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    pairing software to IO boards

    There are so many boards and software to combine with MFS that it's become very confusing on how to match everything up. Can someone explain the simpliest form for adding toggles/pots/encoders.

    For example, Leo Bodnar's card uses FSUIPC. Opencockpits card uses SIOC, then there's PMDG, ProSim, etc. etc. There's such a vast number of options, I'm drowning in decisions.

    If I just wanted to use the default fs9 or fsx software and wanted to add a few toggles, pots, and/or encoders...what would be the easiest way to do this?

    What about adding/controlling LEDs for annunciators?

    I'm sure there are pros and cons to everything, I'm just looking for a direct answer so I can determine what path I need to take.

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    Re: pairing software to IO boards

    Hi

    There are many ways and different solutions. Leo's card are very easy to use. Trough this you can connect toggles pots and encoders.

    Have a look at my site, perhaps it can help you. I have also posted some few tutorials who to connect LEDs.

    http://www.737sim.dk/page7.html


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    Re: pairing software to IO boards

    Hi,

    Also take a look at the Pokeys Card for simplicity but clever. http://www.flightsimparts.eu/simulator.html

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    Re: pairing software to IO boards

    Thanks guys. Sentences like these are confusing me:

    FSSymphony, free software interface between PoKeys 56E and FSX - FS9 via FSUIPC or IOCP. available for download via [url]http://www.flying-the-winglets.de/ReviewsHardware0.html#FSSymphony[/urce

    Trying to imagine all the programming required to get the above working, seems like a lot of work.

    Clause, you are using an OC card for LEDs. It would seem easier to stick with the OC Master card instead of throwing Bodnar into the mix. Was this decision just a financial one?

    I guess more specifically, what LED board and IO board combo would require less software and programming? I can always add more boards to accomplish what I need.

    If Bodnar had an LED solution, I'd just go that route with FSUIPC and be done.

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    Re: pairing software to IO boards

    What would be nice is a schematic or graph -

    Like if you choose this card - you will need this software
    If you choose this software - you will need this hardware

    etc, etc.

    Is there an LED board and IO board that can just run off one software to connect to MFS such as FSUIPC or an equivalent?

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    Re: pairing software to IO boards

    Life is not that simple, I'm afraid.

    And yes you can use an Opencockpits USB expansion card + an Opencockpits Mastercard. It runs SIOC to connect with MFS, via FSUIPC offsets. Note that you do not need to configure FSUIPC, just let it start automatically by MFS, you only have to program in SIOC.
    You can connect encoders, pots, switches and leds.

    What do you need more?

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    Re: pairing software to IO boards

    Kiek, at least you were to the point and that is what I needed to know. Your simple post actually explained a lot. I think I'm beginning to get the big picture now.

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    Re: pairing software to IO boards

    Hi

    I selected the BU card due to it's very easy, and don't need any programming other config in FSUIPC. If you select the OC boards you need a master and a expansion card, and then make all the code in SIOC.

    I selected the USB output board because it's very simple and based on recommendations in this forum.

    I think it's also a matter of how simple/detailed you want make your sim. Today i have 3 BU's 1 USB Output, 1 USB Servo, it requires more and more config.

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    Re: pairing software to IO boards

    One other point to bear in mind. Think about where you may wish to be in a few years time as your knowledge and experience grows and also your aspirations

    In the future you may wish to introduce conditional actions eg if switch A is on then light up led B, read and act upon encoder values etc etc. Some of the simpler interface boards only use FSUIPC as their interface, and as such, you cannot easily introduce conditional actions. It all depends on where you want to be

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    Re: pairing software to IO boards

    Quote Originally Posted by claushansen View Post
    Today i have 3 BU's 1 USB Output, 1 USB Servo, it requires more and more config.
    Mixing boards of different suppliers adds to the complexity. You could have chosen for OC cards only ...
    You already had to learn to program the OC USB Output board in SIOC, so why not try to do the same for inputs...?
    Last edited by kiek; 02-29-2012 at 02:00 PM.