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Flight Simulator runs really slow

Yesterday I bought Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004 and a PNY GeForce 5700VE video card since mine was way out of date. When I play the game it lags really bad. It's not necessarily choppy during play, but it'll sometimes pause for 10 seconds or so then continue playing. Also, if I do something like retract the landing gear or something it'll pause for a few seconds and then the sound will get really quiet. Also, if I end a flight, it'll take 30 seconds or so to get back to the menu. Just the entire game runs really slow in every aspect. So is this a RAM issue or something else?

System specs:
2.26 ghz processor
256mb RAM
40 gig HD

Video card:
256mb DDR
425 MHz clock rate

Game minimum requirements:
128mb RAM
450 MHz processor
1.8 gig HD space
8mb 3D video card

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Yesterday I bought Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004 and a PNY GeForce 5700VE video card since mine was way out of date. When I play the game it lags really bad. It's not necessarily choppy during play, but it'll sometimes pause for 10 seconds or so then continue playing. Also, if I do something like retract the landing gear or something it'll pause for a few seconds and then the sound will get really quiet. Also, if I end a flight, it'll take 30 seconds or so to get back to the menu. Just the entire game runs really slow in every aspect. So is this a RAM issue or something else?

System specs:
2.26 ghz processor
256mb RAM
40 gig HD

Video card:
256mb DDR
425 MHz clock rate

Game minimum requirements:
128mb RAM
450 MHz processor
1.8 gig HD space
8mb 3D video card

Any suggestions?


it may be a RAM issue. 256 MB isn't really enough for anything nowadays.
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make sure its running in DirectX and not software.
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I think that's going your bigget issue is ram. Keep in mind that the game's minimum requirements are for the "lowest settings"

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I think that's going your bigget issue is ram. Keep in mind that the game's minimum requirements are for the "lowest settings"
I agree usually memory is the culprit when things slow down. You should be able to upgrade the memory pretty cheaply. That would be the quickest, easiest solution to see if that fixs your problem. Check Sundays paper for CompUSA and Frys...they sometimes have good deals on memory.
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Thanks for the help. I had a feeling it was a RAM issue because after I quit the game my computer runs slow until I restart it. I have another slot so should another 256mb strip do the trick?

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Thanks for the help. I had a feeling it was a RAM issue because after I quit the game my computer runs slow until I restart it. I have another slot so should another 256mb strip do the trick?


Personally, I'd go with a 512 stick.
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I forgot to mention that it is a proven fact that most Flight "Simulator" games are very CPU dependent. Especially the Microsoft ones.

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I forgot to mention that it is a proven fact that most Flight "Simulator" games are very CPU dependent. Especially the Microsoft ones.
Well I think my CPU is fast enough for the game. I think the only weak link in my system is the RAM.

I have a question about adding RAM. Is there a primary and secondary slot for the memory sticks? Say if I get a 512mb stick, should I place it in the slot that the current 256mb stick is in or does it matter?

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