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I recently purchased FSX Std. for my boys and it will not load. The disk drive spins up, shuts down and idleproceses go to 50% CPU useage- I'm locked out tight! Disk drive will not re-open and system wil not shut down w/o hard shut-down. No msg, no BSD, nothing- just stop. I have a Core2Duo 2.4GHz processor- 2 gig RAM, Nvidia 1550 vc and am running XP Pro SP3. Any ideas where to start? I searched MS help solutions and tried XCopy w/ no luck. Seems like an OS software issue as I can load and use any other disk in the drive no problem and have no issues w/ system. Other info- Avast! AV/ TSST Corp DVD+-RW (TS-H553A) Mike

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  • msanak1 Sep 12, 2010

    I have already rolled back to XP-SP2 and my ATI drivers are the latest ones out- dated 6/2010. I am anal about checking driver updates as I know this h (usually) keeps the system running at its best.
    Other software(data, games, photo disks) all run fine on DVD player as well as movies.

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Try this new process. You need to download a full version of PowerISO 3.8 you may be able to download off of torrents. After that you will need to re-image the files on the flight simualtor x cd/dvd. This is gonna take a while bt it works. By the way u re-image it onto another dvd so be sure u have a dvd and a dvdrw working to do this or if u dont then maybe you can save it to your computer and re-image it from there. But remember you are only suppose to be working with PowerISO 3.8. Nothing else. Addios and then tell me how it goes. I have done this and it works.

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  • Windows XP SP2 / Windows Vista / Windows 7
  • Processor: 1.0 Ghz
  • RAM: Windows XP SP2 - 256MB, Windows Vista – 512MB
  • Hard Drive: 14GB
  • Video Card: 32MB DirectX 9 compatible
  • Other: DX9 hardware compatibility and audio board with speakers and/or headphones
  • Online/Multiplayer Requirements: 56.6 kbps or better for online play
In the Specs it clearly states ONLY XP SP 2... NOT SP3, SP3 has & does, causes real problems, maybe you need to go back to XP SP 2, before it will work. I have heard of many video problems with SP3.
Also it maybe a Video issue, have you got the latest NVIDIA drivers installed? As this can caused these symptoms too.
Are you installing and running as Administrator too...?
Also it is possible that the DVD is faulty, see if they can play it at the shop you bought it from, or another PC, see if it actually works.
Are you sure your DVD is OK you need to check that too...

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