RWY16") which would take me right through the HANDA5 arrival and line me up with ILS for RWY 16. - CK.
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