Repaired the old glare shield and everything is up and running.
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It’s finished, and at least for now everything is working. I still need to build the new glare shield, and hope to do that this weekend.
Some lessons learned along the way: first, if your flight information panels aren’t working it’s almost surely because Windows has turned auto power management for the USB hubs back on. I love this particular lesson because I get to relearn it about every six months.
Second, for the GNS 530 to sit atop the 430 I need a right-angle HDMI adapter. One is arriving today, and until then the GNS units are a bit less than flush with each other.
Third, and perhaps most important, is that I learned the GTX 1080ti, while it has five display ports on it, is only capable of displaying to four monitors at once. This means I wouldn’t be able to run both GNS units at the same time. Fortunately I was able to change a setting in my BIOS that allows my PC to run both the card and the onboard GPU simultaneously, and this seems to be working well.
I’ll put up a longer post later, but initial impressions under my normal 980ti settings:
Running one screen, 1080p:
Now I’m going to get into playing with changing settings, but so far I am very happy!
It looks great, and performs well, too.
Read the developing commentary here. I hope to update and stream a VR flight in the next hour or so …
The good folks at RealSimGear were kind enough to send me one of their GNS 430 units for testing in the home cockpit. I already have the 530, which is fantastic, but as I use a 430 in the real world I was eager to have a similar unit in the basement sim. I likely won’t get the unit installed for another week or so, but here’s the unboxing. Like the 530, the quality is excellent, and I’m excited to use it.