hi, I'm back to try this again (had the feeling I'd come back to get things working... dying for some space flight multiplayer). Anyway, so I went looking around and tried to get things working. Before I tell you my problems, let me explain what I did first so you know what the situation is.
First, went here
Filled out the application for FS2NET, downloaded all these nefty new programs, and tried to run it on the new fs2.exe that was offered. seemed to work at firs twith the lsited launcher, untill I start noticing as I'm creating a new pilot (and here comes the bug and what's bothering me at first), and I notice that the top 1/3 of my screen, everything that is text is gone. just the background image. I think, okay weird, maybe i need a new version or something. Note that at this time i hadn't attempted to join or host a game yet.
So I download this
thinking that maybe just having the old version doesn't work with the launcher. I place it in my directory, and try to run it. It gives me an error (something about a video card) and makes me download a file launcher5.rar. okay, fine I think. I run the launcher 5 with fs_open_r.exe. Same error and new bugs. The mouse moves very slow, the top 1/3 now curves into these black images. All in all, not good.
So I came here. Now as i started writing the first part, I thought I'd give running the game a shot just to see if it works or not (the in game, not the menu's). Well, let's just say that was fun. Half the ship had huge bars in them that made them invisible. A black line kept moving up and down my screen, and the game crashed to desktop when I finally died from random fire. All in all it was not fun. I also noted that the text for validating the FS2net stuff was not int he image box, it was actually alittle to the bottom left and had a rather odd spikey looking font to it.
And so I come to you all now asking, what the hell did I do wrong?
Thanks for your time.
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