I posted this message last week in the FSX forum but go no replies. The problem has persisted and changed. I'm really hoping somebody here can help me. The original post follows:
"I'm having an issue opening FSX. I recently installed a new graphics card (ATI Radeon X1600 Pro) as well as a new 1GB stick of RAM for a total of 1.5GB. I installed the card first (because it showed up in the mail first) and it worked fine. Then I installed the RAM and the computer works fine, it shows up in the System Properties as 1.50 GB RAM, but when I start FSX I get an error that says:
The instruction at "0x206bbbc0" referenced memory at "0xfcf345f5". The memory could not be "read".
Click OK to terminate the program.
I tried reinstalling FSX and the same thing came up.
Any ideas about the problem/remedy?"
Before this problem happened I was getting an error message that some program files could not load, reinstall flight simulator and try again. I reinstalled FSX and got the memory reference error above.
I tried to take steps backwards so I cleaned off and reseated the RAM. Now I got the "program files could not load" message. Then I took the new RAM out because the last time FSX worked was with the new video card in and the original amount of RAM (before the upgrade). With this I get the same "program files could not be loaded" message. I'm at a bit of a loss because the hardware currently is in a configuration that has worked previously but will not work now. I'm not a computer genius or anything, but the RAM I bought is 1GB PC3200. The other RAM I have is 2x512MB PC2700. Can this difference (PC3200 vs. Pc2700) have an effect?
Does anybody have an idea of what could be wrong and how to fix it?
If I'm not being clear enough please let me know and I will try again to be clearer. I'm somewhat desperate (although not EXTREMELY desperate considering its a computer game) because I've spent too much money to not be able to even open the program. At this point I'm envious of you folks who's computers are too slow (not that mine is any different) and are getting 0.8fps since the program will at least open on your computers. I just want the thing to start.