[jhb_airlines] Re: Defrag needs

  • From: Gerry Winskill <gwinsk@xxxxxxx>
  • To: jhb_airlines@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 17 Nov 2006 09:20:59 +0000

SWMBO returns on Monday's pm from Manchester. If you become mobile just let me know.

Gerry Winskill

Bones wrote:

Tempted with your offer but I'm without transport right now - visiting
relatives have nicked my car. I'd have been happier if SWMBO had let me know
she had given it away rent free for a week - that is to say before the event
rather than after. How long is your counterpart absent for?


-----Original Message-----
From: jhb_airlines-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:jhb_airlines-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Gerry Winskill
Sent: 16 November 2006 22:03
To: jhb_airlines@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [jhb_airlines] Re: Defrag needs

I'll try to get some screenshots tomorrow. Of course if you'd like to
drive North and have a look, in the absence of SWMBO, you'll get a
better impression. Just let me know.

First look is IOM. First reaction, disappointment! Doesn't look any
better than the VFR GM. Doh, I'd forgotten to change the Mesh Resolution
and Texture Resolution.

That done and it's markedly better. But here we hit a major problem. I'm
running with the instrument panel displaced to its own monitor. There's
therefore nothing to obstruct the view. In FSX, in 2D panel mode,
there's hardly any view of the ground ahead. In this mode the Eye Point
can't, so far as I'm aware, be adjusted. To get a decent impression of
this scenery I have to use either top down or look behind me. This 2D
panel / Eyepoint thing is a giant step backwards!

I can however see that there's something in the drive of Chez Nous,
which I definitely couldn't in VFR GM. The resolution isn't as good as
in Windows Live Local but that just presents a static shot..

Moving round, from Ramsey, the Mountain Road now looks like a road,
rather than the earlier sort of stripey road type thing. Its edges are
decently sharp.

I'm not sure about the mesh though. Having flown down Sulby Glen,
descent gives me a better view. So good that it's easy to spot my
version of the extinct Hall Caine field. The approach gives the sort of
view of the properties below that's now good enough to be described as a
Skeet! But, on the ground I find that Hall Caine has undulations that
certainly aren't present in this part of the Island. Very odd.

Gerry Winskill

Bones wrote:

Give us some screenshots when you have it running.. <g>

Although the scenery itself is of much interest it is the reputed 5m
mesh that is going to be of concern. 5m resolution is stunning but it
also brings a load of problems - particularly around airport flattens.
At Ronaldsway the threshold of 21 is 55ft (16.7m) AMSL but at the 03
end it is only 18ft (5.4m) AMSL. This isn't a significant drop in real
terms - quite a few runways have a gradient that is higher.

The problem is that airfield flattens are always set to the highest
value as official airfield elevation is defined as such (the highest
point on the manoeuvring area or apron) and this is what FS uses in
the sim. The result is that as 03 is right on the coast - it literally
runs straight into sand dunes - a gentle slope from 18ft into the sea
becomes a 55ft cliff face. It may not sound much but with higher
terrain resolution it could look awful. It is one reason why I reset
the airfield elevation in my scenery to 33ft.

Airfields with any significant slope may look bad with higher
resolution mesh so if Gary think he's found a way to create variable
flattens it could have a significant effect in FSX.


   -----Original Message-----
   *From:* jhb_airlines-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
   [mailto:jhb_airlines-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] *On Behalf Of *Alex -
   *Sent:* 16 November 2006 16:49
   *To:* jhb_airlines@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
   *Subject:* [jhb_airlines] Re: Defrag needs

   There you go then ;) no need for all the moaning after that was
   there, scenery delayed by only one second! Although I bet those 3
   DVD's take a while to install!


   Gerry Winskill wrote:

   In fact it took less than 1 second. Must be the weather.

   Gerry Winskill

   Alex - Reheat.org wrote:

   Well there are only two scenario's here:

   1) the drive is as virgin as you say and a defrag will take
   about 15 minutes - no problem.
   2) The drive DOES need a defrag, it takes an hour and will help
   with your scenery performance.....

   Either option says yes ;)


   Gerry Winskill wrote:

   Sod's Law dictates that when I go out my return is met with a
   blue card from Manx Post, saying they delivered a package, just
   5 minutes ago. I can usually then collect from the sorting
   office; four hours later.

   Naturally, four hours later and we have the first cold spell of
   the winter. It's also raining. Add to that the fact that the
   road onto their site has been dug up and is a quagmire, through
   which I have to drive my newly cleaned car!!!

   None of which matters a toss, when I find the parcel is the
   three vol package of Horizon's photoscenery.

   Which brings me to the question. The installation instructions
   advise a disk defrag before installation. The HD onto which it
   will be aimed is a brand new, virgin, SATA 160 Gb, only
   formatted yesterday. Do I need to defrag it when it's never
   been used?

   That could delay my seeing how the scenery looks.....

   Gerry Winskill

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