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  1. 4 hours ago, wogapat said:

    I appreciate this is more a system issue than an actual problem with FSUIPC but I can't seem to get around it. Any suggestions, please?

    It does sound very much like you chose an installation path for FSUIPC which is protected by Windows, like somewhere in Program Files. You could try reinstalling to a more accessible folder, created perhaps directly under a drive name, like C:\FSUIPC7.

    Note that if FSUIPC is run "as administrator" then every FSUIPC client program also needs that status (and vice versa). Programs at differrent privilege levels cannot communicate via shared memory which is the way the FSUIPC interface works.



  2. 1 hour ago, rozelc said:

    I added



    and nothing happened.

    This is because you haven't actually told FSUIPC what to do. The [Auto] section is for commands or controls for FSUIPC to obey. The line should have been:

    1=Lua zelTripleUse  

    "Lua" being the documented command or control to run a plug-in (as listed for assignment).

    1 hour ago, rozelc said:

    And then I added a button to run

    1037=PE,13,CL4:D,0     -{LuaDebug zelTripleUse}-

    Now all is working.

    You don't really want to use "LuaDebug". Just the standard Lua command is fine. You are just wasting resources and filling the log up with debugging information.

    1 hour ago, rozelc said:

    I don’t understand the need for -{LuaDebug zelTripleUse}-.

    The part between the -{ and }- is just annotation to help understand the assignments.

    1 hour ago, rozelc said:

    Is there something in the “FSUIPC7 for Advanced User’s manual I should be reading?

    No, the use of the Lua commands is documented in the document called "FSUIPC Lua Plug-ins.pdf". For help with Lua programming you can refer to the main Lua reference site "Lua.org" or, for the additions in FSUIPC the "FSUIPC Lua Plug-ins.pdf" document.

    1 hour ago, rozelc said:

    Lots of information there but for me it's like trying "to get a drink of water from a fire hose".

    All of the documentation supplied is for reference, not reading like a novel. You just look things up when you need to. Make good use of the Contents list where there is one. Perusing the FSUIPC User guide initially is a good idea, just to get an idea of what is available to you. FSUIPC is a bag of tools for you to use as needed. Everyone has different needs.



  3. 2 hours ago, rodder47 said:

    Anyway as I tested the mag switches the console recorded every movement from OFF/R/L/Both/Start  and return for both switches. BUT on the aircraft the switch only showed R/L/Both... NO Off or Start.

    That's weird if the correct controls are being sent!  

    One other thing you can try, with the logging options still set, is operating the switch with the mouse and see what is logged then. Most standard cockpit controls use the controls too.

    There is another way to set the magneto switch position -- use MAGNETO1_SET and MAGNETO2_SET with parameters 0 - 4 for the successive positions. Maybe those settings would work more consistently?



  4. 2 hours ago, rodder47 said:

    I also tried having the switches logged and then displayed in the console window but nothing appeared either from the original logging or using the switches with the console window open !!! 

    If you managed to assign your switches, as shown in the INI you provided, then with the correct options set in the Logging tab, they simply must be logged! Please show me such a log. Enable Button logging and event logging (not axis events).

    2 hours ago, rodder47 said:

    I tried using the A2A cessna but it did not work at all moving the start switch, however I could hear each click as it passed over the different segments and the engine started !!.

    Strange. But why are you not testing on a default aircraft first? Different add-on developers do things differently. Maybe the A2A one needs L:Vars changed to operate the visual switch.

    Many of my switches are connected via Bodnar BU0836 boards. They are very reliable and versatile and I've never had any problems with any of them.



  5. 31 minutes ago, rodder47 said:

    I am using the Beechcraft Baron 58 by Carenado. the mag switches on this a/c are OFF/R/L/Both/Start same as the one you use.  It seems strange

    Test your switches with a default aircraft. It may be that Carenado don't obey the same standard controls. Maybe they need L:Var control.

    Did you check your switch programming using the Logging as I suggested?


    The Saitek Switch panel  works fine and in the correct order, but unfortunately only for multi engines, not individual..

    Is that programmed through FSUIPC too? But whether it is or not, see what is sent, again, using the FSUIPC logging.

    Not sure how it can stop Engine 1 controls operating on a single engine, which is engine 1 too.




  6. 6 minutes ago, Filipe Spring said:

    So... CTD happened again. No SimConnect%01u.Log has been created unfortunately. The .ini file doesn't seem to create anything..


    You have the log going to:


    which may not be the best choice. Better to direct it to a moreeasily accessible folder, like the one you installed FSUIPC7 to?

    The FSUIPC log shows a session terminated normally when MSFS stopped running. This was after 2 hours 23 minutes of successful running. There's no indication of any problems at all during that time.

    It looks more and more like a problem you need to report to MS/Asobo -- but a proper SimConnect log might help -- though for that length of time the log would be ultra-huge, probably larger than any editor or viewer can cope with!



  7. 9 hours ago, rodder47 said:

    I use Leo Bodnar boards, BBI 32 & BU0836X. I assign the switch actions using FSUIPC / buttons/switches section and using the preset items listed there. The two switches are 12 position switches but blocked to use only 5 positions. As stated above I have allocated each position on the switch using the preset items found under buttons/switches in FSUIPC.

    I see these settings:

    121=P5,13,C65929,0     -{MAGNETO1_LEFT}-
    123=P5,14,C65928,0     -{MAGNETO1_RIGHT}-
    122=P5,15,C65927,0     -{MAGNETO1_OFF}-
    124=P5,12,C65930,0     -{MAGNETO1_BOTH}-
    176=P5,11,C65931,0     -{MAGNETO1_START}-

    83=P5,30,C65933,0     -{MAGNETO2_OFF}-
    133=P5,28,C65935,0     -{MAGNETO2_LEFT}-
    135=P5,27,C65936,0     -{MAGNETO2_BOTH}-
    136=P5,29,C65934,0     -{MAGNETO2_RIGHT}-
    174=P5,26,C65937,0     -{MAGNETO2_START}-

    Which seem okay, though I think you need the "Start" action with "Repeat while held" selected. That position is sprung to return to "Both" when released.

    You need to check that the correct controls are sent when you operate the switches. Enable button logging in FSUIPC the operate the Magneto switches from OFF to Start and check that the correct control is being sent. That's all FSUIPC can do. You can see the log entries in real time if you select the Console window on the logging tab.

    Note that on the light aircraft I use, the order of the positions is Off, Right, Left, Both, Start -- i.e left /right the other way around. Which aircraft have you been testing with?




  8. 7 hours ago, rodder47 said:

    I am using P3D v 5.1 I want to be able to control the mag/start switches for 2 engines. I can set each switch in fsuipc as follows : mag off/mag R/mag L/mag both/Start...  When I try to use the switch it goes from OFF/R/Both... thats it. It bypasses mag L and will not go to Start. IF I change the mags from L / R  order and try the switch it goes OFF/L/Both and no start  ???  How do I fix this ?

    How are you assigning these actions? You need to describe what you've done. Using controls, keystrokes, or what? Is it a multiway switch showing button presses for each position? Show us your FSUIPC6.INI file.

    Note that the 'Start' position is spring-loaded to return to 'Both', so that one has to be repeated until the engine starts.



  9. 16 hours ago, viking88 said:

    I then unchecked all the power management boxes in Devices and it seemed to do the trick.  Then sometime between checking the operation of the elevator and ailerons at engine start and taking off, the yoke disconnected from FSUIPC.  I was unable to reconnect and the power management boxes are unchecked.  The only way connection with FSUIPC was restored was by upadating the Saitek Yoke drivers.  I have had to do this several times now and it seems random.

    You shouldn't need the Saitek drivers at all. They could be the problem. The Saitek yoke is a standard USB joystick and can be handled perfectly well by the default Windows drivers. Try uninstalling them altogether.


    The yoke buttons (flaps. trim) work perfectly

    Well the way the Joystick interface works, that should be impossible, as all aspects of the device are read together, as one data block -- buttons, axes and POVs! There's no way of separating them in the interface.

    I suppose it could be a hardware problem, though that is less likely.  Is the USB port you are using a USB3 one? If so try changing the a USB2 port -- some devices do not work well with USB3. The only other thing is could be is a faulty connection somewhere, maybe inside the device.



  10. 3 minutes ago, Swissdani said:

    I do indeed not have the original ini file with the fresh install, just overwrote ist.

    I changed now the JoyNames as suggested by you and yes the T.320 is the Thrustmaster airbus stick. The result after loading the sim is now:

    You seem to have done both at the same time -- changed the IDs and set it to assign joy letters. It was an either/or choice. I hope it isn't now even more of a mess.

    Please provide the new INI file, not just the one section.

    Note that I am out of the office now till tomorrow. If you want to help yourself to fix it, follow the logic I showed in my earlier reply to change the ID numbers, but now change them to the letters A to E.




    I don't suppose you have the original FSUIPC6.INI file, from before you ran P3D with the new install? That would make this more foolproof.

    As it is, these are the assignable devices:

    0=Bravo Throttle Quadrant
    1=TCA Q-Eng 1&2
    2=Alpha Flight Controls
    3=T.A320 Pilot
    4=CH Pro Pedals USB Rudder Pedals

    whilst looking at some axis assignments:

    0=0X,256,D,1,0,0,0    -{ DIRECT: Aileron }-
    1=0Y,256,D,2,0,0,0    -{ DIRECT: Elevator }-
    2=0R,256,F,66818,0,0,0    -{ TO SIM: STEERING_SET }-
    3=0S,256,D,22,0,0,0    -{ DIRECT: Spoilers }-
    4=1X,256,D,7,0,0,0    -{ DIRECT: LeftBrake }-
    5=1Y,256,D,8,0,0,0    -{ DIRECT: RightBrake }-
    6=1S,256,D,3,0,0,0    -{ DIRECT: Rudder }-
    7=2X,256,D,9,0,0,0    -{ DIRECT: Throttle1 }-
    8=2Y,256,D,10,0,0,0    -{ DIRECT: Throttle2 }-

    it appears that:

    * the joystick/yoke ID is now 2 (Alpha Flight controls), not 0.
    * the rudder ID is now 4 instead of 1
    * the throttle quadrant ID is now 0 instead of 2.

    That leaves the TCA Q-Eng 1&2 (now 1) and the T.A320 Pilot (now 3). Looking further in the INI there are these axis assignments

    10=3X,256,D,1,0,0,0    -{ DIRECT: Aileron }-
    11=3Y,256,D,2,0,0,0    -{ DIRECT: Elevator }-

    Which implies the one of those two as yet determined devices is also a joystick or yoke. If the T.A320 Pilot is a sidestick then my earlier deduction is wrong, and these settings would be more correct:

    * the sidestick ID is now 3 (T.A320 Pilot), not 0.
    * the rudder ID is now 4 instead of 1
    * the throttle quadrant ID is now 0 instead of 2.
    * the yoke ID is now 2 instead of 3.

    leaving just the TCA Q-Eng 1&2 which must have changed from  4 to 1.

    So I think the settings in [JoyNames] should now be:

    2=Bravo Throttle Quadrant
    4=TCA Q-Eng 1&2
    3=Alpha Flight Controls
    0=T.A320 Pilot
    1=CH Pro Pedals USB Rudder Pedals

    Now you might be successful just changing those lines -- FSUIPC will try to force the ID change in the Registry. But this is not guaranteed. It is probably safer to change  the AutoAssignLetters=No parameter to Yes, then run P3D, and afterwards edit the letters in the [JoyName] section instead of the numbers.



  12. 17 minutes ago, Swissdani said:

    Any way to get my old profile back to work without having to assign everything again?

    You  haven't supplied your FSUIPC6.INI and .LOG files, which are always necessary for us to help in such cases.

    I suspect that you hadn't taken advantage of the facility to assign by Joy Letters instead of ID numbers, but either way a fresh install of Windows and especially  motherboard would result in the GUID numbers changing for all connected devices. Re-matching would be easy with Joy Letters, but it can be figured out in any case with the files you need to provide.



  13. 5 hours ago, Tigerhawk said:

    Runways.txt is too big to attach, even after zipping (67.3mb), I've attached the scenery list. I Could send you a OneDrive link for runways.txt if you need to see it?

    No, that's okay -- it would only have been important if it hadn't worked. The SceneryList.txt proves it all okay.

    I'll release it properly over the weekend.




  14. 20 minutes ago, NicHer said:

    Yes I explored this option (all IPC read and writes activated). It showed 100s of lines of offsets over 10 seconds. I was unable to narrow down exactly which line showed the starter switch movement. I would be pleased to send this log to you for an experts perusal, but perhaps a more efficient way is to just try it. 

    I said to enable Event logging, NOT all IPC reads and writes!!!! Please do read more carefully or it will be a waste of effort on my part!

    21 minutes ago, NicHer said:

    I appreciate SIOC is not your SW, but should you be in a position to peruse it and see if to you it makes sense I would greatly appreciate it. In essence, we turn the switch physically, then sioc sends fsuipc on offset 3114 parameter 1 (if we are discussing ENG1) , then on offset 3310 parameter 66224.

    Sorry, I've no idea how SIOC does things. You need to ask SIOC people.



  15. 48 minutes ago, NicHer said:

    Thank you for your response. 


    I have found the following control numbers, could you kindly identify which would be most appropriate? For me, it would be toggle starter 1 and toggle starter 2 , but perhaps you see it differently? I am mindful you talk of using parameter 1 to show the SW what engine we are talking about.


    JET STARTER 65572




    As I said, I think Ctrl+E equates to Engine Auto Start. But yu can easily check that yourself using FSUIPC logging, as I also stated.

    51 minutes ago, NicHer said:

    I am mindful of your words "FSUIPC will fire the control when you write to 3110" and "You write the control number there as a 32-bit integer (i.e. length 4 bytes)" found on other threads.

    You should refer to the Offsets Status document, as I said. 3110 is 8 bytes, not 4, with the parameter (in your case 1 or 2 for the engine) in the 2nd set of 4 bytes.

    It says you should write all 8 bytes together, but you can if you wish write the engine number first to 3114 then the control number to 3110. It is the latter which fires the control.



  16. Here is a test version of MakeRwys (5.128). Please try this. It attempts to fix the overlong pathnames problems by changing the current directory before scanning the BGL files. It is working okay here on both my MSFS setups. If this doesn't work then I think there must be something else wrong on your system. But it did all point to pathname length as the crash is occurring when procesing the longest pathname (as far as it gets).

    Please run it and let me know. I'd like to see the resulting SceneryList.txt (if one is produced) and the Runways.txt file. Please ZIP these as they will be quite large.




  17. 6 hours ago, Tigerhawk said:

    But what I don't understand is what type of link I need, nor how MakeRwys would then use the "D/New Link" rather than the original as I assume MakeRwys gets the location of MSFS from the Windows registry.

    No, not the registry, but the last line in the UserCfg.Opt file, found within the MSFS setup. For example, in my case the last line reads:

    InstalledPackagesPath "C:\Users\Pete\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.FlightSimulator_8wekyb3d8bbwe\LocalCache\Packages"

    That's what MakeRwys looks for to get the path. It is normally set when you install MSFS according to the location you choose at the time. I expect you could edit that to point to the link instead, but I've never tried it.

    But if you don't mind waiting a few more days, I am working on a version of MakeRwys which uses local paths, changing the "current" directory to the main part of the path first. As I said, it's a bit complicated and quite error prone, so after I've tested it here as much as I can I'll send you a version to test.



  18. 3 hours ago, DrDave- said:

    I am not familiar with where the Lua compiler and execute does its buiness and how FSUIPC Lua and the P3D Lua may interact, if at all.

    They don't. Entirely separate interpreters are used.

    3 hours ago, DrDave- said:

    Are functions universal? Could I execute a FSUIPC function (e.g. ipc.xxxxx) in an XML and would Lua recognize it assuming P3D uses the universal Lua package?

    No. ALL of the functions documented in the FSUIPC Lua library document are local to FSUIPC (and mostly WideClient). They are additions to the standard libraries documented in the Lua.org documentation. I expect the P3D implementation includes some or all of those standard libraries.



  19. 1 hour ago, draci said:

    In the PMDG747 I realise that I need to move the joystick throttle unrealistically far forward until the aircraft starts moving,

    I thought PMDG were reputed to provide quite realistic aircraft implementations? Have you asked then for advice on this?

    1 hour ago, draci said:

    I would like to get the effect that a small movement of the joystick  throttle on the lower end of the axis corresponds to a larger movement of the PMDG747 throttle. I imagine that I can do that by simply creating a suitable sensitivity curve (is there another way?) but somehow I haven't been very successful so far.

    The curves available in FSUIPC calibration offer extremes both ways. However, I'm not sure PMDG aircraft very much appreciate throttles calibrated by FSUIPC as the way that works bypasses the inputs the aircraft are looking for.

    If the PMDG parameters set for their aircraft are really so bad (I see you have that for elevator too) then I would have thought they would have fixed it by now. these things are probably adjustable in the Aircraft.CFG file, but I don't know enough about that.

    I suspect your best bet is to ask in the PMDG support forum. But first also check that your device is properly calibrated in Windows and, if assigned in FS, the sensitivity and null zones as set properly (max and min respectively).



  20. 51 minutes ago, NicHer said:

    Thank you for your response. Working from page 20 on your advanced users guide, could you kindly confirm this is correct ascii code for for CTRL+E? I then write the parameter as 1 or 2 depending on the engine to be started as you say.  

    P1,3,K69,2 (ctrl plus e)

    That is a settings (INI file) line to send Ctrl E on a button push. I thought you needed to work via Offsets?

    And why send the Keystroke? All Ctrl+E does in the sim is cause it to look at its key assignments list and fire off a CONTROL!  You need to simply send the correct control with 1 or 2 as its parameter for the Engine. To do that via offsets please look at offset 3110 in the Offsets Status document provided with FSUIPC.

    To get the control number to be used you could enable Event Logging in FSUIPC then Press Ctrl+E and see what is logged. Or just look for autostart in the List of Controls document also provided. I think it's called "Engine Auto Start".






  21. I seem to recall that to keep the turbine turning you have to keep writing 1 to offset 0892 (etc). Else it reverts.  But I wouldn't swear to that.

    6 hours ago, NicHer said:

    Then I found that if i try to start the engines using the FSX default CTRL+E solution they spool to 25 percent - which is exactly what I want. After 25pc i could then introduce fuel. 

    You can of course use the 0D70 to send whichever control the CTRL+E sends.  The choice of engine would be the parameter to go with it.



  22. 1 hour ago, Tigerhawk said:

    I've had a look at the symbolic link instructions.  I don't know if I'm being dense, but I'm afraid I haven't a clue how to do this to enable MakeRwys to use the link, or even how to even create the link or which type!

    I'm not too sure either as I've never had a call to use them. John knows about them, so I'll ask if he can help.

    I've had a look at possible changes in MakeRwys to use relative paths, but it's going to be very difficult, affecting so many different things -- so very error prone.

    I really don't understand what has changed since you used the same version ofMakeRwys separately. I'm sure it isn't a Windows update. Could you be now using different security settings or anti-virus programs?



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