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Oops! - Acceleration Packaging

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Hmm, this isn't ACES fault (a problem with the packaging), but, I wonder how many people are going to be turned away from buying Acceleration when they read that it requires 4 GB plus of MEMORY (as opposed to disk space, which is what the requirement was really supposed to say) with "space for FSX" conveniently on the second line to complete the possibility for confusion. See the back of the packaging. As if the average person isn't already confused enough about all these terms. I suppose it's a good thing it's in such a small font size. I did a double take when I first read it.Then they mixed the actual memory requirements into the OS requirement listing, but didn't quite describe it enough. What the heck does "Windows XP SP2 - 1GB" mean (to the average person)? Methinks that there should have been a separate min requirements box for the memory, or it should have been titled "Memory" instead of "OS". Or they could have at least written "Windows XP SP2 w/ at least 1GB memory". But I still don't think the memory belongs in the OS requirements. Because the OS didn't come with the memory, the computer does.I was, however, pleasantly surprised to see realistic minimum requirements in the readme and on the package. Except for that bit about 56.6 kbps or better for internet play(???). Eek!If your video card doesn't support shader model 1.1 or higher, does the installer tell you and quit the install? It would have been nice if the readme file explained how to figure out what levels of shader model your vid card supports.Thomas[a href=http://www.flyingscool.com] http://www.flyingscool.com/images/Signature.jpg [/a]I like using VC's :-)N15802 KASH '73 Piper Cherokee Challenger 180

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I did not know anybody read that stuff.The fancy pictures,game descriptions and sys req on any game means really nothing. They remind me of those movie trailers, Must see, Uber realistic ect ect.I think all computer games should come in a plain wrapper with just its name printed on it. With Caution- "You might really want to read some reviews and forums first" in BOLD letters on the side.

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>If your video card doesn't support shader model 1.1 or higher,>does the installer tell you and quit the install? It wouldNo it doesn't. It isn't until you start FSX:A when a messagebox pops up telling you your GFX card is not supported.:(While I guess even most GFX cards that are now considered very old at least have Shader Model 2.0, my on board card in my Laptop only supports Shader Model 1.0. This is a fairly recent Core 2 Duo model.I use the laptop for development and then my gaming machine for testing. So now I will be developing using SP1 and then testing using SP2.Daniel

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Now we are running into plenty of games using UE3, which, to maximize it's potential, requires SM3. See: Bioshock, Rainbow Six: Vegas, etc.

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That's not the point. Most users don't know how to check what shader model their card supports (what the heck is that? would be the most common comment). Given it's important, the installer should inform the user that certain features won't be supported, or perhaps the game won't be able to work at all, at the start of installation, not after the user has gone through all the trouble of installation.Thomas[a href=http://www.flyingscool.com] http://www.flyingscool.com/images/Signature.jpg [/a]I like using VC's :-)N15802 KASH '73 Piper Cherokee Challenger 180

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"I wonder how many people are going to be turned away from buying Acceleration when they read that it requires 4 GB plus of MEMORY "===============Not as many that bought the product of the shelf AFTER reading many reviews and the HIGHLY decieptivly advertised miniumum specifications of 1ghz CPU + 32mb graphics?

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I forget. There was a thread on here once that described how, but I've been unable to find it. I'm pretty sure it was from a couple of years ago. I think he wrote a program which did it. I imagine there are easier tools these days for it, but I haven't found any yet.Thomas[a href=http://www.flyingscool.com] http://www.flyingscool.com/images/Signature.jpg [/a]I like using VC's :-)N15802 KASH '73 Piper Cherokee Challenger 180

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