We’ve completed building the main FSX computer. The computer hardware has not been without it’s challenges, despite the fact that my partner and I have extensive experience building and troubleshooting computers. The base system is an Asus A8N32-SLI Mobo with an AMD 64 FX-60 processor, 2GB OCZ Platinum RAM (the minimum and base memory for this system), Soundblaster XFi-Fitaly Sound Card, and a BFG 7900GS graphics card. 2 500GB SATA Seagate HDs are the current storage base, with Win XP SP2 (VISTA BAAAAD) as the OS. The testbed consists of a Tremont Cart (Pics to come) holding 2 17″ flat panel screens (which will eventually be the instrument displays for the Lear), a Go-Flight Throttle Quad, Several Go flight modules, CH products yoke and CH Products Pedals. Logitec Wireless Keyboard and mouse provide the OS input controls.
After construction of this box, we have had some problems with intermittent reboots. We did also run into a faulty BFG Graphics card, which is currently being RMA’d, and have installed 2 eVGA 7600GT Cards in it’s place. Even after updating all drivers for all hardware, we still have intermittent reboots, so it’s time to check RAM, each graphics card, sound card, power supply…..what a pain.
Also, the current test bed of Go-Flight hardware and software tends to be touchy, and FSX is nothing if not unstable anyway, so even tho things are slowly coming together, it’s a HUGE pain. I’m going to probably go with a Triple Head 2 Go Digital model to do the forward views, and a second box networked in with Project Magenta gages to do the instrumentation. I’m not sure if I’ll be using WideView or what for the direct left and right views……we’re now contemplating a 3 projector system for the left front, right front, and center views…..however, I’m not sure how to hold those view angles in FSX….more research.
Anyway, those who have expertise in how to set up the correct views (see above) in FSX, or just want to complain about FSX, leave a comment!
M and T