FA-18E (Fighter Jet) Issue
I downloaded the following file... 'fa-18e_sh.zip' from the Simviation website (though it can also be gotten at FlightSim.com as file... 'fa18e_sh.zip' (circa 3-30-2004), and it seems to be the same exact thing).
Nice package, though the framerates are a little low on my system. That I was willing to learn to live with but the crash to black screen, followed by the "Microsoft Flight Simulator 9.0 has stopped working" message is something a little harder to deal with.
Upon experimentation of moving various files in and out, I seemed to narrow it down to the panel folder that was causing the problem. After doing a brief panel search for F-18's, I happened upon a custom panel file titled, 'fa-18f_p.zip' (here at the Flightsim.com downloads). I replaced the 'fa18e_sh.zip' panel with custom one, and the problem went away, and seems to be solved.
But despite having solved it, a few questions remain:
1. Why would a panel folder (and presumably its contents) cause the entire sim to crash?
(By the way, it didn't just happen in cockpit or V-cockpit view. It would also happen in spot view as well... so though the panel appears to be the culprit, one doesn't necessarily have to have the panel in view in order to replicate the problem.)
2. Would it more likely be a result of the panel.cfg file, or the .bmp's, .xml's, .cab's, etc. within the panel folder that are referenced by the panel.cfg file?
3. Do you think that this is an issue unique to this download-- and can anyone here who remembers downloading this aircraft tell me if they've experienced the same problem-- or would this more likely be an issue unique to my video/graphics card and/or computer?
MSFS 2004 v9.1 & FSX Deluxe Edition w/ Acceleration Pack; Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit; AMD FX 8120 8-core processor clocked at 4.3Ghz; XFX R7870 2GB GDDR5; Corsair Vengeance 8GB 1600; Corsair 600CX PSU (600 Watt); Western Digital 500GB HDD; Biostar A880GZ AM3+, 125 Watt Max TDP MOBO; Antec Kuhler 620 water cooling