Found a copy of 2.03a patch. Sim was pretty much perfect after this. I guess the 2.5 upload was for a limited time only since it was a retail product after all.
Been grounded for a couple of months. Wanted to see if I still enjoyed it... before decding on whether to pick up LO-MAC. Last game/sim I bought was last November year (Strike Fighters: Project One).
After I nice quite ride... it amazing that I still enjoy this after so many years. I guess I am hooked for life
And it really nice now to have the hardware to really rake advantage of all this sim has to offer.