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  • Birthday 01/01/1972

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    DCS World, IL-2 BoX, IL-2 CloD
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    Virginia, USA

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  1. Hi all. I'm trying to puzzle out the best way to bring DCS from my current PC to a new one. Ideally I'd keep saved game files from campaigns and -- especially -- my controller bindings. I currently have DCS installed on an SSD in the old machine (separate from the operating system SSD). The options that occur to my unsophisticated brain are: - Deactivate DCS on old computer, stick old SSD into new computer, reactivate DCS and everything magically works... except I assume it won't, without some additional steps. I also assume controller bindings will be jacked up because of new Windows device IDs. - Deactivate DCS on old computer, do a clean install on the new machine including all my aircraft and maps (ugh), reactivate, then copy over the saved game files and controller bindings... though again, new Windows controller IDs may make that pointless). Anyone have any tips/advice, or can point me toward a "how to" guide that I may have missed in my searching for one? And once DCS is installed one way or the other, can I copy over old controller bindings and just change file names or refrerences in the files to reflect the new Windows device IDs? Many thanks!
  2. Cool, and thanks for the correction. On the web store (at least the English/USD$ one), I still only see the V2 pedals listed, so I wasn't sure.
  3. You can disconnect the spring on the (excellent) MFG Crosswind pedals, and you can also add a damper that gives them a very good feel and allows them to hold position. If you search the forum for MFG damper mod, you'll find several discussion threads about it. In fact apparently the next version of the MFG Crosswind pedals will come ready-made to accept a damper mod more easily. Additionally, a couple different forum members have developed heel-on-floor style pedals for the MFG Crosswind to replace the stock footrests that have your feet off the floor. This is a much easier configuration for helicopter flight, and consistent with the majority of real-life fixed-wing aircraft rudder pedals anyway. Again, just search the forum for MFG pedals (or combat pedals) and you should find info on both offerings. Hope that helps!
  4. This is a long shot, but do you have any wireless game controllers, like a gamepad? I've sometimes had a PS4 controller (connecting via Bluetooth) that I had deleted from the DCS controls profile reappear and take over some controls. I didn't notice at first because the PS4 controller appeared all the way to the right in the DCS control configuration screen, so I had to scroll over to see what was going on. Like I said, a long shot, but...
  5. Most excellent. How/when do you sell (or plan to sell) your other products?
  6. Makes sense. What I like about the damper in particular is that it takes away the springiness, which feels so unrealistic. What I'd really like to do is is install small dampers on my stick somehow. I use a Virpil WarBrD and keep the springs quite light with their "Cosmo" cams to take out the center bump, and it's pretty good but still feels like it wants to go "boing" when I let it go, if that makes any sense. I found some tiny dampers that might fit inside the stick base, but haven't gotten around to trying to rig something up. Hegykc, maybe your next project?
  7. Agreed on everything above. I've been using a damper on my pedals for a few months now, and would not go back. (The way I have it mounted is not as elegant as hegykc's solution that is included with his pedals, so I'm looking forward to switching it). With the caveat that I'm not a pilot: my sense is that for non-fly-by-wire and non-hydraulically-boosted aircraft, the aerodynamic forces on a rudder, especially at higher speeds, provide a natural re-centering force that increases with airspeed. I've had stick (and rudder) time in a few small aircraft, and this seemed to be the case, though the fastest never got above 130 knots and the forces were quite light. Hence for WWII aircraft, I think the use of a spring to recenter makes sense, though as with all things it is personal preference. The trick when combining it with the damper is getting the balance between the two right. Like hegykc, I keep the damper force relatively light. Otherwise I need too much spring to get recentering. With helicopters, it's a different story. In trimmed, coordinated flight, you're of course keeping the pedals in a position that may be far off of center for long periods. So fighting a spring is neither desirable nor (as far as I can tell from watching the pilots I fly with) realistic. With the spring on the MFG pedals connected, and your heels on the floor versus up on the original MFG footrests, it is much easier to hold an off-center position for long periods of time. Even better (in my experience) is to disconnect the spring and just use the damper for helicopters. But if you switch aircraft a lot, this can be a tedious process.
  8. Ordered! I hope this proves to be a very successful enterprise for you. Regarding the included knob for the spring end, is it just intended to be easier to turn than the stock MFG one, or does it have some other function? I've seen discussion of a spring mod to make it easier to disconnect the spring, so I wondered if this might have anything to do with that.
  9. Out of curiosity, how is it possible to be "lazy" while performing a recreational activity? The OP is not doing work, producing something, accepting compensation, or otherwise doing anything other than having fun. Is he not having fun hard enough?
  10. Thanks Bob! So if I understand you correctly, on your older Virpil throttle the mode switch affects the buttons on the base of your throttle, but not the buttons on the throttle grip? Can any users of the CM2 confirm whether that's the case for the newer Virpil throttles too?
  11. It's been talked about by Virpil for ages but I thought it was a "maybe someday" thing. But they just posted this two hours ago: https://forum.virpil.com/index.php?/topic/2772-introducing-the-vpc-helicopter-controls-lineup/ Good catch, Sokol!
  12. My quarantine project this year was to make a collective using the left-handed version of the Virpil MongoosT-50CM2 grip as the head (atop extensions attached to a Virpil WarBrd base, in an angled housing with a damper for friction/feel). Anyway, part of the reason was the profusion of programmable buttons available on that grip (and it also plays nicely with my right-handed CM2 I use as cyclic/fixed wing stick). I don't think they sell the left-handed model anymore, but if I did it again today, I would use the left-handed Alpha grip, which has even more options. My other recommendation (if you don't play in VR) is a StreamDeck, especially given the excellent DCS plug-in now available. The ability to nest folders, combined with the button labels changing dynamically, makes it massively helpful for complex aircraft. You can have separate folders for different stations, weapons systems, nav, comms, etc. So when you need all the switchology that's at the gunner's station, you just select that folder and there it all is. Switch back to pilot and all the buttons are something different, without ever having to remember what button performs which function (since the buttons are all labeled however you like). I have two of the 15-button models, and they are the best sim hardware money I've ever spent.
  13. Hi all. I'm considering the new T-50 CM3 throttle. and I'm wondering how those of you who already own the CM2 use the 5-way mode dial in DCS (if at all). For example, in the DCS control-configuring interface, does DCS actually read a given button on the throttle as a different button number if the mode switch is in a position other than "1"? (E.g, mode dial is in the "1" position, you click the button under your left thumb, DCS reads it as Button 1; you switch the mode dial to "2," click same button, DCS reads it as button 27 or whatever). Or is the distinction only recognized in the VPC software? Can the different mode positions (1 through 5) be used as modifiers in the DCS control interface somehow? I'm assuming not, since the mode dial would at all times have to be sending a button-push signal for its position to be read continuously. In a perfect world, I'd love to have different modes for takeoff/landing, air to air, air to ground, startup/shutdown, etc. I assume that's very possible in the VPC software, but I don't want to have to program everything in VPC and then again in DCS if I can avoid it. Many thanks!
  14. Nice! I look forward to the production units going on sale.
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