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How I got all switches to be off - cold & dark with PSS 777

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This is a re-post from another thread which I must have mistakenly taken for the cold&dark thread (late at night, my mind and eyes must be seeing things...:) so I'm re-posting here as a new thread:Hi,I have tested this several times, even after restarting FS2004 and a cold boot of my computer the following day, so here is how I have managed to get the radio and all lights to work but it is not the typical way it is believed by many to work. For those who want the exact steps I took and/or unfamiliar with how to reload the default flight (which I never had to do until now so I had to search for it myself...), here is what I did:(1) Open the default Cessna flight from SELECT A FLIGHT by:(a) From CHOOSE A CATEGORY, select OTHER(:( Select DEFAULT FLIGHT(2) The default Cessna will load with engines and everything else on at Seattle Tacoma (KSEA) airport on a runway (34L I think).(3) Turn off engines with ignition switch.(4) Turn off fuel pumps and everything else EXCEPT:(5) Leave ON - ALL LIGHTS, MAGNETOS, AVIONICS.(6) SWITCH TO THE PSS 777 (or alternatively, you can probably first switch to a gate and airport of your choice with the Cessna and THEN switch to the 777; this is done from FS 2004 menu - PRESS ALT to get menu to appear - then AIRCRAFT-SELECT AIRCRAFT; to select airport - from menu select WORLD-GO TO AIRPORT.)(7) Once in your 777 and at your airport and gate of desire, go to overhead panel and turn all switches off, including pumps, packs etc.. nothing should be left on at all. The only thing I DO LEAVE ON are the engine electronic controls in "normal" position.(8) Bring up the PSS configuration/SETUP screen and select DON'T CHANGE from the STARTUP options.(9) Press the semi-colon " ; " to save your flight and check the checkbox called make this the default flight - give your flight a unique name. I called mine "MONTREAL - PSS 777LR DEFAULT". It will show in your list of saved flights under "My Saved Flights" in the SELECT A FLIGHT category.(10) When you first open Flight simulator 2004, you will now see your PSS 777 as the default airplane and flight BUT - YOU MUST SELECT YOUR SAVED FLIGHT FROM YOUR LIST OF "MY SAVED FLIGHTS" for it to load completely cold and dark with all switches off. It did NOT work for me if I just selected FLY NOW from the FS CREATE A FLIGHT screen - the PSS 777 still loaded with a whole bunch of switches in the ON position. I tried both "cold and dark" and "don't change" option from the PSS SETUP screen to no avail.***** So the bottom line is: Load a saved flight saved as your default from your saved flights list; do not click FLY NOW from the create a flight screen even if PSS 777 shows there as default plane. *****==> NOTES: (1) the PSS 777 initially loads with the switches on, but after two sets of warning horns/beeps, the switches will reset to their saved cold&dark (all off) positions, so be patient for about 10 seconds or so.(2) For some reason, after entering the saved flight the panel switcher does not open, even though it is selected in the setup menu under MISC to open at startup. One has to open setup menu, setup, misc, uncheck then RE-check the panel switcher (the one with the square labeled buttons appearing overhead, enabling you to switch from overhead, to radio, to CDU etc...).Of course, this is a pain for other add-ons EXCEPT the PMDG 747-400 because with PMDG's panel configuration utility, you are completely immunie to any default flight changes. I just flew the 744 today and tested it yesterday-after loading the PMDG 744 COLD&DARK panel state which I had created - all switches on the panel were off. For the PMDG 737NG and the Ready for Pushback 742, you have to go to a saved flight with the DEFAULT CESSNA COLD & DARK then SWITCH to the appropriate airplane as using the PSS 777 cold & dark does not seem to transfer to a cold & dark cockpit for other add-ons.Please try this if you still have not had success with your methods and let me know how it works for you.John

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John or Norman of PSS, I have a qwestyion!:Have you any idea why I cannot have a cold & dark cockpit by clicking FLY NOW and have to do a load of a saved flight as described above? My "default" how is actually the PSS, not the Cessna. NOTE: My previous default flight, by the way, was the Ready For PushBack 747-200. But now, I'm sure that, due to "potential" issues with not using the default Cessna even with other add-ons, I will always load the default flight for all my add-ons. John

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Hi, I have all my switches off and I didn't have to go through everything you went through.My steps:1. Load default Cessna2. Load PSS 7773. Parked the T7 at the airport/parking space I wanted.4. Turn off all the overhead switches5. Tell PSS not to change the load options6. Save the flightDone

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Hello Michael,Do you mean that, after you loaded the Cessna, it was in the default setup with everything ON? ... and then you switched to the PSS, and THEN shutoff the switches or did you shut off the Cessna's switches (except avionics, lights and magnetos) and then shut down the switches on the 777 after switching to the 777?** John of PSS: I'll try the cold and dark from the tutorial and see how it goes. Since I have not much "experience" using the default Cessna in this way, should I switch back to the default flight (with engines on, rwy 34L at KSEA) and make it my default flight again, before switching to the cold & dark of the PSS tutorial? John

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Hi John,Opend FS2004 with the default Cessna with everything on. Then loaded the PSS T7, turned everything off, saved the flight, I now load the saved flight and everything works fine.

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