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Pushback guages added to radio stack

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Hello fellow PMDG addicts ...I decided to install the popular ground handling (pushback and taxispeed) guages, and I love 'em, but I thought it would be better to have the guages integrated into one of the existing secondary panels instead of having them just float on the screen. I decided to put them either on the overhead or on the radio stack, since I didn't want them visible on the main panel. I decided on the radio stack since that made the most sense, since you use the intercom to communicate with the pushback crew.Anyway ... I figured I'd post the resulting panel.cfg code in case someone else here wants to do the same. I only put the pushback and audio switch gauges on the panel, and none of the other stuff from the ground handling guage set, although it's still available via the view menu. Here's a screenshot:http://www.metacraft.com/flightsim/photo_l...radio_stack.jpgYou can see the two guages added in the ADF section. I chose that spot simply because that's where there was room. :)And here's the code to replace the [Window08] section in the panel.cfg. (You need to go through the normal installation instructions for the ground handling guages before you make this change. The ground handling guages can be found at http://library.avsim.net/sendfile.php?DLID=39180 ) Notice this code also adds the audio control switches to the radio stack://--------------------------------------------------------[Window08] // PMDG_RADIO_STACK_PANELfile=737NG_RADIO_BACKGROUND.bmp file_1024=737NG_RADIO_BACKGROUND.bmp size_mm=600,540position=8visible=0Background_color=0,0,0 ident=RADIO_STACK_PANELgauge00=PMDG_737NG_Main!RadioStack, 0, 0, 600, 540gauge01=737-400!Audio, 315, 430, 250 //TMM for SU2gauge02=rcb_groundhandling!XMLSoundSwitch, 413, 339, 50, 36gauge03=rcb_groundhandling!PushbackDisplay, 473, 325, 86, 64gauge05=rcb_groundhandling!PushbackStates, 0,0gauge06=rcb_groundhandling!XMLSoundServer,0,0gauge07=rcb_groundhandling!BrakeSound, 0,0gauge08=rcb_sound!sound,0,0,,,9998 9999 100 // 95:Default overall sound volume

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Thankyou Ross! But I cannott seem to find the File rcb_groundhandling.cab. I see a winzip file with that name with no such file within.

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Hrm, not sure ... when I downloaded the zip, the cab was in there. Are there ANY files in the zip?

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Yeah, that's the CAB file ... your computer is showing it as a WinZip file since it has the .cab extension associated with WinZip. You should be fine if you copy that file to your guages directory, and follow the rest of the instructions as well.

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Thank's Ross, I will let you know how it goes:-) P.S. how do you like my file extensions for my downloads folder?:-lol Sorry, I have been up to long!

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No Joy on the attempt. Wait, I got it working! Time to hit the sack!

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Is there some kinda interference between ADF and "audio" button????Anyone???Essono Fritz

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I don't mean to be a spoil sport, but I think it needs mentioning that PMDG has stated that any modification of the NG will cause them to refuse support to you in the future if you encounter a problem. By implementing this mod, however useful it is, will void your support.

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Yes Essono, that's mentioned in the documentation for the ground handling guages. I don't remember the specifics, so check their docs for the details.

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I like it. Carried out the installation as per the readme file.Pushback is working great but I don't have a taxispeed gauge for the taxispeed operation. Have I missed something?Mal

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Found the taxispeed gauge button top lefthand corner of the screen. Down arrow.Now to give it a try.Mal

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>I don't mean to be a spoil sport, but I think it needs>mentioning that PMDG has stated that any modification of the>NG will cause them to refuse support to you in the future if>you encounter a problem. By implementing this mod, however>useful it is, will void your support.Right until you put back the original panel.cfg file (you DID make a backup copy, didn't you), or reinstall the original bird.Then - voila! - you're good to go once more.

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I can't find that anywhere. Can you show a shot of it please? The radio stack is altered as it should be.

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My modification only adds the pushback and audio switch guages to the radio panel. The taxispeed and taxispeed arming switches are still accessible through the normal ground handling panel. You can view that by going to your "Views" menu, choosing "Instrument Panel" then choosing "Groundhandling".Or, if you installed the little arrow icon as per the instructions, you can just click that.

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Wth regards to taxispeed and use with PMDG. The NG aircraft moves at between 24 - 28 Percent N1 depending on the load.The default 737 does not move until >50 percent N1 Taxispeed is modelled on the default craft. Is it possible to reduce the throttle power taxispeed uses to increase / maintain speed. Thanks,Mal

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I'm not sure ... you'd have to ask the folks that made the taxispeed guage. I thought it just adjusted throttle and brakes to keep you at the desired speed, but I don't know since I don't use it. I only use the pushback guages.

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Argh!!!Could someone do me a big favour and post their Panel.cfg files for the 737-700 VC and 737-700 2D cockpit - I thought I had backed my old ones up, but discovered (after making a complete hash of my files) that I hadn't.Cheers,Dave

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Not sure if it violates copyright law to send any of the files from the plane. Maybe someone from PMDG can tell us. You might just want to reinstall the plane.

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Hi,For some reason the guages dont appear, I have pasted the extra lines into the panel.cfg in the panel directory but it still doesnt show.I have installed the guages into fs9.Any ideas ?RegardsDarren TaylorSydney

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Folks, I didn't mean for this thread to turn into a tech support thread for the pushback guages. They are not from myself or from PMDG, nor does PMDG support any modifications like this. If you're having trouble installing the guages, please contact the folks that wrote them. The code that I posted simply displays the guages on the radio stack, and I thought it would be useful for other PMDG 737NG pilots.That being said, feel free to email me and I might be able to help.

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Thanks,Got it working, had to paste it into two different panel.cfgRegards,Darren TaylorSydney

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