After I installed a new 1GB video card, I started getting the Blue Screen of Death (BSOD). Normally, this is attributed to a hardware issue. Running MEMCHECK (a free download) and the memory diagnostic tool in Windows (access by F8 on splash screen), I discovered that I had one of two problems: bad memory, or a bad motherboard. Obviously, I hoped for the former.

My computer came with 3GB of RAM (2x1GB, 2x512MB), upgradable to 4GB. I purchased two 1GB sticks, hoping the problem was one of the 512MB sticks. Lucky for me, that seemed to fix the problem. Since I have a new video card and more memory, let’s replace this 10 year old monitor. 21″monitors are $200. 24″ TV’s are $150. Heck yes… 24″ TV with HDMI…. Let’s go!

HOORAY! A new 1GB video card, 4 GB of memory, and a brand new purchase of FSX. Let’s get this thing going!

Wait… FSX is sluggish.

Much to my flight sim demise, FSX is a processing guzzler. My 2.4GHZ Quad-Core still seems too slow for FSX. I got it running, but at 7 FPS, it just isn’t what I was hoping for.

So, I’m back to FS9. It does the job, and I always like flying my PMDG 737-600. The radar client will work a little more efficient now, so that’s always a plus.

I’m back to where I started, but things are stable, and I can move up the sliders on my display settings. Don’t worry folks. I’ll see you in the skies soon… Once I figure out how to remove the jaggies in FS9.

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