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How can I make my Saitek Radios to work?

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google a nice little freeware program called "SPAD" works like a charm

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You need to add any entries into the exe.xml for p3d, simply copy the relavent lines from your FSX exe.xml this will initialise the panels.

 

If you don't have exe.xml in p3d root folder simply create one or copy the one from FSX and delete the entires that are not needed.

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Don't use the Saitek drivers. Install FSUIPC and SPAD instead. That's it!

 

There is no need to edit or copy exe.xml when using SPAD.

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Downloaded SPAD and FSUIPC.

Now what do I do?

I do not have FSX installed.

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Downloaded SPAD and FSUIPC.

Now what do I do?

I do not have FSX installed.

 

You should be good to go. Follow the SPAD manual for setting up the buttons (really you can just leave at SPAD default and everything works great). Then start SPAD before you start P3D. And you should be golden.

 

Hope it works for you.

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Downloaded SPAD and FSUIPC.

Now what do I do?

I do not have FSX installed.

 

1) Install FSUIPC

 

2) Install SPAD

 

3) Run SPAD

 

4) Run Prepar3D

 

Enjoy!

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FSUIPC its installed in Prepar 3d folder.

Spad is running.

 

Still no panel.

 

Prepar 3D never asked me if I m installing a software..

 

I must have made a bad step somewhere

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Before you run P3D

 

When you start SPAD, you should see the display from you radio panel cycle then go black. Then if you double click the little SPAD icon in you task bar it will open an interface, Study the interface, it will provide a tab for any Saitek module that is pugged into your computer. You should see one for your radio panel.

 

Check this first, if it's good it should work.

 

Also make sure your aircraft isn't set to cold and dark inside of the sim ;) and there is a setting in FUIPC that stops your aircraft battery from draining.

 

It could be working fine but your avionics are switched off inside the sim

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When In start SPAD my radios stay dark.

It doesnt cycle.

 

And SPAD has a message when I put the mouse over it that says waiting for FS connection.

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The waiting for connection is fine. Did you open the SPAD interface? and do you see a tab on the top? will probably read "Radio Panel 1"  If not, unplug you radio wait 5 seconds and plug it in again. If it still doesn't work,  there may be a conflict with the original Saitek driver's. You may have to uninstall your Saitek driver's for things to start working. I would uninstall both Spad and the Saitek driver's then reinstall SPAD.

 

Hope this helps

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Deleting Saitek drivers helped, thanks a lot.

However there is a problem (And I have read SPAD manual)

 

COM works fine but NAV only shows freq on the right side (no stby) and the knobs dont do nothing.
 
Any help appreciatted.

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Deleting Saitek drivers helped, thanks a lot.

However there is a problem (And I have read SPAD manual)

 

COM works fine but NAV only shows freq on the right side (no stby) and the knobs dont do nothing.

 

Any help appreciatted.

What aircraft? Some aircraft dont have a standby frequency.

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Carenado Cessna 206 (Garmin530 COM/NAV

Even if a plane doesnt have stby , I should be able to change freq with the knobs, but moving the knobs does nothing when in NAV mode.

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For fine tuning of Saitek radio, it's good to change the increment of the knob for the ADF position. By default it is 1and 0.1 but its much better to change to 10 and 1 instead. Also you can program the toggle switch with two different behavior for a short or a long press. I programmed the long press so it select the appropriate button on the audio panel to listen to select the com frequency or to listen to the audio signal from a navaid.

 

so a long press of the toggle switch do the following

 

Com1 mode= Select com1 radio

Com 2 mode = Select com2 radio

nav 1 mode = select the nav1 button on the audio panel etc...

 

i find it easier to active radio panel button from the saitek module than from the VC

 

 

 

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Test SPAD with some of the stock legacy aircraft (Beech King Air 350) to find out if everything is working correctly. 3rd party aircraft can be hit and miss, it's not SPAD, it depends on how the developer has coded things. Although I've never done this myself, you can create custom profiles that can work with problematic 3rd party aircraft. One such profile comes with SPAD, it's for the PMDG 737NGX.

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