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About Reggie_Fields

  • Birthday 10/02/1952

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  1. My first RTW was the third race.I joined the FlightSim team, and had some interesting practice sessions before the race across Russia in the snow and ice before the race. I quickly learned my flying habits were not sharp enough.I worked at it, and when the race started - it was a jump into the deep end. We didn't have a kickoff event that year, and only learned the race start point and key route elements two hours before the race start.We took off from Cairo just as dusk was falling. The first leg was assigned to my fellow newbie practice buddy as all the 'old hands' were working on the route. His direction from the team 'leaders' was to head west as fast and as far as possible. We didn't have the wingman that year. Legs were flown alone and everything rested on your shoulders.After his flight, an experienced pilot took the baton and I was up for the third leg. He had misfigured his fuel and twice changed his destination airport, finally landing at Basrah in Iraq (ORMM) - I took off for Kerma in Iran (OIKK) in the FSD Piaggio Avanti. That is one fast, hot plane, but you also have to fly it carefully watching to not overspeed.Then I discovered about 40 miles out that Kerma does not have an ILS. A night landing on a never practiced airport with no ILS in a touchy plane. I still don't know how I made it, but I did. I've made plenty of mistakes over the years. Crashed the plane on a couple flights - saved a couple other flights as wingman. Every minute of the experience was worth it!!!As Bryan said - joining this race was the best Flight Sim decision I've ever made.Get in touch with the team, join in. You will not regret your decision.
  2. Reggie_Fields

    FS2004 in W7 64 bit

    If it is working correctly, don't mess it up!!
  3. Reggie_Fields

    FS2004 in W7 64 bit

    There is an autorun setting you have to change in XP to not get it pop-up. Win7 may or may not have the same setting change - I frankly haven't looked for it. Not from the Microsoft FS2004 CD - it is part of the install program. Without it - you cannot install FS2004.
  4. Reggie_Fields

    FS2004 in W7 64 bit

    I assume you are taking your CD4 out when you are not using FS2004, and placing it in the CD/DVD drive when you want to run FS2004.The window which pops up and offers you the option to run "stub.exe" is just how computers work when a CD is inserted.I almost never take my CD4 out of my CD drive because all my desktops have two DVD/CD drives. On my laptop when I insert the CD4, I cancel and close the screen which pops up about Run stub.exe or open the CD folder. I just run FS2004 from the icon on my desktop.Running the 'stub.exe' starts the FS2004 installer program running in the continuation mode. But if the installer program checks and finds the install of FS2004 was completed, it will launch the FS9.exe file to start FS2004 in the program mode.
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    FS2004 in W7 64 bit

    \Program Files\Program Files (x86)\WindowsAre all protected system folders in Vista and Win7 (the x86 folder is only for 64 bit, where the other two folders are in 32 and 64 bit).The computer Administrator does not have full access to those folders. This prevents malware and viruses from modifying files in those folders by hijacking the logged on user permissions.Unfortunately, FS2004, FSX and many other programs do not understand the Vista and Win7 security system. Such as - the aircraft.cfg files should not be in Program Files. Any files the user may need to edit should be in the hidden folder C:\ProgramData. That is not really surprising since those programs were released long before the updated security systems were designed.The way to get around the inherent conflicts of an old program which does not understand or comply with updated security systems is that during the install - point the program to install in a folder outside \Program Files or \Program Files (x86).FS2004 can be made to work just fine in the \Program Files folder, but that takes a good working knowledge of Windows file and folder security, security groups and sometimes group policies. More than most folks want to study and learn.