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FSX Cockpit shadows not affecting gauges

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Hi,

I don't know if this is a well known bug or if there is something wrong with my setup, but basically in some aircraft when self shadows are on the cockpit is all nicely shaded as supposed but the gauges seem to ignore the lighting and have an unrealistic glow to them during daytime. I'm using DX10 with Steve's fixer and this problem seems to affect only some aircraft, ie. the default 737 looks just fine but the A321 has the glowing effect. When using the A321 gauges in the 737 I found they look as they should, which points towards something in the panel.cfg or maybe the mdl file. Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated, thank you!



For comparison, the A321 vs the 737.
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tgibson

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Look at the bottom of the panel.cfg file, there should be a section specifying the colors. Luminous is the color of the gauges.
 
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Hi tgibson, thanks for the reply, I tried many combinations of values in the [colors] section but they do not seem to affect what I am seeing in the VC. I even tried swapping the whole section from the 737 and nothing changed.
 

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Oh sorry, that section only controls the 2D panel, not the VC. The lighting in the VC is usually controlled by VC textures. The location of VC textures can vary, but a typical approach is that the daytime textures are in the panel folder, while the night textures are in each livery's texture folder. Look for typically short VC texture names in the panel folder, and then look for the same names with _L appended to them for the night textures. Again, only typical, this can vary as well.
 
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That would explain why I was seeing no effect. Oddly enough, the textures are shaded properly, only the gauges seem to be affected and their respective textures which would point again to a panel or gauge issue (look at the autopilot knobs in the 737 vs the A321). I'm really puzzled by this, it seems to affect all gauges and only in some aircraft (the Baron for instance is shaded properly while the King Air is not).
 

tgibson

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FYI, my A321 panel looks exactly the same as the B737 panel.

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tgibson

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And if I turn the lights on with the L key it looks different than your image.
 
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Are you using DirectX 10 mode with Steve's fixer? Also I have self shadows turned on. This problem is even worse in steam gauge cockpits, LCDs look allright maybe even better but when an analog ASI glows in daylight that's a cosmetic dealbreaker for me.
 

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Nope, standard DX 9. Although since the 737 looks OK for you I don't think that would matter.
 
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