FS2004 GPS 500 (FS9) set Default to Daytime

#1
How do you set 'daytime' mode (terrain) as your default startup in the ole FS2004 GPS (gps_500) screen?

Mine starts off at night time, I wish to reverse that since its usually a day time flight people start up in.



Bill
 

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#2
There is no specific daytime and nighttime mode for the GPS. Do you mean the simple and shaded terrain rendering?
 
#4
Bill,

Building on what Bjoern said, what you're looking at is not a Day/Night mode feature. You're seeing the default GPS 500 map background (black, with dark blue water) and it has nothing to do with daytime or nighttime. The user can display terrain elevation colors simply by clicking the TERR button.

The real Garmin GPS 500 did not have a TERR button. Its map background was black with dark blue water, just like the MSFT gps_500.xml default setup. Because of this, I'd encourage you to not make any changes to the gps_500.xml gauge.

However, if you want to set terrain elevation colors as your default, you, and your users, will need to edit the gps_500.xml gauge. Go to line 749 and change

Code:
<DetailLayerTerrain>(@g:setup_ColorTerrain) 0 == if{ 1 } els{ 2 }</DetailLayerTerrain>

to this:

<DetailLayerTerrain>(@g:setup_ColorTerrain) 0 == if{ 2 } els{ 1 }</DetailLayerTerrain>

That should do it.

Bob
 
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#5
Brilliant!!! Worked great. Many thanks, Bob.

I tried tracking it down through the TERR button code. I just didnt see it. I looked at the 'ColorTerrain' many times, but was trying to find the night time terrain to figure out how to flip the names, lol... This works much easier.
 
#6
Hi Bill,

It's not just the one line that should be changed. Color schemes for the compass rose, aircraft symbol and airspace dim should also be reversed.

XML:
749:
<DetailLayerTerrain>(@g:setup_ColorTerrain) 0 == if{ 1 } els{ 2 }</DetailLayerTerrain>
to
<DetailLayerTerrain>(@g:setup_ColorTerrain) if{ 1 } els{ 2 }</DetailLayerTerrain>

757:
<ColorLayerAirspaces>(@g:setup_ColorTerrain) 0 == if{ 0x808080 } els{ 0xFFFFFF }</ColorLayerAirspaces>
to
<ColorLayerAirspaces>(@g:setup_ColorTerrain) if{ 0x808080 } els{ 0xFFFFFF }</ColorLayerAirspaces>    

775:
<Polygon FillColor="%((@g:setup_ColorTerrain) if{ 0x503030 } els{ 0xF0D0D0 })" Bright="Yes">
to
<Polygon FillColor="%((@g:setup_ColorTerrain) ! if{ 0x503030 } els{ 0xF0D0D0 })" Bright="Yes">

807:
<Color>(@g:setup_ColorTerrain) if{ 0x703030 } els{ 0xF0D0D0 }</Color>
to
<Color>(@g:setup_ColorTerrain) ! if{ 0x703030 } els{ 0xF0D0D0 }</Color>

808:
<BackgroundColor>(@g:setup_ColorTerrain) if{ 0 } els{ 0x080808 }</BackgroundColor>
to
<BackgroundColor>(@g:setup_ColorTerrain) ! if{ 0 } els{ 0x080808 }</BackgroundColor>

858:
<Polyline LineWidth="1" Color="%((@g:setup_ColorTerrain) if{ 0x703030 } els{ 0xF0D0D0 })" Bright="Yes">
to
<Polyline LineWidth="1" Color="%((@g:setup_ColorTerrain) ! if{ 0x703030 } els{ 0xF0D0D0 })" Bright="Yes">

2726:
<DetailLayerTerrain>(@g:setup_ColorTerrain) 0 == if{ 1 } els{ 2 }</DetailLayerTerrain>
to
<DetailLayerTerrain>(@g:setup_ColorTerrain) if{ 1 } els{ 2 }</DetailLayerTerrain>

At any rate, my preference would be a black background as the better default if the gps screen is small, like the real Garmin GPS 500 and stock MSFT gps_500, because it's so much easier to see the nav information layers.

Bob
 
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