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01-19-2009 01:12 AM  9 years agoPost 1
scoot13

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Hello All,

I thank all of you who can help me! I am questioning my computers ability to run a simulator before I spend the money for a sim. Here is what I have!

Dell Vostro 1000 Laptop
Processor: AMD Anthlon 64 X2 Dual-Core Processor 1.90Gz
RAM: 2.00 GB
32 Bit Operating System

I have been looking at the Reflex or the Phoenix. Could this Laptop handle these Sims?

Thanks

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01-19-2009 01:27 AM  9 years agoPost 2
scoot13

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I might also add that my laptop uses Vista. I don't know if there would be any problems here?

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01-19-2009 01:37 AM  9 years agoPost 3
Heli 770

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Check Phoenix FAQ. on the site it will tell what is compatible.

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01-19-2009 01:15 PM  9 years agoPost 4
T-Rex-Flyer

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Speed wise you're processor is faster enough for Phoenix but a lot will depend on your graphics card.

I run Phoenix on a HP pavilion dv900 2ghz
on Windows Vista
2 mb ram
Nvidia Geforce Go 7600

I had to tone down the resolution down just a bit (1680x 1050)to get 59 FPS and set everything else to high.

If the wings are traveling faster than the fuselage, it's probably a helicopter.

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01-19-2009 01:20 PM  9 years agoPost 5
Cheech91060

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There are free downloadable demos you can get for most sims. Try them out on the PC you plan to use.

Frank
HBFP, Trex 450, Vibe 50

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01-19-2009 10:41 PM  9 years agoPost 6
CarterTG

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My general understanding was that Dell's no-frills Vostro line was meant mostly for the business crowd -- which usually translates to a mediocre-to-average spec on the graphics system. The CPU is fast enough, but without a decent 3D-graphic system, you'll miss out on an appreciable amount of eye-candy (best case scenario) or the program outright refusing to launch. In Vista, right click on your wallpaper and select "Personalize", then click "Display Settings". Preferably, it'll mention something about "nVidia GeForce" or "ATI Radeon". There's a good chance any simulator will consider those sufficient. If it says "Intel GMA", all bets are off and YMMV.

My previous notebook was a Toshiba Qosmio with a (single core) Pentium M at 1.82ghz, WinXP, 2gigs of RAM, and a nVidia Go6600 video system with a measly 64megs of graphics RAM. RealFlight 3.5 ran acceptably on it. Framerate was around 20-25fps with over half of the simulator's graphics goodies toggled on. Could things have been smoother? Yes. Was it useable enough to get-in some training on the road? Absolutely. That system was bought in 2004. It's ancient by today's dual-core standards. IOW, any notebook purchased in the last two years will have a CPU that'll run rings around it, but your graphics system still remains in question.

Given the resource-hungry nature of Vista, it might be a good time to max the system to 4gigs. Two 2gig modules total $30-$35 nowadays. Short term, it'll give your 32-bit Vista more useable ram. Long term, the system can utilize all 4 gigs on a 64-bit OS (Win 7)

UPDATE: a quick Googling seems to indicate a Vostro 1000 has an ATI Radeon Xpress 1150. Performance-wise, one of the online leaderboards seems to suggest it's roughly where my old GeForce Go 6600 was. Those benchmark scores are NOT pretty...
http://www.notebookcheck.net/ATI-Ra...150.2173.0.html

CTG
BladeCP, T-Rex CDE, RealFlight DS, RealFlight G3.5

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