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RailDriver® 64-Bit software now available in beta.

For those that know me, I use my RailDriver Desktop Cab Controller as often as I can while in Train Simulator. With most recent update to Train Simulator 64-bit compatibility was created. This allows the simulator to access more RAM on the users machine rather than the 4GB limit in 32-bit. However, this creates some issues with compatibility of plugins such as the Raildriver Controller.

However, Raildriver, a P.I. Engineering company have now released a new piece of software in 64-bit for their controller. I’ve had the privilege of testing it prior to the public release and I can say it so easy to set up and get driving straight out of the box.

You can see my run-through here:

As I mention in the video, scripting of the locos has become a lot more complicated since RailDriver was created, so in the previous software some locos would not perform correctly, if at all. However, in this new version even some 3rd party loco’s that are not “RailDriver compatable” as stated by their developers, I was still able to drive.

With this, you can imaging creating a script to work with every single loco ever created for Train Simulator, (and there are loads!), will be very time consuming, and a “one fits all” solution may not work with certain locos depending on how they have been created. But, this will cover the majority.

There are as you would expect with any new software, especially in Beta, a few bugs that need to be ironed out. One of which is as we found out during my testing, Train Simulator needs to currently be installed on the C:/ drive as it looks for the relevant data here. However, I know the Raildriver team are actively working on these so expect updates very soon.

I love my Raildriver controller, it changes the way you drive the train, by feel rather than pressing keys on the keyboard a certain number of times to apply brakes for example.

If you have a Raildriver controller yourself, you can download the Beta 64-bit software from here: http://raildriver.com/support/TrainSimulator.php

If you haven’t, you can see me live streaming Train Simulator with the Raildriver here: http://twitch.tv/chrisschild

Have you used the new software? Leave your comments below.

Month 28, finally another update! Damage Investigation…

It has been around 16 months since I have done any work on the Vectra, mainly because it is low priority on my to-do list. Apart from popping over to the garage every so often checking up on it, no work has been carried out other than removing the headlights allowing me to start inspecting for any potential damage below the surface.

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After 12 months dumped outside the Vectra is now in a garage!

I needed to store the Vectra off the road as the tax and MOT was due to expire. Without either of those it can not be parked on a public highway so it ended up being stored near our caravan, outside in all the elements.

Unfortunately, the saying “out of sight, out of mind” took its toll and it was nearly a year before I arranged to get covered storage. Although I checked on it from time to time, I never unlocked it, let alone started the engine.
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Best of British: Aston Martin DB11, Bentley Continental GT V8 S, McLaren 570 GT.

There are many cars on my dream garage wish list and they cover a variety of categories including hypercars, supercars and sports cars along with the luxury chauffeur-driven class where my wife and I could sit back in comfort with a glass of bubbly on route to a extravagant event.

However, a category I really struggle to choose just one car in particular is the Grand Tourer. There are so many GT cars to choose from and for that reason my garage would be full of more tourers cars than any other category.

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iOS 10 Update Issues – How to solve them!

EDIT: It appears this issue as been rectified by Apple, but if your phone has been “bricked”, this may help.

Like millions of other iPhone users today I was constantly checking my iPhone 6S for the release of iOS 10. And it seems, like many others, I saw the display asking me to plug the phone into iTunes. At the bottom of this post is a step-by-step guide to fixing your iOS device if you’ve got the same issue.

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Lamborghini shopping…well, browsing!

Those who know me are aware of my love of Lamborghini’s and one of my goals is to one day own one. When I found out there was a Lamborghini dealership coming to Bristol I just had to go and visit.

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I removed a tree, (but I was only meant to cut the grass!)

It was just another day, a typical Saturday and our plans were simple. Get the house tidy and pack for our upcoming holiday. Progress was good and by early afternoon we decided to have lunch and a short break. I then decided as the weather was nice to get the lawnmower out and cut the grass in our garden. It was getting ridiculously long with the rain/sunshine mixture over the last few weeks. To the point our cats could hide in it.

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Alton Towers: May 2016

For the last few years we have traveled up to Alton Towers for a day out. Previously we have driven to and from the park in a single day, (six-hour round trip), stayed in Hotels, B&B’s and more recently our Caravan. However, this time due to a last minute change of plan we ended up staying at Alton Towers’ own hotel. Literally booked at 11:30am online, jumped in the car and drove straight there.

Clare and I were very impressed and so too was our son. We loved the themed rooms, the setting of the Secret Garden Restaurant along with their food and the fact there was entertainment for the young ones in the neighbouring hotel with the water park.

What we didn’t realise until we checked in is that you get access to the park an hour before official opening. So off we went, a quiet park and a full day ahead. Continue reading “Alton Towers: May 2016”