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  1. Saleen - please keep us updated and let us know if you start having problems again with REX crashing after you start installing software back onto your computer. I'm dying to know what's causing this type of crash to happen. Thanks! Enjoy REX!
  2. Sounds like your wife was meant to be the pilot in the family! Saleen - I wish I could be of more help. Everything you're describing sounds EXACTLY like the issues I was having with REX on my old computer. I never got it to work. I tried downloading a new file, I even ordered it on a disk and tried installing it from the disk. I installed it in different directories. I installed new and older versions of the MS .net framework. I installed a new driver for my sound card. I totally uninstalled my virus protection. All of these things and still REX would not work -- like you said, it crashes at startup, the main screen and clap of thunder never even have a chance. You just immediately get an error that says it has stopped working. I was told by the creators of the software that I was the only one who had ever reported that problem before. Glad to know I'm not the only one. Sounds like they'll need to figure this one out. Good luck. Worst case, buy yourself a new computer. -Brian
  3. I was told that where you install REX doesn't matter - so just let that install into the default directory that it wants to. As for FSX, there are some different thoughts out there on where to install it. On my old system, I had it installed in the default directory - which for me was C:\Program Files (86)\. When I built my new system, I installed it in the root - C:\FSX. Some people say this is better because it can eliminate certain permission issues that can come up if you install it in a Program Files folder. Other people say that the file permission issues aren't really a problem with Windows 7 like they were with Vista. Who knows. All I know is that I have no problems with it in C:\FSX, so maybe you should give that a try. If you want more tips about it, read through the documentation that you can get for free (no purchase required) from PMDG regarding the setup/install of their software, and of FSX in general. They talk about some things to do to make sure FSX is configured for optimal performance. If I were you, I'd try uninstalling FSX first (along with service packs, addons, etc). Then restart, and reinstall FSX (along with addons, service packs, etc). If that doesn't work, and if you're "due for a good cleanup" of your system anyway, you might as well go ahead and try to reinstall Windows. Seems excessive and I personally don't think it will work, but if you must, you must!
  4. Saleen - good luck to you, I hope you get this issue resolved. The computer I was originally trying to use to run FSX and REX was getting a bit old, so I decided to upgrade and build a new system. I got an Ivy Bridge i5 w/ GeForce 560ti video card. Everything works for me now (quite beautifully!). I never did figure out what the problem was on my other system.
  5. Ugh. The problems just won't stop. I tried running the uninstaller, but got an error. At first, the Windows Installer window comes up and says "Preparing to remove". Then I'm asked to give the installer permission to run (the installer file in question is "C:\Windows\Installer\46a48ad.msi"). I click yes to give it permission to proceed, and then I get a pop-up error that says: "There is a problem with this Windows Installer package. A program required for this install to complete could not be run. Contact your suppor tpersonnel or package vendor." At this point I decided to try to run that MSI file myself. I had to enable viewing of protected OS files, but then I found the C:Windows\Installer directory, and the MSI file within. I executed the file, which gave me the option to install, repair, or remove REX. I selected remove. During the removal process, I got the same question asking for permission to run the MSI file, so I said yes, and then I got the error about the problem w/ the windows installer package again. But I didn't give up. I went back to run the MSI installer again, this time I tried "Repair". (REX is FUBAR, after all.) Then, during the "repair" process, I got an error that says: "The feature you are trying to use is on a network resource that is unavailable. Click OK to try again, or enter an alternate path to a folder containing the installer package 'rexess_20120522.msi' in the box below." The box below had this path in it: C:\Users\Brian\AppData\Local\Temp\{18DBD626-1857-40CF-93CC-FADDA6851832}\ I did a quick Windows search for the file and found nothing, so I quit the "Repair" process. Once I hit cancel, I was assured that nothing was changed on my system. Then I got mad. So I manually deleted the program files folder for REX. The folder was in C:\Program Files\___(whatever the default REX folder is called). Then I ran CCleaner and did a registry scan - over 1,000 items, and plenty of them were linked to REX installer issues. Not sure if this is because I just manually deleted the entire programs folder or not. Anyway, I chose to fix all of the issues (while backing up changes). Then I tried reinstalling, by right clicking the installer file and selecting to run as admin. After it finished unpacking (or whatever the installer calls it), it asked me if I wanted to repair, modify, or remove the install. I was expecting the installer to perform a fresh install, but I guess the installer found some trace of an existing installation (surely a result of me manually deleting the program files folder). So this time I selected "Modify", since that's the only option I haven't tried yet. It went through a long process of copying files over. When it finally finished, it told me that it had finished unwrapping the files, and then the installer went away when I clicked OK. Then I tried running REX again. And again, it crashed. Any more ideas? :/
  6. Sounds like a plan. I'm familiar with CCleaner. When I get home later today, I'll give all this a try. Thanks... and keep your fingers crossed!
  7. I did, and no luck. Same result as before. Four of the six font files were already in place, so I replaced them with the ones Tim sent me. The other two didn't need to replace existing, so they copied over with no problem. All of the files went to C:\Windows\Fonts. Has this ever happened before with other REX Essential users? I wonder what happens next. I know software glitches like this are bound to happen, so I'm willing to keep working at it. But at the same time I'm tired of drooling over youtube videos of other people flying around in REX.... I want my turn!
  8. Bob, No, I don't have Acceleration installed. I'm not much of a fan of the fast jets that come with it, so I don't see any reason why I should buy it. Do you?
  9. Bob, I made sure that the only checked option under REX.exe > Properties > Compatibility is "Run this program as an administrator." I also updated my system information - turns out I was wrong about the graphics and the amount of RAM, but I don't think either of those would be causing the issue here. Also, turns out I did NOT have either SP1 OR SP2 installed. I just very recently (a few months ago) installed FSX. Anyway, I downloaded both service packs and installed them. (First I installed SP1, then ran FSX to let it finish updating, then I installed SP2, then ran FSX again to continue letting it update. Both SP1 and SP2 gave messages that confirmed a successful installation.) Despite all of this, I still cannot run REX. I even completely disabled my virus protection, then tried running REX.exe as an administrator. As soon as I run it (double clicking) I get a Windows pop-up that says "REX Essential has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem." Surprise, surprise, Windows never finds anything... after about five seconds the window just goes away with no further notification. The only thing I can think of left to do would be to uninstall FSX completely, along with REX, then reinstall both. But I'm not sure if that would fix the problem. I am sure that that would take a while, and I'd rather not do it unless that's the last resort.... Thanks again, Brian
  10. Will REX not work if FSX isn't in the default directory?
  11. I feel for ya... I did a Windows Update on my work computer about a month ago and suddenly my machine wouldn't boot to Windows anymore. Took lots of tinkering before I could even do a system restore. Somewhat unrelated - I was reading about some of the PMDG planes. In their manuals, they talk a bit about the install process, and they mention that it's a good idea to install FSX right in the C: root, instead of putting it into one of the Program Files folders. Have you ever heard of this? I figured if you're an FSX tester that you might have an opinion one way or another.
  12. Hi Bob, I'll check the compatibilities issue when I get home and I'll report back. When I say "when I try to load" I mean when I run the program itself -- aka executing REX.exe (or whatever it's called). The installer has never given me any problems -- both installs I've done have gone smoothly with no signs of trouble. My order was for a full, new version of REX Essentials. I've never owned any version of REX prior to this.
  13. I added as much info to my signature as possible from memory. I'll add more later this evening when I'm home and can verify everything. Other info: 1. Is the problem related to a full install of REX Essential or an upgrade from old version of REX to REX Essentiail? Full install of REX Essential 2. Do you start REX by RIGHT CLICKING the exe file and selecting RUN AS ADMIN? I've tried running REX.exe both in normal mode and in admin mode. I get the same result either way - it crashes as soon as it starts, and I never even see the REX screen, I just get a Windows pop-up that tells me that the program has crashed. Even more info: 1. I've tried rebooting and reinstalling the software (I uninstalled first, then reinstalled). Same result (program crashed) 2. I've verified the MD5 checksum to make sure that the zip file I downloaded wasn't corrupt, and it was verified 100% accurate. Even so, I downloaded a second copy of the zip file and tried the install again -- same result (program crashed). 3. I've tried running REX.exe both while FSX is running and when it isn't -- same result (program crashed) 4. All Windows updates are installed. The system is relatively new - only six months or so I believe, and hardly any software is installed. 5. I've also tried installing REX in both the "Program Files" and the "Program Files x86" directories. The first time I installed it I let it install in the default folder, but I can't remember which folder that was. Same result regardless of which folder the software was installed in - program crashed. I look forward to getting this working. I appreciate the rapid responses!!!
  14. Update - I still can't get REX to work, but I wanted to pass along the info that I verified the MD5 checksum value of the zip file I downloaded and it was 100% accurate, so the issue has nothing to do with the zip file I downloaded. I also went into the directory where REX was installed (the default directory, I didn't change where it installed) and found an updater exe. I tried to run that and got an error message pop-up. Can't remember what it said, and I'm not at my home computer right now so I can't give that information. Thanks, Brian
  15. Hi All - brand new to both REX, this forum, but not to FSX! I downloaded REX Essentials today and just finished installing it. When I try to load it however, it instantly crashes (I get a windows error message saying that windows is trying to find out why it crashed). I never even see a screen from REX. I've tried running in both normal and admin mode. I'm running Windows 7 x64. The install process of REX went fine - no issues. Any idea what the problem could be? Thanks, Brian Baltimore, Maryland / USA
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