Delta15 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 617 posts, RR: 4 Posted (13 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 4978 times:
I just received FS2002 for a graduation present...Im wondering what kind of joystick I should get. Also, since this is my first flight simulator, does anyone have any suggestions on what to do. Wow, thats a broad question, im trying to ask how should I go about learning to fly, do I need to read anything first? Can I improve graphics anyway? Well Im pretty clueless, If any FS experts could just tell me anything about FS2002 Ide be appreciative...
Westjet_737 From Canada, joined Nov 1999, 872 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (13 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 4957 times:
Ok, im going to try. If you have any more questions feel free to ask. Also what version do you have Standard or Pro?
Q, "...Im wondering what kind of joystick I should get.":
A: For the Joystick, I reccomend the Mocrosoft Force Feedback 2. The benefeits of this joystick are that you are able to feel some of the forces of flight courtsey of the Force Feedback also you can twist the joystick to the left and right so you can control the rudder. Without this you would need to use the keyboard for rudder control. The downside is that it is quite expensive. If the price is too high, I reccomned any other microsoft joystick with a twistable handle. They are quite durable.
If price does not bother you at all though, I would go for the flight yoke (Sold by CH products) and rudder pedals (Also CH). This would provide the most realistic control.
Q, "how should I go about learning to fly, do I need to read anything first?":
A: Since you got FS2002 there should be a set of videos. On the left hand side of the menus screen you should see a button called "welcome". Here there are videos you watch that help you.
Next go to the button "Learn to Fly" here you can do lessons for all aircraft types.
As for reading, look in Windows Explorer at the FS2002 folder and Disc one of the CD's. You will see lots of manuels in PDF form that will help you out a ton.
Q, "Can I improve graphics anyway?":
A: It all depends on your computer, Again on the left hand side of the screen. A little farther down in the second group of side buttons you will see "Settings". Click this and then look for the button that says "Display" . Click on this. Here you can play around with your video settings. If you give me your computer specs I can help you more.
I hope I was able to help you out. If you have any more questions post them here and we will try to answer tham.
Delta15 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 617 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (13 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 4952 times:
Chris, Thank you for taking your time to help me. I think im going to do some searching and try to find the microsoft force feedback 2 for as cheap as I can on the internet. Also, on my particular edition (pro) I can only fly on three fake airlines, and the 773, 734, and 744 for commercial planes. Ive noticed other people had screenshots of real airlines, as well as different planes, with realistic scenery. Is there any way I can fly different planes, and airlines, and get the scenery more realistic? So far Ive only flown around seattle, and the scenery looks alot less realistic that I expected. BTW my computer is a dell dimension 4300 with a Pentium 4 processor, ive got microsoft XP, and a SB4100 cable modem. Dont know the specs about ram and space though.