External FCDU, P3D4 and Network Issue Jun 26, 2018 23:03:40 GMT -5
Post by Hawk on Jun 26, 2018 23:03:40 GMT -5
I have been using FSCaptain without issue in a network environment with FSX and P3D2 but I recently upgraded to P3D4 and after trying FSCaptain with P3D4 I'm having an issue with the shortcut to FCDU.exe. The following is a description of my issue and my suspicions about resolving the issue...just point me in the right direction.
When I click on the shortcut on my remote PC (which is linked to FCDU.exe on the server PC) it pops up asking what version I'm running (it doesn't do this when I click FCDU.exe on the server PC directly?). That may or may not be a problem (you can enlighten me) but the issue lies in answering the questions that appear. There is a severe delay after clicking each of the answers such as, NO for FSX (Boxed)...delay, then NO for FSX (Steam Edition)...delay, then NO again for P3D (Version 2)...delay, then NO for P3D (Version 3)...delay and eventually YES for P3D (Version 4)...delay. When I click YES for P3D4...delay, it opens a navigation window asking me to point to the Prepar3D.exe file...delay. When I find it (after working through further delays) and click on the file the FCDU opens on the remote PC along with another window telling me it can not detect the simulator even though P3D4 is running on the server PC and the aircraft cockpit is displayed. It then shuts down the FCDU. The delays remind me of something being searched for and eventually it times out moving on (well it did tell me it could not detect the files)? So...
Must I reconfigure anything for P3D4 after removing P3D2 and then installing P3D4? I suspect I have deleted a required share or deleted a required configuration file. It should be noted that I do NOT find Simconnect.xml or Simconnect.ini in the respective folders for P3D4 like is present in FSX. Must SimConnect reside in the respective P3D4 folders to operate correctly (for example... Simconnect.xml is present in the Appdata\Roaming\Microsoft\FSX path)? Must a Simconnect.xml also be present in the similar P3D4 folder? Would the same be true for the Simconnect.ini file in the My Documents folder? If required what is the proper method to reinstall the two Simconnect files into the new P3D4 folders?
The only other thing I had suspicions about were proper sharing of paths across the network. When I uninstalled P3D2 I know certain shared paths were deleted related to P3D2. When I installed P3D4 I shared the entire P3D4 folder. Specifically I have each simulator folder (FSX and P3D4 shared) along with the FSCaptain folder in each. I presume sharing the FSCaptain folder in FSX and P3D4 is overkill (concerning the shortcut to FCDU.exe) since the parent folder for FSX and P3D4 is already shared (presuming subfolders are shared automatically)? You can advise me of the paths required for P3D4 and I'll verify each just to make sure.
Again as a footnote, if I load FSX on the same server PC and then use the shortcut for it on the same remote PC all is instantaneous, no errors, simulator found (Simconnect is obviously working in that context).
Thanks for any help.