Configuration - Making it Work

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 Bugs and Other Misbehavior

Other Stuff...

X-Plane can't open its component files even though they're present

This may occur with aircraft files or others, and happens on Win2K and WinXP systems with NTFS. The cause is usually that you've set up the file system or X-Plane folders to enable data compression. Turn data compression off.

How can I find out how to operate the controls from the keyboard?

Look at the file Instructions\keys\X-Plane.txt. It lists all supported keyboard commands. (In older versions of X-Plane (priot to V7.50), the file is in Resources\keys\X-Plane.txt.)

How can I  change the keyboard commands?

Edit the file. (Note - far as I know, the entries are positional. Change the first letter in a line to change the keystroke for that function, but don't reorder the entries.)

Can I fly using the keypad for control input?

Look... This isn't MSFS or some video game. If you absolutely must, you can, but you'll probably find the result very unsatisfying. The X-Plane flight model requires delicate control inputs and trim adjustments to keep the plane flying straight and under control. Control inputs with the keypad are simply too coarse. If you insist, here's the control layout:

KP1: Left rudder
KP3: Right Rudder
KP5: Center all controls
KP8: Down elevator
KP2: Up elevator
KP4: Left aileron
KP6: Right aileron

Note: The keypad must be in Num Lock mode. If it isn't some of the keypad keys will give you wierd external views instead of operating the controls. How you get the keypad in and out of Num Lock mode depends on your keyboard. Most have a Num Lock key. The embedded keypads on laptops are especially squirrelly.

Does X-Plane support multiple monitors?

For example, so I can get the panel view on one and another view on another?

As of V8.15, there is limited dual monitor support (e.g., scenery view on one monitor and panel or map or instructor console on the other). For details, see the V8.15 detail page.
Other than that, however, X-Plane only supports one display per computer. However, you can get multi-head support (among other features) with networking.

Why doesn't X-Plane support multiple monitors on a single computer?

X-Plane uses up pretty much all the compute resources available on a single machine. A little of that goes to the flight model, but most of the compute resources are used by the graphics. Part of OpenGL is handled in the video card, but the rest is still handled by the CPU. Yes, there are dual processor systems around and X-Plane doesn't do a lot with multi-threading (yet). However, there are very few systems around with more than one AGP slot, which is how all decent 3D video cards plug in these days. The economics and construction of PC-class machines pretty much dictate one system per monitor, so to run X-Plane with multiple monitors you need to use networking.

How do I get Real Weather to work?

I've downloaded metar.rwx and put it in the X-System folder like I'm supposed to, and the weather setup screen still tells me Real Weather is not detected.

This is a known bug in X-Plane. Just click the "Use Real Weather" button on and exit the Weather Atmosphere menu. It will start using the Real Weather file. Next time you open the menu it will tell you Real Weather is detected.

When I reloaded a saved situation I ended up with bogus results

If you have Stuffit installed you may have run afoul of a naming conflict. ".SIT" (used for X-Plane situation files) is also the default extension for Stuffit archives. Stuffit can be configured to automatically "stuff" files whose names are set to end with ".SIT". Either turn this feature off, or leave the ".SIT" off the filename that you enter in X-Plane's Save Situation menu.

How do I view X-Plane movies? (V6)

X-Plane moves are not movies in the usual sense. Rather, they are saved replays. You can only play them with X-Plane. To play a movie, load it up with File -> Open Movie. (Make sure you have the aircraft that is the subject of the movie in a folder with the right name. The movie incorporates the aircraft by name and if it's not there it won't play.)

X-Plane V7 and later can record real movies in QuickTime format if you have the QuickTime authoring features installed. The old replay style movies are referred to as "Situation Movies" in V7 and later.

When I open a movie, I get a long pause and then just go back to where I was.

The movie is probably an old version. Since movies are saved replays, their format may occasionally change as X-Plane's internal data format changes. It may also be the case that you're missing the aircraft in the movie (unverified).

I've finished playing the movie. How do I get out?

Select Viewpoint -> Toggle Replay Mode to return to normal operating mode.

When I record a Quicktime move, it comes out all black.

This is a known problem with ATI video cards and drivers. You need to turn off anisotropic filtering in your ATI control panel.

How do I fix X-Plane ATC so that "wind" does not sound like "whined"?

Speech engines have problems with pronunciation. The English langauge is very confusing in that regard as the same word had more than one meaning and is pronounced differerently. Take wind for example. The roads wind down the hill. Wind 250 at 10 knots.

The speech engine has no idea about the differences.. in essence it is a sound generating process with no clue as to the meaning of words. So it looks up wind and pronunces that using the default pronunciation..

ILS for example. This is an abbreviation, but engine thinks it is a word. So it pronunces it as "iels".

There are a couple of methods to solve this. The best method is to use speech engine meta tags in the text string that is to be spoken. These tags contains hints and commands that assist the engine in pronuncing the words correctly. Unfortunately, X-Plane is not using this.

An alternative method is to change the pronunciation of the speech engine and make everything aviation specific. Make sure that wind is pronounced as "wiend" and not "whined". Change the pronunciation of ILS to "eye-el-es" and so on. This can be done using a very small program avaiable for Windows users at under the Utilities Section.

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