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Combined Config Menu

A detailed look at the ProSim737 Combined Config dialog, what it does, and how it works.

Introduction

Despite being a very complex avionics simulation software, ProSim737 is an easy-to-use and powerful avionics software that faithfully and accurately recreates the complex systems on the Boeing 737.  However, the sheer number of growing configurable options and the rapid development of new features created by a small team of developers means new (and existing) functionality isn’t often well documented or immediately clear.

Within the ProSimB738 application is the “Combined config” menu.  It allows you to assign physical hardware to functions within ProSim.  This powerful feature is how you set up your hardware to work with ProSim, and it’s what makes ProSim so quick and easy to configure.

I hope to help bridge the information gap by providing a quick reference guide to the ProSim737 Combined config and explaining all the assignable values, how they are configured, and any additional helpful information regarding each item. The intent is to take all that scattered knowledge and put it in one easily searchable place.

About the Combined Config

The ProSimB738 System Combined config is the central place within ProSim to assign your physical hardware to the various switch, indicator and other functions within the simulator software. In other words, it’s the main way you interface with the sim. It’s very powerful and easy to use, but there’s a LOT of functions.

Accessing the Combined Config

To get to the Combined Config dialog, open the ProSimB738 System module by double clicking the ProSimB738.exe file in its ProSim folder on your computer’s hard drive, or clicking the ProSimB738 shortcut on your desktop, if available.

This will open the ProSimB738 System module.

ProSimB738_System_Window

Click Config in the main menu bar at the top and select Configuration from the drop-down menu.  This will open the Configuration dialog.

A new configuration window will open.

Now click the Combined config Tab from the tabs at the top.

Combined_Config_Dialog

Combined Config Organization

Major System (Top-Level or Main category)

When you first open the Combined config dialog, you will see a collapsed view of all the top-level major system sections. Click the arrow next to the section title to expand and view the associated Hardware Groups.

Hardware Group (subcategory)

Expanding a top-level category reveals the hardware groups available to configure for that system. Click the arrow next to the hardware group title (e.g. SWITCH) to view the configurable items within that group.

Configurable Items (or Item Name)

Within the hardware groups you will see the available configurable items listed alphabetically by name. These names are usually self-explanatory, and will normally map to the exact name and state of the hardware item in the cockpit. For example, if the physical button for the left EEC is pushed, then you’ll see the latest input show the interface and port that triggered. You can then map that to the “EEC left Pushed” config item:

Note: If a configurable item has more than one assignable state, you’ll see all the available states listed.  Each state can be assigned to a physical hardware position, if needed, though usually it’s not necessary to assign every single state.  The OFF state, for example, doesn’t usually need to be assigned to anything but it can be, if you so choose.

The Combined config dialog window is categorized into major aircraft systems, then hardware groups, then configurable items.

Auto-Configure (Switches and Analog only)

The auto-configure icon makes it quick and painless to assign physical hardware to ProSim inputs. When a toggle switch, rotary switch, potentiometer, or lever/axis are moved, the “Latest input” line at the top of the Combined config dialog will populate, indicating ProSim has found the interface/port the hardware (or hardware position/state) is connected to. You can then click the auto-configure button to automatically assign the detected hardware to that configurable item.

Alternately, you can manually select the interface and port from the list of detected interfaces in the drop-down menu. Unless you’ve documented every input to the interface/port it is connected to, this may be a very tedious task!

Find Indicator (Indicators only)

The find icon makes it easy to find connected indicators. Clicking the button illuminates every connected indicator in the cockpit and by process of elimination, is able to help you find the exact interface/port the indicator is connected to and assign it to the ProSim configurable item.

Add Additional (Indicators, Gates, Numerical, Analog only)

The plus button allows you to add more than one hardware item to the ProSim output. With indicators, for example, you could configure one indicator, then click the plus button to add a second indicator that illuminates with the first. With gates, you could have a gate function activate two servo motors at the same time.

Hardware Selector Drop-down

You can use this dropdown to manually configure hardware. The drop-down will show all compatible interfaces that ProSim has identified. When you choose a hardware interface from the drop-down, you will also need to choose the associated port on the interface the hardware is connected to.

To quickly find configurable items without having to know which section/group they fall in, you can type the full or partial name of the item in the search box and the main sections will indicate how manu matching items were found within the section via the section count brackets [].  Simply expand the appropriate section to drill down to the item you need to configure.

Or click the “Open groups” check box to automatically expand all sections containing matching items.  NOTE: this can be intensive on the PC and may hang ProSim.

Combined Config Hardware Groups

In the Combined config dialog window each main system section contains various groups of hardware.  These may include some or all of the following:

Hardware GroupDescriptionExamples
SwitchA physical hardware toggle switch, push button, rotary switch, etc.
IndicatorA lamp or LED, single or dual brightness, used to “indicate” a status of something.Indicators are used heavily throughout the cockpit, the bulk of which are in the overhead.  They help call attention to items that need attention.  They are primarily Red (critical), Amber (warning), Green (ok) and Blue/White (informational).
GaugeOutputs positional values to a physical gauge, usually servo-driven.  Gauges can be calibrated to ensure its readings are accurate throughout the range of motion.There are a number of physical gauges in the cockpit including the dual-needle Duct Pressure gauge below.  
GateGates are triggered by things “happening” in the sim.  They are binary states (i.e. ON-OFF).They can have several purposes within ProSim from controlling audio (e.g. V-speed gates) to controlling devices (trim motor up & down).  Gates are triggered by things “happening” in the sim.  For example, the thrust reverser synclock  gate is activated only when radar altitude is less than 10 feet or the Air Ground sensor is in ground mode
NumericalThis outputs a numerical value.Normally used for things like 7-segment displays such as the radio frequency display windows.
AnalogThis is essentially a smart rotary (digital or analog) that is able to read and report the angular position of the shaftTypically used for MCP knobs and FLT or ALT pressure knobs.  Also used by CNC machines to move the cutting/printing head to precise places
EncoderThis is essentially a smart rotary (digital or analog) that is able to read and report the angular position of the shaftTypically used for MCP knobs and FLT or ALT pressure knobs.  Also used by CNC machines to move the cutting/printing head to precise places
LeverThis is basically an analog potentiometer that allows for calibrationExamples would be throttle levers, flap levers, and speedbrake levers that have specific minimum, maximum and pre-set positions in-between (e.g. flap detents, spoiler handle, etc)
LCDUsed to output alpha-numeric strings to a dot-matrix style LCD display.Used by some Plug and Play hardware like Pim’s IRS panel or the Matrix Orbital LCD.  LCDs are used for the IRS panel, Elec Panel, and HUD panel (which requires an extra license).

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