FSX:SE Gmax !Failed to find FSX SDK Installation!

#1
Hi, I recently started to use Gmax and made a small taxi edge light for FSX however when I try to export it as a .MDL file it says Failed to find FSX SDK Installation! Then doesnt export. This is really frustrating for me as I have placed the FSX SDK Gamepack from C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\FSX\SDK\Environment Kit\Modeling SDK\FSX_GmaxGamePack to C:\gmax\gamepacks I didnt do a manual installation as I didnt know how. Can someone please help me so I can start creating Scenery for FSX. I have FSX Steam Edition.








Thanks -Wish
 
#2
Hi,

The program is probably searching for your FSX SDK in the default location (for FSX boxed SDK) or it is searching the registry for the location and not finding it. I actually added the FSX Steam SDK to the registry in the location of the default FSX SDK last night, as I was using a program that needed to find the BGL compiler, and I don't currently have the "actual" FSX SDK installed (as I need to connect my DVD drive before I can install the SDK from the FSX Gold disc).

I just copied my SDK folder from the FSX Steam installation and placed it in "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\Flight Simulator X SDK\SDK".

You do need to remember that the FSX Steam SDK is incomplete, and if you need missing components, you can use the P3D V1 SDK as a surrogate for missing components, or a replacement for a complete FSX SDK.


https://prepar3d.com/support/sdk/


Then, using a great bit of info from n4gix from this site, I added the registry entries manually.

Here is what to do, and the original post(#2):


https://www.fsdeveloper.com/forum/threads/install-sdk-without-fsx.19042/



Cheers,
 
#3
Hi,

The program is probably searching for your FSX SDK in the default location (for FSX boxed SDK) or it is searching the registry for the location and not finding it. I actually added the FSX Steam SDK to the registry in the location of the default FSX SDK last night, as I was using a program that needed to find the BGL compiler, and I don't currently have the "actual" FSX SDK installed (as I need to connect my DVD drive before I can install the SDK from the FSX Gold disc).

I just copied my SDK folder from the FSX Steam installation and placed it in "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\Flight Simulator X SDK\SDK".

You do need to remember that the FSX Steam SDK is incomplete, and if you need missing components, you can use the P3D V1 SDK as a surrogate for missing components, or a replacement for a complete FSX SDK.


https://prepar3d.com/support/sdk/


Then, using a great bit of info from n4gix from this site, I added the registry entries manually.

Here is what to do, and the original post(#2):


https://www.fsdeveloper.com/forum/threads/install-sdk-without-fsx.19042/



Cheers,
Hi thanks for the advice however the error still comes up and it still wont work. I will try again tomorrow to see if it works. Thanks!
 

Heretic

Resource contributor
#4
You need to start GMax from the shortcut in the "gamepack" folder to load the gamepack. Or you'll need to create a shortcut that loads the gamepack.

The "target" path of my shortcut looks like this:
Code:
"F:\Development Utilities\GMax\gmax.exe" -i gamepacks\FSX_GMaxGamepack\gmax.ini -p gamepacks\FSX_GMaxGamepack\plugin.ini
Note the "-i..." and "-p..." appendices.
 
#5
You should add the registry entries to HKEY_CURRENT_USER and to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE (not sure if that's what you tried already :)

I should also add that it is best to backup your registry before making any more changes by highlighting "Computer" in Regedit, then clicking on "File" tab, then choosing Export, and saving that file somewhere safe. Apologies if you know this already, just thought I should make sure.

Cheers,
 
#6
You should add the registry entries to HKEY_CURRENT_USER and to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE (not sure if that's what you tried already :)

I should also add that it is best to backup your registry before making any more changes by highlighting "Computer" in Regedit, then clicking on "File" tab, then choosing Export, and saving that file somewhere safe. Apologies if you know this already, just thought I should make sure.

Cheers,
So uh, My computer broke. I made the backup then a blue screen appeared, no text nothing, then it had a repair option so I tried to restore it to a restore point from a few weeks ago and it failed to restore. I might be able to fix it by restoring the entire PC and maybe saving the Key files. Is there any other way to install the SDK? Just to prevent me from making the same mistake. If you have a discord maybe we could call?
 
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#7
Sorry to hear about the PC. Adding those entries to the registry should not have caused that. Not sure what has happened.

Only other way to install the FSX SDK is to install them off the FSX Deluxe or Gold discs, unless you can find the SDK online somewhere, which is a possibility.

Cheers,
 

Heretic

Resource contributor
#8
Or use the P3Dv1 SDK. It's nearly identical to the FSX one, but won't require doing the annoying service pack dance.

I think you might even get away with saving the SDK folder somewhere and then copy it back once you restored Windows. As long as you restore the registry entries as well, it should work like it used to.
 
#9
Sorry to hear about the PC. Adding those entries to the registry should not have caused that. Not sure what has happened.

Only other way to install the FSX SDK is to install them off the FSX Deluxe or Gold discs, unless you can find the SDK online somewhere, which is a possibility.

Cheers,
Turns out while I was attempting to back it up I made a mistake. I tried again this morning and changed the registry however gmax still shows the error
 
#10
Or use the P3Dv1 SDK. It's nearly identical to the FSX one, but won't require doing the annoying service pack dance.

I think you might even get away with saving the SDK folder somewhere and then copy it back once you restored Windows. As long as you restore the registry entries as well, it should work like it used to.
I have already tried this and it has also failed :(
 
#11
I have already tried this and it has also failed :(
Make sure you are starting GMAX using the FSX Gamepack as Bjoern stated above (not sure if you have been doing this already). Any saved model file should be able to be loaded and exported once you are in the gamepack version.

See Bjoern's (Heretic's) post above (#4)


"You need to start GMax from the shortcut in the "gamepack" folder to load the gamepack. Or you'll need to create a shortcut that loads the gamepack.

The "target" path of my shortcut looks like this:

Code:

"F:\Development Utilities\GMax\gmax.exe" -i gamepacks\FSX_GMaxGamepack\gmax.ini -p gamepacks\FSX_GMaxGamepack\plugin.ini

Note the "-i..." and "-p..." appendices."



https://www.fsdeveloper.com/forum/t...-find-fsx-sdk-installation.442162/post-792533


Cheers,
 
#12
Make sure you are starting GMAX using the FSX Gamepack as Bjoern stated above (not sure if you have been doing this already). Any saved model file should be able to be loaded and exported once you are in the gamepack version.

See Bjoern's (Heretic's) post above (#4)


"You need to start GMax from the shortcut in the "gamepack" folder to load the gamepack. Or you'll need to create a shortcut that loads the gamepack.

The "target" path of my shortcut looks like this:

Code:

"F:\Development Utilities\GMax\gmax.exe" -i gamepacks\FSX_GMaxGamepack\gmax.ini -p gamepacks\FSX_GMaxGamepack\plugin.ini

Note the "-i..." and "-p..." appendices."



https://www.fsdeveloper.com/forum/t...-find-fsx-sdk-installation.442162/post-792533


Cheers,
I used the gamepack one and it still hasnt worked, do not know whats with the code tho
 
#13
Make sure you are starting GMAX using the FSX Gamepack as Bjoern stated above (not sure if you have been doing this already). Any saved model file should be able to be loaded and exported once you are in the gamepack version.

See Bjoern's (Heretic's) post above (#4)


"You need to start GMax from the shortcut in the "gamepack" folder to load the gamepack. Or you'll need to create a shortcut that loads the gamepack.

The "target" path of my shortcut looks like this:

Code:

"F:\Development Utilities\GMax\gmax.exe" -i gamepacks\FSX_GMaxGamepack\gmax.ini -p gamepacks\FSX_GMaxGamepack\plugin.ini

Note the "-i..." and "-p..." appendices."



https://www.fsdeveloper.com/forum/t...-find-fsx-sdk-installation.442162/post-792533


Cheers,
Please help me
 
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