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Hello everyone. I am very new here but hope to learn from all of you.I just bought the following:Dell Dimension 8250 Pentium

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Oh, are you gonna have fun!!Just check out the library here. Go through the most downloaded and the whats new sections. There's literally thousands of downloads. Check out the ERJ panel here: www.fsnordic.net .

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Welcome to the world of MSFS! I hope you've got a lot time on your hands, because flying/tweaking/collecting for this sim can get addictive! A good place to start for tips and tricks with FS2002 is to visit this site: http://www.fsgateway.com/tips.asp -- they've got a fantastic archive of all sorts of tips and are a great read for a newbie or a veteran.Once again, welcome!

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THanks a lot for your comments already! I did look at your tips so far and also found a flightsim.com page helpful. Can anyone else please comment on some helpful do/do nots for the newbie? Thanks so much. I have already learned a great deal through the old posts here!Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.

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hiya!!!you are going to have a lot of fun mate!!!check out the site in my sig,there's hundreds of textures available...and uhm...try these sites as well:www.frugalsworld.com www.aussim.com www.arnz.myhost.co.nz/ www.jet-precision.com www.jet-precision.com/hosted/ifdg www.simviation.com www.avsim.com/posky and a thousand others....but i'm gettin' tired :-)have fun flyin'and i'll see ya!!!

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If you tell us some of the kinds of aircraft you enjoy, I'm sure many forum members here could suggest some awesome downloads to get you started. There is so much out there for FS2k2 it can be intimidating at first, but this really is a fun hobby and a great community of people.

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Well, as far as fleets go, I like Qantas, AA, NWA and WNSo I guess I would like the best birds for each of these. QF: BAe146, 747, 738AA: 727, 737, 777NWA: 727, MD-11how aabout a nice Air Jamaica 340?the AN 225? AN 70 and AN 72?Actually, I would love the best planes and panels, but also the little nitty gritty scenery that makes it great. I defeintly hop to liven up JFK/LGA/FRG and ISP with some add-ons but again, I am slowly learning what I can do.Now that I think of it, this FS world has become SO huge that it could creat a job opening!!! LOL Imagine hiring a "sim consultant!"Also, I think I would want to sample some military planes like the F14, etc, amphibian or Old Pan Am Clipper type planes, star wars aircraft,,, I've seen screenwhots with boats! How do they do it! :-OTwo roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.

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The possibilities are just about endless - but beware the black hole that is AI Traffic. (LOL) Its *very* addictive.Have fun!

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Welcome to this wonderfully insane, and addictive hobby! :-waveAs you can see we all try to help each other out :-)Once you settle in a bit and get used to FS02, you can try cutting your teeth on adding real world AI and replacing the MS supplied versions. Let me warn you tho, AI is VERY addictive! :-lolwww.projectai.comWelcome to the hobby and most of all have fun! :-wave---Banners? We don't need no stinkin' banners!---Visualize ProjectAI sig banner here.

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but beware the black hole that is AI Traffic. (LOL) Its *very* addictive.:-lol Ain't that the truth. Now if we could just get those things to use assigned flightplans instead of great circle routes(then again it may cause some of us to need therapy) :-lol Contrails, more contrails!

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Hehehehe. I'd be happy if ATC would actually just manage arrivals rather than "first one to the runway wins and everyone else gets a go-around".Therapy. Yup. I'd say its getting dangerously close! :-)

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HOw is AI addictive??? I thought that AI meant that there are other planes flying in the vicinity. What else does AI mean? Computer is due here on 1/20!ciao, mirrodieTwo roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.

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I read one FAQ about frames per second and I see that it can be a problem. Am I bound to run into those problems with the chip that I have? thanks Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.

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AI can be addictive - because you can tweak and modify AI traffic to your heart's content! Fortunately I've got over that addiction because I've been doing other things, but it's still fascinating. Two excellent tools let you customise your AI: Traffic Tools - you can create any number of new flights or edit existing ones. You can also use addon planes, which lets you have real world airlines (all default AI aircraft are fictional airlines). The ATC will recognise and control any new flights/aircraft you have added. AFCAD - this lets you edit existing taxiways and parking areas, or add entirely new ones. I used it to create taxiways etc for two completely new airports. If you're interested there's a dedicated Traffic Tools forum right here at Avsim. I hope you get as much enjoyment out of FS2002 as I have! Best regards, Chris

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Mine's an ancient P3 800 Mhz with a Geforce 1 card - but FS2002 runs beautifully with good frame rates. Also FS2002 has a well-deserved reputation for running extremely smoothly. IF it's good on mine then it'll run like a dream on yours! Best regards, Chris

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I have a slightly less robust system than you:P4 2.4 533GeForce4 TI4200 128MB512 DDR333 (not enough RAM - I have FreeRam and when I run FS with RadarContact, I can get down to as low as 1 MB of RAM and things get shaky - I used to run 786 PC-133 and it worked fine)MSI 648 MAX moboWinMe (likely my problem)I think you will find that no matter what system you have you will see a hit on FPS especially if you start to add complex airport sceneries. MSFS2k2 is a very demanding piece of software and requires some serious horsepower to make it work really well.I would be interested in a benchmark. I'm interested in how the RDRAM works with FS as well as the ATI card. I considered that route (the RDRAM) but, strangely, was advised against it by the computer store where I get most of my stuff. So when you get your system set up can you make another post and maybe a benchmark after that?I agree with some previous posters...the DreamFleet stuff is excellent...specifically, IMHO, the 737-400. And Project AI is a must.Also, if you like IFR flying you should consider getting you hands on a copy of RadarContact v.3 - a major enhancement over the default ATC.You're really gonna enjoy your experiences with FS.Take care, Adam

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< What do you mean? (GOSH, am I a complete driveling idiot newbie or what???! As soon as I get the computer up and running, I think a friend of a friend may install it for me and show me the ropes a bit. I swear, I thkn I may need a FLIGHT SIM CONSULTANT!!!!Seriously though, you guys are all great and I thank you all for hooking a newbie up with great advice!Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.

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Once you get FS set up you can just go to an airport (say Meigs - which is the default airport - Actually, when FS starts for the first time you will be sitting at Meigs in a cessna 172). Just push Shift-Z twice and you will see your frame rate displayed. That's what I'd be interested in - your frame rate. If you are interested in doing this, I'll give you more precise directions later.As for FS installation - it's fully automatic. You won't need anyone to help you with that.Have fun...Thanks, Adam

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I can point you to a few great downloads for some of the aircraft you mentioned:1. 727. Get Mike Stone's GMAX 727 in AA colors, Richard Probst's panel, and Charles Fox's flight dynamics for one of the most authentic 727 experiences you can have in FS2002. These are all available int he library - just search by author.2. There's a very nice GMAX 738 in the library - just came out from iFDG. http://library.avsim.com/sendfile.php?DLID=210833. Mike stone has a nice BAe146 for download from the libraryhttp://library.avsim.com/sendfile.php?DLID=13806You can also get a good panel if you search for it.4. The best 777 is the Meljet version that was just released. Again - available here at AVSIM for free. Most of the above are available in a variety of liveries that people have painted - just search by aricraft type and livery name and you'll find them.Welcome and enjoy!Philip.

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