Microsoft Flight Simulator X Service Pack 2 Readme       
       
         
         
         
Microsoft Flight Simulator X Service Pack 2 Readme
Final Release Notes: December 2007

Thank you for installing Microsoft Flight Simulator X Service Pack 2. These notes, instructions, and tips will help you get the most out of the update. You must install Service Pack 1 before installing Service Pack 2.

IMPORTANT: If you have already installed Flight Simulator X: Acceleration, you do not need to install Service Pack 2.

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.

Minimum System Requirements

  • 2.0 GHz processor or higher
  • 1.0 GB RAM
  • 128MB video RAM or higher
  • Must have vertex and pixel shader model 1.1 or higher (no more hardware T&L)

SERVICE PACK 2 INSTALLATION NOTES

  • After you install Service Packs 1 and 2, do not reinstall Service Pack 1.
  • If install SP2 and later purchase Flight Simulator X: Acceleration, you must uninstall SP2 before installing Acceleration.
  • If you install Flight Simulator X on a computer running the 64-bit Vista operating system, the Setup progress bar may not indicate progress during the installation. The program still installs correctly on this operating system.
  • It may appear that the progress bar is paused for a long time during DirectX installation. The installation is actually progressing but the Setup program does not indicate the progress.
  • When the time expires in demo mode after installing Flight Simulator X plus Acceleration or the service packs, attempting to activate the product may result in a dialog box that appears to be frozen. Press ALT+TAB to bring the active window to the front to continue product activation.
  • If you have problems installing Flight Simulator X Service Pack 2, close all open software applications including antivirus software before running Setup.

DirectX

Flight Simulator X Service Pack 2 previews the new technology of DirectX 10 to enhance environmental effects such as bloom, realistic water, and virtual cockpit shadowing. You must have a DirectX 10 graphics adapter to enable the DirectX 10 features (the check box for DirectX 10 is not visible if you don't have compatible hardware).

Features and improvements include virtual cockpit shadowing, HDR bloom, water enhancements, and efficiency improvements to increase performance in some areas.

To enable DirectX 10 in Flight Simulator X, open the Settings - Graphics dialog box.

To open the Settings - Graphics dialog box

  1. On the main screen, click Settings, and then click Customize.
  2. Click the Graphics tab.
  3. -or-

  4. On the Options menu, point to Settings, and then click Display.
  5. Click the Graphics tab.

To enable DirectX 10

  1. Select the DirectX 10 Preview check box.
  2. Click OK.

If you encounter any DirectX errors after installing Flight Simulator X, try manually downloading and installing DirectX from http://www.microsoft.com/directx.

If you do not have an Internet connection, you can install DirectX from your hard drive:

  1. Navigate to the folder where you installed Flight Simulator X. The default location is c:\Program Files\Microsoft Games\Microsoft Flight Simulator X\Setup\DX.
  2. Double-click DXSETUP.exe.

Other Issues

Sound Settings
We modified the Sound Settings dialog box so you can select separate audio adapters directly in the Sound Settings dialog box. We removed the Configure button and provided two list boxes to select audio adapters to separate voice and other sounds.

Multiplayer and Service Pack 2
Service Pack 2 brings computers running Flight Simulator X or Flight Simulator X Service Pack 1 into multiplayer compatibility with Flight Simulator X: Acceleration. Computers that have only the original retail version of Flight Simulator X or Flight Simulator X Service Pack 1 cannot connect in multiplayer with computers running Acceleration or SP2.

If you install SP2 but do not install Acceleration, you can connect to Acceleration multiplayer sessions but you cannot participate in Acceleration-only activities such as racing.

Repairing Service Pack 2

There is no Repair program specific to SP2. If you need to repair the installation, follow these instructions.

To repair SP2 on Windows XP

  1. On the Start menu, point to Control Panel, and then click Add/Remove Programs.
  2. Click Microsoft Flight Simulator X Service Pack 2, and then click Uninstall.
  3. Click Flight Simulator X, and then click Repair.
  4. Reinstall Service Pack 2.

To repair SP2 on Windows Vista

  1. Click Start, click Control Panel, and then click Uninstall a program.
  2. Click Microsoft Flight Simulator X Service Pack 2, and then click Uninstall.
  3. Click Flight Simulator X, and then click Repair.
  4. Reinstall Service Pack 2.

Starting Flight Simulator X

To start on Windows XP

  1. On the Start menu, point to Programs, point to Microsoft Games, and then point to Microsoft Flight Simulator X.
  2. Click Microsoft Flight Simulator X.

To start on Windows Vista

  1. Click Start, click Games, and then click Games Explorer.
  2. Double-click Microsoft Flight Simulator X.

Windows Vista

Flight Simulator X is compatible with the Microsoft Windows Vista operating system.

  • If you install Flight Simulator X Service Pack 2 on Windows Vista, you may experience long wait times while the installation program performs evaluation checks prior to installation.
  • If you start the Input Method Editor (IME) and then start a Flight Simulator X multiplayer session, the IME language bar may be hidden when you quit Flight Simulator X. You may have to restart Windows Vista to see the IME again.
  • When running Flight Simulator X in windowed mode (as opposed to full screen mode) on Windows Vista, the program may appear to stop operating, although it actually continues to run. You may want to temporarily disable the Windows Vista Glass and Aero features and refresh the Flight Simulator X window to restore it to its normal operating appearance (see the Windows Vista Updates section below as well).

To disable Windows Vista Glass and Aero features globally

  1. Right-click the Windows desktop and then click Personalize.
  2. Click Window Color and Appearance.
  3. Clear the Enable transparency check box.
  4. In the color scheme list, select Windows Vista Basic.
  5. Click OK.

To enable Windows Vista Glass and Aero features globally

  1. Right-click the Windows desktop and then click Personalize.
  2. Click Window Color and Appearance.
  3. Select the Enable transparency check box.
  4. In the color scheme list, select Windows Vista Aero.
  5. Click OK.

To disable Windows Vista Glass and Aero features only when running Flight Simulator X

  1. Open Windows Explorer and navigate to the folder in which you installed Flight Simulator X.
  2. Right-click FSX.exe and then click Properties.
  3. On the Compatibility tab, select the Disable desktop composition check box.
  4. Click OK.

Windows Vista Updates

Following are a list of downloads that may address issues encountered while running Flight Simulator X on the Windows Vista operating system. Windows Update should install these updates automatically with Vista (with automatic updates turned on). If they do not install automatically, you may need to uninstall the first two manually, and then install the updates one-at-a-time in the order listed below, restarting your computer after each update is installed.

Using Multiple Monitors with Vista

Microcode Reliability (CPU)

Vista Performance

Vista Shadow Memory Performance

Preventing Vista Aero from Being Disabled When Running Flight Simulator X

Hardware Issues

For all hardware issues, always begin troubleshooting by downloading and installing the latest device drivers from the manufacturer's Web site.

Toshiba Qosmio laptop, Vista OS, GeForce 8600m GT display adapter
When you start Flight Simulator X on a computer with this configuration, you may get a message reading, "Minimum requirements not met." The error message is incorrect, as this configuration does meet the program's minimum requirements. You should, however, install the latest display drivers for this adapter, and then try running Flight Simulator X again.

Product Activation

You must install and activate Flight Simulator X to have unrestricted access to all features. You can activate the product over the Internet using the Activation Wizard at the end of the installation. The Activation Wizard will appear every time you start Flight Simulator X until you activate the program. Until you activate the program, you can only use the product for 30 minutes each session.

The phone number for Korea does not appear correctly in the Activation Wizard user interface. The Korean product activation number is:

  • 1577-9700 (Nationwide local toll only; no long-distance tolls apply)
  • International: (82) (2) 567–7881 (International rates may apply)

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