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GoFlight MCP & Sim-A MCP / CDU Issues - RESOLVED!

 
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SWeker



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 08, 2015 2:56 pm    Post subject: GoFlight MCP & Sim-A MCP / CDU Issues - RESOLVED! Reply with quote

Evening,
I am finding that the Sim-A MCP crashes frequently when using it with the GoFlight MCP / EFIS. 1 of 3 things will normally happen over time;

(a) Sim-A MCP simply crashes with the normal Windows 'searching for solution' dialogue box appearing.
(b) Sim-A gets an Access Violation of 'Avionics_IPC.dll'
(c) Sometimes the Sim-A CDU appears with 'Err: STRTOFLOAT( . )' in the stratchpad

One of the above issues occurs when I turn the MCP knobs too fast on the GoFlight unit or I have a route fully programmed into the FDS CDU and it tries to take control (input values) into the MCP.

Here is my set-up, help please!
-Win7 running both Sim-A CDU and MCP on the same PC
-GoFlight MCP & EFIS are both connected to this pc locally (I never have an issue with the EFIS functions)
-Running Sim-A version 1.56
-I have tried both the default GoFlight.dll provided with Sim-A installer and a newer version. Both have issues.
-All the necessary configuration options are set within the ini file

Thank you in advance, Steve
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SWeker



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 10, 2015 8:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Couple updates;

-Removed USB hub, now connecting directly
-Updated all pc drivers
-Updated BIOS firmware
-Access Violations are error codes '00000016' & '00001BDE'
-The EFIS (barometer) actually now crashed the Sim-A MCP

Any help would be appreciated. Steve
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 11, 2015 3:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Steve,

I'm gonna mail you some test files to try. Let me know what happens and I'll post the results here when we find out what's causing it.
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SWeker



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2015 9:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mark and other,

After 1 month, I believe I solved the MCP crashing issue. In hindsight, it was simple, but not intuitive. For some reason, when I run the GoFlight unit on a pc over the LAN, it doesn’t work (constant crashes). Tonight I placed the MCP in hidden mode (doesn’t draw the GUI) and ran it on the same pc as the Sim-A server, and IT WORKS! A flight from CYYZ to KCLE and back without an issue!

Thanks, Steve
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 11, 2015 4:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Steve,

I'm glad you found the solution to this.
It's odd, because running across the LAN shouldn't make any difference as the hardware link is directly with the MCP.exe.

Could it be possible the Server computer it's using a different GF dll.?

Either way I'm glad you've have it working.
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