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  1. OK...some of you guys know that I have been having problems with my PC. I kept getting error messages on the updated MilViz F-4 Phantom and it was suggested that I may need a more up to date video card. So, last week I took the plunge! I took the PC into a well known computer store and they installed a 2GB video card, which was a BIG upgrade from my previous one. They also did a bit of work on maintaining my ageing PC. On Saturday evening, I was informed that it was ready, so off we went to pick it up! When I got back, I found out that the VGA connector on the new graphics card no longer connected the VGA connector on my screen. So, we did a quick QRA scramble back to the store to try and get there before it closed....I arrived just as the doors were closing but managed persuade the guy to let me in! I spoke to one of the techies and he realized that the VGA was slightly altered from the older version, but I could get an adaptor to solve the issue. Guess what...they did not have one! I was told that I could order one online, but I had already been without my PC for a while and was somewhat annoyed that I was not informed of this 'little detail'. I asked what my options were and in the end, I decided to part with even more money and buy a new screen which was HD, to match up with the video card. It was also an LED screen as opposed to LCD, and a bit bigger so that was an upgrade too. So...back to my understanding wife who was waiting for me in the car. While I was fuming at the extra expense and multiple trips needed to sort the issue out, once I got things set up, my anger subsided. The screen was actually pretty cool...the picture was clearer (and larger!). The graphics card was able to handle things better with the flight sim being a lot more fluid and less stutters. OK...the FPS are not as high as I had expected, but they are a lot better and it handles clouds a lot better, which used to bog things down before. Of course, I can now fly my MilViz F-4 Phantom without error messages! Now....I will have to install the TacPac for it soon, and start bombing practice! The moral of the story is that things can be very bad, get even worse, but good CAN come out of it in the end!! Martin (now a happy chappy!!)