One way to get rid of the annoying pulsing red screen is to change costumes...won't help if you're nowhere near the PMC but it's one way out without killing yourself.
Also for claification on the winching challenge glitch. The max bet maxes out at 5mil. The minimun has no max but is always 5% of your total funds. So if you've got less that 100mil in the bank, go for the 5mil. If you've got more, leave it at the minimum. Hope that clears up some confusion.
I had 6100 worth of fuel and then it changed to 5900 for no reason. Then when I went to a up shop there was a fuel upgrade that I had purchased earlier. I have heard there was a patch released on 28th October 08. Has this fixed any of the problems or is that a stupid question?