Dammit. Dammit. Dammit.
So I finally found the documentation that explains what the Garmin G1000 Trainer Software needs to run:
The minimum system requirements for the G1000 Trainer software application are as follows:
· 1.8 GHz processor
· 256 MB RAM
· Windows® 2000 or XP
· 200 MB free hard disk space
· CD-ROM drive
· Microsoft® DirectX® 9.0b (software application included on the G1000 Trainer CD-ROM)
· Video Card: DirectX-capable card with a minimum of 64 MB of memory and video card drivers that support DirectX 9.0b
NOTE: Intel Integrated Graphics controllers are NOT supported.
· Screen resolution: 1280 pixels wide x 1024 pixels high
CAUTION: The G1000 Trainer software application is not designed to run with processor hyperthreading enabled. For processors that support hyperthreading, hyperthreading must be disabled in the BIOS before starting the G1000 Trainer software application.
· Optional: four-axis joystick with throttle/power and rudder control
:: This is what I got... A DirectX error message. But it looks like the problem has very little to do with DirectX, it looks like the real problem is the Integrated Graphics Processor on my Squadron's fancy new laptop, which is not supported.
I have yet to come across a laptop that didn't use a IGP, so it looks like the only way we're going to be able to use this
damn thing is to get a desktop machine built.