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Vista? Cockpit for SCN5 dual-purpose somehow?

Discussion in 'DIY Motion Simulator Building Q&A / FAQ' started by mikemav, Jul 2, 2009.

  1. mikemav

    mikemav New Member

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    Hi- great info here! I've been reading and reading getting ready for my first build. Two basic questions, sorry if I missed these elsewhere: does the X-Sim software run well yet on Vista (32 bit)? I use Nvidia 3DVision stereoscopic 3D for rFactor (and am hooked on 3D in 1080p on my 60 DLP RPTV!) However, the Nvidia 3DVision only supports Vista. So before I build my second cockpit based on a motion-based 2DOF plan similar to those here, I need to make sure I understand the Vista situation.

    Which brings me to my second question. I want to build a platform from 80/20 extruded aluminum like many you see here, and have several ideas and lots of info. I'm sure I'll make mistakes along the way, just hopefully not too many. My question is, once I get this done, and say I use braces for now to keep it stable until later I graduate to getting some SCN5 actuators and tackling X-Sim (if Vista compatible)- then, once those are on there, can I still safely drive in the cockpit using a console or some non-X-Sim supported PC title? What happens to the stability and safety of the actuators when you're not using them, but still using the seat? Does it lock up somehow or still gimble free? If it does lock so it's stable when no X-sim software is in action, playing GT5 on the PS3 or Forza III, etc...., that's great. If so, does the PC need to be on and awake to keep it locked in place, or how does that work?

    Thanks, looking forward to learning more.
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  3. bvillersjr

    bvillersjr Active Member

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    Welcome to the X-Sim forums. :cheers:

    I have been running X-Sim on Vista 32-bit successfully for many months now on two different PC's.

    With regard to using your seat while not using X-Sim, I do it all the time. As long as your actuators are powered, they will hold their centered position firmly. The PC does not need to be on.

    Finally, we are recruiting Team X-Sim drivers to race with us on the Team X-Sim racing server. We are currently running rFactor and the EuroCup Megane Mod v1.1. You are welcome to join us anytime for a quick race.
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    mikemav New Member

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    Thanks for the info!