Contents of the FSMAXX.DOC file
The MAXX Control Yoke works well with Flight Simulator
Versions 3.00 and 4.00. If you intend to use the MAXX
Control Yoke with Flight Simulator on a regular basis,
perform the following steps to "create a startup mode" that
will allow MAXX to function in all areas of the product.
1. Secure the MAXX Control Yoke to the edge of your desk
in front of your monitor, and connect the cable to the
IBM-compatible game card that you should have acquired
and installed in your machine. If you have purchased a
game card with a two- or three-position switch that
will allow the selection of various ranges, you may
need to experiment with the settings to find the
optimal results. For example, setting the switch to the
LOWER (minimal) setting on the Gamecard III by CH
Products appears to work well with Microsoft Flight
Simulator Versions 3.00 and 4.00. Consult your game-
card documentation for information on how to modify
2. Type "fs" (without the quotation marks) at the DOS
prompt and go through the start-up menus as described
in the "Answering the Startup Questions" section of the
manual (Page xiv for Version 3.00 or Page xi for
Version 4.00) to configure your system.
3. When Flight Simulator appears on your screen, you will
be positioned at Meigs Field in Chicago. Press "4" to
select the SIM menu, select "E" to display the JOYSTICK
menu, select Options 1 and 2, then press "4" to
calibrate. (A plus sign (+) indicates that an option is
selected.) Press the SPACEBAR to exit the menu.
Note: To achieve optimal results with the MAXX, you may need
to adjust some of the sensitivities in the JOYSTICK menu.
Don't set them now. Wait until you fly with the default
settings and adjust the sensitivities later if you prefer to
fine-tune the control responses. If you do reset them later,
or change any other mode parameter that is saved in the
mode, save the mode again with the SAME name. For more
information on saving user modes for Version 3.00, see Pages
61-63 of the Flight Simulator manual; for Version 4.00, see
Pages 58-62 of the Flight Simulator manual. For a list of
the information that is saved in modes, see the MODE REPORT
screen (Option 8 of the MODE LIBRARY).
Hint: To reduce the need to recalibrate the MAXX (required
after a crash), consider setting CRASH=Off in the SIM menu
at this time.
4. Press the SEMICOLON (;) key to display the SAVE FLIGHT
MODE menu. Press "1" and type a name for the mode, such
as "MAXX Chicago Meigs Field". If you are using Flight
Simulator Version 3.00, press "3" to save the mode to
disk. For Flight Simulator Version 4.00, press "4" to
save the mode to disk.
5. Select the MODE LIBRARY from the MODE menu, and press
"B" to deselect Option B, "Use mode control
sensitivities." Note: For Flight Simulator Version 3.00
you need to deselect Option B each time you start the
Flight Simulator program, so that the mode control
sensitivities associated with any mode you request will
be ignored, and the specific MAXX instructions will
prevail. Next, press "7" to see more modes until the
name of the mode that you created appears on the list.
Press the number that is adjacent to the mode name. If
you are using Flight Simulator Version 3.00, then press
"D" to save the start-up mode to disk. For Flight
Simulator Version 4.00, press "E" to save the mode to
disk. Press the SPACEBAR to exit the menu.
6. You are now looking down Runway 36 at Meigs Field and
are almost ready to fly. Position the MAXX yoke so that
it is centered -- the yoke is "pushed-in" so that
approximately 1.25 inches of aluminum is visible on the
elevator slide, and the yoke handles are level. Push
the throttle slide to the bottom of its scale, and
press "K" to calibrate the MAXX.
Note: Each time you change modes or reset a mode because of
a crash or requesting the Mode-Reset option (by pressing the
PRINT SCREEN key), you need to recalibrate the MAXX. This is
a simple task, and only takes a few seconds. To recalibrate,
do the following:
a. Slide the throttle to the bottom of the scale.
b. Center the MAXX yoke.
c. Press "K" to calibrate.
When you have answered the start-up menu questions once, and
have created a start-up mode for the MAXX, to start Flight
Simulator and use MAXX in the future, do the following:
1. Start Flight Simulator by typing "fs" at the DOS prompt.
2. For Flight Simulator Version 3.00 deselect Option B, "Use
mode control sensitivities" from the Mode Library.
3. Calibrate the MAXX as described in Step 6 above.
Flight Simulator will work correctly with the mouse and MAXX
activated at the same time, so feel free to select the mouse
during the start-up menus. However, Flight Simulator
performance is generally enhanced if the mouse and joystick
systems are not activated at the same time, especially when
using slower megahertz machines. Because one of the greatest
advantages of the mouse is its ability to easily move and
size windows, an optimal solution is to create a series of
"favorite" modes with the mouse enabled, then go through the
start-up menus again and not select the mouse option.
You greatly reduce the need to recalibrate the MAXX if the
CRASH option of the SIM menu is set to Off. Any mode that
currently has CRASH set to anything other than Off can be
changed; simply set CRASH to Off (and make any other desired
changes) and save the mode with the SAME name.
Using Floppy Disks:
If you are running Flight Simulator Version 3.00 or 4.00
from floppy disk, the Scenery disk of Flight Simulator
resides in the disk drive while you use the product. Any
modes that you create are stored here when they are saved.
Keep in mind that the Scenery disk has only enough space for
three user-created modes, so you may be unable to save the
MAXX start-up mode that this document refers to if you have
already saved three user modes to this disk.
For information and technical support regarding the MAXX
yoke, contact Alturas Corporation at (208) 664-6660 or (208)