Hi all, I've been using the Orion HOTAS F-18 since November and have been loving it. The solid metal handles and bases are just amazing and adds to serious emersion when matched with the Reverb G2. However, there are a couple issues. The first, is that the stick recently started acting up and eventually died last night and was not sensing any movements to the right. I am currently working with WinWing to trouble shoot and hopefully they'll send me replacement parts to get it working again. They've been quite responsive when I submitted the claim and asked me to try and troubleshoot it which included opening up the base and trying to reconnect wires to ensure it was not a loose connection. Unfortunately, it didn't help.
The other thing I noticed and have confirmed is that SimAppPro does something that kills performance. When I first got the Orion back in November, I installed SimAppPro and when I started playing DCS I could tell right away that framerates just tanked. I always play with the counter to see what my FPS is in my G2. At that time, I wasn't certain that it was SimAppPro as there were a few other updates to DCS and I was also trying some new mods and so I thought maybe I did something to corrupt my install. Anyway, I decided to go back to a previous Windows OS restore point and also completely uninstall SimAppPro, and DCS Open Beta and delete my DCS Open Beta saved games folder. I re-installed DCS and all the modules but I didn't re-install SimAppPro. After doing this my framerates got back to what they were before. Unfortunately, when my stick died last night I had to re-install SimAppPro to troubleshoot it with the tech from WinWing. And in doing so, my DCS performance tanked again. This time, I just uninstalled SimAppPro and just deleted my entire saved games folder and it addressed the issue.
So it seems like SimAppPro puts something in the saved games folder that causes issues with DCS. I'm not sure if anyone else has experienced this before and I would be curious to know if anyone found a way to get around what SimApp is doing. Because of this I have never really used SimApp but it seems from other users that it is a great App.