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Main Lever Control Calibration GF-TQ6

Main Control Lever Calibration

After connecting the GF-TQ6 to your computer for the first time, it is necessary to calibrate the six main control levers so that they have effect throughout their entire range of motion. After this process has been completed, you will not have to repeat the calibration steps unless you: (a) wish to change the lever response to suit different applications, or (b) install or remove other game devices attached to your computer.

Calibration and Operations Checkout on Windows Systems

For owners of computers running the Microsoft Windows operating system, control lever calibration is accomplished using the Control Panel applet called either “Game Controllers” (Windows XP or Vista). The steps on the following pages will guide you through the process of calibrating the GF-TQ6 control levers.

gf-TQ6 device screen shot

1. From the Windows Control Panel, start the Game Controllers or Gaming Options applet.

2. Select the entry that reads “GFTQ6 Throttle System”, then click the Properties button. In this example, a GF-TQ6 Throttle Quadrant is connected to a Windows 2000 computer at the same time as a Microsoft SideWinder Precision Pro joystick. Both are USB devices.

3. After clicking the Properties button, the test and calibration panel for the GF-TQ6 is displayed. Below the GF-TQ6 control diagram are six colored bars showing the current positions of all the GF-TQ6’s main control levers (A-F.)  Above the diagram are indicators showing the on/off states of each of the four switch levers (B-E.)

4. Using this panel, you can test and calibrate all six main control levers quickly and easily in a single pass. To calibrate, simply follow the instructions displayed on the panel. Calibration is only required the first time you connect the GFTQ6 to your computer, and then only if you reassign its game controller ID or cause the ID to change by connecting or removing other game devices.

Flight Simulator Software Configuration

The GF-TQ6 can be used with a variety of flight simulator programs. This section explains how to configure the GF-TQ6’s main control and switch levers for use with some of today’s most popular flight simulator programs.

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004 and FSX

The GF-TQ6 is recognized by Microsoft Flight Simulator as a device type: ‘game controller’, and when detected for the first time, Flight Simulator will create a “default” assignment for each of the control levers and switch levers on the GF- TQ6.  These  initial  assignments  are  usually  not  what  you  want,  so  you  will  need  to  use  the Controls/Assignments facility in Flight Simulator to reassign or un-assign the default functions.

GF-Config program window for GF-TQ6 calibration

GF-Config also allows you to assign functions to the GF-TQ6 control levers and switch levers, and we recommend that you use GF-Config to assign functions to the GF-TQ6 rather than using the Controls/ Assignments facility in Flight Simulator. The options available in GF-Config provide more control options than are available using the Controls/Assignments facility in Flight Simulator.

Typical six axis set up for TQ6 

GF-Config program window for GF-TQ6 configuration screen shot

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