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Hello forum. I have an issue with fs9. I did a quick search and I didn't find anything on this. So, I'm sorry if this was asked and answered earlier. I just recently got back into FS. I installed it on Vista Home premium. However, when I pick my plane, my screen flashes and my plane shows up darkened (this happens to all my planes). I heard this happening to others, so I hope there is a fix. Thanks in advance.

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Do the textures show at all, or are you seeing a bare model without any textures? Have you tried reinstalling fs9, updating your system? Have you made any video card changes? It could be a video card driver as well.

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The textures are showing. It's just dark. It looks like a plane at night. I have not tried reinstalling, I'll try that. My system is up to date. I'm using the latest drivers for the 8600GT.

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I reinstalled. It still does it. Any suggestions?

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Anyone? Sorry if I seem pushy, but I would really like to get rid of this.

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How about attaching a couple of screenshots so we can actually see what you are describing.

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I have the same thing. Except I think it is my graphic card since it is an integrated one. I don't know why that would happen to you with an 8600.

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Interesting.How it should look like:2457774866_64300f2e41.jpgHow it turns out:2457774954_47d4313496.jpg2457774810_917a58eb8c.jpg

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Kevin 28, I have exactly the same problem too and I have the same Vista Home Premium Operation system as well. Here are my screenies from my Virtual Airline that I fly with. EnjoyCan someone please tell me and Kevin 28 what is wrong with flight simulator and why its doing this too all of our planes.CYYZ - CYWGAC: A321Flight: AC255Departure: 0950Distance: 273nmStart Fuel: 47069 lbsEnd Fuel: 34593 lbsArrival: 1130; 2:40Passengers: 100Can you see my tail in the distance and I took two versions of this shot, because I want to see how can I keep my flight simulator display looking like shot number two. Everytime I press ALT+TAB or switch views within Flight Simulator it goes to this poor lighting on the planes. Note hardware is set to 1280X720X32nationaltour1jh1.jpgWhen I change the hardware for display to higher or lower, it becomes like this and I want to keep it this way. Does anyone know how to keep the planes looking like this?nationaltour2np1.jpgHeres another example of good lighting after switching views withing Flight Simulator or changing windows while pressing ALT+TAB. nationaltour3wv8.jpgBad lighting, here while lining up at Rwy 33R for takeoffnationaltour4gv1.jpgI did not resize this image; I hope the moderators do not mind, because I want to show you what I mean when the textures are fully lit up under the sun and after I press ALT+TAB its back to the dark dim textures. How do I make the textures in display to look like this, too look bright and shiney?nationaltour5dk1.jpg

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So all 3 of us have Vista as their OS that is getting us these dark planes? Interesting..

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you are not 3..you are 4 including me.Since 3 weeks now i have the same problem exactly.What is your viseo configuration?i am having nVidia 8800GTS with 2 22 inch monitors and Home Premium Vista.Your disaplay driver configuration?I am currently using Forceware 175.12 but i have tried many versions...:-(Elias

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Try to download the Microsoft Simulator 2004 Update and install to see if there is a difference.http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details...76-618c4ab52aafHere are my specs on my computer and I don't see anything wrong with my settings here.------------------System Information------------------Time of this report: 5/2/2008, 15:48:23 Machine name: PROMAGSTYLE-PC Operating System: Windows Vista

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hmmmm.... interesting, every change that I make in my display settings in Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004: Century of Flight makes my planes look brighter, but after ALT+TAB everything goes back to the dim and dark textures.I even played around with the mip maps and linear and bilinear and trilinear settings, they all have the same effect, switches to bright planes and then back to the dark textures after ALT+TAB.Does this happen to you too Kevin? The ALT+TAB

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In reading through this interesting thread the common item I note is that those who are having the problem are using Vista as their OS.Since this problem apparently does not happen with those of us who are still using XP, (there would be numerous posts if there was a problem and I find none) - then it seems obvious it is really a Vista issue and that is where you should be looking for a solution.Tweaking FS2004 to try to fix the problem seems to me like putting the cart ahead of the horse.I do not have Vista so do not know specifically what might be changed in it (perhaps the DXT settings) so it might be useful to pose the basic question on the Hardware forum.Food for thought?

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Well, I just wanted to know if anyone had fixed the problem. And since it happens with a variety of different hardware, is it really a hardware problem?

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Yes it has to be a hardware problem

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>Yes it has to be a hardware problemHow is it a hardware problem?This is happening to everyone with a Vista Os with everyone having different video cards from an 8800 to an integrated intel 945.

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Just out of curiosity, does changing the "render to texture" option (in the FS2004 display dialogue if I remember correctly) have any affect on this problem?If not, I still believe there must some setting in Vista which will alter the way Vista in conjunction with whatever graphic card one may have handles the display of FS2004 graphics.It just does not seem reasonable to think one should have to tweak FS2004 aircraft which display properly under XP to make them work under Vista.Food for thought?

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I tried the render to texture option, it still does it.I think it has to be vista too. I don't think there is anything I could change in FS9 to make it work. But, iono.

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>hmmmm.... interesting, every change that I make in my display>settings in Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004: Century of Flight>makes my planes look brighter, but after ALT+TAB everything>goes back to the dim and dark textures.>>I even played around with the mip maps and linear and bilinear>and trilinear settings, they all have the same effect,>switches to bright planes and then back to the dark textures>after ALT+TAB.>>Does this happen to you too Kevin? The ALT+TABUmm, why are you using alt/tab? I know what you mean though. When I select my plane and try to change the display settings, it goes back to bright. But when I select fly now, it goes back to dark.

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As I have stated before, I do not have Vista but have you explored the following ideas?1. Is there a "compatibility" option on your shortcut to start FS2004? If there is, how does running it in "as XP compatible" (or however it may be worded) work?2. Is the resolution settings which you use "outside" of FS (for everyday tasks) the same as the resolution settings you use for FS2004? What happens if they are exactly the same? (so nothing has to happen when you use FS)3. The other consistant thing I see in this thread is the mention of using Alt/Tab. Exactly why is this being used? In full screen mode the Alt tab alone on my setup brings up the menu bar at the top so I can change aircraft and views etc. Perhaps the use of the Tab key is problematic.On my system, Alt/Tab toggles between FS and any other program I have open outside of FS.I just thought the above suggestions might be worth exploring.

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I just checked FS9 on my Vista laptop and it displayed correctly. My laptop has an ATI Radeon Express 200M graphics card. It is a decent laptop, but can only run FS9 on medium display settings.

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1. Yes there is. It still doesn't work though.2. It is the same resolution3. I have no idea

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