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CSM Simulator Version 10

Please note that this Simulator requires an LPT (parallel) printer port to interface to your transmitter- a USB emulation LPT port will not work.

Download v10 manual            Download latest software (v.10_16)

The Simulator interface uses the LPT (parallel) port of your PC (not MAC): unfortunately many modern PCs no longer have an LPT port, and a 'virtual' one through a USB socket will not work. The software is DOS based and must be run from a DOS boot-up - this requires a floppy disc drive and an external one through a USB port is OK here, and are quite cheap. A DOS bootup disc can be made by formatting the floppy disc (through 'My Computer' or similar Windows systems) 'with system files' . This disc is inserted before the computer is turned on, and once booted the disc is swapped for the CSM disc and the software run directly from the floppy (do not install). The mouse may not be available to use - you may have to use the keyboard commands. If the computer will not boot from the floppy drive (goes to Windows as usual), go into the computer control system to find the order in which the computer checks the drives - the floppy drive should be set before the hard drive. If you have problems with this, or require a boot disc or v10 floppy disc, please contact us: 44(0) 1457 854680 or email tech@csm-ltd.co.uk

Problem Solving

Install program will not run
With most modern computers you will need to run direct from a floppy drive (see above). In this case, do not run the install program but instead, at the DOS prompt (A>) type Heli10, Aero10 or Txtest as required. Make sure the disc can be written to (ie not write protected) so that settings can be saved.

If you are using a Windows 98 or earlier machine:
Click on 'Start' button.
Click on 'Shut Down'.
Select 'Restart in MS-DOS Mode'.
Click on 'Yes' button.

The computer will exit to a 'C:\WINDOWS>' prompt.

Insert the CSM simulator distribution disk and then type:-
A: (ENTER) {this will take you to the floppy drive}
INSTALL (ENTER) {this will start the install program}

If you are still having problems:
(1) Install program reports a BGI error - 'Not in graphics mode'
This is usually due to your graphics card not having a FULLY VESA compatible BIOS. There are a number of drivers and 'Fix' programs to solve this problem. We recommend that you should contact your PC supplier or obtain help from the card manufacturer's web site. You should indicate to them that you require to run a program that needs a VESA compatible BIOS to at least VESA standard Ver. 1.02

(2) Screen is striped horizontally, as if through venetian blinds
Again, a symptom of non-VESA compatible BIOS. Contact your PC supplier or the manufacturer of your graphics card, as above.

(3) Install program reports 'RUNTIME ERROR 200@.........'
This only occurs for early UK releases of the simulator when used on some fast machines. You should down load the most recent version of the sim software from the simulator page.

(4) Install program hangs without error message, or returns to DOS prompt without running
This is caused by some of the resident virus scanner programs. You should remove the anti-virus program from the list of programs from the 'start up' group. Having done this you should reboot the machine and then run the install program. If you are concerned about possible viruses on the distribution disk you should use the disk scanning utility of your anti-virus package to check the floppy prior to installation.


Install program runs, but Simulator fails to run

As with the install program, if you are running from within Windows you should restart your machine in MS-DOS mode.

When prompted you should ensure that the interface is correctly connected to your PC parallel port. You should make sure that the end of the interface marked 'COMPUTER' is facing the computer and that the interface is seated fully to the parallel (LPT) port of the computer. Where the computer is fitted with with two LPT ports either may be used and the simulator will auto detect which port is in use.
You should also make sure that your transmitter is set in PPM modulation mode, (FM), and is connected via the supplied cable to the 3.5mm jack socket on the side of the interface.

Having connected the transmitter / interface correctly press the ENTER key .

Possible faults:

1. TXTEST reports 'interface or transmitter not found'
If all the above regarding the interface / transmitter have been done then the likely cause is the parallel port mode. It has been found that, where configurable, printer ports should be set into ECP mode to obtain the most reliable interface operation. This is a BIOS set-up feature and the setting process varies from PC to PC. Where the PC has an 'AWARD' or 'AMI' BIOS the BIOS set-up can be entered during the Boot-up sequence of the PC, (immediately after the RAM check routine has completed), by pressing the 'DELETE' key. Once in the BIOS set-up you should find the integrated peripherals section. Under this section you will find the 'Parallel port mode' or LPT Port mode and this should be set to ECP. Pressing the 'ESCAPE' key and then 'F10' key will exit and save the change.

Once the TXTEST program has been run successfully you should exit from the TXTEST program by pressing the 'Q' key. This will take you back to the DOS prompt inside the CSM10 directory. ( C:\CSM10> )

You should now check that there is sufficient base memory by typing:-

MEM (ENTER)

Of the data provided the only item of interest is the 'Largest executable program size' which should be at least 550K. If less than this then is it more than likely that the PC has been set-up with a large number of programs in the 'Start Up' group, and some or all of these should be removed from the Start Up group and the PC rebooted before proceeding further. Resident Virus checkers are a common type of program that are placed in the 'Start Up' group and can interfere with the operation of the sim.Using a DOS boot disc avoids problems of low memory or other programs interfereing with the operation of the Simulator..

Once the required Base memory has been obtained the running of the simulators can be tried.

Once the 'INSTALL' and 'TXTEST' programs have been successfully run and the Base memory has been checked OK the simulator usually runs OK.

2. Flight screen flickers or the simulator appears slow or jerky
This is due to the graphics card not implementing the VESA page switching (Part of the VESA BIOS standard). As with other VESA BIOS problems, the PC supplier should be contacted regarding a VESA Video BIOS driver or other patch program. Alternatively there are some useful graphics utilities  available on the web.

3. Simulator reports 'RUNTIME ERROR 208@....'
This is caused by a corrupt installation. You should try re-installing and if the problem persists you should download the latest version from the simulator page. Other errors that are typical of corrupt installations are:
Error 2 (File not found)
Error 3 (Path not found)
Error 100 (Disk read error)
Error 101 (Disk write error)
Error 154 (CRC error)
Error 161 (Device read fault)

4. Simulator reports 'RUNTIME ERROR 209@....'
This is indicative of a communications problem between the interface and the PC. If this problem occurs even with the parallel port set in ECP mode then a defect in the interface or parallel port should be suspected. If the fault persists even when the interface has been exchanged then the port is suspect and you should consider the fitting of a second parallel port (LPT2)

Simulator runs OK but there is no sound
The sound from the simulator program is designed to come from the internal PC speaker. We have found that some PC's are being supplied with no internal speaker and rely solely on a sound card being fitted. There is an option with some sound cards to let you route the PC speaker line from the motherboard to the sound card, ( e.g. Sound Blaster AWE32, Appendix B of the getting started book). This will allow you to hear the sound through the soundcard / external speakers. The other route to take is to fit an internal speaker to the case and connect this to your motherboard. In both instances you should either consult your motherboard and soundcard manual or if you are unsure consult your PC supplier.

I'm having difficulty setting up the RD6000 with the Sim
The Sanwa RD6000 is a little different than other mainstream radios and needs some attention to the way it is set up. Please download the Word file for further information.
Download RD6000 setup details

The text displayed on screen is unreadable
Some graphics cards we have encountered do not implement standard font sets and when trying to run the simulator software the text is unreadable. The cure for this is to download the latest version of the software ver.10_16 which has a fix for this problem. (see top of page)

No floppy drive
If your computer does not have a floppy disk drive you can buy an external floppy drive which plugs into the USB port. These cost roughly 12.

No LPT (parallel) port
The simulator is designed to run through the parallel (LPT/printer) port. It will not work with LPT adapters which fit into the USB port, as these do not support all the features of the parallel port. Sorry, there is no way around this.

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