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How to Flash/Reset/Calibrate your Gunfighter w/ MCG grip

To get started, follow these initial steps:

  1. Download the latest (by date) VKBdevCfg-C app – (http://ftp.vkb-sim.pro/Programms/) and extract it to any folder you like.
  2. Download the latest (by date) ZBootloader-C app – (http://ftp.vkb-sim.pro/Programms/) and extract it into the same folder as above.
  3. Download the latest (by date) BlackBox firmware for Gunfighter (http://ftp.vkb-sim.pro/Firmware/BlackBox/) (usually identified by BB_GF_version) and extract the firmware (*.vkb) from the MCG or MCG PRO archive respectively, and put it into the same folder where your VKBdevCfg app already is.
  4. If you have created a custom profile (i.e., different, or custom button assignment) be sure to save it first via VKBdevCfg > Action > Save; after flashing/resetting/calibrating you can load your custom profile again via VKBdevCfg > Action > Load.
  5. Ensure that your new MCG grip is installed on the Gunfighter base, and that it’s seated correctly.
From here on out, there are three basic steps involved in the overall process:
  • Flash your Gunfighter’s BlackBox with the new firmware.
  • Reset your Gunfighter to default.
  • Calibrate your Gunfighter.
I. Flash your Gunfighter’s BlackBox firmware:
  1. Launch VKBdevCfg-C (Note: It is highly recommended to right-click on the VKBdevCfg app and select ‘Run as Administrator’).
  2. In the top panel, click on the “VKBsim Gunfighter…” name to select it.
  3. From the Tools tab, click on the “Bootloader” icon; this should close VKBdevCfg and automatically start ZBootloader-C (if you have it in the same folder).
  4. Point ZBootloader-C to the extracted *.vkb file and update the firmware of your BlackBox by clicking “Flash It”.
  5. The device will restart with the new firmware installed.
Q: Why do I have to flash?
A: You will have to flash your your joystick base to make your new MCG work with it. Simply removing your current grip and installing your new MCG will not magically make the base understand what just happened; you need to tell the base (via firmware update) that there’s a new grip in town!
II. After Flashing, you need to Reset your Gunfighter’s BlackBox to default:
  1. Launch VKBdevCfg-C (Remember: It is highly recommended to right-click on the VKBdevCfg app and select ‘Run as Administrator’).
  2. In the top panel, click on the “VKBsim Gunfighter…” name to select it.
  3. From the Tools tab, click on the “Default” button in the top-left corner.
  4. The device will restart with factory default settings; any previously red blinking ‘Stick LED’ on the the BlackBox should turn solid green.
III. After resetting, you need to Calibrate your Gunfighter:
  • The goal is to be able to capture all available axes in the calibration procedure: the Gladiator’s throttle, pitch and roll axes, as well as the ministicks, trigger and brake axes in the MCG/MCG PRO.
  • Don’t use the MS Windows calibration utility! Use VKBdevCfg instead.

  1. Flip the foldable trigger to the “up” position, and then squeeze the trigger fully, and then let go of it to determine its middle position (MCG PRO only).
  2. Launch VKBdevCfg-C (Note: It is highly recommended to right-click on the VKBdevCfg app and select ‘Run as Administrator’).
  3. In the top panel, click on the “VKBsim Gunfighter Modern Combat” name to select it.
  4. From the Tools tab, click the ‘Start Calibr’ button; the SYS LED on the Blackbox starts blinking (Hint: switch to the Test > Axes1 tab to observe your calibration action).
  5. Move the stick through its full range (pitch and roll axes).
  6. Move the MASTER MODE (РЕЖИМ КБО) ministick through its full range (Hint: you might have to do a long-press on the ministick push button in order to enable relative axis mode first; otherwise the ministick defaults to button mode and thus won’t calibrate).
  7. Move the GATE CONT (УПРАВ СТРОБ) ministick through its full range.
  8. Squeeze the BRAKE lever fully and let go of it.
  9. Move the foldable trigger to the “up” position, squeeze it, and then let go of it – this moves it through its full range (MCG PRO only).
  10. If you have VKB T-Rudders connected to the Gunfighter’s BlackBox – move the T-Rudder axis through its full range as well.
  11. Click the ‘End Calibr’ button; the BlackBox will restart.
  12. Done; calibration information is stored within the Gunfighter’s BlackBox.
Reminder: Don’t forget to load your custom profile again via VKBdevCfg > Action > Load.