Results 1 to 5 of 5

Thread: New FSX DVD install goes black on choosing "fly now"

  1. #1

    Default New FSX DVD install goes black on choosing "fly now"

    New user, new PC, new install of FSX - thanks in advance for having me. That said:

    I have a new PC as follows:

    Intel® Core™ i7-9700K (not overclocked)
    Intel® Z390 chipset
    16 GBDDR4 RAM
    MSI NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 8G Video
    Direct X 12 (alogn with DX 9, see below)
    Windows 10 Home 64 bit (17763.615)
    C: - 500 MB SSD for Windows Only
    D: - 2TB HDD for programs
    FSX installed from original old DVDs in D:\Program Files\Microsoft Games\Microsoft Flight Sim X
    - Yes, I created a dummy folder in D: for my games to install them on the D: HDD rather than C: with Windows, but I do plan to reinstall to the root of D:\ for efficiency after reading the forums (after determining what's causing my black screen issue) .

    Starting FSX with "Run as Administrator" the program starts fine, even displaying the rotating trike under "free flight" and playing music. However the moment I click "Fly now", the screen goes black; music continues to play. FSX does nto appear to respond to any key combination, but windows responds to alt-tab and ctrl-alt-del. Task manger shows FSX not responding and if I choose sign-out after pressing ctrl-alt-del, FSX will close and allow me to sign out. Waiting a few minutes does not make a difference, so I am fairly certain it is not loading very, very slowly.

    I have manually installed, per what I've seen in the forums:
    Visual C++ Redistributable 2005, 2008 & 2010
    .Net Framework v3.5 & v4.0
    DirectX 9 (not sure how to verify that I have both versions installed)
    FSX Service Pack 1 (verified as version
    I have set HIMEMFIX in fsx.cfg
    I have tried two different monitors, one Display port, one HDMI. I have turned off everything in the NVida Control panel and set FSX to minimum settings. Several other games did install and run great.

    Any suggestions to move forward with the DVDs -or- any chance that purchasing the Steam versus would run any better?


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    San Francisco, California


    DX10 preview unchecked in your settings? The screenshot I show has DX10 Preview checked. Remove the checkmark.

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	DX10 preview.JPEG 
Views:	69 
Size:	130.4 KB 
ID:	210690
    Last edited by mrzippy; 07-14-2019 at 07:18 PM.
    Mr Zippy Sent from my keyboard using "Whackamole", NudgeAKey + 2 Fingers

    No flight Sim installed until I get a new computer.

  3. #3


    Alas, I do not have that checkbox:
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	FSX settings.PNG 
Views:	77 
Size:	25.3 KB 
ID:	210691

  4. Default

    Close fsx
    delete file fsx.cfg
    start fsx. (it will build a new fsx.cfg file)

    (reason: probably wrong screen set. Fresh fsx.cfg sets things properly.)

  5. #5


    Thanks il88pp & Mrzippy so far.
    @MrZippyI did install the FSX SP2 and the "Preview DirectX10" checkbox now appears.
    @il88pp - Rebuilding the fsx.cfg did not make a difference, before or after SP2.
    Next step I'm trying is a system recovery on Windows (since I so far had only the FSX DVD and some other Steam games installed) and trying the install again fresh. I'll let everyone know!

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 11
    Last Post: 04-26-2015, 04:46 PM
  2. Replies: 4
    Last Post: 10-29-2013, 05:13 AM
  3. Replies: 23
    Last Post: 10-21-2006, 05:34 PM
  4. DVD+/- RW/DVD-RAM Super Double Layer Dual Format Ignorance Question?
    By rhodges in forum PC Hardware, Video And Audio Help
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 04-07-2005, 02:00 AM
  5. CDROM/CDRW/DVD Combo and DVD ReWritable
    By sanyok in forum FS2004
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 08-25-2003, 11:17 PM

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts