Category Archives: Hardware

Driver Update – AMD Drivers Fixed

An update on the state of drivers: AMD’s latest Catalyst Beta (Catalyst 14.2 V1.3) fixes the translucency artifacts in HDR mode.  This driver also supports the newest cards and has correct brightness levels in HDR mode, so if you’re an … Continue reading

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ppjoy Crash Fixed

ppjoy users on Windows have been experiencing a crash on startup; this was a bug in X-Plane 10.10/10.11, induced by particular virtual HID devices that only ppjoy could make.   I found the problem and it will be fixed in … Continue reading

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Looking for a Tester for Mac/Win NVidia Testing

Please read the requirements below twice – this is a very particular setup I need.  To run this test you must have either: A functioning hackintosh running the latest Mountain Lion release (OS X 10.8.x) or a functioning Mac Pro … Continue reading

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A Flicker of Hope for Flicker

I’ve seen a few bug reports complaining about ‘flicker’ with HDR enabled. It took me a few tries to understand that the users were not actually reporting Z-Thrash (which is what I think of when someone says ‘flicker’, but were … Continue reading

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Posted in Development, Hardware, Scenery | 14 Comments

64-Bit: Time Frames and Performance

First, for the plugin authors: I am hoping to start a 10.20 beta for 64-bit in weeks, not months.  I don’t know how many weeks it will be – there’s a huge potential for variation, but if you maintain a … Continue reading

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Posted in Development, Hardware | 36 Comments

Linux Joystick Permissions

Edit: see the end of the article for a GUI tool to manage joystick permissions. I’ve already briefly discussed some of the changes necessary to get joystick devices working properly but I thought it’d be a good idea to consolidate … Continue reading

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CSI: Joystick Edition

[Scene opens with a joystick being thrown across the room in frustration. Camera angle is from the ceiling looking down. A rotating and twisting view creates tension as it centers on the joystick, laying abandoned on its side as the … Continue reading

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Posted in Development, Hardware | 13 Comments

Still having joystick trouble?

As you are hopefully already aware, the Joystick subsystem of X-Plane was completely rewritten for X-Plane 10.10. It uses a much lower-level method of communication to essentially talk directly to the devices so that we have complete access to their … Continue reading

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X-Plane 10.10 Beta 3: Rapidly Beating HID Into Submission

X-Plane 10.10 Beta 3 is here.  To avoid having to type it each time, all of the info about betas is now on the release notes page here.  Please read it carefully!  Please: no bug reports on the blog, only … Continue reading

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Posted in Hardware, News | 19 Comments

Linux and Hardware/OS Abstractions

This post will pretty much only be of interest to Linux users – everyone else, talk amongst yourselves.  Topic of discussion: X-Plane.com is neither a plane nor a communist.  (Sorry, work on the road processing code has drained me of … Continue reading

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Posted in Development, Hardware | 35 Comments