Operation of the CL driver is
Double click the .exe in your CL
software folder and the software will run and firstly check the
registration status. If it is not a registered copy then follow the
prompts: either to obtain a unique PC ID to send to me for an unlock
key, to enter your unlock key details or to proceed to run the
program in DEMO mode.
In DEMO mode the software will run
with full function for approximately 10 minutes run time and will
then RELEASE the FFB output. Re-start the software if you need
further 10 minute trial periods.
Following the registration checks
the software will prompt for the CL settings .cfg file to be
selected. The principal settings of the driver are read from the
chosen .cfg file. Additionally the driver will read some advanced
settings from the PRY_S.cfg file in the driver's directory.
In vBeta9.911 or later of the CL
software the name of the configuration file can be added
as a command line parameter. This allows the file selection step to
be bypassed when the system is used with the same configuration file
all the time. The easiest way to use this feature is to create a
shortcut to the CL software .exe and then to add the configuration
file name to the end of the Target field contents in the
shortcut's properties (under the Shortcut tab). (Note that
the filename should be added after the existing final inverted comma
in the Target field eg
.....Beta_v9.911" myfilename.cfg ).
The software should then be started by clicking the shortcut.
– make the force demand output active - force will ramp up to the
NOTE - a flight must be ACTIVE for
control loading to be generated. If a flight is not active then the
CL software will automatically release the loading. Conditions that
will cause auto-release are - selecting a menu item in FS, crashing,
entering slew mode. Loading will also release on other events and
these will be reported in the BFF_CL and BFF_Pry.log files.
– release the controls – force will ramp down to zero.
– release the controls and close the application.
– minimise the window display.
Show_LEDs – display the
small LED panel to display the brushless driver card LED status.
This can be used to provide an indication of the calibration status
of the cards in circumstances where you can not see the cards
themselves. WARNING this is an indication only - please check the
actual card LEDs to confirm any error conditions should they occur.
This requires beta6 or later
firmware programming of the BLDRV-12/24 cards - it will not work with
earlier card programming.
– display the control positions window. This displays the control
axis and trim positions as used by the CL system.
– ping the BLDRV-12/24 cards and display their status (on the GUI
text line below the force progress bars).
– run the automatic zeroing procedure (affects AP following mode
only). This will only proceed if at least one card is active and
ZD – Zero the progress bar
outputs. For use when the controls are active and engaged and
sitting in a neutral (zero force) position. This will only zero the
progress bar displays - it does not alter the output force demand.
Click the ZD button again to remove the correction.
– click to open the BFF_CL and BFF_Pry.log files to show their
current contents. Useful if a driver card error has been reported
and details are required of the error.
NOTE: ENGAGE and RELEASE joystick
HOT BUTTONS can be programmed on the pilot station joystick. See the
CL Settings application under Elevator Tab 1.
When the Engage or Release buttons
are clicked the software will check the status of any BLDRV-12/24
cards and report their calibration status. If there are active cards
which have not been position calibrated then the software will
prevent engagement of the drive.
Show_Ail and Show_Rud – show detailed output windows
for control axes. These can be used to see the individual force
components vary in real-time. Each window also has an option to
scope the force output, position and rate of position change for
The loop refresh rates are
displayed in the main GUI for both the flight data (usually at the
flight sim FPS) and for the force calculation loop.
Keys Alt+S will display the output
comms process, Alt+H will hide the comms process window. You will
see that opening the comms process window will reduce the force loop
refresh rate, so keep it closed when you don't need to see it.
Program status log files are held
in the /logs subfolder – these are re-written each program session.