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SkalarkiIO Profiler 5 SDK Version is a dedicated software for SKALARKI I/O boards and SKALARKI P&P devices. Use and configuration is extremely easy and doesn't require to write even single line of code. However SDK functionality gives to developers complete access to all devices from custom coded applications.
From user point of view version 5 can work in old style (using predefined profile and aircraft related .dll) or in SDK mode.

As in version 4 all functions and events for specific aircraft are predefined in supplied .dll modules and ready to use at any time. User can install only one or more modules if needed. Having few modules allows to use different aircraft's at any time. As in version 4 with .dll module installer will install corresponding profile. Please be aware, that supplied profiles are only for users with P&P hardware. For all non P&P hardware, user needs to create profile yourself.

1. Software Installation.

Software is supplied as a .msi package. Only what user needs to do is run this file and pick required options for installing.

 

Hit Next to proceed to licence agreement...

Hit Next to proceed to Custom Setup options

Here user can select feature and options for installation. Picking any aircraft will install all needed modules, profiles or any other required files. There is no need to add any other files after installation. If anything, please use installer to do this.

Sample installation of ProSim aircraft - simply select ProSim A320 and SkalarkiIO SDK. SkalarkiIO USB drivers are optional for first installation only.

Hit Install to finish process.

Correctly installed application will create SkalarkiIO Profiler 5 folder inside c:/Program Files (x86). Folder structure is always same and shouldn't be changed. Count of installed files might vary depends on options chosen during installation process.

 

2. Main window description.

To run SkalarkiIO Profiler just double click on SkalarkiIOProfiler5 link (created on desktop) or directly in installation folder. Once software is running Main window looks like below.


SkalarkiIO Profiler 5 Main Window

In Main window user can find:
- Profiles section with controls for Profiles managing Panel.
- Hardware Status tabs for P&P and non P&P hardware.
- Connected software Status Panel.
- Settings Button for specific software settings software and hardware related.
- IO Test Button for connected hardware test.
- Firmware Update Button for updating I/O firmware.
- SDK Button to run SDK mode.

Buttons description:
Run
- Starts profile highlighted on the Profiles list.
Stop - Stops Running profile.
About - Opens information window, where user can find actual installed firmware versions for all connected Devices.
Edit Profile - Opens new dialogue window where customer can edit highlighted Profile.
Add Profile - Allows to add new Profile to Profiles list.
Delete Profile - Deleting highlighted Profile from Profiles list.
Settings - Opens new dialogue window where some specific configuration can be done.
IO Test - Opens new dialogue window where user can test I/O boards connected to system.
Firmware Update - Opens new dialogue window for managing hardware firmware update process.

Software and Hardware Status Bars:
On each Status Bar user can see connected or disconnected software and hardware devices:
If label background is Red - software or device is not working or there is no open connection. If label background is Green - software or device is connected and is working properly.


Status Bar with no connections to hardware and JLFMGS as chosen aircraft.

2. Adding New Profile (empty Profile).

To add new empty Profile just click on Add Profile button from main window.


New dialogue window will be shown. Enter new Profile name (New Profile) and click OK.

New, created Profile will be shown on the Profiles list in Main Window.

 

3. Deleting existing Profile.

To delete existing Profile, first highlight Profile name you want to delete, then click Delete Profile button.

One more click to confirm. And profile deleted.

 

4. Running Profile.

To run Profile, first highlight required profile then click Run Profile Button.
If user will try to Run Profile with no connection active (FS or JLFMGS), Error message will be displayed:

To make FSUIPC connection active start Flight Sim and wait for FSUIPC and/or JeeHell A320 FMGS background becomes green. Once labels are green press button Run.

Running JL A320 FMGS profile with MCDU CS connected.

To stop Profile just click on Stop button.

 

 

5. Editing Profile.

First click on Profile name which you want to edit, then hit button Edit Profile to open new Edit Profile dialogue window.

New Profile Editor dialogue box will be displayed.

Click on the "+" next to the Groups label to open tree of existing definitions.

Going deeper into definitions tree all definitions are available to check or edit.

Working with Profile is quite intuitive and easy for first time users.

6. IO Test.

IOTest window is designed to test and detect possible hardware problems. In this mode user will be able to check all inputs and outputs for every connected device. IOTest is an important step in problem detection process and should be performed right after first I/O connection. P&P devices comes assembled and tested, then there is no need to perform this test, but if something is not working any more we can find out if this is hardware or software problem we are dealing with. This way exact information can be send to SKALARKI Support.

IOTest window displays tabs for every device. Each connected device has got "(connected)" label next to name of device.

To test Inputs simply start pressing buttons. Active button will cause change of state. You might to scroll grid to see actual pressed button. If pressing button doesn't reflects in Inputs tab by changing its state - means there is hardware problem. No connection from button or missing GROUND connection. Please make sure all hardware (buttons, encoders, etc...) is correctly detected before proceed to creating and editing Profile.

To test connected outputs, simply tick check box in Output number row. Once check box it checked LED connected to I/O should be powered and visible as ON. No action after ticking check box means - output is not connected properly (LED has got reversed polarisation or connection is missing) or is not connected at all. Each 16 outputs means one outputs socket on I/O (this applies only to I/O GLARE, I/O PEDESTAL and I/O OVERHEAD).

In similar way 7-segment displays can be tested. Type any digit in display row and press Enter to send digit to I/O. Putting space " " in Test field will cause clear digit. Again no action on displays means problem with connection between hardware and I/O.

If potentiometers for ADC are connected and appropriate configuration is done in Settings Window, ADC can be tested as well like other Inputs. Turning potis will reflect by changing values in corresponded line. As ADC is up to 12bits resolution we can expect readings between 0 and 2048 for each channel.

Stepper motor Tab is only available for TQ. By changing slider position, stepper motor will move Trim Wheels to required position.

7. Settings

Settings dialogue window includes some important and useful configuration options. Click Settings button to open Settings window.

Settings window is divided into sections related to software and hardware specific settings.


 

Default settings / "Run Default Profile as Start"
By checking this check box, user allows default Profile to start automatically after SkalarkiIO Profiler has been launched and software connections has been established. This is exception when software connection doesn't need to be established before Profile was started. In this case SkalarkiIO Profiler is waiting for software connections minimized in system try. Right click on system try icon will display some options to manage running program.




To make selected profile as default - simply click on Set Default Profile button.


Default profile has got "(default)" label added to its name. From now SkalarkiIO Profiler will always start in auto mode and minimised to system try.



  1. SKALARKI Server Settings
    This panel is only available for JLFMGS users, once JLFMGS is chosen as aircraft. If SkalarkiIO Profiler is working on the same PC as FMGS Server - there is no need to change configuration. But if SkalarkiIO Profiler is working on networked machine, IP address must be changed to IP address of main PC with FMGS Server. Please leave port number unchanged. These setting are not related to FMGS server settings.
  2. TQ Settings
    Settings only for users using SKALARKI TQ. Here you can setup how many TQ levers you want to use. Depends on Aircraft style selection 2 levers are available for A320 and 4 levers are available for A330/A340.

  3. GLARE Extensions, PEDESTAL Extensions and OVERHEAD Extensions
    In these panels user can define what kind of extra features should be activated for each I/O board. Only available options for each I/O are selectable. As standard in complete configuration in PEDESTAL section INPUTS extension is needed and in OVERHEAD INPUTS and OUTPUTS extension is needed. For full OVERHEAD config with Radio and Audio panels included extra DISPLAYS extension is necessarily. With new firmware release all I/O boards can be updated with ADC feature, which means analogue axis (potentiometer) can be connected to each I/O board. Glare I/O for example can handle PFD, ND brightness adjustment for both CS and FO side. I/O PEDESTAL can handle Flaps and Spoilers actions etc...





    Important note: If ADC inputs are not used - they can't be configured as available - this can cause I/O malfunctions!

    Once configuration is done - Save button will save all settings for the future. Settings are stored in .xml file located in main SkalarkiIO Profiler folder.

8. Firmware Update.

Firmware Update mode allows user to program I/O device with latest firmware version. Firmware updates will add new functionality to I/O boards and/or will fix problems not found during testing procedure.
To update firmware, user will need boot device in a special programming mode. See point 9 for details.

Once device is in special programming mode, button Firmware Update becomes available. Clicking on this button will open Program Device dialogue window. Next click on Load button and point to folder where .hex file is stored.

Once .hex file is loaded press Program button.

Confirmation message informs about success of programming procedure. Click OK then Exit to close Program Device window and finish Firmware Update procedure.

After programming is completed, switch updated device Off and then after 15 seconds On. If for any reason programming wasn't successful, procedure has to be started from beginning.

9. Starting I/O in bootloader mode

To start IO in bootloader mode plese follow steps:
- Once IO is connected to PSU and USB, press and hold Button (1) then press Button (2) and release after 3 seconds still holding button (1). When at least one led in switch will light ON - release Button (1).
- Now Windows should detect new USB device, stop automatic driver search and point to SKALARKI.../USB_DRIVERS/BOOTLOADER folder. Once correct USB driver is loaded led in each switch should flashing.
- Go back to point 8 for Firmware upgrade info.

Firmware upgrade

 

10. Starting P&P Units in bootloader mode

1.  FCU PROVersion 2014, 2016
 
  - Switch OFF power supply.
- Press and hold SPD/MACH button then switch power ON still holding button.
- Go to point 11
 
     
2.  Upper Pedestal 2014, 2016
 
   - Switch OFF power supply.
- Press and hold EMER CANC button then switch power ON still holding button.
- Windows should detect new USB device.
- Go to point 11
 
     
3.

 Lower Pedestal 2014, 2016

 
  - Switch OFF power supply.
- Press and hold RESET button then switch power ON still holding button.
- Go to point 11
 
     
4. ATC TCAS 2014, 2016
 
  - Switch OFF power supply (remove USB plug).
- Press and hold IDENT button then switch power ON still holding button.
- Go to point 10
 
     
5. MCDU 2014, 2016
 
  - Switch OFF power supply.
- Press and hold BRT button then switch power ON still holding button.
- Go to point 11
 
     
6. RMP 2014, 2016
 
  - Switch OFF power supply (remove USB plug).
- Press and hold NAV button then switch power ON still holding button.
- Go to point 11
 
     
7. ACP 2014, 2016
 
  - Switch OFF power supply (remove USB plug).
- Press and hold PA button then switch power ON still holding button.
- Go to point 11
 
     
8. TQ 2014, 2015, 2016
 
  - Switch OFF power supply.
- Press and hold FIRE ENG1 button then switch power ON still holding button.
- Or press and hold both red ATHR take over buttons on TQ handles, then switch power ON still holding buttons. 
If above methods are not working button on TQ IO needs to be used.
- Press and hold BROWN button then switch power ON still holding button. This needs removing TQ from Pedestal and this is rather for older TQ versions.
- Go to point 11
 
     
9. CLOCK, Rev1, Rev2, Rev3  
  - Switch OFF power supply (remove USB plug).
- Press and hold SET button then connect USB cable back, still holding button.
- Go to point 11
 
     
10. ABRK Panel, Rev03, Rev04, Rev05, 2015, 2016  
  - Switch OFF power supply
- Press and hold RST button from ISIS Panel and still holding button pressed connect Power back.
- Go to point 11.
 
     
11. - Windows should detect new USB device.
- If driver is not loaded automatically, please load driver manually pointing to SkalarkiIO/USB drivers/BOOTLOADER folder.
- Once driver is loaded please follow instructions from point 8 (Firmware Update).
 
     

 end faq

 

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