27. July 2022 by Peter
My computer that runs Prosim and all additional programs is toast!
Radio silence for a few months. We went to Bali in May. So most we were busy in both April and June preparing and catching up on being away for a month on the other side of the planet. Bali was truly amazing.
Now we have returned after a vacation in Tuscany, Italy. Normally when we are away for a longer time I tend to unplug the cockpit. Just in case of lightning while we are away the electronics are not roasted. Before we left for Italy I realised that the cockpit still was unplugged after our trip to Bali. So apparently the cockpit has been left untouched for almost 3 months. When I replugged the computers one of them refused to turn on.
The computer that has died is the heart of the cockpit. It runs Prosim and all additional programs like SIOC, vPilot and all interface boards. So at this point the entire cockpit is INOP.
PSU is working. Bot the mother board refuses to power. Apparently a few months without current killed it.
So I am considering my options. It is a fairly old computer so replacing parts seems like a waste of money. The computer that runs Prepar3d is a few years old and it is not a gaming rig which is the main reason that I have not upgraded to MSFS or P3Dv5 yet.
So I am planning to but a new gaming rig. Canibalize a few parts from the toasted computer. €500 can get me a Ryzen 5600x a good motherboard and 16 gb RAM. Should be suitable for a decent gaming rig. A new GFX will have to wait a bit.
In other news
I am slowly moving away from OpenCockpits modules. The Overhead was switched after a trip to The Hauge around christmas and the MCP/EFIS was switched in favour of CPflight in March.
Latest project is getting rid of OpenCockpits MarsterCards in the MIP in favour of Phidgets and Pokeys. But Phidgets requires an other wiring than OpenCockpits. The rewiring requires taking the entire panels apart. Not the funniest of tasks. So it is taking quite some time.
Well. Anyway This is what I have been up to the last couple of months.