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Hello all

Firstly;

I'm using FS9, with PMDG 800/900 and up to date FSUIPC. The flaps decided to de-assign themselves in FSUIPC! How is this possible? And I have been attempting to re-calibrate and have been succesful except I cannot calibrate flaps up.

I can set the range from 0-40 but when I move the flaps lever to set flaps 0 in the calibration window the values don't increase until the lever reaches the flap one position making it impossible to set flap 0!! Is this a hardware issue perhaps?

After take off and selecting flaps up I have found that if I move the flaps lever back and forth several times then the flaps will retract fully.

I have the reolution sim products TQ.

I also hope this makes sense!!!!

Thank you in advance

AW

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I'm using FS9, with PMDG 800/900 and up to date FSUIPC. The flaps decided to de-assign themselves in FSUIPC! How is this possible?

The only two ways possible is by losing or deleting entries in the FSUIPC INI file, or having thr joystick ID change on you, as by reinstalling Windows or plugging the joystick into a different port.

And I have been attempting to re-calibrate and have been succesful except I cannot calibrate flaps up.

You are using axes (levers) for flaps?

I can set the range from 0-40 but when I move the flaps lever to set flaps 0 in the calibration window the values don't increase until the lever reaches the flap one position making it impossible to set flap 0!! Is this a hardware issue perhaps?

I'm afraid you are going to have to explain exactly what you are doing so I can understand it before I can help. There are so many ways of doing these things.

After take off and selecting flaps up I have found that if I move the flaps lever back and forth several times then the flaps will retract fully.

Differences like that show that you are not leaving enough of a "dead zone" at the extremes, to allow for small variations in the values supplied by the analogue axis. If you are using the Detente facilities in the joystick calibration tab then, before entering that mode, you should first calibrate the axis itself, setting the minimum and maximum points to that they are always consistently moving the flaps to up and full down every time. To do this consistently you will normally need to set min and max with the lever AWAY from the real end stops -- allow a little more also for temperature and humidity variations. If you follow the calibration steps in the documentation you will achieve this. THEN go and set the internal detentes, leaving the min and max correctly set.

Regards

Pete

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Hello Peter

Thanks for your reply. I hope you had a good trip?

Ok. I have tried to calibrate again but still no luck. I tried the way you suggested min & max before the DT button. I have positioned the lever just outside flaps up and flap 40. Interestingly it was flap 40 that I could not calibrate before now that isn't an issue. I have tried all the permuatations following the instructions in the manual to the letter.

I noted that moving the lever from flaps 0 that the values don't change until the lever is sitting in the flap one notch. So I assumed that if there is no value change then the flaps will not retract?

I hope thats enough to go on ?

Thank You

Alan W

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Hello again.

Right I've had another go and I think I have have now resolved the issue!

Can I take this opportunity to ask for some advice regarding the ailerons? When I start my flight the ailerons are always 'stuck' in the bank position. It takes a few turns on the yoke to get them to move. I can't figure out what is causing it.

Thank you

Regards

Alan W

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I noted that moving the lever from flaps 0 that the values don't change until the lever is sitting in the flap one notch. So I assumed that if there is no value change then the flaps will not retract?

What values are you reading and where?

The values provided by the axis are NOT the values sent to the Sim to position the flaps. That's the whole point of the calibration. FSUIPC maps a range of input values to the true values needed in FS for each notch. It doesn't matter what the input values from the joystick are provided FSUIPC can see that the lever is in the correct position for the notch.

To achieve the intermediate positions you click the centre button twice, in two different lever positions, to establish the individual range for the notch shown just above (numbered #1 to #7 for the PMDG 737). That range should encompass the detente or marked position on your hardware flaps lever. (If you are not using such a lever you should not both with notched calibration -- there is no point!).

The end positions are achieved by placing the lever below or above the position calibrated on the left (#0) and right (#8) buttons. Therefore those buttons should be pressed far enough away from the end points (the ones you already established) to guarantee you get get below or above them.

It sounds like you are simply not providing a Flaps #0 range which your lever can be placed into! Do not calibrate position #1 before you do position #0!

If you still don't understand, show me the flaps calibration lines from the INI file and I will point out the mistake to you.

Regards

Pete

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