How to map SLI-PRO rotary switch to iRacing

(Also works on rFactor, rFactor2, Game Stock Car and SimBin Series)

This guide has been in the plan for sometimes , however since a video is a much more effective tool in the delivering the message, this video is recorded.

This is a quick guide for those that wants to set up mapping on each position of the Rotary Switch.

These rotaries switch(es) are a much better tool to use for mapping keystroke / functions than rotary encoders , they are much easier to use and much more “precise”.

Rotary encoders are nice for volume controls, adjusting seat, in fact the old analogue radio tuner and Volume knob on your car that you pressed to turn it on and rotate to adjust volume are all rotary encoders.
However if you try to turn on the encoder’s knob , Say you assigned “NEXT Black box” and “Prev black box” on an encoder, each pulse when turning act as a press of a button, while its fantastic – it’s hard to stop at a certain point unless you focus your attention to the screen of what is displaying while you turn the encoder’s knob – and this, might not be very good while you drive.

Rotary Switches in other hand provide a stopping point and/or precise-exact location for a function/press , during race /practice, this is critical -,Every time the knob turns to a position, it acts as if a button is pressed , (like in the video Position 1 can be an F1 and position 3 can be F12 – it doesn’t’ have to go through 4-11 to get to 12, unlike encoders).

When the click/switch is sitting and stopped at a spot, it displays that requested information for that particular position every time, whether is F1 or F10. (i.e. 6 O’clock position is always F6 or 3 O’clock is always F3, if it’s mapped that way), try doing this with an encoders, and you’ll get different result every time even though the clock position is the same.

Think of it like this: An encoders acts like Sequential shifters , it can only reach 4th after going through 3rd or after coming back from 5th gear – While rotary switch disregard sequential rules – they act like H-Patern shifter (in a rotation manner) it can go to 3rd gear from 5th directly without ever going through 4th – as long as they are next to each other in the rotation position.

This is why , it is recommended to use 2 rotary switches with SLI-PRO to control the left and right displays – Encoders works also (assignable in controls mappings as Next and prev in SLIMAX manager) however it requires the user to look at the display and stop turning when the information requested is displayed.

In the video below I use iRacing as an example but once you finished watching this, you’ll understand that if you assign the same function key(s) in other sim such as rFactor (2) , Simbin, or Game Stock Car – they will work just like iniRacing.

The Rotary switch used in the picture above only have 3 points to solder instead of 12 + 1 ground- these are made by Leo Bodnar and you can purchase them at 5 GBP each at http://www.leobodnar.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=69&products_id=201

The Video bellows shows a step by step on how to map the rotary switch to iRacing Black Box

Regards,
M

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5 comments on “How to map SLI-PRO rotary switch to iRacing

  1. paris says:

    marcus hours thanks to the problem I have not set rotarys as I have for me to do the same that I f12012 ati in the middle rotarys not I have just 5 rotarys

    • r0gu3 says:

      For F1 2012, you use a different profile in SliMax Manager II, and you can assign other keys for the same rotary switch positions. however you need a script to do the brake bias, fuel mix,

      • roberto julio says:

        Could you please send me a tutorial thanks marcus

        De: Marcushwang’s web log
        Enviado el: ‎11‎ de ‎enero‎ de ‎2013 ‎17‎:‎45
        Para: paris.mont@hotmail.com
        Asunto: [New comment] How to map SLI-PRO rotary switch to iRacing

        WordPress.com r0gu3 commented: “For F1 2012, you use a different profile in SliMax Manager II, and you can assign other keys for the same rotary switch positions. however you need a script to do the brake bias, fuel mix, “

      • r0gu3 says:

        Hi Roberto,
        tutorial to do script or to use a different profile?
        for script, I don’t have it. waiting for Desty’s script… still.
        so right now I use Xpadder to assign macro for my rotary encoders for fuel and brake bias)
        If you want to change profile , just right click on the slimax manager in your system tray(next to clock) and use an F12012 profile under sli-pro , then go to advance settings again and assign keys for 12 position switch ( I use the middle one in F1 2012 for status) assign 4 position , so first three display different status, the fourth one closes the status window.
        Regards,
        Marcus

      • roberto julio says:

        Marcus thanks for quick reply but I spent the whole weekend and not get anything like that sijo screen sli-pro show me data f1 2012

        De: Marcushwang’s web log
        Enviado el: ‎11‎ de ‎enero‎ de ‎2013 ‎18‎:‎01
        Para: paris.mont@hotmail.com
        Asunto: [New comment] How to map SLI-PRO rotary switch to iRacing

        WordPress.com r0gu3 commented: “Hi Roberto, tutorial to do script or to use a different profile? for script, I don’t have it. waiting for Desty’s script… still. so right now I use Xpadder to assign macro for my rotary encoders for fuel and brake bias) If you want to change profile “

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