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    Yesterday, 16:50
    In most states, discharging a firearm - regardless of the load - will get you arrested if you're not actually defending your life. Your car in the driveway is considered expendable. However... Get yourself a high-powered pepper spray can that you can use to hit them from the porch. Hit 'em in the face and let 'em suffer, then the police can use a UV light to verify they're the one you sprayed, since most pepper sprays also include a permanent fluorescent dye. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006VK6Y5I
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    November 14th, 2015, 06:41
    Y'know... I normally see people that own such extravagant things (like six-figure wrist watches, or houses so large they require a staff of eight just to keep the trinkets dusted) and my favorite expression for them is "more money than common sense." But if I were to win a couple of powerball tickets back to back, I think I'd pick that up. That sort of living history needs to be preserved for future generations. I hope she finds a good loving home.
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    November 10th, 2015, 16:32
    Reducing the damping level is pretty straightforward. The 11th entry in a contact point line is the damping ratio. Zero is no damping, which means you'll be bouncing like a rubber ball over every little bump. As you increase that number toward a maximum of 1.0, you'll be adding more and thicker oil into the shocks, so to speak. At 1.0, you'll be have no more rebound at all. If that's not what you need, then you're looking at changing static compression, default height, and some other stuff. I can't do nearly as good a job explaining it as Jerry Beckwith, so head to his page (download it if you like for future use) and study up: http://www.mudpond.org/contact_points.pdf
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  • Tom Clayton's Avatar
    November 3rd, 2015, 17:10
    Alan, drop the Ctrl key and just use PrtScn. Alternately (pardon the pun), you can use Alt+PrtScn to capture only the active window. If that doesn't work, there may be something screwy with your system clipboard. Edit: I did a little digging into malfunctioning clipboard issues, and most seem tied to virtual machines. If you have anything like that running, it may be a goodidea to shut them down. It would free up quite a bit of CPU resources for the Sim anyway. Edit 2: I just re-read your post. I thought I read "blank," but you said they're black. If you're running the Sim in full-screen, try windowed mode and just maximize the window.
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    November 3rd, 2015, 16:30
    I was afraid of that. It sounds like the drive finally took a big ol' stinky one. From the earlier symptoms you described, my layman's guess is that something happened to the master file table. A tech with forensic software should be able to pull of quite a bit of what is on the drive if that's the case. That type of program reads the entire image, not just the file table.
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    November 3rd, 2015, 12:37
    The only option I know of is to set the zoom to 75% and then save the flight. You could do this with the default flight, or if you usually start the Tigercat from one particular airport, start a flight in cold/dark state (or whatever you prefer), switch to VC and set the zoom, then save the flight from there.
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  • Tom Clayton's Avatar
    November 3rd, 2015, 12:30
    It's also possible (don't know how likely though) that your E: could be about ready to crap out. If you want to try bypassing the recycle bin in the meantime, try using the Shift+Del key combo, or hold the shift key down as you drag items to the bin. Either method should bypass the bin and do a straight delete. Beyond that, you may need to carry at least the drive to a real tech to see if the data can be recovered.
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    November 3rd, 2015, 12:14
    What folder do you have the program sitting in? If it's in one of the "protected" areas, that might do it. I just have mine in a sub-folder in my user folder (C:\Users\me\Apps\FSScreen) and it works just fine. That's on two different W7.1 laptops - personal and work.
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    November 2nd, 2015, 16:14
    It's been a while since I've fired up the Sim - might have to dust off the X-52 for this! As for screenshots, there are tons of threads on every single forum debating the merits (or lack thereof) of every sort of screencap app out there. My personal preference is the original FSScreen. It saves the files in 24-bit bitmap (zero loss) and then I do the "post production" edits and type conversions myself. It's over a decade old, but still works perfectly: http://www.flightsim.com/vbfs/fslib.php?do=search&fsec=0&fname=fsscreen.zip
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  • Tom Clayton's Avatar
    November 2nd, 2015, 15:56
    As I was reading through this, I was thinking the same thing. Glad you found it - saved me the work! :biggrin-new:
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    November 1st, 2015, 08:51
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    October 30th, 2015, 15:16
    The second pilot should be slapped! He was clearly showboating - his gear was halfway up by the time he got to the beach, so he had to have been airborne long before that. He should have been climbing - not buzzing the beach.
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    October 30th, 2015, 14:17
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  • Tom Clayton's Avatar
    October 29th, 2015, 17:56
    I can do better than sticking - I can put it in the Tweaks & Tips section!
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