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FSUIPC7 doesn't seem to recognize PFCcom64.DLL


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Hi, Nooby here, trying to install FSUIPC7 (version 7.0.5) for MSFS(2020), along with PFCcom64, in order to interface with my old PFC hardware (com, not USB).  This is all a new installation for me (restarting the hobby in retirement with a dedicated PC and HW for the simulator.  Acquired the PFC hardware through a government auction from a community college flight school).

I believe I have successfully installed FSUIPC7 into my C:\FSUIPC7 installation directory (and registered).  I've also added a copy of PFCcom64.dll at the same installation directory.  When I start MSFS, I get the FSUIPC splash screen, suggesting that MSFS is properly recognizing FSUIPC.  However, when I run FSUIPC (while MSFS is also running), and go to the Add-Ons subdirectory, I find a menu entry for Websocket, but not one for PFCcom64.  (I went and looked there, because I was expecting to see prompts about configuring the correct COM port, which I did not see).

When I go and look at the installation directory, I find not only pfccom64.dll, but also PFCcom64.ini and PFCcom64.log.  When I open the FSUIPC7.log, I find the following:

********* FSUIPC7, Version 7.0.5 (17th February 2021) by John Dowson *********
Checking for FS path in 'C:\Users\George\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.FlightSimulator_8wekyb3d8bbwe\LocalCache\UserCfg.opt'
FS path found = C:\Users\George\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.FlightSimulator_8wekyb3d8bbwe\LocalCache\Packages\
WebSocket server found: C:\FSUIPC7\\Utils\FSUIPCWebSocketServer.exe
Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit reported as Build 19042, Release ID: 2009 (OS 10.0)
Reading options from "C:\FSUIPC7\FSUIPC7.ini"
Checking the Registrations now ...
User Name="George Winski"
User Addr="george.winski@gmail.com"
FSUIPC7 Key is provided
WIDEFS7 not user registered, or expired
       78 System time = 19/02/2021 15:12:54
       78 FLT path = "C:\Users\George\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.FlightSimulator_8wekyb3d8bbwe\LocalState\"
       93 -------------------------------------------------------------------
      125 Registered HotKey 'InvokeFSUIPCOptionsKey' (key=0x46, modifier=0x1)
      125 FS path = "C:\Users\George\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.FlightSimulator_8wekyb3d8bbwe\LocalCache\Packages\"
      125 ---------------------- Joystick Device Scan -----------------------
      125 Product= Saitek Pro Flight Rudder Pedals
      125    Manufacturer= Saitek
      125    Vendor=06A3, Product=0763 (Version 1.0)
      125    GUIDs returned for product: VID_06A3&PID_0763:
      125       GUID= {68053D10-616F-11EB-8001-444553540000}
      125       Details: Btns=0, POVs=(0, 0, 0, 0), Cal=x00000000, Max=R511,U0,V0,X127,Y127,Z0
      125 -------------------------------------------------------------------
      140 Device acquired for use:
      140    Joystick ID = 1 (Registry okay)
      140    1=Saitek Pro Flight Rudder Pedals
      140    1.GUID={68053D10-616F-11EB-8001-444553540000}
      140 -------------------------------------------------------------------
      140 LogOptions=00000000 00000001
      156 Loaded PFCcom64.DLL okay!

 

the PFCcom64.log looks as follows:

********* PFCcom64.DLL, Version 5.062 by Pete Dowson *********

 

It appears that PFCcom64.DLL loads, but I don't find the same indication at the add-ons tab off of the main menu.

(note that besides the PFC hardware, I also have attached a Saitek rudder pedal (USB), which FSUIPC appears to recognize).

I'm sure I'm missing something very basic, but can't for the life of me know what it would be.  I've rebooting my system and reloaded MSFS, with the same results.  Any guidance would be appreciated.

George Winski

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9 hours ago, grwinski said:

It appears that PFCcom64.DLL loads, but I don't find the same indication at the add-ons tab off of the main menu.

John will answer more definitely than I, but I think the Add-Ons menu is only updated by PFC when everything is running -- i.e with MSFS ready to fly.  Your FSUIPC log doesn't show these steps (edited for brevity):

     3437 Simulator detected
...
    32015 SimConnect_Open succeeded
    32015 Running in "KittyHawk", ...
    32015 MSFS version = ...
    32015 Initialising SimConnect data requests now
...
   129797 11592 -------------------- Starting everything now ----------------------

The PFC driver needs details from MSFS it only receives when things are fully connected.

Pete

 

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1 hour ago, Pete Dowson said:

John will answer more definitely than I, but I think the Add-Ons menu is only updated by PFC when everything is running -- i.e with MSFS ready to fly. 

Yes - its loaded but won't be added to the add-on menu (and init page displayed) until an aircraft is loaded and you are 'ready-to-fly'.

John

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Oh, this is working so well!  Lots of work ahead of me, and I'm sure I'll have some esoteric question down the road, but I've been able to confirm that just about all the hardware works, and I'm on my way!! Thanks again

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