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FAQ for 3.2

DLL problems - When you run EuroScope you receive an error message: "...\mfc100.dll is either not designed to run on Windows or it contains an error ...".

  • Ensure you have the latest version of the MS C++ 2010 Redistributable installed. Then rename or delete these files from your C:\program files\Euroscope folder:
    • mfc100.dll
    • msvcp100.dll
    • msvcr100.dll

Crash on file browse dialog - On any action that opens the file selection dialog EuroScope crashes:

Faulting application name: EuroScope.exe, version:, time stamp: 0x536a7f0f
Faulting module name: SHELL32.dll, version: 6.3.9600.17055, time stamp: 0x532924d8
Exception code: 0xc0000005
  • While we are testing for a final solution I found that this crash happens only in case the profile selection dialog is opened at startup. If you check the auto load profile and the file selection is not opened that time then all the rest work fine. At least it was tested in one machine.
  • The suggestion is:
    • Use auto load profile.
    • If you would like to change your profile:
      • Uncheck it.
      • Select the new profile at startup.
      • Check it again and quit.
      • Start with the new profile, but automatically.

FSD Server Licence - The license file was not packed to the installer.

  • You can download a fresh one from [1]. Save as PublicVatsimLicence.lic, and load at server startup.


In section you will find the most frequently asked questions, raised by users on our support forum. We are planning to extend this list of questions from time to time. Questions are grouped thematically.


image:Questionicon.gif Do I always have to manually select a profile in EuroScope?

No, You can either activate the "auto load last profile" option in OTHER SETTINGS, or you can create windows shortcuts (.lnk files) for your different profiles. The profile link does have to include the path to the EuroScope.exe and the path to the profile, while dependent on your operation system the pathes might have to be surrounded by quotation marks. For example:

"C:\Program Files (x86)\EuroScope\EuroScope.exe" "\\CUBE\stephan\Documents\Vatsim\EuroScope\Profiles\EDGG-Laptop.prf"

image:Questionicon.gif Is it possible to start a multi-session setup without starting every session individually?

You can use a batch file (.bat), if you created shortcuts for your sessions. For example:

start \\cube\Dokumente\Vatsim\EuroScope\Shortcuts\EDDF-Alien.lnk
timeout /T 15
start \\cube\Dokumente\Vatsim\EuroScope\Shortcuts\EDDF2-Alien.lnk
timeout /T 15
start \\cube\Dokumente\Vatsim\EuroScope\Shortcuts\EDDF3-Alien.lnk

In case the path or filename includes whitespaces, you need to use quotation marks:

start "" "C:\Program Files (x86)\EuroScope\EDDF-Alien.lnk"
timeout /T 15
start "" "C:\Program Files (x86)\EuroScope\EDDF2-Alien.lnk"
timeout /T 15
start "" "C:\Program Files (x86)\EuroScope\EDDF3-Alien.lnk"

The first pair of quotation marks is necessary, since Windows expects a comment there (just leave them empty).

ASR File / ESE File / SCT File / POF File

image:Questionicon.gif Can I use my old SCT and POF files in EuroScope?

Yes you can, but you will need to make a few modifications to get them fully compatible with ES. These changes are vital for the use of EuroScope's advanced features. For further details check the Quick Start section of the users guide.

image:Questionicon.gif Can I use more SCT files at a time?

Yes, since v3.0 EuroScope supports using more than one SCT file at a time. For details check Multiple Sectorfiles.

image:Questionicon.gif What can I do if I would like to use more than one SCT file?

We recommend using one complex SCT file, but if you prefer, you may load two instances of EuroScope, connect them via proxy and load two different SCT files in the two instances that way you can switch between the two radars using [ALT]+[TAB]. Click to the Connection Settings to learn more about connecting two instances of EuroScope via proxy.

image:Questionicon.gif How can I create ASR files?

It is very simple. Go to OTHER SET -> Display settings and select/unselect items you need/do not need until you are satisfied with the layout of the radar. Now you will have to save it. Go to OPEN SCT -> Save as and give your ASR a file name. Then finally call a Save all settings in the OTHER SET menu. To open these saved layouts go to OPEN SCT -> Open and remember, you can load more than just one of these ASR files. To switch between them use [F7].

image:Questionicon.gif When I load a new SCT it shows a blank screen. What's the problem with my SCT file?

There is nothing wrong with it. What happened is the following: the ASR file currently in use, does not belong to your newly loaded SCT file. Your ASR file would like to show data not included in this SCT, so it does not show anything useful. For proper use of your new SCT file go to OPEN SCT -> Close to close your current ASR. This will open a new ASR for your which you can configure. Or if you already have an ASR for this sector load it via OPEN SCT -> Load.

image:Questionicon.gif I get an error saying Failed to open sectorfile extension in the message dialog. Why is that?

You are missing a file that EuroScope would like to use. And looks like it is something you did not have before! This error message should pop up when you load a SCT which does not have an ESE pair. ESE is a sector extension file that works together with your SCT file. This file is very complex ( detailed description is available at ESE Files Description), but you can build a simple version, which of course does not provide full access to EuroScope's advanced features, but at least you will have one. You can use your old POF file for building your ESE file. For further details check the Quick Start to see how to use existing sector and position files section of the users guide.

image:Questionicon.gif I try to save my color and line style settings without success. Isn't it stored in the ASR files?

Symbology settings and TAG layouts are saved in your settings.txt (its name can be different, but it has to be a TXT file) and not in your ASR files! Make sure you save symbology changes in the OTHER SET -> Save all settings.

image:Questionicon.gif I would like to build an ESE file, is there any tool for making it?

For the time being making an ESE file is a bit inconvenient. You may find it hard at first sight, but the structure of it is well described in the ESE Files Description section of the manual. Hopefully there will be some tools to make life easier. The first one is a sector visualization tool (http://fishu.kapsi.fi/draw_ese.php) (made by Sami Ylismaki) which does the following:

"It will display all pasted sectorline coordinates on the google map. It is possible to copy and paste a single block and multiple sectorline blocks as long as the pasted sectorline blocks are preceded by "SECTORLINE:" and each coordinate by "COORD:". Pretty much straight forward copy & pasting from an .ese file. I made this for my own use but figured some others might like to see the sectorlines on a map.

An example of the proper format to be copy pasted into the utility:



It's possible to paste any number of such blocks and each will be drawn on the map. Beware that the coordinates are not located on the map exactly in the same location as in Euroscope."

Other Issues

image:Questionicon.gif My menubar does not show completely

Well, there are more ways to cure this problem:

  • Increase your screen resolution.
  • Turn off some menu items you might not need using the first icon in the menuber on the left.

image:Questionicon.gif I cannot select active airports and runways. There is nothing listed in the dialog

You forgot to make some minor changes in your SCT file. That is: adding the airport codes and names to the runways. A short description of what to with SCT file is available in the Quick Start How to use existing sector and position files section of the users guide. But before jumping there via the link, let me share some good news with you. Sami Ylismaki created a tool which helps you in changing these lines http://fishu.kapsi.fi/fixrunways_zjx.php

"Just paste all the values below [runway] into it and it will reformat the runways. Once completed you'll only have to copy & paste it back into the sector file. It's a very simple utility completed in couple of minutes and made just for this. In fact writing this post will take longer. Should anyone else need help with similar reformatting the utility can be easily changed to accept different input formats, as long as the airport is mentioned somewhere in conjuction with the runway data. This is how it works:

The accepted format:

02 20 000 000 N029.02.56.281 W080.56.59.021 N029.03.34.229 W080.56.46.140
06 24 000 000 N029.03.17.561 W080.57.28.789 N029.03.41.101 W080.56.39.232
11 29 000 000 N029.03.21.262 W080.57.13.460 N029.03.09.029 W080.56.26.830

The output:

02 20 000 000 N029.02.56.281 W080.56.59.021 N029.03.34.229 W080.56.46.140 EVB - NEW SMYRNA BEACH MUNI
06 24 000 000 N029.03.17.561 W080.57.28.789 N029.03.41.101 W080.56.39.232 EVB - NEW SMYRNA BEACH MUNI
11 29 000 000 N029.03.21.262 W080.57.13.460 N029.03.09.029 W080.56.26.830 EVB - NEW SMYRNA BEACH MUNI

What it does: Each commented out line will trigger it to memorize the line and it will be copied to the end of each runway input until the next commented out line. It will ignore short lines, like empty commented out lines. Once done you can copy all the lines by pressing [CTRL]+[A] and then [CTRL]+[C]."

image:Questionicon.gif Why do pilots not receive my message (intended to be sent on my primary frequency)?

Most probably you are not sending it to your primary frequency. The reason being that primary frequency works a little different in EuroScope. You should configure a PRIM FREQ key (primary frequency send key) in OTHER SET -> General settings, by default it is num * (numeric star) using which you may send the message directly to your primary frequency, no matter if a chat was open, or anything like that. So bear it in mind, send it with PRIM FREQ key, [ENTER] works only in case your primary frequency chat window is selected We highly recommend to use the PRIM FREQ key always as it does not have any prerequisites.

image:Questionicon.gif I have tried some VRC commands and I could not get them working in EuroScope.

It might be that some commands are either different or not yet implemented. We have received a few requests from users asking for functions similar to those in VRC. We hope to have them programmed into the next release.

image:Questionicon.gif Can we expect further development of EuroScope?

Yes, definitely EuroScope will be developed further by its author, Gergely Csernák. With the help of users an initial wishlist has been created and each request/bug report can be checked in our bug tracking system: http://www.euroscope.hu/Mantis/view_all_bug_page.php.

image:Questionicon.gif How can I group FREETEXT items? I see it is grouped in Default group now. I would prefer to toggle them in several groups.

Default group appears when a line of FREETEXT is not named (in the ESE file) or the there is a typo.

Here is an example of the proper format:

N062.13.09.998:E028.03.56.002:VFR fixes:VUORI
N060.19.02.300:E024.57.18.000:EFHK taxiways:Z


image:Questionicon.gif How can I get in contact with the author to report bugs, ask for help, etc. ?

Best way is to use the support forum, where not only the author, but member of the support team and many users might lend a helping hand. Feel free to participate in the discussions at http://forums.vatsim.net/viewforum.php?f=71.

image:Questionicon.gif In what time interval does EuroScope update simulated traffic (in offline mode, or for traffic outside radar range)?

The position update for simulated aircraft (fully offline or outside visual range) is executed in every 60 seconds. The planes are grouped and updated by this groups to avoid 1000 position update in a single second. The VATSIM statistics data is downloaded in every 10 minutes. If it is older than 20 minutes then it is not used.

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