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11-12-2004, 11:00 AM
Having seen various posts about how to get the PDMG aircraft to work with PM
software - this is a simple solution for those who just want to use the
aircraft with the MS default 737-400 panel and leave their existing PMDG
set-up intact if they want to go back to it.

You can adapt all of the PMDG aircraft this way and include the up to date
revisions from PMDG and 800/900 models.

1) In the PMDG aircraft folder of your choice, create a new folder called
"panel.PM" (you should find a "panel" and a "panel.vc" folder there
already).

2) In the new panel.PM folder, create (or copy) a panel.cfg file with an
alias to the default 737-400 panel:

[fltsim]
alias=b737_400\panel

3) Make a backup of the aircraft.cfg file in your aircraft folder and then
change the relevent [flightsim.x] section of the aircraft.cfg to point to the
new panel folder.
In the example below I have a British Airways paint of the PMDG 737-800 which
I am changing to use the default panel.

Note there are only 2 lines that need to be changed which are:
a) the "panel=" needs to be changed to "panel=PM".
b) the "ui_type=" to reflect the change so you can identify it in the MSFS
menus. In the example below, this aicraft now appears as "737-800 - Default
Panel (PM)"

EXAMPLE (the 2 changed lines are highlighted by ">>>" - obviously do not
include the ">>>" characters when saving the real cfg file):

[fltsim.3]
title=B737-800 British Airways
sim=B737-800
model=
>>> panel=PM
sound=
texture=BA
kb_checklists=PMDG737NG_CHECK
atc_id_color=0xffffffff
atc_id=G-PMDF
atc_airline=Speedbird
atc_flight_number=737
ui_manufacturer=Boeing-PMDG
>>> ui_type=737-800 - Default Panel (PM)
ui_variation=British Airways
description=Boeing 737-800 with CFM56-7B26 engines\nPrecision Manuals
Development Group\nwww.precisionmanuals.com \nFor use with BOEING 737: The Next
Generation by PMDG \nFor Technical Support please visit
www.precisionmanuals.com
visual_damage=0
atc_heavy=0
kb_reference=PMDG737NG_REF

Alternatively you could add an entire new [flightsim.x] section instead of
changing an existing one if you wanted to keep all your PMDG panels intact
for other use.

Hope this helps some of you.

Stuart Jameson