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A topic by FPV Freerider created Apr 05, 2016 Views: 110,404 Replies: 244
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I just downloaded the demo, and it's not detecting my controller. It's the linux version running on Fedora 28. My transmitter is the FlySky fs-i6x which is connected via a BetaFlight controller. I've tested the controller in Flightgear and the joystick is automatically detected there.

Are there any logfiles, or other settings which I can try to get the controller detected?

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I'm not a linux user myself so I'm not going to be able to be of much help here. If you have any other joysticks/controllers/drawing tablets connected at the same time you can try to disconnect those, having more than one can cause a conflict.

You might know of the jscal joystick calibration program, you could try playing around with the setting there.

Are you seeing any movement on any of the little circles as you go through the "calibrate controller" procedure in Freerider?

Hi! I bought the program and it starts both in ubuntu and in widows, and this is a good thing. I have two radios, one is the Devo7 and the other is the Flysky FS-I6S and of these radios I also have the original usb cables, and that's a good thing.

The problem is my ignorance in connecting and making these three things work.
I would like to run FPV Freerider on ubuntu 18.04.1 LTS and the Devo7 radio, who can help me by guiding me step by step? I am sixty years old and my brain is no longer elastic ;(

Developer (2 edits)

Your best bet to find specific instructions for your particular setup would be to search around for youtube videos and/or forum posts from people who have similar equipment. 

Since you have the Devo 7 that does not have a USB port it becomes a bit more tricky. You will need to connect it via the trainer port instead.

On Windows that would be pretty easy using a software called Smartpropolus. I haven't been able to find a similar software for Linux.

(Devo 7E in combination with Deviationtx would be easier since that can act as a USB joystick)

You might also be able to use a universal 22-in-1 USB dongle such as this.

Not sure if it works on Linux.

(You might also be able to connect it via  a wireless USB dongle in combination with a receiver for the Devo 7, I wouldn't really recommend going down that path unless you are willing to do a lot of research though).

It might just be easier to get a USB dummy controller such as this:

Not sure if that works on Linux either though. So in summary, I cannot give a definite answer for such specific and hmm shall we say tricky equipment. There are so many Linux distributions and variations, you need to try it on your own setup to know what will work for sure.

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Hello is the freerider compatible with the frsky XSR-Sim USB dongle? I am trying to use it but the freerider does not detect all channels  but if I use same radio taranis qx7 with other dongle rx2sim, it works perfectly but  I want to use the new frsky XSR-Sim dongle. 

I tried in another computer and same problem.


Yes it should work. I believe you need to have TAER channel order set up on your radio.  You can have a look at this video for instructions:

Hope that helps!

the frsky dongle works perfectly with others sims like liftoff but no luck with fpv freerider  ,


Are there a few channels that are giving input during the calibrate controller procedure, and some that does not? (You should see the movement of each stick represented by one of the little circles above the OK button)

In that case you can check:

- Make sure you don't have any other joysticks/controllers connected, that might cause a conflict.
- Make sure you uninstall vJoy and Smartpropoplus if you have them. Their driver messes with things when connecting via USB.
- Make sure you have "Heli" selected as model type on your radio.("Plane" often doesn't work very well).
- Perhaps you can remap the output channels (in the menu of the transmitter) so that it sends to another channel.

hi thanks for reply, I don't have any other controller connected, and I don't have installed vjoy, please see the video I uploaded on YouTube and you Cann see the problem, I tried in a tower pc and a  laptop and I have the  same problem 


Thank you for the video. Have you tried setting up your transmitter according to the Taranis setup document?

I think it might work if you do.

dear developer, I want to let you know that it is solved now after put the  new settings in my taranis. thank you very much 


Thank you, I'm glad to hear that solved it!

So when you have multiple joystick controllers/drivers it doesn't let you select which you are using.  So if you arnt using the first one it detects you are screwed. (at least that's how it seems like its acting)  Any way to fix that? Controller works fine with all other sims. Thanks!

Developer (1 edit)

Yes that's a known issue, I haven't managed to find a fix for it without changing the very core of the input system (which I am reluctant to do since that might cause other issues), so you will have to work around it by only have your controller connected.

I just ordered a FlySky i6 transmitter. Will FreeRider work with this unit?



Yes many people are successfully using that transmitter with Freerider, so it should work. 

You can have a look at this video for an example on how to get it connected:

There are also many other videos that show how to do it.

I have flown the Freerider Simulator for almost 2 years now, but on my old computer.. (WIndows 7, I think).. I now have a new computer, WIndows 10, and am using the same FrySky controller AND dongle and cord.  It will not recognize the same controller, dongle, and cord.. Is there a NEW dongle and cord that I need to purchase?  I am trying to train other pilots, so I am steering them in your direction to buy the simulator package and hardware and log into Freerider FPV... Any help would be greatly appreciated..


You should still be able to use the same equipment. The input system of FPV Freerider is the same. 

Note that if you are using a FrSky 9X/Frsky Q X7 or similar you should be able to connect it directly via USB cable (no need for a dongle). There are lots of youtube videos that shows how that is done, a collection of links is at the very first post of this forum thread.

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Thank you so much... I will try it... Just got a NEW cable in from EBay..  I am using the FlySky FS-I6 controller, actually the exact same controller that is used in the video posted just above...  It has the connector for the back of the transmitter and a second smaller cord that makes it a USB (red light inside).. When these are used together, it works fine.. This has been the one that has always worked in the past with my old laptop and Windows 7..

With apologies, I got fat fingers.. I meant FLYSKY FS-I6

Hello. Thank you for perfect simulator! I have one issue on linux. Simulator not see joystick with pid/vid 16c0:27db (Van Ooijen Technische Informatica Keyboard), with 16c0:27dc (Van Ooijen Technische Informatica Joystick) all fine. In windows and in crrcsim all works too. Is it possible to add 27db support to linux version?


Thank you, I'm glad you like it! I'm not exactly sure what you mean since I'm not a Linux user myself. However, in short, I don't have direct control over the input - I can only see what comes through Unity's input manager (I use Unity for development). Therefore any device needs to be correctly recognized by the Unity input manager to work.

Thank you for answer. I found how to add device to Unity project, but not sure,  if it help someone except me. May be simpler to fix joystick.

Just changed PID on working device to 28db (Keyboard), and ... It still working 
Problem not in PID, will look further...

(1 edit) pitch channel moves this third circle, not my roll. Still wouldn't be a big deal here as I could always swap my roll and pitch channels on the Taranis. If I move my pitch up and hit OK it is saved as roll and the roll turns green; finally, when it asks for pitch.

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Hi, sometimes the automatic stick detection gets it wrong.
Keep an eye on the little circles as you go through the calibration.
You can manually click on the circle that you see is the correct one for each stick (instead of clicking "OK")
Hope that helps!

can I connect my Flysky fs i6 sir... i have a ca

ble USB


Yes, you can have a look at some tutorial videos on how to connect it. For example:

There are many more videos that show how to do it, you can try searching for "flysky i6 freerider" on youtube for example.

Also there are some general advice in the user manual.

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