But otherwise, it's impossible to have that scenery without being online.
unbelievable I am NOT gonna to give up FSX I do not want to be held hostage to online all the time. It is unbelievable that one must be connected to online all the time to enjoy ground textures!!! Does it affect computer performance and Internet performance??
I wish my computer still could start FSX, but it absolutely refuses to. I had previously thought I had fixed my problem with MSFS, but yet it persisted through this past week, until I found the real culprit..my RAM sticks. I had upgraded from 16Gb to 64Gb about a month ago, same speed, same type of RAM, just more of it. Yet, MSFS didn't like it, so today I put in the old sticks and everything runs flawless once again... On a side note, I have Xfinity being piped into the house now, oodles of bandwidth and heaps more speed than I ever could have dreamed of, and unlimited, what more can I ask for? With a household of streamers, and I with FS, its an absolute necessity. Old Verizon just couldn't cut it, not with a whopping 3 mb/s (that's mega-BITS, not BYTES), when I downloaded MSFS over that internet line, it took many days (12 days and nights, to be exact), while now it takes only 8 hours, even with others streaming music and shows at the same time. Now I am once again happy as a clam. I am sure the Microsoft rep that I was emailing is breathing a sigh of relief as well, lol...
when I downloaded MSFS over that internet line, it took many days (12 days and nights, to be exact), while now it takes only 8 hours
Bill Gates needs lobotomy. Whether it is 8 hour or 12 day download for MS2020 is ridiculous and primitive 20th century method. Why is Microsoft not using DVDs or CDs is beyond my comprehension. Time for Bill Gates to have a medical checkup
Unfortunately, it is the 'sign of the times' for PCs these days. Fewer and fewer companies are issuing their work on CDs and DVDs and going full tilt into the streaming market (ie. Steam, Origin). I do find that arrogant presumption, the thinking that everyone has high speed internet these days. Up to two months ago, all I had was weak-titted internet over a phone line, and that only because no one wanted to invest in faster internet in my lonely corner of the world, until Xfinity stepped in, made an initial mess of things (twice they physically cut my phone line digging the trenches out to lay in their lines), and set up shop as the only provider in my area for high speed internet. I used to have dial-up for many years until Verizon offered 'faster' internet over the existing phone lines. The computer that sits on my desk right now is only about 2 years old, and it came without a CD/DVD player installed. It has no optic drive at all. I did buy one that I can plug into the USB port, so I can try installing older titles that I still have the disks for, and for watching my World At War DVDs Collection, and any movies I wish to watch by myself (my wife does not like documentaries, or John Wayne movies like "The High and the Mighty" and "Island in the Sky"). Kind of like the days when 5.25" and 3.5" disk drives were the norm and CD players started phasing them out. I was left with a TON of floppies and small disks that I could no longer use. I still have a few lingering around that I haven't had the heart to throw away, like my copy of Falcon 3.0, that came with many, many floppies to install it. Streaming services and 'Abandonware' sites are the new norm these days, and all the shiny disks in my drawer are no better than coffee coasters, since there isn't any hardware capable of even recognizing that old software, Windows 10 certainly doesn't (God, I miss Windows 7).
Another side note, I have finally, concrete-narrowed my issue with MSFS down, not the memory sticks themselves, but one memory slot going bad. I hope that is the last of my surprises...
Last Edit: Jul 16, 2021 18:46:48 GMT -5 by beeker46
Beeker46 is correct. My new PC does not even have front slots for anything, it's a clear, plastic panel. I had to buy an external CD/DVD drive so that I could install older software that came on a CD as well as watch any movie or tv show DVD's that I have.
Yeah, this old dog is capable of a few new tricks, though it takes some time to learn them (often the hard way-fortunately, not in this case). I have discovered what all my woes and difficulties have been about. Yes, cpu temperatures getting too high. Cause for this is several-fold, I have learned. First, I upgraded my gpu a few months ago, something bigger and beefier (and running hotter). Then, because of the increased temps that piece of hardware was putting out, the cpu was straining since the gpu sits directly below the chip. It also chalked the thermal paste, making it near useless, thus increasing temps even further, thus leading to stutters, freezes and reboots. The computer was telling me it was having problems, and I was looking at everything BUT the problem. Today, I decided to do something about it. I usually clean out my case every month to get rid of the dust that accumulates in there, but then I was looking up videos on how to replace the paste. Not hard to do, actually, and something you should do once a year at least. Okay, I added that chore to my long list of 'preventative maintenance' chores I already have around the house. Then, a trip to BestBuy and a good, long talk with one of them Geek Squad people. Very informative, seems my stock cooler and fan were no longer up to the task with the larger gpu inside and the demands I was putting on the cpu with FS and other resource heavy applications, so I opted to buy a better heat sink and fan (not going to the liquid cooling, my head cannot bend itself to willingly introduce wet stuff around expensive electronic stuff). All went well and good, even though I had to remove the motherboard to install the new cooling unit. My old cooler and fan are having envy issues, since the new unit is three times larger, luckily my case can accommodate it in style. I am still amazed I put everything back together right, there were alot of cables and alot of pins and connections in there... Another lesson learned; remember which way the fan is mounted originally when you remove it (as per installation instructions) so you can put it back on the right way. At first, I didn't, but quickly realized my mistake after buttoning everything up and wondering why my temps were still way too high. Now, both the cpu and gpu are humming away comfortably, even under the same load that was causing the reboots before. Hopefully, this is the last of my fiddling with this thing, and I can get back to serious gaming like I had done before I started fiddling with this thing....
Last Edit: Aug 5, 2021 15:29:48 GMT -5 by beeker46
I would strongly recommend changing the thermal paste every year (every two years, max) because it does degrade over time, the heat will dry it out and make it useless. THe things I learn even at my age. I have had this desktop for just under two years now, and my paste was less than chalk, it practically flaked off. Previous computers I have had for only a few years at a time, so I never thought about it, bothered with it. I plan on keeping this one around for a very long time, and instead of buying a whole new one off the shelf, I will upgrade the components inside. Well, at least will keep the case for a very long time, lol, even if means changing the motherboard, chip, ram that sort of thing. Change thy paste! It is not as hard as you think. If a person like me can do it (whose hands shake alot and tends to fumble and drop small things), then anyone else can, too...
And no, I have not gotten FSX to run again... Three months ago I had to do a reset of Windows 10, complete reset back to factory defaults, including all the programs that I had installed onto it. Something had gotten completely garbled and gooped up with the software. Since that time, FSX has refused to run under Win10, and no matter how hard I try, I cannot coax it to work. I use to have all sorts of tweaks and tricks going, but lost all of that with the reset.
I share your frustration. My Asus laptop too had a brain fart. Total factory reset to Windows 8.1. I bought and installed Windows 10 Professional. No matter what I tried, I could not get FSX Gold Edition to run. After hours of searching on the web, modifying the computer registry and various other "fool you" tricks, I gave up. I "splashed out" $7.95 and bought FSX Steam.
With what are called Drive Image Back-Ups nobody should have to resort to complete reinstallation. The Microsoft system goes back to at least Windows 7 (I am not sure about Vista) and allows you to create a back-up of your C Drive (or any other drive) when it is working properly which can be reinstalled in a single go should anything go wrong. I used it a number of times when I had Windows 8.1, though you do need a Windows installation disc. It supposedly still exists in Windows 10 but in fact does not work. My local computer man cannot get it to do so and that is good enough for me. Fortunately there are Drive Image programs which do the same thing, including the freeware Aomei Backupper. With this you can clone your entire C Drive to a separate ssd, test it and then store it away ready to be put into your computer in the event of C Drive failure. There is even a video on You Tube showing you how to do it. You can also create a rescue disc in the event of your computer refusing to boot and use that to restore a C Drive back up which you have previously created on an external hard drive. You will, of course, lose any alterations you have made since creating the back up, but can create as many back ups as you want whenever you want. Programs of this type are I believe widely used by businesses, which back up every day because they cannot afford to lose any of their data. There is, therefore, nothing remotely new about any of this. My present motherboard is 11 years old and has had heavy use. I have never renewed the thermal paste and see no reason to do so. It is true that dust can cause problems. Recently it refused to boot at all and my computer man advised me to take out the video card and clean the contacts. That worked. Dust on RAM stick contacts I believe can also cause trouble, and so can a faulty power cord. Computers might sometimes be tricky beasts, but Doom and Gloom are not necessary. Hope this helps.
Last Edit: Aug 8, 2021 8:20:15 GMT -5 by connieguy
Post by mrcapitalism on Aug 8, 2021 9:10:04 GMT -5
I've found luck with reinserting the original FSX: Acceleration CD, and using the installation option "Repair." It will mess up quite a lot of mods depending on what gets repaired.. but I've found it very helpful for getting the base simulator working again. The full *full* repair procedure I believe would be to repair FSX back to it's "Boxed" release state first, then repair Acceleration.
Only a few of my payware mods have such a repair option, and lately that's become annoying, as I've come to realize the power of that option that I used to dismiss.
My own path is a little different... I bought this computer a few years ago, but without an optical drive. I had previously bought FSX boxed years and years ago, but never had a hefty enough machine to run it properly. Now I did, but without a drive, I could not install it. I turned to Steam, and bought that. It worked perfectly, flawlessly for over 3,000 hours of flying bliss (yes, I did a TON of desk flying)... until Win10 crapped out on me. I did not use the One Drive cloud feature, because I did not have anything close to an internet speed faster than a snail. So, when Win10 went south, I had no choice but to do a factory reset, thus losing everything I had spent the previous few years gaining and gleaning off the internet to make FSX-SE the awesome-sauce sim that it was before MSFS2020 came out. I almost had FSX working, when Windows did its latest update and that seemed to have killed FSX completely now. I can re-install it from Steam, verify all the files correctly, but when I launch it, it shows the splash screen for a brief second then goes back to the desktop. Won't even complete the installation routine, just rows forward a few strokes, then capsizes and sinks. It was at that time that I decided to buy into Xfinity, download MSFS and roll on from there... It was just not FSX that refuses to run now under Windows, but a few older titles that I royally enjoyed from 'way back when', like Yuri's Revenge that will not work right anymore. I even have/had a C-64 Emulator and a DOS emulator with several old titles that I managed to coax into working before The Fart (as I call it, when Windows 10 went bad), but now won't even start up anymore. Which leads me to believe that I use to have a long forgotten tweak running under Windows, before The Fart, and I cannot find it, or even remember what tweak or tip it was any more. Sadly, that is a barrier that I can no longer step back to, the way is shut.