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Posted 06 January 2010 - 01:38 PM
Posted 06 January 2010 - 03:09 PM
Posted 07 January 2010 - 05:10 PM
I'll gather some files together to demonstrate the use. But in the meantime I suggest reading the FSUIPC PDF file"FSUIPC4 for Advanced Users.pdf" and "FSUIPC Lua Library.pdf".LUA is a open source programming facility that Pete Dowson has incorporated into the FSUIPC environment to furtherenhance its capabilities. It is much like the BASIC language of the past but with much more capability.For instance, here are two lua "plugins" that I use to implement reverse thrust in the A2A B-377.This one sends the "F1" keypress, followed by multiple "F2" keypresses after a short delay.This puts the 377 throttles to idle and then pulls them back into the full reverse zone.
Hi Paul,I am interested in your configuration. Can you explain how you program FSUIPC to control your set of switches with your "control set inc" and "decr" switches? What is a lua plugin?Thank you
This plugin causes the B-377 engines to exit the reverse pitch zone by advancingthe throttles with "F3" keypresses. These are required by the B-377 programming.Just moving the throttles won't do it.
i = 0 ipc.keypress(112) ipc.sleep(250)while i < 14 do ipc.keypress(113) ipc.keypress(113) ipc.keypress(113) ipc.sleep(50) i = i + 1end
Here is a sample of the first "control set" programming for my B-377 setup.Note the use of the "=B66C0=0" structure. This refers to testing the user-definedbyte at offset "66C0" for the value of "0". If that is satisfied then the rest of thecommand line is processed. If it is "1", then a similar group of programming statements will be executed ( another control set ).The above is the KEY to defining "control sets".The commands at lines 12 and 13 cause the contents of offset "66C0" to beincremented or decremented with the max value of "5" ( 6 control sets )Statements with "CM:4" refer to a MACRO file containing definitions of various gauge local variables (L:Var) that are modified by the command.Think of these as special offsets or commands for FSX.Statements containing "CL" refer to lua plugin numbers to be executedwhen that switch/button is activated or released.
i = 0while i < 15 do ipc.keypress(114) ipc.sleep(50) ipc.keypress(114) ipc.sleep(50) i = i + 1end
This may seem complicated but once you experiment with the programming features of FSUIPC it will become a vary valuable "tool". Reading the FSUIPC documentationis a MUST, however.Also note that FSUIPC assigns numbers to attached joysticks and the buttons andswitches on each. these are user sdystem configuration dependent but are listed in the FSUIPC ini file by number vs common name.Likewise any lua plugins present and numbered and listed as well as any MACRO files.These numbers are seen above ( P0,14 P2,10 U3,20 CM4, CL2.... )here is a portion of my macro file, "MCRO extension", that defines what to dowith the L:VAR shown. SET means it to the value in the command.Toggle means change the state from 0to 1 or visa versa. CYCLIC meandincrement or decrement the current value by an amount contained in the command withinlimits stated in the command.
[Buttons.Boeing Stratocruiser]!1=//SET 0 STARTUP SETUP0=B66C0=0 P3,14,CM4:19,0 //APU Start1=B66C0=0 U3,14,CM4:19,2 //APU GEN ON2=B66C0=0 P3,15,CM4:19,1 //APU OFF3=B66C0=0 P3,16,CM4:8,1 //PRIMER4=B66C0=0 U3,16,CM4:8,05=B66C0=0 P3,17,C65858,0 //PITOT HEAT6=B66C0=0 P3,18,CM4:7,1 //STARTER7=B66C0=0 P3,19,CM4:6,1 //BOOST8=B66C0=0 P0,0,C66340,0 //FUEL BOOST PUMP 19=B66C0=0 P0,1,C66341,0 //FUEL BOOST PUMP 210=B66C0=0 P0,2,C66342,0 //FUEL BOOST PUMP 3 11=B66C0=0 P0,3,C66343,0 //FUEL BOOST PUMP 412=P0,4,Cx510066C0,x00050001 //CONTROL SET INC Max = 5 Step = 113=P0,5,Cx610066C0,x00050001 //CONTROL SET DEC Max = 5 Step = 114=P3,20,CM4:5,1 //ADI ON15=U3,20,CM4:5,0 //ADI OFF16=P0,8,CL2:R,0 //REVERSE THRUST ON17=U0,8,CL1:R,0 //REVERSE THRUST OFF18=P2,10,C1079,0 //TYRAFFIC ZAPPER
More later. Feel free to ask questions. Paul
Posted 08 January 2010 - 11:51 AM
I might be able to help youIn FSUIPC there is a very detailed list of commands and functions you can assign to keyboard and joystick in response to your ctrl inc etc I have key presses set to inc and dec freq settings in my radios so I don't have to use the mouse. I use TrackIr and using the mouse was difficult unless I paused trackIR. There are all kind of options available this way.Ron
hi Paul,Thank you for your reply. Unfortunately, I am afraid that it is beyond my abilities.Cheers.
Posted 01 March 2014 - 12:38 PM
Question re. Saitek quadrant USB vs PS2 version (yoke system) and theirs levers and “0 button detent”.
I have both and realize that USB version has very soft “0 button detent” .
I can hardly feel when the thrust lever is in the lowest position or in reverse thrust
Whereas in the PS2 version “0 button detent” is firm very easy to distinguish two lever positions i.e. zero thrust and reverse thrust.
My doubts are whether I have bought faulty USB quadrant or it is normal in compare to PS2 quadrant.
If someone who has both quadrants could compare it on its own quadrants and let me