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Hi Guys

Any ideas when this will be ready?

 

Thanks

 

Clive

 

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Hi Scott

OK, now we have FSUIPC5, will it go ahead.

 

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The P3Dv4-compatible FSUIPC5 5.10 is now available for download and a new key can be purchased from simmarket. There is no free upgrade from FSUIPC4. 

I have done a very quick start up with LINDA 2.6.7 (a development version) and it appears to work partially with P3Dv4 and FSUIPC5. That is the good news but there are issues that I will need to investigate and resolve. The issues I have found so far are:

  • LINDA had to be started up after P3Dv4 for LINDA to find the fsuipc.ini file.
  • Simconnect and FSUIPC5 log close unexpectedly.
  • The console does not display logging information.
  • The Tracer page is not working.
  • The FSX commands (including the FSX Default functions) do not appear to work.
  • FSUIPC5 does not presently work with the VRInsight Serial Interface.
  • LINDA cannot work with the VRInsight MCP Combo panels as a result. 
  • Other LINDA functions and command appear to work.

This is just the first things I spotted. Any other areas users find not to work should be reported here. 

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Update: It appears that the LUA side of LINDA will function with P3Dv4/FSUIPC5. This means that configurations defined and saved will be called and actioned within the simulation. For example, a button assigned to the Park Brake will operate the brakes. 

What is not working is the communication interface between the LINDA GUI and FSUIPC5. This is what is stopping the Tracer and Console working correctly. The FSUIPC setup warning will indicate an error. 

What does this mean for users? You should be able to use existing joystick setups with available aircraft addons in P3Dv4. You should be able to change and save new assignments. However, you will need to close down and restart P3Dv4 for changes to take effect (the GUI can not be trigger a restart). Additionally, VRInsight MCP Combo panels will not work until FSUIPC5 adds the necessary serial interface. 

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I have a feeling that by the end of June the serial interface will be back and it will be business as usual......well,at,least I hope so. 

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I have been playing around a bit with version 2.9.6.55. While many of the mapped buttons appears to work, there are also a bunch that do not work. For instance, battery, avionics, instrument lights, landing lights, pitot heat, and fuel pump work, but other stuff such as parking brake, flaps, spoilers, and magnetos do not. I have no idea that has why this is the case. It does not seem to be aircraft dependent, I have the same issue with multiple aircraft.

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Just now, Eytan_Ofir said:

Im sorry for the stupid question but i didnt understand is 2.9.7 releasd yet?

As I wrote, 2.9.7 is a development version. It has not been released and won't be until I resolve the current problem. Once a version is released to the 'public' all developers will update the version number they are working on.

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1 minute ago, kolaf said:

I have been playing around a bit with version 2.9.6.55. While many of the mapped buttons appears to work, there are also a bunch that do not work. For instance, battery, avionics, instrument lights, landing lights, pitot heat, and fuel pump work, but other stuff such as parking brake, flaps, spoilers, and magnetos do not. I have no idea that has why this is the case. It does not seem to be aircraft dependent, I have the same issue with multiple aircraft.

As I summarised, many of the basic FSX default functions using FSX Controls do not appear to be working.

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14 minutes ago, ScotFlieger said:

As I summarised, many of the basic FSX default functions using FSX Controls do not appear to be working.

Good point, sorry I forgot that I had already read that :-). That's weird, because FSUIPC gets itself should not have changed? 

On a related note, it seems that both my saitek quadrants (one connected to the yoke and one connected directly through USB) are working correctly on the Baron. I think you wrote earlier that would this was a known problem?

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5 minutes ago, kolaf said:

On a related note, it seems that both my saitek quadrants (one connected to the yoke and one connected directly through USB) are working correctly on the Baron. I think you wrote earlier that would this was a known problem?

The reports on FSUIPC5 support forum suggest that it is duplicate throttle quadrant devices that are affected with only one being recognised. You have throttle quadrant and 3 additional levers (axis) and 9 buttons attached to your yoke device.

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10 minutes ago, ScotFlieger said:

The reports on FSUIPC5 support suggest that it is duplicate throttle quadrant devices that are affected with only one being recognised. You have throttle quadrant and 3 additional levers (axis) and 9 buttons attached to your yoke device.

Sorry, I misunderstood what the problem was, then.

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Update: I have a 32-bit development version of LINDA talking to FSUIPC5 and P3Dv4. I still need to do some more changes and testing before I will have anything to release. The new version will handle FSX, FSX:SE, P3Dv3.4 and P3Dv4. There are no plans for FSUIPC support for Dovetails 64-bit FSW (Flight Simulator World) so don't ask.

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Update: I now have a working version of LINDA 3.0.0 that should work with all versions of Flt Sim (FSX, FSX-SE, P3Dv3.4 32-bit and P3Dv4 64-bit) and FSUIPC4 32-bit or FSUIPC5 64-bit.

I offer the following beta build 614 for LINDA users keen to test it. You are strongly recommended to ensure you backup your installation before installing this version MANUALLY into your P3Dv4 \modules folder.

The following notes apply to this beta - Read Latest Updates:

  • LINDA 3.0.0 will switch automatically between FSUIPC4 and FSUIPC5.
  • No VRi Combo MCP support due to the serial interface being missing in current version of FSUIPC5.
  • There are major changes to Saitek panel handling (undocumented at present).
  • There are some internal timing errors which may slow console display.

Post all comments and error reports here.

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Did a quick test, it seems to work as the old one, apart from FSUIPC being recognised on the settings page.

Magnetos and parking brake and stuff still do not work, but this is perhaps an issue in FSUIPC?

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3 minutes ago, kolaf said:

Did a quick test, it seems to work as the old one, apart from FSUIPC being recognised on the settings page.

Magnetos and parking brake and stuff still do not work, but this is perhaps an issue in FSUIPC?

Good news that it works. It has taken 2 full days to adapt it.

Is there a problem with the FSUIPC being recognised on the settings page?

I had no issue with the parking brake. What method are you using to set it?

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I meant that FSUIPC 5.1 was correctly recognized on the settings page. Sorry for the poor wording. 

 

For the parking brake I use the default fsx parking brake set and release. I can get you some screenshots when I'm back at my desktop. 

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26 minutes ago, kolaf said:

For the parking brake I use the default fsx parking brake set and release. I can get you some screenshots when I'm back at my desktop. 

My bad, I did not realise that the parking brake and magneto switches had changed the names. Switching to the one called Breaks PARKING works :-)

This might be a bit off topic, but I can know no longer find an explicit parking brake release or eng magneto 1 off. Are these no longer available, or have they been moved?

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Kolaf

There are a number of functions you can use to operate the parking brakes:

LIB: Special Functions - ParkBrakeOn and ParkBrakeOff

LIB: Default FSX / Systems - Brakes (momentary) and Brakes PARKING (toggle)

The Magneto default functions are:

LIB: Default FSX / Engine Starting = lots of magnetos

 

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10 minutes ago, ScotFlieger said:

The Magneto default functions are:

LIB: Default FSX / Engine Starting = lots of magnetos

 

Thanks for parking brakes.

I found no off in the engine starting section. No worries, I can always add it myself :-)

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A completely different issue. I'm afraid I do not believe this worked before, I never tried it. I have a saitek radio panel which I have used the old SPAD to control. Seeing that this was now supported in the GUI of LINDA I decided to have a go. It seems to control my radios okay, but the displays are not working properly. Initially I see only dashes, and as soon as I start fiddling with the knobs the displays turn blank. I was expecting the displays to mirror the radio values?

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