Peter Lürkens

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    Cumulusx won't run

    It is possibly a missing simconnect interface, CumulusX! would require FSX-SP2-XPACK. best regards, Peter
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    Hi RJ, on th download page of CumulusX! you will find in the section "Personal License" a link to registration options. best regards, Peter
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    Winch X Error

    Please copy the line below into the address field of Windows Explorer: %localappdata%\Peter_Lürkens There you will find a number of directories named "WinchX.exe_Url...". Delete them all and try again. Background: These directories store the configuration through WinchX!' user interface (one directory per released version). If such configuration got corrupt, WinchX! may fail upon start. If missing, the settings directory will be created new automatically.
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    Hi James, indeed, there is a special DLL coming along with the ASK21 and Discus Glider which is related to the sound of the C4-varios coming with these types. Naturally the DLL is 32bit-code. The good news is, that CumulusX! detects it being active, and, if not, controls itself the vario sound. However, in CumulusX! there is no volume control, nor evaluation of panel bus power states and the like. The C4-vario operation itself should not be affected, as it is entirely coded in XML, and thus platform independent. bests, Peter
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    Hi, indeed, the DLL is not absolutely mandatory for CumulusX! operation. It's main purpose is to improve the accurary of the glider movement. It goes back to problem with Windows task scheduler appearing with Windows 7, when original CumulusX! operation became very glitchy. A second function is a smoother compensated vario sound of stock aircraft. However, both ASK21 and DiscusX have their own vario implementation, wich do not relate to CumulusX!. Alas I think they are relying to own 32bit-DLLs and as may are not work in 64bit-software, unless updated. If you don't observe jerky movement (best visible in ground proximity or from pursuer perspective) than there is not much that you loose. bests, Peter
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    Can't get smart tow to work [P3Dv3]

    Hi Harry, sorry for that late answer. I looked into the code meanwhile, but the only condition that would affect the submenu is the registration state. But, even in unregistered mode, a reduced submenu should appear, with an information on the licensing condition. I would actually suggest reinstalling the legacy simconnect library of FSX ACC (pointing the "SDK"-issue above), which should be available with P3D. bests, Peter
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    Can't get smart tow to work [P3Dv3]

    Hi Harry, as said P3D is not supported. Anyway, all the behaviors that you describe are expected, e.g. that CumulusX! does not give the warning when changing the tow plane. This because it checks for a running FSX rather than P3D. Which sub menu is actually missing, the entry under Addons/CumulusX!/SmartTow, or does the pattern selection not appear? What is interesting that you report it working at some time. Has it been the same P3D version or sub version then? Possibly there has been an update in between, maybe minor. Another user (German) had a weird problem with P3D, too, and he found an update of the "SDK" helped. Actually I think he meant the Simconnect-library. Currently I do not have access to the developing machine so I can't check the conditions in the code, under which conditions the menu items do possibly not show.
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    All sorted out ...
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    Keine Thermik im P3D

    Danke für die Info. VG, Peter
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    Keine Thermik im P3D

    Hallo Felix, leider kann ich dazu nicht allzuviel sagen, da ich P3D selber nicht habe. Allerdings scheint es viele Nutzer zu geben, bei denen es mit P3D funktioniert, wobei es aber auch von der jeweiligen P3D Version abhängen könnte. Das beschriebene Verhalten ist mir auch nicht recht erklärlich. Es könnte sein, dass die Kommunikation von CumulusX! über SimConnect mit dem Simulator gestört ist. Ich hätte am ehesten ein anderes Addon in Vermutung, dass die Schnittstelle hoch auslastet oder manipuliert. Am besten wäre es, P3D einmal nur mit CumulusX! als aktivem Addon (inkl. DLL) zu starten und zu sehen ob der Effekt dann nicht mehr auftritt. VG, Peter PS: Übrigens, die FSX-eigenen Wolken sagen erst einmal nichts über die tatsächlich wirkenden Thermik aus.
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    ASK21 in P3Dv3

    Hi Mike, have look at this post: It's also still open, so may raise a question also there and you might get an answer from the designer. best regards, Peter
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    Big blocks of white obscure everything

    Good to know, have lots of fun! regards, Peter
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    Big blocks of white obscure everything

    That's too bad. Hopefully you don't have too many addons already.
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    Big blocks of white obscure everything

    Do have some other weather tool, e.g. active sky?
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    Big blocks of white obscure everything

    Hi John, weird, could you post a screenshot? Does it disappear if you deactivte CumulusX! by clicking "Disconnect" on its main panel? Please compare the content of "CumulusXCloud" with that in the .ZIP. best regards, Peter
  16. Hi Scott,

    pls send me your name, address and your regular e-mail. I will send you a license for free.

    BR, Peter

    1. sf4JC


      Hey Peter, if you are wondering why I deleted my follow-up reply, I couldn't edit my address out of it so the only course of action was to delete the whole reply.  What I should have done was just email you instead of posting it here where everybody could see it.  Hope I'm not being too paranoid.


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    Cumulus X crashing!

    Hi Josh, install FSX SP1 and SP2, and it will work, bests, Peter
  18. In the related thread it is stated that the software has to be run under admin rights. Unfortunately, under W7 this is not even sufficient, if files are to be created or altered in "Program Files" or "Program Files (x86)", unless you execute FSX with "Right-click, Run as Admin". However, you can more easily make it work, and thereby running FSX and its related add-ons from a Standard User Account (yes and leaving UAC active) by logging in as admin and giving the group "Users" (or even lower, e.g. "Everyone", not recommended, though) full access to to the directories in question, i.e. FSX root directory and all its subdirectories. By doing so you can run FSX from any user account without sacrificing OS security by turning off UAC or working as admin all the time. This solution works for most older programs and can also be extended to registry entries in the HKLM branch likewise. best regards, Peter
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    A PC capable of running FSX smoothly is required, there should be many recommendations on the web regarding this. There are no special requirements for soaring. For the controls a joystick is required (I'm very happy with the Saitek-PC-Aviator), and I recommend strongly rudder pedals, in particular for gliders. A large monitor (24" or more, or several monitors) improves wide angle field of view and adds to "immersive" feeling. The lack of wide-angle field of view is one of the most apparent differences in the visual perception for those who know real-world flying. As you have already real-world gliding experience, there is not much theory to add for simulation. I would do everything as exercised in the past, that will do pretty well, I expect. bests, Peter
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    Installing CumulusX! in Prepar3D

    I heard that the guys from UK-Virtual Soaring are pretty good at it. I currently do not have chance yet to try it out myself, neither supporting it. best regards, Peter
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    I can't find any thermals

    Hi Teepa, thermals will be found only under the "special" clouds produced by CumulusX! (or somewhere in the blue if no clouds are present at all), and not necessarily under the "normal" FSX clouds. To make the difference clear, set weather theme to "Fair Weather" first and tick the "UnBlue" option in the Add-on Menu of FSX under the branch CumulusX!. This should show you the CumulusX! clouds only and make it easier to fly to the spots where you'll find definetely thermal lift. best regards, Peter
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    XCSoar, or SoarPilot, or...

    HI Scott, afaik, for FS9 the free version of FSUIPC does support GPS out, too. bests, Peter
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    XCSoar, or SoarPilot, or...

    Yes. Have a look here: Look for XConn! bests, Peter
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    XCSoar, or SoarPilot, or...

    Great tip, com0com works already with me in local loopback, thanks!
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    PBY Catalina / Speedbrakes

    Hallo Detlef, zuerst das angehängte Modul in "Modules" entpacken. Um das Modul zu testen, belege eine unbenutzte Taste (z.B. Scroll-Lock) mit dem Kommando "Lua PBYDrag", aund eine andere, etwa "Shift-Scroll-Lock", mit "LuaKill PBYDrag", um das Modul wieder zu stoppen. Mit Hilfe der Profil-Funktionen von FSUIPC kann man das Starten und Stoppen auch automatisieren (siehe FSUIPC Advanced User Guide), d.h. wenn eine Catalina geladen wird startet es, wenn ein anderes geladen wird, wird es wieder rausgeschmissen. Gruß, Peter