I registered long enough to thank you very much. If this thread were a book; I would be happy to send you money for it. To anyone who doubts your ability, shame on them.
4 years ago, I bought a Dell XPS 600 with RAID 0 that ran FS9 well. When FSX came out, it would not run on the Dell. I gave up on FSX and actually got out of Microsoft Flight Sim and went to other projects.
But I always followed your posts here, then on Phil Taylor's blog, and finally on AVSIM. I began to see a pattern to your work. Finally, about a week ago, I took everything you wrote and rebuilt my Dell XPS because I had faith in your work rather than spending a lot of money on a new system.
I found a Pentium 965EE processor for $99.00. I threw out the dual 7 series video cards and found a single 8800GTX. I broke the RAID 0 and and loaded XP 64 OS and installed 4GB of RAM.
I followed your posts to the letter including NHancer and formatting the 2nd drive to 65K for FSX.
Nick, FSX is a joy to fly. It is crisp and smooth. I don't know what the frame rate is, I don't look at it. All I know is it is crisp and smooth. I can't ask for any better.
So Nick, your advice took a 4 year old Dell system and made it work. It took me 2 days of following each of your steps, slowly and deliberately, and it worked.
I just want to tell you that you have made a difference for me and I appreciate your work.
Thank you !!!!!