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I am running WIN XP and can't get any connection to Simconnect on several programs like FSX Planner. How can I check to see if I am setup correctly? I launch FSX and have been told I can minimize it and execute netstat -b from a command prompt and am supposed to see the connection to FSX as 172.0.0.1 or something like that. I am not a programmer so please don't refer me to some technical blog. All I want is a simple step by step method to determine why I cannot connect or see no open port that is being used by FSX, and how to fix it. Thanks, regards, Bob.

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>I am running WIN XP and can't get any connection to>Simconnect on several programs like FSX Planner.FSX Planner is very unusual in that it doesn't connect to FSX like any other "normal" SimConnect client, via the SimConnect.DLL, but seems to bypass the standard connection and operate the TCP/IP port directly. This is a great shame, as, for local PC connections, the next version of SimConnect (in SP2 and in the Acceleration pack) can use the much more efficient Named Pipes facility locally, bypassing TCP/IP altogether.So, that gripe said, what other SimConnect clients do you have which won't connect? If these are "normal" ones, which do use the standard methods, like FSUIPC and many DLL add-ins, then the most likely problem you have is a SimConnect.XML file, which is wrong and should probably be deleted.>All I want is a>simple step by step method to determine why I cannot connect>or see no open port that is being used by FSX, and how to fix>it.I don't know of any easy (non-technical) way of using FSXplanner linked to FSX. I use a program called Open Ports Scanner to find out which port FSX SimConnect is using -- it is different each time it loads. But this is technical, I'm afraid. Sorry.RegardsPete

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Hi Pete. Thanks to the excellent Product Support from FSX Planner and Whisplacer I am now able to connect to FSX Planner. I am also able to connect to Whisplacer. The problem was in my simconnect.xml. I deleted it and let the program automatically connect without having to choose ports, etc. I really do recommend FSX Planner and Whisplacer and their excellent support. It is amazing what a software developer of a free programs will do compared to what we get from MS which we pay $$ for. Thanks and best regards, Bob.

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>Hi Pete. Thanks to the excellent Product Support from FSX>Planner and Whisplacer I am now able to connect to FSX>Planner. I am also able to connect to Whisplacer.Good. What's Whisplacer?>The problem>was in my simconnect.xml. I deleted it and let the program>automatically connect without having to choose ports, etc.Ah ... does FSXPlanner connect automatically now? That's good. Seems like i should take a look at the latest version!RegardsPete

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Hi. Yes they both connect automatically now. Just let it do its thing and don't select any address or ports. Make sure you have the R.26 version of FSX Planner. Whisplacer is an excellent freeware graphic object placer. It is at:http://lc0277.nerim.net/Thanks and best regards, Bob.

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I to am having the same problem, except for Active Sky X. I tried reinstalling SP1, but still not working???

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Hi. If you have a simconnect.xml in your C:Documents and SettingsUserNameApplication DataMicrosoftFSX folder just remove it and save it somewhere. Then try again but don't select any ports or addresses. Let it do it automatically. Make sure you have the R.26 version of FSX Planner. Best regards, Bob.

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>Hi. Yes they both connect automatically now. Just let it do>its thing and don't select any address or ports. Make sure you>have the R.26 version of FSX Planner.Hi Bob,No, R.26 isn't connecting either. I have to use "Open Ports Scanner" and enter the correct port for the local connection. It is actually choosing an FSX.EXE port, just the wrong one, every time.There are two TCP ports for FSX (maybe only in the Beta Acceleration release I'm using). They are both for "Local Address" 127.0.0.1 but one has "Remote Address" as 127.0.0.1 as well, whilst the other one, the correct one, has the remote address as 0.0.0.0. FSXPlanner is always choosing the wrong one!The other distinguishing factor between the two is that the wrong one has "connection state" shown as CLOSE_WAIT, which the correct one has LISTEN.Also, I had hoped that FSXplanner would dynamically show the aircraft position from FSX. But it doesn't, you have to keep going into the menu and clicking on "move cursor to aircraft".RegardsPete

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Hi Pete. I am sorry it did not work for you. Just removing the simconnect.xml allowed me to connect to Whisplacer and FSX Planner. Post a message at the FSX Forum and ask about it. I did not notice that FSX Planner did not dynamically show the aircraft position. Best regards, Bob.

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>>Hi. Yes they both connect automatically now. Just let it do>>its thing and don't select any address or ports. Make sure>you>>have the R.26 version of FSX Planner.>>Hi Bob,>>No, R.26 isn't connecting either. I have to use "Open Ports>Scanner" and enter the correct port for the local connection.>It is actually choosing an FSX.EXE port, just the wrong one,>every time.>>There are two TCP ports for FSX (maybe only in the Beta>Acceleration release I'm using). They are both for "Local>Address" 127.0.0.1 but one has "Remote Address" as 127.0.0.1>as well, whilst the other one, the correct one, has the remote>address as 0.0.0.0. FSXPlanner is always choosing the wrong>one!>>The other distinguishing factor between the two is that the>wrong one has "connection state" shown as CLOSE_WAIT, which>the correct one has LISTEN.>>Also, I had hoped that FSXplanner would dynamically show the>aircraft position from FSX. But it doesn't, you have to keep>going into the menu and clicking on "move cursor to>aircraft".>>Regards>>Pete>Hi Pete,Did you download release 26 on the 1st or 2nd of October? If so can you redownoad it, as there was a slight bug in that version that caused some problems for some people trying to connect to FSX automatically through FSX Planner.Also, FSX Planner will dynamically show the aircraft position in FSX. There are two checkboxes in the plane properties display. One is "FSX Plane auto follows cursor" If this is checked then the plane if FSX will automatically move to whereever you place the plane icon.The second one "Cursor auto follows FSX plane" will make the plane icon move to whereever the plane is in FSX. So you can move around in Slew mode, or fly around, and have FSX Planner constantly update the position of the plane cursor.-Russell

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Hi Russell,>Did you download release 26 on the 1st or 2nd of October? If>so can you redownoad it, as there was a slight bug in that>version that caused some problems for some people trying to>connect to FSX automatically through FSX Planner.Ah, I'm not sure of the date. Probably I have the older R.26. I'll get it again. Thanks.>Also, FSX Planner will dynamically show the aircraft position>in FSX. There are two checkboxes in the plane properties>display. Plane properties? Ah ... not found those yet. I was looking in the "SimConnect" menu. Let me look ...... I still can't find "plane properties". I'll have another loook when I've downloaded the later R.26.Thanks,Best RegardsPete

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Okay, I re-downloaded it. Date still shows 2nd October, but a bit later (17 something), and it is finding the correct port. Thanks. That's good.But:>Also, FSX Planner will dynamically show the aircraft position>in FSX. There are two checkboxes in the plane properties>display.I couldn't find "plane properties" anywhere, but eventually I managed to get a window up called "plane data" which does have the options you mentioned. This seems quite awkward to get displayed -- it occurred when I used the "move cursor to FSX plane" option."Move Cursor to FSX Plane" only seems to do anything if "Show Plane" is NOT selected. I think this is because "Show Plane" seems to be reversed -- with it unchecked there's a little red-cross at the plane position (no orientation shown), with it checked there's no sign of the FSX plane."Move plane to Icon" seems to do nothing also -- not sure what "Icon" this refers to anyway?Still experimenting ...Best RegardsPete

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Hi Pete,You should see a plane icon in FSX Planner if you zoom in enough. Dy default this plane icon is located at the airport reference point and represents a Cessna. Clicking on the plane displays the Plane Data properties display. You can choose the size of the plane icon to one of the presets plane or helicopter shapes, or you can specify your own dimensions. This plane icon is what represents the FSX plane and it's location within FSX Planner.I hope that helps.We are adding more how to guides about things like this all the time, which you can check out here: http://www.zbluesoftware.com/fsxplanner/features.cfm-Russell

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>You should see a plane icon in FSX Planner if you zoom in>enough.Hmm. Evidently I haven't yet zoomed in enough. I had the whole of the EGCC terminal area showing, about 1 mile across I suppose (maxed on a 19" scren at 1280x1024). Isn't that enough?I'll try again with a huge zoom.>Clicking on the plane>displays the Plane Data properties display.I managed to get that up by carefully clicking on the centre of the hairline cross representing the position, but if I miss it even slightly it gives the Data for the object underneath (taxiway, gate, whatever).>You can choose>the size of the plane icon to one of the presets plane or>helicopter shapes, or you can specify your own dimensions. >This plane icon is what represents the FSX plane and it's>location within FSX Planner.Well, I will see if I can get it to show. Seems odd that it needs a zoom setting so large though. I'll get back when I've played some more.Thanks & Best RegardsPete

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We may be taking the meaning of 'zooming in' differently. By zooming in I mean getting closer to the airport, so fewer things are displayed, but they are larger. If you have the entire EGCC terminal displayed at one mile accross then that is very much zoomed out.You really want to zoom in so that the displayed area is not more than 500 feet across or so to see the place, in my opinion.-Russell

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>We may be taking the meaning of 'zooming in' differently. By>zooming in I mean getting closer to the airport, so fewer>things are displayed, but they are larger.No, that's the way I understand zooming too. I tend to have the zoom set so I can easily check all the gates and their airline traffic settings, modifying them as needed.>If you have the>entire EGCC terminal displayed at one mile accross then that>is very much zoomed out.No no, zoomed out is showing all of the airport, so I can check perimeter fences, runways, navaids and so on! ;-)>You really want to zoom in so that the displayed area is not>more than 500 feet across or so to see the place, in my>opinion.Oh, I have never had anything zoomed in that far. Why would I? Why would anyone? I especially don't have any need to with my small adaptations and changes. Guess I'll never see the aircraft icon.Obviously your program is aimed at someone more serious in minute detail than the occasional AFD tinkering I do, as I used to do with AFCAD. Never mind.I also have AFX, which is better in some ways, but seriously worries me that it isn't dealing with everything correctly when it says it is losing some stuff from AFD BGLs which came with MyTrafficX.Best RegardsPete

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>Oh, I have never had anything zoomed in that far. Why would I?>Why would anyone? I especially don't have any need to with my>small adaptations and changes. Guess I'll never see the>aircraft icon.>>Obviously your program is aimed at someone more serious in>minute detail than the occasional AFD tinkering I do, as I>used to do with AFCAD. Never mind.>Hi Pete,You don't always have to be zoomed in that much to see the plane icon. The plane icon can be displayed as anything from a Cessna to a 747. By default it is a Cessna, which requires you to zoom in much more than a 747 would need.We hope that the program is flexible enough to meet the needs of many different types of designers, and this seems to be the case.So you can zoom in once to see the icon, and then change it to a 747. After that you'll be able to see it when you are zoomed out viewing the entire terminal.This how-to-guide may also help you: http://www.zbluesoftware.com/fsxplanner/simconnect.cfm#plane-Russell

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>You don't always have to be zoomed in that much to see the>plane icon. The plane icon can be displayed as anything from>a Cessna to a 747. By default it is a Cessna, which requires>you to zoom in much more than a 747 would need.Hey, I just reloaded FSXplanner and even without Zooming I managed to get the plane icon. Something odd must have been happening with the options somewhere, because it would not appear before. And even the Cessna one is visible at my normal sort of zooms -- thought mostly obscured by the cursor cross when it's there too.I've changed it to a 737 (my normal bird) and it's fine now. I just don't understand why it wasn't there before!>This how-to-guide may also help you:>http://www.zbluesoftware.com/fsxplanner/simconnect.cfm#planeThanks. I'll be checking that next, because the AFD file I've just downloaded for the revised EGCC runways, though it is much better than the default in many ways, loses me the push-back trucks and other airport vehicles! I hope there's some way to get those back as I was getting quite fond of them! ;-)Thanks for your patience!Best RegardsPete

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Oh, BTW, I'd love to contribute, as this is a very worth while development, but I see you don't take PayPal? If you can take PayPal please let me know. petedowson@btconnect.com.Best RegardsPete

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>Oh, BTW, I'd love to contribute, as this is a very worth>while development, but I see you don't take PayPal? If you can>take PayPal please let me know. petedowson@btconnect.com.>>Best Regards>Pete>Thanks very much for wanting to contribute! As you noted we don't take PayPal, but we do have a donation page which accepts most major credit cards. The address is: http://www.zbluesoftware.com/fsxplanner/donate.cfm Of course we understand if that does not work for you.-Russell

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I suspect a few folk may be in the same position as me, if they have a router. I've been unable to connect no matter what I do -- netstat shows no FSX connection at all. However using the alternative XML file suggested by the FSXPlanner website, I've finally been able to connect. The main problem I had was the IP address -- I've always used 10.1.1.2, but actually got around to checking it -- now its 10.1.1.4. Oops...I suspect, though, that I'd never be able to make an 'automatic' connection while the router is working.-Robin CornGodzone Virtual Flight, for 'Real New Zealand' sceneryhttp://www.windowlight.co.nz

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>I suspect a few folk may be in the same position as me, if>they have a router.... The>main problem I had was the IP address -- I've always used>10.1.1.2, but actually got around to checking it -- now its>10.1.1.4. Oops...If you allow the router to assign your IP addresses they can, indeed, change each time you power up everything. I've always assigned specific IP addresses to each of my PCs, and the router too. All routers allow this to be done.The other way of dealing with changing IP addresses is simply to never use them -- give the PC's name instead. That doesn't change unless you specifically change it.So, wherever you currently place the IP address, just replace it with RegardsPete

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