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janinp

MD530 Starter button ?

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Hi,

Just starting enjoying my new MD530 heli. I have a Maxflightstick to control the heli with a starter button. I failed to associate the starter button with the assignement in P3D or even in FSUIPC. Can you help ? I guess I have to use also the repaet option. I tried many without success. Any idea ?

 

Thanks,

 

Pierre

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Pierre, it's been awhile since I set the 530 up for flying in my pit, but I do believe that I had to use LINDA to make some of my hardware work.  Even then, I wasn't always guaranteed a start-up using hardware, so if I recall, I may have reverted to simply loading the 530 running.  Regardless, LINDA was essential to matching some of the custom switches to hardware.

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Thanks Jimmy. Very strange for such a quality product and especially for an heli. Anyway will keek searching.

 

Pierre

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Well, not really.  As you might well be aware, there are quite a few aircraft and helicopters which have switches and functions that while they might serve to do the same thing as a default FSX function, are actually quite a bit more complex than that.  In some cases, using the default FSX keyboard shortcut, or default function through FSUIPC, actually serves to throw a wrench in the system.

 

The area in which I usually run into this is when trying to assign hardware buttons to autopilot functions in some particular aircraft.  However, when it comes to helicopters, there are quite a few that have custom start routines.  A good test is if you can't start it with CTRL+E; if you try and it doesn't do anything, there's a good chance you're going to be in for a fun time when assigning hardware buttons and switches. ^_^

 

I did look up in my LINDA scripts to see what I had for the starter switch:

 

function Starter_Button_on()
        t = 1
        ipc.writeLvar('B407_Eng_Start_Switch', t)
end
function Starter_Button_off()
        t = 0
        ipc.writeLvar('B407_Eng_Start_Switch', t)
end

 

There were plenty of other custom switches to be flipped as well, but that might get you started!

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I use a macro found on the Milviz Wedsite/forum, its easy to install via fsuipc and assign it to a joystick button, 1 push to engage starter, 1 push to disengage at correct temp. Maybe Colin can give you a link or pm me and i will email you the file Pierre.

 

Rick

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Thanks Jimmy and Rick. I found the macro. Will test tonight ! I will also try the script (need to increase my understanding on how to do that). I think I also got something by just using the Master starter switch function in fsuipc with the 1 parameter and repeat box ticked.

Will keep you posted.

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