I am sorry about this long text but I can't explain my problem in other words!
I purchased the Piper Archer III immediately when it was released but have never been able to really use it. My problem is getting the engine to run. While I've succeeded a few times, it's just too seldom for me to be able to use the airplane. As long as I turn the iginition key to the right the prop spins but immediately when I let go it stops. If I out of desperation use ctrl + e I get it running but the magneto switch keeps flickering on/off. Once I add more throttle and starts taxing the flickering stops. I tried capturing it in this video but for some reason the sound disappeared. I can try doing it again if the sound is important:
http://www.alcom.aland.fi/kitte/msfs/piper.WMV it should start streaming in Windows media player, otherwise just copy the url and use/archice/open URL.
With the Dakota things are much worse since I can't get it running even with ctrl+e. In 2D if I right click on the ignition key it will not move to the next position as you see in this short video. I first try with manual start and then using ctrl + e. With ctrl+e the engine will continously misfire and never start.
If I try a manual start in VC mode it looks like this - the key disappears when right clicking and the engine makes no attempt at starting (as in 2D).
My procedure from the very beginning is
1. starting FS9, load the default scenario witht he cessna at KSEA
2. choose "end flight"
3. choose the Piper Dakota and then go through the checklist as described in the manual
Immediately when the cockpit of the Dakota is visible I get the misfire sound and then everything is quiet (until I try cranking the engines).
I've tried switching from the default cessna with engines running to the Dakota but when the airplane is loaded, the engine is dead (I have the option to start cold and dark enabled). I suppose a work around is disabling cold and dark, switching to the Dakota from an aircraft with the engines running and then cut the engine and restart. But that is not optimal and actually I haven't tried it yet (thought of it first now) so I don't know if it works!
A couple of times I've managed to start the Dakota in normal fasion but I couldn't for the life of me realize what I did differently (if I even did anything diffrently). When I was able to fly it was a most pleasant experience with the very fluid gauges. Here's a soundless...sigh... vid I did that is 15 MB huge and not very good http://www.alcom.aland.fi/kitte/msfs/baart.WMV
Can you make any kind of sense out of this rambling?