Caution: only tested with
MSFS 2002 and 2004
 


Mesh Installation


(FS2004 users - be sure to read the tip on Mesh Priority as well!)


Basic installation procedure:

* copy the *.bgl file(s) to either of the following locations:

    FS2002: FS2002\scenery or FS2002\scenedb\world\scenery
    FS2004: FS2004\scenery\world\scenery or FS2004\scenery\base\scenery

data in these folders is used automatically
warning: there MAY be a limit to the number of bgl files MSFS processes in a single directory

This approach will add the data to the folders where the FS mesh files are stored. I do not feel it is desirable to do so, but this is easy to implement using an automatic installation routine, and so is often recommended by developers who provide such self-installing programs. NOT RECOMMENDED!


Better basic installation procedure:

* copy the .bgl file(s) to your FS200x\ADDON SCENERY\Scenery folder

data in this folder is used automatically

warning: there MAY be a limit to the number of bgl files MSFS processes in a single directory


Preferred installation procedure:

* create a separate folder under FS200x\ADDON SCENERY\

    for example - FS200x\ADDON SCENERY\fst\scenery

* copy the .bgl file(s) to this new scenery subfolder

* add the new mesh to the sim

FS2002: in the Menu, select World|Scenery Libraries ...|Add ...
FS2004: in the Settings Dialog screen, select Scenery Library |Add ...

browse to the new folder, for example FS200x\ADDON SCENERY\fst
    (NOT the \scenery subfolder below it)

select/highlight this folder

click <OK> to add your new terrain mesh

    FS2004: you will have to Exit and restart the sim for changes to take effect


Ideal installation procedure:

* create a scenery folder on another disk drive, preferably a drive on a controller other than the one supporting the drive your sim software is installed on. This will tend to optimize performance and facilitates sharing data and upgrading to new versions of the sim.

    for example - e:\fs-scenery\fst\scenery
    then copy the .bgl file(s) to this new scenery subfolder

* add the new mesh to the sim using the steps listed in the Preferred procedure

The Preferred and Ideal installation approaches permit greater control over your use of the mesh data. You can Activate/Deactivate the mesh by clicking the checkbox in the Scenery Library list. This can be useful for testing for scenery/mesh conflicts, comparing alternative mesh files, and to reduce processing demands when flying complex aircraft at high speed over complex terrain on systems with limited processing power.


Limited hard disk space installation option:

use the data directly from the CD by simply adding the new mesh to the sim, using the Scenery Library menus as described above.

    (you probably want the cache enabled and set to larger than the minimum 10MB as well)

You can also install just the regions of most interest to your hard disk, using one of the procedures above, and load the rest of the area from the CD when desired. This will help compensate for the slower loading of the data from the CD at startup.