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FS9 In A Laptop?  
User currently offlineXAAPB From Mexico, joined Jan 2005, 447 posts, RR: 5
Posted (7 years 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 8036 times:

Hi,
Some months ago I bought a Laptop, it's a HP DV6500T with Intel Core2Duo T300 2GB DDR2 of RAM, 128MB of video with a Nvidia GeForce 8400M GS. I haven't installed FS since it comes with Windows Vista, however I want to try it.
What do you think, will it run FS ok?
Thanks in Advance for your help and advises.
Jorge


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User currently offlineQFA380 From Australia, joined Jul 2005, 2083 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (7 years 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 8037 times:

That should run FS9 pretty well and may even run FSX ok. I have a MacBook Pro with the same specs as that and FS9 runs very well. I haven't installed FSX yet, but it ran ok on my old computer which was less powerful than this.

User currently offlineJamesbaldwyn From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (7 years 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 8024 times:

Yep, like QFA380 said, It'll run FS9 nicely.

User currently offlineEbs757 From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 758 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (7 years 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 8024 times:



Quoting QFA380 (Reply 1):
That should run FS9 pretty well and may even run FSX ok.

I can second that. 2gbs of ram is pretty good for FS9. I have a Dell inspiron 256mb ATI video card and 1.5 gb of ram and a 1.8gz prosesor. It should run fine for you



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User currently offlineKL773ER From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2007, 200 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (7 years 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 7968 times:

Jorge,

My laptop has less components than yours and runs FS9 quite well. The only really big issue I have on the laptop is receiving a FS9 error message every so often in-flight and the programme shuts down. (It is upsetting receiving this message during longhaul flights especially near reaching my destination.)

In general, you should have no problem.

Good luck,
-KL


User currently offlineKevinL1011 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 2964 posts, RR: 47
Reply 5, posted (7 years 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 7868 times:

My Dell Inspiron 9100 has basically the same set up as Ebs757's Inspiron, but I only have a 40gb HD. I'm not sure how many Gb's FS9 is but FSX is about 13Gb. I bought a Lacie 120gb external HD to load and run FSX due to lack of space. If you go with an external drive, get one with an access speed of at least 20mbps. Mine runs OK but I have to sometimes de-content the graphic settings to get 20+ Fps.
I prefer the ATI Radeon cards but your dual core with 2gb ram should be awesome !



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User currently offlineTVNWZ From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 2408 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (7 years 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 7790 times:



Quoting KL773ER (Reply 4):
Jorge,

My laptop has less components than yours and runs FS9 quite well. The only really big issue I have on the laptop is receiving a FS9 error message every so often in-flight and the programme shuts down. (It is upsetting receiving this message during longhaul flights especially near reaching my destination.)

In general, you should have no problem,

I always save the flight at various stages so if that happens I can pick up again along the route. I really make it a point to save the flight just as I am advised by ATC to start descending for landing.


User currently offlineXAAPB From Mexico, joined Jan 2005, 447 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (7 years 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 7749 times:

Thank you very much for your answer's, I will test the simulator and let you know what happen!
Again, thanks!!
Jorge



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User currently offlineCba From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 4531 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (7 years 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 7677 times:



Quoting QFA380 (Reply 1):
have a MacBook Pro with the same specs as that and FS9 runs very well. I haven't installed FSX yet, but it ran ok on my old computer which was less powerful than this.

Are you running FS through Paralells or VMWare, or do you boot up straight to Windows using BootCamp?


User currently offlineBilgeRat From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 222 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (7 years 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 7590 times:

That system should run FS9 fairly well, although the video card might choke a little if you try to run at a higher resolution with anti-aliasing and anistropic filtering.

If you are running on Vista there are a few things you can do to smooth things out. First of all don't install FS9 to the default directory (Program FilesMicrosoft GamesFlight Simulator 9). Install it to its own directory outside of your Program Files folder. For some reason Vista makes your Program Files folder read only which can cause problems. Likewise disable "User Account Control" (UAC). This is the cause of 99% of Vista's problems when running third party addons for FS9. I've found all my FS9 addons run fine when I disable UAC. If you're not sure how to disable it or what the implications are, Google it and make the decision. If you're a fairly savvy computer user and you aren't paranoid about security you shouldn't be too worried about disabling UAC.


User currently offlineAirivoireA321 From Cote d'Ivoire, joined Nov 2006, 37 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (7 years 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 7554 times:

i have a new laptop Toshiba with a ATI HD 2600 , i run fs9 with no prob and have many add ons like pmdg and many flytampa airport etc. i think you could run fs9 but dont put 100% in all performance

User currently offlineQFA380 From Australia, joined Jul 2005, 2083 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (7 years 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 7546 times:



Quoting Cba (Reply 8):

I use Bootcamp. I would get one of them but the performance loss from using them instead of a clean Windows is too great. I can run FSX fairly well but using one of them would make it unbearable.


User currently offlineAirframeAS From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 14150 posts, RR: 24
Reply 12, posted (7 years ago) and read 7491 times:

I am currently using a Dell XPS M1210 (its a gamer's laptop, I found out..) and it works WELL!!


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User currently offlineCXfirst From Norway, joined Jan 2007, 3087 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 7322 times:

same question - not as good laptop.

Dell Inspiron 6400 (uses different name in the US, not sure which)
1 GB ram
Intel Centrino duo T2050 1.60 Ghz
Intel(R) Graphics Media Accelerator Driver for Mobile Report (so not dedicated graphics, if I'm not mistaken)

-CXfirst



From Norway, live in Australia
User currently offlineJamesbaldwyn From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 7320 times:



Quoting CXfirst (Reply 13):

Without knowing your graphics card, based on the information I know, I'd say FS9.


User currently offlineCXfirst From Norway, joined Jan 2007, 3087 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 7294 times:



Quoting Jamesbaldwyn (Reply 14):

Without knowing your graphics card, based on the information I know, I'd say FS9.


I can almost safely say that it won't run FSX, but I'm still a bit skeptical on FS9

-CXfirst



From Norway, live in Australia
User currently offlineVinnieWinnie From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 803 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 7246 times:

The problem with laptops is overheating: Once you leave FS for a few hours on the processor really heats up which slows down general performance...

User currently offlineN231YE From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 7237 times:

Should work fine, even at max settings. My older Tablet PC, which has older components in it, ran FS9 beautifully at max settings. FSX though, is a different story.

Specs: Acer TravelMate C314XMi with Intel Pentium M 760 (2.0GHz), 2GB 533MHz DDR2 SDRAM, NVIDIA GeForce Go 6200-128MB, Windows Vista Ultimate


User currently offlineIH8BY From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 1143 posts, RR: 3
Reply 18, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 7144 times:

I've been running FS2002 and then FS9 on my laptop over the last few years. Performance isn't amazing, and you do have to make compromises for either performance or visuals; you can't have both! But then again your system specs are much improved over mine:

Windows XP Home
Intel Celeron D (!) 2.8GHz
768MB RAM
40GB HDD
ATi Radeon 7000 IGP (uses up 128MB of my RAM, so I end up with 640MB)

I can't get water effects such as reflections as the DirectX support isn't up to date enough, but it looks OK. Given all that, unless you have issues with Vista the system should run FS9 fine.



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User currently offlineAcroAirFun From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 106 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 6960 times:

My Laptop:

Windows XP Home Edition

Intel Pentium M 1.60 GHz

512 MB RAM memory

40GB HDD

and Intel Extreme Graphics graphic card (I hate Intel graphic cards!).

Don't try to run FS9 on Intel graphic cards! After flight (when the flight duration is over ~20 minutes and you're flying by a big aircraft) you must always restart your computer, because the drivers always "die"!  Wow!  Angry  Angry  Angry  bomb   confused 



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User currently offlineGerry From Australia, joined Jul 1999, 241 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 6943 times:

VinnieMinnie,

Agreed - overheating is a major problem when running FS9 on a laptop for extended periods. I bought a simple $30 USB cooling pad with three fans and the problem disappeared. By the way my laptop is a 3 year old ACER Ferrari 3400 with 1 Gb Ram, 128Mb video and an Athlon64 CPU. Runs like a dream even at high graphics settings but I do need that fan on.

Gerry


User currently offlineQFA380 From Australia, joined Jul 2005, 2083 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 6932 times:



Quoting Gerry (Reply 20):

Hi Gerry, does that work well? If the heat is only moderte will it still bring the computer down or does it only really work when the computer is really hot? What about battery usage, noise and portability? Is your computers performance better with it ie the cooling is allowing it to run faster?

Do you have the Vantec Lapcool?


User currently offlineQantasA333 From Australia, joined Jan 2007, 538 posts, RR: 4
Reply 22, posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 6930 times:

Does FS9 work with Mac computers?

User currently offlineGerry From Australia, joined Jul 1999, 241 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 6914 times:

QFA380

I have other Vantec stuff which works very well but all my cooling pad says is "Made in China". Being very simple devices I think that they would all run well. I only run my laptop from the mains while using FS9 and the main problem that it overcame was a total shutdown of fs everytime it got to some 30 minutes into a flight. It doesn't happen anymore - mind you that Athlon 64 chip did run so hot that I could hardly touch the bottom casing of the laptop after about 30 minutes of something as CPU intensive as FLight Sim.
All I can say about performance is that it seems better with the cooling pad but that may be psychological.

Regards

Gerry


User currently offlineEMA747 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2006, 1171 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 6891 times:

Will either of these run FS9 well? Which is best?

Acer Aspire 5520 TL58
AMD Turion™ 64 X2 Dual Core
NVIDIA® GeForce® 8400M, 128MB shared
Memory 2Gb

or

HP dv6527
AMD Athlon 64 X2 mobile
NVIDIA® GeForce™ 7150M - Up to 559 MB total available graphics memory
Memory 2Gb



Failing doesn’t make you a failure. Giving up and refusing to try again does!
25 Post contains images AcroAirFun : FS doesn't need Dual Core. Anyway, I prefer Athlons. Shared memories aren't good - I think. on HP dv6527 you have older graphic card, but you wrote "
26 ShyFlyer : For what it's worth, here are my specs: Dell XPS M1730 w/ Windows XP Professional 2.6Ghz Core2 Duo nVidia SLI Dual GeForce 8700MGT with 512MB GDDR3 Me
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