How-To: Prepar3D + FSInn + FSCopilot
Dear AVSIM-Community and P3D-users,
In this tutorial I'll explain how to fool FSInn+FSCopilot so you can use these great tools within Prepar3D. As a VATSIM flyer I prefered these great tools of the FSFDT suite but didn't find a suitable way to get them work within P3D, yet. So I decided to explore this problem and how to fix it. Here's the solution :-)
FSDT FSCopilot + FSInn in Prepar3D
I have to assume that certain facts of installation and configuration are known. However, I have uploaded the necessary installation files for you.
Download installation files FSFDT-Suite:
Downloadlink FS Copilot --> SetupFSCopilot17B2_4.exe
Downloadlink FS Inn --> SetupFSInn13B2_3.exe
Known Issue / Problem:
When starting Prepar3D you will get following error message. FSCopilot+FSInn cannot be executed and are inactive.
FSCopilot/FSInn seems to check a special version string of the executable Prepar3D.exe. It is expecting a value something like 10.x.xxxxx.0, but instead receives the value 1.3.3708.0. As a result it shows the error message and the tool is not working. Many users tried to modify various version strings within the Windows Registry Editor under FSFDT-key, but with no sucess.
We have to fool FSFDT Suite, and present the necessary version string. Some of you know this steps, as we did the same when fooling TrackIR+EZdok, where we had to modify the language.dll. On this step the executable "Prepar3D.exe" is involved.
First we need a tool to edit our executable. A known and easy to use tool is Ressource Hacker which you can download for free HERE.
PLEASE MAKE A BACKUP OF YOUR ORIGINAL PREPAR3D.EXE BEFORE MODIFYING IT !
Now we start Ressource Hacker and click on menu [FILE]-->[OPEN] and choose the file "Prepar3D.exe" which is located in our main Prepar3D installation directory.
Click and open the sector Version Info --> 1 --> 1033
We have to focus on this line here --> PRODUCTVERSION 1,3,3708,0 as showed on my screenshot below...
Now we replace the string 1,3,3708,0 with 10,0,61637,0.
[*] We click on the button COMPILE SCRIPT
[*] and last but not least we save this modification by clicking on menu [FILE]-->[sAVE].
In my case the result looks like this:
That's it! Now start your Prepar3D and be surprised ;) FSInn and FSCopilot should work 100%.
I would really appreciate your feedback to ensure that this workaround also works on different installations.
Good luck,have fun and clear skies,