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Has anyone here tried the flight simulator on a computer hard drive or run it off the CD? It looks like it might be kinda cool. I would imagine a person would also need to get a joystick if it was to be done right.

I'm sure what type of processor you have is probably most important of all. To keep up with the real time of the game.

Also, if you have it. What specific flight program do you have and if you can give it a rating of 1 - 10 with ten being the best.

But then again, maybe this is just a bonko idea. I'm not into video games at all but thought this looked kind of cool.



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I have microsux flight sim 2005....freaking awesume game if your into that stuff... I mainly play driving games, but like a few of the flight games.. I have microsux joystick with the throttle and all the gizmo's


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Greetings o' fledgling.

What sim do you have in mind? I used to spend a bit of time flying about with MS Combat Flight sims and the IL/2 Russian based sim. The MS was easier than the IL but the IL/2 was more realistic IMHO. It didn't really make much difference because I should just paint a bullseye on my airplane.................

I also have a RC flight sim that I like to mess with on rainy pee poor days too bad to be on the road.

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Hey Puttin, I have several and have mainly stuck to MS Flight Simulator, its a good one to use for training purposes etc.........and ummm once in a while ya gotta take the Lear up for a spin

PS if you need anything I have an FTP here with lots of good software with good licenses or cracks If I don't have what you need/want just ask as I have friends in low places.........besides here

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I haven't played with a PC based flight simulator in 20 years. I'd rather fly something real.

A few years ago, I managed to get some time in a simulator, it was an Airbus but I don't recall which one. That was fun. It took me a bunch of tries before I could get the thing on the ground in one piece.


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The Microsoft Flight Simulator can be fun. I've tried it with various airplanes including an ultralight. To be really interesting you'd need a joystick and the rudder pedal accessories. Personally I find flying the real thing easier.

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CPU is important, but you will find that even a high powered CPU will still do crap if you have a crappy video card. With games these days the vid card is almost more important then the CPU.

exavid, I know what you mean about the game being harder the life. I have a game for the PS2 called Tourist Trophy, it's a motorcycle racing game in the vain of Grand Trismo (if that means anything) and I can hardly play it. Mind you I do pretty good on my CB900C, at least I don't crash 1/5 runs.

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Exavid, what I learned when I got into flight simming is, you need plenty of RAM( A gig or better), you need the best video card(with currentdrivers)you can get, big monitor with fast refresh rates, tweak the system to run as fast as it can, and hope for the best. At one time I had my ol' TI4200 just humming along. Wasn't fast enough for CFS3.

Now, understand that this was at least 3 years ago as another 'wing entered my life and I don't spend time on the computer. I ride.

I still have the sims but life is so much better enjoying the fresh air. I do still break them out during the winter but I don't have the same zeal for playing them that I did a couple of years ago. I wish my 'puter would crash so I could justify spending under a grand to have 4 times the machine I've got so the graphics would run correctly.

Anyway, enjoy and get some good flight controls if you're going to spend the time learning the sim(s).
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Video is pretty much the most demanding part of flight sims, and of course ram. Yup the real thing is easier as far as I am concerned. My first landing in an Aero Commander 100 was much easier than most that i did on flight sim set to full reality sensitivity. And I have a flight yoke and pedals, go figure. Thats why I feel it is a great learning tool tho, the sim is actually harder to fly than a small tricycle gear plane........don't know about tail draggers as I have never flown one........yet

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I've got Jane's USAF Combat Simulations along with a force feedback joystick that I would highly recomend because you get more of a "feel" of the aircraftwhen you're flying. The Janes Simulation is nice cuz you've got a choice between F-105 Thunderchiefs to the A-10, F-16, F-15C & D models, up to the F-22 Raptor!!

And yes, they all fly differently!!!!

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