Hello to all Having owned and ‘played’ with FSX for a short (ish) time, I thought it would be of great benefit to the students I teach at an aircraft engineering technical college. As you are most probably aware, the EULA for FSX is constrained to the retail/personal use market and as the use of the ‘sim’ would be in a commercial environment, we (the college) were ‘forced’ down the ESP route. After trialing the ‘demo’ version, seeing that it was very much like FSX and reading it was FSX disguised with a little/lot more, we (the college/company) acquired the license to use the software. At this juncture I will have to say that as I work for a ‘company’, the ‘company’ IT department holds the admin permissions for most of the system and it is ‘locked down’ to a certain degree. Anyhow, IT loaded/reloaded the software that was downloaded from MSDN and all was thought to be fine and dandy. That was until it got back into my hands. Having noticed that the ESP user interface is primarily designed for students to access ‘missions’ via ‘ESP Launcher’ and when within the program a number of the menu items are ‘greyed’ out to stop them medaling, it kind of knocked me back a little as I was hoping for a FSX style user interface. After fathoming out ‘–dev’ in the command line would allow me access to the normal FSX ‘in play’ menus I was reasonably satisfied………...but now after trying to get used to it, I have a number of questions I hope someone can help me out with….. Apologies for the above ramblings…………..and for the next couple of paragraphs, I am, what you could say, a ‘user’ with an interest of how it works with having limited tweaking experience…(textures/camera defs) 1. When opening ESP from esp(-dev).exe, do you always have to ‘fully’ load the default flight? Is it possible to load an FSX style main menu? I have compared esp.cfg with my fsx.cfg and under the [User Interface] headings the situation line in ESP is directed to the default flight in my user folder. Whereas FSX states: SITUATION=FLIGHTS\OTHER\FLTSIM The question therefore is: if I copy the FSX situation line into esp.cfg, will I get the FSX style menu? Esp.cfg [USERINTERFACE] SHOW_MISSION_CAPTIONS=0 PAUSE_ON_LOST_FOCUS=1 PROMPT_ON_EXIT=1 SITUATION=c:\documents and settings\espuser\my documents\esp files\Cessna 172 NWI Rwy 27 Eng running.FLT Map_Orientation=2 ShowAllACPaintSchemes=0 SelectAircraftManufacturer=All SelectAircraftPublisher=All SelectAircraftType=All fsx.cfg [USERINTERFACE] PageID=1 OpenATCOnCreate=0 SHOW_MISSION_CAPTIONS=0 PAUSE_ON_LOST_FOCUS=1 PROMPT_ON_EXIT=1 SITUATION=FLIGHTS\OTHER\FLTSIM Map_Orientation=2 ShowAllACPaintSchemes=1 SelectAircraftManufacturer=Airbus SelectAircraftPublisher=All SelectAircraftType=All DisplayFuelAsWeight=1 2. When using the ‘in play’ menu to ‘Select aircraft’ I only get a limited aircraft choice as per ‘demo’ version. I have checked ‘\\simobject\airplanes’ and I have the ‘full’ range of aircraft as per FSX version. Within esp.cfg the [Main] section states: [Main] User Objects=Airplane, Helicopter SimObjectPaths.0=SimObjects\Airplanes SimObjectPaths.1=SimObjects\Rotorcraft SimObjectPaths.2=SimObjects\GroundVehicles SimObjectPaths.3=SimObjects\Boats SimObjectPaths.4=SimObjects\Animals SimObjectPaths.5=SimObjects\Misc ProcSpeed=5195 PerfBucket=6 Location=124,102,1156,876,\\.\DISPLAY1 Maximized=1 HideMenuNormal=1 HideMenuFullscreen=1 my fsx.cfg. [Main] User Objects=Airplane, Helicopter SimObjectPaths.0=SimObjects\Airplanes SimObjectPaths.1=SimObjects\Rotorcraft SimObjectPaths.2=SimObjects\GroundVehicles SimObjectPaths.3=SimObjects\Boats SimObjectPaths.4=SimObjects\Animals SimObjectPaths.5=SimObjects\Misc HideMenuNormal=0 HideMenuFullscreen=1 ProcSpeed=5512 PerfBucket=7 Maximized=1 Location=163,-24,1203,752,\\.\DISPLAY1 To the uninitiated they look very similar apart from a couple of lines. The question is: How do I get to see all the aircraft that should be/are available in 'simobjects' ? Can I also state at this time that after IT had talked to their MS man, it was stated that the demo version was the full version. Thats fair enough, but when they acquired the license there was no key/activation codes to enter. This makes me think that the software may still be in ‘demo’ mode and not showing all the ‘full’ version options. Another factor bothering me in relation to the above is that ESP is loaded onto an additional seperate drive (E:\) and the ‘user’ folder is on the C:\ drive. Therefore, as esp.cfg is on C:\ when it is asking for ‘simobjectpath’, is it only looking for it on the C:\...or the E:\ ? 3. At some point, hopefully soon, we will be acquiring the license to run a decent aircraft add-on. I seem to remember that to run/view the weather radar (WXR) in FSX, I needed to download FSUIPC4. Therefore the question is: Will FSUIPC4 work with ESP? Lastly, I will apologies for a bit of rambling, my naivety with respect to the config side of things and toooooo many questions, but I’ve got to ask as my Google search string never hits what I want! Many thanks in advance.