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The Real-World Weather feature and the News feature require a connection to the Internet to retrieve the data. Additionally, the data may not be available. You have to consider each of the following possible issues:
This article describes how to troubleshoot common issues with the Real-World Weather feature in Flight Simulator, and the News feature in Microsoft Flight Simulator.
The News feature in Flight Simulator is a Web page in the game. If you are connected to the Internet while you are looking at the page, you see current Flight Simulator news from the following Microsoft Web site:
http://www.microsoft.com/games/combatfs2/If you cannot connect to the Internet, or if you are not connected to the Internet, you see a static page.
Both the Real-World Weather feature and the News feature use Port 80 on your computer to access the data.
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General troubleshooting informationTo verify that the weather servers are up and are running, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://fs2k.zone.comIf you can connect to the Web site and view the Web site content, the weather servers are operational.
To verify that the News servers are up and are running, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://www.microsoft.com/games/combatfs2/If you can connect to the Web site and you can view the Web site content, the News servers are operational.
How to connect to the Real-World Weather feature Web site and the News feature Web siteWhen you try to download the Real-World Weather feature, you may receive an error message that is similar to one of the following:
Server name or address could not be resolved.
When you try to view the News page in Flight Simulator, you may receive the following message: This issue may occur if one of the following conditions is true:
A connection with the server could not be established.
How to troubleshoot issues with the Real-World Weather feature or the News featureThe Real-World Weather feature my seem "stale" or does not match the current conditions. This behavior may occur if one of the following conditions is true:
Method 1: Empty your Temporary Internet Files folder before you turn on the Real-World Weather featureWindows Vista
To resolve this issue, follow the steps in the appropriate section.
The computer is connected to the InternetView the "Delete temporary Internet files" topic on the following Windows Online Help and Support Web site:
The computer is not connected to the InternetView the "Delete temporary Internet files" topic in Windows Help and Support on the computer's hard disk by following these steps:
To do this, follow these steps:
Method 2: Verify that your ISP is not caching data
Contact your ISP to make sure that they are not caching the data from http://fs2k.zone.com. For information about how to contact your ISP, see the "Contact information" section later in this article.
Method 3: Configure local weather conditions manually
In the real world, weather information is gathered by all kinds of measuring devices at weather stations. In Flight Simulator, the locations of the Real-World weather stations are duplicated and Real-World Weather tries to make sure that the weather in the simulation is as accurate as possible. In areas where there are no weather reporting stations available, Flight Simulator extrapolates the possible conditions that might exist. Unfortunately, some weather reporting stations only update the main database one or two times daily. This difference between reported data and actual conditions is reflected in the simulation.
You can set you weather conditions yourself. You can find more information about how to do this in the Help Files of Microsoft Flight Simulator 2000 and in Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002. Similar information is also available in the Learning Center of Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004 - A Century of Flight.
Note Sometimes the Real-World Weather servers may not be updating correctly. Microsoft has a system that monitors these events and every attempt is made to make sure that such issues are resolved quickly. Contacting Microsoft Product Support Services will not speed up or change this process.
How to access the Real-World Weather feature or the News feature from Flight SimulatorThis behavior occurs if you are using some popup-blocking software. To work around this behavior, disable the popup-blocking software before you try to use these features. Currently, the only known program with this issue is Antiy Labs' Ghostbusters. For more information about this behavior, visit the following Antiy Labs Web site:
http://www.antiy.netMicrosoft provides third-party contact information to help you find technical support. This contact information may change without notice. Microsoft does not guarantee the accuracy of this third-party contact information.
How to contact the manufacturer of your hardware or softwareFor information about your hardware manufacturer, visit the following Web site:
http://support.microsoft.com/gp/vendors/en-usThe third-party products that this article discusses are manufactured by companies that are independent of Microsoft. Microsoft makes no warranty, implied or otherwise, regarding the performance or reliability of these products.
Article ID: 836186 - Last Review: September 29, 2011 - Revision: 9.0