Gauge Switcher Quick User Guide


GaugeSwitcher
, as its name suggests, performs gauge switching among different Gauge Profiles that are pre-created either by the associated utility GaugeCreator or by hand.

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Installation

Installation is not required. But there are some pre-requisites:

1)
Both utilities MUST be put in the folder where the Saitek FIP drivers (SaiFlightSimX.exe and SaiFlightSimX.xml) are located. Without these two Saitek files, the GaugeSwitcher and the GaugeCreator won’t run.

2)
To be able to specify which gauges to link to which FIPs, and to activate the FIP displays immediately after the switching, the new Saitek drivers (current version: 7_0_47_1) is mandatory.

On a 64-bit system, the new FIP drivers will install the SaiFlightSimX.exe and SaiFlightSimX.xml onto the “C:\Program Files (x86)\Saitek\ProFlight FSX Plugin” folder.

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3)
In short, the following files are needed for Switching Gauges.

  • SaiFlightFip.xml   (only from new driver)
  • SaiFlightSimX.exe
  • SaiFlightSimX.xml

GaugeSwitcher can run without the SaiFlightFip.xml, but users will have to press the up/down buttons on the FIPs to select the gauges to display.

 

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Switching Gauges

Switching gauges is straightforward.  Run the utility and choose the Gauge Profile from the dropdown list. Then press the [CONFIRM] button to proceed or the [CANCEL] button to quit. That will do.

DON’T switch gauges while a flight session is ACTIVE.  The switching won’t effect.

To take effect, the utility should be run:

  1. before the loading of the simulator,
  2. at the simulator’s startup page,
  3. at the aircraft selection page, or
  4. while a flight session is put on hold (via the [Esc] key)

Here’s a video showing the switching of the gauges when aircrafts are changed.

I pinned shortcuts of the GaugeSwitcher on the taskbar and the Start Menu.

So that I can quickly run the utility from the taskbar or the Start Menu by pressing the Windows Key, no matter the simulator is in Windowed Mode or Full Screen Mode.

NOTE again that when we are doing the gauge switching from the Aircraft Selection page, we MUST always confirm the switching of the gauges first, before we click OK to change the aircraft.

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Creating Gauge Profiles

When GaugeSwitcher is run the first time, it will create the first Gauge Profile automatically from the current SaiFlightSimX.xml.

It is named “ORIGINAL” and is stored under the new folder “FSX_Times_SaiFlight_FIP“.

Followings are the steps showing how to create a new Gauge Profile for my new A36 Series.

1)
Unzip and run the installer from the A36 package.
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2)
Afte the intallation, the SaiFlightSimX.xml has already been updated to contain the A36 Gauges.
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3)
Run the Simulator, P3D or FSX, with the FIPs,  and start a flight session.
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4)
Press the up/down buttons on the FIPs to display the gauges for the A36 setup.
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5)
When it is done, press [ESC] to pause the flight session.
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6)
Run the GaugeCreator and enter “A36 Bonanza” for the current gauge setup.

Then click [CONFIRM] to save the Gauge Profile.
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7)
After saving the Profile, the GaugeSwitcher will pop up.  The new A36 Profile is already created and shown on the list.
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8)
Now we can switch to other Profile
or
Click [Cancel] to keep the one being use.

 

More Examples

Similarly, we can use the steps above to create new Profiles for my C172 Integrated and Standalone Series quickly.
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Actually, we can also use the GaugeCreator to create all sorts of Profiles based on whatever gauges we have.

Here’s another example,

  1. If I want to mix and match a new cockpit setup containing different gauges from my C172 Integrated, C172 Standalone and A36 Series.
  2. All I need is to create a new SaiFlightSimX.xml (or edit the existing SaiFlightSimX.xml) that contains all the gauges from the three Series (simple cuts and pastes).
  3. Open a flight session using the new SaiFlightSimX.xml.
  4. Choose the gauges to show on the FIPs.
  5. Press [Esc] to pause the flight session.
  6. Then run the GaugeCreator to save the new Profile.

That’s it.

IMPORTANT, to ensure the successful creation of a new Profile, we MUST ENSURE to

  • firstly open a flight session with the FIP gauges displayed in the way we want them to be, then
  • press [Esc] to put the flight session on hold
    or
    simply quit the flight session or even quit the simulator completely, then
  • run the GaugeCreator to save the setup to a new Profile

 

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Advanced Usages

Creating Profiles Manually

If we want to create a Profile manually, here’s how to do it.

  1. Make a copy of the SaiFlightSimX.xml and Rename it to, say Cessna_T210.xml, for example
  2. Make a copy of the SaiFlightFip.xml as well, and use the same “Cessna_T210” and add “_Fip” as its filename, Cessna_T210_Fip.xml
  3. Copy both files to the “FSX_Times_SaiFlight_FIP” folder
  4. Open and edit the “FIP_Gauge_List.txt” file in the folder
  5. Enter the name “Cessna_T210” to the list

That’s all.

Renaming Profiles

  1. Open “FIP_Gauge_List.txt
  2. Rename the Profile you want to change in the file, say from “ORIGINAL_SaiFlightSimX”  to  “NUMBER_1
  3. Rename the corresponding “ORIGINAL_SaiFlightSimX.xml” and “ORIGINAL_SaiFlightSimX_Fip.xml” to “NUMBER_1.xml” and “NUMBER_1_Fip.xml” accordingly.

 

Deleting Profiles

  • Open “FIP_Gauge_List.txt
  • Remove the Profile from the list.
  • Delete the corresponding xml files from the folder.

 

Reorder Profiles

  • Open “FIP_Gauge_List.txt
  • Rearrange the order of the Profiles as you like.

 

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