DCS force update

If you know that there is an update for DCS but starting DCS does not offer an update for you, you can start update from command prompt by going to DCS bin folder and starting dcs_updater.exe with update option:

After this command update should be offered:

DCS Finnish Air Force Hornet liveries and board number

Kapsu has made nice Finnish Air Force liveries for DCS Hornet.

Download liveries from:
https://www.digitalcombatsimulator.com/cn/files/3302822/

And save them to:
../Saved Games/DCS/Liveries/FA-18C_hornet

To use a livery with every “country” in DCS, edit livery’s “description.lua” file by adding to lines – – in front of countries line in bottom of file:

When done, start DCS and from radio’s ground crew… re-arm… page you can change livery and board number

 

DCS Hornet: custom kneeboard pages and checklists

To add Hornet full/quick check-lists into DCS Hornet. Start by creating kneeboard folder into ../Saved Games/DCS/ folder.

Download Hornet check-lists from:
https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/453997782097854464/487330651058602004/DCS_Hornet_Normal_checklist_v2_quick_highlights.zip

And photos from .zip to created kneeboard folder:

Start DCS and in Hornet, open kneeboard with RShift + K and look for pages with [ ] buttons (å and ¨ in finnish keyboard):

DCS Hornet: Alternative keybindings to DCS with OvGME

When trying to get Warthog HOTAS throttle  EAC switch (or any other manufacturers controllers switch) to work as an landing gear handle  on a Hornet, it only works every time when switch is turned into up “ARM” position:

To get on/off switches working normally (turn switch ARM -> gears in, turn switch OFF -> gears down) on a DCS, you can use Alternative keybindings mod for DCS. To add this mod into DCS, a software called OvGME is used. OvGME can make selected mods to work in DCS.

Download Alternative keybindings mod from:
http://dcsfinland.fi/forum/viewtopic.php?t=158

Create folder to you computer where you want to save Alternative keybindings mod. Here a C:\Users\USERNAME\Documents\DCS\Mods is used. Save “Tools – Alternative keybindings vX.XX” to Mods folder.

Download OvGME from:
https://wiki.hoggitworld.com/view/OVGME
and install it. When running OvGME first time select correct folders.

After clicking “Go!” you should see “Alternative keybindings” mod on a list. Enable it by selecting it and clicking “Enable selected” or by double clicking it.

Leave OvGME running and start DCS and go to Control settings. Now you should see alternative controls in control list. Then just map Warthogs EAC switch to Landing Gear Control Handle as seen in pic below (JOY_BTN24)

And now it is working as it shoud be:

Xplane and SIMVIM: 7 segment display (direct connection)


This guide will show you how to use SimVimPlugin to show Xplane’s radio frequencies on 7-segment display to be used on homecockpit. For more information about plugin visit: www.simvim.com

Components needed:

  • Arduino Mega
  • 7-segment led display with Max7219 chip
  • Wall wart to power led display

Software:

  • Xplane 11.30 (Cessna 172 used)
  • SIMVIM 0.9.33
  • This guide was done with Ubuntu but it should work also in Windows

Wiring:

  • Wall wart +5V to led display VCC
  • Wall wart GND to led display GND and arduino GND
  • Led display:
    • DN to pin 28 on Arduino Mega
    • CS to pin 27 on Arduino Mega
    • CLK to assigned pin (pin 36 on this guide)
  • USB connection between Arduino and PC

How to:

  • Go to SIMVIM configurator page: http://simvim.com/config.html and first choose following selections:
    • Parameter Table
    • Number of engines 1
    • COM/NAV
    • Com/Nav Displays
SIMVIM www page configurator
  • From Com/Nav Displays:
    • Click Com1_Stby_6 and…
    • …from opening windows select 7-segment display
Click Com1_Stdby_6 and select 7-segment display
  • After 7-segment display selection, select proper pin (36 on this guide) from table on right side of www-page. Check that MAX7219 is selected and click Done
Settings of 7-segment display
  • Go to top off configurator page and click red save button. It downloads a data.cfg file for you.
Configurator page’s save button
  • Copy data.cfg file from your downloads folder and replace old data.cfg file on Xplane’s SimVimCockpit plugin folder (…\X-Plane 11\Resources\plugins\SimVim).
  • Switch to Xplane, and with a plane running, go to plugins and SimVimPlugin’s status window. Click reload if needed.
  • Now try to change planes NAV1 radios standby frequency. Changes should be seen in 7-segment led display.

Xplane and SIMVIM: Firmware upload to Arduino Mega

This guide will show you how to install SIMVIM firmware to Arduino Mega to be used on a home cockpit. For more information about hardware and SIMVIM Xplane -plugin visit: www.simvim.com

Components needed:

  • Arduino Mega
  • USB cable

Software needed:

  • Xplane 11.30
  • SIMVIM 0.9.33
  • This guide was done with Windows but it should work also in Ubuntu

Note if using Ubuntu! purge “modemmanager” program if not needed. It reserves Arduino Mega USB port when connected to a PC and SimVim firmware upload does not succeed. You might also need to eject USB before upload can be achieved.

Wiring:

Arduino Mega with USB cable to PC. (Do not connect it now!)

How to install SimVimCokcpit plugin:

Download SimVimCockpit plugin from https://www.patreon.com/simvim.

Extract it and copy SimVim folder to Xplane plugins folder
(…/X-Plane 11/Resources/plugins).

Check that plugins starts with X-plane. Start a plane in Xplane and look for SimVimCockpit from Xplanes Plugins drop down menu.

SimVimCokcpit plugin working in Xplane.

How to upload SimVimCokcpit Firmware to Arduino Mega:

In Xplane and plane running: Go to Plugins… SimVimCockpit… Firmaware upload…

From Firmware Upload window: Click “Next” button.
Plug in Arduino Mega with USB cable to PC and click “Detect port ->” button.
Now we are making a Master board so select correct settings and click “Upload” button. Wait for an empty black window to open. It is seen for a while when SimVimCockpit uploads hardware to Arduino.
When window closes, firmware upload should be ready and SimVimCockpit informs it “Upload attempt completed”
Go to Plugins… SimVimCokpit and click “Hardware Reconnect”. It reconnects Arduino.
Go to Plugins… SimVimCockpit… Status… You should now see your Arduino as connected device.