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    Default gauges for cockpit panels

    Hi!

    Got this ongoing project, but having some difficulties to solve how im gonna drag gauges around on a seperate monitor.

    The idea is a typical "low-coast" standard, where ive got a monitor in the back, and a plate in front where the gauge size has been cut out.

    I know FS panel studio is used by many, but there should be some other soloutions? I need to regulate the size on the gauges, and be able to drag them around. Also that they will stay there next time i start tim simulator

    Hope for some help here!

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    Re: Default gauges for cockpit panels

    Hi
    You can set the sizes of the gauges ad their position in a particular "window" by editing the file "panel.cfg" for whichever aircraft you are using. You can find this file in each of the folders for all of the aircraft in FS for example in FSX (WIn7) the folders can be found in
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\Microsoft Flight Simulator X\SimObjects\Airplanes\B737_800\panel/panel.cfg for the b737-800

    Fisrt MAKE A BAcKUP of this file before you edit it!
    You can edit the file using any plain text editor.

    Under the heading of the window you are using you will see typically this ..........

    [Window00]
    file_1024=737-800_panel_background.bmp
    file_1024_night=737-800_panel_background_night.bmp
    size_mm=1024
    position=7
    visible=1
    ident=MAIN_PANEL

    gauge00=B737_800!pfd_screen, 189,548
    gauge01=B737_800!pfd, 210,567,179,179
    gauge02=B737_800!mfd_screen, 409,548
    gauge03=B737_800!mfd, 430,567,179,179
    gauge04=B737_800!eicas_screen, 740,548
    gauge05=B737_800!eicas, 760,565,179,179
    gauge06=B737_800!compass, 839, 39
    gauge07=B737_800!autopilot, 561,330
    gauge08=B737_800!knob_1, 329,501
    gauge09=B737_800!knob_2, 390,501
    gauge10=B737_800!knob_3, 830,480
    gauge11=B737_800!clock, 77,570
    gauge12=B737_800!attitude_backup, 630,444
    gauge13=B737_800!adf_vor_backup, 630,662
    gauge14=B737_800!alti_and_asi_backup, 631,555
    gauge15=B737_800!gear_lever, 959,524
    gauge16=B737_800!annunciator_below_glideslope, 214,517
    gauge17=B737_800!annunciator_le_flaps, 854,516
    gauge18=B737_800!annunciator_speed_brake_armed, 516,516
    gauge19=B737_800!annunciator_auto_brake_disarm, 823,441
    gauge20=B737_800!annunciator_anti_skid_inop, 812,517
    gauge21=B737_800!efis_control_panel, 416,344
    gauge22=B737_800!flap_indicator, 892,452
    gauge23=B737_800!annunciator_panel_1, 267,361
    gauge24=B737_800!annunciator_panel_gear, 958,454
    gauge25=B737_800!Knob_N1_Set, 755,454


    gauge26=SimIcons1024!ECU Icon, 433, 448
    gauge27=SimIcons1024!Overhead Icon, 455, 448
    gauge28=SimIcons1024!Kneeboard Icon, 477, 448
    gauge29=SimIcons1024!ATC Icon, 499, 448
    gauge30=SimIcons1024!Map Icon, 521, 448
    gauge31=SimIcons1024!GPS Icon, 543, 448
    gauge32=SimIcons1024!Radio Icon, 565, 448
    gauge33=SimIcons1024!Other Controls Icon, 587, 448
    gauge34=n_number_plaque!n_number_plaque, 95,731,67,19

    [Window01]
    size_mm=159,441
    position=8
    visible=0
    BACKGROUND_COLOR=16,16,16
    ident=RADIO_STACK_PANEL

    gauge00=737-400!Comm 1, 0, 0,159, 68
    gauge01=737-400!Comm 2, 0, 68,159, 68
    gauge02=737-400!Nav 1, 0, 135,159, 68
    gauge03=737-400!Nav 2, 0, 203,159, 68
    gauge04=737-400!Transponder, 0, 271,159, 68
    gauge05=737-400!ADF, 0, 340,159, 68
    gauge06=737-400!Audio, 0, 409,159, 32

    this gives the name of the window, which bitmap is used as a background, size of window, and a list of the gauges displayed in that window with the relative position of the gauge in X,Y co-ordinates. Move the gauge by changing the X,Y co-ords for each and when you run that plane in FS, undock the window, drag to the relevant monitor, drag the window corners to the size of your monitor. Keep adjusting till you get the right position then save that flight. This is only a starter but experiment with it and you'll soon get the feel for it.
    hope this helps
    regards
    geoff

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    Re: Default gauges for cockpit panels

    There's a LOT of trial and error. I eventually just ended up getting FSPS to edit my panels. If you want to have your gauges in the same place every time, just save the flight, reopen it, save it in other airports and different weather settings whenever you can. Eventually you'll have tons of flights to choose from.

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    Re: Default gauges for cockpit panels

    The problem I found with FSPS is that not all add on aircraft likes it and problems come like you I am trying to go low coast but found that an exturnal software would be better as it less on your system. Although I have not found the perfect gauge software that works with old gauges and new ones for 737 I find better and easy with exturnal gauges.

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    Re: Default gauges for cockpit panels

    FSPS is designed not to edit write protected gauges. When you manual edit with write protected gauges, the game crashes.