When comparing prices of the latest High
Definition TVs to a computer monitor of comparable size, price
may be wondering if you can use a HDTV for your flight
The first thing to determine is if your
video card can handle HDTV. It should be able to produce a resolution of at
least 1920 x 1080. Many cards have a HDMI , Digital and VGA outputs. Most HDTVs
have a VGA for PC and HDMI inputs. If your card meets these standards it
should work with a HDTV.
HDTVs are getting larger and cheaper and
many of them can make great computer gaming monitors as long as they
meet some minimum requirements. The two main requirements are
resolution and latency, a bit more about that shortly.
Many simmers are now using HDTVs ranging
from 30" up to 55". These sizes really add a new dimension to flight
simulation. Many prefer one big monitor as opposed to three
smaller PC monitors. How about three HDTV monitors?
It seems that monitors in the 42" to
46" range produce an instrument panel that is near a real aircraft
instrument panel size.
No matter what size monitor you're looking
for it should be 1080p at a minimum. This is equivalent to a
resolution of 1920 x 1080. 720p is equivalent to a resolution of
1368 x 720 which would be very pixilated for the larger size it
Look for low latency of 6
milliseconds or less to avoid blurry images when there is a lot
of movement on the screen.
A final note is that the best
viewing distance for the larger TVs is around 3.5 to 6
feet depending on the size or pixilation may be noticed.
Having said all this, a computer monitor
will produce a better image than a HDTV due to having more
pixels per square inch and being optimized for a PC.
So given this information if you're priced
out of the PC monitor market or you want big you should be happy
with a HDTV connected to your PC. Enjoy!
A multiple monitor setup is another way to expand
the outside view in your flight simulator or add separate
screens to support instruments, radios, maps or whatever
the simmer desires.
These monitors can be PC monitors or High
Definition TVs. The first consideration is that you have a video
card that has two outputs. The outputs can be digital, HDMI or
VGA. If the computer is not equipped with a multiple output card
adding another video card will solve the problem. Make sure the
specs for the card meet game requirements.
The basic requirement is that in Windows
XP and Windows 7 is that you are set up for two monitors. You
should use the Expand My Desktop To Second Monitor choice in the
advanced display setup screen.
General steps for setting up multiple monitors in FS2004:
An important note is that you can't
set up multiple monitors in FS2004 running in full screen mode.
You won't be able to select Undock View.
1. Start Flight Simulator 2004.
2. Use ALT +ENTER for Windowed
3. You should be in the
4. Click Views and then click
5. Go to
the Views menu and select Undock View.
6. Click on the Title Bar of
the view to drag it.
7. Drag the
view to the monitor of your choice.
8.Set the new view to Full Screen or
Also note that you will have to save the
flight to keep these settings. The flight will open in the Windowed
mode you will have to set the screens to full mode.
In FSX in full window mode just drag or
stretch the screen to a new window. You can also click on the
various items such as radios, nav equipment or whatever when
they open in new window drag it to the monitor of your choice.
The guys over at Rodger Dodger Aviation
have put together two great YouTube videos on this subject check
them out at::
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iNoyHdWXUlI Part 1
Giving credit where credit is due.
Another solution for multiple monitors is
the TripleHead2go Digital Edition. The Matrox TripleHead2Go is a
piece a hardware that allows you to span the view over two to
The device configures up to three monitors
as one monitor.
The effect is having a resolution of 3840
x 1024. If you have a video card with two outputs the other can
be used with a fourth monitor for instrument display. To read
more about the TripleHead2go Digital Edition check out this
The availability of large screens and the
ability to utilize multiple monitors have introduced new levels
of realism to the flight simulation game. Enjoy!
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