|FS6 INSTALLATION HELP|
Many people are reporting problems installing FS6. On this page you will find information how to solve the problems. I just put public information together. If you still have problems installing the product, please direct your question to Microsoft.
The information at this page isn't updated since april 1997.... Weekly hardware updates can be viewed at my fs98 site....
I need to buy an Intel MMX based Motherboard and
Processor to run FS6 smoother? That is a question that
will be asked often, the next few months. I gathered some
questions and answers about this issue. You can read
these in this section.
My first conclusion of this is that you better don't buy this product at this moment if you only want to buy it for FS6:
1. MMX will give you about 10-15% more speed, but as FS6 is not written in MMX code, it will not take full advantage of this product. Intel claims a 50-60% advantage when software is compiled using MMX code.
2. Later this year MMX based motherboards will be released using better chipsets and in the fourth quarter of 1997 the release of the very fast AGP graphics bus is expected.
I found the following six statements on the Internet:
1. Well, the longer you wait,
the cooler the hardware will get. :-)I'd base
If you want to know more about MMX you can visit Intel's MMX site.
|Some Questions and
answers read in the microsoft.public.simulators
Answers by Sindar (MS) and dedicated FS6 users.
recently purchased and installed Flight Simulator for Win
after calibrating my joystick successfully several times, the planes
(Cessna 182 and Learjet) all have a constant bank to the left. I
noticed that the aileron indicator on the dash also indicates that the
ailerons are left of center, even with the planes on the ground with the
A. Try and set your joystick sensitivity settings to a lower level in
Options/Preferences/Controls. Also you may want to decrease the level
for the null zone. These problems most of the time are due to incorrect drivers
and/or incorrect sensitivity/null zone settings.
install the refresh rate changed and the Number 9
Hawkeye utility no longer has a tab for setting the refresh rate. I am
using the latest drivers available from number 9.
A.You may want to reinstall your latest #9 drivers. You see, when FS95
is installed your video drivers are being replaced by DirectX drivers.
using the Microsoft Sidewinder Joystick. It has two
throttle capability. The buttons work for the brakes and gear, but the
throttle will not work. How do I get this feature to work properly?
A.In control Panel\Joystick, make sure you have selected "3-axis, 2-buttons
joystick" Recalibrate if necessary.
doubt if I have optimal frame rates
A1.In response to your questions here is what I have tried to resolve the
1. Removed all TSR's including, Norton AntiVirus, MS System Agent and Norton
CrashGuard. Maybe added 1fps.
2. Always run at 640X480X256.
3. Not sure about fonts. Got lots of fonts with PrintShop, Hallmark,
CreataCard, and MS Office. Havn't tried uninstalling them. Is there an easy
way to uninstall and reinstall them to check. Seems like something is really
wrong in Denmark if fonts can effect game frame rate.
4. Reinstalled DirectX 2.0 and Matrox Drivers. Installed DirectX 3.0 and
Matrox Drivers. No change.
5. Lowering Dynamic Scenery to sparse I think is good for as much as 2fps.
A2. If you are using a ATI videocard go into View/View Options/Instrument
Panel/ and disable Display Non Rectangular Control
Panel....After doing this I went from 2.5 to almost 20 fps and can now finally run
this program! Even starting the program without changing the resolution I normally use
is stuttering, that means the simulation stops for a
second or so every now and then.....
A. Tired of stuttering? You need to do the following
1) If you want to make the change, go to Explorer and create a directory
inside your flight sim directory. Call it BOOSTERS.
2) Copy your most heavily used area from your CD to your hard drive, ie:
Drag the CD-ROM directory D:\BOOSTERS\NAMERICA into your new
hard drive BOOSTERS directory. In this case, using North America,
you will need 50MEG. Yes, thats FIVE-OH, Fifty.Big.Ones.
3) Start FS6. Go into your favorite flying area and cruise around at low
altitude. Note your frame rate (SHIFT-Z four times) and any stutter you
4) Go to WORLD | SCENERY LIBRARY Click OK as if you know what you are doing.;)
5) Click PERFORMANCE and highlight the area you copied to your hard drive.
6) Click EDIT. At the bottom of the screen, you will see SOURCE PATH. This
now is pointing to your CDROM. Change the path to your new BOOSTERS
directory. ie: C:\FS6\BOOSTERS\NAMERICA or whatever your path is...
7) Turn OFF the "CACHE ACTIVE" light.
8) Click OK 3 times and you're back to your flight. At this point, shut down
FS6 and restart.....
9) Start it up again and fly more smoothly. If you don't like the effect,
just change the booster path back to your CD-ROM, enable the CACHE ACTIVE
light and restart. You can then delete your hard drive BOOSTERS directory.
Your mileage may vary and I am not responsible, just like Microsoft, for any
bad things that happen. I will take credit, like Microsoft, for any good
things you may experience.
me please - Europe 1 from Apollo locks up after few
Turning dynamic scenery off does not help.
Could the Apollo patch resolve lockups I experience in freeware scenery?
Right now, FSFW95 completely locks up to often in the vicinity of
airports (using several share/freeware sceneries)
A.A lot of 3rd party sceneries will run without any problem in FS95, on
the other hand, a lot of them won't. You may want to download the file
FEPATCH.EXE from Microsoft's Flight Simulator Web page and see if that
patch solves some or all of your problems. If it doesn't, the best
thing to do is to contact the author(s) of the file(s) in question and
see if an upgrade for those specific file(s) are in progress.
can't use the buttons of CH VPP (Virtual Pilot Pro)
A. The following setup (in fltsim95.cfg file) might help those having problems with the buttons on
These are my own settings which amongst others give me TRIM CONTROL from
Looking at the yoke from the front the red buttons do the following:-
1st button (on left) GEAR up/down
2nd button ditto Flaps up
3rd button ditto Trim up
4th button (on right nearest to center) Trim down
5th button (on right) Flap down
6th button (on right) Brakes
The left hat switch switches between the various nav frequencies.
The right hat switch sets the 'views'.
Notice that the 2nd line reads LOCKED=0 Make sure to to this otherwise
your yoke will resort to the default settings each time you start FS6.
I hope these will help you.
a little bit of realism, after landing the learjet and
taxiing to a
terminal building, I decided to switch off the engines (using
CTRL+SHIFT+F1), before saving the flight.
Later I reloaded the flight and attempted to start the engines (FS95 help
says something about pressing the J key and then using the PLUS sign or
MINUS sign to toggle) to no avail. Can anyone tell me what I am doing wrong?
A.You should first start the fuel flow (Ctrl-Shift-F4) and then start
the engines with J1 and J2.
anyone else out there noticed that the ILS at certain
appears to be misaligned? At Champaign/Urbana, it appears to be fine,
but at O'Hare and St. Louis it appears to be aimed about 3-5 degrees to
the left of the actual runway heading. The touchdown point is correct,
however. Anyone know if Microsoft plans to release a fix?
A.You will find that at some airports/runways the localiser beams indeed
are offset a couple of degrees. This is caused by using outdated data by Microsoft....:
Many US charts are in the process of being updated for Mag
Var changes, and many of the runway headings shown on US charts have not
been updated for the Mag Var changes, while the ILS localizer headings
have. When MS followed these charts, they programmed into FS95 ILS
offsets that do not exist "in the real world." I have confirmed this
for several US airports, and created a replacement BGL for the Seattle
area airports to fix these erroneous offsets. MS has acknowledged the
problem, but gives no indication of what they plan to do to fix it. My
work with the Seattle BGL indicates that the fix is not all that hard,
but MS is acting like it may be too hard to do anything before FS7! For
now, if users what ILS's to be "as real as it gets," they are going to
have to fix them themselves. (Thanks to Basil Copeland)