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PSXonMCP2 - Interface for VRinsight MCP2 Boeing

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PSXonMCP2 interfaces the VRinsight MCP2 Boeing type with Aerowinx PSX.
Changing the speed of your 747 or dialing in the minimums has never been as easy as before (at least if you haven't used a HW MCP with PSX :P ). You also get the read-outs you'd expect from your faithful metal bird.

It is only available for Windows machines that support .NET Framework 4.5, that means Vista SP2 and up. All functions are hard-coded and not user-configurable.

I thank the following people:
Hardy for making the best simulator ever. It is simply amazing and inspired me to do some programming of my own again.
Michael (mikeindevon) for his XView plugin. Although some want to fly without eye candy, I like it too much.
Carl (cavaricooper) for being my Alpha tester and giving me the idea of using the User buttons of the MCP2 for EICAS pages.

And everyone else on the forum, this community is really helpful and a treasure trove of aviation related knowledge.

You can get the current release here: Current Release
Included is a short manual that explains the configuration and usage of the MCP2.

Use 7-Zip to unpack!

Update History

v 0.13
Values for Speed, Heading, Altitude and Vertical Speed now show above the respective knobs as far as the LCD display allows that.

Have fun,
Bernd
« Last edit by Berndo on Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:59:18 +0000. »
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Registered: Feb 2011
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Location: 2nm from rwy 06 EGLF
Hi Bernd!

Wow! :-D

That sounds wonderful. I wish I could take advantage of it, but sadly I was an "early adopter" so I bought version 1 of the VRinsight MCP combo.

I believe that the display capacity is the only significant difference between v1 and v2: is there any hope at all that you might be able to help those of us with the previous version?

Whichever way it goes, though, congratulations on your excellent work with the v2 version of the hardware! :-)

Cheers,

Brian
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(Author of "The Big Tutorial" for PS1, and "Getting started with PSX" Parts 1 and 2).
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Thanks Brian!

As I had to reverse engineer the serial communication protocol for the MCP2 I'm not sure if the MCP1 is the same.

I uploaded a quick hack - disabled the check for version 2 & the main display. Configure like the released version. No guarantees though and I don't have the time or the hardware to debug this if it doesn't work. Sorry.

Cheers,
Bernd

Edit: Link removed as it doesn't work for the MCPv1
« Last edit by Berndo on Thu, 12 Feb 2015 14:43:03 +0000. »
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Hi Bernd,

is your add-on still in test mode? Do you want me to put it on the Add-ons page? If so, what name should I enter? Full name or just Bernd, Berndo ...? :-)


Thanks!

|-|ardy
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(Author of "The Big Tutorial" for PS1, and "Getting started with PSX" Parts 1 and 2).
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Registered: Feb 2013
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Hi Bernd,

Many thanks for doing this, i have been waiting for it, so thanks for your hard work. I am unable to open the zip file, tried a few times. Can anyone else open it?

Cheers

Neil
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nawarren wrote
Can anyone else open it?

Neil,

working fine here. I used 7-zip to open it.
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Registered: Aug 2014
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@Hardy

It is out of testing, thanks to Carl. If you'd put it on the Add-ons page that would be awesome and "Bernd" suffices.

@Brian

As you wrote: "It was worth a try." Thanks for understanding.

@Neil

I created the zip with 7-Zip as FBO guessed. Checked to download and tested the zip, it is a-ok. So please use 7-Zip to unpack it.


Cheers,
Bernd
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Hi Bernd, FBO,

Must have been finger trouble :)

Working fine now. Many thanks. Awesome work.

Thank You

Cheers

Neil
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Glad you got it sorted out and that you like it! :D
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Version 0.13 uploaded, see first post.


Bernd
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Hey Berndo,

Excellent add on for my mcp2 thought i was going have to splash out on a 747 mcp

Brilliant keep up the good work
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Thanks kev32b!
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Registered: Feb 2015
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Hi Bernd,

I have an error in the zip Archiv. I can`t unpack the zip

Regards Ronny
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RonnyT wrote
Hi Bernd,

I have an error in the zip Archiv. I can`t unpack the zip

Regards Ronny


Ronny - just checked. The file has no errors. Please try downloading again and as already mentioned, use 7-Zip to unpack.

Cheers,
Bernd
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Registered: Jul 2009
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I do not have the MCP V2 hardware but I am seriously considering buying the MCP V2 hardware just to run with the software from Berndo.

I would be eager to find out others experience using the MCP 2 Hardware and software combination before my investment.

For example how much functionality remains and how usable is the combination.

I still have and use to use the VRinsight MCP Panel with FSX so have an idea of the solid construction of VRinsight kit.

my email is softcisco-fly at yahoo.co.uk

Thanks in advance.

Graham.
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Registered: Dec 2009
Posts: 334
Location: KTPA
Graham:

As an early adopter of this bit of kit, I am very pleased with it. The EFIS is completely controllable as is the MCP. All EICAS pages are selectable, Cancel & Recall works, and the Radio portion tunes the RCP....I use it every time I fly PSX on my PCs and couldn't imagine not having it. Indispensable for me. Your needs/mileage may vary.

Best- Carl
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Registered: Jul 2009
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Thanks Carl for your feedback.

The Euro Pound rate at the moment makes it an attractive buy.

I just need to sneak the purchase past the accountant ;-), and sell my current solution, MFD Cougar Panels.

All the best.

Graham.
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Registered: Aug 2014
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Thanks for your interest Graham and to Carl for an enthusiastic response! :)

Just a heads up: During the last weeks several of the encoders on my panel started spiking (e.g. turning the ND range knob one click produced several commands).

The problem should be solved with better quality encoders on newer builds by vrInsight according to an Avsim forum thread.

So I'm starting the RMA process to exchange my MCP for a new one. /crosses fingers

Bernd
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Registered: Dec 2009
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Location: KTPA
Bernd-

How old is your unit? Mine is about 1 year old... And no spiking at this time (fingers x'ed).
Lmk if you make any progress please!

Best- C
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Carl,

I bought mine nearly 2 years ago, no idea what the production date is though.

Link: http://forum.avsim.net/topic/379156-vrinsight-mcp-combo-knobs-sloppy/

Will report back once I know if I can get the unit exchanged.

Cheers,
Bernd
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Got my replacement MCP2, completely NIB.

This new unit doesn't show any spikes whatsoever. :D
So I can recommend to try for a repair/replacement should one of your units also show this behavior.

Bernd
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Registered: Dec 2009
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Location: KTPA
That's great news! Will email you shortly. ENJOY the MCP, it may not be beautiful, but it FUNCTIONS brilliantly!

Best- C
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I have yet to buy the unit, but it is great to hear of such good customer service.

I was delaying the purchase until I heard about your outcome. I have since purchased a touch screen but I don't think it compares to physical knobs and buttons. So once the accountant has forgotten the purchase of the touch screen I will be placing my order. :-)

Graham.
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Registered: Feb 2011
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Location: 2nm from rwy 06 EGLF
I suppose there's still no hope for those of us with version 1 of the MCP Combo, Bernd? :(
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