The ability of starting up multiple FIPs in specific order everytime has been a feature requested by almost all FIP users for a long long time. Saitek has finally implemented it onto its new drivers. However, this feature may need another tweak in order to function.
After the installation of the new drivers, a file called “SaiFlightFip.xml” containing the current setup information of the FIPs and the gauges should be created accordingly.
Via this “SaiFlightFip.xml”, the start-up order of the multiple gauges can be specified as desired.
The file is supposed to be stored under:
“C:\Program Files (x86)\Saitek\ProFlight FSX Plugin” on Windows 7 system; or
“C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\VirtualStore\Program Files (x86)\Saitek\ProFlight FSX Plugin” on Windows 10.
However, on my Windows 7 computers (not one but two), the installer fails to create it. (See Edit 3 below) On the contrary, I don’t have problem locating the file on my Windows 10 computer.
Surely, the FIPs can still function properly even without this “SaiFlightFip.xml” in place.
To make use of the driver’s start-up ordering function, I’ll have to copy the file from my Windows 10 system to the Windows 7 computer since the gauges being used are the same. I can also create a new “SaiFlightFip.xml” myself using the format below:
Do note that the Name=” “ shown above must match the Gauge Name in the gauge’s xml file. In addition, the file must also be edited again to reflect the change if any gauge is added or removed from the “SaiFlightSimX.xml”. Otherwise, the FIP will not display anything on it.
Oddly, I once removed the “SaiFLightFip.xml” from my Windows 10 system, a new one was generated again automatically. However, the same thing doesn’t happen when I test to verify this function again earlier today. (Edit 1: It works again.)
Anyway, make backups regularly. It will save you from troubles.
No doubt, Saitek’s new ProFlight driver is something too good to ignore. It packs all the previous product-dependent drivers into two new installers, it introduces some features that was only available via SPAD, and most importantly, it realizes the request of starting up the FIPs in specific order a reality.
Sadly, the lack of supporting documents and instructions and unstable driver installation have lowered one of my thumbs given to the company.
Worth a note from Michael’s comment: “I was puzzled as on first start only the Saitek slide show was presented on all FIPs and I thought something went wrong – until I detected I just had to press the buttons to switch gauges (which are kept in order on later startups).” It might help.
Also note the comment from Jack: Discovered a little more on the SaiFlightFip.xml for Windows 7. It’s not necessary to manually create one in C:\Program Files (x86) as you suggested above. As soon as you select a gauge with the scroll button (as Michael pointed out starts out as slide show, THANKS), it is automatically created in C:\Users\\AppData\Local\VirtualStore\Program Files (x86)\Saitek\ProFlight FSX Plugin\
It automatically updates by itself when you switch a gauge.