View Full Version : is it just me or is fs2002 dark even in day? how do i make lighter
both me and my father have found fs2002 to be sort of dark even if there is not a cloud in the sky and it is noon! how do you change the brightness of the flightsim. i have tried making the moniter brighter but even at its britest it is not that bright. in real life if it is a sunny blue day then it is realy bright when you go flying. if there is no way to change this then i with be very disapionted!
01-01-2002, 04:26 PM
Try flying in July or August.
01-01-2002, 04:40 PM
I don't know where you usually fly, but I do most of my flights in UK. Right now its winter & even in the daytime, it really isn't very bright, even in real life.
Now move the simulator to somewhere like the Caribbean & you should find that the scenery is just as light as previous versions.
01-01-2002, 05:03 PM
Don't think it's just you. I find it dark also. I've adjusted my video card and monitor and this helped a bit. I've tried different areas at different times of the year and its too dark. I still have FS 2000 Pro loaded and recently compared the brightness between the two. FS 2000 is much brighter. FS 2002 needs to be fixed.
01-01-2002, 06:18 PM
As the other posters above have pointed out, FS2002 seasonally adjusts lighting. In winter it's darker and summer it's lighter. This is also obviously affected by your location as it might be Winter in the U.K. right now but in New Zealand, for example, it's summer.
You're absolutely correct.
FS made the ground textures lighter is FS2000 which
brought endless whining from the community, so everything
is now near black. What ever happened to sunlit uplands?
Try desert around Vegas. That looks like day light.
Peter Sydney Australia
01-01-2002, 07:49 PM
I don't know, but it looks even darker when you take a screenshot... =(.
01-01-2002, 07:49 PM
>You're absolutely correct.
>FS made the ground textures lighter
>is FS2000 which
>brought endless whining from the community,
>is now near black.
I'm not quite sure if the original post here is referring to ground textures (or in part to them), but since you mention them here, I totally agree about the darkness of many of the surface textures. In mountainous areas and coastal foothills I've flown around in California and elsewhere the ground appears very unnaturally dark even in the spring and summer. I hope this will be added to the list of needed changes, along with road textures, for the next version.
01-02-2002, 11:58 PM
Max - Nobody here can really be entirely sure if what you're eperiencing is normal altering of terrain textures (time, season etcetera) or some other problem.
A better idea may be to take a screenshot of the problems and upload it so we can take a look (take a screenshot by hitting 'Print screen' when you want to take a picture and then 'pasting' it into MS Paint - Instructions on how to puload this are available at http://www.flightsim.com/dcforum/DCForumID8/posting-howto.html) and try and sort out your problem.
Get this done, and we'll all have a crack at sorting this out for you.
I totally agree with the original poster. I find all textures to dark. Not only the ground textures - sometimes the virtual cockpit ist way to dark too during daytime (yes I know, it depends on where the sun stands).
Before I start FS2K2 I adjust the gamma setting of my graphics card (I also raise slightly the level of 'green' since I think our countryside looks much more like a fresh grassy green than it shows in FS2K2 - I 'fly' mostly during summertime in Europe). Anyway - nothing is perfect and with above mentionned ajustments I'm able to enjoy my short hops around the Alps very much. Maybe Lennart will design some brighter textures sometime.
Best - Daniel
PS: I don't think it's a hardware related issue. I see many screenshots of other fellow simmers which don't really show a nice and bright sunny day (in my opinion).
01-04-2002, 02:51 AM
I've always had to adjust my monitor's brightness and contrast settings when using MSFS. It's the same with FS2000 and FS2002. I raise my brightness up about 25% and my contrast up to maximum. Plus, I change the monitor "mode" to "Games Mode," which makes a big difference.
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01-04-2002, 05:34 AM
I'm still convinced that it depends where & when you fly. Here are two screenshots taken at mid-day local time yesterday which I think demonstrate this, one in Scotland (Aberdeen) & one in the Caribbean (St Martin).
What do you think?
01-04-2002, 07:58 AM
You could try to change your computer's gamma and brigtness settings, also there are may freeware programs wich can be really usefull to tweak brightness, so I suggest you check out this one, it helps out much:
http://www.entechtaiwan.com/ps.htm - Power Strip
01-04-2002, 08:00 AM
Weird Mike, plain weird... I mean, Scotland might be darker in real life, but not this darker... MS sure made FS2002 a bit on the dark side, maybe a patch will be coming up soon.
01-04-2002, 02:13 PM
Look at the difference in the shadows; at mid day in the caribbean the sun is directly overhead,while in Scotland it never reaches that point this time of year.This is perfectly correct. However,the sim in general really is a bit too dark,as you may notice at night when the position of the sun (actually the position of the earth) is not the issue. The lighting problem is not the sim in general but specifically the environment.This is evident at night when you can hardly see the taxiways,but are blinded by the cabin floodlighting,or by another window such as a flightplanner.This is why adjusting your settings is not the true solution,although for now it's all we can do.
In shot 2, the hills are not sunlit
as they should be.
Peter Sydney Australia
01-04-2002, 06:36 PM
Look at the hills behind the Caribbean airport. They are so darned dark and drab.
i've actually found that flying in windowed instead of fullscreen brightn's things up nicely. i fly in window all the time now.
01-06-2002, 10:38 AM
Yep powestrip does the trick. If you have a GForce card you can modify your gamma settings. ;)
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