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First Impressions with NGXu in P5D

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    First Impressions with NGXu in P5D

    Hi everyone,.

    Well, I ran out of time and couldn't complete the entire flight today, spent too much time on the computer setting up the new P3D v5 software update and the new PMDG aircraft which was released just yesterday for the new sim. So this was very much an experiment and I didn't know what to expect. I did expect to run into some issues and bugs, and I did. Not sure if some of these issues are stemming from P3D issues, PMDG, or both. However, I did get some very valuable learning experience from about an hour of flying, which I wanted to share with you. Here's the good, the bad, and the ugly…
    1. Airports that I used with v4.5 (and FSX) also work with v5.0 (at least the few I tried today); this is a very good thing.
    2. Custom airport scenery (MDW and MCO) that I experimented with looked washed out. This, I was able to resolve somewhat by turning ON V-Sync in P3D settings.
    3. Colors (both scenery and aircraft) looked unnaturally vibrant. Blues were too blue, yellows too yellow, etc., although I was able to tone it down somewhat by reducing Saturation lighting setting in P3D down to about 0.75.
    4. Master caution was active due to cabin zone temperature control, although I did not see any failures in CDU during the setup. I could not find a way to resolve that.
    5. The frame rate (FPS) was noticeably better than comparing with the older version of NGXu. I used to get anywhere around 20 FPS or fewer on the flight deck, while with the new version I am consistently clocking over 30 FPS with ultra graphics settings, and sometimes it even went to 45'ish. This was on the ground, which is normally where I see slower frame rates. This by far is a very good thing, kudos to the PMDG team for streamlining the graphics code.
    6. The self-drive push cart is extremely slow to react to controls input. In v4.5 it used to be a lot more manageable, but in v5.0 it is very sluggish and very difficult to control. As a result, final placement of the aircraft after push was not ideal.
    7. In cruise, about 45 min into the flight, I lost both 1 and 2 generator buses. After some confusion, I was able to re-close both buses and regain aircraft control, but it was not something that was supposed to happen, not with both buses simultaneously. I have never seen this before and think this could definitely be a bug.
    8. Sometimes when jumping back into the flight deck from an outside view, the flight deck frame and paneling looks completely black. The frame around the windows, glareshield, overhead panel and lower pedestal, all black. I was able to resolve this by cycling external and internal views. This happened at least twice in the span of an hour.

    Hope this helps others who may run into similar issues, and hopefully the development team can take a look at some of them.

    Thanks, Serge

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    Hello Serge,

    Some of the issues you mention are the kind that people solve by deleting panel states and letting the airplane create fresh ones. If there's a bug that you have well identified, the forum surely is a way to discuss it with the rest of the users but if you want the developers attention, you need to create a support ticket to get it solved.

    P3D V5 colors look good when you use enhanced atmosphere (TrueSky). It's still in beta and the clouds could look better, but that's the option that makes the atmosphere and the colors in the distance look good. It also affects the colors of close in objects, like the virtual cockpit. It's not a PMDG thing.
    Omar Josef
    Spain

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      #3
      Hi,

      I also want to change my sim from v4 to v5. Do i have to uninstall all of add ons in v4 and reinstall them in v5?

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        #4
        Originally posted by Aeromar View Post
        Some of the issues you mention are the kind that people solve by deleting panel states and letting the airplane create fresh ones.
        Hi Omar, thank you for the comment. I am aware of issues when 'old' panel states may be incompatible with updated aircraft, however this was on a fresh install using brand new software just released by PMDG a few days ago. I am simply using the latest and greatest software available from the developers, including the latest P3D v5.0 HF2.

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          #5
          Originally posted by Tieyuan Sun View Post
          I also want to change my sim from v4 to v5. Do i have to uninstall all of add ons in v4 and reinstall them in v5?
          Hello, and welcome to the forum. Both v4 and v5 can coexist on your system at the same time. You do not have to uninstall addons from v4 in order to install them in v5, as long as they are compatible. Hope this helps, and good luck.

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            #6
            8. Thats a V5 Bug, It happens in all the aircraft. Depending on your GPU it will load faster/not happen as much. I have a 2080ti and still get that issue sometimes.
            Mark Roberts

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              #7
              Originally posted by serge_s View Post

              Hello, and welcome to the forum. Both v4 and v5 can coexist on your system at the same time. You do not have to uninstall addons from v4 in order to install them in v5, as long as they are compatible. Hope this helps, and good luck.
              Hi Serge,

              Thanks for your advice. But i still have to install all the add-ons in the v5 main directory, is that correct?

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                #8
                Originally posted by Tieyuan Sun View Post

                Hi Serge,

                Thanks for your advice. But i still have to install all the add-ons in the v5 main directory, is that correct?
                Yes you would still need to install all of your add-ons to use in v5.
                Michael Sill

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by DrJ1 View Post

                  Yes you would still need to install all of your add-ons to use in v5.
                  Got it. Thanks

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