1. Now finish calibrating the remaining controls and go to into your simulation
program. If the program uses the Windows Direct-X calibration information
directly, no further calibration is required, just go out on the track and drive.
2. If the program requires its own calibration (i.e. NASCAR 2003), calibrate the
PMB brake pedal in the controller options screen the same way as you did in
Windows, being careful to only apply the amount of pressure you want to
represent full braking. Write down the calibration number at your maximum
desired pedal pressure level to use for future reference.
3. Now go out and take a few laps. If it seems like you need to apply too much
pressure to get the desired braking effect, go back and recalibrate. This
time move the brake to a slightly lower maximum pressure which will return
calibration numbers a few numbers lower than before. Go back out to the
track and see how this works. If the brake feels too light, go back and
recalibrate to calibration values that are slightly higher than the previous
calibration values. You will need to do some experimentation to get just the
right braking effect.
4. If for some reason your desired pressures seem to be past the limit of brake
travel, or are less than 50% of the brake travel you may need to adjust the
PMBII pressure adjustment. If this does not get the desired result, you may
need to change to a lighter or heavier PMBII spring. All but a very few users
find their optimal setting by just adjusting calibration with the stock spring.
CONNECTING AND CALIBRATING A DB-15 PORT UNIT
The Trackstar 6000 joystick port system is connected to your computer using the
pedal unit cable. The pedal unit cable also has a female connector on a short
lead from the plug that attaches to the computer. This short lead is for attaching
the cable from the wheel unit.
1. Connect all cables securely making sure the thumb-screws are tight.
2. Select linked axis or separated axis pedal operation via the switch located
on the back face of the pot cartridge of your pedal unit. Separated mode
allows independent and simultaneous operation of pedals. Linked mode
combines gas and brake pedals acting in opposite directions on the same
control axis, Y-axis of Joystick 1. Separated mode is preferred for the most
sophisticated racing simulations. However, some titles poorly implement or
do not support separated mode. In this case use linked mode. Separated
mode is activated with the switch in the up position, and linked mode in the
3. Now turn on or reboot your computer. When the operating system comes up,
click the Start button. Go to Control Panel and select Game Controllers
from the menu.
4. The Game Controllers dialog box should appear. Select the Add button
and the Add game controller dialog box should appear. If you have a two
pedal unit, scroll until you find 2-axis 4-button controller. If you have a three
pedal unit scroll until you find 3-axis 4-button controller. In both cases select
the controller type with your left mouse button, then enable the rudder
pedal check box, and click the OK button. The controller should show OK
under Status. If not, check all connections, reboot, and try again.
5. Next click on the controller line and select Properties. Select the Settings
tab and click on Calibrate. Follow the prompts carefully to calibrate your
driving system. In separated mode the brake pedal will act on the Y-axis and
the gas pedal on a slider bar. When using a clutch, it will always act on a
slider bar. In linked mode, the pedals will act in opposite directions on the Y-
axis of the large square box and only one slider (clutch pedal) will be active.
6. After calibration select Test. Observe the movement of your controls in the
square box and the vertical slider bars. Make sure that wheel and pedal
input is being recognized and is operating smoothly to the limits of travel. If
7. If you change pedal mode settings while the computer is running, you
may need to reboot the computer to recognize the new configuration. This
is particularly the case if you switch from linked pedal mode to separated
pedal mode. If one pedal does not register a signal input, reboot and
recalibrate. Joystick input electronics often require a resistance value to be
present at boot-up before a particular joystick axis is recognized as active.
ACCESSORY EXPANSION PORT
The ECCI USB HD ULTRA system supports four analog control axes and up to
20 digital on/off buttons. ECCI wheels typically offer only four buttons, in the form
of two shift paddles and two accessory buttons mounted near the wheel. In late
summer of 2005, ECCI will introduce a new paddle set that will retroactively fit all
4000 and 6000 series steering units. Six accessory buttons will be available at
the wheel in addition to the two shift paddles. However these new buttons will
only work with the ECCI USB HD ULTRA. If your existing system does not have
this interface, you will need to purchase an upgrade kit.
Another feature of the USB HD system is the ability to electrically access all 20
buttons via a DB-9 port on the side of the enclosure. This allows the user to
create their own custom peripherals like shifters, button pads, and the like to
enhance their ECCI system. Refer to Figure 30 for pin assignments. Expansion
port switches are organized in sets of four served by a single common. Rows 1 to
4 correspond with the four primary switches. Changing the common lead from
one column to another accesses the next set of four, and so on. This allows a
limited number of wires to control the full complement of buttons.
If using more than four buttons, it is necessary to provide switching diodes in the
circuit of each switch to avoid individual switches from ghosting across the
matrix, creating false control inputs on other buttons. Wiring diagrams to assist
making add-on peripherals are provided in this manual. [Figures 31 - 32].
If you are using the expansion port to access the extra buttons, you will need to
make sure that diodes are also present at the wheel mounted buttons. These
were not provided originally in systems with only two accessory buttons. If you
have the six-button paddle set, this already has built-in diodes for the wheel
buttons. If not then you will either need to order the six-button upgrade or hand
wire in diodes into the wheel switch harness.