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PostPosted: Tue Jan 27, 2015 5:33 am    Post subject: X-plane and hardware Reply with quote

I'm currently about to start some serous flight training and having a good sim on my favorite OS is going to be a major plus. However, there is some rather pricey hardware involved and I would rather hear from people who know what is or is not workable.

First, my i7 computer with a gigabit motherboard needs a video card. I understand nvida is the way to go for X-plane and that it needs to be fairly recent and have 2 GiB of vram and that crossfire is wasted for this application. I would appreciate any recommendations, particularly ones that don't break the bank and are known to work well with X-plane. I'll be flying in IMC most of the time but I would like to be able to fly in perfect VMC smoothly.

Second, I'm looking at the saitek Cessna yoke. Catch 22, no penguin listed on the supported platform list. Can anyone report working/not working? I'd hate to invest in the hardware and find that it does not work.

Thanks!
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 27, 2015 4:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

X-plane is reported to work with intel and radeon open source drivers on mesa-10.1 and later if you disable the check against it with the --force_run parameter (--no_fbos can help if you see graphics corruption). This is however not officially supported and performance will probably be a good deal below the NVidia proprietary drivers.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 27, 2015 4:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry I don't have any input on the hardware, but glad to hear you're going to get flight training! I am a flight instructor and I learned a TON of instrument flying thanks to Microsoft Flight Simulator 98, 2000, 2002, 2004, etc.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 27, 2015 6:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

@chithanh Thanks for the possible work around. I'll have to check that out.

@BlueFusion Thanks for the encouragement.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2015 12:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Okay, I just tested out the X-pane demo on my laptop as my desktop is not currently available.

All I can say is WTF? It ran okay on my onward Intel chip with no hacking whatsoever! It was a bit choppy, but running.

It didn't do that one my desktop a few months ago, and the desktop has a new chip set.

EDIT: This Intel chip outdoes itself! With great effects the chip still delivers acceptable fps. I tested it by taking an F-4 for a little trip and it is surprising! (the F-4 being about the only thing that would get off the ground without any type of control input.)
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