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I Want To Buy Flight Sim.where Do I Start?  
User currently offlineCalAir From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 298 posts, RR: 1
Posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 7713 times:

Hi guys, ive just bought my first laptop and want to get flight sim for it. However, when I looked on Play.com there are so many versions! I want to fly civil types, not military or cessena types, which one should I opt for??


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User currently offlineGoinv From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 264 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 7709 times:

Hi,

Hopefully you laptop will have enough "get-up-and-go" to play games.

Flight Simulator 2004 - A Century of Flight is the latest and will include the odd Cessna as well as a Boeing 737/747 & 777. If you shop around you could probably pick up a copy for about £24.99

Flight Simulator 2002 is still available in a few places. Not as good scenery wise but a little less demanding on computers that are not as good/fast. This also includes the B737/747/777

I've not seen Flight Simulator 2000 on the shelves for a long time. This version was (to me) painfully slow. No matter what PC you had - it always crawled along.

Flight Simulator 98 is quite basic (compared to the more modern versions). You get a Boeing 737. You laptop should run this and you can get a copy from £4.99.

There's also X-Plane - the graphics aren't as good but the handling characteristics of each plane are better than Microsofts.

Anything else you see is either an add-on (you need to buy one of the above first) or it's a combat flight sim.

PC World have FS2004 on sale for £19.99 if this helps:- http://www.pcworld.co.uk/martprd/sto...ndefined&sm=undefined&tm=undefined
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goinv



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User currently offlineGofly From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2004, 1727 posts, RR: 38
Reply 2, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 7707 times:
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Undoubtedly FS2004.  Smile


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User currently offlineLawrenceMck From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 311 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 7695 times:

Quoting Gofly (Reply 2):
Undoubtedly FS2004.

I totally agree with this, until FSX comes out I think the best option is definitely FS2004. Just make sure your laptop is more than capable of running it and you'll have a great time.

Lawrence
 Wink



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User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 19
Reply 4, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 7686 times:

And DO start in that Cessna. If you don't learn to fly properly you'll never enjoy the sim.

Way too many people start out in the 747 and give up in frustration because they can't get it right.
The aircraft gets away from them all the time, they crash, they get angry at themselves and "that stupid computer", and they give up.



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User currently offlineIFACN From Italy, joined Nov 2005, 153 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 7683 times:

Quoting CalAir (Thread starter):
Hi guys, ive just bought my first laptop and want to get flight sim for it.

Microsoft Flight Sim 2004 is the best choice, IMHO.

It's better if you tell us some technical stuff about your laptop: which kind of processor and its speed, how much memory, which kind of video adapter (if you're not familiar with techie jargon, tell me manufacturer and model of your laptop).

At any rate, you will have to try different realism settings to find which one best matches the overall performance of your laptop.

Regards,
A.


User currently offlineGEEZ From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 7670 times:

Quoting Jwenting (Reply 4):
And DO start in that Cessna. If you don't learn to fly properly you'll never enjoy the sim.

Not 100% true. I learnt in a Meljet 777 Big grin - But the thing is to remember, do not expect to learn how to fly in the space of a few days... It just doesnt work like that! (Unfortunately).

Good luck with things, and dont hesitate to ask anymore questions regarding your FS, there are loads of us all willing to help out!

Chris  wave 


User currently offlineCalAir From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 298 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 7598 times:

Cheers for the tips guys, seems FS1004 is the best option then, I have a Packard Bell Easynote 1004, with Celeron M 360 1.40Ghz processor, 1MB cache memory, 512MB,400mhz FSB, 40GB hard drive and 64MB shared graphics card. I have NO idea what any of that means, I just got it off the Currys website  Smile Just liked it cause it felt sturdy with a widescreen and reasonably light, and it was only £499! This be ok?


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User currently offlineAtco2b From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 1114 posts, RR: 7
Reply 8, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 7567 times:

Quoting CalAir (Reply 7):
FS1004 is the best option then

FS2004 Big grin



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User currently offlinePortcolumbus From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 1614 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 7546 times:

Quoting CalAir (Reply 7):
This be ok?

With a Celeron CPU and shared video memory, you may not be too thrilled with FS9's performance.


User currently offlineShamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6320 posts, RR: 14
Reply 10, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 7543 times:

I just got FS2004 and I'm very pleased with it, now all I need is something to add real airlines and jet Bridges. I hope you have a great time with FS2004, CalAir!

User currently offlineDelboy From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 725 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 7494 times:

Portcolumbus may be right, it just might not have enough 'humph' to handle FS2004.

I hope you never have to use the after sales service of the store in question, from what I've heard, it's a bit iffy to say the least.

Have a look on ebay, it won't cost as much and if it doesn't perform brilliantly it won't hurt so much.

Good luck!


User currently offlineCalAir From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 298 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 7412 times:

Hmmm think i may opt for the 2002 option then, not too worried about too many add ons etc.


British Caledonian...we never forget, you have a choice
User currently offlineDelboy From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 725 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 7387 times:

Me and the other half were shopping at the weekend in Hitchin and we went into an electrical/tv shop. They has a copy of FS2004 on the shelf for £49.99!!! I almost pi$$ed myself laughing, don't think the shop assistant was too pleased when I asked him if it was Comic Relief week. He was even less pleased when I told him that you can pick this up in most outlets for under £30 and probably get it even cheaper on e-bay.

Robbers,at least Dick Turpin wore a mask!!


User currently offlinePilot kaz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 7376 times:

Im coming back to this sim world im afraid to admit...

After 1.5 years of running off a laptop its time to go back to PC... (and well keep the laptop also  Wink)

So I have on the way...

-Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor 521 with HT Technology (2.80GHz, 1MB L2 cache, 800 FSB)

-512MB DDR2 RAM

-80GB Serial ATA Hard Drive (7200 RPM)

-Integrated Intel® Graphic Media Accelerator 900

Yay  Silly


User currently offlineAirlinelover From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 5580 posts, RR: 23
Reply 15, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 7352 times:

Quoting CalAir (Reply 7):
Cheers for the tips guys, seems FS1004 is the best option then, I have a Packard Bell Easynote 1004, with Celeron M 360 1.40Ghz processor, 1MB cache memory, 512MB,400mhz FSB, 40GB hard drive and 64MB shared graphics card. I have NO idea what any of that means, I just got it off the Currys website Smile Just liked it cause it felt sturdy with a widescreen and reasonably light, and it was only �499! This be ok?

2004 will be VERY stuttery with this.. Not a good option..

2002 might be a bit better, but this system is inferior to the laptop I run 2002 on, and you probably won't be impressed..

I run 2004 and 2002 on my main system at home, (2002 only cause some things are not available for 2k4 that are for 2k2), and 2k2 on my laptop that I bring to work.. (yes I fly at work sometimes.. Online..)

Try 2002, see how it does..

If you need advice feel free to PM Me.

Chris



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User currently offlinePilot kaz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 7301 times:

Guys Question...

A. Chris (GEEZ), I knwo you hate these questions so STFU  Wink

2. Just had a look at the graphics card that will be inc in my New PC Here are the specs  Smile

Memory: 128MB shared
Controller Speed: 333MHz
Controller: Intel® Extreme Graphics Media Accelerator 90

No idea when it comes to graphics lol, any good or should I cry?

 Wink


User currently offlineGEEZ From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 7301 times:

Quoting Pilot kaz (Reply 16):
A. Chris (GEEZ), I knwo you hate these questions so STFU

Ok, well I won't answer your ques-john then!  rotfl 


User currently offlinePilot kaz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 7301 times:

Quoting GEEZ (Reply 17):
Ok, well I won't answer your ques-john then!

You couldnt on the phone luv  Wink

And just to piss you off more....

EI-DCL
G-CPEM

 Wink


User currently offlineGEEZ From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 7301 times:

Quoting Pilot kaz (Reply 18):
You couldnt on the phone luv

And just to piss you off more....

EI-DCL
G-CPEM

G-BZHC


User currently offlinePilot kaz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 7301 times:

Quoting GEEZ (Reply 19):
G-BZHC

OY-KHE  Wink
G-MIDW  Sad
G-MIDX
G-MIDL

game?  Wink


User currently offlineGEEZ From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 7301 times:

Quoting Pilot kaz (Reply 20):
game?

No. - That would be off the topic of the thread. Big grin


User currently offlinePilot kaz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 7301 times:

Quoting GEEZ (Reply 21):
No. - That would be off the topic of the thread.

shame you lost before we started  Wink


User currently offlineGEEZ From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 7301 times:

Quoting Pilot kaz (Reply 22):
shame you lost before we started

Whatever!

by the way...

Quoting Pilot kaz (Reply 20):
G-MIDW
G-MIDX
G-MIDL

Who are bmi anyway?!!  rotfl 


User currently offlinePilot kaz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 7301 times:

Quoting GEEZ (Reply 23):
Who are bmi anyway?!!

An Airline apprently  rotfl 


25 Jetflyer : I learnt to fly on the Boeing 777/737 LOL! Never been into Cessnas. I still enjoy it loads. I learnt on the PSS A320, PSS 747 and 777. Now I fly the L
26 PoRtColuMBus : Intergrated video/shared memory isn't exactly known for stellar performance.
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