I am having a problem with FSX. I have just bought it, along with a new system. My specs are as follows:
Quad Core 2.6
4 gigs ram
Nvidia GTS 250 1 gig
Windows vista home premium
This machine runs Crysis very well etc... After installing flight sim gold, I saw that there was no 3D cockpit (even though it was selected). Also the resolution was bad. I have a 22" screen, yet I cant get 1680 resolution. It keeps going back to 1280. When I start off, I am in the cockpit... yet everything is completely zoomed in, like I can see only a few dials (altimeter etc) and the quality is not great. The mouse does not work as in you cannot look around. Are there any recos? Reinstall? I have partitioned my hard drive in that windows + programs take up about 90 gigs (C Drive) and D drive is games etc (About 300 gigs). Could this be the problem?
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Re: No 3D Cockpit / Higher resolution (Poor graphics)
Okay, this sounds like a graphics card issue. If it keeps going back to 1280 then your card or monitor cannot support it. The zoom issue can be reset by pressingf the backspace key, then use + or - key to zoom in or out. If the graphics card is not up to it then the Virtual cockpit will have problems displaying.
To get the mouse working, right-click on the screen and select the mouse option so you can use that to view. Good luck with it.
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The maximum performance of your video card is limited by the hardware you attach it to. In the display properties of Windows, your highest resolution is 1280x1024 because your monitor is not able to go any higher than this. This resolution is a typical maximum for a 17" monitor. Some 15" can do this, and some 19" can do this. In order to get a higher resolution, you'll need to get a bigger monitor with a higher native resolution. For example, a nice 24" monitor can only do 1920x1200. The video card can go higher, but it's limited by the monitor. 32bit color is your highest setting - that's 16 million colors. Your video card's 1GB of RAM only determines how much rendered data (usually 3D) it can store and move at any given moment, which is related to but not determined by your screen resolution. That's a very nice card - you should be able to get very good frame rates, color, and performance out of 32bit color and 1280x1024. If you want a higher resolution, you'll need to get a bigger monitor.
You didn't list the graphics card you are using, but from your description of the problem, the monitor has a higher resolution than the graphics card can support (usually 1440 x 900, some are higher resolution)
Generally, the solution if to upgrade the graphics card, if the graphics in your system isn't easily upgradable, then you may need to upgrade to a system with adequate graphics
The most likely problem here is that you have multiple assignments for the view change command set to multiple controllers hooked up to the system. They are conflicting with each other causing random view changes.
Firstly, go into Windows Control Panel and to Game Controllers. Remove any controllers listed in that box that are not currently connected or being used in your flight simulator.
Next, go into FSX, into the control assignments section... Go through each controller in the drop down box (in the button/keys tab) and ensure only one controller has the assignment for view changes assigned.
Sorry but cant see the picture u have posted as its so small.
Whatever the spec is there shouldnt be a problem upgrading to a 8500 or even higher card. There are cards higher up in the range that are now relatively cheap and will far exceed the perfromance of the 8500 agp card.
A good and cheap upgrade would be something like a 9800xt
here are a couple of sites showing performance of cards
The main problem with a higher spec card will be wether your psu is capable of powering it. If you open the pc case up the psu should have details on the side of it. Please list what they are along with the make.