Bodinhausen T500 Adaptor with T3Pa pro non functional

20180518 We have on hand:

Bought from http://www.sim-sport.net way back in 2015 and not used until now:

  • Bodinhausen T500RS Pedal Adapter (www.sim-sport.net/)
  • Bodnar Cable: Logitech® G25/G27/DFGT/DFP or Generic Pedals Adaptor

We also have

  • Logitech G25 Pedal Set
  • Thrustmaster T3PA Pro pedal set

Connecting G25 pedal Set to Bodnar Cable our Win 10 PC shows Logitech G25 pedals under Game Controllers, we can see expected pedals moving etc

Connecting T3PA Pro pedal set to Bodinhausen T500 adaptor to Bodnar cable to Win 10 PC shows ‘Logitech Driving Force Pro’, with only X & Y axis, with no response to pedal movement

Since the G25 shows up correctly we are fairly sure the Bodnar Cable is working as expected, so we have an issue with either our T3PA pedals or the Bodinhausen adaptor, and the pedals were ok connected to TS-PC racer wheel so we start by looking at the Bodinhausen adaptor

Bodinhausen T500RS adaptor is simply a RJ12-DEC variant of this sort of product:

https://www.conrad.com/p/d-sub-adapter-d-sub-plug-9-pin-rj12-socket-tru-components-1-pcs-1571496

http://www.pacificcable.com/Picture_Page.asp?DataName=A9M12D

RJ12 which is Pin 1? I remember from a past life that getting accurate information on this is sometimes hard, as many diagram omit the perspective, ie are we viewing the plug / socket and from front / back


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Registered_jack

So what connections are expected? We found the Bodnar schematic, and also an alternative schematic presenting an adaptor in the opposite direction

Interestingly the 2 schematics below reverse the +/-ve connections (Note: Probing the Bodnar Cable it presents +5v on Pin 6 & Gnd on Pin 1):


http://www.leobodnar.com/products/DFPG25conn/DFPG25sch_new.png

http://www.retrovideogames.de/mods-adaptors/adaptorcables/logitech-thrustmaster-adaptor/

Opening the Bodinhausen we see it maps thus:

  • RJ12-DEC Blue to DB9 pin 3 (Brake)
  • RJ12-DEC Yellow to DB9 pin 2 (Accel)
  • RJ12-DEC Green to DB9 pin 4 (Clutch)
  • RJ12-DEC Red to DB9 pin 1 (+5v)
  • RJ12-DEC Black to DB9 pin 9 (NC)
  • RJ12-DEC White to DB9 pin 6 (Gnd)

Looks good, but we are assuming the coloured leads in the Bodinhausen are as expected are as ordered above, e.g. RJ12-DEC Pin 1 Blue cable to Pin 6 Black cable..

And after checking and triple checking, I believe the particular RJ12-DEC to DB9 adaptor used for this product in fact maps colours to pins the opposite direction, so the supplied Bodinhausen adaptor is mapped in reverse to that expected, it needs to be:

  • RJ12-DEC White to DB9 pin 3 (Brake)
  • RJ12-DEC Black to DB9 pin 2 (Accel)
  • RJ12-DEC Red to DB9 pin 4 (Clutch)
  • RJ12-DEC Green to DB9 pin 1 (+5v)
  • RJ12-DEC Yellow to DB9 pin 9 (NC)
  • RJ12-DEC Blue to DB9 pin 6 (Gnd)

Workshop Power Connections

RC4-4DOF Motion Sim Rig

Set 1: Minimum set for PC Use function only ((x 3, group switch)):

  • Main PC
  • Monitor
  • Audio

Set 2: 2nd PC ((x 2, group switch)

  • Motion control PC
  • Motion control PC monitor

Set 3: Full Race Sim function ((x4 group switch or individual switched for softer start))

  • Wheel
  • RC4-4DOF platform
  • Possibly: Vibration module amplifier
  • Spare

Simexperience Motion Sim Rig

1 set (Needs power to motion to lock seat in place) ((6 individually switched for soft start))

  • PC
  • Monitor
  • Audio
  • Wheel
  • Simexperience platform
  • Vibration amplifier

Network servers / Workshop workstation

Always on ((4 group switch or no switch))

  • Synology DS207
  • Synology DS212J
  • DS216SE
  • Network Switch

Switched ((4 individually switched))

  • Current Workshop PC (is also Raid 5 NAS)
  • Monitor
  • 55″ 4k TV
  • 40″ HD TV

3D Printers

Individually Switched ((4))

  • Wanhauo Duplicator
  • Anycubic Linear Delta Plus
  • Tevo Little Monster
  • 1 x Spare

Simtools Installation 2 PCs

Simtools 2 PC setup proposed

  • Simtools Game manager on Gaming PC
    • Currently either:
      • i3 xxx GTX1060 3GB
      • Zotak Mek1 (i7-7700, GTX7010 Ti)
        •  Already has 2 x Gigabit Ethernet connections on board
        • The physically lower Ethernet connection is Ethernet 1 which is the one we shall use
        • Ethernet 1 hardcoded IP to 192.168.1.241
  • Simtools Game Engine running on dedicated PC
    • Ex office HP Compaq 8200 gifted sans HD
      • Intel i7 something + 8GB ram, gave it vacuum as pretty dusty
        • Spare slots:
          • 1 x PCI
          • 1 x PCIe x16
          • 1 x PCIe x1
        • Slots future use possibilities for:
          • Second GigaBit NIC
          • Multi channel audio card e.g. ASUS Xonar DX 7.1 PCI-E Low Profile Sound Card
      • 240GB Sata SSD split with ~70Gb data partition
      • 20181124 Installed & activated Win 7 64 Pro using license on side of case
      • 20181124 Upgraded to Win 10 64 Pro via Microsoft online, confirmed activation
    • Hardcoded IP to 192.168.1.240

Connectivity:

  • Docs & forums recommend a crossover cable, initially we will try this setup:
    • Game Engine & Game manager Gigabit connections to a dedicated Gigabit switch
    • Dedicated Gigabit switch connection to my normal network Gigabit switch
    • No other connections to the dedicated Gigabit switch
  • If that presents problems we will look at adding additional NIC cards to both PCs and going the cross over cable route
    • In fact I will proceed to order a couple of Gigabit PCI cards anyway so we will consider this an interim solution

Setup on Game manager PC

  • Complete normal gaming setup
    • Windows 10 64 and up to date
    • Steam
    • Gaming Wheel drivers
      • 20181125 is Thrustmaster TS-PC with T3PA pedal set
  • Install Simtools package & Activate
    • Click then Shift + double click on SimTools launcher to select Game Manager only
    • In Game Manager
      • Tools -> Engine IP = 192.168.1.240

Setup on Game Engine PC

  • Bare Win 10 64 & up to date
  • Install Simtools package & Activate
    • Click then Shift + double click on SimTools launcher to select Game Manager only
    • In Game Engine
      • Tools -> Manager IP = 192.168.1.241

Zotak Mek1

20181108

Powered up after sitting for a month, GTX 1070 Ti fan is on full blast

  • Not on when in BIOS
  • Uninstalled NVidia drivers, fan goes off
  • Installed NVidia drivers back to on full blast
  • System restore back to 20181004, still same
  • Factory reset using supplied DVD, still same
  • Pulled shroud off GTX 1070 Ti
    • 4 pin fan connector is loose, all good now, started reinstalling everything

20181004

  • Chrome installed & to default
  • Steam installed to 1TB SSD & commenced selected games install
  • Install Steam VR

20181003 All Windows updates

20181003 It won’t connect to either Wifi router, just keeps trying after accepting passcode, wired for now then


20181003

New Zotak Mek1 from Amazon.com US$1199 + Shipping + GST = NZ$2339 landed

  • i7 7700 (Non K version)
  • 2 x 8GB 2400 Ram
  • 1 x 240G SSD
  • 1 x 1TB Spinner
  • Zotak GTX 1070 Ti
  • Win 10 Home

New startup, user = TB

Powered down, removed supplied 1TB HD & replaced with Crucial MX500 1TB SSD CT1000MX500SSD1

  • NZ$343 from PBTech 201809

Fasetech RC4-4DOF

The promise:

Dimensions:

  • assembled simulator without accessories and fully expanded. 155/90/85cm (L/W/H)
  • assembled simulator without accessories and made as small as possible. 135/90/75cm (L/W/H)
  • Then add bottom plate: 1.2m diameter

When operating stated requirements is 1.8m x 1.8m so we will 1.8m diameter circle


Specified Movement:

  • Pitch & Roll: 28 degrees
  • Yaw: 500 degrees
  • Max 150KG total load

Ordering & shipping

Ordered 16 July 2018 with scheduled shipping 24 Sept 2018

  • Delayed and finally shipped after 9th Nov 2018

Ordered:

  • Base platform
  • + triple screen mounts
  • + Sparco Sprint FIA Motorsport Bucket Seat

Missing parts::

  • Optional screen mount incomplete, emails to Fasetech ignored until I posted on the forum, missing parts then sent out quickly

Assembly:

  • This order included the optional Sparco seat BUT NONE OF THE MOUNT HOLES on the seat slider fit that seat, in the end I pulled out a file…
  • Assembly is very simple

Software

Uses simtools which is fucking awful

Supplied axis mapping:

  • Supplied platform profile was wrong (Axis mapping) as Sway was mapped front to back, not sideways

Additional hardware:

  • Kogan 35″ 21:9 screen (2560×1080)
  • Thrustmaster TS-PC Wheel, T3PA-Pro pedals

RFactor 2 V8 setup per KiwiSimRacing

New to RFactor:some useful tips in this post

https://www.kiwisimracing.net.nz/forum/viewtopic.php?f=49&t=19091

For Rfactor league number 48 we will going back to the class of racing that has brought KSR some of its largest grids and some of its toughest racing.
Its Big, Its Loud, Its Fast and has V8 in the front of it, we are talking of course about the V8 Supercars!
We will be taking these beasts to some of Australia’s best tracks… From the streets of Adelaide to the tyre killer in WA, From the sunset in Sydney to the top of the Mountain. There will be something to challenge even the most experienced Sim racer.

MOD:
FVR V8 Supercars v6.6
FVR V8 Supercars v6.93 Update

Copy these files to your rFactor2 Packages folder, and install all the v6.6 cars first, and then all the v6.93 updates. When selecting a car in offline mode, please make sure you select a vehicle labelled as v6.93 and not v6.6, as the handling characteristics are completely different.

Please note: if you have the FVR Supercars mod installed via Steam Workshop you must unsubscribe to it first before installing these packages.

If you are getting a Missing packages error trying to join the server, or you cannot find the v6.93 cars in your game, then try this fix (there seems to be an issue with Steam workshop mixing with non-workshop updates):
Delete all the FVR folders in

Code:
...\SteamLibrary\SteamApps\common\rFactor 2\Installed\Vehicles

Then reinstall the 6.6 and 6.93 packages.

Schedule:
[21/08] – Official Practice Night (Adelaide, Queensland raceway and Sydney Motorsport Park) Highly recommended for people to show up for this, Its the perfect Time to test a couple of things and make sure the mod as well as the tracks are installed correctly.
[28/08] – Round 1 – Adelaide Street Circuit 2011 v1.05
[04/09] – Round 2 – Symmons Plains Raceway
[11/09] – Round 3 – Barbagallo
[18/09] – Round 4 – Queensland Raceway
[25/09] – Round 5 – Townsville Street Circuit
[02/10] – Round 6 – Sydney Motorsport Park – Eastern Creek
[09/10] – Round 7 – Bathurst
[16/10] – Round 8 – Hidden Valley Raceway

For those unfamiliar with installing non-steam workshop tracks, instructions are below:
1: Download file, and save to your rFactor 2 Packages folder – this can be found by right clicking rFactor 2 in Steam, going to properties, local files, browse local files.
2: Launch rFactor 2
3: On rFactor 2 Launcher screen, click on the box icon (second icon on the left)
4: Scroll down the list until you find the track name
5: Click on the track name, then click on install at the bottom
6: Repeat Step 4 & 5 for each track
7: Done!

20180825 Sim Hardware Changes

20180825

  • K7S8X PC Specs elsewhere
  • Zeon 55″ 4K TV
  • Removed Logitech G27
  • Physically installed::
    • Thrustmaster TS-PC Racer
      • Install wheel ok (running off 110v step down tfr)
    • Thrustmaster T3PA-Pro Pedal Set
      • Rubber brake mod installed, default (F1) pedal layout for now
    • Installed Thrustmaster driver package ok
      • Detected wheel ok
      • Updated wheel firmware from 3 to 8…

 

Project Cars 1 could not see axis initially not sure why.. seems ok now

Sim Racing Game Setup Notes

Project Cars 2

To set as windows and custom resolution add startup parameters:

  • -windowsize 3840,1080

Asetto Corsa:

  • 20181205 I have 17″ 1280×1024 old monitors in Portrait either side of 27″ 1920×1080 screen, but not aligned horizontally as yet.  To give similar verical pixel counts the 17’s are set 10 1024×768
    • 768+768+1920= 3456 horizontal
    • I estimate I have a common horizontal 960px
    • \Users\ken\Documents\Assetto Corsa\cfg\video.ini
      • FULLSCREEN=0
      • WIDTH=3400
      • HEIGHT=960
    • \Users\ken\Documents\Assetto Corsa\cfg\launcher.ini
      • FULLSCREEN=0
      • WIDTH=1366
      • HEIGHT=768

MENU:
F11: 
toggle fullscreen/windowed

******************************************
IN-GAME:
CTRL+R : 
replay
CTRL+S : slow motion (replay)
CTRL+A : ABS on/off
CTRL+T : cycle traction control modes
CTRL+H : show/hide apps
CTRL+U: cycle virtual desktops
CTRL+O : restart session
CTRL+L : disable names
CTRL+M : toggle mouse steering
CTRL+G : gearbox Auto
CTRL+I : racing line on/off
CTRL+Q : damage displayer on/off
CTRL+J : show damage displayer
1 .. 0 : Turbo boost management
CTRL+1 / 3 : MGU modes

VR (OCULUS):
CTRL+Space: 
recenter view
Look Left+Look Right: recenter view

F1 : cycle car cameras
F2 : random cameras
F3 : track cameras
F5 : pivot camera around the car
F6 : cycle on-board cameras
F8 : in-game screenshot
F9 : toggle bottom learderboard
F11 : toggle virtual mirror
F12 : (Steam related) screenshot
KeyPad +/- : Change Force Feedback (disabled in replays)
Ctrl +/- : Change onboard FOV
Ctrl Shift +/- : Change saturation
PageUp/Down : adjust exposure
Home : Open/close console

******************************************
MULTIPLAYER:
CTRL+NUMPAD_1: 
switch to previous opponent car
CTRL+NUMPAD_3: switch to next opponent car
CTRL+NUMPAD_2: switch to player car
CTRL+L: toggle opponents name

******************************************
SERVER ADMIN:
/help:
 prints the list of the available commands
/admin: become administrator for the server. ex, if the password is “kunos” the command is “/admin kunos”
/next_session: moves to next session
/restart_session: restart the session
/kick: kick a user using the rules (blacklist etc) of the server. To kick a player named “The Player”: /kick The Player
/client_list: 
show the player list by CAR_ID: name
/kick_id: kick
 a user using the rules (blacklist etc) of the server. To kick a player using the CAR_ID 2: /kick_id 2
/ban_id: ban 
a user using the rules (blacklist etc) of the server. To kick a player using the CAR_ID 2: /ban_id 2
/ballast: 
add ballast (Kg) on the CAR_ID. To add 100Kg to CAR_ID 2: /ballast 2 100

******************************************
SHOWROOM:
ENTER 
: enter/exit the car
SPACE : open/close doors
NUMPAD_7 : lights on
NUMPAD_8 : stop lights on
NUMPAD_0 : animate wing 0 (if present)
NUMPAD_1 : animate wing 1 (if present)
NUMPAD_2 : animate wing 2 (if present)
NUMPAD_3 : animate wing 3 (if present)
: wiper
: car gearbox animation
right mouse button: move the car
, and . : rotate wheels/ steer
F7 : FPS mode
TAB : track camera
pag up : previous skin
pag down : next skin
+ /  : adjust FoV
F : roll left
G : roll right
Q : Azimuth +
E : Azimuth –
A : Zenith +
D : Zenith –

xxx

Project Cars 1

  • Cockpit view too much head movement

Useful:

Logitech G27 Button numbers:

 

RFactor 2

  • E:\Steam\steamapps\common\rFactor 2\UserData\Config_DX11.ini
    • WindowedMode=1
    • CustomVidRes=(3400, 1200)

Pinball: The Getaway II

2014?

Not looked at until 20180221

  • Right slingshot: broken link, replaced
  • Top flipper sticking replaced coil sleeve & spring
  • Right pop bumper not firing, adjusted leaf switch
  • Main fuse blowing: replaced inrush limitor, spike arrestor, EMI filter (Had to use Jaycar part), note it was the EMI filter that was blowing the fuse!

Gone to GH NZ$2500 as a gift