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Milk and Cookies, anyone?

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12 hours later, I still have have a rather small cookie tin and four blue coasters for the milk.System:AMD XP2200+1gb memory50 gb free disk (dual drives in RAID 1 mirror)ASUS V8420 (TI4200) Video 128 mbASUS A7V333 motherboardWindows XP professional SP1nVidia 40.33 drivers.When installing FS2004, installation appears to go normally, until 100% of files copied and INSTALL switches to "Decompressing Scenery Files" mode. It will "decompress" a number of them and then hang at some arbritrary file, often Sydney. There appears to be nothing wrong with the disks, as all the files can be extracted manually quite easily with the built-in XP CAB extractor.SO...ooo. Just to get going, lets try a "compact" install. Install appears to go normally. Bring up FS2004 and select "settings". One or two settings can be made, and then either the cursor freezes, or BSOD.Take off anti-aliasing, and pull down the hardware-accelleration slider two notches. Cursor problem seems to go away and can now navigate the "settings" dialog.But BSOD as soon as any of the canned flights are attempted. Tried the no-cd version (I love it... all that "protection" effort circumented in less that a day)... Tried the no-cd version with no change... still BSOD.And yes, nobody has moved any Documents and Settings files.So, let's uninstall. After uninstall and reboot, XP kicks in CHKDSK because it says the disk was corrupted... finds five or six corruptions and repairs.All the while... FS2002 and FLY2 and the rest of my software seem to run okay.I have not bothered with MS support...., based of what others are saying in these forums, there does not seem to be any point.Maybe I will try it again, later. Maybe I'll just stick with the cookies and Fly2.... and the quiet rage I have within me.Art

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