There have been several versions of the G1000 hardware, this article covers the current Gen4 version. The Gen4 version has all ports on the back surface of the unit and does not have a ribbon cable connector. There is no difference between a PFD and MFD, they are universally known as an XFD and can be configured as a PFD or MFD later within the RealSimGear plugin.
If you have a previous version, please refer to the article below.
The G1000 Suite includes the following components.
x2 XFD Display Units (each includes x1 USB cable, x1 power pack, and x4 mounting screws)
x1 Audio Panel (includes x1 USB cable)
If you are mounting the G1000 suite in your own panel, please see our panel cutout guide for details on the required panel cut-out shapes. The PFD and MFD are mounted using x4 M3 screws, inserted from the rear of the panel. Either unit can be used as the PFD or MFD.
If you purchased the optional G1000 Suite Desktop Stand the PFD, MFD, and audio panel fit into the provided cut outs.
To assemble the stand, position the audio panel bracket between the two PFD/MFD brackets, then add the mounting screws after the PFD/MFD module is installed.
Next, install the Audio Panel. Remove the mounting brackets, insert them into the Audio Panel cut them out then replace the brackets. Adjust the provided screws to tighten in place.
Connect the cables
First, connect the USB cables, one for each of the PFD, MFD, and Audio Panel.
Next, connect an HDMI cable (not supplied) cable between each unit to an acceptable connection on your computer. When connecting to your computer, you can choose to use any available Displayport > HDMI cable, mini-DisplayPort > HDMI cable, USB-C > HDMI cable, straight HDMI cable, DVI > HDMI cable, or as necessary a DisplayPort > HDMI hub, or USB3 > HDMI adapter.
Finally, connect the PFD and MFD units to power using the provided 12v power packs.
Install the Plugin
Download and install the RealSimGear plugin for your flight simulation software.
Configure the Display
(For a Video Walkthrough see the "How to Setup G1000 Suite on X Plane" Video at 2:20 or click here: https://youtu.be/exsmeafQbfk?t=140)
It is usually best to 'place' the additional displays below and to the center of your primary display. This makes it easy to adjust the G1000 screens to exactly fill the display however if you have multiple other displays, this positioning may need to be modified.
Go to the Display Preferences section of your Mac Settings. On your Mac screen, you should have something that shows all screens.
On the main screen, ensure the "Mirror Displays" is unchecked, and that the display arrangement matches how you physically have your RealSimGear devices arranged (the above image is for example only).
** To make it easier to read, you can also select the "Gather Windows" button, which will position the Display Settings boxes for all screens onto your main screen.
Start the Sim and Test
Start X-Plane and load the default Cessna 172SP G1000. With the default, 3D cockpit view selected, click on each of the PFD and MFD screens so that they ‘pop out. 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 G1000 screen. If you position the G1000 display below your primary display, just drag it down so that only the white bar is visible in your primary display. You may need to adjust the width/height of the popped-out window slightly.
If you still have the white bar visible at the top of the PFD/MFD screen, please see the article below for details on how to remove this.
Try pressing the buttons on the G1000 and you should see the screen change. If you don’t see anything changing, or it appears you are controlling the MFD when pressing a button on the PFD, you can check the status of the connections, and swap the PFD/MFD functions via the RealSimGear plugin menu.
The PFD/MFD function can be swapped by clicking the appropriate button under 'Device Type'
In terms of getting the pop-outs populating the RealSimGear screens, hold down the Alt-Gr (The ALT key to the right of the space bar) while hovering your mouse over the in-aircraft avionics, such as the PFD, MFD, or GNS gauges (your cursor will change to a + sign) and then LEFT click. This will cause a pop-up. Note, if you do both the PFD and MFD you will get a combined image.
To separate them into distinct windows, click the + sign. Once you have two independent windows (PFD/MFD) drag them (without changing the size) to the appropriate RealSimGear screens (they will be pretty large, just make sure to drag the portion with the icons in top right into the RSG screen).
There are 3 options here:
1) Hit ALT ENTER keys, which should put those windows into Full Screen and they should fill the entire RealSimGear screen. Note if you resized them prior to ALT ENTER, you may get black/gray borders, if so, simply close them and repeat the pop-out process, taking care NOT to resize them prior to moving to the RSG screens.
2) Simply hit the "Maximize" icon which will maximize the pop-out in that screen, but will likely leave the title bar at the top.
3) Manually resize the sides and top/bottom to fully fit the screen
** The same process also works for the G1000, GNS430/530, and touch screen controllers in the TBM930 and Cessna Longitude.
The RealSimGear Add-on gets installed into your "Community" folder and contains a folder called "Data". Within the "Data" folder are the standard RealSimGear Add-on files, including the CommandMapping.ini. As we update those files, the latest will be posted HERE. You can simply download the latest and overwrite the one currently in the "..\Community\RealSimGear\bin" folder.
If you are having any other issues with connection or functionality, please check our additional troubleshooting steps article below.
For any additional questions or assistance with setup, please contact us.