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Just wondering what the best screen resolution for Flight Simulator might be...I've tried both 800x600x32 and 1024x762x32 on my 19 inch monitor and, aside from the size of menu bar (flight, aircraft, world, etc.), really can't see any difference between the two. Not in the exterior views of aircraft, ground scenery, clouds, instrument panels, etc.Am I going blind or something? The tiny size of the menu bar fonts and in the screens of the menu items are somewhat difficult for me to read so I prefer a 800x600x32 resolution. Still, I'm wondering if I'm using the best resolution...I was also wondering if I should be using the antilaising (sp?) in the FS settings/display screen or set it via my Nvidia GeForce 6200 graphics card?

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Normally it would be best to run it in the monitor's native resolution. That will give you the clearest image.AA is set active in FS, but AF is done via Nhancer (check this forum on Nhancer postings) for the best settings.

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Hello,

AA is set active in FS, but AF is done via Nhancer (check this forum on Nhancer postings) for the best settings.
Better set AA (Antialiasing filter) using the graphic card AA instead in the game settings.What is AF ?Regards.bye.gifGus.

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What is AF ?
Apart from Air France and Air Force, I guess it's anisotropic filtering.

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Hello,

Apart from Air France and Air Force, I guess it's anisotropic filtering.
Those acronysms caught me many time clever-man2.gifSo for "AF" I suggest "4" Regards.bye.gifGus.

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If I may, also remember that the screen resolution settings in FS only affect the Full Screen mode. If you fly in Windowed mode those settings have no effect. FS will display at your monitors resolution.Hope this helps,Joe

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I'm guessing you're running CRT type monitor. I that case you should just run the highest resolution it can support, as long as your computer can handle it. And depending on the graphic settings, you may not notice a difference, but if you have them cranked up, it should def be noticeable. I'm running 1440x900 on a widescreen LCD but many many people are running might higher resolution on larger screens.

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Just wondering what the best screen resolution for Flight Simulator might be...I've tried both 800x600x32 and 1024x762x32 on my 19 inch monitor and, aside from the size of menu bar (flight, aircraft, world, etc.), really can't see any difference between the two. Not in the exterior views of aircraft, ground scenery, clouds, instrument panels, etc.Am I going blind or something? The tiny size of the menu bar fonts and in the screens of the menu items are somewhat difficult for me to read so I prefer a 800x600x32 resolution. Still, I'm wondering if I'm using the best resolution...I was also wondering if I should be using the antilaising (sp?) in the FS settings/display screen or set it via my Nvidia GeForce 6200 graphics card?
Hi Scott,I ran at 800x600x32 for a long time and was happy using the default instrument panels. Then I discovered third party panels and even started designing my own. At some point, I was forced to up the resolution to 1024x768 because some panels had such fine details that they blurred on lower settings. Many panels nowadays are designed for even higher resolutions but usually 1024x768 still works OK.R-

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Dunno whether yours is a CRT or a TFT/LCD monitor. Mine is a TFT 19" and running at its native resolution (1280x1024) have no problems to read the items in the menu bar, and my eyes are not so good as they used to be when I was younger... And I need no AA nor AF nor anything else to enhance the legibility of them. If it's a TFT as a fellow said before I'd go for its native resolution: it renders the most clear images. Not sure now if at greater resolutions FS9 scales the fonts though.

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Normally it would be best to run it in the monitor's native resolution. That will give you the clearest image.Thanks, Eric!My monitor's native resolution is 1280x1024 which would be even worse than 1024x762. The font size at 1280x1024 is downright microscopic! Besides, I honestly can't see that 1024x762 is any clearer than 800x600. I have my doubts that 1280x1024 would be an improvement...Scott

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If I may, also remember that the screen resolution settings in FS only affect the Full Screen mode. If you fly in Windowed mode those settings have no effect. FS will display at your monitors resolution.Hope this helps,Joe
Every little bit does! Thanks, Joe!Scott

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I'm guessing you're running CRT type monitor. I that case you should just run the highest resolution it can support, as long as your computer can handle it. And depending on the graphic settings, you may not notice a difference, but if you have them cranked up, it should def be noticeable. I'm running 1440x900 on a widescreen LCD but many many people are running might higher resolution on larger screens.
Actually, it is a Viewsonic VA926 (model #11962) TFT/LCD monitor running at a refresh rate of 60 Hertz (it can go up to 75). According to it's specs it's max resolution is 1280x1024, but 1024x762 seems to be the max my eyes will tolerate (G)! I guess I'll switch to that setting but it might take a while for my eyes to adjust....Scott

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I run mine @1680x1050 on my monitor,1920x1200 on my lcd tv.Looks fine either way.

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Hi Scott,I ran at 800x600x32 for a long time and was happy using the default instrument panels. Then I discovered third party panels and even started designing my own. At some point, I was forced to up the resolution to 1024x768 because some panels had such fine details that they blurred on lower settings. Many panels nowadays are designed for even higher resolutions but usually 1024x768 still works OK.R-
I guess I'll be switching to 1024x762 then. That seems to be the minimum the consensus is recommending (and the max my monitor is designed for anyway). Another reason I was still using 800x600 is that at one point when I selected a Project Fokker 100 or 70 FS would crash on me if I had the screen resolution set any hight than 800x600. However, I tried doing this a day or two ago and FS didn't crash on me like before. I had upgraded from a GeForce 5500 card since then so perhaps switching to the 6200 resolved that issue....Scott

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Dunno whether yours is a CRT or a TFT/LCD monitor. Mine is a TFT 19" and running at its native resolution (1280x1024) have no problems to read the items in the menu bar, and my eyes are not so good as they used to be when I was younger... And I need no AA nor AF nor anything else to enhance the legibility of them. If it's a TFT as a fellow said before I'd go for its native resolution: it renders the most clear images. Not sure now if at greater resolutions FS9 scales the fonts though.
My monitor is the same as yours. I'm going to try running it at 1024x762 for a while I guess. I think 1280x1024 would be more than my eyes could take for very long...I'm going to try running AA and AF through the GeForce too using 4x and 8x settings (recommended for use with the MegaScenery addons)...I've had several freeze ups and a CTD or two of late which I hope these changes will end as well)!

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Hey Scott, when you say it's all your eyes can tolerate you mean that the fonts are really small? I run in 1920x1200 on a 24" monitor and they are really tiny when using the default font size. So I normally run my system using an over sized font setting of 125%. All of the normal Window's programs run fine and you can actually read dialogs and folder names.The downside is that there are a number of FS9 software packages out there that don't bother to look at system metrics when displaying dialogs. For instance, if I run an over sized font and then install something like MegaScenery, you cannot see the bottom of the dialog because their programmers didn't check my font size metric before creating their dialog windows. They based it on the default Window's system metric which they probably hard coded into the app...duh. So the work around for the lazy programming technique is to simply change the font back to the default size when using an application that doesn't check the current Window's system metric.But if that wasn't what you're talking about...never mind!Mark

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Just wondering what the best screen resolution for Flight Simulator might be...I've tried both 800x600x32 and 1024x762x32 on my 19 inch monitor and, aside from the size of menu bar (flight, aircraft, world, etc.), really can't see any difference between the two. Not in the exterior views of aircraft, ground scenery, clouds, instrument panels, etc.Am I going blind or something? The tiny size of the menu bar fonts and in the screens of the menu items are somewhat difficult for me to read so I prefer a 800x600x32 resolution. Still, I'm wondering if I'm using the best resolution......
We're all getting old. :( and need glasses. lolOn my desktop in the States I would run at 1680x1050-32 or 1280x768-32 (I think that is right) in the 16:10 ratio. I like the lower resolution for the slightly improved performance at times, but prefer the 1680 resolution.On my laptop I run in windowed mode at 800x600-32 and like it a lot. I find that it works for me.

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this was mentioned before..but just to make sure. Everyone will LCDs...they should only but ran at their native resolutions due to their design. If they are not, image quality will be much worse.

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Actually, it is a Viewsonic VA926 (model #11962) TFT/LCD monitor running at a refresh rate of 60 Hertz (it can go up to 75). According to it's specs it's max resolution is 1280x1024, but 1024x762 seems to be the max my eyes will tolerate (G)! I guess I'll switch to that setting but it might take a while for my eyes to adjust....
You can change the font size on any resolution using Desktop (right click) > Settings > Appearance.Hope this helps.John

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No one touched on this, so I will. I have a LCD with native res of 1440x900 (or 1400x1050). But for the desktop, FS9 and FSX I use 1280x1024x32 for all of them. Works for me. Monitor is at 70 Hertz. Heard somewhere that matching them works better. Not sure.I use glasses to read and got Optometrist Doctor to make them for the monitor distance (ie: not for close up (or book) 'reading'). The eye-to-LCD screen is 20 inch (aprox). I have a grocery store pair of reading glasses ($10) for book and magazine reading (computer related-not the 'other' kinds-hehe). I have been known to use a magnifying glass to read fine print. Simming is 90% visual (and 10% sound) so, do get them 'cheaters', if you need them.Chuck BNapamule

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I'm one of those people who completely dis-regards the monitor's native resolution and cranks FS9's resolution right up. There's definitely a difference between 800x600 and 1024x760 though. You'll notice gauges are easier to read. Especially in the Ready For Pushback 747-200!

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We're all getting old. :( and need glasses. lolOn my desktop in the States I would run at 1680x1050-32 or 1280x768-32 (I think that is right) in the 16:10 ratio. I like the lower resolution for the slightly improved performance at times, but prefer the 1680 resolution.On my laptop I run in windowed mode at 800x600-32 and like it a lot. I find that it works for me.
What's the size of your monitor?!

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Hey Scott, when you say it's all your eyes can tolerate you mean that the fonts are really small? I run in 1920x1200 on a 24" monitor and they are really tiny when using the default font size. So I normally run my system using an over sized font setting of 125%. All of the normal Window's programs run fine and you can actually read dialogs and folder names.The downside is that there are a number of FS9 software packages out there that don't bother to look at system metrics when displaying dialogs. For instance, if I run an over sized font and then install something like MegaScenery, you cannot see the bottom of the dialog because their programmers didn't check my font size metric before creating their dialog windows. They based it on the default Window's system metric which they probably hard coded into the app...duh. So the work around for the lazy programming technique is to simply change the font back to the default size when using an application that doesn't check the current Window's system metric.But if that wasn't what you're talking about...never mind!Mark
Well, I've only got a 19" monitor, perhaps that's part of the problem. I did try switching to 1280x1024 (which is as high as my monitor will go) a day or two ago and the FS menu toolbar items were, as I predicted, unreadable! I couldn't switch back to 1024x768 fast enough (G)! I hadn't thought of changing the font size in Windows (not sure I knew this was possible!). It would certainly be worth checking out. How do you change the font size in Windows?Scott
You can change the font size on any resolution using Desktop (right click) > Settings > Appearance.Hope this helps.John
Thanks, John! I'll try it....Scott

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No one touched on this, so I will. I have a LCD with native res of 1440x900 (or 1400x1050). But for the desktop, FS9 and FSX I use 1280x1024x32 for all of them. Works for me. Monitor is at 70 Hertz. Heard somewhere that matching them works better. Not sure.I use glasses to read and got Optometrist Doctor to make them for the monitor distance (ie: not for close up (or book) 'reading'). The eye-to-LCD screen is 20 inch (aprox). I have a grocery store pair of reading glasses ($10) for book and magazine reading (computer related-not the 'other' kinds-hehe). I have been known to use a magnifying glass to read fine print. Simming is 90% visual (and 10% sound) so, do get them 'cheaters', if you need them.Chuck BNapamule
Hum...I'll have to consult my monitor's user guide to see if it says anything about which refresh rate to use with which resolution mode. Makes sense that using a higher resolution mode with a high refresh rate would improve things...I've been known to use a magnifying glass (even at 1280x768) to view some of the smaller instruments on a panel (like PMDG's and Wilco's 737s) myself (G)! Maybe I need to take a trip to Wal-Mart and pickup a pair of reading glasses...Scott
I'm one of those people who completely dis-regards the monitor's native resolution and cranks FS9's resolution right up. There's definitely a difference between 800x600 and 1024x760 though. You'll notice gauges are easier to read. Especially in the Ready For Pushback 747-200!
Honestly, I can't see any difference! Then, again, I wear glasses (perhaps this has something to do with my problem...). I've got something like 20x200 in my right eye and 20x400 in the left. I'd be close to being legally blind without my glasses.Scott

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