Monday, June 13, 2022

TRIM and TRIM Indicator pcbs

Hi all,

Last boards have arrived last week.

I have mounted and tested the new TRIM pcb with the two TRIM Indicator pcb and this is how it looks:



An update of the components:

PCA9505: Complete sourced.

MCP23017: Is already available but not yet received.

PIC18F4550: Supplier has delay the estimated date to July, 18th.

Display OLED 256x64: Working with another display with no luck yet.

Thanks for your patient and support.
Shep

Thursday, May 12, 2022

PSCockpit chips sourcing issues

Hi all,I’m working on your boards, but it’s being a hard work to source all the components of the boards because of the lack of chips around the world.

All the components and boards have been already ordered but the status some of the components are as follows:

PCA9505
Affecting the following boards: 40 I/O, ICP, Caution Panel, UHF, CMDS, TWP.
The supplier of the boards has found the chips and will send the affected boards by the end of May

MCP23017
Affecting the following boards: 16 I/O, TWA, X40, ELEC, AUDIO, TRIM.
The supplier will have them in stock by 30/05/2022 as stated in the web page.

PIC18F4550
Affecting the following boards: Main Board, Displays&Gauges boards.
The supplier will have them in stock by 30/05/2022 as stated in the web page.

Display OLED 256x64
Affecting the DED and PFD displays
The supplier will have them in stock by 26/12/2022 as stated in the web page.
I have ordered one different OLED display to make some trials for substitution

All Other components and boards are already in my hand and working on them.
In case of any further sourcing issues, I will contact you one by one to decide if you want separate shipments.

Thanks for you patient and support.
Shep

Saturday, January 22, 2022

Running PSCockpit and Helios in DCS

Download .lua files from: https://www.mediafire.com/file/zzpop31qgx90gqu/PSCockpit+DCS+Export+Lua+Files.zip/file

1. Copy the following files to "\Users\@USER\Saved Games\DCS\Scripts\PSCockpit\" folder:
- PSCockpitExport.lua
- ExportPSCockpit-A10C.lua
- ExportPSCockpit-F16C-50.lua

If you have already a Export.lua generated by Helios, add the following line before Helios do file line:

dofile(lfs.writedir()..[[Scripts\PSCockpit\PSCockpitExport.lua]])




If you don’t use Helios or do not have a Export.lua file copy file Export.lua to "\Users\@USER\Saved Games\DCS\Scripts\" folder

If there are no folders descripted above, create them

Regards,
Shep

Friday, January 7, 2022

TRIM and TRIM INDICATOR boards

The TRIM board has been designed to drive (3) pots for yaw, roll and pitch trims and (2) X27 stepper motors for roll trim and pitch trim indicators. This configuration allows to have the indication of pitch trim and roll trim in both trim AP and MANUAL modes and the pots will drive the analogue trim axes in your simulator.

The pots are not motor-driven but the TRIM board has mounting holes to develop this function in the future.

The TRIM and TRIM INDICATOR boards have been designed to work in conjunction to complete the Trim panel of the F16.



The TRIM board comes with the following elements:
- (1) 16 I/O chip to be connected to the digital I/O I2C channel of the PSCockpit system and its elements (resistors, connectors, …) to work with 5V
- (1) analogue chip to be connected to the Main Channel of the PSCockpit system and its elements (resistors, connectors, …) to work with 5V
- (3) potentiometers for yaw, roll and pitch trims
- (1) toggle switch with locking lever
- (21) SMD leds for lettering backlight.
- (7) Free digital I/Os
- (1) Free analogue input

You will find the following elements in the backside:
- (1) Connector for backlight illumination.
- (1) Connectors for digital I/O I2C channel.
- (1) Connectors for analogue Main Channel.
- (2) Mini-switch to select digital and analogue I2C channel addresses.
- (1) Connector for free digital I/Os.
- (1) Connector for free analogue input.



The TRIM INDICATOR board is prepared to hold an X27 589 stepper motor and is attached to the TRIM board with 4 screws leaving a gap of 5 mm where the indicator panel and indicator must be placed.

The TRIM INDICATOR board has also the necessary pins to connect the X27 stepper motor and the backlight leds to the TRIM board thus no external connections are needed to drive the stepper nor the backlight, been these driven by the TRIM board.

You will need (2) TRIM INDICATOR boards for (1) TRIM board.

The TRIM INDICATOR board comes with the following elements:
- (4) SMD leds for indicator panel backlight.

To complete the TRIM panel of the F16, you must add by yourself the following elements:
- (1) TRIM front panel
- (2) TRIM indicator panels
- (2) Indicator needles
- (1) knob for Yaw trim
- (2) circular 50 mm x 12 mm knobs for roll and pitch trim
- (2) X27 589 stepper motors

Please check the dimensions of the TRIM panels, knobs and needles at:
https://www.mediafire.com/file/qtkz1zlzesg9464/TrimPanel-A3.pdf/file


Regards,
Shep

Thursday, December 30, 2021

PSCOCKPIT/DCS TROUBLESHOUTING GUIDE

First of all, take in account that commands are sent as keystrokes and nothing to do with .lua files. Lua files extract the data from DCS for lights, values and displays but do not send any command to DCS.


EXTRACTING DATA FROM DCS

If you have any problem extracting data from DCS, you should check these:
- Lua files are copied in the right directory: \Users\\”YOUR USER NAME”\\Saved Games\DCS\Scripts\
- Logs directory is correct in PSCockpit:



- For DCS stable version: \Users\”YOUR USER NAME”\Saved Games\DCS\Logs\
- For DCS Open Beta version: \Users\”YOUR USER NAME”\Saved Games\DCS.openbeta\Logs\ (Please, one of the openbeta users confirm this!)

Check that you have the correct folder above by navigating with the File Explorer. If not, you must create it.

Run PSCockpit and check you don’t have any message in the bottom bar:



Running PSCockpit and Helios in DCS

Download .lua files from: https://www.mediafire.com/file/zzpop31qgx90gqu/PSCockpit+DCS+Export+Lua+Files.zip/file

1. Copy the following files to "\Users\@USER\Saved Games\DCS\Scripts\PSCockpit\" folder:
- PSCockpitExport.lua
- ExportPSCockpit-A10C.lua
- ExportPSCockpit-F16C-50.lua

If you have already a Export.lua generated by Helios, add the following line before Helios do file line:

dofile(lfs.writedir()..[[Scripts\PSCockpit\PSCockpitExport.lua]])



If you don’t use Helios or do not have a Export.lua file copy file Export.lua to "\Users\@USER\Saved Games\DCS\Scripts\" folder

If there are no folders descripted above, create them

SENDING COMMANDS TO DCS

Verify you have the right Window Name in PSCockpit/Launcher page:




To test that the commands are sent correctly, open DCS Control Window and check that the correct key combination sent is highlighted:




Known issues: When in flight, some of the commands are not received correctly. It seems that DCS needs some consolidation time. You can download the PSCockpit v105WIP here

Errors in LuaExportDCS subroutine

Some errors of “LuaExportDCS subroutine” received in the messages pane of PSCockpit are caused by the impossibility of opening the data transfer file between PSCockpit and DCS.

You can solve this issue by adjusting some of the timers either in PSCockpit and PSCockpitExport.lua file.

In PSCockpit, increase the timer “Sim data”:



In PSCockpitExport.lua file, increase the timer tNext:


 


Any comments will be appreciated to improve this troubleshooting guide.

If any of you is still having any issues, I’m opened to review your configuration through TeamViewer. Please, send me an email to set a meeting.

Regards and Happy New Year!

Shep

PSCockpit and PSCockpit Displays&Gauges Systems 11th Run!!!

Time to launch a new run of the PSCockpit System!!
Those of you who don’t know yet how this system can handle, please read the following links
PSCockpit System: PS Tools: PSCockpit 9th Run (psfalcon.blogspot.com)

PSCockpit Displays and Gauges: PS Tools: Displays & Gauges (psfalcon.blogspot.com)

More information, downloads and guides at:
PS Tools: PSCockpit System Up to Date Software, Firmware, Guides and Boards (psfalcon.blogspot.com)

This run features the new Trim and Trim Indicator pcbs:

Time to launch a new run of the PSCockpit System!!

Those of you who don’t know yet how this system can handle, please read the following links
PSCockpit System: https://psfalcon.blogspot.com/2020/01/pscockpit-9th-run.html

PSCockpit Displays and Gauges: https://psfalcon.blogspot.com/search/label/Displays%20%26%20Gauges

More information, downloads and guides at:
https://psfalcon.blogspot.com/2015/05/pscockpit-system-up-to-date-software.html

This run features the new Trim and Trim Indicator pcbs:





More info about these boards to follow.


PSCockpit System Prices:
The prices of the PCB’s already mounted and tested are the following:
- Main PCB: 60 €
- Digital expander for 40 inputs/outputs: 33 €
- Digital expander 16 inputs/outputs: 10 €
- Steppers/Other voltage outputs pcb: 28 €
- 7 segment displays pcb for 6 displays: 18 €
- Analogue pcb for 4 inputs/ 1 output: 20 €
- Yellow OLED display (85mm x 40mm), 256x64 for DED or PFL: 65 €
- I2CtoSPI pcb: 25€
- Aircore Controller pcb: 24€
- Aircore pcb: 15€
- Vibration motors pcb: 38€
- I/O Enhancement pcb: 6,5€
- Caution Panel board: 40€
- UHF board: 90€
- ICP pcb Rev 1: 90€
- CMDS board (with 2 rotary switches 30º & 45º, no toggles, no displays): 80€
- CMDS options:
- Miniature toggles 6 mm diam. (1 with locking lever): 50€
- SGL2016 displays Not available
- HDLG-1414 displays: 35€ (each)
- 7 segment displays pcb with 8 displays: 35€
- TWP board: 40€
- TWA board: 20€
- X40 stepper board: 20€
- PWM board: 20€
- ELEC board: 50€
- AUDIO1 & AUDIO2 board: 100€

New boards:
- TRIM board: 80€
- TRIM INDICATOR board: 15€

PSCockpit Displays&Gauges System Prices:
The prices of the PCB’s already mounted and tested are the following:
- Displays & Gauges pcb: 55€
- X27 stepper pcb: 15€
- Eyebrow lights pcb: 15€
- Indexer pcb: 15€
- Engine Gauges for Aircores with electronics for PSCockpit System pcb: 90€
- Engine Gauges for X27 or Aircores without electronics: 65€
- Hyd pcb: 15€

Other components by demand:
- Wire and connectors
- Engine Gauges, Eyebrow and Indexer panels
- Gauges panels
- Stepper motors X27
- Aircore Motors

- Shipments: 10€/ 18€ / 28€ depending on the total weight order and country


Time Line:
- Orders and payments will be accepted until Jan. 30th. 2022
- Only direct bank transfers. Sorry for the inconvenience.
- Delivery: Starting March 2022

Thanks everybody for your support and have a New Year,
Shep

Saturday, January 16, 2021

PSUdp Software V.1.0.2 Update for Falcon BMS 4.35 and DCS 2.5.6

 This application extracts the flight data from Open Falcon, Falcon AF, Falcon BMS and DCS simulators acting like a server and send this data to an android mobile device running the client application PSGauges V3 trough the TCP/UDP net protocol.

You can also export the data to one of your PC monitors.

PS UDP Falcon supports 10 clients connected at the same time so you can use five different android devices. Five of them are used for flight data. The other five are used to export views: one for the left MFD, one for the right MFD, one for the HUD, one for RWR and one for HMS.

You can customize your Export Views for different sims

PSGaugesV3 client application needs Android 4.0
 
Change log:
 
PSUdp V.1.0.2
- Help updated for BMS 4.35 Extraction
- Shared Memory updated for BMS 4.35
- Export file updated for DCS 2.5.6
- Added Codejock libraires in the Setup.exe
- RTT Export updated for BMS 4.35
- Const iFirmwareVersion = 10601 to force generating DEDInvert in LuaExportDCS
- FD.FTIT now not depending on RPM
- FD2.AAUZ substitute FD.ShipDown in FalconBMS for correct reading of the Altimeter
- Option to control the Instrument lights by the sim

 You can download the installation file here: Download

Do not forget to install and run this version with admin rights!

Installation notes:
- Unrar the file
- Install PS UDP in your computer with PSUdpV102SetUp.exe
- Install PSGaugesV3.apk in all your favorite android devices
- Read HelpV102.txt!!
- Enjoy

Regards,
Shep

PSCockpit Displays & Gauges software V1.0.0

You can now download the new PS Cockpit Displays & Gauges Software V.1.0.0 to control and config your PS Cockpit Displays & Gauges pcb: Download

The software is ready for Falcon BMS 4.35 and DCS 2.5.6.

Do not forget to install and run this version with admin rights!

Enjoy!!

Shep

PS Cockpit Software V.1.0.4 Update

 The new version V.1.0.4 auto installable version of the PS Cockpit Software is available for download!!


Do not forget to install and run this version with admin rights!

You can download it at: Download

No need to update the firmware of the Main Board. Last firmware version is 1.6.4, visit: PS Cockpit Firmware Update v 1.6.4

PS Cockpit Software V.1.0.4 Changelog:
- Added configuration for the new Engine Motors, Eyebrows and Indexers pcbs (IOLayout) 
- Added IFF digit wheels management (F16Model) (Thanks Johannes) 
- Added Clock stepper data to use it with X10 016A stepper motor (F16Model)
- Added AAUZ, AAUZxx000 and AAUZ0000x steppers data (F16 Model)
- Added Altxx000 and Alt0000x steppers data (A10C Model)
- Shared memory updated for Falcon BMS 4.35
- Bus Power bits added to Special I/Os in the F16 Model to use them in any output.  (Thanks Andreas).
- FD.Yaw is now used for servos/steppers/aircores for magnetic heading
- Corrected flash leds in test mode
- Corrected ELEC panel configuration (IOLayout)

Thanks all for your patient!!!

Regards,
Shep

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Displays and Gauges pcb's with Panels

Hi to all!

Here are some pictures of the new boards already mounted with panels thanks to Hispapanels:





Lettering of above panel to be corrected!







If somebody would like to have the panels shipped with the pcbs shipment, please contact me.

I have corrected some minor issues of the software and everything seems to be ok. Shipments will begin this week. Thanks all for your patient.

Regards,
Shep

Monday, November 30, 2020

10th Run Pcbs (2)

Engine Motors and Indexer pcbs have arrived :



Waiting for some components and the final tests of the software to begin shipments next week.
Please be patient for your turn.

Thanks all for your support!

Regards,
Shep

Monday, November 16, 2020

10th Run Pcbs (1)

Hi to all!

Displays&Gauges, X27, HYD and Eyebrow pcbs have arrived!!



Still waiting for the indexers and motor gauges pcbs to arrive.

Hopefully I will begin shipping in a couple of weeks.

Regards,
Shep

Sunday, October 11, 2020

 Time for taking orders are near to finish.

Contact me via PM if you still want to place an order.

Regards,

Shep

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

X27 and HYD PCBs

The X27 and HYD pcbs are designed to hold either X27 Stepper Motors or Aircore motors and they come with SMD leds and resistors for backlight.

The X27 pcb can be used for EPU Fuel, Cabin Press and Liquid Oxygen indicators of the F16 while the HYD pcbs can be used for HYD indicators of the F16.

Both pcbs has accessible pins for the motors so it can be used with PSCockpit System or with any other system.



You will find in the backside three connectors:
- (1) Connector for the X27 Stepper Motor/Aircore Motor
- (1) Connector for the backlight leds

To complete the gauges with the X27 and HYD pcbs you must add by yourself the scale plate, needle and gauge cover.

You can check the dimensions of the the X27 and HYD pcbs at:
https://psfalcon.blogspot.com/2020/01/pscockpit-9th-run.html

Regards,
Shep

Monday, September 28, 2020

Engine Gauges pcb


The Engine Gauges pcb has been designed to hold and drive (4) Aircore motors to simulate the F16 engine gauges -OIL, NOZ POS, RPM and FTIT- and backlight the gauge dials.

Alternatively, the board can be used to hold (4) X27 stepper motors. In this case, the board will be supplied without electronics. Be aware that the X27 stepper motors response driven with the PSCockpit System is quite less sensitive than the Aircore motors. The X27 stepper motors are recommended for low speed gauges as EPU Fuel and others.



The board comes with the following elements:
- (1) I2CtoSPI chip to be connected to the Main Channel of the PSCockpit Main Board or to one of the connectors of the PSCockpit Displays&Gauges Board and its elements (resistors, connectors, …) to work with 5V
- (2) driver chips for Aircore motors
- (25) SMD leds for gagues backlight.

You will find the following elements in the backside:
- (1) Connector for backlight illumination.
- (2) Connectors for I2C channel.
- (1) Mini-switch to select I2C channel address

To complete Engine Gauges pcb you must add by yourself the front panel, gauge dials, pointers and Aircore motors.

The Engine Gauges pcb can be used with the HISPAPANEL “F-16 Engine gauges
Model MC11” panel.

You can check the dimensions of the Engine Gauges pcb at:
http://www.mediafire.com/file/wz5cbmbtq1cja16/EngineGaugesPCB-A3.pdf/file


Regards,
Shep

Friday, September 25, 2020

PSCockpit System 10th Run: Displays & Gauges PCB!

A new board is coming for the PSCockpit System: Displays & Gauges Board.
This new board drives the gauges and displays of the F16 pit reducing the load of the PSCockpit Main Board by reducing its processing time.

The Displays & Gauges Board is already configured giving a plug&play solution for people with less electronic knowledge.

PSCockpit users can use the same PSCockpit boards they already have in their pit and/or redistribute the boards between both systems PSCockpit Main Board and PSCockpit Displays & Gauges Board.

The modular concept of the Displays & Gauges Board allows users to select the displays and gauges they want to drive in their pit, adding other elements at any time.

For desktop pits or mini-pits users the Displays & Gauges Board can drive eyebrow lights, indexer lights and some other lights of the F16 Center console.



The Displays & Gauges Board is able to drive the following elements of the F16 pit:
- (2) x PSCockpit OLED displays for DED and PFL displays.
- (2) x Adafruit Monochrome OLED displays for Fuel Flow and Total Fuel indicators
- (14) x Stepper motors X40 or X27 for LIQ OXY, EPU Fuel, HYDA, HYDB, Total Fuel, Watch, Cabin Pressure, Roll Trim, Pitch Trim, Oxy Press, Speed Brake and Compass (with Unipolar Stepper Motor) gauges
- (4) x Aircore motors for Oil Pressure, Nozzle Pos, RPM and FTIT engine gauges.
- (2) x PSCockpit 16I/O boards for Eyebrow Lights, NWS and AOA lights, LG lights
- (1) x PSCockpit Caution Panel board.

The Displays & Gauges Board distribution for the F16 is the following:



You can download the F16 Displays & Gauges Distribution here: http://www.mediafire.com/file/j5p0gxo393t04q5/file

The Displays & Gauges Board has its own standalone software for Falcon BMS and DCS sims:



For new users, the Displays & Gauges Board, depending on your needs, can be completed with the following PSCockpit items:
- DED display: (1) PSCockpit OLED display
- PFL display: (1) PSCockpit OLED display
- Total Fuel Indicator: (1) PSCockpit X40 pcb + Adafruit display + X40 stepper motor
- Watch: (1) PSCockpit X40 pcb + Adafruit display + X40 stepper motor
- LIQ OXY, EPU Fuel, HYDA and HYDB gauges: (1) PSCockpit 16 I/O pcb + (4) PSCockpit X27 pcb + (4) X27 stepper motor
- Roll Trim, Pitch Trim, Oxy Press, Speed Brake gauges: (1) PSCockpit 16 I/O pcb + (4) PSCockpit X27 pcb + (4) X27 stepper motor
- Right Eyebrow and NWS lights: (1) PSCockpit 16 I/O pcb
- Left Eyebrow, AOA and LG lights: (1) PSCockpit 16 I/O pcb
- Caution Panel: (1) PSCockpit Caution Panel pcb
- Engine gauges: (1) PSCockpit Engine Motors pcb + (4) Aircore motors

New boards for this run are:
- X27 pcb
- Eyebrow lights pcb
- Indexer pcb
- Engine Gauges pcb
- Hyd pcb

All the new boards come with accessible pins of all the elements and can be used outside the PSCockpit system.

The minimum quantity to manufacture the new pcbs in this run is 15 units/each.

More info about these boards will follow.

You can find more info about PSCockpit system here:
http://psfalcon.blogspot.com.es/2015/05/pscockpit-system-up-to-date-software.html

Prices
The prices of the PCB’s already mounted and tested are the following:
- Displays & Gauges pcb: 55€
- X27 pcb: 15€
- Eyebrow lights pcb: 15€
- Indexer pcb: 15€
- Engine Gauges for Aircores with electronics for PSCcokpit System pcb: 90€
- Engine Gauges for X27 or Aircores without electronics: 65€
- Hyd pcb: 15€

Other components by demand:
- Wire and connectors
- Engine Gauges, Eyebrow and Indexer panels
- Gauges panels
- Stepper motors X27
- Aircore Motors

- Shipments: 10€/ 18€ / 28€ depending on the total weight order and country

Time Line:
- Orders will be accepted until Oct. 12th. 2020
- Payments: Until Oct. 18th. 2020. Only direct bank transfers. Sorry for the inconvenience.
- Delivery: Dec 2020

Regards,
Shep

Saturday, January 25, 2020

PS Cockpit Software V.1.0.3 Update

The new version V.1.0.3 auto installable version of the PS Cockpit Software is available for download!!

Do not forget to install this version with admin rights!

You can download it at: Download

To update the firmware of the Main Board, visit: PS Cockpit Firmware Update v 1.6.4

PS Cockpit Software V.1.0.3 Changelog:
- Update Share Memory management for Falcon BMS 4.34.1
- Added data extraction for A10C and F16C-50 planes for DCS World 2.5.5
- Added vJoy management
- Added new displays for OLED display: A10 CMSP, A10 CMSC and A10 CDU (LCDs Page)
- Corrected TWP leds: U, Missile and Launch light now when pressing Sys Test
- Corrected "Use SERVOS 0-3 for pots" bug in PSJoystick
- Analogue expanders are now seeing always (IOLayout)
- Corrected 7 segment display bug.
- Corrected FuelFlow operation in Adafruit displays
- New boards TWA, TWP, ELEC, X40, AUDIO1&2 configuration included in expanders dropdown list (IOLayout)
- Corrected Vibs Motors operation
- DCS default directory added (Settings)
- Reset Output for the Adafruit display added to S40 boards
- Corrected a bug in the configuration of the ICP Rev1 Drift-Co switch causing PSCockpit Software not responding in RUN mode.
- "Sync Sim/Cockpit on Start" now waits for the player to get in to 3D in BMS
- Independent cycle timer for aircores and servos (USB Timers)

PS Cockpit Software V.1.0.2 Changelog:
- Text Light Extended option implmented to inlude ECM lights in the MAL & IND LTS pushbutton (Airplane Model/Special IOs)
- Implemented Clone Ouputs to replicate up to 10 ouputs of the boards to another ouput (Airplane Model /Special IOs)
- Corrected a bug while setting the Adafruit OLED parameters (Adafruit OLED)
- Changed Run mode to allow exit this mode while waiting Falcon BMS to load
- Corrected a bug with the T_L_CFG right eyebrow light (Airplane Model/Lights)
- Updated ExportDCS.lua file
- Added suport for PSGaguesV3 client (RDYF16)
- Revised Test Lights in DCS
- Added landing gear lights with MAL & IND LTS pushbutton
- Added information in the Airplane Model while running the sim, which allows the user to enter the Airplane Model and see what lights are on and what are the actual values of the 7seg displays and servos (Airplane Model)

PS Cockpit Software V.1.0.1 Changelog:
- Corrected bug that made some lights not lighting with MAL & IND LTS pushbutton

PS Cockpit Software V.1.0.0 Changelog:
- New UI skin can be customized by the user
- Added support for Adafruit Oled 128x32 (ID931) (Adafruit displays)
- New ExportDCS.lua for full A10C data extraction
- TN Game vest effects improved (TN Game Vest)
- Waltham A13A-2 Clock implemented (Airplane model)
- Oled DED display subroutine changed to show correct reverse video characters (for V1.6.1 firmware version)
- Now sttepers are set to 0 at PSCockpit exit. This avoid recalibration when changing the sim.
- Revised Server Mode to connect two computers where one is the sim computer and the second is the cockpit (TCP/IP)
- Revised Server Mode for DCS World data (TCP/IP)
- Revised Server Mode for PSGauges for Android (TCP/IP)
- Added commands received from PSGauges for Android (Commands)
- Added Start options (Settings)
- Added option for TWP and TWA when these panels have only one light per pushbutton (Airplane Model/Special I/Os)
- Corrected bug on time and minutes calculation giving an overflow error

Thanks all for your patient!!!

Regards,
Shep

PS Cockpit Firmware Update V.1.6.4

The new firmware V 1.6.4 for the PS Cockpit Main Boards is available for download!!

PS Cockpit System Firmware V.1.6.4 Changelog:
- New display fonts for DCS CDU
- Analogue inputs management for vJoy

You can download the firmware at: Download

Tools for upgrading the firmware:

- Users of the PS Cockpit Main Boards of the 4th Run and over can update the firmware in 64bits Windows operating system (These users do not need to update the firmware by now) with PSFirmUpdtV2-4thRunMainBoards

- Users of the PS Cockpit Main Boards of previous runs can only update the firmware in 32 bits Windows operating systems PSFirmUpdtV1-PreviousMainBoards tool.

Do not try to update the firmware with the incorrect tool version!!! It will ruin the firmware. If you have any doubt about your Main Board tool please send me an email.

Regards,
Shep

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

HOW TO Use PSCockpit with DCS


PSCockpit software allows you to use different sims with different Plane Model configurations by changing the file .ini when you select a different sim from the Sim dropdown list.



This means that you need to configure your .ini every time for each sim you will be using. If you have configured one .ini with your hardware, to save some time, you can copy the configuration from one .ini to another by making a copy of the already configured file to a new .ini file.

In example, if you have already configured your .ini file for Falcon BMS and you want to save that configuration for DCS World follow this procedure:

1. Exit PSCockpit Software

2. Locate the file PSCkptFalconBMS.ini in your PSCcokpit directory, by default “C:\Program Files (x86)\PSCockpit”

3. Make a copy of it in the same directory.

4. Rename the copy of the file to PSCkptDCSWorld.ini

5. Enter PSCockpit Software

6. Select DCS World from the Sim dropdown list.

Even tough, this is the faster way to keep your configuration for the new sim, you will need to make, at least, some changes in your new configuration, such as:

LAUNCHER, Change Sim, Path and Window Name fields for the new sim:


COMMANDS, change keystrokes as per your new sim:


Once you have the configuration for DCS, in order to extract the data from DCS, follow this procedure:

1. Find the following the files in your PSCockpit directory:
- Export.lua
- ExportPSCockpit-A10C.lua
- ExportPSCockpit-F16C-50.lua

2. Locate your DCS scripts working directory, by default, “\Users\USER\Saved Games\DCS\Scripts” where “USER” is your PC user account name. If there is no script folder, create it.

3. Locate file Export.lua in the DCS script directory and rename to ExportOLD.lua

4. Copy the three .lua files from your PSCockpit directory to your DCS scripts working directory.

5. Locate DCS logs directory, by default, “\Users\USER\Saved Games\DCS\Logs” where “USER” is your PC user account name. If there is no script folder, create it.

6. Run PSCockpit Software and check the DCS logs directory address is correct under Settings page:


You are now ready to use DCS World with PSCockpit. Click on Run. enter DCS World and enjoy!!

Regards,
Shep

Saturday, January 4, 2020

HOW TO Configure the AUDIO1&2 Panel


For AUDIO1&2 pcb description, options and how to configure the expander address, see PSCockpit Quick Guide V.5 – AUDIO1&2 PCB. You can access the Quick Guide from Help/Quick Guide menu in the PSCockpit software.


The AUDIO1&2 pcb must be configured either the digital expander and analogue expanders.

AUDIO1&2 Digital Expander

To configure the PSCockpit AUDIO1&2 panel select the correct option from the Expander pull down list in the IOLayout page of the PS Cockpit Software at the correct I2C channel:



In case of there is some data already in the selected expander, the software will prompt you for continue:


The software will also prompt you to add the standard BMS commands for the AUDIO1&2:


If you accept, the software will prompt you to search for your BMS .key file, typically in ..\Falcon BMS vX.X\User\Config folder, and will automatically search for the keystrokes you have set in your .key file for the AUDIO1&2:


If any of the commands hasn't been set you will see a warning indicating how many commands haven't been set and the Commands page of the PSCockpit software will appear:


Once the AUDIO1&2 panel is already configured you can modify the list of inputs/outputs as desire as well as the free I/O of the expander:


Be aware that once the configuration is saved, whenever you enter the IOLayout Page you won’t see “AUDIO1&2” label on the expander anymore but the “16 I/O” label.

AUDIO1&2 Analogue Expander

In the same way as the digital expander, to configure the PSCockpit AUDIO1&2 panel for analogue inputs, select the correct option from the Expander pull down list in the IOLayout page of the PS Cockpit Software at the correct I2C channel in the Main Channel:


You need to repeat the process for AUDIO1 analogue inputs and AUDIO2 analogue inputs in different analogue expander addresses.

In case of there is some data already in the selected expander, the software will prompt you for continue:



The software will prompt you to assign the analogue inputs to VJoy:



If you accept, the software will prompt you to select one of the free available vJoy devices:


The VJoy page will appear. You can select the devices you have previously selected to see the configuration:


For more information about configuring vJoy devices, see:

Once the analogue inputs of the AUDIO1 panel is already configured you can modify the list of analogue inputs as desire:


Be aware that once the configuration is saved, whenever you enter the IOLayout Page you won’t see “AUDIO1 Analogue” label on the expander anymore but the “Analogue” label.

For AUDIO2 analogue inputs you need to repeat the process of the analogue input configuration and the vJoy page and IOLayout should appear like these:


For more information about configuring vJoy devices, see:
https://psfalcon.blogspot.com/2020/01/how-to-use-and-configure-vjoy-in.html



Be aware that once the configuration is saved, whenever you enter the IOLayout Page you won’t see “AUDIO2 Analogue” label on the expander anymore but the “Analogue” label.

Regards,
Shep