(Updated on: 24 October 2013) Just recalled reading a question somewhere before — “Is turning off the Fligth Instrument Panel (FIP) possible?”
Yes, it’s possible by unplugging it from the USB socket.
I know it is not what the question really asks for. But truly, when the FIP is connected with electricity powered, there isn’t “A Switch” that one can turn off the FIP, unfortunately.
Well, for those who are using my C172 gauges, here’s an alternative:
Let’s start with the Vertical Speed Indicator.
Also, let’s have some interactions: I show you how and you do the modification yourself.
Save the image to the \1024 folder where you keep the VS indicator (e.g. C:\Program Files (x86)\Saitek\DirectOutput\Gauges\1024) via the link below: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/25018674/Gauges-C172/C172_Gauges_130815_OFF/C172_VS_OFF.bmp
Note that the image must be saved as it is in BMP format — C172_VS_OFF.bmp
Now comes the fun part.
Open the C172_VS_130815.xml with Notepad or any text editor. The file should be one directory up from the \1024 folder (e.g. C:\Program Files (x86)\Saitek\DirectOutput\Gauges\)
From line #3 in the file, type and insert the whole script as shown and highlighted in the picture below:
Save the file and exit.
Then run FSX with the FIP attached as usual. You’ll see the VS Indicator now “turned off” when the Master Battery is off.
Surely this simply works as an emulation but I find it amusing.
This is the first of the five series of the “Turning off the FIP” for my C172 gauges. Remaining will come in every two/three days each.