Hi JayPee, sorry no one has replied sooner. It's always the case that when I'm away from online duties for a few days something crops up, never when I'm in the thick of it though!
For your game crash, go here and scroll down to 'Phoenix's Last Fix As Promised'. Get that and install it. It *should* fix it! If not, uninstall it (via instructions provided) and try the next one up, 'Phoenix's LB2 Final Solutions':http://digitality.comyr.com/flyboy/lb2/setup/setup.html
You may be able to setup your throttle and rudder in the options menu (mentioned below), but you may not have any luck as LB2 can be funny with controllers. As long as the cyclic works, that's the main thing. This is an old sim, remember, so built-in throttles and rudders was not really the thing back then. Again you maybe able to setup your hatswitch in the options menu. After you have configured your controls remember to save it as a key-mapping/joystick-mapping in the menu - or you will lose it after each mission!
At the main menu (base screen) in the game, press ALT-O (o, not zero) for the options menu. In-game, press ALT-O or ESC to access the options menu. You will not natively be able to change the screen res as LB2 runs at fixed 640x480 like a lot of sims of that era. To increase it, you'll have to run the game in 3DFX mode with a glide wrapper and force a higher screen res through that - which itself will show some graphical artifacts such as lines in the cockpit. To enable 3DFX mode, open the lb2cfg.exe in the LB2 folder and set it to 3DFX. Next, install ONE glide wrapper as per instructions included (either latest dgVoodoo or nGlide, link below) and see what happens:http://digitality.comyr.com/flyboy/lb2/progs/dgVoodoo1.50Beta2.ziphttp://digitality.comyr.com/flyboy/lb2/progs/nGlide096_portable.zip
If you don't get on with one glide wrapper, uninstall it and try the other.