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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

This page contains answers to common questions along with some tips and tricks that we have found useful and presented here as questions.

Note: In these answers we will follow a few shorthand conventions for describing user-interface procedures. Key combinations will be presented like this: Ctrl+Alt+Delete, which means that you should press and hold down the Control key, the Alt key, and the Delete key at the same time. Menu selections will be presented like this: File->Open, which means that you should open the File menu, and then make the Open selection.

  1. What are the hardware and system requirements for CAPFlight 2000?
  2. How do I install CAPFlight 2000?
  3. Can I uninstall CAPFlight 2000 cleanly?
  4. Where can I find DirectX 9c?
  5. What operating system modifications does CAPFlight 2000 make?
  6. How can I make desktop shortcuts to CAPFlight programs?
  7. Where are the program files installed?
  8. How can I get the UnLock code required by the Flight Director's Console?

What are the hardware and system requirements for CAPFlight 2000 v2.0 ?

The simulation software is designed to run on nine Windows 98 (or higher) based computers.  Intel Pentium III or higher computers will work.  One Pentium III 1.0 GHz class commuter or higher with Windows 98 or higher is needed to simulate the shuttle cockpit instruments and windshield view.  All computers must have network adapters.  A network hub with enough ports to connect all computers is also needed.

Computer Hardware

The simulation software is designed to run on nine Windows 98 (or higher) based computers.  All computers must meet these minimum requirements.

  • Pentium III class computer or higher
  • 128 Meg of RAM
  • 50 Meg hard disk free space
  • Ethernet network card - 10 Base-T or faster.
  • Mouse
  • VGA capable display 640x480
  • DirectX compatible sound card for voice communications

The computer that simulates the cockpit instruments and windshield view in the shuttle must meet the following requirements:

  • Pentium III 1.0 GHz class commuter or higher
  • Windows 98 or higher must be installed
  • 128 Meg of RAM
  • 50 Meg hard disk free space
  • Ethernet network card - 10 Base-T or faster.
  • Mouse
  • Joystick (recommended
  • DirectX9 3-D compatible video card with 16 Meg RAM
  • DirectX sound card for voice communications

Network Hardware

You will need at least one network hub or switch with enough ports to connect all computers on the same workgroup. Two hubs/switches work better.  One hub/switch is used for mission control and the other is used for the shuttle. 

Software

  • Windows 98 or higher
  • TCP/IP network protocol installed
  • Direct X 9c or higher (included on the distribution disk)
  • CAPFlight 2000 software

Note:

This simulation will not run on Windows NT because it does not support DirectX.  This simulation has not been tested Windows 2000.  It was developed and tested on Windows 98, ME, and XP.

Sound card and software have are used in the simulation for voice communciations.  The sound card must be DirectX compatible. 

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How do I install CAPFlight 2000?

You can install CAPFlight 2000 by running Setup.exe from the root directory of the CD.  Open the CD with windows explorer and double click Setup.exe.  This will install the Windows Installer if it is not part of the windows system.  It will also install the CAPFlight 2000 programs and required system modules.  Windows Installer check versions of all system software modules and will not overwrite newer versions. 

You can install CAPFlight 2000 across the local area network (LAN).  All you need to do is to run Setup.exe once you have found it in a shared directory from the Network Neighborhood on the target computer.  You can also copy all of the files from the root directory of the CD to a shared temporary hard disk directory if you want to speed up installation across the LAN.  The "Installing file and printer sharing"  section in the CAPFlight 2000 Program Manual has directions on creating shared directories.

The Flight Activities Officer (FAO) Console requires the MS Jet database provider to access the checklist database.  You can install the MS Jet database engine by running jet40sp8_wme.exe, jet40sp8_win2K.exe, or Jet40sp8_winXP.exe.  Select the proper file depending on your operating system.  Windows XP has the Jet database engine installed as part of the operating system. 

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Can I uninstall CAPFlight 2000 cleanly?

CAPFlight 2000 can be uninstalled from the Add and Remove Programs applet in the Windows Control Panel.  It will remove all traces of the program and registry entries for CAPFlight 2000.  The windows installer also removed the shortcuts on the desktop and start menu that it created.  It will not removed any shortcuts that you created or any game save file created during game play.  You can remove game save files from the \Program Files\EngineeredSims\CAPFlight2000v2 directory at any time. 

It will not remove operating system upgrades, like DirectX, Internet Explorer, the MS Jet database engine, or the runtime components developed by Microsoft. 

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Where can I find DirectX 9c

DirectX 9c for Windows 98 and newer windows operating systems is located in the DirectX9c directory.  You can install it by running dxsetup.exe.  You can also download the other version of the DirectX runtime system from http://www.microsoft.com/directx/.  You must download and install DirectX 9c if you are running Windows 2000.  Windows XP comes with DirectX as part of the operating system.  Windows Update will update DirectX as an optional update.  DirectX 9c does not work with Windows 95.  You must upgrade to Windows 98 (or higher) in order to run DirectX 9c. 

DirectX 9c is being updated several times during the year.  The October 2005 version is needed for CAPFlight 2000 ver 2.0.  It is on the CD in the DirectX9c directory.  It is safe to install it over any other versionb of DirectX. 

The DirectX setup will update older version of DirectX to the current version.  Newer versions of DirectX continue to support the of the functions provided in all older versions.  You should not experience compatibility problems with this upgrade. 

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What system modifications does CAPFlight 2000 make?

CAPFlight 2000 installs for following DLLs as part of the basic installation.  These are Microsoft DLLs and will only be installed if they are not present or if the Windows Installer finds that it is installing a newer version.  These DLLs are quite common and are used by many other programs.  They should not be removed when uninstalling CAPFlight 2000.  These files are installed in the Program Directory so that they will not conflict with other versions that may be in the Windows\System directory.

  • MFC71.dll       Microsoft foundation class runtime.
  • MFC71u.dll     Microsoft foundation class runtime.
  • MSVCRT71.dll     C++ runtime support
  • Windows Installer modules

DirectX9c installs a number of DLLs.  These can not be uninstalled.

In addition the FAO module installs several system upgrades including:

  • MDAC 
    (Microsoft Data Access Engine)
  • MS Jet 4.0  Provider - service pack 8
  • (Microsoft Jet Database engine from Access 2000)

These modules cannot be uninstalled. 

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How can I make desktop shortcuts to CAPFlight 2000 programs?

The easiest way to make a desk top shortcut icon is to use the right mouse button and drag the file name to the desktop from the windows explorer.  The menu will then allow you to select Create Shortcuts Here.  The program files are located in \Program Files\EngineeredSims\CAPFlight2000v2 directory. 

You can also create a shortcut on the desktop by right clicking the desktop and selecting New->Shortcut.  The wizard will allow you to browse for the target file and set the name for the shortcut. 

In later versions of Windows you can drag the shortcut from the start menu, with the right mouse button.  Select Copy to make the desktop shortcut. 

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Where are the program files installed?

The program files are installed in the following directory:
Program Files\EngineeredSims\CAPFlight2000v2\

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How can I get the UnLock code required by the Flight Director's Console?

Just fill out the registration form and the unlock code will be provided on the confirmation page.  It will also be e-mailed to you soon after the registration forms is completed.  Thank you for registering you copy of CAPFlight 2000.  Please see our privacy policy if you have concerns about registration

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Launch of STS 114, Return to Flight, July 26, 2005
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