Flight Simulator 2004 freezing on take off

  David-235429 20:35 25 Dec 2003

Hello all - Happy Christmas!

Don't know if anyone can help. We have a newish pc, Pentium 4, 2.8GHz, 80GB HD, 512Mb RAM and Nvidia Geforce3 Ti200 64mb graphics card.

When we try and take off either in a tuition or other flight the system freezes just before we take off, system then restarts and when system has re-booted there are 2 MS error reports, the first stating that the system has recovered from a serious problem, the other stating that the graphics card display driver needs to be updated and has caused the problem.

We have updated the driver (we think!) from the Nvidia website but the problem persists.

Any help gratefully received to help make my 13 yr old's Christmas !!

  Border View 21:34 25 Dec 2003


  soy 21:51 25 Dec 2003

Don't use the latest driver. Use an older from the 4X.XX range.

Try 43.45: click here

  David-235429 22:48 25 Dec 2003

Thanks soy, will try that tomorrow, out of interest though, why do you suggest an older driver?

  soy 23:15 25 Dec 2003

The Ti4200 probably isn't compatible with the latest driver.

My cousin has the Ti4800SE and he couldn't get a particular game to work with the latest 5x.xx driver. The computer would crash all the time.

I installed an older driver for him (43.45) and everything worked fine. So the conclusion I came to was driver compatibility.

The latest drivers are designed with the newer graphics cards in mind i.e. DirectX 9.0, Geforce FX cards etc.

For older cards (Ti), I would recommend sticking to Detonator drivers. The Newer drivers are called Forceware drivers.

  hugh-265156 23:16 25 Dec 2003

first update your motherboard drivers from the manufacturers website first.

next download the latest driver for the graphics card click here

then update to direct x9 click here

then update windows click here

in that order.

  hugh-265156 23:21 25 Dec 2003

ps.is this xp?

to stop windows xp restarting and get a useful error message instead click:

start/control panel/performance and maintenance/system/advanced/start up and recovery/settings and untick "automatically restart"

next time it crashes you will get a blue screen and an error displayed,note it down exactly and type into the searchKB box click here to find out whats causing it.

  hugh-265156 23:30 25 Dec 2003

also have a read click here click here and click here

  anniesboy68 10:41 26 Dec 2003

A strange file is appearing on the desktop and in my application data folder. All it is is a 182kb file ~ Thats it. Anyone any info on this please. Iv'e deleted it before but then comes back after a few weeks.

  VoG II 10:42 26 Dec 2003

It's a copy of your Address Book. You can delete it.

  anniesboy68 10:44 26 Dec 2003

Thanks, wrong posting area to post on, sorry was reading re Flight sim

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