Tom_G_2010

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  1. Tom_G_2010

    To Linda or not to Linda? That is the question.

    Gregg, Thanks for the additional input. Knowing that it's possible and that others are actually doing it makes me feel a lot better about deciding to give it another go. And, I think the A2A C172 is a good candidate for it so I'll be trying ti out this week for sure.
  2. Tom_G_2010

    Strange Problem with Button Mapper

    Thanks! That did the trick.
  3. Tom_G_2010

    To Linda or not to Linda? That is the question.

    Thanks! I think I'll give it a go this coming week and see how it works.
  4. I recently installed the A2A C172 for my simpit and the SimPlugins Panel Builder A2A add on. I have all my gauges setup and the adjustment knobs working. I only had to use Button Mapper for two of them, the TAS adjustment on the Airspeed indicator and the pitch adjustment on the Attitude indicator. I don't recall seeing this previously but since this install anytime I operate my mag switch it causes the pitch adjustment on the Attitude indicator to jump up and down. I double checked to make sure the button assignments I was using in Button Mapper were not double assigned and that my mag switch was setup correctly and likewise not double assigned. Here's a high level on my setup. I am using three Leo Bodnar cards for my Axis and Buttons. All are handled through FSUIPC. Card 0 has most of my instrument panel switches, yoke and rudder pedals . Card 1 handles some miscellaneous test switches and a couple axis that wouldn't fit on card 0. And card 2 handles all the rotary encoders in my gauges. My mags are on card 0 as follows: 0/0 = Magneto1 set, 0 (off) 0/1 = Magneto1 set, 1 (right) 0/2 = Magneto1 set, 2 (left) 0/3 = Magneto1 set, 3 (both) 0/4 = Magneto1 set, 4 (start) The Buttons controlled by Button Mapper are on Card 2 as follows: 2/0 = Airspeed Indicator, PALT- 2/1 = Airspeed Indicator, PALT+ 2/2 = Artificial Horizon, PITCH- 2/3 = Airspeed Indicator PITCH+ Any advice or direction on how to solve this or trouble shoot it would be greatly appreciated! Thanks, Tom G.
  5. Hi, I am a Sim Pit builder and over the course of the last few years have taught myself a little bit about coding. For my pit build it's mostly the C++ subset that Arduino uses and some Lua code through FSUIPC. A few years back I tried using Linda but at that time decided I wanted to go the route of doing all my own coding. I just started using the A2A 172 and am hoping to also install their 182. As I start to work through the LVars for the 172 I've hit a few walls and can't seem to code my way around them. While out googling around for the answer sure enough I find people talking about how they are using Linda for the A2A 172 with great success. So I'm back again debating whether to give Linda another try... I just looked at the install notes for the latest version and had a flash of recall from my first test drive with Linda. Since then I have a fair amount of my own Lua scripts and a fairly extensive setup of switches and Axis in my pit via FSUIPC for my current aircraft and pit configuration. Am I understanding the install notes correctly, Do I have to discard all my current FSUIPC settings and Lua scripts? Is Linda an all or none proposition or can it coexist with what I currently have? I'm not asking for any guarantee of compatibility or a detailed review of my current setup either would be an unreasonable ask on my part. I just want to know if it's possible conceptually for Linda to be added to what I already have rather than replacing it. I just can't fathom tossing all the hours I've put into things so far. Thanks! Tom G.
  6. Thanks! I'm off to install the A2A add on and setup my new Instrument Panel. :smile:
  7. I just moved my A2A 172 from my desktop sim to my sim pit. Until now I've been using some stock FSX aircraft for testing and couple Carenado aircraft for regular flights in my sim pit and running the standard FSX version of Panel Builder for my instruments. I understand that there is an A2A specific version of Panel Builder. Is this an add on to be installed in addition to the standard FSX version or, in place of the FSX version? If in place of the FSX version, will the A2A version still work properly with my other stock FSX and add on aircraft? Thanks! Tom G.
  8. Problem Solved. I decided after several other things failed to do a re install of the software. All is working now.
  9. I'll try that next and see what happens. I just pulled the instrument panel apart to do some mechanical work so I might be delayed a bit but I'll post back with my findings as soon as I am able.
  10. Hi, Fairly new SimPlugins user here. I've had it up and running in my sim pit for a couple months now It's working great with the exception the problem referenced above regarding the attitude adjustment. Just as the other user is doing I am using the ATTITUDE_BARS_POSTION_DOWN and UP commands from FSUIPC to change attitude indicator with rotary encoder knob. I believe I am using the latest version it shows as 2.9 when I run the software. Has a fix been found for this?
  11. Tom_G_2010

    A software to save your panel position

    Got it, and, yes, was in windowed mode. Any other thoughts on why it would not generate the ini file.
  12. Tom_G_2010

    A software to save your panel position

    Jay, Thanks for the quick reply. As I said, I did follow all the instructions to include running Panel Store first. And, it did not create an ini file. Actually, thinking about it the window opened was a Virtual Cockpit view. Does panel store work for VC views? Thanks... Tom G.
  13. Tom_G_2010

    A software to save your panel position

    I know this is an old topic but I just discovered the Panel Store and Panel Restore programs. I have followed the instructions on how to install and use them but they do not appear to be working. I have seen a handful of posts in this thread and one other where people are reporting the same problem I am having. When I reopen FSX and try to use Panel Restore "No ini file present" ??? I have read in previous posts that Panel Store will create the ini file and save it in the same folder the program is run from. I checked there and see no ini file. I also read above that I should have both programs set to run as administrator. I made sure of that and still no ini file. Is Panel Store/Restore still in use? Has anyone else run into this issue and solved it?
  14. Tom_G_2010

    Criticism from a real B200 Pilot

    I don't feel my comments were particularly harsh or holding them to some impossible standard. They have in a way set that bar by producing a long line of exceptional aircraft in the past. Many have come to expect much from them based on that. And, they have in the past, and I suspect will continue to produce Service Packs for their aircraft taking into account user inputs. However, the King Airs seem to be a bit buggier than many other releases and a bit less faithful to the real aircraft. My ask is that they take comments like those of the OP into account when doing such Service Pack development. Some of the items he mentions would take only minimal tweaks or coding to implement in a SP release. For those that exceed a reasonable amount of development time it's understandable that they not fit in an SP. But, those should be considered lessons learned and base lines for the next aircraft they develop.
  15. Tom_G_2010

    Criticism from a real B200 Pilot

    +1 Agreed. The market has established a level of expectation related to cost verses realism. And, while Carenado makes some exceptional looking aircraft, their venture into the slightly more complex with the King Airs has not met that cost to realism standard as I perceive it either. If Carenado chooses to listen to the users it can learn a great deal for these King Air launches and would be able to bring themselves on par with the likes of PMDG. That would be fantastic since we would then have a broad spectrum of very realistic aircraft to select from.