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Guys,I'm on my new system now. Good news is that I managed to get onto the net. But that is all I have managed so far. I might be scarce for a few days while I am getting things setup. XP is... ahhh... Different. :)

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>I'm on my new system now. Good news is that I managed to get >onto the net. But that is all I have managed so far. I might >be scarce for a few days while I am getting things setup. XP >is... ahhh... Different. :) Hi Tom... yes, XP sure is different, but not more stable or "better" in any other way than Windows 98 SE[b/], the best OS ever by MS for home computers (according to my experience anyway).Differences (namely)...1) Limited number of re-installs (clever, uh?),2) A completely (and unnecessarily) changed organization of menus, etc. which seems just intended to be confusing, 3) Addition of the user profile/attribs system from Windows NT and derivatives (for a home computer? ...really!!), and4) Addition of a variety of tools (decent graphics manager, data compression utilities, etc.) which we all have covered by popular competitor products since ages (monopolistic trends again?).Well, that's my opinion, but of course this is a lost battle: bet XP will be a requirement for FS2004 or whatever it will be named.I hope you'll eventually have all the issues fixed and (specially) don't miss too much your wonderful V5-5500.Happy landings...

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Your first job should be to get the thing out of Teletubbie mode. Once you do that you should find that the desktop/start menu operates almost the same as in 98.Good luck finding where all the files have been moved to though...

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1. You can reinstall as many times as you like. What you can't do is change the hardware too much. If you do, you have to call Microsoft and re-activate Windows XP. No big deal unless you upgrade every week or something :-lol2. You can go back to the old desktop if you like that better. I personally think it's good that they changed a couple of things. I mean, if all changes are for the worse, we might as well stick with DOS. All those menus are just confusing...3. You can switch to a simplified mode and not have to worry about that. With everyone getting broadband hacking becomes more of a threat, so I think it's good to have some security.4. Can't argue with you on that one. I personally wish M$ would release a Windows XP "lite". I don't need Media Player, image tools, movie makers, instans messaging, etc. etc. thank you.Also, remember that WinXP is built on NT, and as such is much more stable than Win9x. If one program crashes, it won't take the entire system down. For example, if FU3 would crash under Win98 (for example after isntalling an incompatible package), I would get a black screen and have to hit Reset on the computer. With WinXP, all that happens is that FU3 exits and I get kicked to the desktop.

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Rich,"Your first job should be to get the thing out of Teletubbie mode."Any advise on how to do that?

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Jimmi,What happens when FLED crashes under Windows XP ? It normally freezes under Windows ME, requiring a complete system re-boot. Does this also happen with XP, or does it just crash back to the desktop ?Chris Low,ENGLAND.

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Jimmi,I'll tell you the best way to induce a crash with FLED. Just do something with it !Crashing is most definitely the job that FLED was born to do :-)Chris Low,ENGLAND.

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>4. Can't argue with you on that one.Argue? Who wants to argue...? :)It's good to see there are still people ready to stand up and voice opposite opinions.Thanks for your input, best regards.

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You wanna make FLED crash?Open an airport, then a package. Move a couple of things ain each. Then, just try to close FLED (following the prompts), remembering to say 'yes' when saving changes. Of course, you would be wise to backup the airport and package directories first 'coz you're gonna trash your airport...Works for me every time (every time I forget to close the package first) :-grrJon Point*************************(effyouthree@hotmail.com)*************************

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Jon,Have you ever added lots of trees (saving frequently), but not actually closed the package ? If FLED crashes before you have closed the package, then it's quite possible that a LOT of those trees will not be there when you reboot, even though you saved countless times during the "planting".Now THAT is frustrating :-)Chris Low,ENGLAND.

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Jimmi,Try moving around the high resolution scenery area by dragging the slider bars. If you still can't get FLED to freeze, then you are one lucky b............:-)Chris Low,ENGLAND.

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Chris,Ooooohh, the pain, the pain :-(Yes, I learned the hard way that the only way to save packages properly is to close them. I found with my 6-pixel trees, I can place about 30-40 before a lockup so I usually place ~25 (counting down as I go) then close the package (and say yes to saving). It doesn't seem to matter how complex the models either - when placing lotsa houses on Whidby I noticed the same thing. There just seems to be a limit to the number of models placed in one session :-)Other FLEDdy, crashy things for others to look out for:1. Placing objects on tile edges then moving them - they disappear! If you're not careful, you'll lose them and the next time you see the tree/house/cow, it's right in the middle of the runway... See 4b below.2. Quickly opening an airport to check taxiway location etc. ONLY do this AFTER you've closed your package and reopened it otherwise...3. If you are editing a package and DO open and close an airport, when FLED crashes, the package is usually OK. The airport may well be trashed - no lighting, radio frequencies gone, even the FBO name. The worst problem I had caused the entire airport to be shifted about 200yds :-grr4a. Sometimes (rarely), you place an object in it appears in a different position. You think 'so what?' and drag it back. Surprise, surprise(!) when you go there in FU3 and find the object has moved again. 4b. If you place an object and it moves, BEFORE you deselect it, delete it, close the package and reopen - you've reached the limit for the session :-hah5. 'Saving' (using the file menu) only seems to save the 'active' operation. If you have an airport open AND a package, strange things happen (crashes). I ONLY use it when I've already closed everything!PS I have noticed another, strange thing which you XP boys may not have to worry about - when FLED or FU3 crashes, very often I still have to reboot, even though I've closed the program OK. Also, if FLED crashes, you cannot run FU3 until you reboot :-(I don't mean this to sound like black magic - FLED is a great piece of software - it just wasn't finished and therefore has bugs in it. As long as you are aware of them, you can still turn out beautiful works of art very easily, eh Chris? There are times when all I want to do is landscape... :-beerchugJon Point*************************(effyouthree@hotmail.com)*************************

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