Fixing Greyish Appearance of UPS MD-11 After Installation in FSX-SE on Windows 11

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Why is my UPS MD-11 appearing all greyish after installing it in FSX-SE windows 11 and how do I fix it?

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It's always disappointing when you get ready to take to the virtual skies, and something doesn't appear quite right, like your UPS MD-11 displaying in a rather unattractive greyish hue in FSX-SE. Worry not; I'll guide you through the potential causes and the steps to fix this issue.

Texture Format Incompatibility
FSX-SE sometimes struggles with particular texture formats, resulting in a grey appearance.

  • Ensure the texture format is compatible (usually DXT3 or DXT5).
  • Use a texture conversion tool if needed to convert the format.

DirectX Issue
Disabling the DirectX 10 preview in FSX could resolve this. DirectX 10 can cause rendering issues with certain liveries.

  1. Open the Settings menu in FSX.
  2. Select Graphics.
  3. Uncheck the box for DirectX 10 Preview.

Shader Cache Issue
Sometimes the shader cache becomes corrupted, affecting how objects are rendered.

  • Navigate to your FSX folder.
  • Delete the Shaders folder (it will regenerate).

Graphics Driver Update
Ensure your graphics drivers are up-to-date. Older drivers may cause compatibility issues with Windows 11 and FSX.

Compatibility with Other Platforms
If this problem is relevant to Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 or X-Plane 12, the steps for DirectX and shader cache should be applicable as well.

In conclusion, the issue you're facing is likely related to texture compatibility or a DirectX issue. Try the solutions mentioned above, and your UPS MD-11 should be back to its glorious livery in no time.

Feel free to reach out if you need further assistance. Happy flying!

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