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#1 bluwtr

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Posted 27 December 2006 - 09:17 PM

Just installed MS FS X for my father in law. It takes forever to load. I'm looking for a program to end all non-essential processes in Windows. I think that is part of the problem. There is too much crap running in the background and FS doesn't get enough of the resources. Any ideas?

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Posted 27 December 2006 - 09:25 PM

CTRL+ALT+DEL will pull up your Task Manager. Just tab over to Processes, and kill all un-needed processes.

If you want to stop programs from loading when Windows startup, just goto Start>Run.. then type in msconfig.. once there, tab over to Startup, then uncheck everything that you don't want loading the next time Windows reboot.

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Posted 28 December 2006 - 12:13 PM

Thanks. I'll give it a try.

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Posted 28 December 2006 - 12:47 PM

CTRL+ALT+DEL will pull up your Task Manager. Just tab over to Processes, and kill all un-needed processes.

If you want to stop programs from loading when Windows startup, just goto Start>Run.. then type in msconfig.. once there, tab over to Startup, then uncheck everything that you don't want loading the next time Windows reboot.


Agreed. HERE is a link to the startup list on these forums. Simply type in a startup name and hit search. Read the results, and it'll tell you if it's not needed, needed or up to you to have running.

Also, once you make a change in MSCONFIG, you'll have to restart your computer. You'll get a message at the next startup saying that you've made changes in the startup.....put a check in the box that say's "don't tell me again" (or something to that effect). Also, if you stop something by unchecking it in MSCONFIG, and you want it to run again, simply go back into MSCONFIG and put a check in the box next to it and restart...it'll start along with windows. :thumbsup:
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Posted 30 December 2006 - 02:28 PM

I have used MSCONFIG a lot. This could be a simple case of a bad graphics card.

What graphics card do you have bluwtr?
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Posted 02 January 2007 - 05:53 PM

Sorry for the dealy. This computer has an onboard video card. The computer is a Dell Dimension 2400 (yuk!). It's my father in laws so I'm trying to help him as I can.

I will check into the other suggestions and delve into the msconfig.

Thanks all,

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Posted 06 January 2007 - 08:43 PM

ms flight sim x would probably need a pretty good PC to run smoothly.
could be the lack of good hardware thats slowing down the game.

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Posted 07 January 2007 - 11:21 AM

The Dell dimension 2400 does meet the minimum requirements for ms flight sim x. However, it's DDR ram and integrated video, which would slow things down a bit, probably resulting in choppy performance. Freeing up some resources and ram by removing unnecessary programs from the startup would be beneficial to trying to get the game to run more smoothly (also help the computer performance in general too!). Also try dropping the game settings to the lowest resolution.

Worst case scenario is that you'd have to get a graphics card to run the game, which can be done fairly inexpensively. I believe this machine has a PCI slot for a graphics card. It's just that this Dell wasn't really meant for gaming, it was meant as a low end, inexpensive package deal (which is actually was a good deal too!) with limited upgrading.

You can read through this HERE thread at Dell to get a better idea of a graphics card that you might want for it. They're talking about a dimension 2400 and what gfx card will work for it, you can follow the links to actually look at the cards.

Hope this helps! :thumbsup:
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Posted 07 January 2007 - 04:23 PM

I read in PC Gamer that FSX requires a lotta-lotta resources to run well. :thumbsup:

I'd try to lower the graphics details, especially scenery textures. Even if the software auto-detects settings, it may have been too "generous" in it's estimation.
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Posted 11 January 2007 - 02:48 PM

If it's possible with the Dell 2400, it can't hurt to add more RAM to make things load up a bit faster, including Flight Simulator X. I have FS 2004 myself and recently upgraded to turn on all the eye candy in the game and I'm still operating off a socket 478 CPU. Granted, it's pretty powerful for a socket 478 computer, but still, it just goes to show how Microsoft wants to make Flight Simulator accessible to all. Eventually, I'll build my own kick-ass system and hook it up to a giant widescreen HDTV and fly!
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