This Panel requires a computer operating system and video card that can span the display across two monitors. A working knowledge of how to set up the displays is assumed by the author.
The installation is the same as for any other panel, if you know what you're doing you can skip this..
1) Backup the folder called 'panel' in your aircraft folder so that you can change back to it if you need to.
2) Copy the folder called 'panel' into your aircraft folder.
3) Open the folder called Gauges and copy the contents into your main FS9 gauges folder. Warning if asked to replace a gauge the call is yours. If in doubt then backup the original gauge first!
This panel was developed and tested using Microsoft XP Professional and NVIDIA GTX275 and 8800GTX dual output video cards. The displays should be set for horizontal span using the card provider's software. With FS9 running in full screen mode set the display resolution to 2048x768 or greater so that the 'cockpit view' displays scenery and planes that are not stretched or squashed.
If frame rate is a problem the displays can be used in the 'Windows' environment by setting the XP desktop to span both monitors and selecting a screen resolution that shows scenery and planes in the correct proportions as above.
There should not be a problem using this panel with other operating systems provided the display can be horizontally spanned using the card provider's software.
For the best effect both monitors should be the same model and make.
The default heading set by the 'Views' parameter in the Panel.cfg file, is the captain flying. When taxiing or on the runway, the centre line will be in the captain's window in the left hand monitor. When this forms a straight line ahead the aircraft's front wheels are on the centre line. This is a compromise which allows the 'cockpit view' to be spanned across both displays avoiding the need for separate windows. The 'cockpit view' zoom should set automatically to 0.5. If the aircraft appears to skew down the runway then the 'cockpit view' zoom will need to be manually set to 0.50.
The Overhead panel when displayed may cause the Autopilot readouts to increment in more than 1's.
If the Overhead panel is resized by dragging it either horizontally or vertically it can cause FS9 to crash with a 'memory read' error. The Overhead panel should be resized by amending the 'window_size=' parameter for the Overhead panel in the Panel.cfg file.
If the Overhead panel lights are turned off the outline of the original analogue panel is displayed.
I have not made any of the gauges. They are either default or third party so credit goes to the original authors. The panel bit map has been created using multiple sources and Paint Shop. Where possible permission has been received from original authors. If you recognise any part as yours then 'thank you' and your work is acknowledged. Remember that this panel is freeware and provided free of charge for the benefit of all flight simmers. It may not be modified, repackaged or uploaded to any site for sale, profit or reward without the permission of the original authors.
Although I have never had any problems using this panel it is used entirely at your own risk.
Alan M Harvey