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What a laugh...'the Holy Grail' of flight simulation has been found...

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What a laugh...I had it ALWAYS on my desktop (been here for three years)....waiting...waiting to be merely, found. For the right combination of equipment to open up the door with 'Open Sesame!' Ali Baba would be most pleased.I'll share with you a secret---pass it on if you wish...If you have the right equipment...and it's all within any person's grasp using today's, last year's, even four year-old equipment, with a few modern perks added...you too can view the Holy Grail of flight simulation. What is that? One word. One satisfying world: REALISM!You say you want as 'Real As It Gets'? YOU GOT IT! It's here inside this forum waiting for a couple of twists on hardware...Just follow the Yellow Brick Road-------->:1. Any Pentium 4 or AMD platform greater than 3.0GHz or better, and/or a more modern platform beyond that Duo Core, etc.2. Any CURRENT mid to high end vid card using PCI-E or AGP3. A 16:10 wide-view monitor 24 diagonal inches or greater that can display **1920x1200** rez driven by a video card that can render 30 constant FPS or greater at this level of screen resolution.4. VOZ scenery from Down Under, or The Glacier fields of Alaska, both custom scenery. BEV as well, Ultimate Terrain...on and on...5. ASv6.5 (Active Sky --real world weather interface)6. One of the three great A.I. plane platforms (P.A.I. for instance) for injecting A.I.If you can cook with this recipe, then you will see exactly WHY I have so boldly stated (and I don't give a RIP about needing to put on a Flame Suit!!!) that I don't CARE about FSX struggling and limping along, STILL! I don't CARE any longer if FSXI comes into birth pangs. Fellow simmers....I/WE had the ULTIMATE sim right under our noses...but only had to wait for vid cards that could run high res at still substantial FPS levels, and wide screen human interfaces (monitors) running at the INCREDIBLE, clear, well-defined, tight, Drop Dead GORGEOUS...1920x1200, and EYE-POPPING resolution level.I just landed in Melbourne with my FS2004 visual and virtual world SO incredibly REAL...that I had the most satisfying, the most fulfilling simulated flight of my ENTIRE hobby life span of over 18 yearsThe just purchased ATI X1950 Pro 256 Meg video card, and the newly acquired Samsung SynMaster 245BW were the final links in the FS2004 chain. They were what was needed to yell 'Open Sesame' to FS2004!I viewed the Holy Grail tonight around the outskirts of VOZ's Melbourne. I have **total** flight simulation satisfaction back. No longer grudging and being upset because FSX didn't cut it. Not worrying the LEAST if ANY other M.S. flight simulation product EVER comes out. If if does come out and works, cool. If not, NO SWEAT!!! If you could have been in that virtual plane today...near about dusk, seeing what I saw out the cockpit windscreen...you wouldn't give a rip either, one way or the other.In a nutshell---FS2004 had MORE display potential then MOST of us have EVER seen of it to date. What a simply fantastic simulation platform this truly is...and you can experience what I did---with current equipment, and not a vapor promise of what might be...With the aforementioned equipment, that ANYBODY can own today, I saw levels of visual realism...that DEFYED me saying that it was in fact not the real world, the rolling hills, the sea...the shadows upon the mountains, the clouds billowing above my Cessna...all of it, my mind and eyes said---was: The Holy Grail---this was real! That scenery 'out there' is Melbourne....I have arrived at the end of the Yellow Brick Road. It took from 1990, until tonight to SEE and ENJOY what I had always so HOPED for, but only, always it seemed-- intended with and for, the next 'round' of technological improvement one or three years away...I'm now standing at the gates to the city of Oz. It was adding the 1950 Pro, and having it run a 24 inch 1920x1200 resolution display. I could stay with this forever. You have GOT TO VIEW FS2004 as it was always meant to be...at full-bore high resolution. 1920x1200 or higher equals 'real world'. It equals the SCOPE of what would be seen out of a real-world flight. It equals as good as it gets..NO...BETTER. Even better than that phrase.With all the FANTASTIC programs that are here...NOW for FS2004 that MAKE FS2004 in high rez TOTALLY real...not 'almost' believable, you only have to want it...and then make it happen for your platform, too!~Today, was the culmination of 18 years, hoping for this level of visual realism----and this week---today, this past hour,it finally---was fulfilled.Thank you Microsoft. Thank you Dell. Thank you ATI. Finally, thank you Samsung. All of you---made it happen in 2007. Flight simulation is new again! It's young again. Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeehawwwwwwwwwwwww!Cheers everyone!Mitch

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LOL! You forgot to thank The Academy. ;-pSo true though. Just had me one of those flights and it was beautiful.

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>1. Any Pentium 4 or AMD platform greater than 3.0GHz or>better, and/or a more modern platform beyond that Duo Core,>etc.>Ok got an AMD 64 3200+ S939>2. Any CURRENT mid to high end vid card using PCI-E or AGP>What is that? A NVIDIA 6600GT 256M DDR3 AGP like I have?>3. A 16:10 wide-view monitor 24 diagonal inches or greater>that can display **1920x1200** rez driven by a video card that>can render 30 constant FPS or greater at this level of screen>resolution.>Missing that monitor and propably the videocard also I think. Now it's getting expensive.>4. VOZ scenery from Down Under, or The Glacier fields of>Alaska, both custom scenery. BEV as well, Ultimate>Terrain...on and on...>Got most of it>5. ASv6.5 (Active Sky --real world weather interface)>Got it>6. One of the three great A.I. plane platforms (P.A.I. for>instance) for injecting A.I.>Got it>The just purchased ATI X1950 Pro 256 Meg video card, and the>newly acquired Samsung SynMaster 245BW were the final links in>the FS2004 chain. They were what was needed to yell 'Open>Sesame' to FS2004!>So FSX runs bad with that?

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The just purchased ATI X1950 Pro 256 Meg video card, and the>newly acquired Samsung SynMaster 245BW were the final links in>the FS2004 chain. They were what was needed to yell 'Open>Sesame' to FS2004!>So FSX runs bad with that?-----------------------------------------------FS2004 now visually runs with afterburners on...and stays on... :)Cheers!Mitch

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How remiss!"..and finally, I'd like to thank the Academy...."OK..I now have that covered, (warm smile)Glad you had the same flight(s). This is what the hobby is about..and why I have stayed with it.Enjoy!Mitch

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I have a Gateway P4 2.4 Ghz machinewith 1.5 GB memoryNvidia 7600 GS video card 512MB memoryLG 20 inch widescreen monitor capable of 1650 X 1050 resolution.How do you think that will run FS9 to make it look 'real'?How much memory do you have on your machine?Thanks.Paul.

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Hi Paul,The bottom line would be if you could maintain pretty near 30 FPS with all sliders and features full bore, at your max resolution.If your system can do that--at 1650x1050---YOU'RE IN! 1920x1200 is premium and the ultimate view-scape though.About the FPS figure. If you can get an FPS figure that keeps you stutter free, then go by that, and not try to obtain a baseline. I'm not familiar with the 7600 GS, but I **CAN** say that there was an incredible difference shown by replacing my ATIX800XT part and putting in the ATIX1950 Pro part.The X800XT is a powerful card, but---three generations old. The ATI1950 Pro adds THAT MUCH MORE rendering quality, that I did not waste one cent in buying it.Also, I picked up MAJOR FPS performance after running with the CAT 7.1 driver suite. 60-70 FPS unlocked. I have FS9 locked to 31 FPS displayed at 1920x1200 and it never dips. With my X800XT, it would also obtain 30 FPS lock-down but would dip into the low 20's as the scene changed--then come back up to the 30 FPS figure.The 1950 Pro does no such thing.If you could slap in the Pent 3.4 CPU, that would not hurt (if price is reasonable).I also have 3 gigs of DDR2-533 MHz in my rig. Whether that makes a difference too, as compared to your specs, I don't know. I do know however that my FS9 performance is stunning!I am most pleased by what I have at present and have no further need to update for FS9. The Samsung 245BW was the item to take FS9 over the top!:)

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Thanks. When you say you pick up MAJOR FPS after running with the CAT 7.1 driver suite - do you mean video drivers? and is that one specific to ATI?I'm using the latest nvidia drivers from June 2007 version 162.18Would it be possible to see or to get your FS9.CFG file?Thanks.

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Paul, the Catalyst Drive Suite 7.1 is for ATI cards only.The 7.1's were the last FULL set for ONLY XP. 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>The just purchased ATI X1950 Pro 256 Meg video card, and the>>newly acquired Samsung SynMaster 245BW were the final links>in>>the FS2004 chain. They were what was needed to yell 'Open>>Sesame' to FS2004!>>>>So FSX runs bad with that?>----------------------------------------------->FS2004 now visually runs with afterburners on...and staysWhich planes does this apply for and in which weather? Complex addon planes? Heavy thunderstorms?

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>I have FS9 locked to 31 FPS displayed at 1920x1200 and it>never dips. With my X800XT, it would also obtain 30 FPS>lock-down but would dip into the low 20's as the scene>changed--then come back up to the 30 FPS figure.>I am most pleased by what I have at present and have no>further need to update for FS9. The Samsung 245BW was the item>to take FS9 over the top!:)>Isn't 31 FPS overkill? I think I have read that the eye won't notice any difference above 24 FPS. Also have heard that you loose 3 FPS by turning on the FPS display. So maybe a displayed low 20's is all we need?

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Isn't 31 FPS overkill? I think I have read that the eye won't notice any difference above 24 FPS. Also have heard that you loose 3 FPS by turning on the FPS display. So maybe a displayed low 20's is all we need?--------------------------------------------------------I know you need 30 FPS for cross-scan cinema. So...being that I can cap 30 FPS with my present hardware using the .cfg file I posted earlier, I figure why not? :)About losing 3 FPS in showing the FPS counter, no..I was not aware of that...and in thinking about it now...(you bring up a good point) and knowing that with this new card, I don't go BELOW 30 FPS under any circumstances----I probably should just turn the thing off, what?I have always shown it from the bad-old-days of the FPS flipping all over the place depending on the action on screen. This is over with.On my next flight---no FPS line. :) (My hand is shaking typing this)Oh, about planes, etc...no matter the weather or custom planes that I fly--general aviation and commercial, the FPS stay locked on 30.Perhaps you won't see a visual difference down to 24, and I'll take your word for it---but BEING that I do get rock solid 30---so will keep it there.Cheers!Mitch

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All of the above.The X800XT did a good job, but didn't maintain a rock-solid 30 FPS no matter what you threw at it. It took some dips. The big Kahuna---was and is..the 1920x1200 24 inch Samsung. It brings everything-------------->home.Mitch

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>All of the above.>>The X800XT did a good job, but didn't maintain a rock-solid 30>FPS no matter what you threw at it. It took some dips. >I checked the ATI X800XT compared to ATI X1950PRO at 1920*1200 in FSX. The chart indicated 14.6 FPS for the 1950PRO and 10.9 FPS for the X800XT. At 1600*1200 the 1950PRO has 15 FPS and my current NVIDIA 6600GT has 9.3 FPS >The big Kahuna---was and is..the 1920x1200 24 inch Samsung. >It brings everything-------------->home.>so it seems that this resolution is to much for FSX. The big price is here also.

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"so it seems that this resolution is too much for FSX. The big price is here also."Well, I'm running both FS9 and FSX through a (PCI-E)Sapphire ATI Radeon X1950 Pro 512MB displaying on a Samsung SyncMaster 226BW 22" LCD Display Monitor (1680x1050x32) and the results are pretty good; I should say exceptional in the case of FS9. FSX performance does, of course, scale with CPU grunt, whereas visually each is outstanding in its own way on this monitor.I have no experience of the 226BW's big brother (sister?!), but I do suspect that the 1680x1050x32 resolution may be the current sweet spot IF you are running BOTH sims on contemporary mid-ranged systems.Mike

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Hello,Thanks for posting your cfg settings.I am not the best with all the "tech tweeks" thus I hope its cool to ask a few questions.First in addition to my sys specs below I also use all of the FSG mesh, UT USA and AK/CAN and still have BEV to finish up my re-install.I want to know if I just copy and paste the cfg files you sharred along with the ATI Cayt driver software version or if the ver of the Cayt drivers matter as long as you have one of them installed. Thank you.Mark.System:OS:MS Windows XP Professional, Ver 2002 Service Pack 2 Hardware:Intel Pentium® 4 CPU 2.802.84 GHz, 3.00 GB of DRAM Radeon X1600 Pro 512MB running a 21/19.6 Sony Flat Screen Tubed Monitorand a 17/16 NEC/Mitsubishi Tubed MonitorGeForce FX 5200 128MB running a NEC/Mitsubishi 18 Flat Panel.

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Hello Mark!Yes, you can replace my .cfg file as your .cfg file.Some points though, Where I show on a line, ***Place your user name here***, you are to remove that and place YOUR user name on your computer there.Also, understand that I have custom tuned that .cfg file in a number of areas. One of them is the runway lights SCALAR custom settings. You will notice with my .cfg file that your runway lights will be more 'lush' and burn hotter than standard. Great for coming in in Cat 2 and Cat 3 approaches. They also are great for low fog densities. You will see them appear out of the fog or mist, and it is a very cool effect, as well as comforting.There are many other tweaks that if you use choose to use my file, you will see change FS slightly as you know it.Cockpit panning is faster, all sorts of other things.:)Try it out, if you wish. Run FS9 with my .cfg file and then place yourself at any airport. After having done that, shut down FS9 and then view your .cfg file. TAKE OUT ANY reference to ANYTHING other than your video card AND...any line that shows resolutions like my 1920x1200 for instance. That is the reference to my Samsung 245 BW and will be only 'noise' for when your system scans the .cfg file. That's about it. Fly and enjoy...and see if you can pick out all the custom settings and effects that I placed in mine, as you fly your FS9 world. :)Cheers!Mitch

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I wanted to take the time to tell you guys thanks I have opened a new area of learning. I lost, but at the same time seem to have started putting one or two things in the same ballpark. Agian, I have a long way to go.Once more thanks for the help.

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18 years??? WoW! I got the same results using www.fs-gs.com in 3 days :-)

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Man, I have heard Oscar speeches that were not as good as what you typed.You had my attention all the way and left me wanting the book.I feel that same way with every flight, I never get tired of my flight simulator.I was watching the news yesterday and I saw a guy reporting from an airport that looked stunningly like MSFS.Even the background buildings of the news cast looked just like MSFS. (with tons of add-ons of course)Yeah, I love it.By the way, Samsung is rated one of the highest quality monitors in the world and probably the most expensive or near the most expensive.What football team do you play for.? (just kidding, it does take allot of money though)CheersRoger

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Hi Rodger!What I am MOST pleased about---is a simple thing, really. It is that ANYBODY---on a reasonable flight simulation financial budget---that already has 4-year old equipment that is paid for---is that by adding a card in spec's equal or BETTER than my ATI1950 Pro 256 MB,---and by adding this ***magnificent*** (and worth every dollar!) Samsung SyncMaster 245BW for the Human interface experience----can then experience and appreciate what I get now at the double-click of the FS9 desk-top icon. Real-world visual--- REALISM. The total breath and scope of it. The Full Monty! At 1920x1200 resolution---what you see out of a Real World window of a commercial aircraft is EXACTLY NOW what FS9 cooks up for me, and could for you, via this monitor!!! With this monitor, you HAVE to flick your eyes back and forth over the screen real estate...JUST like you need to, to view what a commercial flight window-seat renders in panorama.I think I have died and gone to flight simulation Heaven. I still haven't come off the high from that first flight of last week. :)ANYBODY can have this...and it is not an elitist recipe!!!!The average price for the monitor is around $499.99 in the States AND Canada at such stores as 'Future Shop'. They are now fully at par with their American neighbors on the asking price.For all these years, I had been doing it backwards...and so have most of us... We slapped thousands of dollars into equipment that produced a great visual signal---but then allowed that viewing potential to CHOKE ITSELF TO DEATH---at the point of Human interface....the MONITOR! We have all been saying that the CPU is a potential bottle-neck to flight simulation performance. Well now...let me ASSURE you Rodger...that SO IS THE FINAL LINK IN THE MIX...one's monitor---if it can't make you suspend emotional and intellectual disbelief! This Samsung 245BW dishes it up in SPADES! I'd say that for myself---with my present equipment feeding it...the Emerald City of Oz has NEVER looked more glorious!Thanks for your thoughts and expressions,Cheers!Mitch

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The Samsung 245BW, you say? I resemble that remark. Just bought one for $499 at FutureShop about three weeks ago and it's lovely! Bright as a supernova, but very clear and BIG. I'm flying FS9 at 1900x1200 and it's great! I've got the FPS locked at 30 and it seldom dips. The Flightzone 02 Portland scenery is gonzo at that res on a WS monitor. Low and slow and lovely.Indeed, it's taken me years, but I have have FS9 exactly where I want it. By 2010, I fully expect FSX to bend to my awe as well. :-cool

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Indeed, it's taken me years, but I have FS9 exactly where I want it. By 2010, I fully expect FSX to bend to my awe as well.-------------------------------------------------------You GO, guy! :)I totally subscribe to the above, LOL!I have been running back and forth at that reso with VOZ South West and up 'dere in Alaska. As you say, and what I have been saying...unbelievable. I have been more into VFR than IFR commercial since bringing the Beastie home. BTW, don't cheat yourself out of one line of resolution. It is actually 1920x1200 :)P.S. Eric, if you bought only three weeks ago...you should take your sales slip in and get TEN PERCENT off. You'd come home with $57.00 in your pocket. It was on sale last week for that 10 percent off. I went back and pocketed mine. They have a 30 day lower price guarantee. It works! You should do this within the next 48 hours to be inside that 30 day envelope.Cheers,Mitch

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