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Link G4 Plus Software Tutorial: Customising PC Link

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Customising PC Link

05.29

00:00 - The PC Link software comes with a default configuration that is probably suitable for most users.
00:06 As you get familiar with the software you may find that you want to change the software layout to suit your own preferences or set up a new page to help with a particular tuning job.
00:15 Let's have a look at how we can change the configuration.
00:19 First let's start with a default layout and we can change a few parameters around.
00:24 You can see in the top right corner of each element on the page there's a little red X.
00:28 This means the element is locked and can't be changed.
00:32 If we want to alter an existing element, we need to first click on the X.
00:36 Once we've done this, we can resize the element or move it around the screen.
00:40 Let's start by moving and expanding some of the elements out to make more use of our desktop.
00:46 Once the elements are unlocked, we can resize them by grabbing a corner, holding down the left mouse button and dragging the window.
00:53 We can also move the elements around by grabbing the top bar and holding the left mouse button down before dragging around the screen.
01:01 Let's move the current windows around now so you can see how it is done.
01:05 We now have a layout that is easy to view and makes better use of the size of our laptop screen which will make tuning easier.
01:16 Let's look at the default gauge display at the bottom of the screen and make some changes to it.
01:21 By default this gauge is set up to show the input from a wideband controlled when displaying the fuel table and the ignition advance when displaying the ignition tables.
01:30 Let's say we wanted to display engine RPM instead.
01:33 First up we need to unlock the element by clicking on the red cross so we can edit it.
01:38 Next we can right click while the cursor is over the gauge and a menu will pop up.
01:43 We want to click on properties and this will allow us to control what the gauge displays.
01:48 You can see that we have two tabs here, one labelled parameters and another labelled table groups.
01:55 We can use the table groups to display different parameters on the gauge depending on what table we're viewing.
02:01 With a default gauge, we have three table groups configured.
02:04 These are always visible, ignition table one, and ignition table two.
02:11 By clicking each of these we can see what parameter will be displayed in the box below.
02:16 We're going to change this wideband gauge to display RPM regardless which tables we're viewing.
02:22 First we're going to delete the additional table groups by clicking on ignition one and pressing the delete button and doing the same for ignition two.
02:30 We now only have the always visible group showing.
02:34 Now we need to delete lambda one the same way by clicking on it and pressing delete.
02:39 At this point our gauge has nothing to display so we can add in RPM.
02:44 In the parameters list on the left, we want to double click on the triggers folder.
02:49 You can now see we have the option of engine speed.
02:52 We can either double click on it or click once to highlight it and click on the transfer button here.
02:59 Clicking OK will now lock in this change and you can see the gauge now shows RPM.
03:05 If we go back one step and go back into the gauge properties you can see that we have a tab labelled gauge setup.
03:11 Clicking this tab will let us alter the way the gauge is displayed.
03:15 By default the gauge uses automatic settings.
03:18 If we click on the manual button we can change the parameters to suit.
03:22 Let's change the RPM gauge to display all the way through to 12,000 RPM.
03:28 At the same time we'll change the red line to 10,000 RPM and the yellow line to 9000 RPM.
03:35 We can also change the number of divisions to 12 so we have a marker every 1000 RPM.
03:40 For simplicity we will also change the multiplier to 100.
03:44 Again we can lock in these changes by pressing OK and you can see the changes we've made.
03:50 Let's see how we could add a bar graph to give us a visual display of battery voltage.
03:55 This time we'll add a new element rather than editing one.
03:59 Start by right clicking on the screen and selecting new view and then bar gauge.
04:04 We want to display this element regardless of what table we're viewing so we can leave the element as always visible.
04:11 If we click on the analog input folder and search through we see the option battery voltage.
04:17 Double clicking on it will transfer it into the visible parameters window.
04:22 Now we can click on the gauge setup tab and customise the bar graph a little.
04:26 We start by clicking on manual and we can choose the minimum and maximum values.
04:31 In this case I'm going to leave the minimum at six volts but I'm going to change the maximum to 16 volts.
04:37 I'm going to change the large divisions to five which will give us a division every two volts.
04:43 Lastly I'm going to set a yellow line at 14.5 volts and a red line at 15 volts for a warning.
04:48 Clicking OK will lock in the changes and we can view them on the screen.
04:54 Before we finish we can move the new gauge where we want it on the screen.
04:59 The last job is to lock the gauge by clicking on the green cross hair.
05:03 Any changes you make to the layout will be saved automatically as the default layout when you close PC Link.
05:09 If you've spent a lot of time changing things to suit, make sure you save your layout by going to the layout, save as drop down menu and give your layout a name.