I am a long-time flight simmer and used to fly FS2004 and did Rod's tutorials to learn a bit about flying. However, 98% of my flying is done on military aircraft -- Falcon BMS, DCS A10C, DCS Black Shark, etc. I am currently looking into introducing my 8-year old son to flight simulation and have recently purchased MS FSX Gold via the Marketplace to "return to basics," if you will.
My first problem is Games for Windows Marketplace. This is what I needed to use to download the game and install it. However, after downloading 11GB of data (cabinet files) and installing it, apparently GFWM deleted the install files. I tried copying the cabinet files but GFWM will not recognize this and insists on downloading 11GB of data all over again. Does anyone know of any way to "trick" GFWM to see the pre-downloaded files so that it sees it and allows me to install straight away? I have contacted numerous help lines from Microsoft or Xbox and nobody seems to know anything. Would I be better off downloading a ripped copy of MS FSX Gold and just use my cd keys? 11GB on a 2mb internet connection isn't really a quick process.
My second problem is configuring FSX to run as I want it on my PC. My specs - Intel i5 750 OC'ed to 4.1GHz, 8GB DDR3 1600Mhz RAM, ATI HD 6970 2GB, Crucial M4 256GB SSD OS drive, Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB Game drive, Windows 7 64-bit, TH Warthog, Saitek Pro Flight Rudders, TIR5 with Track Clip Pro. I fly with 4 monitors -- a center 24", 2 19" side monitors, and a 22" lower monitor for instruments. When I fly BMS, the "main screen" spans the top 3 monitors while the 22" displays instruments. I used SoftTH to configure the main screen in BMS.
My initial flights with FSX only displayed the main screen on my center 24". I tried using SoftTH but it would display the main screen on the right 19". I then deleted the SoftTH files but now I cannot reconfigure to my initial setup --- it would always display on the right 19" screen. So, how do I configure FSX to stretch the main display across my top 3 monitors? How do I display the flight instruments on my lower 22" screen?
Thank you very much for any help. I have used the search function but as this is my first time exploring FSX after so many years, I am not finding anything helpful.