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04-24-2002 03:02 AM  15 years agoPost 1
Keeder

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Ok... I am considering purchasing G2 as my simulator. My concern is that my system my choke on it. I have heard that this can bring a good PC to it's knees.

I am running a Pentium 550 mhz with 392 MB RAM. My video card is a Nvidia TNT2 with 32 MB ram. I am running the latest versions of my drivers and DirectX.

The G2 web site says that I should be good to go, but I have heard others say you need WAY more than the requirements state.

Is anyone out there running a similar system to mine? I would really like to know I'm not throwing $200 down the drain.

Also, does anyone know if there is someplace online that sells it for less than $200? I'm talking about the full version, not Lite.

Thanks!

Keith

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04-24-2002 04:14 AM  15 years agoPost 2
HelicopterJohn

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Check with Tower Hobbies. Sometimes they offer discount coupons. They sold for around $200.00 less a $15.00 discount plus freight when I recently bought mine.

I have a HP running at 966 MHG. G-Force2 GTS Video Card with 32 meg of ram SoundBlaster Live "Value" sound card and 392 meg of system ram. I am also running Windows XP Professional. I uploaded the latest video and sound drivers prior to installation. G2 with the USB interface installed and ran without a hitch. I also installed the No 3 update disc with the Raptor 30 and 60 and it also ran perfectly.

Good luck!!! Have Fun!!!!

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04-24-2002 04:56 AM  15 years agoPost 3
rickc

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You will be fine, you can turn off some of the senery to get a better frame rate if you desire. I turn off most and I have all the horsepower I need. 1.5 gig P4 with a 64 meg G-Force 2 Ultra and 256 megs of ram, I just don't like a cluttered field. You have a great video card. I had a 16 meg TNT coupled with a P2 450 and it performed great. It was before G2 came out but even so the flight sim I flew "Falcon4" had excellent graphics and the system worked perfect.

Rick

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04-24-2002 07:48 PM  15 years agoPost 4
imasleeper

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It will work OK?

In spite of what is being said on this board IMHO you will find that you will need to remove much of the background items as well as potentially turning off the 3D background to get the program to run smoothly without "stuttering" when flying helicopters with the machine you describe. We have a brand new HP at work with a 1.6 pentium 4 with the exact video card you have and that is what I had to do to get it to run smoothly. In comparison at home I have two dell's, one a desk top with a P4 at 1.1 with a nvideo Gforce 2 ultra 64mg, etc. with a 21" monitor and this machine will run G2 with all the bells and whistles very well. It rarely will stutter,usually just after you first begin to hover and then never again and then only in the windows mode. The other is a dell laptop with a P4 @ 1.6 with the new Gforce4 ultra 64 and that also has no problem with the program. It never stutters, but then the screen is only 15". I have the resolutions for both screens set at 1600x1200 and the program is set to the highest resolutions for background etc. The key to getting this program to run smoothly in my opinion is not the main processor speed or amount of ram but rather the power of the video card. If you find you are unhappy with G2 using your present system the first thing I would do is get a newer 64 mg video card. It makes a huge difference. I don't think the new 128 mg cards are necessary but then it couldn't hurt. BTW the new USB interlink controller is a big improvement over the old controller interface.

imasleeper

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04-24-2002 08:18 PM  15 years agoPost 5
Doug

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What he said

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04-25-2002 12:13 AM  15 years agoPost 6
Keeder

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I got it... here's what I found...

Ok,

One of the LHS in town finially got the G2 with USB in. I installed it where I really want it, on my laptop. Here are the spec's...

Compaq
PII 500
8MB video onboard (ATI Rage Mobility AGP 2x)
128 MB RAM
Running 1024x768 @ 16 bit color
Windows 2000

It's running great! I'm really suprised as I figured it would work on my desktop and choke on my laptop, but its running great on the laptop.

Now I did turn off a bunch of the background graphics (distant trees, and other such things), and such, but still have the basics on and running medium+ textures and such. Who needs it too look super pretty anyway?!?!

I know it will work fine on my desktop, but I haven't gotten around to installing it there yet since I cant stop playing/practicing!

Small note, I have had a couple program crashes, but that was when I had a lot of the unnecessary background stuff on. Seems to be all set up now and I'm seeing zero lag/hesitation, except for a slight pause when I meet the ground in a less then graceful way. I think this is while it loads the "crash" sounds. Actually, this kind of lets me enjoy the moment!

Thanks all for the help!

Keith

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