VDASH-EMU is an emulator, but what’s an emulator?

VDASH-EMU is an emulator, but what’s an emulator?

EKSIMRacing created the SLI-PRO EMU (SLIEmu) in 2009 during the creation of the SLI-PRO USB display in collaboration with Leo Bodnar at this time it was necessary to test the software even before  the availability of the prototype of the USB card, for that stuff we must create what is called an EMULATOR, which aims to reproduce exactly the internal software of the card (the FIRMWARE) and according to the commands sent to the card (so to the firmware) to get the same behaviors for leds, display panels, gear, buttons, encoders, switches, etc.

SLI-PRO emulation on Android (first gen EMU released in 2009):

By doing this you can test your USB display card management software without having the card available physically. That’s how the first racing display emulator for Android was born.

In engineering, emulation is commonly used during development and before the manufacture of a new product. F1 engines are emulated to optimize their efficiency and effectiveness.

VDASH-EMU is the 2nd generation emulator (much more powerful) and it is not a simple graphic dash racing as we can find tons on the net, it’s firstly an emulator of an USB device ( the SIM Race F1 SIM Display) in other words the internal software of the USB card (the firmware) is emulated which allows to use it exactly like a real racing display, which also allows to have 32 buttons , 5 encoders, 3 switches, 15 RPM leds, 6 Marshal Leds, 7 externals leds, 2 display panels (right and left) of 4 digits of 14 segments and one central digit of 7 segments for gear.

All configurations applicable to the SIM Race F1 usb card are applicable to the VDASH-EMU. In addition to the standard graphical objects (digital and analog gauges, telemetry DATA, tach, labels, etc.) there are some objects directly managed by the emulator, including the left / right panels, the object RPM shiftlights bar, all Leds, big gear object (central gear display), buttons, encoders, switches.

So you can read the doc and tutorial of SLIMax on the SIM Race F1 usb card because it’s directly applicable to VDASH-EMU objects.

For $5 (license of VDASH-EMU) you have the same features as the SIM Display USB Display Card + a full buttonbox + a complete virtual racing dash with hundreds of dash templates ready to use.

A high resolution SIM Race F1 template for the VDASH-EMU is available at EKSIMRacing VDASH-EMU templates repository (see the link below), this is an example of template using objects managed by the EMUlator:

http://www.eksimracing.com/forum/index.php?topic=4265.0

Here is template this time using several objects:

Tyres And Time Monitor Template v1

http://www.eksimracing.com/forum/index.php?topic=4049.0

 

Another example using the EMUlated controls (buttons, encoders, switches) to create custom ButtonBox:

A Good Start For Your Custom ButtonBox

http://www.eksimracing.com/forum/index.php?topic=4302.0

Elle est pas belle la vie! (Isn’t Life Beautiful!)

Cheers,
z

 

[FANATEC] Formula V2 Rim With Custom Flag LED Colors, soon available…

Hi,
Some guys ask me to add the possibility to change the default colors layout of the FLAG Led of the Fanatec Formula v2 in SLIMax Mgr (Pro and Fanatec Edition) which are traditionally blue, yellow, red, red, yellow, blue, so I did it…(soon available).

Cheers,
z

Codematers F1 2019 Plugins Are Available For Download!

 

Codematers F1 2019 Plugins are available For SLIMax Mgr Pro, SLIMax Fanatec Edition and MotionMax FREX 6DOF! (2019-06-26)

CHANGELOG 2019-06-26

– plugins for Codemasters F1 2019 added

37 SLIMax setup added for Modern F1 2019, Classic F1 and F2 car. This is a good base to create your own custom setups.

– Fanatec F1 Shiftlights with DRS feedback, methods #8 and #9 are now available
(In Modern F1 car steering wheel DRS/ERS/KERS feedback are on first green LEDs)

To get the latest Plugins for SLIMax (v3.4.6 must be already installed),
run the manager and select menu « Check For Update… »
and then click the « Download And Install All » button

DO NOT FORGET TO ACTIVATE THE PLUGIN after the update.
Cheers,
z

 

 

Codemasters F1 2019 Plugins For SLIMax And MotionMax Updated!

Codemasters F1 2019 Plugins For SLIMax And MotionMax have been updated today

CHANGELOG (2019-06-18):

– conformity with latest UDP API of F1 2019

For those who have been selected by the Codemasters F1 2019 Beta program, the plugins (STD & DX12) are ready to download in EKSIMRacing beta forum, here

Gold premium, VIP, generous donators or PRO subscriber/status is required to get access to beta forum area, for other members login and click the Upgrade Your Account to get access to this area.

MotionMax plugins are available on demand only, ask FREX directly if you’re interested.

Enjoy the new Codemasters F1 opus with your sim-(motion)-rig and SLIMax Manager Pro or SLIMax Fanatec Edition.

Cheers,
z

UPDATED: SLIMax Manager Pro and SLIMax Fanatec Edition Updated Today!

 

SLIMax Manager Pro and SLIMax Fanatec Edition Updated Today!

CHANGELOG 2019-06-06:

– compiled with the new Fanatec SDK v3.9

Good News! The FLAG LED of Fanatec Formula V2 on CSW Base v2.0 are now fully supported! in addition to all newer wheel bases (CSW V2.5, Podium DD Series, CSL Elite v1.1 ).

ATTENTION: The latest driver v336 + latest Base v2.0 Firmware v656+ is required to enjoy all features of your Fanatec Formula V2 steering wheel with the CSW Base v2.0. This new driver is available on Beta Driver area of Fanatec website

To get the latest Plugins/Software for SLIMax Manager,
run the manager and select menu « Check For Update… »
and then click the « Download And Install All  » button

 

UPDATED: Unfortunately we found an issue without workaround yet with latest driver/firmware of CSW Base v2: the OLED Display of the Fanatec Formula V2 rim on CSW Base v2 not working properly and stays blank under some circumstance, the OLED of the McLaren rim on CSW Base v2 works fine…

 

NEW UPDATE TODAY: I found the bug, this is a performance issue of the combo CSW Base v2 + Formula V2 rim with latest driver/firmware v336 which needs more CPU cycles to refresh the OLED display correctly. The previous driver/firmware v335 on this combo works fine (but without FLAG LED obviously).

 

 

WORKAROUND: if you downgrade your Base v2 to driver v335 with previous wheel base firmware OLED will work again but the LEDs are not working with apps compiled with latest Fanatec SDK v3.9 like the latest SLIMax Manager!

 

if the OLED display of your Formula v2 is important for you (more than the FLAG LED), then simply downgrade the driver and the firmware of your CSW Base v2 to v335 and download SLIMax Mgr Installer (which is compiled with previous version of Fanatec SDK v3.8) from EKSIMRacing website and obviously DO NOT UPDATE SLIMAX until Fanatec fix the problem.

We already reported the issue to Fanatec so they will fix it asap, hopefully.

A workaround has been added to SLIMax Manager (All Editions) and already deployed, Check For Update as usual to get the latest software.

 

Cheers,
z

KartKraft Plugins For SLIMax Manager Pro and SLIMax Mgr Fanatec Edition Available Today

KartKraft Plugins Available Today!

 

 

For SLIMax Manager Pro and SLIMax Mgr Fanatec Edition (and MotionMax later today)

(Updated 2019-05-23)

CHANGELOG:
– KartKraft Pugins added: check the dedicated plugin page for more info

Installation:
(version 3.4.6.5 or greater required )
– Select menu “Check For Update” and click the button “Download And Install All” using the SLIMax auto-updater

 

if you have more than one device to connect to KartKraft UDP telemetry stream, read the Sim Racing Proxy Server web page, our powerfull and 100% free universal UDP proxy server with up to 50 devices/apps running simultaneously.

Cheers,
z

 

DiRT Rally 2.0 FFB Patch, Fanatec Podium DD And Simucube DD

Hi,

Codemasters just released the most anticipated patch! so is theFFB fixed or not? Well I’m not going to reply to this question cause it depends on your driving skill level and obviously on your hardware.

For now, I’m just going to say FFB of latest DR2.0 build is now acceptable to PRO or serious sim racer if it’s associated with a 6DOF motion simulator (or a 3DOF+TL simulator) and obviously if it’s correctly setup. Alone, so without a motion simulator, the implementation of the FFB suffers from a huge lack of information. The default FFB game settings/preset of DR2 is really bad for direct drive, do not use it ever!

 

Device type and id consideration:

Read my post to fully activate the support of the Simucube DD to Dirt Rally 2.0, here.

For Fanatec install the High-Torque dongle.

Then be sure to add official=”false” in the corresponding line of your direct drive device to get access to all FFB parameters of DR2.

The line in input/devices/device_type.xml file should looks like this:

For Fanatec DD, be sure to set the SEN to AUTO and keep in mind the Fanatec DD full rotation is 1080° not 900°.

Run the game and select your direct drive device in the input settings and start to calibrate the steering wheel. Calibrating is important to enable the softlock in game.

During the calibration, when the game asking you to turn back the wheel at 90° simply turn gently the wheel until your reach the 900° (attention for Fanatec DD it’s 1080°).

Then go to FFB settings and set params using the values below. These params are a good base for quickly get started with the DD and can be tweaked to suit your needs.

The “self aligning torque” in game settings should not be decreased to much to get the perfect “weight” feeling of the steering wheel, decrease the FF value from the Fanatec wheel or in the Simucube settings instead if needed.

 

The 6DOF FREX motion platform with MotionMax 6DOF software complete nicely your experience and immersion. This is a “must have” with latest DiRT Rally 2.0 to get a complete driving feeling, a good balance between forces and movements to avoid exaggerations that “disconnect” you from the road and for a more natural driving.

 

 

The MotionMax DiRT Rally 2 profile is a very good base and should be used to get started, then I suggest to reduce the TL effect a bit and increase the smoother effect.

 

If you’ve more than one device and app to connect in UDP to your Codemasters game (or any other game using UDP network protocol) I suggest to use the Sim Racing Proxy Server (SRPS), it’s 100% free.
For example, sharing UDP communication from the game with the motion simulator and a device display or a virtual dash using SLIMax Mgr Pro and MotionMax apps is easy. Read the SRPS web page for more info, here.

Cheers,
z

 

SLIMax Manager F1 2019 Beta Plugins Preview Available!

Hi,

For those who have been selected by the Codemasters F1 2019 Beta program, the plugins (STD & DX12) are ready to download in EKSIMRacing beta forum, here

Gold premium, VIP, generous donators or PRO subscriber/status is required to get access to beta forum area, for other members login and click the Upgrade Your Account to get access to this area.

MotionMax plugins are available on demand only, ask FREX directly if you’re interested.

Enjoy the new Codemasters F1 opus with your sim-(motion)-rig and SLIMax Manager Pro or SLIMax Manager Fanatec Edition.

Cheers,
z

KartKraft Preview Plugin for SLIMax Mgr Pro and SLIMax Mgr Fanatec Edition is out!

Hi,

KartKraft Preview Plugin for SLIMax Mgr Pro and SLIMax Mgr Fanatec Edition is available in beta forum of EKSIMRacing. The plugin for MotionMax will be released after the next UDP patch of KartKraft. The current implementation of KartKraft API is very very limited, a few data are available.

More info in beta forum, here (gold premium, VIP, generous donators or PRO subscriber/status is required to get access to beta area ).

Cheers,
z

SLIMax Manager Pro v3.4.6.6 Available Today (Full Support Of Bodnar Fanatec Conversion Kit Added)

(ATTENTION: Previous version 3.4.6.4 is no longer updated, we recommend to all users to switch asap to version v3.4.6.6)

Hi,

The latest version v3.4.6.6 of SLIMax Manager Pro is available today. ;)

Changelog 2019-02-15:

Main change
– Full support of USB Fanatec conversion kit added. The name of this device is SLIFANATEC-BODNAR OR SLI-FTEC to be differentiated between Fanatec hardware. So  when you edit your setup do not choose Fanatec icon but SLI-FTEC ;)

– generic setups for the USB Fanatec conversion kit added

Other changes
– minor bug fixed in gear display function
– workaround removed on ACC basic setups, the issue with max engine RPM value has been fixed in ACC hotfix v0.7.2

Several plugins for MotionMax 6DOF and SLIMax Manager (All Versions) have been updated.

PiBoSo Kart Racing Pro Bridge updated for KRP Release 8,
the new plugin bridge must be installed manually in the 64Bit directory of KRP (32bit is no longer supported)

Plugin Info Page:
http://www.eksimracing.com/forum/index.php?topic=2052.0

PiBoSo GP Bikes Plugin And Bridge updated for GPB Beta 15,
the new plugin bridge must be installed manually in the 64Bit directory of GPB (32bit is no longer supported)

Plugin Info Page:
http://www.eksimracing.com/forum/index.php?topic=2364.0
How to configure PiBoSo games:
http://www.eksimracing.com/f-a-q/configure-piboso-games/

MotionMax 6DOF plugin RaceRoom Racing Experience Updated today!
Plugin Info Page:
http://www.eksimracing.com/forum/index.php?topic=2197.0

How to configure the game:
http://www.eksimracing.com/f-a-q/configure-race-room-racing-experience-r3e-from-sector3-studios/

 

Installation:

If you already have the version v3.4.6.5 you can just select Check For Update menu followed by Download And Install All

Otherwise download the installer,
right-click on it to install As Administrator to avoid any permission issue with Windows OS

Download SLIMax Manager Pro v3.4.6.6

Force update your existing setups,
use the  Advanced Options tab in the auto-updater and click Overwrite All Updated Setups, see the screenshot

The current devices and virtual racing dash supported (2019-04) are:

– SIM RACE LCD, SIM RACE GT, SIM RACE F1, SIM RACE Deluxe or SIM RACE PRO USB Shift lights Display devices from SIM Display,
– USB Shift lights Interface ( SLI-F1, SLI-PRO, SLI-M, BU0710, old SLI,…) and game controllers from Leo Bodnar,
– USB Fanatec Conversion Kit from Leo Bodnar
– All Fanatec (including the OSW Teensy-LC mod ),
– All Logitech steering wheel,
– Steelseries SRW-S1,
– All Thrustmaster steering wheels,
– and also, support any HID Compliant hardware including, any buttons-box like the famous Derek Speare Designs (DSD) devices, any buttons and encoders controllers, joystick, gamepad, shifter, etc.

– VDASH-EMU virtual racing dash (usb device firmware emulator of real racing dash) From EKSIMRacing

The application can manage all devices and simultaneously.

Cheers,
z

SLI-FTEC Icon for the Bodnar USB Fanatec Conversion Kit:

Force update your existing setups: