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FS2004 Installation: What to do about this?

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OK Guys,Have tried all kinds of methods to get my latest arrival FS2004 to install but the following screen keeps cropping into either Disk 1 or Disk 2 installation processes. http://forums.avsim.net/user_files/30690.jpgSometimes it is MSGAME1.cab, sometimes MSGAME2.cab, sometimes MSGAME6.cab.I have tried increasing the virtual memory size to 4096MB and down to 500MB and still keep getting this screen during installation. I have an AMD XP1900 768MB RAM. What is the solution?ThanksShez

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Try disabling DMA access on your CD rom. This was an issue for a few people (including me) with FS2002.Doug Dawson

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Thanks Doug. I read this somewhere else too but what was puzzling was that XP does not seem to have an option to give user control over DMA. I remember this was in Device Manager in Win98 but could not see it in XP. Any idea where this is?ThanksShez

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To adjust DMA setting for IDE acces just do thisRight click on mycomputer in start menu pick propertiesDevice manager >IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers >bring up properties in your primary and secondary contorlers.It should be under the advanced TAB

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When you do find out how to do it, I suggest you also disable DMA on the hard drive as well. I was not able to install FS2004 successfully until I had disabled DMA on both the CD ROM and hard drive. Just don't forget to turn your hard drive DMA back on after installing it. I forgot to at first and the result was terrible fluctuations in frame rates until I re-enabled it.

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How much hard drive space do you have left?I had almost the same problem...http://forums.avsim.net/dcboard.php?az=sho...ing_type=searchI have since removed FS2004.Did some harddrive clean up, defraged my HDD, and thenreinstalled FS2004. I had over 15Gig of HDD free, and the2nd time I installed, I was error free... Not sure what theproblem was.Thinking of removing FS2004 again, just don't use it, the FPSare like FS2000....Good luck...

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>How much hard drive space do you have left?>>I had almost the same problem...>>http://forums.avsim.net/dcboard.php?az=sho...ing_type=search>>I have since removed FS2004.>>Did some harddrive clean up, defraged my HDD, and then>reinstalled FS2004. I had over 15Gig of HDD free, and the 2nd>time I installed, I was error free... Not sure what the>problem was.>>Thinking of removing FS2004 again, just don't use it, the FPS>are like FS2000....>>Good luck...Yeh, I thought it might have been the space on my hard drive at first. But then I had to do a complete re-format so I got the whole 40 gigs with which to install it. I actually think that my SiS 745 chipset is perhaps the weak link here.

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Thanks for the assistance. I have 12GB left on the drive so that should not be an issue. I will try it out again with the DMA off when I get back from work.Shez

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Jon, Doug, Ben,This sounds like the problem so will give it a go when I get home from work.I just did a test install on my office laptop (naughty! naughty!) and it works fine, so no problems with the disks.ThanksShez

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ShezMS Knowledge Base #245063 seems to address this issue. Good luck, FS2004 is well worth it!Nigelvancouver

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Tried all the (very useful) tips on the relevant MS Knowledge Base article and here from you guys, and still no joy. Same problem.Things tried:1) Page file rebuild on C: and F: (FS drive)2) CHKDSK on C: and F:3) Turning off all background programs4) Installation on C: or F:5) Turning off DMA on the HD and CDThe only thing left is E:. I am thinking the only issue I can see is that C: and F: have 5GB and 8GB left but they are both showing 42% and 39% left on disk. Could this be causing it? The physical space is more than enough though.Shez

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I had this problem. I uninstalled the chipset driver and application accelerator and reinstalled them. I think they were corrupting the reading of the CD or the writing to the HD.RegardsHoward

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Chipset driver and application accelerator? You mean the motherboard drivers?Shez

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Yes, my MB is an ASUS P4PE with the Intel 845 chipset. This has a chipset driver and a program called the Application Accelerator. I belive they must be installed in the correct order, driver first and accelerator second.RegardsHoward

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I see, this must be an Asus thing as my MB is also an Asus. I will definitely try this.ThanksShez

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hi,Sorry but this is not an Asus Mobo problem : both my brother and I have the same MSI mobo (KT3 Ultra 2) and I had no problem installing FS2004 while my brother ran into the very same trouble you are facing. And still no solution. I pass the messages to him reg. DMA, and I will keep you informed of the results.

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>I see, this must be an Asus thing as my MB is also an Asus. I>will definitely try this.>>Thanks>>ShezHey, why don't you image the CDs onto disk (using cdrwin, nero, clonecd, alcohol, whichever)? Load the image as CD-Rom (Daemon Tools - freeare afaik) and simply install.THat's what I did since I have enough space like you, to save trouble when I want reinstall fsim and do some testing. Much simpler.Word Not Allowed

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Thanks. I had solved this problem a while back, it was a faulty CD-ROM drive, purchased a new one and it is all OK.CheersShez

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