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      PhotoBucket are no longer permitting 3rd party hosting   01/07/17

      As most of you are now painfully aware, Photobucket (PB) are stopping/have stopped allowing their members to link their accumulated years of photos into forums and the like, which they call 3rd party linking.  You can give them a non-refundable $399 a year to allow links, but I doubt that many will be rushing to take them up on that offer.  If you've previously paid them for the Pro account, it looks like you've got until your renewal to find another place to host your files, but you too will be subject to this ban unless you fork over a lot of cash.   PB seem to be making a concerted move to another type of customer, having been the butt of much displeasure over the years of a constantly worsening user interface, sloth and advertising pop-ups, with the result that they clearly don't give a hoot about the free members anymore.  If you don't have web space included in your internet package, you need to start looking for another photo host, but choose carefully, as some may follow suit and ditch their "free" members at some point.  The lesson there is keep local backups on your hard drive of everything you upload, so you can walk away if the same thing happens.   There's a thread on the subject here, so please use that to curse them, look for solutions or generall grouse about their mental capacity.   Not a nice situation for the forum users that hosted all their photos there, and there will now be a host of useless threads that relied heavily on photos from PB, but as there's not much we can do other than petition for a more equitable solution, I suggest we make the best of what we have and move on.  One thing is for certain.  It won't win them any friends, but they may not care at this point.    Mike.
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phildagreek

Getting back into it

I used to sim, a lot. Using MS flight sim 2004. Loved it.

I drifted away from it, we moved house, my dedicated space disappeared, kids got older etc etc etc.

I'm in a position now to revisit it, fancy it a lot. Got out the discs yesterday and loaded it up. Doesn't work. At all. Now this is not the same computer as before, this is a Toshiba laptop, about two years old, running Windows 8. The other one was a Dell desktop beasty. The youngest teenager had a look and she suggests that the operating system on this laptop (Windows 8) is too new and they are just not talking to each other and thus, kaput.

This makes some sense to me. FS2004 is an old game.

So, Microsoft Flight Sim X. It says is recommended for Windows XP, will it run on this laptop?

What do we think?

Being a bit of a tight git I don't want to shell out on version X just to try and recover some costs on Ebay when it doesn't work.

I would be grateful for any thoughts/advice anyone might have, but could we assume I know nothing about computers apart from the VERY basics, so please be kind (& simple) in your answers.

Thank you all.

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I have just done some quick Google searches and it seems there are many people who have complained about how hard it is to get FSX working with Windows 8. My guess is that if you don't feel very confident applying patches and the like then this route may not be for you. I have no personal experience, this is just based on a cursory scan of a google search.

I did find this link which might help you get your FS2004 working

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_8-gaming/fs2004-century-of-flight/4b04aeea-f367-40fb-a73f-0b8617616393?auth=1

So maybe give that a try first. Would save you money and might let you relive your flight sim glory days :)

Good luck!

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Thanks for that, I'll give it a looking at when I get home.

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I've got a dell laptop running Windows 10 and I decided to see if it would run OK, so I loaded it up and tried it. I found that it would not put an icon on my desktop, so I navigated to the fsx folder and ran it from there and it works a treat. I have tried some missions and not had a crash yet (computer not flight :banghead: )​ so it should be OK on 8, though the upgrade is free. I've also loaded acceleration without problem, but I have not loaded any 3rd party aircraft yet.

Ted

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I just started running FSX-Steam Edition. Haven't used a flight sim in 20 years. :thumbsup: Been having a blast. So far the only issues I've run into on Win7 was a corrupted flight log file (deleting the flight log to clear fixed it) and it took a bit of searching to find the info I needed to get my triple screens running properly.

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I've had both FS2004 (aka FS9) and FSX run fine on both Windows 8 and Windows 10.

The problem comes with some of the addons.

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Just to update this, if anyone is interested, the eldest's boyfriend has let me borrow his brother's version of FSX deluxe and the accelerator pack ( I don't think his brother actually knows this) and it has worked a treat - haven't lost any of the skills!

So I guess I'm off looking for a version to buy.

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Just to update this, if anyone is interested, the eldest's boyfriend has let me borrow his brother's version of FSX deluxe and the accelerator pack ( I don't think his brother actually knows this) and it has worked a treat - haven't lost any of the skills!

So I guess I'm off looking for a version to buy.

Go buy FSX:Steam Edition on Steam or somewhere like G2A. It is on sale basically every month for around a fiver.
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Go buy FSX:Steam Edition on Steam or somewhere like G2A. It is on sale basically every month for around a fiver.

It is on sale now at £5.99, so go pick it up!

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