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So a year later, how do you like it? :D Of course it's been a quick year hasn't it? It's hard to believe it was a year ago...

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Well, as I wrote in a separate post a month or so ago, the state of high quality add-ons making the jump from FS9 to FSX is disapointing. No PMDG aircraft; no Reality XP GPS systems; no Aeroworx King Air...I could go on and on. Thank goodness the Level D 763 is out - it is a truly amazing experience to fly in this sim. Colin in Portland

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>Well, as I wrote in a separate post a month or so ago, the>state of high quality add-ons making the jump from FS9 to FSX>is disapointing. No PMDG aircraft; no Reality XP GPS systems;>no Aeroworx King Air...I could go on and on. >>Thank goodness the Level D 763 is out - it is a truly amazing>experience to fly in this sim. >>Colin in PortlandI have to agree, problems with FSX aside, it seems as though progress with this version is slower than in the past. Might be the change in daylight savings time though.

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Still a love , hate relationship with me. Even after SP1 and all the tweaks I am still not convinced it has a future on the Pc, now maybe on XBox it would run....

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1 year closer to FS11........Regards, Kendall#1: E6750C 3.2GHZ/Coolermaster HyperTX2 Gigabyte P35-DS3L 4GB Crucial Ballistix Tracers PC-6400 Seagate 250GB 7200.10 SATA2 Gigabyte X800XT -Cat 6.12's CH Yoke/Pedals/Saitek Throttle Dual Monitor: Dell 2405/1905 #2: Dell 8400 3.2 H.T. 3GB PC4200 Diamond Xtreme/Logitech X-530's

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Certainly doesn't feel like it's been a year. Frankly looking at the length of time between release and the service packs, it's pretty dissapointing how much time it has taken to get on the verge of what FSX should've been a year ago. Sometimes I really do like it, but that's after buying and installing FEX, ASX, UT, FSGEN mesh etc etc. But I'm sure ACES will do better next time.

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I feel I have been enjoying FSX so far. Sure there have been some issues, but I think ACES has done a good job listening to the community with this version of FS. This is certainly different when compared to all the previous versions.Now the excitement is building up on the next iteration of FS, especially when we hear the engine is going to built fresh from the ground up, instead of being hampered by backwards compatibility.

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Interesting topic.To be quite honest I do enjoy it, dig it, have no regrets...but also wondering why it seems to have been much less than a year already. Maybe it's becuase it took so long to get my copy from the AvSim Conference :) and it's really only been about 10 months compared to some of you.But I can't push back this nagging feeling that I feel like I haven' flown it a year's worth already, and I think I know why: A higher percentage of that time was spent on "maintenance" options, including not just the increased time investigating and fine-tuning tweaks, but also converting FS9 aicraft as needed to avoid continuing pop-ups about incompatible gauges, making thumbnails for them all as they're added to the hangar, and so on.The telling part is that I enjoy the missions very much and thought I'd have completed them all by now, but actually I'm only halfway through yet. Although completing the rest is something to look forward to still, it does underscore the time spent on other less-enjoyable facets of the application.

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I have and am (right now as I type) enjoyed this sim immensely. SP1 was the lifesaver for me. I am running FEX, ASX ASX Graphics, UT Can and USA, FS Genesis and the level-d and the sim is unbelievable. I have read many of the complaints about performance and feel others pain. I haven't had that problem. What I don't understand are the people who just don't see the advancement in this game. Water, weather, the way the aircraft feel and fly and look. This version is far superior. Since installed the level-d i have only gone back to FS9 a couple of times and that was to get my fix of the PMDG 747 . I have been holding off on the PMDG in FS9 thinking that the 747-400X was just around the corner ("its just gotta be this weekend"). That is the primary airplane that I fly and when that thing comes out that will be it for FS9. (Edit)Oh and by the way, yes I can hardly believe that it has been a year. My son was born on the day it came out in Canada. The labour was going slow and since we were having him at home when my wife went to sleep she encouraged me to get out for a breather. I took out my daughter and bought FSX. What a day.

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It's been a disappointment mostly for me, 1 year later and I still have the same issue I've had since it was released, blurries. That's life I guess, I am however excited about the new engine being built for FS11. I'll be buying Acceleration on Tuesday so hopefully SP2 will spark my interest once again.

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One year later, another gaming computer later, and still running the old FS9 that looks better than ever.99% of my software doesnt even work with FS10, one year later. nice......

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Love and frustration.There are moments of brilliance and awesome beauty. And moments of ugly low FPS deadness.Overall, it still needs surgery, but there is hope.

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For what it is worth, the Aeroworx King Air WILL fly in FSX. A few edits are needed and there are a few minor issues but no biggies IMHO (i.e. So far I haven't been able to get the NAV/Beacon/Strobe lights to work and like a number of imported planes, engine starting is a bit diggy).The PMDG 1900 also flys in FSX with no noticable problems.Happy flying:RTH

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>I have and am (right now as I type) enjoyed this sim>immensely. SP1 was the lifesaver for me. I am running FEX, ASX>ASX Graphics, UT Can and USA, FS Genesis and the level-d and>the sim is unbelievable. I have read many of the complaints>about performance and feel others pain. I haven't had that>problem. What I don't understand are the people who just don't>see the advancement in this game. Water, weather, the way the>aircraft feel and fly and look. This version is far superior.>Since installed the level-d i have only gone back to FS9 a>couple of times and that was to get my fix of the PMDG 747 . I>have been holding off on the PMDG in FS9 thinking that the>747-400X was just around the corner ("its just gotta be this>weekend"). That is the primary airplane that I fly and when>that thing comes out that will be it for FS9. >>(Edit)>>Oh and by the way, yes I can hardly believe that it has been a>year. My son was born on the day it came out in Canada. The>labour was going slow and since we were having him at home>when my wife went to sleep she encouraged me to get out for a>breather. I took out my daughter and bought FSX. What a day. Mike I love your edit :) what a great story :)

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I have it installed on my 3 year old computer and have only used it a few times...just enough to realize how inadequate my equipment is for FSX. I have resisted the urge to upgrade all year long and will be holding out for the Penryn's and SP2. If the new chips and SP2 provide glowing reports from the community then I will upgrade. If not then I think I will buy a cheap C2D and continue with FS9 until FS11 comes out.(By the way, I think when FS11 does appear, with its all new engine, we can expect a least as long a wait for 3rd party addons to appear as we have seen in FSX...it will be a whole new ballgame).Mark.

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I am disappointed with FSX. The tweaking to flying ratio is the most frustrating part for me. I should not have to become familiar with scripts and obscure adjustments to frame timing and texture loading. All to get 10 fps flying a default aircraft over a major city with no clouds and no traffic. Then throw in the leveraging of DX10 with Vista as an additional thumb in your eye. Overall a poor job of balancing playability/performance with quality by ACES. Overall a poor job of providing developers with a stable platform and interface (SP1/SP2). And that is why so many people are staying with FS9 and why many developers are continuing to develop for FS9. Bob..

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I bought FSX the day before release at Best Buy. Initial reaction was large disappointment with many performance problems. Spent lots of times with tweaks and brought my sliders all down to what could be done. Was happy (at a minimum level) and pretty much stayed with FSX. Love the new camera system and the new improved ground textures.Then SP1 came out and I was able to move up some sliders (kept the same FPS, wanted more eye candy). This was beginning to be fun. Then purchased the Real Air SF260 and I need to put out a warning to anyone considering purchase of this aircraft. Be aware that once you fly this bird, you can't hardly go back to the others! That's right, RealAir has raised the bar. I love this plane and even when I try to fly another, there's old N15KP sitting there all dressed up in white with a blue tail saying, "Where you going? Come fly me!" Oops - back on subject. Last month my old machine's video died so I decided to go for a new computer. The old was Dell P4 2.8GHz, 1 GB Ram, ATI 9800 Pro 128 MB, 19" CRT display. It was five years old. Ordered a new DELL online on Wednesday afternoon and it was delivered via UPS on Saturday - 54 hours from purchase to delivery. The new Dell is E6700 2 core 2.66 GHz, 2 GB ram, Nvidia GTS 8600 256 MB, 22" widescreen flat panel. Oh yeah, ordered with XP Home edition.What a difference - now for the first time I am running great! Scenery and autogen at extreme dense, texture resolution is now set at 1M (old was 2M), airline traffic at 70% (with home grown traffic.bgl from FS9), road traffic at 25%, no boats, and water at 2.x low. Locked at 25 FPS and smooth as can be. Before anyone says do this or that, no thanks, it is set just the way I want it. Most flights in and around Houston Hobby KHOU.For me with the new machine it is like a whole new experience. Sometimes, life is really good. Phill

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Yep, great story, Mike.Your story is pretty much the same as mine, Phil. I counted the days until FSX came out. A few days before the release date, I don't know how, but it was on the shelves at Best Buy the weekend before the 17th. I nabbed it hoping no Best Buy employees were aware that it wasn't supposed to be out yet. I bought a few other items to add some distraction factor, (and the wife wanted some dvds) and went the register and purchased it. I was everjoyed! Felt like I robbed a bank and got away with it. I took it home, installed it, and loaded up a flight with the Baron at my home airport KBUR. Well, when the shoe dropped, and I looked at my FPS and it was like..4. Blurries everywhere Lol.I had just bought FS9 about three months before FSX came out cause it was 26 bucks at Target and I have always wanted to try it, so it wasn't a big transition for me to FSX. Tweaking was the order of the day, and I've never stopped. That is, until I built a new computer replacing my old P4 3.0 system. Now, a year later I am finally getting the experience that I had anticipated a year earlier. It was fun in between, but nothing like it is now.

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I like FSX a lot. It sure is hard to believe its been a year.RhettAMD 3700+ (@2585 mhz), eVGA 7800GT 256 (Guru3D 93.71), ASUS A8N-E, PC Power 510 SLI, 2gb Corsair XMS 3-3-3-8 (1T), WD 150 gig 10000rpm Raptor, WD 250gig 7200rpm SATA2, Seagate 120gb 5400 rpm external HD, CoolerMaster Praetorian

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I have not flown a proper flight end to end in almost a year. Yup.. I am neither in FS9 nor in FSX. I am in flight sim purgatory! In Holding pattern.I am spending more time reading about FSX. :(FSX is awesome for the environment. The water, the sky and the new Clouds from FEX and the buzz surrounding the new Flight Environment from Tim. But, hardly any Addon airports for FSX and the blurries is killing me.The only two area I keep flying are Hawaii and Princess Juliana.MannyIf Only I can get the Flight scenery Portland over and the MEgascenery PNW, Fly Tampa airports. Then I can switch to FSX and move on.

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Yes, time does go fast nowadays...I pretty much tried to get FSX to run smoothly on my Athlon 2.4ghz and X850XT during that year. I am a patient man. But overall, it wasn't possible to have FSX run stable/smooth on that PC. Had the chance to buy a new system and went for it: C2D 3.0ghz and 8800gts 640meg and it is a whole new ball game now. I don't have blurries nor do I use tweaks. It is FSX and SP1. I use UTX US/Can, MyTfcX, BeaverX, SF260 and all is well. My objective was to be able to fly in the big cities at a comfortable level ( definition: no slideshow) and I can. For example, NYC at max settings gets me between 20 and 30 fps. So I can do my VFR and IFR flights with FSX.Still use FS9 and Xplane which run even better now.Pierresystem: C2D e6850 (3.0ghz), Asus P5N32E-SLI, Corsair 800 2gig, eVGA 8800gts 640meg, video drivers 163.71 & RiveTuner

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FSX has been a mixed bag for me. I started to like FSX after SP1 came out and some of the 3rd party apps (most notably ASX, UT, MyTraffic) started to appear. Right now, I am anxiously awaiting SP2.However, I am disappointed in some of the 3rd party developers: Nothing from PMDG, nothing (yet) from Airsimmers, a lot of great apps have not been ported (FS Passengers, FS Flight Keeper). I expect that some of the add-ons (especially aircraft) to be made compatible with FSX and I don't think that you have to re-invent the wheel and go through 12 months of developing to make something compatible, because plenty, plenty of complex products have already been ported: LvlD, ATR, some Wilco products, some Eaglesoft, Carenado.Most disappointing (sorry to say): PMDG. I seriously don't get it that PMDG hasn't ported the 737 for FSX. There is no good payware 737 (*the* most popular short-haul airliner) for FSX, one year after release and we're probably in for another year without one. The A320, which they already started to "market" a year ago? No sign of it. Not even a mention of it in the latest updates (at least, that was the last time I checked). Disappointing.Pat

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Other than the "free FSX" fiasco after last year's AVSIM conference, I'm a happy FSX user one year later. I've had every version since the Sublogic Apple IIe monochrome version of Flight Sim back in the 80's. This is the FIRST major FS upgrade I've been able to run without updating my hardware. I'm amazed that I'm able to get a min 20 fps even though I have an older motherboard with an AGP video card with TripleHead2Go at 3072x1024! And since it runs on my older hardware, I can wait for the DX10/Vista/Video Card development to mature in the mean time.Would have never thought MS would release a version that didn't absolutely need a hardware upgrade. Like the BigMac, I'm lovin' it.

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Not much for new aircraft. SP2 did help a lot with my computer's performance. Somewhat disappointed overall. But I guess in time all will get better.

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>Then throw in the leveraging of DX10 with Vista as an>additional thumb in your eye. Overall a poor job of balancing>playability/performance with quality by ACES. Overall a poor>job of providing developers with a stable platform and>interface (SP1/SP2). And that is why so many people are>staying with FS9 and why many developers are continuing to>develop for FS9. >FSX overall, has just looked too good, for me to stick with FS9 exclusively. I prefer the "default" higher resolution mountain/city textures, the bump mapping for aircraft, the clouds, and notable improvement in the sense of feel regarding simulated flight through "simulated air".Yet, I realize the FSX lack of overhead for complex addons, and keep running FS9 side by side for just that reason. If FS9 could do everything mentioned above, with great fps, and without a ton of addons, it would be no contest. But..........it does not... L.Adamson

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