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When you play Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004 - A Century of Flight, the game performance may be unexpectedly slow.
To increase the speed of the game performance, use one or more of the following methods in the order that they appear.
Method 1: Verify the video, the processor, and the Random Access Memory (RAM) system requirementsVerify that your computer meets or exceeds the video, the processor, and the RAM requirements to play Flight Simulator 2004 - A Century of Flight. To do this, follow these steps.
Note Because there are several versions of Microsoft Windows, the following steps may be different on your computer. If they are, see your product documentation to complete these steps.
For more information about the Flight Simulator 2004 - A A Century of Flight system requirements, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/823627/ )Flight Simulator 2004: Minimum system requirements
Method 2: Analyze and compare the computer that you are using to other computersTo analyze the gaming performance of your PC and to view the ranking of the system relative to other computers that are on the market, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://gameadvisor.futuremark.com/gameadvisor/service/For more information about the Windows Game Advisor, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/windowsvista/buyorupgrade/upgradeadvisor.mspxIf your PC ranks low, you may be able to improve the performance of the game by using the methods that are listed in this article. However, you may have to update your PC's hardware for optimal performance. For information about how to update the computer's hardware, contact the manufacturer of the computer.
Method 3: Download and install the 9.1 updateTo obtain the most recent update, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=92cf4b8c-ea69-476b-a276-618c4ab52aaf&DisplayLang=enClick to select the language for the version of Flight Simulator 2004 that you have installed, and then download the update. After the download is completed, locate the download, and then open it to install the update.
Method 4: Adjust target frame rate to unlimitedIf the frame rate is limited to a specific number, it does not spend any more resources than the resources that are required to render the selected frame rate.
To adjust the frame rate so that the computer can use all the resources, follow these steps:
Method 5: Reset the game to default settingsIf you have changed the settings in Flight Simulator and would like to change them back to the default installed settings, follow these steps:
Method 6: Change the installation optionsThere are two types of installations: Express and Custom. The Custom installation requires that you select a Complete installation or a Compact installation. All installations use cabinet (.cab) files. A .cab file is a single file that stores compressed files in a file library.
Custom Installation: Complete
Custom Installation: Compact
Method 7: Adjust the level of graphic detailTo adjust the level of graphic detail, follow these steps:
Method 8: Adjust the in-game screen resolutionTo adjust the resolution in the game, follow these steps:
Method 9: Lower air traffic densityFlight Simulator 2004 - A A Century of Flight displays a certain number of artificial intelligence aircraft. The number depends on your video card and the speed of your processor. The more artificial intelligence aircraft that appear, the harder your computer must work to keep track of their flight path and visuals. To increase performance, you can lower the number of artificial intelligence aircraft. To do this, follow these steps:
Method 10: Improve the game performanceFor more information about how to improve game performance, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/815069/ )Games: How to improve game performance
Note Moving the GPS or ATC windows to the second screen of a Dual Monitor setup may reduce overall performance. If this issue affects you, Microsoft Product Support recommends that you leave these windows on the main screen. To learn more about troubleshooting games in Windows Vista, follow the instructions in the "Troubleshoot game problems" topic in Windows Vista Help and Support. To view the topic, follow these steps: