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Hi all.As a new member I dont know if you have coverd this issue.I have been reading about a Gent called Michael Greenblatt,and it seems like he as come up with the answer to most off Flight Simulators Problems.The Question is,shoud I spend $60.00 of my pension on his cure.Look forward to your replys.Rex

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Rex - Welcome to the forum. Many folks feel this service to be useful. Other are not so sure. Do a forum search on Michael Greenblatt and you'll get a number of past posts to digest. As you'll see, it's been a very controversial subject. Doug

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True. Just fire away your questions, there are good chances that someone here will help you!

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Personally, I think Michael has a lot to offer our community, as I am a new client of his. If you are open minded, I really think his techniques can make MS FS that much more enjoyable. Whether you find it is worth the $$, that is something you can only decide for yourself.Regards,Owen

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I think you can get your service and then decide whether it was worth it and either pay or not.Michael J.WinXP-Home SP2,AMD64 3500+,Abit AV8,Radeon X800Pro,36GB Raptor,1GB PC3200,Audigy 2

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Whilst I have no doubt that the service offered by FS-GS does help some people, you need to be aware that the procedures performed would have already been performed by someone with even a medium knowledge of PC's.There is nothing new or special in what he does, but obviously some people feel more comfortable being eased through the process personally by someone.Search on the forum for FS-GS or Michael Greenblatt and you will find a plethora of information, this subject has been beaten out of shape, many, many times.In fact, that reminds me, Mr Greenblatt was going to have his process reviewed by AVSIM, wonder what happened to that?.Dan.

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Worth every nickel--even if multiplied by a factor of 3 to 6. A fabulous service (and I believe in paying for service--life's too short to experiment with certain things and tweaking your PC system heavily for FS is one such example). Mr. Greenblatt spent 5+ hours on the internet phone with me last May and we went through my entire system, FS, add-ons, the works. It was terribly laborious in places, but the $60 or $70 fee was worth it just to be on the phone for 5 hours and learn about stuff.It made a HUGE difference to my mid-end P4, 2.53Ghz machine. It worked 101% for me. It also eliminated "micro stutters."I might do it again for my new hi-end PC.JS

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I have never used Mr. Greenblatt's services which is specifically why I cannot and WOULD not offer an opinion about the value of what he does.Others, many of whom have ALSO NOT USED his services who might suggest to you that they are worthless or could be gotten by a simple search of this or any other forum's archives are offering utterly ridiculous advice.On the contrary, there is a post in this and NUMEROUS other threads from people who HAVE used the service and who have raved about the results.Mr. Owen, notably, is pleased so far, and he happens to be associated with FSD which, as everyone knows, is one of THE most advanced developers of add-on aircraft.If HE can benefit, then somewhere between 80-95% of the rest of us could too IMHO.I don't mean to get on a soap box here and we are all entitled to our opinions but to demean someone's work, without ever having tried it, is really pretty foolish.Regards,Jim

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I also have not used his services, however, I can understand why some would. While it's true that you can probably get answers on this forum by searching, you will also get many different opinions on even the simplest procedure. If one is not very computer savvy you run the risk of really messing up your system not knowing which opinion or procedure will work for you. As a matter of fact what advice is sound and what isn't.Getting expert advice all in one place isn't such a bad idea for some.

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>to our opinions but to demean someone's work, without ever>having tried it, is really pretty foolish.I actually would have a hard time recalling any demeaning posts about Mr.Greenblatt's services.Michael J.WinXP-Home SP2,AMD64 3500+,Abit AV8,Radeon X800Pro,36GB Raptor,1GB PC3200,Audigy 2

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"I actually would have a hard time recalling any demeaning posts about Mr.Greenblatt's services."Yep. In fact, I seem to recall the only real problems about his service coming from some of his customers telling their fellow simmers that they're crazy for not using the service. Recommendations for fellow simmers are great and needed, but attacking those who don't feel they need the service is where the problems have come in the past. What those folks seem to forget is that the sim runs just fine for some, so then the question becomes, "Will the service benefit those who are already happy with their performance in MSFS?"FS-GS offers a great sevice (as evidenced by the large number of his customers who rave about Michael's work) and certainly has a place in this hobby. But that doesn't mean everybody can or will benefit. Which, I suspect, is why Michael offers the "you don't pay unless you're happy" guarantee.Greg

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I HAVE used the service, which is why I can say EXACTLY what he does, and EXACTLY what he does is easily found anywhere on the net or in forums."Mr. Owen, notably, is pleased so far, and he happens to be associated with FSD which, as everyone knows, is one of THE most advanced developers of add-on aircraft.If HE can benefit, then somewhere between 80-95% of the rest of us could too IMHO."Hmm....thats a load of bull, JUST because Mr Owen and his team develop high tech plane addons in no way mean that just because he benifits 90% of us would too."I don't mean to get on a soap box here and we are all entitled to our opinions but to demean someone's work, without ever having tried it, is really pretty foolish."As I said previously, my opinion is valid, due to to fact that I HAVE used this service, and found it of little to no benifit, that said I also stand by my statement that I am sure "some" of us could benefit from it.I just think people need to be aware that this service is in no way anything new, or any kind of "black magic", it is simple system unification, and also the removal of various pieces of software, Norton users beware ;).I still think that it would be of benefit for someone at AVSIM to test out this service, and offer a unbiased opinion of it, maybe that would put an end to these posts?.Dan.

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I have also used the service and agree with Dan's assessment. If you have a reasonable amount of PC knowledge and regularly maintain your machine, and have also stayed on top of the major FS tweaks and their effects, you probably will gain little. On the other hand there are quite a few people who do not fall into such category, and were I one of them, I probably would not mind parting with the cash to optimize.I will say this though: He will stay on the phone with you for hours going through everything, and he will allow you the option of not paying should you feel the service not worthwhile.

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HiThank you all for the response you have given to my question on system unification. I have noted your comments and the advice that you have given is very useful to me.Many thanks once again.Rex

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>Others, many of whom have ALSO NOT USED his services who might>suggest to you that they are worthless or could be gotten by a>simple search of this or any other forum's archives are>offering utterly ridiculous advice.Exactly. For one thing, they would have to search multiple forums, not to mention multiple sites for such "solutions," then copy and paste and print out all of the things that they find that may or may NOT work for their particular system, which I'm guessing would take MUCH longer than the time spent on the phone with Michael. BTW, what DID happen with that AVSIM review of the process?

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is your pension tagged for inflation? And even if it's not, what else would you spend it on? Think about that for a second. Anyhing else you can spend 60 bucks on that wuold give you more pleasure? So, do it. Who cares....?billg

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I've been contemplating using this service as well. Just like many others, I don't have the time to try every tweak found here and on billions of other forums, often posted and suggested by posters whose own credentials aren't all that clear to me. The main issue I have is that I don't understand the term "system unification." I mean, I can see how someone would walk you through the process of upgrading your motherboard drivers, optimizing bios settings, etc. but what is "unifying" about that?Secondly, I'm still waiting for more precise numbers on what the results actually are.ricardo

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If you have a medium knowledge of PC's and a good understanding on how FS works, I think that you could do just as good yourself using these forums. I think I would rather spend the 60 bucks on a nice new add on like the Level D 767, or a couple for that matter.

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Someone may want to post a link for his service. ;-)Any search for tweaks, tips and such does take some work on one's part, and it does take some knowledge of your system and its mood swings to make it hum.I am not opposed to someone paying for this, I guess it all depends. for someone with a decent system, it might very well be worth while.I have what some consider a Very Low-End Machine, but I run a very complex system.1.2ghz Athlon512 mb ramGeForce FX5600 128mb ram.5 Different Windows XP hardware Profiles (3 of which I use, one safe and a backup)* See Black Viper website for details on this. Lowest has 13 Processes running. :-)4 Different FS9 Hardware Profiles.(Allows seperate keyboard commands for each, and settings)1) Helicopter2) Voice Recognition (disable network support, lock firewall, turn off spyware and virus protection) Very lean and mean.3) Heavy weather4) Planes that eat FPS for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and cracker barrel. ;-)Multiple Windows XP User Profiles.2 Admin Profiles, one for Sony Clie wireless sync, and one to only be used if I need to run windows update.3 Limited User Profiles. Me, Wife, and kids, which I use WHENEVER I am online.Add up all those combinations and his service may run me hundreds, IMHO. ;-)There may be a couple things he could do for me, but I am very content with my setup, and any changes at this point would be cosmetic and destroy all the work I have already put into it, IMHO. Plus I enjoy knowing my system. When it breaks, I know where to look. I bought this one in February of 2001, and I don't plan another upgrade until FS10 comes out. :-)So what his service really does is buy back your time. Instead of learning what to tweak and investing the time to research, you are buying your time back from him. Pretty good marketing on his part, and no doubt a useful service for some.Regards,Joeaopa.gif" border="0" alt="Grab My FREEWARE Voice recognition Profiles here:[a href=http://library.avsim.net/esearch.php?CatID=fs2004misc&DLID=58334]Cessna 172 Voice Profile[/a][a href=http://library.avsim.net/esearch.php?CatID=fs2004misc&DLID=60740]FSD Avanti Voice Profile[/a].You will need the main FREEWARE Flight Assistant program to use it, get it here:[a href=http://library.avsim.net/esearch.php?CatID=genutils&DLID=39661]Flight Assistant 2.2[/a]

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>Secondly, I'm still waiting for more precise numbers on what>the results actually are.I don't think you will ever get 'precise' numbers or any numbers for that matter. Things like 'no stutter', 'smooth' flying, 'sharp textures' are impossible to capture in numbers. Such results may also be so subjective that could explain why Avsim decided not to review it. Michael J.WinXP-Home SP2,AMD64 3500+,Abit AV8,Radeon X800Pro,36GB Raptor,1GB PC3200,Audigy 2

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This is the best and unbiased reply concerning this topic I have ever read in this forum. Kudos to you mate...well said.

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There are a couple real gems right in this post. Don't need to look very hard or very far.

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I have read the raves given to Mr. Greenblatt on what he has done to every single person who has tried his services. I have yet to read one who said they didn't want to pay him for his services. Not even ONE.However, I have NEVER read a post where someone who has been trying to get there computer running FS9 smoothly has come into this forum and raved about how smooth and stutter free their computer is running since following ALL the advice given in this forum. True, some get things running maybe 2-3 fps more, but still complain of stutters. Generally, I read more "I tried all the tweaks and I'm fed up" than, "wow, after trying all the tweaks suggested in this forum, my computer now runs FS9 stutter free and smooooth". Nada. Never heard it.I would try Mr. Greenblatt's services if...1. I had the extra money.2. I wasn't considering purchasing a new computer.3. See number 1.I have spent untold hours and tried most every tweak mentioned in these forums to get FS9 running better, and each time I do, there's never ANY improvement. I usually undo all the tweaks and go back to running it "bare-bones".

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Oooops. Finally found one. Wow. You seem to take his service pretty personal. May I ask why so angry?

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