FSX on Windows 10

First – my apologies for the nasty video – first time for everything, including using Camtasia. The video itself is just a demonstration to show that I installed FSX using the steps below and have resolved the issues I originally had when I tried installing FSX in Windows 10.

I experienced lack of airplane preview, black screen, inability to display full screen, random and frequent crashes.

After I installed the files below in a methodical and logical order – I now enjoy a fully functional program.

Install these files in this order – (I repeated this twice in Windows 10, and once in Windows 8.1 – same positive results)

Make sure that you’re running Windows 10 10240 RTM plus the latest point release (I noticed that they already have a new point release from the 29 July RTM version, and that’s the version that I reproduced these results).

1) MS XML Core Services (Version 4.0 Service Pack 2)
You will have some choice, but you want to download the file msxml.msi (this file includes the core services and the SDK)

2) DirectX 9.0c 2010 Runtime
(you can also find the Directx 9.0c install files on FSX Install Disk2 in a folder labeled as such)

3) Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable Package (x86)
Install for the 32bit or 64bit Windows OS.

4) Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable Package (x64)
In addition, Install this as well for a 64bit OS

5) Install FSX. Activate it.
Let it run – and go to a black screen and wait for disk activity. The screen may flicker as it tries to render.
Press Ctl-C and exit the program.

Navigate to your FSX folder, find the fsx.exe file, right click and run the compatibility checker. Accept the values, test it, and it should work.

Exit the program. Accept the test results and accept the compatibility settings. The next time you start the game (with compatibility settings) you will see and be able to run full screen without issue.

The Bull Creek Studio (MARS) machine is running Windows 10 Professional, using an ASUS Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 running an FX-8350, with an NVidia GTX 480 video card.

Good luck! I hope this helps you resolve the same issues that I had running the FSX under Windows 10.

Antec 900 200mm Fan Replacement Guide

Antec 900 200mm Fan Replacement Guide

Remove the Top of the Antec 900 Case

  1. Power down, turn off and detach power to all components attached to the case (I.E. PSU, and such)
  2. Proceed to take side panels off (Only the main side is needed but case is easier to handle on the bench)
  3. Proceed to unscrew 2 screws (Marked in Yellow in photo) located inside on the top at the center of the Upper Case (usually visible, but hard to find at first look if the case if full of components)
  4. Then, push all 4 retaining clips through, very little pressure is needed on these clips (AKA don’t break them)
  5. Give a little tug for upper retaining clips to release (*BE CAREFUL* | CABLES are still attached to internal components and case)
  6. Do a 90 degree rotation of upper panel so the fan is accessible.

Replace the 200mm fan

  1. Remove 3 screws that hold fan in place (Marked by green in photo)
  2. Remove 200mm  fan
  3. Place new fan in place.

Reverse the order to put it back together.

Start a remote XRDP session with MATE in Debian. (cuz Gnome 3 just sucks)

If you do not want to use the default desktop environment, you can customize it by creating a .Xclients file (X is capital!!!).

Do this in the home directory of the user your launching, for the desired desktop environment, making it executable.

In order to do this, open a terminal and run one of the following commands.

Gnome 3:

sudo echo “gnome-session” > ~/.Xclients
sudo chmod +x ~/.Xclients
sudo systemctl restart xrdp.service

Gnome Fallback:

sudo echo “gnome-fallback” > ~/.Xclients
sudo chmod +x ~/.Xclients
sudo systemctl restart xrdp.service


sudo echo “startkde” > ~/.Xclients
sudo chmod +x ~/.Xclients
sudo systemctl restart xrdp.service


sudo echo “mate-session” > ~/.Xclients
sudo chmod +x ~/.Xclients
sudo systemctl restart xrdp.service


sudo echo “cinnamon” > ~/.Xclients
sudo chmod +x ~/.Xclients
sudo systemctl restart xrdp.service


sudo echo “startxfce4″ > ~/.Xclients
sudo chmod +x ~/.Xclients
sudo systemctl restart xrdp.service

An alternative to this is to modify the xrdp.conf file in your /etc/xrdp directory, comment out the ./XClient stanza and add the executable for the desired desktop. Since I plan on using MATE and only MATE and I’m the only user – I just added “mate-session” to my xrdp.conf file. Worked like a champ for me on Debian wheezy.

Office 2013 vs. Office 2010 on Windows 8.1 Pro

Windows 8.1 Pro looks and acts completely different than Windows 7, Vista, and XP. If you’re shopping for the right Office version to match your new computer, you might consider giving Office 2013 a try if you don’t already own Office 2010. If you own Office 2010, you can skip the upgrade to Office 2013 if your primary use is going to be on a desktop. You can also download and use the trial version from Microsoft, which allows for two-months of unadulterated carnage.  At the end of the trial, you can purchase a subscription for Office 365 (if you’re into leasing software) (Adobe – you suck)

While Office 2007 will work on Windows 8.1, anything older should be discarded with the old computer still running it. Perhaps build a Linux file server with that old hardware and utilize it as a RAID array to host and backup files that you should always have a backup.

>There are also great free Office alternatives, such as LibreOffice. Let’s face it, how many people actually use mail-merge in Office? By the way, if you do – LibreOffice has you covered. LibreOiffice will also allow you to open, edit and save documents created with MS Office.

The Bottom Line

Use the version and brand of office productivity suite that allows you to be productive and doesn’t get in the way of content creation. If you like the new washed out metro-ish style of Office 2013 and can live with the hardware requirements and performance issues (fade-in of cell changes, insertions, etc), then that’s okay. You can make Windows 8.1 act very much like Windows 7 (classicshell.net) for free, but Office 2013 can’t be made to look like Office 2010. If you prefer the old style method of using your computer as a computer, then Office 2010 might be a better choice. The Social Connector for Office 2010 is a free download from Microsoft that is included with Office 2013. Download this if you like to have some of the new whizbang of Office 2013, without some of the frustration.


There are tutorials such as the Free Office 2013 Tutorials at GCFLearnFree (they also have Office 2010 training) or the video collection on YouTube by Infinite Skills.  These help guides can get you up to speed quickly.

Microsoft releases source code for PC-DOS (aka MS-DOS) to public

Mountain View, Ca—March 25, 2014— The Computer History Museum (CHM) announced today that it has, with permission from Microsoft Corporation, made available original source code for two historic programs: MS-DOS, the 1982 "Disk Operating System" for IBM-compatible personal computers, and Word for Windows, the 1990 Windows-based version of their word processor.


If Microsoft had done this 32 years ago, apple would not exist and neither would Linux.