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Looking for a solution to an SP1 issue

Thursday, May 17th, 2007

FSX SP1 has many improvements, and in at least one case, what appears to be a major step backwards:  in cockpit view (so-called 2D panel) mode it is no longer possible to get a clear view anywhere except straight ahead.  I’m surprised by how much this diminishes my flying experience.  The only workaround I’ve come up with so far is to fly the ultralight, as it doesn’t have much in the way.

Perhaps MS did this to minimize the amount of autogen that has to be referenced in memory, but without a workaround, I am bummed.


EDIT: See the comments for one workaround from Dick.  It’s a big help, and I hope MS will fix this with proper fix at some point.  EDIT: Some drawbacks: you hear the engine noise as if you were 10′ below the aircraft, quite the racket. You can’t access panels or instruments.  MS please bring back the old way!

EDIT: another option from Bernie: http://www.wideview.it/fsx_sp1.htm

  1. Richard Ludowise
    Friday, May 18th, 2007 at 11:50 am

    Hi Jon.
    I think there is a work-around for the problem.
    First, backup the FSX Cameras.cfg as Cameras.cfg.orig
    Now edit the Cameras.cfg by adding a view:
    Title = Landscape
    Guid = {C11E251E-9892-43ad-8E4A-70FA6C3C26BA}
    Description = A landscape view.
    Origin = Center
    ShowPanel = No
    SnapPbhAdjust = Ordinal
    SnapPbhReturn = Yes
    PanPbhAdjust = Ordinal
    PanPbhReturn = Yes
    Track = None
    ShowAxis = FrontOnly
    AllowZoom = No
    InitialZoom = 1.0
    SmoothZoomTime = 2.0
    ShowWeather = Yes
    XyzAdjust = Yes
    InitialXyz=0.0, -10.0, 0.0
    Category = Cockpit
    Now save this, and delete the Camers.cfg in your “C:\Documents and Settings\YourName\Application Data\Microsoft\FSX\” folder…
    FSX will rebuild that CFG file to this location, and it will have a new entry in the View\Cockpit menu…Landscape.
    The view is 10 meters below the actual pilot’s seat, and doesn’t show any of the aircraft.

  2. Richard Ludowise
    Friday, May 18th, 2007 at 11:57 am

    Hi Jon.

    I don’t know if this correction got through…

    InitialXyz=0.0, -10.0, 0.0


  3. Friday, May 18th, 2007 at 3:30 pm

    Works great, Dick, thanks! A bit weird on landing…. 😉

  4. Bernie Spanier
    Friday, May 18th, 2007 at 10:46 pm

    Hi Jon,

    You might want to have a look at this link….


    He’s got a simple procedure for both stand alone and Wideview clients.


  5. Bernie Spanier
    Saturday, May 19th, 2007 at 1:42 am

    Hi again Jon,

    Forgot to add that using the above procedure disables the VC for that particular aircraft; but you will get full side views. How’s that compare to the first suggestion?


  6. Saturday, May 19th, 2007 at 10:58 am

    Thanks, Bernie. I do use VC a bit, but it’s another reasonable alternative. I could create a batch file that selects version of the cfg so I could switch back and forth between sim sessions.

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