• Project Magenta - High End Flight Simulation
  1. pmSounds Callouts you may be missing…

    May 19, 2011 by Enrico Schiratti

    Some callouts such as:

    • minimums
    • transition altitude
    • V1
    • Rotate
    • etc

    will only be played in pmSounds when the Project Magenta modules are running. Those values are set for instance by the FMC or the Autopilot selectors and will not be triggered without them.

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  2. pmSounds and missing MSVCR90.dll error (called by sirenacm.dll)

    by Enrico Schiratti

    From time to time we get questions about an error message which seems to be generated by pmSounds, but in reality has to do with either the sound card you are using, MSN Live or possibly even some kind of malware. 

    The error message is approximately as follows:

    Executable C:\pmsounds\pmsounds.exe had the following unrecoverable error:

    Couldn’t find library MSVCR90.dll (required by c:\windows\system32\sirenacm.dll.)

    I did some research and the results were very confusing. But here are some facts:

    • MSVCR90.dll is one of the runtime DLLs part of  Microsoft Visual C++ 2008, so you would need to download that.
    • pmSounds does not call MSVCR90.dll directly, and it doesn’t access sirenacm.dll. It is on none of the computers I am testing with.
    • sirenacm.dll seems to be part of Microsoft Live and it’s Properties say Messenger Audio Codec
    • There have been reports of Malware that take over the sirenacm.dll file

    So my recommendation is, if this is a flight simulator computer you are running pmSounds on, find and rename sirenacm.dll to something else, like sirenacm.nodll and run pmSounds. It should work. Then check your Messenger installation, if you need it, and see whether it works.

    You can also go on to www.bing.com and look for the  Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 runtime files and install those.

    Should anyone here know more about this, please contact us?

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  3. Login and Password Help

    May 18, 2011 by Enrico Schiratti

    To simplify things, you might want to:

    • change the password to one of your own choice, you can do this in Your Profile  
    • while you are there, why not enter something about yourself? fill in your website if you have one? 
    • if your browser does not do the “remember me” thing, you may have to enable cookies for our website
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  4. Starting Engine in Flight (737 NG and pmSystems)

    by Enrico Schiratti

    If you are in the air and the IAS is greater than 300, you need to switch the engine start switch to FLT, not GRD.

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  5. Terrain Data Generation and Installation

    May 14, 2011 by Enrico Schiratti

    WhazzUp Plus can display and generate terrain files for the Glass Cockpit software. You can find the raw souce for the terrain data in the Downloads section of the site (NavData Updates).

    The files are split up in Longitudes, 40 degree “slices”. E.g. W140 to W100. You can use all or only some of them if you are not flying all over the world.

    A DEM file, for instance W020N40.DEM (North-West Africa) is to be placed into the Terrain Data subfolder of WhazzUp Plus. It can be for instance C:\WhazzUp\TerrainData\ or any other path you want … the path has to be specified in WhazzUp.INI.

    You have two ways to view and use the data within the files:

    Inside WhazzUp, press [D], it will get the elevation data from the DEM file and display it, the center being the position of your mouse. The resolution will depend on the zoom factor of WhazzUp. I.e. if you are zoomed out a lot, then the area will be larger and the resolution lower, if you zoom in, the area will be small but the resolution and precision higher. To see the DEM file settings in WhazzUp, press [Ctrl-D]

    To generate .DE1 and .DE2 files for the Glass Cockpit, press [S], that will get the data at the highest resolution of the mouse position and prompt you for a file name once it is done with the conversion. The file is then saved in the \WhazzUp\Terrain folder. It then has to be copied to the various program’s /terrain subfolders that use these files (for instance c:\ABCG\terrain.

    Click here for Pre-Converted Terrain (DE1) Data File Downloads

    [D] – GC Terrain 1 (DE1) for PAJN, LIRN, LSZH, KLAX, HAAB
    [D] – GC Terrain 2 (DE1) for MMAA, MMMX, KSLC, MTPP, KLAS
    [D] – GC Terrain 3 (DE1) for LGAV, LFMN, EDDS, LIRF, LEMD
    [D] – GC Terrain 4 (DE1) for BGSF, LOWI, LOWS, SKBO, SBSP
    [D] – GC Terrain 5 (DE1) for BIRK, ENGM, ESSA, EDDM, CYVR, RJBB
    [D] – GC Terrain 6 (DE1) for KDEN, EGPH, , OLBA, VHHH, SPIM, ENBO
    [D] – GC Terrain 7 (DE1) for LTBA, KPDX, NWWW, KSFO, LSGG, YSSY
    [D] – GC Terrain 8 (DE1) for CYYC, EDDF, MMMY, LIPZ, LIMM, LGZA HTKJ, GMFF, FACT

    If you have any additional requests, we will collect them and expand these uploads.

    Click here for Raw Terrain Data (DEM) File Downloads

    Click here for WhazzUp Demo/Plus Download Folder

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  6. ND not handling ADF correctly (ADF1/2)

    by Enrico Schiratti

    Should you have strange effects when selecting the ADF1 or 2 in the ND via the EFIS selector, like needles missing or misdirecting, please check your FS aircraft.cfg file for these entries. It should show Adf.2 in order to operate correctly. Unfortunately this can’t be set remotely by the PM software.

    Edit your selected aircraft’s aircraft.cfg file:

    [Radios]
    // Radio Type = availiable, standby frequency, has glide slope
    Audio.1 = 1
    Com.1 = 1, 1
    Com.2 = 1, 1
    Nav.1 = 1, 1, 1
    Nav.2 = 1, 1, 0
    Adf.1 = 1
    Adf.2 = 1
    Transponder.1 = 1
    Marker.1 = 1

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  7. Airbus Master Caution/Fire and Failures

    May 13, 2011 by Enrico Schiratti

    The Master Caution/Warning buttons on Captain and First Officer Side both access these offsets. They are controlled by the Glass Cockpit as a response to Instructor Station Failures and ECAM Warnings.

    INPUTS:
    0x56F8 .0 MasterCautionSwitch
    0x56F8 .2 MasterWarningSwitch

    OUTPUTS:
    0x56F7 .0 MasterCaution
    0x56F7 .2 MasterWarning

    Failures Input Variable
    0×5750 1 FailureCode

    Values written to that byte offset cause these failures:
    10 IAS/Pitot Fail
    50 APU Fail
    51 Engine 1 Fire
    52 Engine 2 Fire
    55 APU Fire
    61 fwd1pumpfault
    62 fwd2pumpfault
    63 ctr1pumpfault
    64 ctr2pumpfault
    65 aft1pumpfault
    66 aft2pumpfault
    91 AC BUS 1 Fault (91)
    92 AC BUS 2 Fault

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  8. How to find Variable names in pmSystems

    by Enrico Schiratti

    To connect hardware via offsets if you are building your own overhead panel or for any other reason you need to see which variable does what and which offset it is connected to, you can do the following:

    Press [Esc] for the Menu
    Enable “Development Mode”
    Enable “Show Variable Names”
    Then press [Esc] to close the Menu again

    Move the mouse over the switch you want to check and you will see the variable name, the offset, the offset type and its value in a floating status bar.

    When you hover over a multiple switch, like for instance in the Airbus or the Boeing 747, it may show the upper value, the lower one as well as the input value (optional).

    If you click on the switch, you should see the value of that variable change.

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  9. Switch Off Windows File Indexing Service

    by Enrico Schiratti

    If you are experiencing problems with flight plan displays on the ND or delays and other strange networking related issues, this could be due to the Windows File Indexing Service. To check whether it is on or off, right-click on the hard drives used in the simulator and then select Properties.

    This option is used to optimise searches and can be especially time consuming when Windows Live Search is also installed on that computer.

    Make sure the “Allow File Indexing…” option at the bottom of the window is unchecked or off in services.msc. This service is not needed in a simulator environment.

    pmFileCheck Build 64 will check whether this service is running and will report switching it off if necessary. (uploaded May 13th 2011)

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  10. Software Licenses

    May 11, 2011 by Enrico Schiratti

    There are five types of Project Magenta Software Licenses

    Certifiable Aviation Commercial License
    This is a commercial license with expanded functionality for flight training devices (AATD, FNPT, FTD) that are going to be certified for flight training use. This is like a commercial license and comes with a special technical and backup license agreement. Please contact us for additional details.

    Commercial License
    A commercial license applies to any company or individual that has a for-profit application of a simulator or solution which uses Project Magenta software. This applies to all products, including any freeware programs made available by Project Magenta. These licenses are per simulator/setup and can be re-sold. If you are an integrator building simulators for private home users, then this license has to be used, not the private user license.

    These licenses require a yearly update fee which is defined by the invoice/contract. Technical support via ticket system and telephone.

    We also offer special technical/lab licenses for hardware developers and simulator manufacturers.

    Educational License
    This is like a commercial license, only it is being used in an educational facility such as a public school, public university or public technical school. This does not apply to Flight Schools and other training facilities with commercial interests.

    Private/Home Use License
    This type of license is for private cockpit builders who build their own cockpit on their own computers in a space which is limited to access by them and immediate friends. These licenses can’t be re-sold or converted to commercial licenses at a later date.

    Support is exclusively via the ticket system.

    Technical/Support Differences
    The operational side the software, with some minor exceptions, is identical. When a professional customer asks for special changes or customizations they can and will be treated with a higher priority than the other licenses. Some flight training oriented features are available only in the professional version of the software.

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