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    Fly Engravity or Opencockpits FMC which way to go???

    Hi All

    Right then.... I have decided that I'm going to go the next step up with my sim and now that I have bought a throttle from Throttletec (still waiting for it to get here), I am now looking at a FMC/CDU.

    This unit is for the 737 and I have looked at Fly Engravity (F/E) and Opencockpits (O/C) and I have read up on some info but I am a little confused. Firstly the price difference, F/E are selling for $889.00 euro which for me is $1350.00 $AU (ouch) and then there is O/C which are selling for $347.00 euro ($573.00 $AU) so what is the big diffence between the two. From what I can tell the F/E has back lit keys and the O/C does not, the O/C requires a TV output fron the Video card (i don't have one of those and I am currently using both DVI outputs) so do I need another card? and I think the F/E requires only a USB port.

    With all this in mind, are they both plug and play?? apart from loading up the software I dont need to plug them through another card ie and expansion card. I want to make sure that I have all the right information before I place an order and find that I cant use it.

    Well thats it....WOW building a cockpit is so much fun but soooooo bloody expensive

    Cheers Guys

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    Re: Fly Engravity or Opencockpits FMC which way to go???

    Can't speak for the F/E unit (which looks excellent) but I do have the O/C unit and it looks good and it works just fine. I think you have the differences down pretty well. Also the O/C unit doesn't have the lights (exec, msg ofst, etc) You have to add those with a O/C master card. So it's probably better for those of us who are running other O/C products.
    I guess it depends whether you want a plug-n-play unit or something cheaper but that you would have to play around with and add some work to it. I personally like building so I got the O/C FMC kit (which is even cheaper) and have been having fun building it. Also the O/C can be backlit, but again that's even more additional work.
    I guess is a question of time vs money
    There are RCA to VGA converters but not very cheap about US$70
    Good luck!

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    Re: Fly Engravity or Opencockpits FMC which way to go???

    Hi Chris

    I have the F/E CDU and this unit is a true masterpiece. Rigid design and it only needs a power adapter and a USB cable. So no new GPU's needed. The Display and the Keyboard is dimmable, you can adjust the contrast of the display you can even adjust the loudness of a keyclick if you want one... The EXE Light is built in of course. I know the unit is expensive but if your looking for a true plug and play unit there is no way round it... And it never failed to work so far!

    Greetz

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    Re: Fly Engravity or Opencockpits FMC which way to go???

    Hi Chris,
    dont forget to add customs duty to the F/E unit which would put a few more $$$$$ on to the unit.


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    Re: Fly Engravity or Opencockpits FMC which way to go???

    Not sure if you made a decision yet but just to let you know I got a VGA to RCA converter for about $18 USD. You can get them on ebay. They work great with the opencockpit/PSone Screen so you don't have to worry about not having a TV output on your video card.

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    Re: Fly Engravity or Opencockpits FMC which way to go???

    Hi guys- I'm considering the Opencockpits FMC too- currently using the VR Insight- or at least I would be if'd not decided I'd rather use the keyboard and mouse than that "thing".

    My question is this- I have to outs on my video card- currently one goes to a TH2G for externals and one to a single monitor for the instrument panel.
    I can't afford the engravity one although I know hoe fabulous everyone thinks it is. Can I use something like this
    http://www.lambda-tek.com/components...ld=#productTop
    to cheat and plug the FMC into (two ) USB ports? Any downsides to be wary of?
    If so I can build it into my current system very easily and can go ahead and get the EFIS at the same time.

    Anyone help a newbie?
    Many thanks,
    Oli T.
    Last edited by OliT; 04-11-2010 at 12:00 PM. Reason: incorrect information.

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    Re: Fly Engravity or Opencockpits FMC which way to go???

    That adapter wouldn't work for the opencockpits cdu since it uses an RCA input unless you get the VGA to RCA adapter as well. I think if your motherboard can support a second video card I would look for an older cheap video card with the analog RCA output. Something like the nvidia 8600 I belive would work

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    Re: Fly Engravity or Opencockpits FMC which way to go???

    Quote Originally Posted by twisted8 View Post
    Not sure if you made a decision yet but just to let you know I got a VGA to RCA converter for about $18 USD. You can get them on ebay. They work great with the opencockpit/PSone Screen so you don't have to worry about not having a TV output on your video card.
    Hello Fabian, could you post here the link for buy it on ebay?

    Thanks!!

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    Re: Fly Engravity or Opencockpits FMC which way to go???

    Hi Chris, where in Oz are you?

    Flightdeck Solutions are about to release their new FMC which apparantly has a colour VGA screen. I am waiting to buy two for my sim and they are supposed to be priced similar to their existing FMCs. (CAD$995.00) Last I heard they were bench testing the prototypes and there is already a queue of people waiting for them. I'm looking forward to upgrading my sim to SimAvionics and FDS hardware. I've just ordered the 128/256 Sys 1X card in preparation.

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    Re: Fly Engravity or Opencockpits FMC which way to go???

    If money is not problem, Flyengravity is the right choice!!

    I have one FMC from OC and dont like!! The OC FMC is not plug&play, the quality of material is not so good, for hard use i dont recomend this.
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