ProSim738 Display is used to display aircraft panels (MIP, Pedestal etc.) as well as aircraft Display Units.
ProSim Display is capable of displaying the following displays:
|Display unit||Standard display|
|Captain outboard||Captain Primary Flight Display (PFD)|
|Captain inboard||Captain Navigation Display (ND)|
|Upper EICAS||Upper EICAS display|
|Lower EICAS||Lower EICAS display|
|First Officer outboard||First Officer Primary Flight Display (PFD)|
|First Officer inboard||First Officer Navigation Display (ND)|
ProSim Display is capable of displaying the following gauges:
|First Officer outboard|
|First Officer inboard|
ProSim Display is capable of displaying the following panels:
|Mode Control Panel (MCP)|
|First Officers' EFIS|
|Upper Maint Instrument Panel (MIP)|
|Lower Maint Instrument Panel (MIP)|
4 Setup of displays, gauges and panels
Setup of displays, gauges and panels can be done over the network. If the network steps have been followed over at the Initial Setup, follow the exact same steps for a local setup.
First of all, create new folders for each display, gauge and panel to use and use an indicative name. For example: CAPT_INBD' (inboard display) can be used for the captains' display, or 'CAPT_OUTBD' (outboard display). Alternatively, 'CAPT' and 'FO', depending on whether or not displaying both outer and inboard display images in one instance or separate instances of ProSim737 Display.
Place them on the appropriate computer (local or networked) and copy the contents from the original ProSim737NG/MAX folder to those folders. Displays, gauges and displays should now be configured. In case of a local setup, make sure ProSim737 Systems is not running, otherwise displays might be lost because there's no power source on line (GPU, APU or engines) and displays will be black. If a networked setup is run, do not put in the IP address of the computer running ProSim737 Systems for the same reason.
Press on the keyboard 'F12'-key to enter the Setup Mode. In this mode a blue background is seen. To exit the Setup Mode, press 'F12' again.
There are multiple ways to setup display(s). The first step is to determine which displays (PFD, ND, etc.) are required to be displayed in this ProSim737 Display instance. These should be adjusted in size to fit your actual hardware monitor. See below for an overview of mouse- and keyboard shortcuts.
|F12||Enter and exit the Display Setup Mode|
|Cursor keys||Move the displayed screen element|
|Shift + cursor keys||Quickly move the selected screen element|
|Numpad +/-||Adjust size of the selected screen element|
|Shift + Numpad +/-||Quickly adjust the size of the selected screen element|
|[ / ] (bracket keys)||Adjust only the width of the selected screen element|
|Shift + [ / ] (bracket keys)||Quickly adjust only the width of the selected screen element|
|*||Reset Height/Width of screen to Square|
|Tab key||Select next screen element|
|Mouse scroll wheel||Enlarge reduce size of display/panel/gauge by scrolling up or down|
Once displays are positioned, test them by either starting ProSim737 System if running locally, or by entering the IP address of the computer running ProSim737 System with networked setup.
Right-click anywhere in the ProSim737 Display window to bring up the configuration menu. A red or green bar surrounding 'Status' indicates whether or not a connection has been established between ProSim737 Display and System:
The final step is to configure some software settings, mainly regarding performance. With the uncountable amount of different computer hardware combinations, it is impossible to give an off-the-shelf list of best options. Experiment with these combinations to see how they perform. Keep in mind that for the Navigation Display, performance is also impacted by certain settings in the [Instructor_Operating_Station], especially regarding the weather radar. Detailed information regarding these settings are given there.
As previously stated, it is not possible to give exact recommendations regarding settings impacting performance. Below is a list of options with their description and performance impact is given.
|Setting||Performance impact||Description||Recommended for normal operation?|
|Detailed terrain||Moderate||High resolution terrain on ND terrain view||Recommended for normal operation|
|Photorealistic instruments||Low||Photorealistic images used for instruments, for better readability||Recommended for normal operation|
|Data rate||Moderate||Change frame- and data rates of a display or gauge. Default is 30FPS and the default data rate is 10||Default is normally OK|
|Force Software Mode||High||Move rendering from your graphics card (GPU) to your processor (CPU)||Not recommended for normal operation|
|High Quality Bitmaps||Moderate||Enter and exit the Display Setup Mode||Recommended for normal operation|
|Disable Cleartype||Low||(Experimental) font rendering. In case of readability issues it might prove useful to disable this feature||Recommended for normal operation|
|Experimental Outlines||Low||Different text outlining method which makes a thicker outline for bigger fonts and thinner for smaller ones||Recommended for normal operation|
|Smooth WXR Sweep||High||Smoother weather radar (WXR) sweep animation on the navigation displays (ND)||Recommended for normal operation|