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Thank you for purchasing Microsoft® Flight Simulator X. This file contains information that may not be included in the printed manual or in-game information about Flight Simulator X. These notes, instructions, and tips will help you get the most out of Flight Simulator X. Important: This product is for entertainment purposes only and should not be used for training purposes. It is not part of an approved training program under the standards of the FAA or any other regulatory agency.
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5.Installing Microsoft Flight Simulator X You can only install one installation of Flight Simulator X on a single computer. point to Games. contact your computer manufacturer to obtain a replacement DVD. . point to Microsoft Flight Simulator X. If you have Flight Simulator X Standard installed and you want to install Flight Simulator X Deluxe. Follow the instructions that appear on your screen. 4. Windows Vista: Click Start. make sure to close all open software applications including antivirus software. Before installing software. contact Microsoft Sales to obtain a replacement DVD. point to Microsoft Games. Inspect the DVD for visible deformation or scratches. follow these steps: 1. use the following methods in the order below. Note: If the DVD was provided with your computer. If the disk is damaged. 2. Click Start on the taskbar.com/worldwide. Point to Settings and/or select Control Panel. Installation Tips If you are having problems installing Flight Simulator X. Starting Microsoft Flight Simulator X • • Windows XP: Click Start. 2. you must uninstall Standard first. For Microsoft Windows® XP or Microsoft Windows Vista™. you cannot install Flight Simulator to one folder and then install the simulator to another folder on the same machine. 6. and then click Microsoft Flight Simulator X. select Add New Programs and click CD or Floppy.microsoft. 1. 3. and then double-click Microsoft Flight Simulator X. point to Programs. If your computer does not support automatic installation. In other words. The phone number for the sales office in your area can be found at http://www. Insert Flight Simulator X Disc 1 into your DVD drive (installation will not run from a CD drive). Double-click Add/Remove Programs.
click Exit. wipe from the center of the disc outward. note the version number on the Version line. adjust system settings for your DVD drive. Manufacturer. Laptop displays in full-screen mode: The display cards on some laptop computers may let you select a resolution that is larger than the LCD device can support. 4. and Chip Type. lint-free cotton cloth. When you clean the DVD. Do not use paper cloth. or gently wipe the silver side of the DVD with a soft. 4. which can scratch the plastic and leave streaks. If the issue continues to occur. Video card drivers are small software programs that tell Microsoft Windows how your video card functions. If the issue still occurs. clean the DVD with a damp cloth or a commercial CD-cleaning solution. In these cases the view may be cut off when running Flight Simulator in full-screen mode. 6. Under Device. When you have display problems with a game. type dxdiag.asp. Click the Display 1 tab. In the Open box. . 5. To do this. Driver updates do not resolve this issue. To see the full-screen image. repeat steps 3-4 to determine the version number of the video driver for each additional video adapter installed in your computer. use a DVD cleaning kit. 3. note the Name. If multiple video adapters are installed in your computer. 2.3. either reduce the resolution or use windowed mode (press ALT+ENTER).microsoft. and under Drivers. the best course of action is to upgrade your video card drivers to the most recent version. When you have noted the version numbers for all of the video drivers installed on your computer. Clean the DVD. Visit your video card manufacturer’s Web site for information about how to obtain and install the latest driver for your video card. and then click OK. and then click Run. Click Start.com/support/kb/articles/q218/6/17. Dry the DVD thoroughly before you insert it into the DVD drive. Your video card or its drivers may not be recognized until you update your drivers to the latest version. Use the DirectX® Diagnostic Tool to determine the version number of the video driver installed on your computer: 1. More information on how to do this is available in the Microsoft Knowledge Base article “Q218617 How to Troubleshoot DVD Read Errors” which is available online at http://support. Hardware Issues Video Drivers and Graphics Cards For better graphics and performance. Do not use a circular motion. we recommend that you update your video card driver from the card manufacturer.
html) • ATI Radeon X1800 CrossFire Edition: Screen may flicker or display black in some instances.com/) • Fireworks may have defined.ati. Nvidia (http://www.microsoft. To improve the visual experience 1.com/hardware/downloads/default. click Settings.s3graphics. Flight Simulator X was released prior to the completion of Windows Vista. Dolphins may not appear in Missions on computers with GeForce2 GTS or GeForce2 Pro 32 MB video cards.nvidia.mspx. 3. De Havilland Beaver windows may appear opaque in spot plane view on computers with nVidia GeForce2 video cards. On the main menu. ATI (http://www. Select a higher setting in the Global settings list.AMD The initial visual experience on a computer with an AMD processor may be lower than expected.com/na/pages/na_index.) may not display properly on computers with S3 UniChrome video cards. you must download them from http://www. etc. • • S3 UniChrome (http://www. Microsoft Flight Simulator X and Microsoft Windows Vista Flight Simulator X is designed to run on the Windows Vista operating system. You may have to restart Windows Vista to see the IME again. Click Customize. square borders and appear blocky on nVidia GeForce2 with all driver versions. the IME language bar may be permanently hidden when you quit Flight Simulator X. fire.com/) • Special effects (fireworks. . Adjusting these settings may impact performance. Xbox 360 Controller for Windows To get updated drivers for the Xbox 360 Controller for Windows. • If you start the Input Method Editor (IME) and then start a Flight Simulator X multiplayer session. 2.
To disable Windows Vista features globally only when running Flight Simulator X 1. Clear the Enable Transparency check box. On the Compatibility tab. 4. In the color scheme list. Click OK. the “Actual” data blocks are blank until you arrive at your next waypoint. 2. which are located on disc 1 in the Extras folder. Click OK.exe and then click Properties. (On the Flights menu.com and follow the appropriate links. 3. Flight Simulator X may appear to stop operating. Kneeboard • The Navigation Log page of the Kneeboard shows estimates for Ground Speed. To install Adobe Reader • Visit http://www. you must follow these steps to temporarily disable the Vista Glass and Aero features: To disable Windows Vista features globally 1. Click OK. Right-click on FSX. Viewing and Printing the Microsoft Flight Simulator X Manual and QRC with Adobe Acrobat Reader Adobe® Reader® allows you to view and print PDF versions of the Flight Simulator X manual and quick reference card. Right-click the Windows desktop and then click Personalize. Fuel Usage. 5. 4. In the color scheme list. as well as blocks for the corresponding “Actual” data blocks. Click Windows Color and Appearance. Flight Simulator X actually keeps running but in order for the window to refresh. 3.) . select Windows Vista Basic. see the Navigation Log. 2. Click Windows Color and Appearance. Open Windows Explorer and navigate to the folder in which you installed Flight Simulator X. To view the data for a saved flight. select the Disable desktop composition check box. select Windows Vista Aero. 4. 3.• When running Flight Simulator X in windowed mode (as opposed to full screen mode) on Windows Vista.adobe. select Navigation Log. and Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA) for each waypoint. To re-enable Windows Vista features globally 1. If you load a flight you’ve saved. Right-click the Windows desktop and then click Personalize. 2.
Flight Simulator X may not restore to the desktop or take a long time to restore. the headset is not detected for voice communication use until you restart the program. In some instances. If you increase the simulation rate. . • Multiplayer • The Multiplayer menu option will not be listed in the main menu until the product is activated. computer-generated AI aircraft are disabled above 4x simulation speed. players must press CTRL. Activity and time in Missions is not recorded in your pilot logbook.Simulator • Pressing ALT+TAB to switch between Flight Simulator X and another program minimizes Flight Simulator X to the task bar. Conversely. Netgear routers will also not connect to sessions hosted on computers with the following routers: Microsoft MN-100. possibly making successful mission completion impossible. To chat via a headset while in the Multiplayer lobby. • Multiplayer Voice Communications • If Flight Simulator X is running and you plug in a USB headset. If you save while trying to complete a specific objective. we suggest that you save the mission (press semicolon) just before reaching an objective (as indicated in the Mission Pointer/Compass text). • Multiplayer Connections • You should have a high-speed connection if you're hosting a large Internet Multiplayer session. and Linksys WRT54G. exit Flight Simulator X and restart. • Missions • If you want to save a mission prior to completion. Computers using Netgear WGT624 and Netgear WGR614 routers are unable to connect to each others sessions. Microsoft MN-500. if you connect to the Internet using a dial-up modem. To enable the correct behavior. you should allow only a small number of session participants. some of the mission triggers may not fire properly when you restart the mission.
Set Precipitation to None. at about 200 feet. In lessons that require navigation with instruments. you should manually squawk 1200 when you cancel flight following. Click User-defined weather and then click the Customize Weather button.exe program located in the SDK folder on Deluxe Disc 1. see the article “Changing General Settings” article in the Learning Center. ATIS and AWOS will report it as 2 miles. • • . Click OK. set units to U. With the Autotune feature. Upon landing. If you want to do a Touch and Go. Press ALT and then choose Weather from the World menu. for example. the flight planner menu is disabled until you restart Flight Simulator X. Similarly. To make Lessons easy to follow and fly.6 km. 5. the Announce Takeoff menu appears. the ATC menu switches to the “VFR en route” state. If the visibility is set to 1 ¾. The Air Traffic Control (ATC) system • Visibilities are not given in fractional amounts by the ATC system. Set Wind speed to None. Standard rather than International (metric).S. 4. 6. For more information. 2. After takeoff from a CTAF or uncontrolled airport.Flying Lessons • When you fly the introductory Lessons. • • To set low-visibility weather conditions during flights 1. Software Development Kit Installation You can install the complete Flight Simulator X Software Development Kit (SDK) by running the Setup. IFR weather (cloudy conditions with low visibility) may not be present. you have to reselect the airport and announce landing intentions. 3. you should manually tune back to 1200 if you want to use that transponder code. If you cancel IFR. the transponder squawk codes are autotuned upon issuance of IFR clearances. Set Visibility to 1 mile / 1. Set Clouds to Overcast.
scenery loads more rapidly after a reboot. Multiplayer Tower Controller is only available as a feature in Flight Simulator X Deluxe. When this happens. • • • • • Sound • If you experience “popping” or other low sound quality. This is necessary because of the limited number of voices. Sometimes. You can request a different runway and type of approach from ATC.cfg file in a text editing program like Notepad. delete the MIN_LAND_CLASS_LEVEL line from FSX. if a computer-generated aircraft has requested takeoff. set the MIN_LAND_CLASS_LEVEL= entry to 11 (the default is 10). This is by design. your aircraft is told to hold short even if it is already on the runway. it may sound like one long instruction from the controller because the readback is virtually the same as the initial instruction. Third-Party Software • When you install third-party scenery that includes Flight Simulator 2004-style aerial imagery with Flight Simulator X. To set the LOD range to Flight Simulator 9 values 1. Sometimes a controller and a computer-generated aircraft’s pilot have the same voice. and the current Flight Analysis data). the simulator load times may be long. . If no changes are made in the Map view. and the scenery settings are set to recommended values. 3. If you set the LOD range in Flight Simulator X to what it was in Flight Simulator 9. upgrade your sound driver or experiment with the sound settings. ATC doesn't always detect taxi routes as seen in the scenery. If the default runway has an ILS. Under the [TERRAIN] section. ATC will assign the ILS approach. If you have made changes in Map view. 2. there is no problem.cfg. This setting will decrease load times but will degrade the quality of distant scenery somewhat. clicking OK in Map view cancels your IFR flight plan (it resets ATC. ATC will assign a visual approach. so if you select Progressive Taxiing you may be routed in a direction that does not appear to be the most direct path. If the default runway is a non-ILS runway. Open the FSX.• • The ATC menu is disabled in Instant Replay and Flight Video. IFR. To restore the original quality of distant scenery.
you can only use the product for 30 minutes each session. All rights reserved. You will have an opportunity to activate the product over the Internet using the Activation Wizard at the end of the installation. and Reader are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated in the United States and/or other countries. The phone number for Korea does not appear correctly in the activation wizard user interface. Windows Vista. . the Microsoft Game Studios Logo. Until you activate Flight Simulator X. +82 (2) 567-7881 (International rates may apply) TollFree=1577-9700 © 2006 Microsoft Corporation. Xbox 360. DirectX. The Activation Wizard will appear every time you start Flight Simulator X until you activate the product.Product Activation Once you install Flight Simulator X. and the Xbox 360 logos are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. the Adobe logo. Microsoft. you must activate your copy of the product. Windows. Adobe. The Korean product activation number is: Korea: Toll=1577-9700 (Nation wide local toll only).
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