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07-19-2006 07:46 PM  14 years ago
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Enealio

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Running A Flight Sim on A Laptop
I'm going off to school next year and I know I wont be able to fly my real heli's as much as I would like to. I bought a laptop, hoping that I could run G3 or XTR, something along those lines.
I downloaded the G3 demo and it works fine, just a little slow in the beginning but fine in flight and everything else.
Here are the specs on the laptop.

Dell Inspiron
17" widescreen XGA+
1.66 GHz Intel Duo Cnt. Processor
256mb Mobile Radeon Graphics
1GB of DDR Memory
100GB 7200rpm Hardrive

I worried since, GP reccommends at least a 3.0GHz processor to run G3. Most likely something similar for XtR. Seeing as this is a Dual core processor would this allow me to run such a program smoothly?

Hope you guys can help!!
Thanks
Nealio
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07-19-2006 07:49 PM  14 years ago
jmsilhy

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Hi, I don't know about G3, but I'm running Aerofly Pro Deluxe in my Laptop no problem. It runs smoothly with all settings turned on and to the max, so you might want to check that one out.

BTW, my laptop is not dual processor or anything, it's a centrino processor, with 256 MB RAM...
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07-19-2006 07:56 PM  14 years ago
Leif

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I run G2 on several laptops. I realize that G3 is more power hungry than G2, but the basic concepts still apply.

You can get significant improvements in performance by turning off terrain geometry and using just the 2D texture map. Also, the fewer objects in the scene the better the performance, so if you have a field with a lot of complex objects it's best to also turn them off.

Even if your laptop CAN render the full 3D experience, it'll probably cook itself into a melted puddle of sludge or burn a hole in whatever it's sitting on if you repeatedly use it for simulator practice. Most laptops do not have the cooling provisions to run the CPU at high percentage levels for extended periods of time.

For basic practice, the heli, smoke and the ground are the only objects that need to be true 3D objects. The rest is just eye-candy. Not that a photorealistic field doesn't add some value from a perception standpoint, but for most heli practice this added value is very small compared to time on the simulator and model orientation practice.

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07-19-2006 08:00 PM  14 years ago
Gus

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That Dell should be fine running XTR. I ran it on a smaller one prior to the XPS that I now have.
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07-19-2006 08:09 PM  14 years ago
marked23

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I run G3 on a 2.2ghz laptop.
This is an older laptop (circa 2003) and it has an nVidia GeForce4 graphics chip.

I use G3 in the photofield mode. I turn off many of the extra graphics enhancements.

My setup is totally usable, no problems unless something is running in the background.

-Mark
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07-19-2006 08:22 PM  14 years ago
PaulJC

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I run XTR on my laptop all the time, it can get a little warm during extended sessions and cooling provisions need to be made.

Make sure your computers free of any rubbish and close all unneeded processes and i would have thought it would be fine.
Re-entering the atmosphere...
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07-19-2006 08:42 PM  14 years ago
ADRYAN

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I've got a Dell Insipron 5??? laptop, with the NVIDIA GeForce something, 2.4 Ghz, 1 gb ram, 60 gb HD... I'm also having a hard time running G3 off of it...


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07-19-2006 08:50 PM  14 years ago
colin8

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You might also make sure it's plugged in. The laptop is noticably slower driving my CNC router until it's plugged in. This may be due to Windows slowing the parallel port to concerve power and may not effect graphic performance.

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07-19-2006 08:59 PM  14 years ago
scott sr

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I have no real idea about much but i have a Dell inspiron 8600 w/Intel Pentium 1.70 GHz 512 of ram and I don't remember the video card but I run the XTR all the time with no worries . I have no idea if this helps you or not . But my lap-top is @ 4 years old . Scott Sr. ><> ****Support Our Troops**** ><>
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07-19-2006 09:44 PM  14 years ago
JAGNZ

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Irun XTR on my 1.1GHz Sony Laptop with 768MB RAM No worries...
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07-19-2006 09:52 PM  14 years ago
toyturbo

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i'm running XTR full blast on my Gateway 1.5ghz centrino with a 96mb ati radeon card no problems.
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07-19-2006 10:27 PM  14 years ago
TMoore

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Toshiba G25 runs XTR and G3 just fine.

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07-19-2006 11:08 PM  14 years ago
Enealio

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Sounds like XTR runs well on a laptop based setup. Still want a few more opinions on G3 seeing as I can get it at a good price, seeing as my summer job is at a hobby shop and all. I dont know if we can get MRC stuff that easy(XTR dist). Thanks, hope to hear more on G3
Eric
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07-19-2006 11:47 PM  14 years ago
QuantumPSI

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I have the previous version of that computer, the 9300. One thing that a lot of people don't know is that a pentium M at 2.00Ghz is roughly the equivalent of a pentium 4 3.06Ghz. Do a google search and you can verify this. I don't know what the "conversion" factor is for the dual core processors though. You should be fine with G3 though. The only thing I would have changed is the graphics card... Nvidia all the way man. I run AFPD but I've ran G3 and XTR full blast, no compression, at full resolution (1920 x 1200, 32bit colors) and my slowest fps was about 160. I would recommend getting Notebook Hardware Control though to control the clocking of the CPU. Also, for better performance eliminate as many background processes as possible. I know for AFPD ~90% of the program is ran off the GPU. My CPU doesn't go above 800-1000Mhz unless I change models, editting, or playing music in the background (not through the sim but through windows media player). Now if you really want to load up your machine Run windows media player, simulator with two players, and be in the process of "obtaining" a couple of movies from your friend. That'll really get those electrons working...

Mikel

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07-20-2006 12:07 AM  14 years ago
JAGNZ

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I just wish XTR had a Linux version - XTR is the only reason I even have Windows on my Lappie!!!
Jason Greenwood

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07-20-2006 12:14 AM  14 years ago
cass3825

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I'm running G3 on a Dell Latitude D820, Intel Centrino Duo 1.83GHz processor, Nvidia Quatro NVS 120M video card and it runs great!
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07-20-2006 01:13 AM  14 years ago
Raffy

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I am running G3 on SONY VAIO VGN-FJ150 laptop without a problem.
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07-20-2006 04:05 AM  14 years ago
Farrell

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I use RealFlight G3 on my Fujitsu mini laptop... no problems at all. Its not even that fast of a laptop... 1.2GHz, 1GB RAM, 5400rpm 40GB HDD.

I fly only in the PhotoFields, which makes a big difference. In the normal 3D fields it's not very smooth. In photo-fields its very fluid and no or minimal lag.

EDIT: oh I almost forgot about my video card, the most important part. My laptop has some cheap Intel graphics... and it plays fine, especially in the PhotoFields.

Also... if you get G3, get expansion pack 1 for G3 as well. Its awesome.
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07-20-2006 08:13 AM  14 years ago
quattrokid73

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Use photo fields. The computer only has to render a set image then, as opposed to all of the geometry that makes up one of the 3d landscapes. Also, your laptop will cool much better if you elevate it off of the table. This not only lets the fans do a better job but it lets the case radiate better.

My computer gets 20 extra frames per second using photo fields. Also, disable windows services that you don't need and if you are using anything Norton, stop! lol

then you'll have a good time playin g3 on your laptop.

Adam
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07-20-2006 08:56 AM  14 years ago
Chris.C

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I bought a new ThinkPad X60. I know it is more for business use but anyone had tried flight sim on a X60?

Cheers,

Chris
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