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Old Aug 13, 2006, 01:11 AM
Fly Boy
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Video card

I just got Great Planes Real Flight G3. It locks up and resets my computer.
My computer was ok before this.

On the setup it told me about my video card. It told me it was going to use
simpler graphics.

Can anyone recommend a video card. There are a million on the market.

My computer has XP home, 1024 meg DDR SDRAM and 160 gig HD.

I am ok with $100-$150

I really like the program and want to learn to fly Helis. Any help would be
greatly appriciated.

Thanks
Fly Boy

Old Aug 13, 2006, 01:11 AM
Doug McLaren
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Re: Video card

In article <64affbd4d1315@uwe>, Fly Boy <u25237@uwe> wrote:

| I just got Great Planes Real Flight G3. It locks up and resets my computer.
| My computer was ok before this.
|
| On the setup it told me about my video card. It told me it was going to use
| simpler graphics.
|
| Can anyone recommend a video card. There are a million on the market.
|
| My computer has XP home, 1024 meg DDR SDRAM and 160 gig HD.

That doesn't tell too much about your computer. 1024 MB of ram is
plenty, however, and the fact that it's DDR tells us that your
computer is relatively recent.

We'd really need to know what sort of video card you have more than
anything else, and what sort of bus it has (AGP, PCI-E and
built-into-the-motherboard are the most likely answers. PCI (without
the -E) is a less likely answer.) And if your motherboard does have a
built-in video card, what kind of other interface do you have? It's
probably AGP, but not always.

There's a command called `dxdiag' that you can run from the Windows
command prompt that will tell lots about your hardware. If you want,
use `Save All Information' and email the file to my address.

The odds are good that you won't need a new video card at all -- you
may just need to download the newest drivers from whomever made it.
(However, if it's built in, the odds are good that you'll want to
replace it.)

| I am ok with $100-$150

You may not need to spend anything, but if you do, it's either Nvidia
or ATI. I'm an Nvidia fan, but there's others that prefer ATI.

Pretty much any modern card that's over $50 will probably do OK, but a
Geforce 6600GT w/ 128 or 256 MB of ram sounds good, and will cost a
bit over $100 at a place like newegg. It's more than you'd need, but
you're better off getting too much than too little.

You can also contact Great Planes/Knife Edge's support people -- even
if your video card is seriously outdated and/or slow, it still
shouldn't lock up your computer. They may have an upgrade to RFG3 to
fix your problem.


--
Doug McLaren, dougmc@frenzied.us
Why do hot dogs buns come in packages of 8 but hot dogs come in packages of 10?
Twinkies come in packages of 10.
Old Aug 13, 2006, 05:11 PM
ian
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Re: Video card


"Doug McLaren" <dougmc+usenet-20060812@frenzied.us> wrote in message
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> In article <64affbd4d1315@uwe>, Fly Boy <u25237@uwe> wrote:
>
> | I just got Great Planes Real Flight G3. It locks up and resets my
> computer.
> | My computer was ok before this.
> |
> | On the setup it told me about my video card. It told me it was going to
> use
> | simpler graphics.
> |
> | Can anyone recommend a video card. There are a million on the market.
> |
> | My computer has XP home, 1024 meg DDR SDRAM and 160 gig HD.


donwloading the latest set of video drivers usually helps. dx diag is also
a good suggestion. Look at the recommended system requirements on the
flight sim box. Is there a safe mode for configuring the simulator display?

Is there a yellow exclamation mark in control panel? Have you set the
correct display resolution and colour bit depth? If you have a cheap lcd
panel you may have set the resolution higher than the monitor can handle.


 


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