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How do I setup my transmitter with FS One V2?

Version: V2

The Quick Start Guide (pdf download) describes the setup steps, but more details are added on this page. Also, the Help Manual from inside FS One describes how to setup your transmitter. See the chapter titled Transmitter Selection. Use the FS One V2 keymap (pdf download) to control more features while you fly.

If you are installing for the first time or reinstalling, always remember to install the V2 DVD and all V2 updates as Administrator on your Windows computer. Close all applications before installing FS One. To install, insert the DVD and right click on the setup/installer .exe file (fsone280-installer.exe). From right click, select “Run as Administrator”.

If you are reinstalling, you must first uninstall the previous version of V2. When you install from the DVD, the provided software key is not used, but save this key for possible future use as it may be required with a future update.

  1. Before you begin:
    • Be sure to update your software to the latest version from the Downloads page. Install version 2.8.2 (build 2907)
      from the downloads page. When you do start FS One (below), confirm that your version is updated to the latest version.
    • If your interface shows the name “FS One v2 2048”, DO NOT run the firmware updater because it can brick the interface. Presently all new sims are being shipped with 2048 firmware — USB name “FS One v2 2048”. Do not run the firmware updater.
    • For best results (easiest), if your real transmitter is programmable with model memory, create a new ‘model’. Then set that model to the original default settings for airplanes/acro (that is, on your real transmitter: use no flight modes, no mixing, no expo, etc and do not use a heli setup). These default airplane settings are needed because FS One V2 itself includes the necessary transmitter programming/setup for each aircraft (airplane and heli) in the simulator. You can later copy and edit these FS One transmitter setups in the simulator if you want, but it is not necessary.
    • Your FS One V2 cable connects to the transmitter trainer port. It may be necessary for you to “enable” your transmitter trainer port. The trainer port should be set to PPM. Sometimes the default is PCM, so you should check your transmitter trainer port settings. If you try to calibrate in PCM mode, the sliders on-screen will jitter around.
    • If you are using a JR/Spektrum Tx, leave the transmitter turned off. When you connect the FS One USB cable, the transmitter will turn on. Also, for a JR/Spektrum Tx, check out: How can I make the flap switch work on my transmitter?
    • When you first start FS One (below), if you only see a black window flash on/off the screen (fast flicker), then update your graphics card drivers on your computer.
  2. For Windows 10 users:
    • FS One needs to run with font magnification set to 100% (from the Windows 10 Control Panel look for “Display” and then “Scale and Layout”). If you are not running at 100%, then the mouse may appear to be offset.
  3. Getting started:
    • If you own FS One V1, disconnect the V1 cable from your computer. Further, disconnect any other simulator USB interfaces and controllers from your computer.
    • Connect your transmitter (or TacCon controller) to your computer using your new V2 Adapter Cable and yellow V2 USB Interface included with your purchase of FS One V2. The yellow USB interface will flash a green LED (it my be hard to see) to indicate a proper connection. After making this connection, start FS One.
    • Note (per mention above) if you are using a JR/Spektrum transmitter, do not turn “on” the transmitter power switch. Also, if you are using a Futaba transmitter, do not turn “on” the transmitter power switch. You may have to turn on other brands if the transmitter does not turn on automatically when connecting the FS One cable, i.e. Hitec Tx may require the power switch to be turned on. The TacCon V1 controller is powered by the FS One interface automatically. Even though the TacCon V1 controller has a “battery compartment”, it takes no batteries. Power is provided via the FS One cable attached to the FS One USB interface.
    • If you are unsure about the connectivity of FS One to your computer, you can test the controls using the Windows Game Controller gadget before starting up FS One. This process is done outside of running FS One.
    • Repeat (from above): If you hit a snag and the simulator flashes a black screen and stops, then you need to update your graphics card drivers on your PC. See this link.
    • The transmitter has to be calibrated before first time use. If you change transmitters or use a different interface, calibrate again. Calibrate as follows.
    • From the Main Menu, click on the Single Player Freestyle button which will take you to the “Fly” page.
    • On this page (the “Fly” page), the FS One interface name should be listed in the bottom middle box, e.g. “FS One v2” or “FS One v2 2048”. If one of these is not selected, click to select your FS One interface.
    • To calibrate your transmitter (or TacCon controller), click on the Transmitter button or the Transmitter box to enter the Transmitter Selection menu. If this is the first time you have used FS One V2, it will show the red text “Not Calibrated” across the transmitter image because it has not yet been calibrated.
  4. Adapter cables: If you purchased a JR/Spektrum style cable, the strain relief on Tx side “can only go so far”, i.e. do not kink the FS One cable on the Tx side.
  5. Before calibrating, what transmitter should be selected?:
    • If you using a JR, Spektrum, Futaba, Hitec, Airtronics, or any other transmitter, pick the first transmitter in the right selection list – the one named “Universal Tx”.
    • If you are using the TacCon controller, select the “TacCon (v2)” from the right selection list.
    • There should be no other selection when you are starting to learn FS One.
  6. Calibration with the Universal Tx and a V2 USB interface:
    • After picking the “Universal Tx”, click on Calibrate and follow the on-screen instructions.
    • If you are using a 6-channel transmitter like the Spektrum DX6i, the screen will have 6 sliders that will move with your controls. The remaining two (on right, below) will be blank because while FS One supports a total of 8 channels, the DX6i (in this case example) has only 6 channels. So only those 6 channels are displayed and calibrated.
      Image of FS One calibration  on-screen instructions
    • Follow the instructions. Click next after the sliders appear.
    • FS One will prompt: Center all trims.
    • Move all sticks/controls to all corners, toggle all switches/buttons, rotate all dials (do not move trims). In doing all this, all of the on-screen sliders should have moved to their fullest extents. The transmitter controls that move the on-screen sliders, are the same controls that will function when flying the simulator. After this, center the controls.
    • Next follow the instructions in sequence moving the aileron stick left, elevator up, rudder left, and throttle up. The result of moving the sticks in response to the prompts lets FS One learn your Mode. “Mode 2” is popular in the US, but there are many modes and FS One “learns” your mode at this point in the calibration.
    • After finishing, all of the sliders will move with your controls, depending on how many channels you have on the real transmitter.
    • Note: If all of the sliders do not move when you calibrate, click cancel, and start the calibration again. All sliders displayed during the calibration steps should move with your control inputs.
    • In the example here with the DX6i and “Universal Tx”, the last two sliders (channels 7 and 8, called “1” and “0” below) will be neutral and not move.
      Image of FS One calibration -  last two sliders neutral
    • If your transmitter has less than all 8 channels that FS One supports, the functions assigned to those channels not present will be automatically assigned to the keyboard. An example is shown below for the P-51 Mustang.
  7. Optional: Calibration with the TacCon Controller and V1 USB interface connected as a second player in FS One V2:
    • Click calibrate and follow the instructions.
  8. Transmitter and Keyboard Flight Controls:
    • FS One V2 with the FS One V2 USB Interface automatically senses the number of transmitter channels during calibration. If your controller has 8 or more channels, it will control all functions as described in the Flight Manual. You can see the Flight Manual in FS One by clicking on the Flight Manual button (on left side of screen) next to the aircraft.
    • If your transmitter has fewer than 8 channels, the functions assigned to those channels not present will be automatically assigned to the keyboard. Here is an example for the P-51 Mustang.
      Image of FS One flight manual example page
  9. Finally, keep your FS One V2 interface in a safe place. It is not sold separately. Again, do not run the firmware updater if you are already at 2048 resolution — see the interface name. If you see 2048 in the name, do not run the firmware updater.
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