FDS Pro MX CDU LCD stay's black with PMDG. (Resolved)

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Bodo_von_Thadden
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FDS Pro MX CDU LCD stay's black with PMDG. (Resolved)

Post by Bodo_von_Thadden »

Hello,

Since i have a new graphic card ( Zotac GTX 1080 AMP! extreme ), i have the problem, that the LCD of the CDU stay's black, when the operation system ( Windows 7 64 Bit Ultimate Edition) is booting. The card has 1 HDMI Port, 1 DVI-DL Port and 3 DisplayPort 1.4.

The VGA Port of the LCD CDU is connected via an active adapter from Club 3D

http://www.club-3d.com/isotope/c/cac-1002_en.pdf

When Windows has bootet, i can see the screen when i want to adjust the resolution. I have then set the resolution of the LCD of the CDU to 800 x 600 @ 60 hz, because the adapter works at this resulution.

Now, when i use the test programm of the CDU controller software i can turn it on and off. When i turne it on, i can see the windows logo and i can move an icon of an application to it and back.

Now my question is, is it normal, that i have to turn the LCD of the CDU first on or should it be already on, when Windows is booting.
I remember, that i had this problem not with my old graphic card, but the old one had a DVI-I port, where i was able to use a simple VGA/ DVI -I adapter

Bodo

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Post by MichaelYSSY »

Hi Bodo

Yes that seems about correct.
I have FDS CDU and run Sim Avionics

The software (SysBoard Interface) controls the CDU and only turns it on when required.

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Post by Bodo_von_Thadden »

Michael,
you mean the FDS- PMDG Controller, right ?

Or do i miss something in my brain. I have only the FDS CDU, nothing else.

Do you mean the SYS Software ( Manual, page 13 ), SIM AVIONICS (SIM-A) CDU Setup.

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Post by Jetcos »

The FDS-PMDG Controller has it's own manual and needs to be followed to run PMDG and the CDU/MCP.
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Post by Bodo_von_Thadden »

Yes. But Michael was talking from a SysBoard Software. Did he mean the FDS CDU Controller Software ( Version 3.1.5 ) from the Download Page of Tekworx Limited ?

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Post by MichaelYSSY »

Bodo

No Sorry, I thought that you had FDS and Sim Avionics setup I don't use PMDG aircraft (Sim Avionics Aircraft Model).

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Post by Bodo_von_Thadden »

Ok, i got it run again - even in P3D v3.4

But 1 Question i have still.

I Use the PMDG 737 and i have also the PMDG 737 Module for the FDS CDU installed. When i start FSX or P3D and i have loaded the PMDG 737 i always start then the FDS CDU Software. The LCD stay's always black until i configure the CDU 1 with the test Program and enable there the LCD of the CDU. Then i switch in the FDS CDU Controller the module and select from the dropdown list the PMDG 737 and assign the CDU for the captains layout. When i save the settings then and quit P3D/ FSX and the FDS Controller software and restart again then the FDS CDU is configured with the PMDG 737 module. But then the LCD stay's black until the moment when i revonfigured the module for test purpose to turn on again the LCD.

This is always the procedure when i have restarted the sim and the Controller software. Normal ?

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Jetcos wrote:The FDS-PMDG Controller has it's own manual and needs to be followed to run PMDG and the CDU/MCP.
You should be running this software instead. Replaces the FDS-CDU software.

http://www.sim-avionics.com/downloads/F ... 20v1.0.exe
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Post by Bodo_von_Thadden »

Hello Steve,

only the FDS-PMDGController ( FDS to PMDG Hardware Interface), right ? Not the FDS CDU Controller.

When i start the FDS_PMDG Controller the the LCD turn's on for a second, MSG, OFST, EXEC Button and DSPY illuminates for a second also. But then the LCD turns off. It say's then "Running ...."

I keep it then running with Aircaft Type PMDG 737 NGX.

Then i start P3D v3 and select there the PMDG 737. After switching on the battery, i want to move the CDU of the PMDG over to the LCD of the CDU, but the screen stay's black. I have no clue why.

The only way i know is to start the FDS CDU and select from the drop down Menu the test module to select the radio button of the LCD to turn it on.

Bodo
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Post by signmanbob »

Hello,
This is the problem that I am also having.
I start my FDS-PMDGControler software and during the "Initiation" and "Finalization" the CDU screen will light up perfectly, then turn back off and I cannot get it to come back on, even if the aircraft is powered up.
Was there a solution found for this thread or some help for this problem?

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Post by Jetcos »

This seems to be the most common problem and mentioned in the manual.

What did the installer do :

● The PMDGController program was installer in \FDS PMDGController

&#9679; The <FSXROOT>\PMDG\PMDG 737 NGX\737NGX_Options.ini and <FSXROOT>\PMDG\PMDG 777X\777X_Options.ini is automatically modified, adding to the bottom of the file : [SDK] EnableDataBroadcast=1

If you have any trouble getting the hardware to work with the PMDG aircraft please check this entry has been correctly added to the file. And if it is missing, should be manually added. It is required to allow the aircraft to output data to third party modules.
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Post by signmanbob »

Jetcos wrote: &#9679; The <FSXROOT>\PMDG\PMDG 737 NGX\737NGX_Options.ini and <FSXROOT>\PMDG\PMDG 777X\777X_Options.ini is automatically modified, adding to the bottom of the file : [SDK] EnableDataBroadcast=1

If you have any trouble getting the hardware to work with the PMDG aircraft please check this entry has been correctly added to the file. And if it is missing, should be manually added. It is required to allow the aircraft to output data to third party modules.
That worked! Thank you.
Believe it or not, I tried this before I posted here.
I copy/pasted the [SDK] EnableDataBroadcast=1 into the last line of the 737NGX_Options.ini file using Notepad, then saved it.
When I started the aircraft, nothing worked on the CDU, not even the buttons, so I went back and removed the line.
I tried it again after reading your post and now everything is working perfectly.
The only thing that I can think of is that I may have copied an extra space with the text, that messed up the whole thing when I pasted and saved it.
Thank you for your support and Merry Christmas.

Bob

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Post by thomas69 »

Hello guys,
Recently I switched from FSX to P3D and I've got the same problem as Bodo has.

It means that I respected each steps of the FDS CDU installation but when I run P3D then start my CDU, the CDU's screen stays black....
However, the CDU test works perfectly.

So I tried the Bodo's solution; launch the sim then run a CDU test to start the screen then configure back to PMDG and Captains.
Unfortunately, all the buttons doesn't work...

I need help :roll:

Thank you
Thomas

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Post by Jetcos »

Check the above mentioned solution. Also make sure you install the supplied Sim-Connect software.

Located here:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Lockheed Martin\Prepar3D v3\redist\Interface\FSX-SP2-XPACK\retail\lib
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