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  1. And you started in 1935? If so, that's amazing! I've never earned the secret gold, but got the regular gold several times years ago. Haven't tried for a while as I don't much enjoy playing the way you have to play to squeeze every last penny of revenue. I love micromanaging a few trains at the start of a game, but hate the drudgery it becomes with the dozens in play with a mature game. And I've never found a way to even approach gold level revenues without intense micromanagement. I'm sure I got the regular gold a time or two or three using the GG1. In fact, if I'm remembering correctly, it was easier using the GG1 if you picked the right cities as your hub of operations.
  2. This morning I installed Sid Meier's Railroads! on the laptop and am pleased as punch with the result. Not only does it expand to wide screen and fill the 1920x1080 monitor, but everything is in proper scale - not stretched versions of the 4:3 appearance. It looks absolutely terrific! I think I'm on to (back to, really) a new Railroad game for the time being.
  3. And now another question that has me scratching my head....related only tangentially to the topic. Are you guys receiving email notifications of replies on content you are following? I have mine set-up to receive them - and I used to - but have received no emails about replies to this thread. And, yes, I have the "instant" notification specified - not daily or weekly.
  4. No, and I'd love to be able to. Tried that and got the same error message I've always gotten. Are you ready for this? I went into the Intel graphics control panel, looking to change the color depth to 16 bit in order to try your suggestion. It shows one option only, 32 bit, it is checked and cannot be unchecked. It is unchangeable - in stark contrast to the Nvidia cards that I've run for most of the last 20 years. I don't guess Intel or Lenovo had users like us in mind....and we are probably few, weighed against all customers. So then I tried your first suggestion - changing the resolution to 1024x768 before launching the game. Did that, everything looked like hell as you would expect, then started the game. What did I get? The same small 4:3 image in the middle of the screen. Then, checking the monitor resolution using it's menu, I get 1920x1080. Go figure....apparently the game launch somehow changed the resolution back to native. I'm about done wasting time on this. It appears I'm either going to have to live with the noise of my old machine or the small (but sharp) image with the black bars. Oh, and I see the little post preview icon. Thank you - never would have noticed it otherwise.
  5. Another outstanding response and worth another rep. Thank you. The drivers I now have installed are, according to the device manager, Same 4463, but different numbers up front. I'm not sure what to make of that. On my 22" 1920x1080 monitor, I have black bars all around. And I'm assuming that's because it's only using the game's default 1024x768. So, that being the case, there's loads of unused (black) acreage around it. The laptop's built-in display has a 1366x768 resolution. So the game's image fills it vertically, but leaves black bars on the sides. As for my old PC, I have "repaired" it, of sorts. I had 2 IDE hard drives in it and, interestingly, the newer one was the one that died. It was a 40GB Western Digital about 12 years old and it had the OS on it. The 13GB IBM, made in 1999 and formerly installed in a W98 machine, has been used every day for 16 years and is still going strong. I re-installed Windows XP on it, so that machine is theoretically usable again for games, at least. I say theoretically because I don't foresee using it again to any significant degree for two reasons.... It is so infernally noisy with it's power supply, auxiliary case, CPU, and GeForce 6600 fans that I almost have to shut it down just to make a phone call. I am already spoiled by my laptop's essentially silent running. Whereas before I had it updated through SP4 and thus fully usable online, Windows update appears to not function at all any longer for Windows XP. I guess that probably ended with its official end of support in 2014. My install disk is SP2, leaving Outlook Express in a primitive state that is unusable today and won't allow the latest Firefox versions either. Now that I've gotten rid of the bundled McAfee software that came with my new laptop and was wreaking havoc, I can't find any really sound reason to hate Windows 10 like I thought I would. It runs everything I've asked it to, including 3 different programs designed for Windows 98 that I've enjoyed and depended on since the late 90s. On another subject, what happened to the post preview option here?
  6. Ok, back now for some additional comments. Still have the same display and nothing makes any difference. MONITOR SETTINGS Yes, I have connected my 22" Samsung wide screen via HDMI (only option). It has setting options for auto and wide and I've tried both - back and forth, repeatedly. Makes no difference - both result in the same 4:3 image. I have the external monitor set as the only display, but I've looked at all options, combos and they all have the same result. I connected the XP PC to the same monitor using a DVI to HDMI cable. Not sure whether that could make a difference, but I'm inclined to doubt it. GRAPHICS CARD / CHIPSET DRIVER SETTINGS My laptop has Intel HD Graphics and has 4 scaling options - center image, scale full screen, maintain display scaling, and maintain aspect ratio. I've tried them all....each with the same result. Same 4:3 image. GRAPHICS DRIVER CHANGE I had thought of that as well, so yesterday I clicked on the update driver button, it searched for and found a new driver, installed it, then turned my screen black and hung there - still on, but not responding to any inputs of any kind. After 45 minutes, this was clearly a "reset" or power off scenario, but alas....where's the reset button on a laptop? This is my first laptop, by the way. So I pulled the power plug, quickly realizing that that made no difference on a laptop with a fully charged battery. After a few minutes of feeling helpless to do anything but call Lenovo's support line and be at their mercy, something made me try pressing and holding the power button. That did the trick and turned it off....and I breathed a big sigh of relief. So........when I turned it back on, checked and found I had new display drivers installed....and they worked exactly like the old drivers. Same 4:3 image, no matter the settings. I think what I'm up against is a glitch or limitation in the Intel HD graphics since a Google search on the issue brings a multitude of results with lots of others frustrated with the same problem. It's not really that big of a deal, because the 4:3 image does look better and sharper, with the scale that was intended for the game. But ideally I'd rather not play for hours at a time, as I often do, with those black bars. I know image burning is not the issue it once was with CRTs, but I've read that it is not altogether gone as a concern with LCDs either.
  7. What an outstanding and thorough response....thank you so much for taking the time! Don't have time right now to say much more than that - I'll respond in detail probably tomorrow morning. Thanks again!!
  8. Just wondering if anyone here has run into this issue and may have some tips. Up until 2 weeks ago, I ran RRTII on on an my older Windows XP custom-built machine and had no problem expanding it to a (stretched) wide screen display on my new 1920x1080 monitor. Sadly, the hard drive on that machine bit the dust, so I bought a new laptop running Windows 10. I never would have moved to W10 but for that sudden need, but I'm pleasantly surprised by it and like it more than I thought I would. I found it will run many older applications just fine, one of them being RRTII. The one thing I can't get it to do is display a wide-screen image on my wide-screen monitor. I've tried all of the scaling options and each one results in the same small 1024x768 display in the center of the screen. I realize that the issue could be with the computer's HD graphics and not necessarily W10, but I've tried every option known to me and nothing makes any difference. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.
  9. Thank you. Now I get the "SE-attellites" thing.
  10. Thank you. Somewhere along the Columbia might be a good compromise at that. Lot of towns like Hood River that I've never given serious thought to. I'll check into housing options and do some mulling on that.
  11. Apparently this story has been out there for years, but I just never heard it before. Never got the media headline that it did just a few days ago. At least not to my knowledge. Yes, I think Portland and Seattle will weather it OK. Some earthquake damage, but little to no tsunami. But Portland and Seattle are not my focus. I really would like to be on the coast. I mean, like this.... http://olympic.craigslist.org/apa/5138292394.html But the tsunami from the one they're saying is inevitable would wipe out the coast. So one day you're enjoying the good life and the next, you're homeless with all your belongings destroyed and perhaps no way to escape the devastated area. Followed by weeks or months of near complete isolation with no home, no power and no new supply of food or anything else if ground transportation links are destroyed. I don't know, I guess maybe they'd send rescue boats if there was no ground access. But talk about losing everything. Even if the risk within my lifetime were know-ably (which it isn't) tiny, it's hard for me to truly envision going forward with that plan. Maybe it's time for me to look at Maine. I really do miss the 4 seasons I grew up with. :)
  12. This story is everywhere now, it seems....out of the blue. At around the same time that we hear more and more grumbling and bemoaning about Californians moving to the PNW. Coincidence or sociopolitical engineering strategy? The way people are manipulated these days, it's hard to rule anything out. I just have to grin and shake my head at the timing that I hear this - for the first time in my life....almost to the day that I start to really focus on the coast as my destination and away from other options. It's hard to know what to believe. Like you, I'm inclined to think it's a small threat. But, on the coast with the Tsunami, a threat so deadly that it might be impossible to truly forget about and truly relax. And if there is anything I want to do in retirement, it is relax. In any event, it will greatly behoove me to work a few more years (part-time), so I wasn't going anywhere right away and will be in the planning phase for a while. This story is the reset button in that process.
  13. So I'm sitting here this morning contemplating the road ahead a few years and I stumble upon this, upon looking at another news story. I guess the other one finished and here comes....... http://video.foxnews.com/v/4356513070001/report-mega-quake-could-kill-13000-in-pacific-northwest/?intcmp=watchnow&playlist_id=trending#sp=show-clips Everything west of I-5 destroyed in a monster quake decades overdue. How 'bout my timing? :D Iowa has some nice features, after all....
  14. I wonder if they don't vote for the same reason(s) I don't. Satellites? Not sure what you're referring to in that context. I've been mulling over retirement options and I keep getting drawn back to the Pacific coast after considering other options like New England or Great Lakes settings. The more I think about it, the more I know the coast is where I need to be. But I would consider most of the multitude of Puget Sound waterway settings to be in that category as well. My top 2 priorities, after the cool summer temperatures and scenic beauty of the coast, are people quality and cost of living. So from your experience, where am I going to find more attractive options....Oregon or Washington?
  15. So I take it you don't really live in Seattle, but in the metro somewhere? I'll have to check out Sequim when I come up someday and I probably wouldn't have but for you mentioning it. With all those seniors, will I find it closer to Midwest clean-cut conservative? Or more PNW style tattooed, tattered, and toothless? :D
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