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Flight Simulator X screen freezes.

  1. #1


    India
    Posts : 25
    Windows 8.1 Professional Update 1 x64, Arch Linux

    Flight Simulator X screen freezes, sound working.


    Hi there,
    Whenever I start a flight in Flight Simulator X(FSX), the screen is frozen but I can hear the aircraft's engine sound.
    Also the controls are working as I can hear the engine turn ON and OFF when I control it through my keyboard.
    I can see my cursor and move it. Also pressing ESC shows End Flight, Continue Flying and View flight analysis option.
    On pressing continue flying I get a black screen with sound still working. If I do End flight and restart a flight I again get a black screen.

    I used to play Flight Simulator X(FSX) in Windows 7 earlier, I upgraded to Windows 8 last year and installed FSX which worked pretty well. After a month I tried to uninstall it which was unsuccessful because of an error which its setup showed. So I deleted the FSX folder in Microsoft Games. Now after a few months when I tried reinstalling FSX, it showed "Error 1628 : Failed to complete installation". I got rid of that error by installing FSX from a new Windows user account. Before installing I deleted FSX folder in %appdata%/Roaming and all other folders mentioned here : How to uninstall and reinstall FSX - PMDG Simulations

    Nvidia website automatic check states that my graphics drivers are latest and do not need any updates. Also other games such as GTA SA and Team Fortress 2 are working with this current graphics card.

    I tried repairing the installation from setup but still the screen freeze is persistent.

    Update (16/5/2013):
    It works when I press alt+enter, i.e change full-screen mode to windowed mode until I change something on the screen like opening GPS, changing views for which I have to change my window size by dragging its border with cursor.
    Last edited by Ednan; 15 May 2013 at 14:04.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 92
    Windows 10 Pro (x64)


    Hmm, well I understand the this one provides good fun but have you tried the 2012 version
    Microsoft Flight


    I don't know how to solve that problem
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  3. #3


    India
    Posts : 25
    Windows 8.1 Professional Update 1 x64, Arch Linux


    Quote Originally Posted by maxknux View Post
    Hmm, well I understand the this one provides good fun but have you tried the 2012 version
    Microsoft Flight


    I don't know how to solve that problem

    Well, MS Flight does not allow multiplayer in same flight, its also quite non realistic. I am going to try MS Flight tomorrow anyways

    Here's my update:

    FSX now works in windowed mode (when I press alt+enter) but its screen freezes again when I change something on its screen like open GPS, changing cockpit view to spot view. I starts working again when I change the size of its window by moving my cursor to its edge and resizing (dragging).
    So while its screen is frozen, FSX is still working i.e the plane is still flying.

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  4. #4


    perhaps you didn't uninstall it clean.. me to have the same problem about weeks ago. so I try uninstall FSX using CCleaner until all registry and temp folder are completely clean. then try to install it again. now it works perfectly well in my windows 8
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  5. #5


    India
    Posts : 25
    Windows 8.1 Professional Update 1 x64, Arch Linux


    Quote Originally Posted by Greyback View Post
    perhaps you didn't uninstall it clean.. me to have the same problem about weeks ago. so I try uninstall FSX using CCleaner until all registry and temp folder are completely clean. then try to install it again. now it works perfectly well in my windows 8
    I even tried reinstalling Windows 8 and then again installing FSX, still the same problem. Installed Windows 7 and FSX works. So it has to do with Windows 8.
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  6. #6


    Posts : 216
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Here's a new video on getting FSX to be stable in Windows 8.1

    New Stability Tweaks for FSX Under Windows 8 - YouTube
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