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Thread: Issues with X-Plane free demo

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    I have a new Windows 10 system on my desktop, and a new Surface notebook laptop. Tried to download the free X-plane demo on both. A message came up on my desktop, stating I need an "open GL 2.0 driver to run". Does anyone know what that means? Also tried opening the demo on my laptop, and it started to download, but appeared like it would take a few hours or so. Anyone have this issue for just a demo? Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks!

    Flyguy

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    With the desktop error, it has to do with what Open GL Driver you have on your NVidia Graphics.
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    Thanks. Not sure what that really means, but that tells me then it may not be worth purchasing X-Plane 11 for my Windows 10 system.

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    In addition to my previous post, just a general question for Flight Sim X Versus X- Plane 11. In my research to determine which flight sim to purchase it seems that X-Plane 11 is more realistic, and works better on Windows 10 (which I have), but I had issues just trying to download the free demo from X-Plane 11. Flight Sim X is from Microsoft (does that mean it would work better?), and it has 3 commercial aircraft, which I like. Not sure what commercial aircraft X-Plane has? The old Microsoft flight sim I had (maybe 2004, not sure which one) also had flying lessons, which I enjoyed. I already have the Microsoft Force Feedback joystick, which I understand will work with X- Pane 11 and Flight Sim X. Just need some more opinions (pro & con) on both systems before I purchase. Thanks to all who can give some additional feedback!

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    it seems that X-Plane 11 is more realistic, and works better on Windows 10 (which I have)
    That is someone's opinion, not an established fact, and many of us would disagree with that statement. Of course so much depends on what you're after.

    OpenGL (Open Graphics Language) is a free set of drivers that, in XP, are used instead of Microsoft's DirectX, which gives XP cross-platform capability that the FS series don't have, meaning that XP can run natively on Linux and on Apple stuff. You can download and install OpenGL drivers at this Khronos website, choosing the version appropriate for your graphics card, that is, AMD, Intel or nVidia.

    The above notwithstanding, I have a preference for L-M's Prepar3d (P3D), or maybe for FSX, rather than X-Plane, and feel that "real" depends on the specific aircraft implementation (despite the claims of Austin and Laminar Research), rather than the inherent capabilities of the sim. FS & P3D initially come a bit more complete, but there are now add-ons for XP that, in many ways, match (perhaps occasionally exceed) what FS/P3D has.

    So I suggest that you install OpenGL drivers on your system (it's not very big) and play with the XP demo. That'll allow you to make a more valid comparison. It also wouldn't hurt to check out FlightGear, a free/open source simulator that has gotten fairly decent in recent years, though it's a tad more complex to set up than the other two, but it's free, both in cost and in what you are allowed to do with it, and the source code is available (though it sounds as if that might not be your line) too.

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    Thank you so much for your feedback; I appreciate your insight and knowledge. I did try to install the Open GL drivers, but after processing, a message came up stating no updates available. That being said, a bit frustrating as I still can't run the X-plane demo. But thank you again for your help!

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    And where can Prepar3d be purchased? Didn't look like it was available on Amazon. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by flyguy View Post
    And where can Prepar3d be purchased? Didn't look like it was available on Amazon. Thanks!
    Prepar3d has EULA limits: BE SURE you read and meet those requirements.

    If you can purchase go here:
    https://www.prepar3d.com/

    It is the only place you can buy it.

    You may want to reveal full details of your system, P3D is far more system-specific than X-Plane...

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    Great, thanks!

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