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old version

Hello
I would like to download this old version for fs9/fsX of this overview:
youtub
Can you give me the link to download please.
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Hi,

The old version is not available anymore, but the current version should be almost the same as the one you see in the video.
 
Hello
Too bad because i wanted to test it on my computer which is not powerful.
I use fs9 (FS2004) on windows7.
the current version does not show the effects I load.
I had the same problem with modelconveterx (MCX130 AND MCX140) when I loaded the objects,
but fortunately, i found by chance on this forum MCX120 (attached to a post) which works fine on my laptop.
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Hi,

The new versions do still support FS2004 as well, so not sure why it does not work on your machine. Do you get any errors? It might be your graphics card is older and does not support the opengl version used.
 
Hello
Yes, my graphics card is older .
Sorry I don't have any: my laptop is an EMachine E510 (intel celeron M550).
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It seems the graphics card in that laptop only supports opengl until version 1.5. In the recent builds I have gone to version 3.3.

One thing I could try is to downgrade the simple shader I have, so that it still works on older machines. That one doesn't use advanced features.
 
Yes that would be good and I wish you success.
Could the old version have worked on my laptop (opengl v1.5 compatibility) ?
 

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Does MCX 1.4 work on your laptop? That one still used an older OpenGL version.
 

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Humm, version 1.2 is around 10 years old. I guess that one might be using an even older OpenGL version.
 
Hello:

Here is my archive of Arno's development releases from 30-10-2011, which has a functioning MCX v1.3 and FXEditor; a ZIP is attached below. :pushpin:

Just un-ZIP and double-click on FxEditor.exe. ;)


NOTE: Although the Intel GMA X3100 graphics chipset was initially rated to OpenGL version 1.5, later versions were rated to OpenGL 2.0

Intel has no download of graphics drivers for the GMA X3100 chip-set series compatible with Windows 7 (32-Bit) used on the ACER Emachines E510.

I was unable to find any drivers for that ACER Emachines E510 on the ACER support website.

Perhaps Windows update may offer a newer driver beyond Windows 7 (32-Bit) SP1 ? :scratchch

GaryGB
 

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Hello
Thank you GaryGB for the file that I tested but it does not work.
I have an excetion error and a big red cross on the dislplay screen.
Thank you all
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Hi again:

I may have mistakenly attached the 64-Bit version of MCX since I have a multi-core CPU.

If I have an older FXEditor version which is not dependent on a 64-Bit DLL from Arno's MCX code base, I shall attach it here as soon as I find it.

GaryGB
 

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Red cross in the preview indicates a problem with OpenGL, typically not a 32/64 bit issue. And there is no 64 bit only version of MCX, all versions work on any cpu.
 
Hi again:

Attached below is the August 11, 2011 build of FXEditor.

If this does not work for you, perhaps Arno will tell us if it requires an OpenGL version greater than 1.5.

If that August 11, 2011 build of FXEditor is indeed intended to work with OpenGL version 1.5, you may have a graphics driver issue.


In that case, you may need to either update or re-install Windows 7 (32-Bit) SP1 graphics drivers for your Intel GMA X3100 chipset.

You must have your Windows install / recovery DVD, or have an intact recovery partition on your hard drive which Windows can access.


WARNING: This type of procedure could put your existing installation of Windows at risk for a disk-wipe, data loss, and reinstall from a blank disk state.

If you are not experienced with a 'forced' graphics driver update procedure, you should not attempt this on your own.


I believe the best solution for you to consider is using a more powerful mobile or desktop type of computer for MS Flight Simulator activities.

If you have a desktop computer, you may be able to update the graphics card and/or driver to enable use of more sophisticated FS utilities. :idea:


Otherwise, if you tell us more about what you are trying to do with FXEditor, we may be able to show you how to edit Fx files with Windows NotePad. ;)


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Hello
Thank yous GaryGB but sorry that does not work.
I wanted to enlarge and make these 2 effects more red : fx_beaconb and fx_beaconh,
because sometimes during the day they are invisible on my plane depending on the point of view. If this is possible can you tell me the parameters to modify to see what it gives in the simulator ? I can edit these files myself with the notepad.
I believe the best solution for you to consider is using a more powerful mobile or desktop type of computer for MS Flight Simulator activities.
I think so too

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Hi again:

Please tell us if your FS version for use of these Fx files is only FS9 or FSX (there are minor version differences in some- but not all- Fx file coding).


BTW: Are you able to run FSX on your current laptop computer ? :scratchch

[EDITED]

Documentation for Fx files is here: (IIRC, Fx code for 'Beacon' attributes is essentially identical for FS 2002 through the present Prepar3D version 5)



Effect 'Color' attributes are discussed here:

https://www.prepar3d.com/SDKv5/sdk/...cial_effects_overview.html#ParticleAttributes


Be aware that one must also check how the Beacon lights look at a distance in Multi-player mode or Tower view as Fx lights may "bloom".

One must edit "Scalar" values in FS Cfg files to reduce this excessively large / bright light effect for user aircraft and airport lights etc.



You may otherwise wish to use FSX and utilize the live, in-sim preview via FSX' VisualFx.DLL (Special Effects Tool) from the SDK by enabling it in DLL.XML.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="Windows-1252"?>

<SimBase.Document Type="Launch" version="1,0">
<Descr>Launch</Descr>
<Filename>dll.xml</Filename>
<Disabled>False</Disabled>
<Launch.ManualLoad>False</Launch.ManualLoad>
<Launch.Addon>
<Name>Object Placement Tool</Name>
<Disabled>True</Disabled>
<ManualLoad>False</ManualLoad>
<Path>..\Microsoft Flight Simulator X SDK\SDK\Mission Creation Kit\object_placement.dll</Path>
</Launch.Addon>
<Launch.Addon>
<Name>Traffic Toolbox</Name>
<Disabled>True</Disabled>
<ManualLoad>False</ManualLoad>
<Path>..\Microsoft Flight Simulator X SDK\SDK\Environment Kit\Traffic Toolbox SDK\traffictoolbox.dll</Path>
</Launch.Addon>
<Launch.Addon>
<Name>Visual Effects Tool</Name>
<Disabled>False</Disabled>
<ManualLoad>True</ManualLoad>
<Path>..\Microsoft Flight Simulator X SDK\SDK\Environment Kit\Special Effects SDK\visualfxtool.dll</Path>
</Launch.Addon>
</SimBase.Document>

[END_EDIT]

GaryGB
 
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Hello
Thank you for this information which I will read and test.
Please tell us if your FS version for use of these Fx files is only FS9 or FSX (there are minor version differences in some- but not all- Fx file coding).


BTW: Are you able to run FSX on your current laptop computer ?
My Fs version is fs9. FSX is able to run on my laptop but I gave up.
I read the forum "special effects general" which also gave me some indication
and I will ask my next questions there if I have any.
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