SETUP


GNS530

For X-Plane

Download the RealSimGear GNSx30 Plugin, and copy this to the X-Plane plugin folder

C:\X-Plane\Resources\plugins

After installation, your plugin folder should look like this

 

Connect the cables

Connect the HDMI, USB and power cables.  Turn on your PC and the display will show a second windows or mac desktop.  The image displayed on the GNS530 will be inverted, to correct this you will need to adjust the display settings.

Configure the display

In Windows, open Display Settings and change the display setting for the smaller display to “Landscape / flipped”, set the resolution to whatever Windows says is recommended, usually 1280x720.
It is usually best to 'place' the GNS530 display below and to the center of your primary display. This makes it easy to adjust the GNS530 to exactly fill the display however if you have multiple other displays, this positioning may need to be modified.


Remove the bezel graphics

So that the GNS530 only displays the screen content you need to override the bezel graphics.  To do this, download this file (right click, save as), and place it in the following folder.  Copy the default file to a backup location in case you want to use the virtual GNS530 at a later time. Note the file must be named exactly as "Garmin_530_2d.png"

C:\X-Plane\Resources\Bitmaps\Cockpit\Radios\GPS FMS

Test

Start X-Plane and load the default Cessna 172SP.  With the default 3D cockpit view selected, click on the virtual GNS530 screen so that it ‘pops out’. Note the background may look strange, look for the small rectangle in the upper right and click this to make the window appear with the white bar at the top.

Now position the window so that it fully fills the GNS530 screen.  If you position the GNS530 display below your primary display, just drag it down so the only the white bar is visible in your primary display.  You may need to adjust the width/height of the popped out window slightly.

Try pressing the buttons on the GNS530 and you should see screen change.  If you don’t see anything changing, you can check that the GNS530 is connected by checking the connection status window in "Plugins -> RealSimGear GNSx30 -> Connected Hardware". 

Your device should appear in this window, and the message/command items will change when you press the buttons or turn the knobs.

NOTE: If you are having any issues with connection, please see additional troubleshooting steps here

Also compatible with ArdSimX, Mobiflight and other Arduino connector software

If you prefer to use ArdSimX, please visit the SimVim website and take a look at their detailed setup instructions.

Download the GNS530 configuration file from the RealSimGear.com website using this link, and copy to the ArdSimX folder created in the previous step.  Make sure you replace the default file and rename it to 'data.cfg'

C:\X-Plane\Resources\plugins\ArdSimX

For additional troubleshooting tips, please see the SimVim website for the latest information.

For FSX/Prepare3D please take a look at Mobiflight, configuration files for Mobiflight are coming soon.

Note

The next time you run the X-Plane installer it may ask you if you would like to override the new bezel graphics file you added earlier.  Just click the 'Do this for all files in this directory' checkbox and select 'Keep the Old File' otherwise you will need to download the file again.

GNS430

The setup process for the GNS430 is similar to the GNS530 with the following differences.

No Power Pack

The GNS430 does not require a separate power pack.  It is powered by the USB connection.  It is recommended that you connect the GNS430 to a powered USB hub.

Different configuration file

If you are using X-Plane and the ArdSimX input/output interface, you will need a different data.cfg file for the GNS430.  Download the GNS430 configuration file for ArdSimX here. Note this configuration file will setup the GNS430 to interact with GPS2, or the secondary GPS fitted in the default 172SP in X-Plane.  If you would like to have the GNS430 operate GPS1, use this version instead.

Remove the bezel graphics

So that the GNS430 only displays the screen content you need to override the bezel graphics.  To do this, download this file (right click, save as), and place it in the following folder.  Copy the default file to a backup location in case you want to use the virtual GNS430 at a later time. Note the file must be named exactly as "Garmin_430_2d.png"

C:\X-Plane\Resources\Bitmaps\Cockpit\Radios\GPS FMS

 

GNS530 and GNS430 together

If you are using both of the RealSimGear GNS530 and GNS430 bezels together in X-Plane, simply connect each to a separate USB port and the RealSimGear plugin will automatically detect them.  The default configuration file will have the GNS530 as GPS1 and the GNS430 as GPS2.  Please contact us if you would like assistance in a different configuration. 

If you are using ArdSimX you will need use the multi-board configuration and load a slightly modified version of the ArdSimX firmware onto the GNS430 by replacing the number 1 with a 2 like in the image below

Once this is done, download this configuration file for ArdSimX and place into the ArdSimX plugin folder.  Note you will need to rename this file to 'data.cfg'.

When you have both units connected, the ArdSimX status screen should look like the image below, showing that two devices are connected. Note the GNS430 has 23 inputs.