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User currently offlineFrequentFlyKid From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1206 posts, RR: 1
Posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 4136 times:

I've been very disappointed with the weather effects in FS2002, but I am wondering if it is my computer. I have a brand new Dell Dimensions Pentium 4 computer. As far as the weather, for example, when there is low visibility it just looks like there is a curtain in front of me. Just a solid color. Fog, for instances, doesn't look like fog (I've seen screenshots and it looks fine) but on my computer it just looks like a blank screen. Any ideas?


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User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 19
Reply 1, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 4067 times:

Set cloud density lower, makes clouds appear less solid.

Using an external weather program like ActiveSky also does wonders.



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User currently offlineFrequentFlyKid From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1206 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 4032 times:

Can you elaborate on ActiveSky?

User currently offlineNormalSpeed From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week ago) and read 4006 times:

Adding to what Jwenting said, I've noticed that what really helps the weather look better is a lot of cloud layers. I usually put in three or four different layers. It really adds to the effect.

About fog and low visability, that's pretty much what it looks like flying in it in real life.

'Speed


User currently offlineFrequentFlyKid From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1206 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week ago) and read 4006 times:

I changed some settings and it has seemed to help quite a bit. I have another question for you Jwenting, you seem to know your stuff. When I arm my spoilers they do not deploy. Any suggestions there?

User currently offlineGotAirbus From Singapore, joined May 2001, 851 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (11 years 7 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 3981 times:

Uh...

Pulling the lever up puts the spoilers in (to give you the idea and for the sake of lack of words Big grin) ARMED or AUTO mode...yes. But this only arms it. It will automatically deploy once the gears touch the runway. Yup, this method is used on final approach.

Pulling the lever down does extend it (look outside the aircraft when you do, the spoilers do come out). I do that if I want the aircraft to descend rapidly/lose speed quickly during descent.

(gotAirbus?)

P.S.: I need help regarding spoiler/speedbarke terms and terminology.

I have no idea why the lever (used to control that panel that will pop-up after landing) gets 2 explainations:

- One explaination involves calling it "deploying the spoilers" when that same lever is used after touchdown.

- Also, when the same lever is used to descend rapidly (ATC restrictions), why do pilots call it "using speedbrakes"?



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User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 19
Reply 6, posted (11 years 7 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 3970 times:

Arming spoilers makes them trigger to the wheels hitting the runway.
When you make a soft touchdown, that trigger doesn't always go off (it seems to require a minimum vertical speed component).

Speedbrakes can be spoilers or other devices (in other words, spoilers are just one for of speedbrake).
For example the Fokker 70 and 100 have clamshell like brakes at the aft end of the fuselage instead of spoilers. These are operated much like spoilers are.
The F-15 has a huge barndoor brake on top of the fuselage, doing much the same thing.



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User currently offlineNormalSpeed From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (11 years 7 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3974 times:

More on spoilers...

Spoilers will deploy to the "UP" position upon wheel spin-up on touchdown. However, it is a little known fact that the spoilers will not deploy unless the throttle is fully closed. That's how it works on FS, and that's how it works on a real jet. Make sure the power is all the way off during flare. I usually hit the F1 key to make sure. My spoilers deploy every time (I remember to arm them).

'Speed


User currently offlineBadischerGreif From Germany, joined Jun 1999, 101 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3860 times:

and back to the Fog...

FrequentFlyKid,
sounds like a graphic card issue to me. Is it a Geforce 4 MX? If yes, consider to get an other card.
If not, try new drivers.

That´s what I can say from here and now.

Prost!


User currently offlineN139j From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 380 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 3862 times:

If you have ever actually taken a plane through fog or IMC, thats what it looks like...a white curtain. I personally think FS did a great job of low vis. and OVC layers. I have my weather settings on low due to my system and it still looks much like real life.

-jason


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