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  1. I'm very sorry to hear that. I counted Michael as a friend. He sure knew his way around a PC. Noel.
  2. Just went for a fly around the Latrobe Valley, in Victoria, where I grew up. It was dusk, and stone the crows! They have lights on the road traffic, with no frame rate hit that I could see! The sunset was the best I have EVER seen in any version of FS. It is just so realistic! The ground textures are #### near perfect. All I can say is OMG! Orbx have really delivered!Cheers,Noel.
  3. Have you changed the ATC window display settings from the default (automatic display)? There is a well-known bug in FSX that stops ATC responding after a period of time if you try to change the ATC window settings. Maybe this is what you are experiencing?Cheers,Noel.
  4. Terrific news! Ken has produced some cracking apps! FSAutostart is a classic!Cheers,Noel.
  5. I have been into flight sim since FS98. Whilst FSX has been something of a disappointment, I persisted with it, expecting that the bugs would be eventually fixed. I upgraded my system and spent a lot of time and money on add-ons.It now seems that SP2 does not address many of the issues I have been experiencing and indeed adds new problems, even in DX9. MS do not intend to release any further FSX patches or fixes, which is another way of saying 'take it or leave it'.Well, I'll leave it. I have decided to delete FSX from my HDD and try other games for a while.Bye,Noel.
  6. Thanks Phil. We have been looking forward to SP2 for a long time now. I admit I am surprised that it is comprised of so many files, rather than a single installer. Is there any order for installation? Are all files necessary for DX9, if one does not run Vista?Oh, now I see, they are different languages...Cheers,Noel.
  7. I thought these quotes were pretty severe:"Microsoft, Flight Simulator developers use images to paint misleading picture"and"...Yougamers discovered that all the marketing materials and carefully distributed shots were nothing but a fantasist's smoke'n'mirrors. The game does not look radically or even satisfactory better than the original Flight Simulator X, released around a year ago".Cheers,Noel.
  8. Read 'em here:http://www.yougamers.com/reviews/14505_fli...x_acceleration/http://www.theinquirer.net/gb/inquirer/new...lator-developerCheers,Noel.
  9. Anytime now is an OK time for a new PC. The new Penryn CPUs are out or will be shortly. The refresh of the nVidia mid range GPU lineup is out; the only choice within your budget being the 8800GT. RAM is cheap and monitors are getting cheaper all the time. Sadly, Dell is not a good platform to upgrade because they often use their own components and their cases are often too small for standard graphics cards, so you are better off buying a new system. As you say, Dell are fairly reliable but they tend to be underpowered unless you spend a lot more than $1500. My work system is a Dell, and although it has a Core 2 duo processor, graphics is handled on board and it would be unsuitable as a games system. Best you can do is look for:Core 2 Duo CPUnVidia 8800GT1 GB or or preferably 2 GBI'd stick with XP unless you like Vista enough to do battle with the continuing issues with drivers and such. There really are few performance or quality gains.Cheers,Noel.
  10. Get the headset if you have a light source that might confuse the TrackIR sensor. Otherwise the clip works fine.Cheers,Noel.
  11. Hi Manny, I was getting this issue before SP1 when trying to run planes imported from FS9 like the RAS Spitfire and the Shockwave P51, but not with default aircraft. Since SP1 this has not been a problem for me. It would be a shame if this reappeared after SP2 (which I have not tried yet).Cheers,Noel.
  12. Alex, that sounds like you built your own Buttkicker!Thanks Manny, seems to me everyone agrees bass is good for FSX...Cheers,noel.
  13. Thanks for the links and opinions guys. I'm pretty sure I'll go with a good quality 2.0 or 2.1 speaker system and a 5.1 headset, with maybe a sound card upgrade. Here are some options within my budget. Some of the headsets are now USB with their own in-line sound card.Speakers:Klipsch Promedia Ultra 2.0 Speaker System, Black = $165Klipsch ProMedia GMX A-2.1 Speaker System = $199Acoustic Energy Aego Music System = $210Headphones:Zalman ZM-RS6F+M Headphones = $69Medusa 5.1 ProGamer Edition V2 = $131.30Sennheiser PC155USB = $199Zalman ZM-RS6F USB Headphones = $79Sound card:Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Pro = $189.00These prices are AUD$, not US$.Cheers,Noel.
  14. Thanks guys. My room is small and cramped so a 5.1 or 7.1 system looks like it might be really hard work; it would be almost impossible to get the speakers placed properly. So I think I'll go for a 2.1 system, and maybe upgrade to a 5.1 headphone. For this I guess I will need to upgrade the sound card as well, as I have an old Creative Audigy LS. Cheers,Noel.
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