A while back, maybe in this forum, I read about adding a DME gauge to basically any panel. Using the DME from the Beech 18 and also I think the FSDZ L-049, I put these gauges into a bunch of different planes that were previously without. Cool..... I would also like to try this with a smoking / seatbelt gauge. Was looking at the switches in the CV-240/340 panels. They look good and have that nice chime sound. I can't, however, seem to be able to find the gauge in the panel CFGs. Perhaps I just missed it with these old(er) eyes. Could someone guide me to where this(or these) can be found, and is it as simple an operation as the DME was ?
Post by Tom/CalClassic on Feb 23, 2020 17:35:49 GMT -5
No, it's not as simple because you have to add the sound system to the panel as well (which makes the ding), but it's not that tough. I've added it to many panels. Keep in mind that the seat belt switch also controls the passenger and cargo doors - if you have the engine stopped on that side and the parking brake set, the door(s) will open (if present) when that switch is turned off.
The pair of switches in the 340 panel is called Smoking.XML. In the 2D panel ([Window00]) it's the very first gauge, gauge00. In the VC it is VCockpit02/gauge18. That line will need to be added to add the switches.
xx should be replaced by the next consecutive gauge number.
The first two numbers will need to be edited to place it correctly on the panel, and the last two may be edited to change the size.
I assume that you have the ding sound working on this computer already, in a Convair. To add the ding sound to the new plane, you will also need to add to a VCockpit section:
Well that doesn't sound too overly complicated. Unfortunately, the power supply on my FS computer crapped out last night. It's a fix I can do myself but will have to order a new one and wait for it to arrive. BUT.... as soon as I'm back in business, I'm gonna give your reply a try. Hey, nice rhyme.............
Got the new power supply in and it worked perfectly, however there are some other problems which will necessitate buying a new computer. Bummer. In the meantime though, I did install FS9 in a limited form in an old laptop. I did the seatbelt switch install, with sound, and the DME, in the DC-3 and they work perfectly. Installed the seatbelt switch also into the JBK DC-4. Great ! Before the old computer died, I had the DME in the DC-4 as well. This time however, the DME gauge does not show. Installed it in the main panel gauge section as before, with sequential gauge numbers,and with the same location and size coordinates. Nothing.
Thoughts anyone ?
PS: the DME is from the FSDZ L-049A and the Seatbelt switch is from the CV-340
Here's the gauges for the main panel from the DC-4. It is the stock panel that comes with Jen's airplane. The DME is at the bottom. This same gauge shows perfectly in the DC-3. I'm not using the default FS9 panel in that one however, but I will include the cfg for that one if it helps.
This morning I put the Connie CAB file into both the DC-4 panel folder AND the FS9 Gauges folder. Now have the DME in the DC-4 ! Yay ! Doesn't explain how it shows in the DC-3 but I won't look a gift horse in the mouth.
I'll send along the location coordinates this evening in case anyone wants to do this in their DC-4 panel. Makes a nice addition.