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How do I let FS run in the background on long flights?

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HiToday I am taking my first long flight in more then 2 years. Once at cruise altitude I get bored staring at the gauges for hours. How do I let FS2002 Pro run in the background while I go on the internet?I made it into windowed mode and I made the window small (1/4 of the scrren size) and I put in the corner so I can keep an eye on it. It works fine but when I open another window for the internet the FS window disables Hardware Acceleratoin and the graphics look like FS5. That's not too much problem because I can still see what's going on but when I open the internet window then there is no more sound coming from FS. I need sound to hear the ATC talking to me. Does anyone know how do I keep the sound on?I appreciate any help.Take careMike

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What kind of sound card do you have. Mine is Sound Blaster Live and I don't think it is possible with it. Because of that, what I do, is get to altitude, then wait for ATC to tell me to change frequency (to contact a new Ceneter, for example), then I acknowledge the change message but I DO NOT contact the new center. From then on, ATC ignores me until such time as I press the "1" key and contact Center again. From then on they put me back in the loop and talk to me again. Hope this helps. R-

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Thanks for the tip guys. ZLee, the sim does not pause when I open the internet, it just looses sound but it keeps going. I'll do what you and Roon said, I will not contact center unti lI am close.Take careMike

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What???Do the real pilots leave the flight deck for hours on end? NO! Welcome to the real world of flying, hours of straight and level flight boredom.Just part of being a pilot....Sim ones too!Remember..the goal is...AS REAL AS IT GETS!Happy Simming :( :-roll :( :-roll :(Scott

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Yeah! I know but real pilots usualy have a co-pilot to talk to. I am lonely :-lolI'll just have to bring my laptop in the cockpit with me and surf the web on that while I am 'in the cockpit' Is taht allowed?Take careMike

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