Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004

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NameMicrosoft Flight Simulator
License Retail
Votes 6
Wine Version1.5.15
Maintainers of this version:

Version 2004.


Old test results
The test results for this version are very old, and as such they may not represent the current state of Wine. Please consider submitting a new test report.
Selected Test Results (selected in 'Test Results' table below)

What works

* Flying a pre-made flight or a custom flight (see below!)

* Single-player gameplay

* Joystick

* Maximum graphics settings (using an Nvidia GeForce 310M with the proprietary Linux driver)

* Browsing the in-game learning center, flight school, news, etc. (see below)

* In-game "kneeboard" (partially)

* Addon aircraft (i.e. freeware 737NG)

What does not

* Installation, requires 4-cd workaround (using an original copy here)

* CD copy protection does not work either (had to bypass it)

* Launching the simulation from the "create a flight" screen; the game crashes, however it is possible to work around this and fly custom flights (see below!)

* Menu bar as with previous testers

* GUI draws fine overall but does have some issues: the "rotating aircraft" in the create a flight screen does not show up unless the graphics options are turned down so that the simulator is in software rendering mode, and certain text fields just draw the first line endlessly, like

The quick brown fox jumped over the

The quick brown fox jumped over the

The quick brown fox jumped over the


* Launching flights from the in-game flight school and learning center, this is because the HTML pages make use of a special "fs-plan:" protocol that the wine browser does not properly associate with fs9.exe (see workaround below)

* HTML rendering in the in-game kneeboard is broken altogether

* Some ATC functions appear not to work (particularly "requesting clearance" from clearance delivery stations)

What was not tested

* Online multiplayer

* Installing scenery addons

Additional Comments

* I also get messages about missing fonts on startup, but this is probably due to the fact that I don't have any MS fonts installed. Text renders (almost) perfectly regardless.

After setting up your flight in the create a flight screen, go to the select a flight screen, go to "my flights," and fly the "UI generated temporary flight." Sometimes you get lucky and the sim launches it perfectly. Otherwise, your safest bet is to save the flight in the create a flight screen, restart the game, and load it from "select a flight."

You'll have to launch fs9.exe manually. For example, to launch flying lesson #2 ("Turns"), the link URL is this:
So launch fs9.exe like this:
wine fs9.exe lesson@lessons\student\Lesson%202.FLT
Test Results
DistributionTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?RatingSubmitter
CurrentArch Linux x86_64Oct 21 20121.5.15 No, but has workaround Yes Silver Ryan Y 
ShowFedora 17 x86_64Oct 04 20121.5.14 Yes Yes Bronze an anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 10.10 "Maverick" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Oct 26 20101.3.4 Yes Yes Gold karla 
ShowDebian GNU/Linux 6.0 "Squeeze"Aug 07 20101.3.0 Yes Yes Silver John Haywards 
ShowUbuntu 10.04 "Lucid" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jul 04 20101.2-rc6 N/A Yes Silver Michael 

Known bugs
Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
4066 Online Play Doesn't Work (DirectPlay) NEW View

4 CD installation
For 4 CDs installation, ignore automount in /media and manually u/mount each CD: sudo mount /dev/sr0 /cdrom sudo umount /dev/sr0 /cdrom start not from inside the cdrom dir: wine /cdrom/FS*/Setup.exe after the install is finished use winetricks to install directplay add the default automount cdrom drive /media... to: winecfg --> add app FS9 (by Michael)


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by Michael on Saturday July 3rd 2010, 11:26
managed the first flight by setting graphics to low and starting via fs2002...need further testing but hey wowoww

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how to start in kiosk mode
by Michael on Saturday July 3rd 2010, 11:01
i managed to install but in kiosk mode i don't know how to start a flight. saitek rumble force no buttons seem to work, thanks

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.net not required
by rcs on Saturday May 10th 2008, 18:50
My FS200x installations under Windows did not require .net, so it should not be a requirement for Linux either.


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Run it in Win98 mode
by Grawp on Sunday February 17th 2008, 16:26
Run the instalation and patch in win2000 or winxp mode and before starting the game switch to win98 mode.

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Looks like it requires directx 9
by Gametha on Sunday July 30th 2006, 14:08
from microsoft
So.. looks like FS2004 needs directx 9. Can somebody with a native windows instalation try do run with directx 8 installed to see what happens?

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Some new infos
by Oliver C. on Sunday October 16th 2005, 10:47
Flight Simulator 2004 requires DCOM98, Internet Explorer and
the Microsoft DotNet Framework to be installed.

The latter one does not run/install in Wine, so further testing of FS2004 is not possible.

Also trying to use a Windows Version of Mono didn't work,
because the Mono installer failed to install Mono under Wine.

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